June 16th – National Day of Prayer for Law Enforcement

June 16, 2017 at 12:01 am | Posted in Today's Reasons To Celebrate | Leave a comment

Good morning friends of law enforcement. Today is Friday, June 16, 2017. Today’s reasons to celebrate are:

National Day of Prayer for Law Enforcement

In today’s tense political and social climate, a holiday like National Day of Prayer for Law Enforcement is more important than ever. National Day of Prayer for Law Enforcement is observed on the third Friday in June and urges us to take a moment today to remember those law enforcement officers who have given their lives in service to their communities.
To celebrate National Day of Prayer for Law Enforcement, reflect upon all that the law enforcement community does to make your lives better. If you can, make a donation to an organization such as Wives Behind the Badge, or other similar organizations, which are dedicated to serving the families of law enforcement.

World Sea Turtle Day

World Sea Turtle Day celebrates, oddly enough, sea turtles and was created as a way to raise awareness of and respect for the world’s endangered sea turtles.
Of the seven species of sea turtles, six are found in United States waters. All sea turtles occurring in U.S. waters are listed under the Endangered Species Act. The Sea Turtle Conservancy, along with fisheries and marine parks, are working hard to improve the conservation and recovery of threatened and endangered sea turtles.
To celebrate World Sea Turtle Day, learn more about these endangered amphibians.

National Flip-Flop Day™ 

Cynics might think that this holiday refers to our current crop of sleazy politicians who will say anything, to anyone, to get elected…but that is not the case.
National Flip Flop Day refers, instead, to the footwear that you wear to the beach, or in a public shower to prevent Athlete’s Foot. I never liked to wear flip-flops, but I did, out of necessity, when I lived in a barracks environment in the military as a precaution. I found them to be unsightly and uncomfortable. However, if you don’t share my aversion to them, National Flip Flop Day™ is the holiday for you. Wear yours with pride.
National Flip Flop Day™ is actually a sponsored holiday created by the Tropical Smoothie Cafe chain as a fundraising effort for Camp Sunshine, a national charity. It is celebrated annually on the third Friday of June. You can receive a free smoothie today, from 2 pm – 7 pm, if you show up at one of their locations wearing your flip-flops. So, if there is a Tropical Smoothie location in your area, hit them up. If not, wear your flip-flops anyway, and make a small donation to the charity of your choice.

National Fudge Day 

Fudge is a drier version of fondant, made by boiling sugar in milk to the soft-ball stage and then beating the mixture while it cools so that it acquires a smooth, creamy texture. The most popular flavor is the original chocolate, though it does come in many other flavors. Some popular flavors are peanut butter, Oreo, marshmallow, nut, maple, and rocky road.
Fudge is an American invention: Some food historians peg the date to February 14, 1886, but the exact origin and inventor are disputed. Most stories claim that the first batch of fudge resulted from an accident with a bungled (“fudged”) batch of caramel when the sugar was allowed to recrystallize; hence the name from the interjection, “Oh fudge!” The first documentation of the word “fudge” was in an 1886 letter from a Vassar College student. In it, she discussed this sweet confection that her cousin made and sold in Baltimore, Maryland.
The original fudge recipes were famously delicate: Precise measurements, cooking time and constant stirring were crucial for perfect fudge. The recipe looks simple – heat a mixture of sugar, butter, and milk or cream to the soft-ball stage (224°-238°F), then beat it to a smooth, creamy consistency while it cools. But it is easy to undercook or overcook a batch (not every home cook had, or has a candy thermometer) and end up with “crystallized” fudge through insufficient stirring. As a result, “foolproof” recipes were developed for the home cook that included corn syrup, which prevents crystallization and produces smooth fudge. Later recipes substituted sweetened condensed milk, marshmallow creme, or other ingredients for the milk/cream that were better guarantees of a perfect fudge texture. Of course, they didn’t guarantee the same creamy taste as the original recipe. If you want the best-tasting fudge, forget the sweetened condensed milk, corn syrup, and marshmallow cream and go for the original ingredients. Once you’ve mastered the technique, you’ll be much happier with the result.
To celebrate National Fudge Day, make a batch of fudge today…your taste buds will thank you. Happy stirring.

