June 27th – ♪♪Happy Birthday To You♪♪

June 27, 2017 at 12:01 am | Posted in Today's Reasons To Celebrate | Leave a comment

Good morning anniversary of birth revelers. Today is Tuesday, June 27, 2017. Today’s reasons to celebrate are:

“Happy Birthday to You” Day 

“Happy Birthday to You” Day celebrates the date, in 1893, when  Mildred J. Hill wrote the melody to the ‘little ditty’ that is now universally recognized as “Happy Birthday to You”. Her sister Patty Smith Hill soon after wrote the lyrics to the melody as follows:

Good morning to you,
Good morning to you,
Good morning, dear children,
Good morning to all.

No one is sure exactly who added the “Happy Birthday to You” lyrics to the melody, or when they were added, but they first appeared in print in a songbook edited by Robert H. Coleman in 1924 as a second stanza to “Good Morning to All”.
Believe it or not, until 2015, the song was still copyrighted under current copyright law. Did this mean that if you sang “Happy Birthday” to little Timmy or Tabitha you had to fear that the “copyright police” would come crashing through your door and haul you off to the gulag? No. It is, however, the reason that when you held a birthday celebration at a restaurant or bar, the wait staff sang some obnoxious, silly, contrived ditty in its stead. In other words, royalties were only due when the song was used commercially. This link will further clarify the copyright debacle involved with this song.

Decide To Be Married Day 

Decide To Be Married Day is intended to focus attention on the joy of couples deciding to get married. Based on the poem “Decide to Be Married”: “It’s in the deciding to be united in love, to express your joyful oneness to every person you meet, and in every action, you take, and together a perfect marriage you will make.”
WOW! Who knew marriage was an option? Obviously, the Supreme Court, who in striking down California’s Proposition 8 as discriminatory in 2013, gave an entire segment of society the option to “Decide To Be Married”. Whether or not you agree, it is nonetheless a landmark decision. This Blog is not intended to discuss the pros and cons of gay marriage, and I will not weigh in on their decision personally. I merely made an observation that Decide To Be Married Day became more topical and relevant to the Court’s decision.

Sunglasses Day 

Sunglasses are the most important fashion accessory of the summer. Humans have been wearing protective eyewear for centuries, but the stylish designs we are accustomed to today are a much more recent invention. As far back as the prehistoric era, the Inuit people of what is now Alaska used walrus ivory to create sun goggles, which blocked out the powerful rays of sun that reflected off the snow and ice. By the 1700s, doctors were regularly prescribing tinted glasses for vision correction. By the 1930s the Foster Grant company was selling modern-day sunglasses on the boardwalk of Atlantic City. On the eve of World War II, a little company called Ray-Ban began producing anti-glare sunglasses for pilots. “Aviators” became the first commercially successful sunglasses. Today, people wear sunglasses for a variety of reasons:

  1. They want to look like a movie star.
  2. They want to hide behind a pair of sunglasses so they can travel incognito through a crowd.
  3. They think they are James Bond and are up to a little espionage.
  4. They want to make a fashion statement.

Oh yes, and a few people even wear sunglasses to actually protect their eyes from the harmful UV rays of the sun; which Opticians have found to be helpful in the prevention of cataracts. As alluded to earlier, the effects UV rays from the sun can be magnified during the winter months as they hit you on the way down, and then are reflected back up from the snow. To celebrate Sunglasses Day, wear your favorite pair of sunglasses proudly; or go out and buy a stylish new pair. You can bet I’ll be sporting my Spotters

National Orange Blossom Day 

When first researching this holiday, I expected to find that it related to something botanical, or at least something related to gardening. I was surprised to find that it is actually a food-related holiday.
Orange blossoms are cultivated from orange trees and are used in cooking, flower arranging, and perfume making. Blossoms are commonly used to make tea, marmalade, and to flavor bakery items. When bees pollinate the blossoms, the honey they produce takes on a sweet citrus flavor that is very popular.
However, National Orange Blossom Day actually honors the Orange Blossom cocktail, a bittersweet drink consisting of gin, sugar, and orange juice which was created during Prohibition to offset the often acrid taste of “bathtub gin”.

Pineapple Day

A pineapple is not related to either a pine or an apple. Pineapples are a tropical fruit native to the America’s, first found being consumed by the Tupi people. Their word for the fruit, nanas, meaning “Excellent Fruit”,  perfectly describes everyone’s reaction to this tangy treat. Pineapples are actually herbaceous perennials, meaning they are leafy plants, not trees. These plants are so ambitious in their growth that if you cut the fruit from one stalk, it grows multiple stalks called ‘suckers’ to produce more fruit.
Since their discovery, pineapples have been transported all over the world. One of their unique traits is that once harvested, they tend to not continue to ripen. This gives them an amazing shelf life and lets them remain stored on a shelf for quite some time.
Pineapples can be used in a variety of ways; from a stand-alone treat all on their own to pineapple upside down cake, to a garnish for a baked ham, to producing a tasty fruit beverage loaded with vitamin C.
No special skills are needed to celebrate Pineapple Day — All you need is some pineapple and your imagination.

