July 18th – Perfect Family Day

July 18, 2017 at 12:01 am | Posted in Today's Reasons To Celebrate | Leave a comment

Good morning genealogists. Today is Tuesday, July 18, 2017. Today’s reasons to celebrate are:

Perfect Family Day

Perfect Family Day is celebrated annually on this date…but one has to wonder: Is there really such a thing as a “perfect family”? And, if there is, who gets to determine how a “perfect family” is defined? These days, there are as many different definitions of the “perfect family” as there are agenda-driven groups…each thinking that theirs is the only true definition. In reality, the only correct definition of a “perfect family” is what YOU perceive one to be, and no one should judge you for your opinion.
Every family has one (or more) individuals that put the FUN in dysfunctional, and every family tree has a few errant branches with some low-hanging fruit…and if you don’t believe that is true, you need a reality check. So, to celebrate Perfect Family Day, take your “perfect (or not so perfect), family” on an outing –  a family picnic, a family bike ride, a family hike, or a family beach outing. Just spend some quality time with them today, because like it or not, they’re the only family you have.

International Mandela Day

International Mandela Day celebrates the birth of Nelson Mandela. It is a United Nations holiday created in 2009 to recognize the contributions of Nelson Mandela to the struggle for democracy internationally and the promotion of a culture of peace throughout the world.
Nelson Mandela has devoted his life to the service of humanity; as a human rights lawyer, a prisoner of conscience, an international peacemaker, and the first democratically elected black president of a free South Africa.

World Listening Day

At first glance, I thought that World Listening Day was one of those sappy, touchy-feely holidays that encourages us to listen to the opinions of others without judgment, and although that is commendable, that is not what this holiday is about.
World Listening Day is a global event founded in 2010 by the World Listening Project that encourages us to listen to and take note of the sounds of the environment that surrounds us every day. The purposes of World Listening Day are to:

  • Celebrate the listening practices of the world and the ecology of its acoustic environments;
  • Raise awareness about the growing number of individual and group efforts that creatively explore Acoustic Ecology based on the pioneering efforts of the World Soundscape Project, World Forum for Acoustic Ecology, La Semaine du Son, and Deep Listening Institute, among many others;
  • Design and implement educational initiatives that explore these concepts and practices.

Each year, a different theme is highlighted. For instance, in 2106, the theme was “Sounds Lost and Found,” and the theme for this year is “Listening to the Ground.” This link to their website will give you more details.

National Hamiltons Day

National Hamiltons Day celebrates the $10.00 bill, (aka a “sawbuck”, a “ten-spot”, or a “Hamilton”). TGI Fridays founded National Hamiltons Day to celebrate their new Summer Grill menu being all about the Hamiltons, baby – as in a full rack of ribs for $10. The Registrar at National Day Calendar approved the day in 2016.
To celebrate National Hamiltons Day, research things that a “Hamilton” will buy you these days…then compare it to what you could buy with a “Hamilton” in the year you were born. In 1947, the year I was born, $10.00 is the equivalent of $112.29 in 2017 dollars. Conversely, $10.00 in 2017 dollars is equivalent to 89¢ in 1947. I know, it seems that you can’t buy much with $10.00 these days…maybe 3 gallons of gas or maybe a loaf bread, or a dozen eggs, and a ½-gallon of milk. But when you consider 89¢ in 1947 would buy you those same 3 gallons of gas or that loaf of bread, dozen eggs and ½-gallon of milk…really, not much has changed.

National Sour Candy Day

National Sour Candy Day was submitted by American Licorice Company and declared by the Registrar at National Day Calendar in 2015. It encourages us to forego sweet candy and opt for the sour instead.
From the sedate lemon drop to the firey Warheads, sour candy is the taste bud-awakening branch of the candy world and comes in a variety of fun shapes and sizes from hard candy to chewy twists and ropes to sweet bite-sized pieces and even straws which can be slipped into a favorite drink.
On National Sour Candy Day, instead of having regular old sweet candy, celebrate by trying sour candy. If you’ve tried sour candy before, try a new flavor, or try a variety of sour candies to find out which one makes your mouth pucker the most.

