August 31st – Diatomaceous Earth Day

August 31, 2017 at 12:01 am | Posted in Today's Reasons To Celebrate | Leave a comment

Good morning diatom lovers. Today is Thursday, August 31, 2017. Today’s reasons to celebrate are:

National Diatomaceous Earth Day

National Diatomaceous Earth Day recognizes the diatom and the remarkable mineral it creates. This holiday is a recent addition to the holiday calendar and is being celebrated for the first time just last year. It was created by EP Minerals to celebrate this fascinating naturally bio-engineered material. The Registrar at National Day Calendar approved the day in 2016. No information was available regarding why August 31st was chosen as the date to celebrate National Diatomaceous Earth Day.
Diatomaceous earth is a sedimentary rock found in large deposits worldwide and mined primarily in the United States, Mexico, Chile, Peru, France, Spain, Denmark, and China. While still being formed today, some of the deposits of diatomaceous earth developed millions of years ago. Diatomaceous earth deposits are formed as diatoms die and fall to the bottom of bodies of water. Over time, the organic portions of the diatoms are weathered away and the remaining opal frustules form diatomaceous earth. Some of the largest deposits in the United States were formed in ancient lakes in California, Nevada, Oregon and Washington, and some large deposits were also formed in oceans and occur along the coasts of North and South America.
Peter Kasten is credited for the discovery of diatomaceous earth in Germany around 1836, however, there is evidence that long before Kasten’s discovery the world was using diatomaceous earth. Ancient Greeks used it as an abrasive as well as a building material in light-weight bricks, and, even in pre-historic times, diatomite was used in the ice-age cave paintings in France. Diatomaceous earth is known for its absorbency, filtration properties, polishing properties and stabilizing qualities.
Most people know of the diatomaceous earth because they use it to filter their swimming pools or for its natural insecticide properties to control insects in their homes or gardens. Biologists know about diatoms, the single-celled plants that form diatomaceous earth, because they are truly the lungs of the earth, that produce about ¾ of the world’s new oxygen supply, and diatom skeletons (called frustules), the tiny, intricate porous opal structures because they are known to be the strongest naturally occurring substances.
Today, diatomaceous earth is one of the most useful and durable substances known. It is used in the filtration of liquids, including, beer, wine, water (for swimming), chemicals, food, and pharmaceuticals. It provides the flatting in almost all flat paints. When oil is spilled, diatomaceous earth is often the first choice to absorb it — And there are hundreds of other applications for diatomaceous earth and probably many more yet to be discovered.

Love Litigating Lawyers Day

Love Litigating Lawyers Day salutes those oft-maligned members of the bar who act as our representatives in court. Lawyer jokes abound, and those lawyers who get national attention in the media usually do little to mitigate the stereotype of lawyers being soulless, smarmy, bottom-feeding scum bags.
With that said, should you (God forbid) ever need the services of a good litigator, these are the same type of people you would choose to represent you. Litigating lawyers, get a bad rap, but then, you don’t go to lawyers when you’re are having a good day. You seek them out when you need help, and/or guidance. The truth is that a majority of litigating lawyers work hard every day to right wrongs, make a difference, and help their clients. It’s just that the bad lawyers get all the press.
I’m at a loss for suggestions as to how you should celebrate this holiday, but, I guess, the least you could do is refrain from telling any ‘lawyer jokes’ today.

Eat Outside Day 

Eat Outside Day encourages you to eat at least one meal outside today. Eating outside (aka dining Alfresco) is a popular summertime activity. Today is the last day of August, which makes this a perfect time to take your breakfast, lunch, or dinner into the great outdoors and enjoy the last few days of warm summer weather. Soon autumn weather will be upon us and the temperatures will begin to cool, making dining outside uncomfortable.
Al-fresco dining first became popular in the 18th century. Patrons who enjoyed eating their meals in the open air could visit tea gardens, seashore resorts, or rooftop restaurants. Eating outside was considered a tourist activity up until the early 1900’s. Around that time, the first sidewalk cafes appeared on the streets of Manhattan.
There are many ways that you can participate in this holiday. Eat at your favorite outdoor restaurant, enjoy a popsicle on your porch, organize a barbecue in your backyard, or have a picnic at a local park. Whatever you decide to do, just be sure to enjoy at least one of your meals outside today.