National Indian Pudding Day 

Indian pudding is a baked pudding served hot or warm, made from cornmeal, milk, molasses, and spices. It’s a richer, sweetened form of hasty pudding – a porridge of cornmeal cooked in milk or water.
The name Indian Pudding doesn’t imply that it’s a Native American (or Pacific Rim) recipe. The Plymouth Colony emigrants were accustomed to warm plum puddings, bread puddings and the like. But flour was scarce—no wheat grew in New England. However, corn grew; the native Wampanoags had plenty of cornmeal. So “Indian” pudding was born, using cornmeal plus butter, eggs, milk, molasses and spices such as cinnamon and ginger. The pudding was topped with heavy cream. None of these, except the cornmeal, were Native American ingredients. The word “Indian” referred to the cornmeal — hence Indian pudding, Indian bread (cornbread) and so forth.

More Holidays

On This Date

  • In 1847 – New York and Boston were linked by telegraph wires.
  • In 1871 – The yen became the new form of currency in Japan.
  • In 1885 – Chichester Bell and Charles S. Tainter applied for a patent for the gramophone. It was granted on May 4, 1886.
  • In 1893 – The New York stock market crashed. By the end of the year, 600 banks and 74 railroads had gone out of business.
  • In 1918 – Two German pilots were saved by parachutes for the first time.
  • In 1924 – Democrats offered Mrs. Leroy Springs for the vice presidential nomination. She was the first woman considered for the job.
  • In 1927 – The Marines adopted the English bulldog as their mascot.
  • In 1929 – Scientists at Bell Laboratories in New York revealed a system for transmitting television pictures.
  • In 1931 – Igor Sikorsky filed U.S. Patent 1,994,488, which marked the breakthrough in helicopter technology.
  • In 1940 – Robert Pershing Wadlow was measured by Dr. Cyril MacBryde and Dr. C. M. Charles. They recorded his height at 8′ 11.1.” He was only 22 at the time of his death on July 15, 1940.
  • In 1942 – The FBI announced the capture of eight Nazi saboteurs who had been put ashore from a submarine on New York’s Long Island.
  • In 1950 – Two days after North Korea invaded South Korea, President Truman ordered the Air Force and Navy into the Korean conflict. The United Nations Security Council had asked for member nations to help South Korea repel an invasion from the North.
  • In 1954 – The world’s first atomic power station opened at Obninsk, near Moscow. The reactor at Obninsk in present-day Russia remained in operation for 48 years. Today, there are some 400 atomic power plants worldwide. The technology remains controversial, especially due to the unsolved long-term storage of the highly dangerous nuclear waste.
  • In 1955 – The state of Illinois enacted the first automobile seat belt legislation.
  • In 1956 – The film “Moby Dick” premiered. John Huston’s adaptation of Herman Melville’s homonymous novel, while not having been a great box office success, is today considered an outstanding work, especially for its use of light and color.
  • In 1959 – The play, “West Side Story,” with music by Leonard Bernstein, closed after 734 performances on Broadway.
  • In 1964 – Ernest Borgnine and Ethel Merman were married. It only lasted 38 days.
  • In 1967 – The world’s first cash dispenser was installed at Barclay’s Bank in Enfield, England. The device was invented by John Sheppard-Barron. The machine operated on a voucher system and the maximum withdrawal was $28.
  • In 1972 – Nolan Bushnell and Ted Dabney founded Atari, Inc. The pioneering video game and home computer company produced arcade classics like the two-dimensional tennis simulator Pong. Especially in the 1970’s and 1980’s, its products had a large impact on the electronic entertainment industry.
  • In 1973 – Former White House counsel John W. Dean told the Senate Watergate Committee about an “enemies list” that was kept by the Nixon White House.
  • In 1973 – President Nixon vetoed a Senate ban on bombing Cambodia.
  • In 1980 – President Carter signed legislation reviving draft registration.
  • In 1984 – The Supreme Court ruled that individual colleges could make their own TV package deals. [thus making collegiate sports “big business”]
  • In 1984 – The Federal Communications Commission moved to deregulate U.S. commercial TV by lifting most programming requirements and ending day-part restrictions on advertising.
  • In 1985 – Historic Route 66 was officially removed from the United States Highway System.
  • In 1986 – The 1980’s United States intervention in Nicaragua was declared illegal. The International Court of Justice condemned the U.S. paramilitary campaign to overthrow the left-wing Nicaraguan government. The social democratic Sandinistas had begun to redistribute the country’s wealth and improve education.
  • In 1991 – Associate Justice Thurgood Marshall resigned from the Supreme Court. He had been appointed in 1967 by President Lyndon Johnson.
  • In 1991 – Yugoslav troops invaded Slovenia. The attack, which marked the beginning of the Ten-Day War, followed Slovenia’s declaration of independence. It was the first of the Yugoslav Wars, a number of ethnic conflicts leading to the break-up of Yugoslavia and resulting in at least 140,000 deaths.
  • In 1998 – An English woman was impregnated with her dead husband’s sperm after a two-year legal battle over her right to the sperm.
  • In 2002 – The Securities and Exchange Commission required companies with annual sales of more than $1.2 billion to submit sworn statements backing up the accuracy of their financial reports.
  • In 2005 – In Alaska’s Denali National Park, a roughly 70-million-year-old dinosaur track was discovered. The track was from a three-toed Cretaceous period dinosaur.

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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