July 15th – Horse Honorific

July 15, 2017 at 12:01 am | Posted in Today's Reasons To Celebrate | Leave a comment

Good morning equine aficionados. Today is Saturday, July 15, 2017. Today’s reasons to celebrate are:

I Love Horses Day

I Love Horses Day celebrates mankind’s long-standing relationship horses, and there is much about horses for humans to love. Their loyalty and devotion throughout history is only a small part of why we love them.
Horses have not only provided transportation, they have cleared fields, hauled freight, fought wars, helped herd cattle and provided companionship on those long lonely trails. They were a cornerstone to survival in this burgeoning nation.
There are over 200 different breeds of horses, each with their own unique attributes. At 17 hands (or about 5′ 9″ at the shoulder), the tallest breed of horse is the Shire. The tiny Falabella, which grows to only 8 hands (or about 2′ 9″ at the shoulder) is the smallest breed of horse. The quarter horse, named for its speed on a short track, is one three fastest breeds of horses. Thoroughbreds follow quarter horses for their speed in longer distances, and Arabians outlast both breeds for endurance on the longest races.
There is no documentation available about the creator(s) of this holiday, or why it is celebrated today, but the reason is obvious…who doesn’t appreciate these noble beasts?

National Respect Canada Day 

For some reason, Canada doesn’t get much respect here in America. Our Canadian friends are often ridiculed as bumpkins and “not as sophisticated as we Americans”. They are the brunt of many jokes, and there is even a song entitled “Blame Canada”.  National Respect Canada Day Attempts to correct this common misconception and extols the many virtues of Canada. Below are but a few of them:

  • Most Canadians are polite.
  • Canadians are great at giving directions.
  • Canada is among the most popular tourist destinations in the world.
  • Canada invented cable TV.
  • Canada also invented Hockey, and maybe even basketball.
  • Canada has some of the best fishing and hunting North America has to offer.
  • Canada has more drinkable water than anywhere else in the world (right out of the brook, not the bottle).
  • Canada has a great education system.
  • Canada has one of the best infrastructures in the world; including their ice roads.
  • Women in Ontario, Canada can walk around topless; legally.

So, let’s give our neighbors to the north a little respect today, eh.

National Woodie Wagon Day

Woodie Wagons, aka Woodies, came into existence in the 1940’s due to the shortage of steel during WWII. Steel was being salvaged for the war effort, so car manufacturers turned to wood as a replacement. The wood was placed along the sides of the ‘wagon’ to add structural support, but it also gave these wagons a unique aesthetic. Woodies became quite popular in the late 1940’s and early 1950’s and became an iconic part of the American landscape. But, beginning in the latter part of the 1950’s their popularity began to wane, and as the demand decreased and the prices dropped, woodies gained a new generation of aficionados… surfers, who started buying them because they were relatively cheap, and could haul their surfboards – and the woodie revival was born. Today, they are quite rare and if you can find one in good shape, you’ll have to pay a hefty price for it.

Toss Away the “Could Haves” and “Should Haves” Day

Toss Away the “Could Haves” and “Should Haves” Day is celebrated annually on the third Saturday in July. It is the brainchild of author and motivational speaker Martha J. Ross-Rodgers.
This holiday urges you to let go of the past and live for the present. Find a paper and pen, write down your “could haves” and “should haves” and then throw the list away. Once you’ve done that, make the following resolution:

“From this day forward, I choose not to live in the past. The past is history that I can not change. I can do something about the present; I choose to live in the present.”

Begin taking care of yourself and your health and start living for the “now”. Do your best to make each and every day count.
To celebrate, let go of the things that have burdened you and live in the present.

Factoid: The use of “hands” in measuring horses dates back to ancient Egypt. Originally, a “hand” was the measurement of a man’s clenched fist, but as people’s hands vary in size, this was not really an accurate measurement. As a result, the “hand” was standardized to 4-inches. A horse is measured from the ground to the top of its withers…or shoulders if you want to use a more familiar human comparison to human anatomy.

Pet Fire Safety Day

In 2009, the Kennel Club and ADT Security Services joined together to create Pet Fire Safety Day. The idea behind the event is to make pet owners aware of the hazards their beloved cat, dog, or other animals could pose in the home with regard to fire. Many fires are caused by pets, especially when they are left alone in a property. The intention is to highlight the dangers so owners can help in preventing them.
Pet owners should take advantage of this holiday to creates an emergency plan regarding their pets in the event of a disaster.
Here are a few of the Kennel Club’s guidelines:

  • Extinguish open flames. Pets are curious and certainly not cautious. Wagging tails can accidentally knock over candles. Consider flameless candles for ambiance and backup lighting in the event of a power outage.
  • Keep leashes and collars stored near the entrance of your home. When away, have your pets in the main living area for easy rescue.
  • Secure young pets when away from home. This can help avoid fire hazards. Pet kennels or in a pet-proofed room are options.
  • Pet notice alerts placed in windows help make firefighters aware that there are pets in the home, the number of pets and identify the room in which your pets are located.  Add one to the window of the room you keep your pets when you are away. Keep it updated with the number of pets who live with you and your current phone number.
  • Have a plan when you are home. Know which family members will be responsible for each pet.

