July 28th – National Get Gnarly Day 

July 28, 2017 at 12:01 am | Posted in Today's Reasons To Celebrate | Leave a comment

Good morning my gnarly friends. Today is Friday, July 28, 2017. Today’s reasons to celebrate are:

National Get Gnarly Day

National Get Gnarly Day is celebrated on the last Friday in July and provides an opportunity to embrace new ideas and toss out old ways. In 2016, Whirlpool Corporation launched a campaign to put some “gNARliness” into everything they did to encourage their employees to get excited about reaching goals and satisfying customers. The “NAR” in “gNARliness” meant their North American Region. The employees’ response was overwhelming. As a result, Whirlpool Corporation created National Get Gnarly Day. The Registrar at National Day Calendar approved the day in June of 2016.
According to Dictionary.com, the word “gnarly” means distasteful, distressing, offensive, or gross, but it has a secondary slang definition of good or great – and in “surfing slang” gnarly means difficult, impressive, or dangerous, as in, ” Wow! That was a gnarly wave, dude. Much like surfers challenging the waves, National Get Gnarly Day challenges us to put some gnarliness into everything we do.
Below are five ways to make your life more “gnarly:

  1. Find a gnarly hobby. After her husband died in 1950, Hulda Crooks (age 54) took up hiking and climbing. She climbed Mount Whitney, the highest summit in the contiguous United States, for the first time at the age of 66, then went on to make 22 ascents of Mount Whitney. At the age of 91 climbed Mount Fuji in Japan. Now, that is one gnarly lady!
  2. Meet gnarly people. Take a cooking class, volunteer for a local charity, or accept some of those invitations you’ve previously declined. Step out of your comfort zone from time to time and introduce yourself to different experiences and as a result new people. This will surely up the gnarliness of your social circle.
  3. Get a gnarly passport. A first-time passport costs $135 including fees and can take up to 6 weeks to process, but if you truly want to embrace your new gnarly lifestyle, you’ll need a passport. After all, most really gnarly people are world travelers.
  4. Find a gnarly new style. Redecorate a room in your house to a more gnarly decor, find a fresh new gnarly hair style, or make other gnarly changes that will revitalize your attitude and an outlook on life.
  5. Throw a gnarly party. Invite those gnarly new friends and show off the all the stamps in your gnarly new passport. Be sure to take lots of gnarly pictures to document the gnarly occasion.

Buffalo Soldiers Day

Buffalo Soldiers Day commemorates the formation on this date in 1866 of the first regular Army regiments comprising African-American soldiers. African-American soldiers fought for the Union during the Civil War. But it was not until after the war that permanent all-black regiments were established, maintaining the United States armed forces policy of segregation. The African-American regiments were deployed in the southwest and in the plains states to serve U.S. interests against Native American tribes, to protect important shipments, and to build roads and trails.
A longstanding debate ranges around the origin of the term “Buffalo Soldier,” with some maintaining that the nickname reflected the toughness of the soldiers and others claiming that it was a disparaging racial term used by Native Americans to describe the dark-skinned soldiers they met in battle. The segregated regiments served in the Spanish-American War, World War II, and other conflicts, before being disbanded during the late 1940’s and early 1950’s as the armed forces embraced integration.
In 1992 Congress passed a law designating July 28 as Buffalo Soldiers Day in the United States.

System Administrator Appreciation Day

System Administrator Appreciation Day is celebrated on the last Friday of July and honors the geeky IT guys and gals who ensure that your network is secure, your computer is up and running, and your printer is jam-free.
Let’s face it, System Administrators get no respect every other day of the year, yet they are the ones who come to the rescue when your computer develops a mind of its own. Use today to acknowledge them and the important job they do.

World Hepatitis Day

World Hepatitis Day is held on July 28th each year to provide an international focus for patient groups and people living with viral hepatitis. This holiday was launched by the World Hepatitis Alliance in 2008 in response to the concern that chronic viral hepatitis did not have the level of awareness, nor the political priority, seen with other communicable diseases such as HIV/AIDS, tuberculosis, and malaria.
In May 2010 the World Health Assembly passed a resolution which provides an official endorsement of World Hepatitis Day.