National Trail Mix Day

National Trail Mix Day, oddly enough, celebrates trail mix. Trail mix is a combination of dried fruits, nuts, and granola that was created to provide a burst of energy to people while walking, hiking or other strenuous activities. Coated chocolate (like M & M’s) is also often also added to the mix. Trail mix is an ideal hike snack food because it is very lightweight, easy to store, nutritious and provides a quick energy boost from the carbohydrates in the dried fruits or granola as well as sustained energy from the fats in the nuts.
Trail mix has been around since at least 1910 when it was mentioned in Horace Kephart’s The Book of Camping and Woodcraft. In many European countries trail mix is known as “student snack” or “student food”. Many hikers refer to trail mix as “gorp” (which is probably an acronym for “good old raisins and peanuts” or “granola, oats, raisins, peanuts).”
Commercially produced trail mixes are available in almost every sporting goods store, supermarket, and convenience store…with a variety of flavor combinations and ingredients. Trail mix is sold either prepackaged or in bulk. However, if you prefer, it is easy to make your own trail mix at home. Simply combine the portable foods that you like best, in whatever ratio most satisfies you. [It should be noted that it is best to avoid messy foods that will leave your hands sticky and it is also recommended that you avoid too many salty items as well]. Ultimately though, you are the arbiter of the contents of your homemade Trail Mix.
There are about a bazillion different types of Trail Mix available…if you include the homemade ones. To celebrate National Trail Mix Day, make or buy some Trail Mix, and take a hike.

More Holidays

On This Date

  • In 1852 – The first pre-stamped envelopes were created with legislation of the U.S. Congress.
  • In 1881 – The first tennis championships in the United States were played.
  • In 1887 – The kinetoscope was patented by Thomas Edison. The device was used to produce moving pictures.
  • In 1920 – The first news program to be broadcast on radio was aired. The station was 8MK in Detroit, MI.
  • In 1935 – The act of exporting United States arms to belligerents was prohibited by an act signed by President Franklin D. Roosevelt.
  • In 1950 – Gil Hodges of the Brooklyn Dodgers hit four home runs in a single game off of four different pitchers.
  • In 1957 – The Federation of Malaya gained its independence from Britain. Now known as Malaysia, the Southeast Asian country was one of the world’s largest producer of rubber. It came under British rule in the late 18th century.
  • In 1959 – Sandy Koufax set a National League record by striking out 18 batters.
  • In 1962 – The Caribbean nations Tobago and Trinidad became independent within the British Commonwealth.
  • In 1964 – California officially became the most populated state in America.
  • In 1965 – The Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) was created by Congress.
  • In 1990 – East and West Germany signed a treaty that meant the harmonizing of political and legal systems.
  • In 1990 – U.N. Secretary-General Javier Perez de Cuellar met with the Iraqi Foreign Minister Tariq Aziz to try to negotiate a solution to the crisis in the Persian Gulf.
  • In 1991 – Uzbekistan declared its independence from the Soviet Union. The Central Asian country had become a part of the Russian Empire in the 19th century and was made part of the Soviet Union as the Uzbek Soviet Socialist Republic in 1924. The country celebrates September 1 as its Independence Day.
  • In 1994 – A ceasefire was declared by the Irish Republican Army after 25 years of bloodshed in Northern Ireland.
  • In 1994 – Russian troops finally leave Estonia 3 years after Estonia declared independence from the Soviet Union. The Soviet Union occupied the Baltic country in 1944, during the Second World War. Many Western countries never recognized the Estonian Soviet Socialist Republic, which was first established in 1940. Between 1941 and 1944, Nazi Germany occupied the country.
  • In 1994 – Russia officially ended its military presence in the former East Germany and the Baltics after a half-century.
  • In 1997 – Princess Diana, the former wife of Prince Charles, (the heir apparent to the British Crown), was fatally injured when the driver of her car lost control while speeding away from paparazzi, and crashed in a road tunnel in Paris, France.
  • In 1998 – A ballistic missile was fired over Japan by North Korea. The missile landed in stages in the waters around Japan. There was no known target.
  • In 1998 – North Korea announced the launch of its first satellite. According to government sources of the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea, the satellite called Kwangmyongsong-1 was successfully launched into lower Earth orbit. However, no space agencies around the world have been able to confirm whether the launch was successful.
  • In 1998 – “Titanic” became the first movie in North America to earn more than $600 million.

