July 20th – Moon Day

July 20, 2017 at 12:01 am | Posted in Today's Reasons To Celebrate | Leave a comment

Good morning moon bats. Today is Thursday, July 20th. Today’s reasons to celebrate are:

Moon Day   

Moon Day celebrates the date man first walked on the moon in 1969. The Apollo Space program, begun by President John F. Kennedy, was created to put the first man on the moon. Apollo 11 fulfilled that dream, carrying astronauts Neil Armstrong, Michael Collins, and Edwin (Buzz) Aldrin, Jr. What an amazing and historic event it was. On July 16, 1969, Apollo 11 was launched from Cape Kennedy Space Center atop a huge Saturn V rocket. On July 20, 1969, the Lunar Module, nicknamed the “Eagle”, touched down on the surface of the moon at Tranquility Base. Upon landing, Apollo 11 Commander Neil Armstrong reported: “The Eagle Has Landed”. A few hours later, Neil Armstrong, stepped off of the Eagle’s ladder, placed one foot upon the moon’s surface and proclaimed: “That’s one small step for a man, one giant leap for mankind”.

Space Exploration Day

While it falls on the same date as Moon Day and deals with outer space, Space Exploration Day is a separate holiday and is about more than just the moon. It commemorates the entirety of mankind’s ventures into space – from the first satellite put into orbit around the Earth to today’s Muir Space Station. It also highlights the many scientific achievements and inventions that have been derived from the knowledge gained from our ventures into “the great beyond” and those we have yet to learn.

National Pennsylvania Day

National Pennsylvania Day recognizes the second state to join the Union, Pennsylvania.  Philadelphia, Pennsylvania was once the temporary capital of the United States. Pennsylvania is also known as the Keystone State. The true source of the nickname has been forgotten, however, Pennsylvania’s vote for independence was split between its eight delegates and played a vital role in deciding to move toward independence and cementing the union of the newly formed country. The Declaration of Independence and the U.S. Constitution were signed in Philadelphia during its tenure as the temporary capital. And, it was geographically centered among the 13 original colonies. Any of those could be considered keystones. Bridge builders know that leaving the vital keystone out of their structure would be folly and would lead to collapse, so the meaning is not lost.
To celebrate National Pennsylvania Day, learn more about the history of this great state.

Get to Know Your Customers Day

Get to Know Your Customers Day is actually celebrated four times a year; on the third Thursday of each quarter. Whether you are an entrepreneur, a salesperson, or an executive, Get to Know Your Customers Day encourages you to take time today to get to know your customers.
Most small businesses already know the value of greeting their customers personally and catering to their needs. Many large corporate enterprises such as “big box” and “chain” stores, however, often don’t seem to care about customer relations at all. Whether you own a business, are a manager, or just an employee, there are steps you can take to improve the relationship between you and your customers.

1) Create a consistent experience. Let the customers know what they can expect every time they patronize your business.
2) “Peoplize” your business. Treat your customers the same way you would like to be treated if you were a first time customer at your business.
3) Remember that without your customers, you don’t have a business. Ensure that the way you treat your customers makes them want to patronize your business regularly.

Nap Day

As a former over-the-road truck driver, I know the value of a good nap and Nap Day, a holiday near and dear to my heart, is a celebration of snoozing. While I could find little information about this holiday’s creator, why it is celebrated on this date, or when it was created, the reason for this restful holiday is obvious…everyone enjoys a good nap.
To celebrate Nap Day, settle into that chaise lounge out in the yard, spread a blanket on the beach, string a hammock between two trees or curl up on your bed under a ceiling fan with the air conditioner turned up and take a nap. Since I am retired, I celebrate Nap Day nearly every day anyway. Now, if you’ll excuse me, ZZZZZzzzzz!

Ugly Truck Day 

Ugly Truck Day salutes those beat up eyesores that it takes you forever to pass on a two-lane road in your shiny new truck with all the latest whistles, bells, doodads, thingamabobs, doohickeys, and gadgets. While there is a lot to be said for a nice new fully equipped truck, ugly trucks have character. Ugly trucks are like a rolling history book. Most guys that own one can tell you with pride exactly how and where every dent and scratch occurred; probably because they were having fun doing something they enjoyed at the time.
Bear in mind that all the ugly trucks you see were once shiny and new. So, if you have a shiny new truck just use it, really use it, for a few years. Then you too will be the proud owner of an ugly truck; hopefully with some interesting stories of your own to tell.