National Milk Chocolate Day

Rejoice chocoholics, National Milk Chocolate Day legitimizes your addiction to chocolate. It affords you the opportunity to indulge your cravings without guilt or social stigma.
Milk chocolate differs from other chocolates because it is a mix of cocoa solid and either dry or condensed milk. While dark chocolate is traditionally used as a baking ingredient, milk chocolate is used to make chocolate candy bars, hot chocolate, and many delicious desserts.
Chocolate contains a stimulant called theobromine and a compound called anandamide, both of which actually have mood-enhancing benefits.
That’s right celebrants, chocolate makes you happy! So, celebrate National Milk Chocolate Day by having some milk chocolate today – it’s sure to put a smile on your face.

National Hamburger Day

It should surprise no one that hamburger is made from ground beef and not ham. People worldwide have been eating minced or ground meat for millennia, but although it is still being debated, hamburger is thought by many food historians to have originated in Hamburg, Germany a couple of centuries ago.
The hamburger we know and love today, the beef patty and the bun, is a wholly American creation. It is believed to have first been served on this date in 1900 at Louis’ Lunch diner in New Haven, Connecticut, which is the reason National Hamburger Day is celebrated today.
Americans love their hamburgers, and they are a summertime staple at cookouts and barbecues across the fruited plain. Despite that fact, we still eat more burgers in restaurants – either fast-food or sit-down restaurants – than we do at home.
The oldest fast food hamburger franchise in the world is the White Castle franchise, which opened in 1921. And, the largest hamburger ever created weighed over 8,000 pounds and was cooked for a burger festival in Wisconsin.
Author’s Note: If National Hamburger Day sounds familiar, it is because there was another National Hamburger Day just two months ago. As far as I can determine, the two are not related and the only source I have for this particular National Hamburger Day is from the Foodimentary website. But does that really matter? Any holiday that allows me to enjoy a guilt-free hamburger under the guise of celebration is OK with me.

More Holidays

On This Date

  • In 1821 – Peru declared its independence. The Peruvian War of Independence against Spain began in 1811 and ended with a declaration of independence under the leadership of José de San Martín.
  • In 1866 – The metric system was legalized by Congress for the standardization of weights and measures throughout the United States. [Authorized…but obviously not adopted].
  • In 1868 – The Fourteenth Amendment to the Constitution was declared in effect. The amendment guaranteed due process of law.
  • In 1896 – The city of Miami, FL, was incorporated.
  • In 1914 – World War I officially began when Austria-Hungary declared war on Serbia.
  • In 1928 – The IX Summer Olympics opened in Amsterdam.
  • In 1932 – Federal troops forcibly dispersed the “Bonus Army” of World War I veterans who had gathered in Washington, DC. They were demanding money they were not scheduled to receive until 1945.
  • In 1941 – Plans for the Pentagon were approved by the House of Representatives.
  • In 1945 – A United States Army bomber crashed into the 79th floor of New York City’s Empire State Building killing 14 people and injuring 26 more.
  • In 1958 – National Aeronautics and Space Act was passed by Congress. The act established the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA).
  • In 1965 – President Johnson announced he was increasing the number of American troops in South Vietnam from 75,000 to 125,000.
  • In 1982 – San Francisco, CA, became the first city in the United States to ban handguns.
  • In 1998 – Monica Lewinsky received blanket immunity from prosecution to testify before a grand jury about her relationship with President Clinton.
  • In 2005 – The Provisional Irish Republican Army, also known as IRA, announced an end to its armed campaign in the group’s effort to free Northern Ireland from United Kingdom’s rule.
  • In 2006 – Researchers announced that two ancient reptiles had been found off Australia. The Umoonasaurus and Opallionectes were the first of their kind to be found in the period soon after the Jurassic era.

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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