July 6th – Pucker Up

July 6, 2017 at 12:01 am | Posted in Today's Reasons To Celebrate | Leave a comment

Good morning smooching aficionados. Today is Thursday, July 6, 2017. Today’s reasons to celebrate are:

International Kissing Day 

Kissing Day has been celebrated on this date in England for quite some time, but about 20 years ago, it was adopted by the United Nations and made an International holiday. The underlying idea behind formulating International Kissing Day is that most people have forgotten and overlooked the mere pleasure affiliated with kissing for the sake of kissing; rather than kissing as a social formality or just an overture to other actions.
International Kissing Day is designed to promote the fact that kissing can be an enjoyable experience, instead of just a formality of greeting. No one can be sure of the origin of the ‘kiss’, or the origin of the word ‘kissing’. That is impossible to determine since one form of kissing or another has been around since the dawn of time.
The current record for a single kiss is currently held by a married couple from Thailand, Ekkachai and Laksana Tiranarat. At an event held in Pattaya, Thailand on Feb 12-14, 2016, they kissed for 58 hours, 35 minutes and 58 seconds. Holy chapped lips, Batman! (And you wussies thought you were breaking records with your marathon make-out sessions at the drive-in).
To celebrate this holiday, just find your partner, pucker up, and smooch away.

National Air Traffic Control Day

From the earliest days of aviation, a need to regulate air traffic became evident. With the dramatic rise in commercial passenger and freight airlines in the 1930’s, the United States Bureau of Air Commerce (now the FAA) established the first airways traffic control system on this date in 1936.
As the industry grew, so did the need for highly trained professionals to monitor and control the ever-increasing amount of air traffic. From its humble beginnings, the air-traffic control system has evolved from reliance on relatively simple, unsophisticated equipment and procedures to today’s highly sophisticated automated system, which safely and efficiently handles millions of flights each year and serves as a model for the world aviation community. The commitment and skill of thousands of Federal Aviation Administration employees, including air traffic controllers, electronic technicians, and engineers, the national air traffic control system provide a high level of safety and efficiency that has become the world standard.
In 1986, through Joint Resolution 188, Congress proclaimed that July 6th would be designated as National Air Traffic Control Day. President Reagan issued Proclamation 5511 to make it official on July 3, 1986.

Umbrella Cover Day

Umbrella covers are the little sleeves, slip covers, cases, sheaths, that come on new umbrellas when you buy them. Made of the same material as the umbrella, they are a tight and attractive bit of packaging, but can sometimes impair the speed of releasing the umbrella in a sudden shower. Umbrella Cover Day celebrates the stories behind the cover and encourages you to hold onto and dig out your umbrella covers from the bottom of drawers, the backs of cupboards and from, unsurprisingly, on your umbrellas, and to celebrate the mundane and everyday things in life.
People are on the fence about whether umbrella covers are critical bits of umbrella apparel or a waste of material. It is this very ambiguity that has inspired a museum of Umbrella Covers and a Guinness World Record.
So whether your umbrella was purchased during the onset of a sudden spring shower or an advanced purchase for a drizzly day, chances are that your umbrella’s cover comes with a bit of history, and has a story to tell.

Take Your Webmaster to Lunch Day 

Take Your Webmaster to Lunch Day was created by those techie-type people at wellcat.com. It encourages you to keep the person running your website happy by making sure he or she is well fed. It makes them feel loved and gives them the energy and motivation to fix all those typos that you have when you add content to your site.
I’m sure that, like me, most of don’t have a webmaster. You are the master of your own web. In that case, to celebrate Take Your Webmaster to Lunch Day, pry yourself away from your computer for a while today and take yourself out to a nice leisurely lunch. If you have a significant other, take them along and try to get them to pay the check. That’s the best suggestion I can give you.

