June 18th – Happy Father’s Day

June 18, 2017 at 12:01 am | Posted in Today's Reasons To Celebrate | Leave a comment

Good morning daddyos. Today is Sunday, June 18, 2017. Today’s reasons to celebrate are:

Father’s Day 

Father’s Day is a celebration honoring fathers and celebrating fatherhood, paternal bonds, and the influence of fathers in society. In America, it is always celebrated on the third Sunday in June. Other countries celebrate Father’s Day on varying dates, but most have some sort of holiday honoring fathers.
Father’s Day was created to complement Mother’s Day. It began in Spokane, WA on June 19, 1910, at the local YMCA, and was the idea of Sonora Smart Dodd.  Her father, the Civil War veteran William Jackson Smart, was a single parent who raised his six children there. After hearing a sermon about Mother’s Day in 1909, she told her pastor that fathers should have a similar holiday honoring them. Although she initially suggested June 5, her father’s birthday, the pastors did not have enough time to prepare their sermons, and the celebration was deferred to the third Sunday of June. The holiday had little initial success and Ms. Dodd eventually moved away from Spokane. In the 1930’s, she moved back to Spokane and renewed her efforts, this time with more support. She had the help of those trade groups that would benefit most from the holiday, for example, the manufacturers of ties, tobacco pipes, and any traditional present to fathers. Since 1938 she had the help of the Father’s Day Council, founded by the New York Associated Menswear Retailers to consolidate and systematize the commercial promotion. Americans resisted the holiday for a few decades, perceiving it as just an attempt by merchants to replicate the commercial success of Mother’s Day, and newspapers frequently featured cynical and sarcastic attacks and jokes. But the trade groups did not give up: they kept promoting it and even incorporated the jokes into their adverts, and they eventually succeeded. By the mid-1980’s the Father’s Council wrote that “Father’s Day has become a ‘Second Christmas’ for all the men’s gift-oriented industries.”
A bill to accord national recognition of the holiday was introduced in Congress in 1913. In 1916, President Woodrow Wilson went to Spokane to speak in a Father’s Day celebration and wanted to make it official, but Congress resisted, fearing that it would become commercialized. President Calvin Coolidge recommended in 1924 that the day should be observed by the nation, but stopped short of issuing a national proclamation. Two earlier attempts to formally recognize the holiday had been defeated by Congress. In 1957, Maine Senator Margaret Chase Smith wrote a proposal accusing Congress of ignoring fathers for 40 years while honoring mothers, thus “singling out just one of our two parents”. In 1966, President Lyndon B. Johnson issued the first presidential proclamation honoring fathers, designating the third Sunday in June as Father’s Day. Six years later, the day was made a permanent national holiday when President Richard Nixon signed it into law in 1972.
If you think that Father’s Day is a contrived holiday sponsored by retailers to sell more products, you are absolutely correct; just like Mother’s Day and Valentines Day. It doesn’t mean that fathers, or mothers, or sweethearts don’t deserve a special day on which to be honored, it just means that it has been commercialized; just like everything else in today’s consumer-driven society. So, make dad feel special today. You don’t have to succumb to the hype. Most dads just want to be left alone in front of the TV, get a card and maybe a token gift, and have their favorite meal prepared for them by their loving family.
Author’s Note: My father was born in 1893 (yes, you read that date correctly, 1893) in Big Horn, Wyoming (near Buffalo, Wyoming). He was the youngest of 8 brothers (and one sister who died in infancy of Rheumatic Fever). He joined the Army at the tail end of WWI in 1917 but never served overseas. After the Army, he went to work for the Post Office and, in the mid-1920’s, he migrated to Bakersfield California where he was a postman until he retired in 1959. Other than that, I know very little about him.
If I have one regret in life, it is that I wasn’t close to my father. Many people find it hard to communicate with their parents because of the “generation gap”. Well, we had a “double generation gap” – he was 54 when I was born. I could have learned so much from him –not only about his family history but about what life was like at the beginning of the 20th century. I had a running joke with him about that. My least favorite subject in school was History. He used to say that History was his favorite subject…to which I would reply, “Yes Dad, but  there was so much less History to memorize when you went to school.”
If one of your parents is still alive, I urge you to sit down with them and talk about what life was like when they grew up…and, the sooner the better. You’ll be amazed at the insights they can provide – about the society, the politics, and the technology of their era.
My father died at home with my mother at his bedside, in January 1980.

