July 3rd – “My, You Sure Look Nice Today”

July 3, 2017 at 12:01 am | Posted in Today's Reasons To Celebrate | Leave a comment

Good morning narcissists. Today is Monday, July 3, 2017. Today’s reasons to celebrate are:

Compliment Your Mirror Day 

Compliment Your Mirror Day encourages people to recognize their own inner beauty and express it verbally to your reflection. It is probably best to do this when no one else is in the vicinity, lest they think you a bit strange.
Compliment Your Mirror Day is not a holiday to look into the mirror for faults (you can do that any other day of the year). Instead, this holiday is intended to for you to concentrate only on the positive aspects of your image (of yourself). In other words, don’t waste your time obsessing over that mole on your chin, when you have a classic heart-shaped face. Don’t worry about the bags under your eyes, but instead, compliment yourself on the color of your eyes. You get the idea. Focus only on the best attributes your reflection provides today.

Disobedience Day 

Disobedience Day is a day for civil or social disobedience as an act of protest. It is not intended as a day to be disobedient to your boss, teachers, or your parents. It should also not be interpreted as a day to be a total scofflaw, and resist all authority. Use this holiday to learn a little about civil disobedience, and why it is sometimes used. A prime example of civil disobedience is the civil rights protests of the 1960’s. It is a holiday to voice your objections to a particular law or a proposed bill in a respectful, yet firm, way.

Stay Out of the Sun Day 

Back in May, we had a number of similar holidays warning about the detrimental effects of the sun on our bodies. I guess that Stay Out of the Sun Day serves as our mid-summer reminder about the ways the sun can ravage our bodies.
The sun is at its brightest, and the temperatures are approaching their highs for the year, so take a break from exposing yourself to melanoma and the possibility of heat stroke. If you have to be outside today, put on your ‘shades’ and relax somewhere out of the direct sunlight. If you feel cooped-up and absolutely have to get outdoors, find a hammock, an Adirondack chair, or just a blanket on the grass in a shady spot and enjoy a tall, cool, refreshing beverage (adult or otherwise) of your choice.

National Eat Beans Day 

National Eat Beans Day affords me the opportunity to reference the classic childhood poem that we’ve all heard about a bazillion times since we were in kindergarten (solely for my amusement, naturally). “Beans, beans, the musical fruit; the more you eat…”.
National Eat Beans Day is a day to honor the not-so-lowly legume and hail its many merits. Beans (legumes) are a humble and often overlooked source of nutrition, often reduced to side dishes or fillers. There are approximately 40,000 bean varieties in the world, but only a fraction of these varieties are mass-produced for regular consumption.
Beans have been a healthy source of protein for millennia. They are a staple for health-conscious people everywhere. The USDA recommends that adults eat at least three cups of beans every week, which is about three times more than the average person usually consumes. Beans are also chock-full of complex carbohydrates and are naturally fat-free. They also contain plenty of fiber, as well as calcium, potassium, and folate (which is shown to help prevent heart disease).
The origins of beans themselves date back to ancient times. There exists evidence that bean crops were cultivated by indigenous people in Peru as well as Mexico around 7,000 BC. Some Egyptian tombs from 4,000 years ago contained fava beans, garbanzo beans, and lentils.
Celebrate National Eat Beans Day by cooking up a batch of beans for dinner tonight using your favorite recipe. Don’t forget to bake some cornbread to go with them.

National Chocolate Wafer Day 

These crispy snacks are an American favorite. With their waffle surface pattern and thin layers, they make an excellent addition to ice cream. They are a popular ingredient in cakes and cheesecakes. Chocolate wafers can be crushed to make a delicious pie crust or cooked into other baked goods. Chocolate wafers are also enjoyed as a key ingredient in Oreos™, in ice cream sandwiches and countless other recipes. They aren’t just an American treat, though. Variations of chocolate wafers can also be found around the world. In Egypt, there are special kinds of wafers called freska which are only sold on the beach in the summertime.

More Holidays

On This Date

  • In 1775 – Gen. George Washington took command of the Continental Army at Cambridge, MA.
  • In 1844 – Ambassador Caleb Cushing successfully negotiated a commercial treaty with China that opened five Chinese ports to U.S. merchants and protected the rights of American citizens in China.
  • In 1844 – The Great Auks became extinct. The last known pair of Great Auks, members of a species of flightless birds, were killed off the coast of Iceland at the request of a collector. It is believed that the extinction of these birds was caused by human activities and hunting due to the high demand for their feathers.
  • In 1863 – Battle of Gettysburg ended. The 3-day long battle during the American Civil War was fought between the Union and Confederacy in-and-around the town of Gettysburg, Pennsylvania. Thought to be one of the bloodiest battles of the war – around 50,000 soldiers were lost on both sides – the Battle of Gettysburg marked a key turning point in the conflict. The decisive Union victory led to the retreat of Confederate soldiers from the north.
  • In 1871 – The Denver and Rio Grande Western Railroad Company introduced the first narrow-gauge locomotive.
  • In 1890 – Idaho became the 43rd state to join the United States of America.
  • In 1898 – During the Spanish-American War, a fleet of Spanish ships in Cuba’s Santiago Harbor attempted to run a blockade of U.S. naval forces. Nearly all of the Spanish ships were destroyed
  • in the battle that followed.
  • In 1903 – The first cable across the Pacific Ocean was spliced between Honolulu, Midway, Guam, and Manila.
  • In 1930 – Congress created the Veterans Administration.
  • In 1940 – Bud Abbott and Lou Costello debuted on NBC radio.
  • In 1945 – The first civilian passenger car built since February 1942 was driven off the assembly line at the Ford Motor Company plant in Detroit, MI. Automobile production had been diverted to military use during World War II.
  • In 1950 – U.S. carrier-based planes attacked airfields in the Pyongyang-Chinnampo area of North Korea in the first air strike of the Korean War.
  • In 1954 – Food rationing ended in Great Britain almost nine years after the end of World War II.
  • In 1962 – Algeria gained its independence from France. Algeria’s independence from France, after 132 years of French rule, was finalized after the signing of the Évian Accords in the spa town of Évian-les-Bains. The accords ended a 7-year long violent war of independence. Independence was finally achieved after the July 1, 1962, referendum favored complete Algerian independence. Ahmed Ben Bella became the first President of the country.
  • In 1962 – Jackie Robinson became the first African-American to be inducted into the National Baseball Hall of Fame.
  • In 1971 – Jim Morrison, lead singer of The Doors, was found dead in an apartment in Paris. The official cause of death was listed as heart failure. No autopsy was performed.
  • In 1981 – The Associated Press ran its first story about two rare illnesses afflicting homosexual men. One of the diseases was later named AIDS.
  • In 1986 – Mikhail Baryshnikov became a United States citizen at Ellis Island, New York.
  • In 1988 – Iran Air Flight 655 was shot down by a U.S. Navy ship. The USS Vincennes mistakenly shot down the airplane en route to Dubai, killing all 290 people aboard. The Vincennes, a guided missile cruiser, incorrectly identified the plane as a military aircraft. In 1996, the United States government made a cash settlement with Iran in order to close the case Iran had brought against the US in the International Court of Justice.
  • In 1991 – President George H.W. Bush formally inaugurated the Mount Rushmore National Memorial in South Dakota.
  • In 2012 – Comedic actor Andy Griffith (The Andy Griffith Show, Matlock) died of a heart attack at age 86.
  • In 2013 – Egyptian defense minister Abdul Fatah al-Sisi staged a coup and forced out President Mohamed Morsi, just over a year after he was elected.

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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