July 25th – Carousel Day

July 25, 2017 at 12:01 am | Posted in Today's Reasons To Celebrate | Leave a comment

Good morning carousel connoisseurs. Today is Tuesday, July 25, 2017. Today’s reasons to celebrate are:

Carousel Day (aka Merry-Go-Round Day)

Carousel Day (aka Merry-Go-Round Day) salutes that dying breed of boardwalk rides, the carousel. This holiday was created by the National Carousel Association in 2014, to highlight these beautiful, often historical creations that still bring joy to people from every age group.  The date commemorates the first United States patent for the modern carousel issued to William Schneider of Davenport, Iowa in 1871.
A carousel is an amusement ride that consists of a rotating circular platform with seats on it for its riders. Its seats are traditionally in rows and are made up of often intricately carved and ornately painted wooden horses or other animals mounted on posts. Many of the animals are made to move up and down to simulate galloping and are accompanied by circus music. Some of these animals were so unique that they were given names.
More than simple child’s play, the carousel is part of our cultural history. Some classic carousels are even considered National Historic Landmarks. National Carousel Day is a day to celebrate the simple carousel, found on boardwalks, at fairs and carnivals around the world, and now, even being preserved in museums.
Any rotating platform may also be called a merry-go-round. On a playground, it is usually a child-powered rotating platform with bars or handles to which children can cling while riding. The earliest known depiction of the merry-go-round dates back to 500 A.D. in the Byzantine Empire, which depicts baskets, carrying riders, suspended from a central pole. In the 1840’s, Franz Wiesenoffer created the first merry-go-round in the United States in Hessville, Ohio.
In their heyday from the late 1800’s to the 1940’s, carousels were one of the most popular attractions at many boardwalks, fairs, and carnivals. The intricate carvings of the wooden animals on these rides were works of art. In the late 1940’s to the 1960’s, many of the classic wooden animals were replaced with ones made of metal. These too were well crafted, but in my opinion, lacked the character and panache of the classic wood-carved carousel animals of old.
If you have the opportunity, ride one of these classic carousels today…or just go to a playground and ride on a merry-go-round.

National Hire a Veteran Day

Every year, thousands of military personnel leave the service and re-enter civilian life and National Hire a Veteran Day serves to remind employers to consider hiring these servicemen and women. Hire Our Heroes, a non-profit organization operated and founded by veterans for veterans, created Hire a Veteran Day to provide a day to create a platform where employers and veterans can network. The Registrar at National Day Calendar proclaimed National Hire a Veteran Day to be observed annually on the 25th day of July.
Former military people have a lot to offer a potential employer. They are dependable, self-disciplined, and easily adapt to new situations. While legislation is in place protecting separating servicemen and women as they enter the nonmilitary workforce, the best way a potential employer can honor a veteran would be to hire one. Military personnel are already trained in a wide variety of desirable skills: such as information technology, engineering, cyber security, sales, marketing, management, finance, healthcare, and many other skilled trades.
Around the world, our military personnel served to protect our freedom, so celebrate National Hire a Veteran Day by honoring our Armed Forces personnel by offering them your time and consideration in the civilian workforce.

Thread the Needle Day

Thread the Needle Day is an ambiguous holiday because the term thread the needle can be interpreted in so many different ways. Here are just a few:

  • First, and most obvious, the term “thread the needle” could refer to the literal interpretation of actually threading a needle for sewing.
  • Metaphorically, it could mean finding a path through two opposing views. Politicians often must use this interpretation to keep all of their constituents happy, but it can apply to everyday people as well who want to maintain a friendship with two people with opposing positions on a given subject.
  • “Threading the needle” is often used in sports such as football, basketball, and hockey to describe a difficult play or shot. Similarly, the term “thread the needle” is used in pocket billiards when a player makes a difficult shot through a narrow pathway between other balls to a pocket.
  • Another possible context for this holiday is the children’s’ game of  “thread the needle”. This is a game in which two of the players hold their arms up to form an arch, while the remaining players, in a line, run or creep under the arch. This is done repeatedly, the couples taking it in turn to form the “needle’s eye”.
  • “Threading the needle” is even a yoga pose.

Thread the Needle Day is listed in three of my four primary holiday sources, however, none contain any information regarding its purpose or its creator. Since there are so many interpretations of “thread the needle, and the creator of this holiday is unknown, and therefore not available to interpret its true meaning, you are the arbiter of how you celebrate Thread the Needle Day…or if you even want to celebrate it at all.

Culinarian’s Day

Culinarians Day is a holiday for anyone who cooks. You don’t have to be a gourmet chef or a graduate of a culinary institute to celebrate Culinarian’s Day. If you cook, you can enjoy this holiday.
To celebrate Culinarians Day, prepare a special meal that highlights your best culinary techniques, then enjoy the results.