Go Fishing Day 

Fishing is as popular as ever and is one of America’s favorite leisure activities. As with so many such holidays, the origins and creator of Go Fishing Day are obscure at best. One source suggested that the first American fly casting tournament, held in Utica, NY. on this date in 1861, might the genesis of this holiday. Another source used a bit of levity, claiming that they had found the address of the creator, but when they arrived at his house to interview him, there was a note on the door that read, “Gone Fishin’ – sorry I missed you.”
With that said, if you enjoy fishing, then Go Fishing Day is the holiday for you. Visit your favorite fishing hole and drown a few worms. Good luck — Just please don’t regale me with your tales of the “one that got away”. I’m of the philosophy that, “No fish, no picture…didn’t happen.”
I don’t see the appeal of fishing. I guess that my dislike of seafood extends to the actual catching of the fish as well.

Clean Your Aquarium Day

From a goldfish in a bowl on a coffee table, to elaborate 100+ gallon heated saltwater aquariums with a small school, fish have always been popular as pets. They provide hours of enjoyment for their owners. But, just like Fluffy and Fido, their environment needs to be cleaned once in a while. Clean Your Aquarium Day serves as a reminder to give your aquarium a good cleaning.
Not cleaning your tank can lead to some serious problems for fish, including a low oxygen level in the water, illness of the gills and overall poor health and sluggishness. In addition to regular cleaning – at least once a year is recommended, but more often is even better, you can often offset the build-up of algae and scum by ensuring you have algae eaters…snails, in particular, are good for this purpose and can help to keep your tank clean and free of algae. In saltwater tanks, there are varieties of shrimp that are perfect for sweeping up the debris in your tank.
To clean your aquarium, you first have to remove your fish to a suitable container filled with water of about the same temperature from which you are removing them (don’t rely on your finger, use a thermometer). Next, remove any decor items in your tank and give them a good scrub and rinse to remove any algae accumulation. Then carefully empty the water and remove the aquarium rocks in the bottom. wipe down all of the surfaces inside the aquarium. Try to avoid using any kind of detergent, as that could harm your fish when you return them to their home. Also, rinse the rocks and again avoid using detergent. If you feel that the rocks need detergent, just replace them instead. After everything is clean, put the rocks and decor back into your aquarium, fill it with water (again, pay attention to the temperature of the water), then finally put your fish back into their clean home.

National Splurge Day 

If you’re tired of moderation, endless budgeting and taking the frugal option, then National Splurge Day is for you. For the rest of the year, you may be a model of financial prudence, but this holiday is an opportunity to let your hair down and spend some of that money you’ve saved.
National Splurge Day encourages you to be a little extravagant today. Go off your budget and buy that new recliner; break your bland diet and have that high-calorie dessert; go to the steak house instead of the franchised fast-food place down the street. Live it up a little, you’re worth it. You can always worry about your budget again tomorrow.

International Picnic Day

It’s often claimed that life is no picnic – but International Picnic Day seeks to disprove that theory…at least for one day out of the year. Picnics are a popular way to spend time with those about which you care.
The origin of the concept of a picnic may have been the social banquets held outdoors by wealthy people in medieval times. The earliest picnic gatherings were also probably related to an outdoor feast held after a successful hunt.
In reality, any individual, couple, family, or group who ever enjoyed eating outdoors for any reason was having a picnic, whether or not they had a specific word for it at the time. The origin of the word picnic is most likely the French word piquer, which can mean to pick or peck. It was probably joined with the rhyming obsolete word nique, meaning trifle, to convey the idea of multiple guests bringing different foods. In this way, all guests can make a meal of picking at small or trifling amounts of each dish or option, rather than only eating the food they have brought. This suggests that the original use of the word picnic may have referred more to the idea of sharing a variety of dishes between people, as with a potluck meal. It is possible that picnics in the past were based more on this idea, and by often implementing the idea outdoors, the meaning of the word gradually moved towards sharing a meal socially outdoors.  Some sources talk about picnics as they occurred in the Victorian era, where it appears that they rose in popularity. There is a theory that this occurred partly as a way to enjoy eating socially, without the restrictive rules of etiquette which applied to indoor social dining occasions. It seems that other factors which may have added to the appeal were viewing the outdoor scenery, and holding a gathering in connection with hunting parties. The Victorians also believed there was an association that had been made between good health and fresh air, which may also have led to the picnic’s rise in popularity.
I don’t know about where you live, but here in Palo Alto, it is perfect picnic weather. Plan a picnic today. Just keep an eye out for Yogi Bear and/or Boo Boo – lest your pic-a-nic basket come up missing.

