June 25th – Global Beatles Day

June 25, 2017 at 12:01 am | Posted in Today's Reasons To Celebrate | Leave a comment

Good morning Beatles fans. Today is Sunday, June 25, 2017. Today’s reasons to celebrate are:

Global Beatles Day 

Global Beatles Day was created by a global group of dedicated Beatles fans to perpetuate the phenomenon of The Beatles – their music, their sense of fashion, their imagination, their art; and to recognize the impact that they [The Beatles] had upon an entire generation of young people.
The reason that Global Beatles Day© is celebrated on this date is that it marks the date in 1967 when The Beatles performed their song “All you need is Love” for the first time on the BBC program “Our World”…which was the first “live” global television link, and broadcast to 26 countries via satellite, and watched by 400 million people worldwide. It is touted by many as the beginning of “The Summer of Love”.
Among their contributions to society are the promotion of peace and love, of truth, youth, and the expansion of human consciousness. Many of the “messages” in their music and lyrics are as topical today as they were then. From their humble beginnings as a “lounge group” in England and continental Europe to the “pop group” that invaded America in 1964, to their protest and psychedelic phases; The Beatles went through many incarnations during their time together.
I have to admit that I was not a big fan of The Beatles or their music when they first burst upon the scene. It wasn’t until after their break-up, while listening to an “oldies” station, that I came to realize how special they were; and how profound and prolific was their ‘body of work’. Now, I have an extensive collection of Beatles music, through all of their different incarnations; as well as a lot of their work as individual artists after their break-up.
To celebrate this holiday, simply listen to whatever collection of Beatles music you have. Or, “Come Together” with a few like-minded friends in your “Yellow Submarine” and create “Something” special by combining your collections and taking a “Magical Mystery Tour” through the Beatles era.

Log Cabin Day/National Log Cabin Day

Although listed separately in my sources, Log Cabin Day and National Log Cabin Day are the same holidays. The only difference I could find between them was that Log Cabin Day is listed as being celebrated on the last Sunday in June, while National Log Cabin Day is listed as always being celebrated on June 25th.
Throughout history, log cabins have been a popular type of dwelling. Since humans discovered the ax, trees have been felled to make some kind of shelter. From crude lean-to’s to today’s modern luxury vacation homes, the evolution of log cabins has been thoroughly documented in history. The log cabin played an important role in the development of America in its early years as the population moved steadily west. So important, in fact, that the Whigs (the American Colonists who supported the American Revolution) used the log cabin as the symbol of William Henry Harrison’s Presidential campaign to show that he was a simple man of the people.
Log cabins date back further than the development of America though. Anywhere there were tall sturdy timbers log cabins became a mainstay of habitation. Log cabins appeared all over the northern reaches of Europe in an incredible range of styles before America was discovered, much less colonized. Sometimes the exterior logs were hewn flat so that siding could be added, and occasionally the interior was given the same treatment to make the way for wallpaper, lathe, or plaster. The Wood Museum in Trondheim displays multiple forms of log cabins, fourteen in total.
Log Cabin day was created by the Log Cabin Society (duh!) in collaboration with the Bad Axe Historical Society. Each year people go out to help preserve historical log cabins so that they can be maintained for the future and hold on to the artifacts and memories that make them so important.
If you own a log cabin, pack up your family and spend a relaxing, stress-free day there. However, even if you don’t own a log cabin, you can still celebrate Log Cabin Day. Research the history of log cabins and their role in the development of civilization.

 Color TV Day 

On this date in 1951, the first regular commercial color TV transmissions were presented on CBS using the FCC-approved CBS Field Sequential Color System. After a decade of testing from three competing companies, the FCC decided that the CBS system was the simplest and most reliable and made that system the industry standard. The public did not own color TV’s at the time, so the broadcast went largely unnoticed.

National Catfish Day 

National Catfish Day celebrates, what else, catfish. In America, National Catfish Day specifically celebrates farm-raised catfish.
Catfish are a diverse group of ray-finned fish and derive their name from their prominent barbels, which resemble cat whiskers. In 1986, catfish comprised the third highest volume of finned fish consumed in the United States. Below are a few more catfish facts.

  • Catfish are nocturnal.
  • They don’t have scales.
  • Catfish are a good source of Vitamin D.
  • In the United States, the most commonly eaten species are the channel catfish and the blue catfish.

On this date in 1987, President Ronald Reagan made this proclamation (Proclamation 5672):

“More and more Americans are discovering a uniquely American food delicacy — farm-raised catfish. In 1986, catfish comprised the third highest volume of finned fish consumed in the United States. Ninety-nine percent of all these catfish were farm-raised. Between 1975 and 1985, production of farm-raised catfish increased by 1200 percent. Most observers expect that production will continue to increase in 1987. Production costs of catfish farming, which have averaged only 65 cents per pound over the past 8 years, have resulted in a stable income for growers and an economical food product for consumers. The accompanying growth of the catfish processing industry also has created thousands of permanent jobs.
Farm-raised catfish have come a long way from their bottom-feeding ancestors. The catfish that are available today, fresh or frozen in markets nationwide, are products of state-of-the-art methods of aquaculture. They thrive in clean freshwater ponds on many American farms, where they are surface-fed soybean meal, corn, fish meal, vitamins, and minerals. Farm-raised catfish not only furnish American consumers with a tasty delicacy but also provide a nutritious, low-calorie source of protein that is also low in cholesterol.
In recognition of the value of farm-raised catfish, the Congress, by House Joint Resolution 178, has designated June 25, 1987, as “National Catfish Day” and authorized and requested the President to issue a proclamation in its observance.
Now, Therefore, I, Ronald Reagan, President of the United States of America, do hereby proclaim June 25, 1987, as National Catfish Day. I call upon the people of the United States to observe this day with appropriate ceremonies and activities.
In Witness Whereof, I have hereunto set my hand this twenty-fifth day of June, in the year of our Lord nineteen hundred and eighty-seven, and of the Independence of the United States of America the two hundred and eleventh.” 