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.

August 30th – Life’s a Beach

August 30, 2017 at 12:01 am | Posted in Today's Reasons To Celebrate | Leave a comment

Good morning beach babies. Today is Wednesday, August 30, 2017. Today’s reasons to celebrate are:

National Beach Day

National Beach Day is the brainchild of Colleen Paige, a leading pet & family lifestyle expert and was created in 2009. It celebrates our nation’s beaches and the pleasure that beaches give to young and old alike.
Apart from celebrating our favorite beaches, the goal of National Beach Day is to encourage beach lovers to clean up trash left by others on the beach. Thousands of seabirds, seals, pelicans and other beach/sea animals are killed and injured every day by discarded fishing line, plastic bags, aluminum cans, oil spills and other debris. These items poison animals and get tangled in wings, beaks, and intestines, causing pain, starvation and the slow painful death of these innocent animals.
To celebrate National Beach Day, go to a beach – just be sure to clean up after yourself when you leave.

First Presidential White House Baby Day

People obsess over “firsts” at the White House; from first ladies to first children to first dogs to first cats, ad infinitum. First Presidential White House Baby Day celebrates the birth of the first baby born to the wife of a sitting President at the White House. On this date in 1893, the wife of President Grover Cleveland, Frances Folsom Cleveland, gave birth to their daughter, Esther Cleveland, in the White House.
Author’s Note: The first baby ever born in the White House was Thomas Jefferson’s grandson; born in 1806.

National Holistic Pet Day

Holistic medicine is a growing trend practiced by more and more people each year. It urges people to adopt a healthy lifestyle to prevent diseases rather than just treating the disease itself. National Holistic Pet Day encourages you to adopt the same philosophy for your pets and is a day to celebrate the growing interest in natural/holistic medicine and the animals that are treated holistically. Just as you should lead a healthy lifestyle, so should your pets. This holiday urges people to examine the environment they provide for their pets. Do you keep their living area clean? Do you use any harsh cleaning products that could harm your pet? Do you feed your pet good quality, nutritionally balanced, natural food without added preservatives? Do you regularly exercise your pet? Do you bond with your pet through daily massage?  A holistic approach raising your pet will lead to a happier, healthier, and more fulfilling relationship with your “furbaby”. If you are taking a holistic approach to your life, why would you not do the same for your pet?

International Whale Shark Day 

International Whale Shark Day was created back in 2008 by over 40 countries who were participating in the International Whale Shark Conference. The goal of this holiday is to raise awareness and provide a deeper understanding of this unique species, and an appreciation for the importance and need of preserving it. In many parts of the world, whale sharks are vulnerable due to being hunted for their meat and especially their prized fins.
Whale Sharks are harmless animals that reach lengths up to almost 50 feet, weigh 12 tons, and feed on plankton. The Whale Sharks impressive size and ample mouths, which open to about 5 feet, make them an awesome sight to behold.
To celebrate this holiday, learn more about Whale Sharks.

Frankenstein Day

Frankenstein Day marks the anniversary of the birth, in 1797, of Mary Wollenstone Shelly; author of the epic novel, “Frankenstein”. First published in 1818, “Frankenstein” has become a classic novel in the genre of the macabre. There have been many movie adaptations of Ms. Shelley’s novel “Frankenstein”, some dating back as far as the silent movie era.
To celebrate this holiday, read this classic novel, or watch one of the classic “Frankenstein” movies.

