June 23rd – In the Pink

June 23, 2017 at 12:01 am | Posted in Today's Reasons To Celebrate | Leave a comment

Good morning my pink-cheeked pals. Today is Friday, June 23rd. Today’s reasons to celebrate are:

National Pink Day

National Pink Day is celebrated annually on this date…but no one seems to know why. This holiday is listed in a majority of my sources, but none offered any reason regarding its origins or significance. One source did posit that it had to do with the wearing of a pink ribbon to raise awareness about breast cancer but offered no explanation as to why pink, or why it is celebrated on this date.
Pink is one of the most common colors of flowers. It is thought that pink serves to attract the insects and birds which are necessary for pollination. In English, the word pink is thought to be derived from the Dutch flower, pinken, dating back to 1681.
The color pink is a combination of the colors red and white and came into vogue in the latter part of the 17th century. In the Middle Ages, pink was not a common color. Occasionally it was seen in women’s fashion and religious art. In the 13th and 14th century, the Christ child was sometimes portrayed dressed in pink, the color associated with the body of Christ. Pink was mainly used for the flesh color of faces and hands during the Renaissance. The Rococo Period (1720-1777) was the golden age for the color pink. Pastel colors became very fashionable in all the courts of Europe during this time. Madame de Pompadour (1721-1764), the mistress of King Louis XV of France, was known for wearing the color pink, often combined with light blue. At one point, Ms. Pompadour had a particular tint of pink made specifically for her.
Surveys taken in both the United States and Europe agree that the color pink combined with white or pale blue is most commonly associated with femininity, sensitivity, tenderness, childhood and the romantic…while pink, when combined with violet or black is associated with eroticism and seduction.
The association of the color pink with femininity is a recent occurrence…dating back to the 1920’s. Prior to that, pink associated more with boys than girls. Pink ribbons or decorations were worn by young boys in 19th century England. The men in England wore red uniforms and since boys were considered small men, boys wore pink.
The word pink has many different connotations in the modern lexicon.

  • In the pink – To be in top form, in good health, in good condition.
  • To see pink elephants – To hallucinate from the effects of alcohol.
  • Pink slip – To be given a pink slip means to be fired or dismissed from a job. First recorded in 1915 in the United States.
  • Pink-collar worker – Persons working in jobs conventionally regarded as “women’s work”
  • Pink Money – The pink pound or pink dollar is an economic term which refers to the spending power of the LGBT community.
  • Tickled pink – means extremely pleased.

To celebrate National Pink Day, you can do the obvious and wear something pink. Additionally, you could also celebrate by listening to Pink Floyd or the pop star P!nk. You could watch Pink Panther movies or cartoons, give someone a pinky swear, or if you want to carry your celebration to the extreme, you could use food coloring to turn your food pink.  To be safe (and Politically Correct), you could wear a pink ribbon to help fight breast cancer, and make a small donation to the cause…or for that matter any other charitable organization with the word pink in its name.

Typewriter/Typewriting Day 

Typewriter/Typewriting Day celebrates that archaic machine that, in its era, revolutionized the business industry, and made communicating with others easier. On this date in 1868, Christopher Latham Sholes received a patent for the typewriter, which he called a Type-Writer. Other types of typewriters had been around since the early 1700′s, but his typewriter was the first to be both practical and commercially successful.
Part of that invention was his creation of the QWERTY system of arranging the keys. I’m reasonably sure that Mr. Sholes didn’t coin the phrase QWERTY for his systematic arrangement of the keys on his typewriter, but his arrangement of the keys put the most commonly used letters (in the English alphabet) at the user’s fingertips. Unlike Mr. Sholes and for all intents and purposes, the typewriter, the QWERTY keyboard is still around to this day and is the standard on every computer keyboard manufactured today.
How many of you still have a typewriter in your home? My old Royal portable, which got me through high school, college, and my first few years in the military using the tried and true “hunt & peck” method, served me well but has long since been retired.

National Hydration Day

National Hydration Day serves as a reminder to replace fluids lost on these hot summer days. The human body contains more than 60 percent water. Maintaining a proper balance of water in the body, especially for physically active people, can be a challenge. Becoming overheated or dehydrated can lead to heat stroke and possibly death.
There are ways to help prevent dehydration, and chief among them is drinking plenty of fluids. Sports drinks contain electrolytes (Magnesium, Calcium, Sodium, and Potassium) to replenish the essential minerals the body loses through perspiration, but they can also contain a lot of things, like sugar, which isn’t that good for you. Your best choice is probably good ole H2O.
For some sports, there is also a product like FuelGard™ Mouthgard and Electrolyte Tablets, which has the dual duty of protecting the athlete as well as providing essential electrolytes for maintaining hydration balance while the athlete trains. After the workout, your body will continue to need to replenish fluids.
National Hydration Day was created by SafeTGard Corporation to increase awareness of the importance of proper hydration to athletes everywhere, and to honor football Coach Victor Hawkins who invented a mouth guard that releases electrolytes to keep his players hydrated during games and practices. This holiday honors Coach Hawkins’ contributions to athlete health, safety and success.  It was approved by the Registrar at National Day Calendar in 2016.
To celebrate National Hydration Day, stay hydrated…no matter your personal level of activity.