My dislike of seafood extends to fresh-water varieties, so despite what President Reagan recommends, I will not be celebrating this holiday.

National Strawberry Parfait Day 

Just because I can’t authenticate this holiday with Presidential Proclamation does not mean that it is any less significant. We have covered parfaits on this Blog before, so we already know that parfait is the French word for ‘perfect’ and that a parfait is a layered dessert similar to a sundae.
In America, a “parfait” became a particular type of sundae, with syrup and ice cream, layered in a special glass, topped with whipped cream, however, today, the ice cream is often replaced with yogurt or pudding and additional layers of granola are added.
So, celebrate National Strawberry Parfait Day by enjoying another parfait for dessert tonight…either the ice cream or pudding variety. This time, be sure that it is strawberry.

Goat’s Cheese Day

Not surprisingly, Goat’s Cheese Day celebrates cheese made from goat’s milk. Cheese made from cow’s milk is by far the most popular today, largely due to its availability, but, before the cattle industry gained prominence, cheeses were made from the milk of whatever animal was available.
Goat’s milk has been used to make cheese for centuries. Like most cheese, goat cheese can be made in both hard and soft varieties and can be used in the same manner as cheese made from cow’s milk.
Goat cheese is made from a simple process – simply allowing the milk to curdle naturally and then pressing the whey out so only the curds remain. Other cheese making techniques use some form of acid or rennet to help curdle the milk.
You don’t need any special skills or training to celebrate Goat’s Cheese Day…other than the ability to read the ingredients on the package of cheese you buy. There are many ways to enjoy some goat cheese today. Replace that slice of chemicals you normally put on your cheeseburger with some goat cheese, substitute goat cheese in your favorite mac & cheese recipe, eat some goat cheese as a snack with some crackers or fruit, or put some goat cheese on your salad. The possibilities are limited only by your imagination.

More Holidays

On This Date

  • In 1788 – Virginia ratified the United States Constitution and became the 10th state of the United States.
  • In 1867 – Lucien B. Smith patented the first barbed wire.
  • In 1868 – Congress enacted legislation granting an eight-hour day to workers employed by the Federal government.
  • In 1868 – Florida, Alabama, Louisiana, Georgia, North Carolina and South Carolina were readmitted to the Union.
  • In 1876 – General George Armstrong Custer and the 210 of the 7th Cavalry were killed by Sioux and Cheyenne Indians at Little Big Horn, Montana. The event is known as “Custer’s Last Stand”.
  • In 1910 – Congress authorized the use of postal savings stamps.
  • In 1910 – Igor Stravinsky’s ballet “The Firebird” premiered. The work was performed by Sergei Diaghilev’s legendary ballet company “Ballets Russes”. It was a huge success, catapulting Stravinsky to stardom.
  • In 1917 – The first American fighting troops landed in France during WWI.
  • In 1921 – Samuel Gompers was elected head of the AFL for the 40th time.
  • In 1947 – The Diary of Anne Frank was published. The Jewish girl’s account of her life in hiding from the Nazis has become a well-known work of world literature and made Anne one of the most prominent victims of the Nazi regime. She died at age 15 in the Bergen-Belsen concentration camp.
  • In 1948 – The Soviet Union tightened its blockade of Berlin by intercepting river barges heading for the city.
  • In 1950 – North Korea invaded South Korea, thus initiating the Korean War. The war soon evolved into an international conflict and a proxy war between the United States and the Soviet Union, leading to fears of a new World War. It was ended by an armistice in 1953.
  • In 1962 – The Supreme Court ruled that the use of unofficial non-denominational prayer in public schools was unconstitutional.
  • In 1964 – President Lyndon Johnson ordered 200 naval personnel to Mississippi to assist in finding three missing civil rights workers.
  • In 1967 – The world’s first live global satellite TV program aired. The BBC program “Our World” featured artists from 19 countries. The Beatles premiered their song “All You Need Is Love” on the show. Some 400 million viewers tuned in.
  • In 1968 – Bobby Bonds (San Francisco Giants) hit a grand-slam home run in his first game with the Giants. He was the first player to debut with a grand-slam.
  • In 1970 – The Federal Communications Commission handed down a ruling (35 FR 7732), making it illegal for radio stations to put telephone calls on the air without the permission of the person being called.
  • In 1981 – The Supreme Court decided that male-only draft registration was constitutional.
  • In 1990 – The Supreme Court upheld the right of an individual, whose wishes are clearly made, to refuse life-sustaining medical treatment. “The right to die” decision was made in the Curzanvs. Missouri case.
  • In 1993 – Both Canada and Turkey elected female heads of government for the first time. Kim Campbell became Canada’s Prime Minister after Brian Mulroney resigned, and Tansu Çiller became Turkey’s Prime Minister. Worldwide, women in top political positions are still the exception.
  • In 1997 – Renown naturalist, author, and inventor of the Aqualung, Jacques Cousteau, died.
  • In 1998 – The Supreme Court rejected the line-item veto thereby striking down presidential power to cancel specific items in tax and spending legislation.
  • In 1998 – The Supreme Court ruled that those infected with HIV are protected by the Americans With Disabilities Act.
  • In 2000 – United States and British researchers announced that they had completed a rough draft of a map of the genetic makeup of human beings. The project was 10 years old at the time of the announcement.
  • In 2000 – A Florida judge approved a class-action lawsuit to be filed against American Online (AOL) on behalf of hourly subscribers who were forced to view “pop-up” advertisements.
  • In 2009 – Pop icon Michael Jackson died.

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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