June 17th – Eat Your Vegetables Day

June 17, 2017 at 12:01 am | Posted in Today's Reasons To Celebrate | Leave a comment

Good morning my nutrition-conscious friends. Today is Saturday, June 17, 2017. Today’s reasons to celebrate are:

Eat Your Vegetables Day 

Yesterday was Fresh Veggies Day, and today we celebrate Eat Your Vegetables Day, which is always celebrated on June 17th. OK, OK! We get the hint…we’ll eat more fruits and vegetables. Eat Your Vegetables Day was strategically placed in the middle of National Fresh Fruit and Vegetables Month and is the perfect opportunity to re-introduce a healthy portion of vegetables into your diet.
Your mother was right, vegetables are essential for living a long, healthy life, and are an important part of any balanced diet. Eat Your Vegetables Day was created to promote a more healthy diet. It encourages you to eat vegetables for every meal today, as well as snacks. Instead of chips or fries with your sandwich, how about some celery or carrots. Or, how about a nice fresh crisp salad for dinner rather than a hot meal. Since it’s the middle of June, why heat up your kitchen any more than Mother Nature already has.

National Hollerin’ Contest Day

Each year since 1969, on the third Saturday in June, the sleepy hamlet of Spivey’s Corner, North Carolina, population 50, has been host to National Hollerin’ Contest. For this one day, an estimated 5,000-10,000 people come to enjoy this event. There are different types of hollers. This link will give you insight on the different types, and their purpose.
If for some odd reason you can’t make it to Spivey’s Corner this year, but still want to participate, celebrate this holiday by revving up your vocal cords and commence to hollerin’. However, if you’re like me, you probably don’t give a hoot and holler about this holiday. It’s nothing to shout about.

National Apple Strudel Day 

According to some people, every day should be ‘apfelstrudel’ day – to use its proper Austrian name. The German meaning of strudel is a vortex or eddy, which aptly describes the way the pastry layers encircle the filling of this delicious dessert.
A Strudel is a  sweet layered pastry with a filling that became very popular in the latter part of the Habsburg Empire (1278-1780). The oldest Strudel recipe is a handwritten recipe from 1696, now kept in the Vienna City Library.
There are both sweet and savory strudels. Popular sweet varieties include apple (often with raisins), cherry, cheese and poppy seed; savory varieties include spinach and cabbage. Although associated with the Austro-Hungarian Empire, strudel has its origins in Byzantine Empire pastries such as baklava. While some people make strudel from phyllo or puff pastry, traditional strudel pastry dough is a very elastic and stretchable, not flaky dough.
You don’t have to don your lederhosen, or know how to yodel, to celebrate National Apple Strudel Day. To enjoy this sumptuous treat, you can make one at home (they aren’t as difficult as they sound), but if you don’t want to bother, Apple Strudels is available at most bakeries or supermarkets.
Author’s Note: Supermarket products known as “toaster strudel” bear no similarity to actual strudel (or even food in my humble opinion).

Stewart’s Root Beer Day 

Stewart’s Root Beer was created in 1924 by Frank Stewart, a schoolteacher in Mansfield, Ohio. Stewart set out to create the world’s creamiest, best-tasting root beer. He and a chemist specially formulated the root beer, blending 20 different extracts of roots, herbs, and berries to create the world-famous Stewart’s Root Beer. For the first 66 years, Stewart’s Root Beer was only available at Stewart’s root beer stands and later, at Stewart’s Drive-Ins. In 1990, Cable Car Beverage Corporation acquired the bottling rights for Stewart’s and began selling Stewart’s Root Beer in 12-oz. amber glass bottles. Since then, Stewart’s has continued to grow. Throughout the 1990s with the introduction of flavors like the Country Orange n’ Cream, Stewart’s emerged as the leader in flavor innovation for the super-premium, gourmet soda category. In November of 2000, Stewart’s was sold along with Royal Crown and Snapple Brands to Cadbury Schweppes. Today, Stewart’s is part of Plano, Texas-based Dr. Pepper Snapple Group, an integrated refreshment beverage business marketing more than 50 beverage brands throughout North America. If you can find it, enjoy a cool refreshing glass of Stewart’s Root Beer today, or better yet, throw in a scoop of ice cream and make a  root beer float. If you can’t find it in your locale, tough toenails! Don’t even think of celebrating this holiday with any other brand.

More Holidays

On This Date

  • In 1579 – Sir Francis Drake claimed San Francisco Bay (California) for England.
  • In 1856 – The Republican Party opened its first national convention in Philadelphia.
  • In 1861 – President Abraham Lincoln witnessed Dr. Thaddeus Lowe demonstrate the use of a hydrogen balloon.
  • In 1876 – General George Crook’s command was attacked and defeated on the Rosebud River by 1,500 Sioux and Cheyenne under the leadership of Chief Crazy Horse.
  • In 1879 – Thomas Edison received an honorary degree of Doctor of Philosophy from the trustees of Rutgers College in New Brunswick, NJ.
  • In 1885 – The Statue of Liberty arrived in New York City aboard the French ship “Isere”. Hundreds of thousands of spectators welcomed the emblematic statue, which was a gift to the United States from the people of France and has become one of the country’s most recognized symbols.
  • In 1913 – United States Marines set sail from San Diego to protect American interests in Mexico.
  • In 1928 – Amelia Earhart began the flight that made her the first woman to successfully fly across the Atlantic Ocean. Wilmer Stultz piloted the Fokker F.VII aircraft, Earhart kept the flight log. They arrived at Burry Port in Wales, the United Kingdom, 20 hours and 40 minutes later.
  • In 1930 – The Smoot-Hawley Tariff Bill became law. It placed the highest tariff on imports to the United States.
  • In 1932 – The Senate defeated the bonus bill as 10,000 veterans massed around the Capitol.
  • In 1940 – Three Baltic states fell under Soviet occupation. While the world’s attention was focused on the recent German invasion of Paris, the Soviet Union annexed Estonia, Latvia, and Lithuania.
  • In 1941 – WNBT-TV in New York City, NY, was granted the first construction permit to operate a commercial TV station in the United States
  • In 1942 – Yank, a weekly magazine for the U.S. armed services, began publication. The term “G.I. Joe” was first used in a comic strip by Dave Breger.
  • In 1944 – The Republic of Iceland was established. The Nordic island country had previously been included in the Norwegian and Danish monarchies. The republic’s first President was Sveinn Björnsson.
  • In 1950 – Dr. Richard H. Lawler performed the first kidney transplant in a 45-minute operation in Chicago, IL.
  • In 1963 – The Supreme Court banned the required reading of the Lord’s prayer and Bible in public schools.
  • In 1972 – The arrest of five White House operatives set off the Watergate scandal. The men were caught attempting to wiretap the Democratic National Committee headquarters at the Watergate office complex. The scandal ultimately led to President Richard Nixon’s resignation.
  • In 1982 – Former President Richard M. Nixon was interviewed by Diane Sawyer on “The CBS Morning News.”
  • In 1991 – The Parliament of South Africa repealed the Population Registration Act. The act had required that all South Africans for classified by race at birth.

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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