National Caviar Day

Caviar is the processed and salted roe of fish. Roe is the mass of eggs contained in the ovaries of a female fish or shellfish. While people use the word caviar to describe any fish egg, true caviar comes from the sturgeon, which lives in the Caspian or the Black Sea and includes such species as beluga, sevruga. and osetra. The sturgeon and its different species are known to produce the finest varieties of caviar.
A female sturgeon’s roe supply isn’t as puny as you might think and can comprise up to 25 percent of her body weight. Given that some mature sturgeons can weigh up to 300 pounds, each female can supply a substantial amount of caviar during her lifetime. The smooth tiny eggs are usually black, though caviar comes in many shades, including red, gold and gray.
According to the Caviar Guide, the term caviar comes from the Turkish word havyar, derived from the Iranian word khayah.
Caviar berries are rated on a variety of characteristics, including egg color, lucidity, maturity, size, and uniformity. The caviar’s fragrance and egg-shell hardness also contribute to it’s rating.
It may be hard to believe, but at one time, caviar was served in bars, sometimes for free like peanuts are today to encourage customers to drink more. That was during the caviar boom experienced in North America during the 19th century after sturgeon fish were discovered in North American rivers. The supply was so rich that Canada and the United States became the major suppliers of caviar to Europe. By 1900, the United States was the largest producer in the world, generating over 600 tons a year.
Because so many fish were harvested for their caviar, a ban was imposed on commercial sturgeon fishing in 1906. By then, though, Americans had grown to love caviar. Cesar Ritz put it on his menu and caviar secured its place in high-end dining establishments that began popping up around this time.
The ban never countered the dwindling sturgeon population, though, and by the 1960’s the price of caviar skyrocketed due to scarce supply. Today, there are limits and bans on fishing as well as exporting bans on caviar in an effort to conserve endangered fish supplies. Naturally, these restrictions raise the price of caviar even more.

On This Date

  • In 1536 – The authority of the pope was declared void in England.
  • In 1870 – The first Vatican Council, also known as Vatican I, decreed the doctrine of Papal infallibility. The doctrine claims that the Pope cannot err when speaking on issues of morality and/or faith.
  • In 1872 – The Ballot Act was passed in Great Britain, providing for secret election ballots.
  • In 1914 – Six planes of the U.S. Army helped to form an aviation division called the Signal Corps.
  • In 1925 – Mein Kampf was published. Adolf Hitler’s autobiographical book was written while he served his sentence for treason in prison.
  • In 1927 – Ty Cobb set a major league baseball record by getting his 4,000th career hit. He hit 4,191 before he retired in 1928.
  • In 1932 – The United States and Canada signed a treaty to develop the St. Lawrence Seaway.
  • In 1936 – The first Oscar Meyer Wienermobile rolled out of General Body Company’s factory in Chicago, IL.
  • In 1942 – The German Me-262, the first jet-propelled aircraft to fly in combat, made its first flight.
  • In 1947 – President Truman signed the Presidential Succession Act, which placed the Speaker of the House and the Senate President Pro Tempore next in the line of succession after the vice president.
  • In 1952 – Tony the Tiger appeared on boxes of Kellogg’s Frosted Flakes for the first time.
  • In 1964 – Pete Rose (Cincinnati Reds) hit the only grand slam home run of his career.
  • In 1968 – Intel was founded. Founded in Santa Clara, California, the Intel corporation is the world’s largest semiconductor chip manufacturer.
  • In 1970 – Ron Hunt (San Francisco Giants) was hit by a pitch for the 119th time in his career.
  • In 1971 – New Zealand and Australia announced they would pull their troops out of Vietnam.
  • In 1985 – Jack Nicklaus II, at age 23 years old, made his playing debut on the pro golf tour at the Quad Cities Open in Coal Valley, IL.
  • In 1993 – Agathe Uwilingiyimana was elected as Prime Minister of Rwanda. Rwanda’s only female prime minister’s tenure was cut short when she was assassinated at the outset of the Rwandan genocide.
  • In 2001 – A train derailed, involving 60 cars, in a Baltimore train tunnel. The fire that resulted lasted for six days and virtually closed down downtown Baltimore for several days.
  • In 2013 – The city of Detroit declared bankruptcy. The city, which was up to $20 billion in debt, became the largest municipal entity in the United States to declare bankruptcy.

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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