July 26th – All or Nothing

July 26, 2017 at 12:01 am | Posted in Today's Reasons To Celebrate | Leave a comment

Good morning fearful friends. Today is Wednesday, July 26, 2017. Today’s reasons to celebrate are:

All or Nothing Day

The Romans had a saying: “Carpe Diem” or seize the day. All or Nothing Day urges us to break through our barriers, ignore the fears that hold us back, and make a big commitment to a better life. It urges us to quit testing the waters and playing the “what if” game.
Whether it’s applying for that job you’ve always wanted, trying an extreme sport, or just mending a broken relationship, everyone has something they would like to do if only they could overcome their fear. All Or Nothing Day is all about confronting those fears. As the name of this holiday implies, by making the commitment you may end up with all or you may end up with nothing…but at least the barrier fear will be broken. Whether you succeed or fail, you will no longer be paralyzed by indecision. Now is the time to fully commit. Force yourself to make a decision – all or nothing.  In the end, you’ll feel better that you no longer have those questions lingering on your mind. “Carpe Diem” – the rest of your life won’t wait forever.

Aunt and Uncle’s Day

A couple of days ago, we celebrated Cousin’s Day, so it only seems fitting that there is a holiday that celebrates their parents as well. Aunt and Uncle’s Day honors your mom and dad’s brothers and sisters and your cousin’s parents.
Aunts and uncles are special relatives. They are the “backup babysitters” when your parents have to go out on the spur of the moment. They will often lend an ear and give advice when you have a problem that you don’t want your parents to know about it. Often they might seem a bit quirky, but that is sometimes their most endearing quality. What would family reunions be without them?
If you have aunts and/or uncles, try to visit them today. If that is not possible, give them a call.

National Bagelfest Day

National Bagelfest Day celebrates that popular “crunchy on the outside and chewy in the middle” bread eaten by millions of people every day. The creation of this holiday is credited to Murray Lender, owner of Lenders Bagels. In 1986, Murray started the festival in Mattoon, Illinois, home of the world’s largest bagel factory.
Bagel shops are a staple in most communities across the America. Bagels are served with a variety of toppings, and as well, produced in a variety of flavors.
Bagels were introduced to America by Polish-Jewish immigrants and became a thriving business, primarily in and around New York City. Handmade bagels were the norm until the 1960’s when Daniel Thompson invented the bagel maker. Then, the heated debate over man vs. machine, handcrafted bagels vs. manufactured bagels began and still rages on to this day.
The popularity of bagels spread out across America in the last quarter of the 20th century. This was due in large part to the efforts of bagel baker Harry Lender, his son, Murray Lender, and Florence Sender. They pioneered the automated production and distribution of frozen bagels in the 1960’s. Murray also invented the pre-slicing of bagels – which made them even more popular.
Celebrating National Bagelfest Day couldn’t be easier. Simply toast a bagel (or two), add your favorite toppings, and enjoy!

National Coffee Milkshake Day

I’m relatively certain that soon after the invention of ice cream, someone thought of flavoring it with coffee. And, with the invention of milkshakes in the latter part of the 19th century, it seems to me that the natural progression would be to make coffee milkshakes. I mean, what’s not to like? A cool, refreshing summer treat, combined with a hefty dose of caffeine. National Coffee Milkshake Day salutes this particular frozen treat and is a part of National Ice Cream Month.
Celebrate National Coffee Milkshake Day at your local ice cream shop with a coffee milkshake, or load your blender with ice cream and coffee and make one at home.
I’m not a coffee drinker, so I’ll celebrate with a different flavor of milkshake if you don’t mind.

More Holidays

On This Date

  • In 1775 – A postal system was established by the 2nd Continental Congress of the United States. The first Postmaster General was Benjamin Franklin.
  • In 1788 – New York became the 11th state to ratify the United States Constitution.
  • In 1847 – The country of Liberia was founded. This west African state was founded primarily by freed slaves from the United States. The Liberian constitution was based on the United States Constitution and the capital, Monrovia, is named after James Monroe, the fifth president of the United States.
  • In 1908 – Attorney General Charles J. Bonaparte issued an order that created an investigative agency that was a forerunner of the FBI.
  • In 1945 – Potsdam Declaration was signed. Also known as the Proclamation Defining Terms for Japanese Surrender, the declaration signed by the United States, the United Kingdom, and China, detailed the terms of surrender for Japan after World War II.
  • In 1945 – Winston Churchill resigned as Britain’s prime minister.
  • In 1947 – President Truman signed The National Security Act. The act created the National Security Council, the Department of Defense, the Central Intelligence Agency and the Joint Chiefs of Staff.
  • In 1948 – Babe Ruth was seen by the public for the last time when he attended the New York City premiere of the motion picture, “The Babe Ruth Story.”
  • In 1948 – President Truman signed executive orders that prohibited discrimination in the U.S. armed forces and federal employment.
  • In 1952 – King Farouk I of Egypt abdicated in the wake of a coup led by Gamal Abdel Nasser.
  • In 1953 – Fidel Castro began his revolt against Fulgencio Batista with an unsuccessful attack on an army barracks in eastern Cuba. Castro eventually ousted Batista six years later.
  • In 1956 – Egyptian President Gamal Abdel Nasser nationalized the Suez Canal.
  • In 1963 – Syncom 2, the world’s first geosynchronous communications satellite was launched. Part of NASA’s Syncom program, it was responsible for transmitting the first TV signal from a geosynchronous satellite, a man-made satellite whose orbital period around the Earth matches the Earth’s rotation.
  • In 1965 – The Maldives, an island nation in the Indian Ocean, gained their independence after 78 years of British rule.
  • In 1971 – Apollo 15 was launched from Cape Kennedy, FL.
  • In 1990 – Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) of 1990 was signed into law. The law banned discrimination based on disability.
  • In 1998 – AT&T and British Telecommunications PLC announced they were forming a joint venture to combine international operations and develop a new Internet system.
  • In 1999 – 1,500 pieces of Marilyn Monroe’s personal items went on display at Christie’s in New York, NY. The items went on sale later in 1999.

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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