International Sushi Day 

Sushi really has nothing to do with raw fish. It refers to the vinegar-seasoned rice used in making what we refer to as sushi. There are so many types of this dish that are generically (often wrongly) called “sushi”.
Sashimi is simply slices of raw fish (often salmon or tuna). It is not served with the sushi rice. Nilgiri is made from forming a handful of rice into a mound and placing a piece of seafood over the top. Maki rolls are made from wrapping sushi rice and various fillings inside a seaweed wrapper. Maki rolls have had the most variations created in Western society. For example, the “California Roll” is made with avocado, imitation crab, and cucumber. There is also the inside-out California Roll that has the rice on the outside. The “Philadelphia Roll” has smoked salmon, cream cheese, and cucumber. the “Texas Roll” has tuna, avocado, cucumber, and is rolled in crushed French fried onions.
I will not be celebrating this holiday. If I won’t eat fish when it’s cooked, I darn sure won’t eat the bait with which you catch it.

More Holidays

On This Date

  • In 1621 – The first duel in America took place in the Plymouth Colony in Massachusetts.
  • In 1778 – Britain evacuated Philadelphia during the U.S. Revolutionary War.
    In 1812 – The War of 1812 began as the United States declared war against Great Britain. The American declaration of war, which was opposed by a sizable minority in Congress, was called in response to the British economic blockade of France, the induction of American seamen into the British Royal Navy against their will, and the British support of hostile Indian tribes along the Great Lakes frontier. The war was ended with the signing of the Treaty of Ghent in Belgium on Christmas Eve, 1814. However, the famous Battle of New Orleans (considered America’s greatest victory in the war), was fought two weeks later, on January 8, 1815, because word of the war’s end had not yet reached the troops stationed there.
  • In 1815 – At the Battle of Waterloo Napoleon was defeated by an international army under the Duke of Wellington. The battle was Napoleon’s last and he abdicated on June 22. The French Emperor was exiled to Saint Helena where he died six years later. “To meet one’s Waterloo” is still a figure of speech today indicating total defeat.
  • In 1873 – Susan B. Anthony was fined $100 for attempting to vote.
  • In 1898 – Atlantic City, NJ, opened its Steel Pier.
  • In 1925 – The first degree in landscape architecture was granted by Harvard University.
  • In 1928 – The Checker Cab company produced their first taxi in Kalamazoo, MI.
  • In 1936 – Charles ‘Lucky’ Luciano was found guilty on 62 counts of compulsory prostitution.
  • In 1936 – The first bicycle traffic court was established in Racine, WI.
  • In 1940 – A speech by Charles de Gaulle sparked the French Resistance to German occupation. The Appeal of June 18, transmitted by radio from de Gaulle’s exile in the United Kingdom, was pivotal in mobilizing the French after Germany had declared more than half of the country an occupied zone. On August 25, French and Allied troops liberated Paris.
  • In 1942 – The United States Navy commissioned its first black officer, Harvard University medical student Bernard Whitfield Robinson.
  • In 1948 – The LP record was introduced. The 33⅓ rpm microgroove vinyl Long Playing record developed by Columbia Records soon became the music industry’s standard medium. It allowed for a total playing time of 20 minutes per side.
  • In 1959 – A Federal Court annulled the Arkansas law allowing school closings to prevent integration.
  • In 1959 – The first telecast received from England was broadcast in America over NBC-TV.
  • In 1961 – “Gunsmoke” was broadcast for the last time on CBS radio.
  • In 1966 – Samuel Nabrit became the first African-American to serve on the Atomic Energy Commission.
  • In 1972 – The Staines Air Disaster killed 118 people. The Hawker Siddeley Trident aircraft entered a deep stall and plummeted to the ground shortly after takeoff from London Heathrow Airport.
  • In 1979 – Leonid Brezhnev and Jimmy Carter signed the SALT II agreement. The second “Strategic Arms Limitation Talks” (SALT) agreement was a ground-breaking arms reduction treaty between the Soviet Union and the United States.
  • In 1982 – The Senate approved the renewal of the 1965 Voting Rights Act for an additional twenty-five year period.
  • In 1983 – Dr. Sally Ride became the first American woman in space aboard the space shuttle Challenger.
  • In 1998 – “The Boston Globe” asked Patricia Smith to resign after she admitted to inventing people and quotes in four of her recent columns.
  • In 2009 – Greenland assumed control over its law enforcement, judicial affairs, and natural resources from the Kingdom of Denmark. Greenlandic became the official language.

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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