National Toasted Marshmallow Day

With summer coming to a close, today is the perfect opportunity to invite friends and family to gather around a campfire and toast up some marshmallows. National Toasted Marshmallow Day is sponsored by the National Confectioners Association. My research found no other details about this holiday.
The history of the marshmallow dates all the way back to Ancient Egypt. The Egyptians harvested the sweet gooey extract of the mallow plant and used it to make candy. It was a very special treat reserved exclusively for gods and royalty. The modern-day marshmallows we know and love today emerged during the 19th century and are a confection made from egg whites, water, and sugar or corn syrup.
Personal preference dictates the degree of “toastiness”. Some people like their marshmallows lightly toasted, while others prefer a charred outer layer. The charred outer layer is achieved by igniting the marshmallow. Marshmallows now come in many flavors, colors, and sizes for maximum toasting potential.
My personal preference is lightly toasted to a golden brown with a soft center – but I lack the patience to achieve my goal, so I usually end up with marshmallows flambé.  To celebrate National Toasted Marshmallow Day, toast some marshmallows to your desired taste. All you need is a heat source and some marshmallows. If you have some graham crackers and chocolate bars lying around, you can make a sandwich with your toasted marshmallows – but wait, that’s an entirely different holiday which I have already covered in this BLOG.

More Holidays

On This Date

  • In 1146 – European leaders outlawed the crossbow.
  • In 1645 – American Indians and the Dutch made a peace treaty at New Amsterdam. New Amsterdam later became known as New York.
  • In 1682 – William Penn sailed from England and later established the colony of Pennsylvania in America.
  • In 1780 – General Benedict Arnold secretly promised to surrender the West Point fort to the British army.
  • In 1862 – The Confederates defeated Union forces at the Second Battle of Bull Run in Manassas, VA.
  • In 1905 – Ty Cobb made his major league batting debut with the Detroit Tigers.
  • In 1928 – The Independence of India League was established in India.
  • In 1951 – The Philippines and the United States signed a defense pact.
  • In 1956 – In Louisiana, the Lake Pontchartrain Causeway opened.
  • In 1960 – A partial blockade was imposed on West Berlin by East Germany.
  • In 1963 – The “Hotline” between Moscow and Washington, DC, went into operation. The system of direct communication between the heads of the then Soviet Union (now Russia) and the United States was set up during the height of the Cold War when the Cuban Missile Crisis almost led the two countries to the brink of an active war. The hotline was used for the first time in 1967 during the 6-day long Arab–Israeli War.
  • In 1965 – Thurgood Marshall was confirmed by the Senate as a Supreme Court justice. Marshall was the first black justice to sit on the Supreme Court.
  • In 1983 – The space shuttle Challenger blasted off with Guion S. Bluford Jr. aboard. He was the first African-American to travel in space.
  • In 1984 – President Ronald Reagan and several others were inducted into the Sportscasters Hall of Fame.
  • In 1991 – Azerbaijan declared its independence from the Soviet Union. The Central Asian country had been a part of the Soviet Union since 1920. In December 1991, a referendum was held to make the country’s independence from the USSR official.
  • In 1994 – The largest United States defense contractor was created when the Lockheed and Martin Marietta corporations agreed to a merger.
  • In 1994 – Rosa Parks was robbed and beaten by Joseph Skipper. Parks was famous for refusing to give up her seat on a bus in 1955, which sparked the civil rights movement.
  • In 1996 – An expedition to raise part of the Titanic failed when the nylon lines being used to raise part of the hull snapped.
  • In 1999 – The residents of East Timor, in a referendum,  overwhelmingly voted for independence from Indonesia. (The U.N. announced the result on September 4, 1999). The referendum was to decide whether East Timor should get more autonomy within Indonesia or whether independence should be granted. In 1976, East Timor, which had been a Portuguese colony since 1769, was taken over by Indonesia. The referendum, which came on the heels of mass violence in the region during the Indonesian occupation, passed in favor of independence which was finally gained on May 20, 2002.

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.

August 29th – According to Hoyle

August 29, 2017 at 12:01 am | Posted in Today's Reasons To Celebrate | Leave a comment

Good morning game enthusiasts. Today is Tuesday, August 29, 2017. Today’s reasons to celebrate are:

According To Hoyle Day

According to Hoyle Day is a holiday to honor Edmond Hoyle who died on this day in 1769. Although he made his living primarily as a tutor and attorney, he became famous for his expertise in the rules and strategies of card games and board games.
Whist was a card game popular in the 18th and 19th centuries. Seeing a need for a standardized set of rules for the game, in 1743, Edmond Hoyle published a book entitled “A Short Treatise on the Game of Whist: Containing the Laws of the Game and Also Some Rules”. The popularity of his treatise inspired him to write a book, expanding his treatise on Whist to include the rules and strategies of many other card games and board games such as backgammon and chess. Over time, the phrase “according to Hoyle” has become synonymous with settling any disputes about the correct rules or procedures in any activity or game.
To celebrate this holiday, plan a family game night and play a few card or board games. Just be sure that you have the latest edition of Mr. Hoyle’s book on hand to ensure family harmony.

