July 27th – National Korean War Veterans Armistice Day

July 27, 2017 at 12:01 am | Posted in Today's Reasons To Celebrate | Leave a comment

Good morning Patriots. Today is Thursday, July 27, 2017. Today’s reasons to celebrate are:

National Korean War Veterans Armistice Day

National Korean War Veterans Armistice Day marks the anniversary of the date in 1953 that the treaty was signed ending the Korean War. The original proclamation expired on the 50th anniversary in 2003, but it has been extended each year by the President since then. Here is this year’s proclamation.

Take Your Pants for a Walk Day 

Take Your Pants for a Walk Day is just a cutesy way to remind everyone about the health benefits of walking. Walking is good for cardio and helps with circulation. This form of exercise requires no special equipment (except pants). If you are currently vacationing at a clothing optional resort, fold your pants and carry them under your arm as you take your walk today.

Walk on Stilts Day

Most people have only seen stilts used by circus performers…clown, jugglers, etc. But, stilts have a long history of more practical uses.
A Stilt is described as a ‘pillar, post, or pole employed to assist a person or structure in standing above the ground’. While most of us, as mentioned previously, have only seen them employed for the purposes of entertainment, they have also been used in many industries, from shepherding to construction. The process of employing stilts for mobility, however, has been around since as far back as the 6th Century BC. In the Landes region of France, shepherds would use stilts to watch their flocks from an elevated position. In the construction industry, they are commonly used by drywall contractors, because constantly moving their ladders is too time-consuming.
Walk on Stilts Day affords you the opportunity to get a new perspective on life…if you’re the adventurous type.

Cross Atlantic Communication Day

Cross Atlantic Communication Day commemorates the date in 1866 on which the first sustained working telegraph cable between Europe and the Americas became operational. Prior to this, it took ten days for a message to cross the Atlantic by ship.
The idea of trans-Atlantic cable connecting Europe and the Americas is seen as the brain-child of entrepreneur Cyrus Field, who raised the cash and made the first attempt in 1857. The 1,700m miles of cable was too big for any one ship to carry, so two were employed, the USS Niagara and the HMS Agamemnon. The two ships met up in the middle of the Atlantic, their two wires were spliced together, and they headed out in opposite directions, laying cable as they went. The cables broke multiple times, and the mission was eventually abandoned. The following summer, after several trials and errors, they set out again, and this time completed the mission, connecting a spliced cable from Newfoundland to Ireland. On August 16, 1858, the first trans-Atlantic telegraph message was sent. The two countries celebrated, but over the next few weeks the connection deteriorated, and finally gave out.
No one tried again for several years, due in large part to the Civil War. But in 1865, Cyrus Field tried again. The Great Eastern, a ship large enough to carry the entire cable, had been built and was four times larger than the previous ships used. Captain by Sir James Anderson, the Great Eastern traveled from Ireland to Newfoundland laying cable as it went. A thousand miles into the voyage, the cable snapped and the mission was abandoned. However, the laying of the cable was finally completed the following year when the Great Eastern lay another, more durable cable between the two coasts and the first sustained trans-Atlantic telegraph cable was sent on this date, July 27, 1866.

Bagpipe Appreciation Day

Bagpipe Appreciation Day celebrates the ancient (arguably) musical instrument; the Highlands Scottish Bagpipe. This instrument is a quintessential part of the Scottish tradition. This holiday celebrates the tunes of this traditional instrument that were used to herald battles, to begin auspicious events such as weddings and to bid farewell at funerals.
The original bagpipes are said to have originated in the Middle East but became more popular in the Scottish Highlands and evolved there. This instrument is second only to percussion in the evolution of musical instruments. Today, the typical bagpipe consists of three pipes emerging from a sack-like bag. These bags are crafted from elk or sheep skin. These sacks fill with air that is released when the musician presses his arm to create the music. There is also a fourth pipe that holds nine holes to create changes in chord and pitch.
I can’t, in good conscience, urge you to listen to some bagpipe music to celebrate this holiday.

National Chili Dog Day

As a part of National Hot Dog Month, National Chili Dog Day is always celebrated on the last Thursday in July. Chili dogs, aka Coney Dogs, are a basically a hot dog topped with chili (duh!) They are a popular summertime treat and are traditionally topped with cheese, onions, and occasionally with hot sauce. But don’t let tradition restrict your imagination — You’re the supervisor of your spiced up sausage.
According to the National Hot Dog and Sausage Council, Americans are expected to eat 7 billion hot dogs from Memorial Day to Labor Day. And during the month of July, 10% of the annual retail hot dogs sales occur.
So, enjoy a chili dog (or two) today.

Crème Brûlée Day

Crème Brûlée Day celebrates, coincidently, Crème Brûlée, a rich creamy custard topped with a layer of hard caramel. Combining crunchy and creamy together into a single bite, it has been one of the hallmark desserts of Paris for centuries. Crème Brûlée has been around for quite some time, with the first recipe appearing in a recipe book by Francois Massialot in 1691. Oddly though, for all of its association with France, and specifically with Paris, it has appeared in only the one French cookbook. Since then, Crème Brûlée recipes are printed in books from other countries.
Traditionally served in ramekins, Crème Brûlée has the appearance of a small pie or tart, but once you crack that caramel shell, you’ll know that you are enjoying something truly special. When translated into English Crème Brûlée literally means “Burnt Cream”, but don’t let that deter you from trying this decadent dessert.
To celebrate Crème Brûlée Day, find a restaurant that offers Crème Brûlée and try it. Alternatively, try making it at home. It’s not too complicated. Basically, it is a simple custard with sugar sprinkled on the top then browned with a kitchen torch. Here is one recipe if you want to try it at home.