Make your pet safety plans today.

Be a Dork Day 

Omitting the dictionary reference to the word dork being a synonym for male genitalia, in today’s vernacular, it is generally accepted that a dork is a silly, out-of-touch person who tends to look odd or behave ridiculously around others; a social misfit; someone who is socially or physically inept.
Be a Dork Day allows you to shrug off the conventions of the norm, and dress and act as goofy as you want. Don’t make a conscious effort to ‘fit in’. Don’t worry about what other people may think. Dance like no one is watching. Wear that Hawaiian shirt to work. Wear your sandals with white socks. Take out your contact lenses and wear your coke-bottle glasses (if the nose bridge is taped, all the better).
For some of you this holiday will be a non-event because all you have to do is dress and act naturally (you know who you are), but for the rest of us, Be a Dork Day is a holiday to throw caution to the wind and embrace our ‘inner dork’.
(I think that last sentence just made me a dork, so my job is done). Have fun!

Give Something Away Day

Most of us have closets, basements, garages, attics and sometimes whole sheds full of stuff we never use. Give Something Away Day urges us to cull through these treasure troves and share our bounty with those less fortunate. Give away any coats, shirts, pants, shoes, etc that you no longer need.
If you can’t bear to part with any of your mementos, then a good alternative is buying a meal for someone in need, donating to a local food pantry, or volunteering at a soup kitchen. Something as simple as paying for the coffee of the person behind you in line would qualify. Whether you choose to give away material possessions, money, or your time, give something away today.
National Give Something Away Day is the brainchild of Linda Eaton Hall-Fulcher. The Registrar at National Day Calendar declared National Give Something Away Day to be observed annually on July 15.

Saint Swithin’s Day 

Saint Swithin’s Day Honors St. Swithin. St. Swithin (pronounced Swithun) was a Saxon Bishop of Winchester. He was born in the kingdom of Wessex and educated in its capital, Winchester. He was famous for charitable gifts and building churches.
An old English tradition of watching the weather on this date began as an old wives tale that whatever the weather is like on July 15th (St. Swithin’s Day), so will it be for the next 40 days. Legend says that as the Bishop lay on his deathbed, he asked to be buried out-of-doors, where he would be trodden on and rained on. For nine years, his wishes were followed, but then, the monks of Winchester attempted to remove his remains to a splendid shrine inside the cathedral on 15 July 971. According to the legend, there was a heavy rainstorm either during the ceremony or on its anniversary. This led to the old wives’ tale (folklore) that if it rains on St Swithin’s Day (July 15th), it will rain for the next 40 days in succession, and a fine 15th July will be followed by 40 days of fine weather.
This, of course, is balderdash. Meteorologists have tested this theory many times, and in all instances, this old wives tale was proven false. However, the wives tale dates back to the 10th century, and who can say for sure that it wasn’t, in fact, true back then. Weather patterns change over the centuries. What was once the “Garden of Eden” is now a vast desert wasteland.
So, what will your next forty days be like?

Orange Chicken Day

Orange chicken is a common dish at many North American Chinese restaurants and is a favorite of their patrons. Starting with chicken that’s been battered and fried, it is then tossed in an orange-flavored chili sauce and then is stir-fried, letting the sauce thicken to a glaze. It was created in China during the Hunan era and continues to be a popular dish today.
However, there was one period in the past when the orange chicken wasn’t actually made from chicken. During the 1600’s there was a plague in northern China that killed off large portions of the chicken population. Out of desperation (and a love of orange chicken), the people there had to find new meats to use in their orange chicken dish. Beef was the most common meat used at the time, but just about any form of meat could be used to make this coveted dish. Thankfully, southern China wasn’t affected and had no trouble at all.
As you might expect, the best way to celebrate Orange Chicken Day is to enjoy some Orange Chicken. The easiest way is to patronize your favorite Chinese restaurant for either a dine-in or take-out treat, but if you’re feeling adventurous, you can try to make the dish yourself at home. There are myriad recipes available online.

