July 21st – Legal Drinking Age Day

July 21, 2017 at 12:01 am | Posted in Today's Reasons To Celebrate | Leave a comment

Good morning imbibers of strong spirits. Today is Friday, July 21, 2017. Today’s reasons to celebrate are:

Legal Drinking Age Day 

Legal Drinking Age Day allows you to celebrate the fact that you are of legal drinking age (21 years of age here in America; 18 in most civilized countries). So if you are of legal drinking age, go ahead and indulge in one of your preferred adult beverages. Wait, you say it’s not 5 o’clock yet. No matter, go ahead and indulge anyway. It’s always 5 o’clock somewhere.
Author’s Note: This Blog in no way condones underage drinking, and no reference to engaging in underage drinking was intended or implied.

National Tug of War Tournament Day

Historians think some version of tug of war has been played for millennia; all the way back to both ancient Egypt and ancient China.
Today, formal organizations play by set rules, with eight people to a team and a muddy “moat” between them. The goal is to pull the rope at least four meters or cause the opponents to fall (and hopefully get very muddy).
There’s only one way to celebrate National Tug of War Tournament Day – Have a Tug of War.

Invite an Alien to Live with You Day

Invite an Alien to Live with You Day is a quirky holiday that celebrates the popular television show “Mork and Mindy” which aired on ABC from 1978 to 1982. It is celebrated on the birthdate of its breakout star, Robin Williams, who was born on this date in 1952. Surprisingly, this holiday is not a sanctioned holiday, but it is sponsored by a group called “The Life of the Party” so that makes it legit…right?

Take a Monkey to Lunch Day

Another off-beat holiday today is Take a Monkey to Lunch Day. Take a Monkey to Lunch Day celebrates the anniversary of the 1925 conviction of John Scopes in a Tennessee court for teaching evolution. Thankfully, Scopes’ conviction was later overturned. Oddly enough, this is not a sanctioned holiday either, and it too is sponsored by “The Life of the Party”.

Lamington Day

There is an organization, the Australian Lamington Appreciation Society (ALAS), which is committed to the preservation of their world famous Lamingtons and annually celebrating Lamington Day, yet you probably don’t even know what a Lamington is. For those of you who are unaware, Lamingtons are a sweet, cake-based snack from Australia, consisting of sponge cake dipped in chocolate and liberally sprinkled with fine-shaved coconut. They are generally eaten at tea time. Lamingtons were named after Lord Lamington, the governor of Queensland, around the beginning of the 20th Century.
Lamingtons are the result of a culinary “happy accident” that turned out to be Australia’s signature sweet treat. As the story goes, Lord Lamington was hosting a dinner party at the Government House in Brisbane. When it came time for their after-dinner tea to be served, he was informed that a maid/servant had accidentally spilled (his favorite) yellow sponge cake to be served with the tea into melted chocolate. Instead of losing his temper, he recommended that all the pieces of cake be dipped into the chocolate then rolled in coconut shavings to make them easier for his guests to eat with their tea.
You probably won’t find Lamingtons at your local market or bakery, so to celebrate Lamington Day, your best bet is to travel to Australia (but you’ll probably need a time machine to get there in time to celebrate since Australia is about 17-hours ahead of California time, so by the time you read this, Lamington Day will be history there). On the off-chance that you can’t make it to Australia on the spur of the moment, or don’t possess a time machine, your only other alternative is to try to make some Lamingtons at home. Here is one recipe for Lamingtons. Good luck!

National Junk Food Day 

National Junk Food Day is dedicated to the high calorie, high fat, high sugar foods that everyone loves to snack on. Dietitians tell us that junk food is any food that contains little nutritional value…foods that are high in salts, fats, and sugars — In other words, junk food is all that stuff that actually tastes good.
Although they have very little nutritional value, Americans still love their junk food. In fact, the average American eats about 25 pounds of candy a year, and about 45 slices of pizza as well – And these are but two examples of America’s affinity for junk food. Fast food restaurants, salty snacks (potato chips), sweet snacks (cake, ice cream, etc), soda, the list goes on and on, are other examples of junk foods that we crave. I could spend all day researching the quantities of other junk foods that we consume each year to illustrate my point, but that would be pointless.
For some people, every day is Junk Food Day. For the rest of us, National Junk Food Day is an opportunity to guiltlessly eat your favorite junk food.
So go ahead and indulge yourself by eating anything you want, in any quantity (within reason) to celebrate National Junk Food Day. Just be sure to get back onto your healthy diet tomorrow.

On This Date

  • In 1733 – John Winthrop was granted the first honorary Doctor of Law Degree given by Harvard College in Cambridge, MA.
  • In 1861 – The first major battle of the Civil War began. It was the Battle of Bull Run at Manassas Junction, VA. The Confederates won the battle.
  • In 1925 – The “Monkey Trial” ended in Dayton, TN. John T. Scopes was convicted of violating the state law for teaching Darwin’s theory of evolution. The conviction was later overturned.
  • In 1930 – The Veterans’ Administration (VA) was established.
  • In 1931 – CBS aired the first regularly scheduled program to be simulcast on radio and television. The show featured singer Kate Smith and composer George Gershwin.
  • In 1931 – The Reno Race Track inaugurated the daily double in the United States
  • In 1947 – Loren MacIver’s portrait of Emmett Kelly as Willie the Clown appeared on the cover of “LIFE” magazine.
  • In 1957 – Althea Gibson became the first black woman to win a major U.S. tennis title when she won the Women’s National clay-court singles competition.
  • In 1959 – A District Court judge in New York City ruled that “Lady Chatterley’s Lover” was not pornography.
  • In 1961 – Capt. Virgil “Gus” Grissom became the second American to rocket into a sub-orbital pattern around the Earth. He was flying on the Liberty Bell 7.
  • In 1968 – Arnold Palmer became the first golfer to earn a million dollars in career earnings after he tied for second place at the PGA Championship.
  • In 1969 – Neil Armstrong became the first person to walk on the Moon. He stepped on the Moon’s surface almost 7 hours after Apollo 11, the spacecraft that carried them, landed on the Sea of Tranquility on the Moon. After stepping on the Moon, Armstrong uttered his famous words, “one small step for [a] man, one giant leap for mankind.”
  • In 1977 – The Libyan–Egyptian War began. This short war between Libya and Egypt started with Libya striking Egyptian cities. The war lasted for 2 days with a ceasefire on July 24.
  • In 1980 – Mary Eugenia Charles was elected as Prime Minister of the Commonwealth of Dominica (not the same as the Dominican Republic). Her election to office made her the first female and the longest PM of the Commonwealth of Dominica. Her election also made her the first elected female head of state in the Americas.
  • In 1983 – Lowest temperature ever measured on Earth was recorded at Vostok Station, a Russian station on Antarctica. The temperatures fell to −128.6 °F (−89.2 °C).
  • In 1997 – The U.S.S. Constitution, which defended the United States during the War of 1812, set sail under its own power for the first time in 116 years.
  • In 2000 – NBC announced that they had found nearly all of Milton Berle’s kinescopes. The filmed recordings of Berle’s early TV shows had been the subject of a $30 million lawsuit filed by Berle the previous May.
  • In 2004 – White House officials were briefed on the 9/11 Commission’s final report. The 575-page report concluded that hijackers exploited “deep institutional failings within our government.” The report was released to the public the next day.
  • In 2011 – Space Shuttle Atlantis landed at Kennedy Space Center in Florida. It was the 135th and last flight of NASA’s Space Shuttle program.

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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