Fresh Veggies Day

Only about one-in-four Americans eat enough fruits and vegetables to meet their daily needs. Most nutritionists agree that people need to eat between 4 and 6 cups of fruits and vegetables every day – depending on age, gender and level of physical activity – to get the minimum daily requirements of nutrients. As a general rule, a serving size is considered to be ½ cup but there are a few exceptions.
I know, you’re probably saying to yourself about now, “I’m a carnivore, not a ruminant, how the heck am I supposed to eat that much roughage every day?” Well, one way is through juicing, but a good quality juicer can be a major investment, so you need to consider your financial status. If you don’t want to buy, or can’t afford a juicer, this website provides guidelines on a number of fruits and vegetables you need each day and offers suggestions about how you can meet your goals.
Fresh Veggies Day was created to urge you to eat fresh vegetables. Fresh vegetables are healthy and delicious; a good source of many vitamins and minerals. Try to incorporate some fresh vegetables into your menu today.
Author’s Note: My efforts to convince the scientific community to re-classify bacon and steak as vegetables have, thus far, not been fruitful. They agree that vegetables nourish the body, but disagree with my premise that because pigs and cows eat mainly vegetables and grains, their meat (which has been nourished by these vegetables) should be classified as a vegetable as well. Until they come to their senses and realize the validity of my argument, I guess I will (grudgingly) continue to eat at least one serving of vegetables at each meal.

More Holidays

On This Date

  • In 1487 – The War of the Roses ended with the Battle of Stoke.
  • In 1567 – Mary, Queen of Scots, was imprisoned in Lochleven Castle in Scotland.
  • In 1858 – In a speech in Springfield, IL, U.S. Senate candidate Abraham Lincoln said the slavery issue had to be resolved. He declared, “A house divided against itself cannot stand.”
  • In 1884 – At Coney Island, in Brooklyn, NY, the first roller coaster in America opened.
  • In 1903 – Ford Motor Company was incorporated.
  • In 1909 – Glenn Hammond Curtiss sold his first airplane, the “Gold Bug” to the New York Aeronautical Society for $5,000.
  • In 1922 – Henry Berliner accomplished the first helicopter flight at College Park, MD.
  • In 1941 – President Franklin D. Roosevelt ordered the closure of all German consulates in the United States. The deadline was set for July 10.
  • In 1952 – “Anne Frank: Diary of a Young Girl” was published in the United States.
  • In 1955 – The House of Representatives voted to extend Selective Service until 1959.
  • In 1960 – Alfred Hitchcock’s film “Psycho” premiered. The horror-thriller starring Anthony Perkins and Vera Miles has become one of the classics of the genre. The shower scene is one of the best-known murder scenes in the history of film.
  • In 1961 – Rudolf Nureyev defected from the Soviet Union while in Paris, traveling with the Leningrad Kirov Ballet.
  • In 1963 – 26-year-old Valentina Tereshkova went into orbit aboard the Vostok 6 spacecraft for three days. She was the first female space traveler. The Soviet cosmonaut completed 48 orbits on board the spaceship before returning safely to Earth. The former textile worker was declared “Hero of the Soviet Union” and received the United Nations Gold Medal of Peace.
  • In 1967 – The Monterey Pop Festival opened for the first time. The three-day concert event featured historic performances by Jimi Hendrix, The Who, Ravi Shankar, and Janis Joplin.
  • In 1976 – South African police killed hundreds of protesting school children. An estimated 20,000 youth were protesting against the introduction of Afrikaans as the languages of instruction in their schools when police officers started firing into the crowd. The “Soweto uprising” is today commemorated on Youth Day each year.
  • In 1978 – President Carter and Panamanian leader Omar Torrijos ratified the Panama Canal treaties.
  • In 1981 – The “Chicago Tribune” purchased the Chicago Cubs baseball team from the P.K. Wrigley Chewing Gum Company for $20.5 million.
  • In 1992 – President George H.W. Bush welcomed Russian President Boris Yeltsin to a meeting in Washington, DC. The two agreed in principle to cut strategic weapon arsenals by about two-thirds by the year 2003.
  • In 1993 – The U.S. Postal Service released a set of seven stamps that featured Bill Haley, Buddy Holly, Clyde McPhatter, Otis Redding, Ritchie Valens, Dinah Washington and Elvis Presley.
  • In 1996 – Russian voters had their first independent presidential election. Boris Yeltsin was the winner after a run-off.
  • In 1999 – The United States Circuit Court of Appeals said that a 1992 federal music piracy law does not prohibit a palm-sized device that can download high-quality digital music files from the Internet and play them at home.
  • In 2000 – Federal regulators approved the merger of Bell Atlantic and GTE Corp. The merger created the nation’s largest local phone company.
  • In 2000 – Secretary of Energy Bill Richardson reported that an employee at the Los Alamos National Laboratory in New Mexico had discovered that two computer hard drives were missing.
  • In 2008 – California began issuing marriage licenses to same-sex couples.
  • In 2010 – The world’s first country-wide total tobacco ban went into effect. Bhutan banned the cultivation, harvesting, production, and sale of tobacco and tobacco products. It is still legal in the South Asian country to smoke in a private setting, but obtaining tobacco products legally is close to impossible.

Noteworthy Birthdays

If you were born on this date, Happy Birthday. You share your birthday with the following list of illustrious individuals – and about 20-million other people.

 

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