Individual Rights Day

Individual Rights Day celebrates the birth date, in 1632, of John Locke, the philosopher who first prominently argued that a human being has a basic property right based upon his status as a sovereign human being and that it is the government’s role to protect that right and not to treat its citizens as slaves.
According to Locke, “Anything that a man has as a matter of human rights or civil rights is to remain inviolably his,” and although Locke conceded that humans surrendered some natural rights in exchange for the collective protection afforded by societies, he held that basic individual rights include life, liberty, property, freedom of speech, freedom of religion and freedom to petition government. It is, of course, the foundation of the Bill of Rights in our Constitution.
Individual Rights Day was created by Dr. Tom Stevens, the founder of the Objectivist Party, who supports John Locke’s philosophies regarding the rights of society’s smallest minority and basic unit – the individual. It was created so mankind can contemplate the importance of this concept and use reason to ensure their own survival.

More Herbs, Less Salt Day 

More Herbs, Less Salt Day, surprisingly enough, promotes the use of healthy herbs over salt. Sodium chloride (table salt) is an essential part of our diet. It maintains the balance of fluids in our bodies. However, too much salt in our diets can lead to some serious health problems; such as water retention, dehydration, and hypertension. Eating a healthy, balanced diet is often easier said than done – it takes thought, time and effort to prepare fresh and nutritious food when less healthy options are often much easier and more convenient.
We all want our food to taste good but we need to restrict our salt intake. A variety of fresh herbs – such as parsley, oregano, sage, cilantro, basil, rosemary, thyme, mint and many others add flavor to our dishes but don’t pose any serious health risks, and can do just as much to enhance the flavor a dish as a heavy dose of salt.
To celebrate this holiday, learn about different herbs and the flavors they impart into your food. Try to completely eliminate salt from your diet today.

Lemon Juice Day

While I’m on the subject of imparting flavor without the use of salt, I would like to point out that lemon juice, used sparingly, is a great way to enhance the flavor of foods. Lemon juice is an incredibly versatile product that has many uses. Besides garnishing seafood and making lemonade, lemon juice can be used in a variety of dishes; sauces, seasoning vegetables, and baking.
Lemon juice also has many uses outside the kitchen. You can use it to lower your blood pressure, repel insects, create blond highlights, treat infections, and freshen your breath.
This link will give you the history of the lemon, and information on the many varieties of lemons available.
To celebrate this holiday, research ‘other than traditional’ ways to use lemon juice —  Or, just make some lemonade.

Chop Suey Day

Chop Suey is basically Chow Mein without the noodles.  It is a stir fry made with a hodgepodge of ingredients like egg, meat, and vegetables.In fact, the name “chop suey” is derived  from tsap seui,  a Cantonese word meaning “(miscellaneous leftovers, odds and ends).” Chop Suey is traditionally served with plain rice to soak up all the delicious flavors. Here in America, meat like pork or chicken is often added for extra flavor.
There are many myths and legends regarding the creation of Chop Suey and nobody knows for sure where it originated, but the Chop suey that we know and love here in America is not an authentic Chinese dish. It is an American-Chinese creation. Some culinary experts give credit for its creation to the personal chef of Chinese Ambassador Li Hung-chang, who is said to have created the dish in 1886 in New York City, but other experts differ, saying that it was created much earlier than that as a cheap dish that was served to the Chinese workers who helped build the railroads. Other “experts” claim that in the 1860’s, a Chinese restaurant cook in San Francisco created Chop Suey. He was forced to serve something to a bunch of drunken miners after hours. To avoid a beating, having nothing fresh to offer, he threw leftovers in a wok and provided a makeshift meal to the miners. And finally, other “experts” contend that Chop Suey is, in fact, a traditional Chinese dish from the Taishan district of Guangdong Province in China that may have been inspired by the stir-fried vegetables Chinese farmers used to eat after a long day working in the fields. (Taishan is the home of many early Chinese immigrants to the United States).
You don’t need an advanced degree to figure out how to celebrate this holiday. No matter where it originated, it is delicious. Order some Chop Suey today – either as take-out or enjoy it in the ambiance of your favorite Chinese restaurant.
No information was available regarding the creation of this holiday.

