June 19th – National Pets In Film Day

June 19, 2017 at 12:01 am | Posted in Today's Reasons To Celebrate | Leave a comment

Good morning celebrity pet lovers. Today is Monday, June 19, 2017. Today’s reasons to celebrate are:

National Pets in Film Day

From Lassie to Rin Tin Tin; from Benji to Beethoven; from Flicka to Fury — We all have our favorite animal stars. National Pets in Film Day pays tribute to all of the animals who have had starring roles in motion pictures (and on television) throughout history.
National Pets In Film Day was created in 2011 by celebrity pet and family lifestyle expert, Colleen Paige. Her mission was simple: to remind others to spend more time with pets and family members. The happiness and bonding we see with the pets and people in movies can happen in our very own lives as well.
To celebrate National Pets in Film Day, curl up on the couch with your four-legged furbaby and watch some movies starring your favorite animal movie stars.

Statue of Liberty Arrival Day

Statue of Liberty Arrival Day is not an actual holiday anywhere in America, but, in my humble opinion, it should be (or at least it should be a National observance).
On this date in 1885, the Statue of Liberty arrived at its permanent home on Bledsoe’s Island in New York Harbor, and the assembly began. Lady Liberty had arrived in New York Harbor two days prior, on June 17th, aboard the French frigate “Isere”. She had arrived disassembled because she was too large to transport intact.
The Statue of Liberty was a gift from the people of France to the people of the United States to commemorate the friendship between our two nations. She was designed by sculptor Frederic-Auguste Bartholdi, and is officially titled “Liberty Enlightening the World”. She has since been regarded as the symbol of freedom and democracy, not only to the United States, and the rest of the world, as well. This link will give you a complete history of how she came to America.

National Watch Day

National Watch Day recognizes an industry which has been around for more than 500 years and is steadily evolving. A brand new holiday, it was founded by Nordstrom Department Stores to celebrate the history and design of watchmaking. The Registrar at National Day Calendar declared the day to be celebrated annually beginning in 2017.
Choosing a watch is very personal as the choices are vast and numerous. Watches were not only crafted for telling time but have always been a symbol of something personal, a statement of who we are. These days, we choose a watch as much to reflect our personality or our social status as we do for quality and workmanship.
Even with the advent of smartphones and smart watches, the classic wrist watch is a sign of individual taste, culture, and a rich history that cannot be disputed.  Timepieces are often passed down from generation to generation, often gifted as a rite of passage, and essentially become heirlooms. Re-inventing a brand’s signature look often balances traditional aesthetics with modern details and technology. By creating and recreating new concepts, watches have become as much of a fashion accessory as scarves and bags.

Ride to Work Day (motorcycles and scooters)

Ride to Work Day is a holiday created to advocate commuting to work on a motorcycle or scooter. It is celebrated annually on the third Monday in June.
Ride to Work Day was inspired by “Work to Ride – Ride to Work” marketing materials created between 1989 and 1991 by the Aero Design and Manufacturing Company, a Minnesota based manufacturer of motorcycle riders clothing. The first Ride to Work Day event date was July 22nd, 1992. For several years, various motorcycle businesses informally promoted every third Wednesday in July as Ride To Work Day. These early advocates included Road Rider Magazine, Dunlop Tires, and Aerostich/Riderwearhouse. The event continued to grow as an informal grassroots demonstration every year until 2000. That year a non-profit organization, Ride to Work was formed to help organize and promote Ride to Work Day. The first Ride to Work Day event led by this group was the third Wednesday in July of 2001 and was celebrated on that date each year until 2008 when it was changed to the Third Monday In June. This change was made to better accommodate riders worldwide, and to give more riders an opportunity to participate.

World Sauntering Day

Sauntering is a verb to describe a style of walking; it is not a sashay, prance, trot, or lollygag. Simply, sauntering means to walk slowly, preferably with a joyful disposition. Sauntering has been spoken of most notably by many of the naturalist writers in history including Henry David Thoreau and John Burroughs.
World Sauntering Day encourages everyone to slow their pace in the “rat race” today and observe what is around them. It is an annual holiday celebrated on the 19th of June each year. The purpose is to remind us to take it easy, smell the roses, to slow down and enjoy life…as opposed to rushing through it.
The exact year of its origin is unclear, but it is believed to have begun at Grand Hotel (Mackinac Island) in Michigan (which incidentally has the world’s longest porch at 660 feet in length) during the 1970’s as an answer to the new jogging craze.
The goal of World Sauntering Day is simple – to encourage people to slow down and appreciate the world around them. So, today, forego your jog or “power walk” and substitute a leisurely saunter through your neighborhood or a nearby park. Who knows what you’ll discover.

Eat an Oreo Day

Like Oreo Cookie Day which we celebrated on March 6th…the day the Oreo Cookie was first introduced to the public, Eat an Oreo Day encourages you to enjoy one of “milk’s favorite cookies”.
Oreo’s were first developed and marketed in 1912 in New York City. They sold by the pound… like, 30¢ a lb. WOW! The original design imprinted on the cookie was a wreath with Oreo in the center. You probably didn’t even realize this, because really, who takes the time to study an Oreo’s design…you’re too busy gobbling them down.
As for the actual name Oreo, there isn’t a definitive story about from where the name was derived. According to one website, it is believed that the name Oreo is derived from the French word for gold, mainly because the original packaging was gold.
Since their creation over a century ago, over 500 billion Oreo Cookies have been sold, which makes them the best-selling cookie of the 20th century. The Oreo name has been changed a few times… and it seemed to get longer every time — From their original name, Oreo Biscuit; to Oreo Sandwich in 1921; to Oreo Creme Sandwich in 1948; to its current incarnation, Oreo Creme Sandwich Cookie in 1974.  I just call them Oreos. No matter what you call them, they are delicious, and one of America’s favorite cookies.