Gummi Worm Day

Gummi Worm Day celebrates that sweet, gummy, yummy treat; Gummi worms. They were created in 1981 by the German company, Trolli. However, Gummi worms were not the first Gummi candy ever made. Gummi worms were preceded by another favorite treat, Gummi bears, by about 60 years. The Gummi bear was created by Hans Riegel, the founder of Haribo. It was named because of its rubber-like texture. In fact, “gummi” means “rubber” in German.
These creepy, crawly treats now exist in many different flavors. So enjoy a few Gummi worms as a treat today.

National Tapioca Pudding Day

Late last month, we celebrated National Tapioca Day where I covered the many other uses for tapioca. National Tapioca Pudding Day celebrates, specifically, tapioca pudding.
There are many flavors of pudding made with tapioca, but by far the most widely recognized is vanilla. Tapioca pudding was once as popular as rice pudding and was served in school lunchrooms. With the increase in popularity of “instant puddings” in the latter half of the 20th century, the popularity of tapioca pudding waned. However, because of its digestibility, tapioca pudding is still recommended by doctors for children, the elderly, and people with digestive disorders.
Whether or not you have a digestive disorder, enjoy some tapioca pudding today. Like mom’s chicken soup, “it couldn’t hoit”.

National Strawberry Rhubarb Wine Day

National Strawberry Rhubarb Wine Day has been celebrated on the third Saturday in July each year since 2013. In July of 2010, Maple River Winery in historic downtown Casselton, North Dakota, received the Double Gold Award at the Indy International Wine Competition for its Strawberry Rhubarb Wine.
There was some controversy surrounding awarding the Double Gold Award to Strawberry Rhubarb Wine. After all, rhubarb is a vegetable and doesn’t belong in a wine. Although rhubarb is a tart perennial vegetable, when it is combined with strawberries, it has a unique flavor that some consider the perfect balance of tartness and sweetness. And since a New York court decided in 1947 that “rhubarb was sometimes used in the United States as a fruit, for the purposes of regulation and duties, it was to be counted as a fruit” the award stood. Based on the popularity of the Strawberry Rhubarb Wine and the significance of the Double Gold Award being presented in July, the Registrar at National Day Calendar declared the 3rd Saturday in July as National Strawberry Rhubarb Wine Day in 2013.
Summer days were meant for enjoying a nice chilled glass of wine, so why not make it a glass Strawberry Rhubarb wine. It has a smooth and fruity taste perfect for a lazy summer day.

On this date

  • In 1799 – The Rosetta Stone was found. The ancient Egyptian rock inscribed with a decree by King Ptolemy V was found in the Egyptian port city of Rashid (Rosetta) by French Captain Pierre Bouchard.
  • In 1806 – Lieutenant Zebulon Pike began his western expedition from Fort Belle Fontaine, near St. Louis, MO.
  • In 1870 – Georgia became the last of the Confederate states to be readmitted to the Union.
  • In 1876 – George Washington Bradley of St. Louis pitched the first no-hitter in baseball in a 2-0 win over Hartford.
  • In 1904 – The first Buddhist temple in the U.S. was established in Los Angeles, CA.
  • In 1916 – In Seattle, WA, Pacific Aero Products was incorporated by William Boeing. The company was later renamed, Boeing.
  • In 1922 – The first duck-billed platypus arrived in America, direct from Australia. It was exhibited at the Bronx Zoo in New York City.
  • In 1955 – The Mainau Declaration was signed by 18 Nobel laureates. The declaration against the use of nuclear weapons was initiated by German scientists Otto Hahn and Max Born.
  • In 1965 – The spacecraft Mariner IV sent back the first close-up pictures of the planet Mars.
  • In 1968 – Commercial air travel began between the United States and the U.S.S.R., when the first plane, a Soviet Aeroflot jet, landed at Kennedy International Airport in New York.
  • In 1971 – President Nixon announced he would visit the People’s Republic of China to seek a “normalization of relations.”
  • In 1973 – Nolan Ryan (California Angels) became the first pitcher in two decades to pitch two no-hitters in a season.
  • In 1983 – A Turkish Airlines check-in counter was bombed at the Orly Airport in Paris, killing 8 people and injuring more than 50 people. The Armenian militant organization ASALA took responsibility for the attack.
  • In 1987 – Taiwan ended thirty-seven years of martial law.
  • In 1994 – Comet Shoemaker–Levy 9 collided with Jupiter. It was the first time in recorded history that Astronomers were able to observe a collision between two celestial objects.
  • In 1996 – MSNBC was launched. The news television channel was created by Microsoft and General Electric’s NBC unit. The first show of the channel was hosted by Jodi Applegate.

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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