National Lollipop Day

Lollipops come in dozens of different shapes, sizes, and flavors. Traditional hard candy lollipops are made with just four simple ingredients—sugar, water, corn syrup, and the flavoring of your choice.
Culinary historians believe that the lollipop (or at least some form of it) has been around since the prehistoric era. Early humans often enjoyed honey on a stick as a delicious treat. No one really knows how the modern-day lollipop was invented, but we do know how it got its name. George Smith, the owner of a small American candy store, came up with the name. In the early 1900s, he called the candy a “lollipop” after his favorite racehorse; Lolly Pop.

Fortune Cookie Day

Like chop suey, pizza, and tacos, the fortune cookie is an American invention that is often thought to be from another country. Fortune cookies actually come from Los Angeles, where Canton-native David Jung, a baker, and restaurateur, began making cookies with thin slips of paper inside sometime around 1920. Jung founded the Hong Kong Noodle Company, which was producing more than 3,000 cookies an hour in the 1920s.
Alas, today fortune cookies have declined to something approximating cellulose, and the “fortunes” are cheap, cheesy, trite pabulum. Gone are the days where you anxiously anticipated cracking open your fortune cookie at the end of your meal to get a glimpse of your future; then enjoying the cookie with your last cup of tea. These days, they are all but inedible. Gone too are the familiar vanilla flavor and the mystique of the “fortunes” of old.

More Holidays

On This Date

  • In 1801 – A 1,235-pound cheese ball was pressed at the farm of Elisha Brown, Jr. The ball of cheese was later loaded on a horse-driven wagon and presented to President Thomas Jefferson at the White House.
  • In 1859 – Brooklyn and New York played baseball at Fashion Park Race Course on Long Island, NY. The game marked the first time that admission had been charged for to see a ball game. The admission fee was 50¢. In 2017 dollars that 50¢ is equal to about $14.50.
  • In 1868 – Legislation that ordered United States tax stamps to be placed on all cigarette packs was passed.
  • In 1881 – Sioux Indian leader Sitting Bull, a fugitive since the Battle of the Little Big Horn surrendered to federal troops in Montana.
  • In 1908 – In the United States, the Sullivan Ordinance banned women from smoking in public.
  • In 1917 – The draft lottery in World War I went into operation.
  • In 1942 – The first detachment of the Women’s Army Auxiliary Corps, (WACS) began basic training at Fort Des Moines, Iowa.
  • In 1944 – An attempt by a group of German officials to assassinate Adolf Hitler failed. The bomb exploded at Hitler’s Rastenburg headquarters. Hitler was only wounded.
  • In 1944 – President Roosevelt was nominated for an unprecedented fourth term of office at the Democratic National Convention in Chicago.
  • In 1947 – The National Football League (NFL) ruled that no professional team could sign a player who had college eligibility remaining.
  • In 1969 – Apollo 11 landed on the Moon. Carrying Neil Armstrong and Buzz Aldrin, who would become the first humans to walk on the Moon, the spacecraft safely landed on the Sea of Tranquility on the Moon.
  • In 1969 – The “Football War” ended. A ceasefire came into effect between Honduras and El Salvador after the two countries fought a brief war over immigration El Salvador to Honduras. The hostilities occurred during North American trials of the FIFA World Cup.
  • In 1974 – Turkey invaded Cyprus. Also known as Cyprus Peace Operation or Operation Attila, the invasion was a response to a coup in Cyprus.
  • In 1976 – America’s Viking I robot spacecraft made a successful landing on Mars. Part of the Viking program, Viking I became the first American spacecraft to successfully land on Mars and to complete its mission.
  • In 1982 – President Ronald Reagan pulled the United States out of comprehensive nuclear test ban negotiations indefinitely.
  • In 1985 – Treasure hunters began raising $400 million in coins and silver from the Spanish galleon “Nuestra Senora de Atocha.” The ship sank in 1622, 40 miles of the coast of Key West, FL.
  • In 2003 – In India, elephants used for commercial work began wearing reflectors to avoid being hit by cars during night work.
  • In 2012 – A gunman, James Holmes, opened fire in a movie theater during the premier of the Dark Night Rises in Aurora, Colorado, killing 12 people and injuring 58 others.

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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