National Dry Martini Day 

A martini is a cocktail made with gin and vermouth. Sometimes, vodka is substituted for gin, although this is properly called a vodka martini. The drink is almost always garnished with an olive, although sometimes it is garnished with a slice of lemon peel. The martini is one of the most widely known cocktails. For absolute purists, the bottle of gin, the mixing glass, and the vermouth are all at room temperature prior to mixing. This is so a small quantity of cold water is diluted into the drink when the ingredients are stirred, or shaken, with ice.
As many of you already know, I quit drinking over a quarter century ago (with the exception of an occasional glass of wine with special occasion dinner, or one shot from a well endowed, scantily clad “shot girl” in a bar…yes, I still go to bars occasionally, I just drink water or juice instead of booze). Even when did imbibe, I disliked the taste of gin…to me it tastes like pine needles. Hence, I will not be celebrating this holiday. I guess that I will instead just celebrate another day of sobriety.

More Holidays

On This Date

  • In 1586 – English colonists sailed away from Roanoke Island, NC, after failing to establish England’s first permanent settlement in America.
  • In 1778 – General George Washington’s troops finally left Valley Forge after a winter of training.
  • In 1846 – The New York Knickerbocker Club played the New York Club in the first baseball game at the Elysian Field, Hoboken, NJ. It was the first organized baseball game.
  • In 1903 – The young school teacher, Benito Mussolini, was placed under investigation by police in Bern, Switzerland.
  • In 1911 – In Pennsylvania, the first motion-picture censorship board was established.
  • In 1912 – The government established the 8-hour work day.
  • In 1913 – South Africa implemented the Natives Land Act. The law limited the areas of land that could be owned by black people to “native reserve” areas, which comprised less than 10 percent of the country’s total area. It was in force until Apartheid was dismantled in the 1990’s.
  • In 1934 – Congress established the Federal Communications Commission (FCC). The commission was to regulate radio and [later] TV broadcasting.
  • In 1939 – In Atlanta, GA, legislation was enacted that disallowed pinball machines in the city.
  • In 1942 – British Prime Minister Winston Churchill arrived in Washington, DC, to discuss the invasion of North Africa with President Roosevelt.
  • In 1943 – Henry Kissinger became a naturalized United States citizen.
  • In 1951 – President Harry S Truman signed the Universal Military Training and Service Act, which extended Selective Service until July 1, 1955, and lowered the draft age to 18.
  • In 1953 – Julius and Ethel Rosenberg were executed at Sing Sing Prison in New York following their conviction for selling U.S. atomic secrets to the Soviet Union. They were accused of heading a spy ring that passed top-secret information concerning the atomic bomb to the Soviet Union. The Rosenbergs vigorously protested their innocence, but after a brief trial in March 1951, they were convicted. On April 5, 1951, a judge sentenced them to death.
  • In 1954 – The Tasmanian Devil appeared for the first time in the cartoon “Devil May Hare” by Warner Brothers.
  • In 1958 – In Washington, DC, nine entertainers refused to answer a congressional committee’s questions on communism.
  • In 1961 – Kuwait gained complete independence from Britain.
  • In 1961 – The Supreme Court struck down a provision in Maryland’s constitution that required state officeholders to profess a belief in God.
  • In 1964 – The Civil Rights Act of 1964 was finally passed after surviving an 83-day filibuster by Southern Democrats in the Senate to prevent passage of the law against discrimination based on race, color, religion, sex, or national origin. Richard Russel stated, “We will resist to the bitter end any measure or any movement which would have a tendency to bring about social equality and intermingling and amalgamation of the races in our (Southern) states.” The bill was signed into law on July 2, 1964.
  • In 1973 – The stage production of “The Rocky Horror Picture Show” opened in London.
  • In 1978 – Everyone’s favorite, and the world’s laziest, house cat, Garfield, made his comic strip debut in 41 newspapers nationally. The comic strip by Jim Davis currently holds the Guinness World Record for the world’s most widely syndicated comic strip.
  • In 1987 – A Euskadi Ta Askatasuna or ETA car bomb killed 21 people in Barcelona, Spain. The 1987 Hipercor bombing was one of the bloodiest attacks by Basque separatist organization.
  • In 1987 – The Supreme Court struck down the Louisiana law that required that schools teach creationism.
  • In 1998 – A study released said that smoking more than doubles risks of developing dementia and Alzheimer’s.
  • In 1998 – Switzerland’s three largest banks offered $600 million to settle claims they’d stolen the assets of Holocaust victims during World War II. Jewish leaders called the offer insultingly low.
  • In 1999 – Stephen King was struck from behind by a mini-van while walking along a road in Maine.
  • In 2000 – The Supreme Court ruled that a group prayer led by students at public-school football games violated the 1st Amendment’s principle that called for the separation of church and state.
  • In 2002 – Steve Fossett took off on his record-breaking balloon flight. He lifted off from Northam in Western Australia to begin history’s first solo flight around the world in any aircraft. On July 3, after having traveled 33,195 km (20,626 mi), he touched down again in Queensland, Australia.

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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