National Scotch Whisky Day

The Babylonians of Mesopotamia were likely the first people to distil alcohol sometime in the 2nd millennium BC. At the time distillation was only used to make various perfumes and aromatics. The earliest records of the distillation of alcohol for drinking date back to 13th century Italy, where harder alcohols were distilled from wine. Soon, the practice of distillation spread through medieval monasteries and was used largely for medicinal purposes, such as the treatment of smallpox and other illnesses. Distillation spread to today’s Great Britain in the 15th century, and the Scots have been making whisky shortly thereafter. Scotch whisky first and foremost must be made in Scotland. It must be fermented from malted barley, aged in oak barrels for at least three years and have an ABV of less than 94.8%. While most Scotch is made with barley, water, and yeast, other grains can be included, but, by law, no fermentation additives can be used. There are five distinct categories of Scotch whisky including single malt Scotch, single grain Scotch, blended malt Scotch, blended grain Scotch and blended Scotch. If it’s made with just malted barley and water and bottled as whisky from one distillery, it is referred to as one of the famous “single malt” Scotch whiskeys. If a Scotch is made with other grains, it’s referred to as “single grain.” There are also blended Scotches – such as the top-selling Johnnie Walker – that use whiskeys from multiple distillers. Scotch whiskeys are aged in oak casks, but unlike American straight whiskeys, the casks don’t have to be new. Many American white oak casks that once held bourbon or other American whiskeys find a second life in Scotland to age Scotch whisky, and some distillers also use casks that formerly contained sherry or port to add different flavors. Though single malt Scotches are made only from barley and water, their flavors vary enormously depending on where the distillery is located, the kind of water used, the way the whisky is aged and other variables.
Author’s Note: Yes, I know how to spell whiskey. However, in Scotland and Canada, whisky is spelled without the “e”; whereas, in Ireland and America, whiskey is spelled with the “e”. Since this holiday concerned Scotch whisky, I used the Scotch spelling.

More Holidays

On This Date

  • In 1789 – The Department of Foreign Affairs was established by Congress. The agency was later known as the Department of State.
  • In 1804 – The 12th Amendment to the Constitution was ratified. With the amendment, Electors were directed to vote for a President and for a Vice-President rather than for two choices for President.
  • In 1866 – Cyrus Field successfully completed the Atlantic Cable. It was an underwater telegraph from North America to Europe.
  • In 1890 – Vincent Van Gogh shot himself. The famed painter shot himself in the chest. He died of his wounds two days later.
  • In 1909 – Orville Wright set a record for the longest airplane flight. He was testing the first Army airplane and kept it in the air for 1 hour 12 minutes and 40 seconds.
  • In 1921 – Canadian biochemist Frederick Banting and associates announced the discovery of the hormone insulin.
  • In 1940 – Bugs Bunny made his official debut in the cartoon “A Wild Hare”.
  • In 1955 – The Austrian State Treaty went into force. The treaty re-established Austria as a democratic and sovereign country after World War II. It also ended the allied occupation of the country.
  • In 1964 – President Lyndon Johnson sent an additional 5,000 advisers to South Vietnam.
  • In 1965 – In the United States, the Federal Cigarette Labeling and Advertising Act was signed into law. The law required health warnings on all cigarette packages.
  • In 1967 – President Johnson appointed the Kerner Commission to assess the causes of the violence in the wake of urban rioting.
  • In 1984 – Pete Rose passed Ty Cobb’s record for most singles in a career when he got his 3,503rd base hit.
  • In 1985 – A coup in against president Milton Obote was staged in Uganda. The coup, led by Tito Lutwa Okello, a Ugandan military officer, was successful, but, he was ousted by current president Yoweri Museveni 6 months later.
  • In 1992 – Boston Celtics star Reggie Lewis died after collapsing on a Brandeis University basketball court during practice. He was 27 years old.
  • In 1995 – The Korean War Veterans Memorial was dedicated in Washington, DC, by President Clinton and South Korean President Kim Young-sam.
  • In 1999 – The Space Shuttle Discovery completed a five-day mission commanded by Air Force Col. Eileen Collins. It was the first shuttle mission to be commanded by a woman.
  • In 2001 – The ribbon cutting ceremony was held at the American Airlines Center in Dallas, TX. The event set two new world records; one for the 3-mile long ribbon, and one for the 2,000 people that cut it.
  • In 2003 – It was reported by the BBC (British Broadcasting Corp.) that there was no monster in Loch Ness. The investigation used 600 separate sonar beams and satellite navigation technology to trawl the loch. Reports of sightings of the “Loch Ness Monster” began in the 6th century.
  • In 2012 – Queen Elizabeth II officially opened the 2012 Summer Olympics in London. The ceremony was called Isles of Wonder and was directed by Danny Boyle. This was the 3rd time London had hosted the modern Olympics.

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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