Take Your Dog to Work Day

In 1999, Pet Sitters International created Take Your Dog to Work Day, and each year since, on the Friday after Father’s Day, thousands of offices nationwide participate in this event. The purpose of Take Your Dog to Work Day is to celebrate our canine companions and to encourage dog adoption from humane societies, breed rescue clubs, and animal shelters.
Man’s relationship with dogs predates recorded history. From the beginning, dogs worked alongside us, hunting and tracking and even keeping us safe at night by growling and barking when they sensed danger. As society evolved, this relationship was forgotten, and dogs are now left at home (often in cages) while their owners go about our daily business. Take Your Dog To Work Day seeks to revive dog’s role as companions and partners in the workplace.
Even with such powerhouse corporations Google, Etsy, Mashable, and Ben and Jerry’s allowing pets in the workplace, as of 2015, only about 8% of companies nationwide allow you to bring your pet to work on a regular basis – but that is up from 5% in 2013. Take Your Dog to Work Day seeks to change that. Millennials will soon surpass baby boomers as the largest percentage of pet owners in America, and by 2020, will make up over 50% of the workforce. It is believed that more and more companies are likely to jump on the pet-friendly bandwagon as they seek to attract millennials into their fold.

Let It Go Day 

Let It Go Day urges you to just let go of whatever emotional baggage, grudges, or other issues you’ve been hanging onto. Sometimes we hold on to feelings, incidents, or events to the point that it becomes disruptive. Holding on to feelings of anger, regret, or resentment can have a negative effect on you relationships at work, with your family, or with your friends; and in extreme cases, actually lead to health problems. You cannot change the past nor can you control the future. Learning how to let go of the things that cause you stress will free you to deal with your relationships in the present

Runner’s Selfie Day

Runner’s Selfie Day is an “internet-generated” holiday and is a newcomer to the list of holidays. On June 10th, 2014, Chase’s Calendar of Events recognized Runner’s Selfie Day as an annual event to be celebrated on June 23rd each year, beginning in 2015. The premise, I guess, is to go for a run today and document your progress with selfies along the way.
This holiday doesn’t make sense to me. The only possible reasons that I can envision of for the average person to run is for exercise, to flee the scene of a crime, or to escape the Zombie Apocalypse or another such event…and in any of these scenarios, stopping along the way to take a selfie seems counter-productive.
Author’s Note: Before celebrating Runner’s Selfie Day, you might also want to refer to my post from June 21st, particularly the entry about National Selfie Day, and specifically the link that I provided therein regarding selfie-related injuries and deaths.

SAT Math Day

SAT Math Day is a holiday to share your favorite SAT math problems. It celebrates the birthday of Alan Turing. If you are a regular reader of this BLOG, you already know from previous posts that Alan Turing was a British mathematician, computer scientist, cryptanalyst, and logician who pioneered the modern-day computer.

National Pecan Sandy Day 

National Pecan Sandy Day pays tribute to those fabulous shortbread cookies which are rich with both butter and toasted nuts.  They are perfect with iced tea or milk or coffee. A Sandy is a cookie similar to shortbread. It consists mostly of sugar, flour, vanilla, and some form of fat. While shortbread recipes almost invariably use butter for their source of fat, Sandies are often made with vegetable shortening, margarine, or oil. A pecan sandy contains finely chopped pecans, which seems to be the most common form of Sandy. Enjoy one, or two, or three for a snack today. m

More Holidays

On This Date

  • In 1836 – Congress approved the Deposit Act, which contained a provision for turning over surplus federal revenue to the states. [which probably explains why the federal government hasn’t had surplus federal revenue since…they spend it all on their “pet projects” so as to leave nothing to turn over to the states].
  • In 1860 – The U.S. Secret Service was created to arrest counterfeiters.
  • In 1865 – Confederate General Stand Watie, who was also a Cherokee chief, surrendered the last sizable Confederate army at Fort Towson, in the Oklahoma Territory.
  • In 1894 – The modern-day International Olympic Committee (IOC) was founded. The IOC is responsible for organizing the Olympic Games and similar events. The committee was established at the initiative of French educator, Pierre de Coubertin.
  • In 1904 – The first American motorboat race got underway on the Hudson River in New York.
  • In 1931 – Wiley Post and Harold Gatty took off from New York on the first round-the-world flight in a single-engine plane. The American-Australian team was the first to circumnavigate the planet in a single-engine plane. After several stops, they returned to Roosevelt Field eight days later. They took nearly two weeks less than the previous record holder, the German airship Graf Zeppelin.
  • In 1938 – Marineland opened near St. Augustine, Florida.
  • In 1947 – The Senate joined the House of Representatives in overriding President Harry S. Truman’s veto of the Taft-Hartley Act, which limits the activities and power of labor Unions, especially those which affect interstate commerce. It is the act that President Ronald Reagan used to break up the Air Traffic Controllers Union (PATCO) strike in the 1980′s.
  • In 1952 – The U.S. Air Force bombed power plants on Yalu River, Korea.
  • In 1956 – Gamal Abdel Nasser was elected president of Egypt.
  • In 1961 – The Antarctic Treaty went into force. The treaty was the first arms control agreement signed during the Cold War. It sets Antarctica aside as a scientific preserve and prohibits military activities on the continent.
  • In 1964 – Henry Cabot Lodge resigned as the United States envoy to Vietnam and was succeeded by Maxwell Taylor.
  • In 1985 – An Air India jumbo jet crashed into the Atlantic Ocean. The crash was caused by a bomb planted by the Sikh militant group Babbar Khalsa. The incident, in which all 329 people aboard died, was the first bombing of a Boeing 747.
  • In 1989 – The movie “Batman” was released nationwide. [by far the best Batman movie, in my humble opinion].
  • In 1992 – Yitzhak Rabin’s Labor Party won the election in Israel. Rabin became the country’s fifth Prime Minister. For his engagement in a peaceful solution to the Middle East conflict, he was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize in 1994 (together with Shimon Peres and Yasir Arafat). A year later, Rabin was assassinated by a Jewish extremist.
  • In 1995 – Jonas Salk, the man responsible for eradicating polio in America, died.
  • In 2005 – Roger Ebert received a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame.

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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