National Hot Fudge Sundae Day

As a part of National Ice Cream Month, National Hot Fudge Sundae Day is one of the several ice cream related holidays celebrated this month. A hot fudge sundae is a variation to the classic sundae. It combines vanilla ice cream, hot fudge sauce, and whipped cream. Chopped nuts are optional, but the single, bright-red maraschino cherry on top, in my humble opinion, is not.
The Guinness Book of World Records has documented several record-setting sundaes. For example, the most expensive sundae was created in 2007 and can still be ordered at Serendipity 3 in New York City…that is if you happen to have $25,000 to squander on a dessert. This sundae consists of a fine blend of 28 cocoas, including 14 of the world’s most expensive. It was made in partnership with prestigious jeweler Euphoria New York. It is decorated with 5 g (0.17 oz) of edible 23-karat gold and is served in a goblet lined with edible gold. The base of the goblet is an 18-karat gold bracelet with 1-karat of white diamonds. The dessert is eaten with a gold spoon, itself decorated with white and chocolate-colored diamonds, which can also be taken home.
Another The Guinness Book of World Records sundae was created in 2009 by the Kids Club in Brunswick, Georgia. They created the world’s longest sundae, which measured over 130 feet long.
There is little known about the origins of this holiday, but ice cream, in general, has been around for centuries. Both Thomas Jefferson and George Washington indulged in this cool dessert and offered it to guests. Colonists were, in fact, the ones to coin the term “ice cream,” and the very first ice cream parlor in the country opened its doors in 1776 in New York.
Even if you can’t squeeze a $25,000 sundae into your budget right now, or your kitchen is less than 130 feet long, you can still celebrate National Hot Fudge Sundae Day, and you don’t have to be a member of MENSA to figure out how. Simply go to your favorite ice cream parlor and order a hot fudge sundae. If it’s just too hot to go outside, make one at home. If you’re normal, you already have the vanilla ice cream, the whipped cream, the chopped nuts, and the maraschino cherries on hand and here is a simple recipe for hot fudge to complete your task – the ingredients for which you should already have in your pantry as well.

National Wine and Cheese Day

There are many foods that are meant to go together. Peanut butter and jelly and peanut butter and chocolate immediately come to mind, and there are many others too numerous to mention, but among them is wine and cheese, which I will mention because they are the subject of National Wine and Cheese Day.
With few exceptions, the foods that pair well together have one thing in common. They combine an astringent food, like wine, with a fatty food like cheese. This is not coincidental. Culinary experts for centuries have known that this fact is key to creating delectable meals that wake up the taste buds.
Anyway, I digress. National Wine and Cheese Day celebrates the classic combination of wine and cheese. When the right wine is paired with the perfect cheese, the taste and aromas of each are magnified and enhanced, awakening the senses. The possibilities for the perfect wine and cheese pairings are as endless as your imagination.
So go ahead – grab your favorite cheese and raise a glass of your favorite wine and celebrate National Wine and Cheese Day. If you don’t like the combination you chose, try another combination.

More Holidays

On This Date

  • In 1805 – Aaron Burr visited New Orleans with plans to establish a new country, with New Orleans as the capital city.
  • In 1850 – In Worcester, MA, Harvard and Yale University freshmen met in the first intercollegiate billiards match.
  • In 1850 – Gold was discovered in the Rogue River in Oregon.
  • In 1861 – The Crittenden Resolution, which called for the American Civil War to be fought to preserve the Union and not for slavery, was passed by Congress.
  • In 1866 – Ulysses S. Grant was named General of the Army. He was the first officer to hold the rank.
  • In 1868 – Congress passed an act creating the Wyoming Territory.
  • In 1909 – French aviator Louis Bleriot flew across the English Channel in a monoplane. He traveled from Calais to Dover in 37 minutes. He was the first man to fly across the channel.
  • In 1946 – The United States detonated an atomic bomb at Bikini Atoll in the Pacific. It was the first underwater test of the device.
  • In 1952 – Puerto Rico became a self-governing commonwealth of the United States.
  • In 1956 – Tunisia gained its independence from France. The northernmost African country, became a French protectorate in 1881, under the Treaty of Bardo. The path to independence in the country was marred by civil unrest and conflict and was led by Habib Bourguiba, who became the first president of the independent country.
  • In 1976 – The famous Face on Mars photo was taken. Viking 1, the first space probe to successfully land on Mars took the famous photo of the Cydonia region on the Red Planet.
  • In 1978 – Louise Joy Brown, the first test-tube baby, was born in Oldham, England. She had been conceived through in-vitro fertilization which was pioneered by doctors Patrick Steptoe and Robert Edwards.
  • In 1978 – Pete Rose (Cincinnati Red) broke the National League record for consecutive base hits as he got a hit in 38 straight games.
  • In 1984 – Soviet cosmonaut Svetlana Savitskaya became the first woman to walk in space. She was part of the Soyuz T-12 mission, which docked at the Salyut 7 Space station. As part of the mission, she spent 3.5 hours in space testing tools. Savitskaya was also the second woman to go into space and the first to go to space twice.
  • In 1987 – The Salt Lake City Trappers set a professional baseball record as the team won 29 consecutive games to begin the season. [They went on to finish the season with a 49-21 record].
  • In 2007 – India elected its first female President. Pratibha Patil stayed in office as the head of state for 5 years.
  • In 2010 – WikiLeaks leaked to the public more than 90,000 internal reports involving the United States-led War in Afghanistan from 2004-2010.

Noteworthy Birthdays

If you were born on this date, Happy Birthday. You share your birthday the following list of illustrious individuals – and about 20-million other people.

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