National Fried Chicken Day 

National Fried Chicken Day honors one of America’s favorite finger-lickin’ foods – fried chicken. American fried chicken has its roots in the Southern United States, but Europeans have been eating fried chicken since the Middle Ages. During that time period, cooks discovered that covering meat in flour and spices before cooking it helped seal in the flavor. We all know that fried foods are not good for us, but fried chicken tastes so good that we just can’t resist having it occasionally.
I’m a pretty fair country cook, but for some reason, a good recipe and technique for fried chicken has thus far eluded me. Therefore, I leave it to the professionals.
There is but one way to celebrate this holiday; have some fried chicken. Either visit one of the professionals or use your own recipe and make some at home…then pass your recipe on to me, I need it.

On This Date

  • In 1699 – Captain William Kidd, the pirate, was captured in Boston, MA, and deported back to England.
  • In 1777 – British forces captured Fort Ticonderoga during the American Revolution.
  • In 1854 – In Jackson, MI, the Republican Party held its first convention.
  • In 1858 – Lyman Blake patented the shoe manufacturing machine.
  • In 1885 – Louis Pasteur successfully tested his anti-rabies vaccine. The child used in the test later became the director of the Pasteur Institute.
  • In 1905 – Fingerprints were exchanged for the first time between officials in Europe and the United States. The person in question was John Walker.
  • In 1912 – King Gustaf V officially opened the fifth modern Summer Olympics in Stockholm. The international multi-event sports meet was the first such event in history to introduce the photo finish and automatic timing devices for track competitions. 28 countries, including Japan, participated in the games, making it the first time representatives from all 6 continents were present at an Olympics.
  • In 1917 – During World War I, Arab forces led by T.E. Lawrence (Lawrence of Arabia) captured the port of Aqaba from the Turks.
  • In 1919 – A British dirigible landed in New York at Roosevelt Field. It completed the first crossing of the Atlantic Ocean by an airship.
  • In 1923 – The Union of Soviet Socialist Republics was established.
  • In 1933 – The first All-Star baseball game was held in Chicago. The American League beat the National League 4-2.
  • In 1942 – Anne Frank and her family took refuge from the Nazis in Amsterdam.
  • In 1945 – Nicaragua became the first nation to formally accept the United Nations Charter.
  • In 1957 – Althea Gibson won the Wimbledon women’s singles tennis title. She was the first black athlete to win the event.
  • In 1964 – Malawi gained its independence from Britain. Between 1953 and 1963, the Southeast African country was part of a British controlled federation called Federation of Rhodesia and Nyasaland. After the dissolution of the federation and independence, Nyasaland changed its name to Malawi.
  • In 1971 – Beloved trumpeter, bandleader, and singer Louis “Satchmo” Armstrong died.
  • In 1975 – The Comoros Islands gained their independence from France after 137 years of French rule. Their official name is the Union of the Comoros.
  • In 1983 – The Supreme Court ruled that retirement plans could not pay women smaller monthly payments solely because of their gender.
  • In 1983 – Fred Lynn (California Angels) hit the first grand slam in an All-Star game. The American League defeated the National League 13-3.
  • In 1988 – Several popular beaches were closed in New York City due to medical waste and other debris washing up on the shores.
  • In 1989 – The Army destroyed its last Pershing 1-A missiles at an ammunition plant in Karnack, TX. The dismantling was under the terms of the 1987 Intermediate-range Nuclear Forces Treaty.
  • In 2000 – A jury awarded former NHL player Tony Twist $24 million for the unauthorized use of his name in the comic book Spawn and the HBO cartoon series. Co-defendant HBO settled with Twist out of court for an undisclosed amount.
  • In 2006 – Nathula Pass, a trading post between India and China opened for business. The trading post had been closed since the Sino-Indian war of 1962. Part of the Silk Road, the pass connects Tibet with the Indian state of Sikkim.
  • In  2013 – Asiana Airlines Flight 214 crash lands at San Francisco International Airport. The plane was en route to San Francisco from Inchon International Airport, South Korea. The crash, which killed 3 people and injured at least 190 others, was the first fatal incident involving a Boeing 777 since it came on the market in 1995.

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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