More Holidays

On This Date

  • In 1828 – A patent was issued to Robert Turner for the self-regulating wagon brake.
  • In 1833 – The “Factory Act” was passed in England to settle child labor laws.
  • In 1885 – The first prizefight under the Marquis of Queensberry Rules was held in Cincinnati, OH. John L. Sullivan defeated Dominic McCaffery in six rounds.
  • In 1892 – Pop (Billy) Shriver (Chicago Cubs) caught a ball that was dropped from the top of the Washington Monument in Washington, DC.
  • In 1931 – Michael Faraday discovered electromagnetic induction. Michael Faraday experimentally demonstrated that a changing magnetic field can induce a voltage in a conductor. The discovery of electromagnetic induction helped in the creation of electric generators, transformers, and even induction cook tops. An English scientist, Faraday was a prolific researcher and inventor. In addition to discovering electromagnetic induction, he also discovered Benzene and electrolysis. The farad, an International System of Units (SI) measurement of a capacitance – the ability of an object to hold an electric charge was named after Faraday.
  • In 1945 – General Douglas MacArthur left for Japan to officially accept the surrender of the Japanese.
  • In 1949 – At the University of Illinois, a nuclear device was used for the first time to treat cancer patients.
  • In 1949 – The Soviet Union tested its first atomic bomb. Code named Izdeliye 501 or First Lightning, the 22-kiloton atomic bomb was detonated at the Semipalatinsk Test Site in Kazakhstan. It is thought that the bomb was a replica of the Fat Man bomb, the plans for which were brought to USSR by spies at the Manhattan project. The US called the Soviet bomb, Joe-1.
  • In 1957 – Senator Strom Thurmond of South Carolina set a filibuster record in the United States when he spoke for 24 hours and 18 minutes.
  • In 1962 – The lower level of the George Washington Bridge opened.
  • In 1965 – Gemini 5, carrying astronauts Gordon Cooper and Charles (“Pete”) Conrad, splashed down in the Atlantic Ocean after eight days in space.
  • In 1966 – Popular British rock group, the Beatles, played their last live concert in front of a paying public at Candlestick Park in San Francisco, California. The band came together one last time for an unannounced performance in January 1969 on the rooftop of the Apple building in London.
  • In 1967 – The final episode of “The Fugitive” aired.
  • In 1971 – Hank Aaron became the first baseball player in the National League to ‘bat in’ 100 or more runs in each of 11 consecutive seasons.
  • In 1977 – Lou Brock brought his total of stolen bases to 893. The record he beat was held by Ty Cobb for 49 years.
  • In 1982 – Meitnerium was synthesized for the first time. The radioactive synthetic element with an atomic number of 109 and the symbol Mt was first created at the GSI Helmholtz Centre for Heavy Ion Research, Darmstadt, Germany. Named after Austrian physicist and discoverer of nuclear fission, Lise Meitner, the element, which is not found naturally, was discovered by a team headed by Peter Armbruster and Gottfried Münzenberg.
  • In 1983 – The anchor of the USS Monitor, from the U.S. Civil War, was retrieved by divers.
  • In 1988 – Abdul Mohmand became the first person from Afghanistan to Visit Space. Mohmand, an Afghan Air Force pilot was a crew member of the Soyuz TM-6, a Soviet spacecraft. He was in space for 9 days, which were spent at the Mir Space Station.
  • In 1990 – Iraqi President Saddam Hussein, in a television interview, declared that America could not defeat Iraq.
  • In 1991 – The Communist Party of the Soviet Union had its bank accounts frozen and activities were suspended because of the Party’s role in the failed coup attempt against Mikhail Gorbachev.
  • In 1992 – The U.N. Security Council agreed to send troops to Somalia to guard the shipments of food sent by relief organizations.
  • In 2004 – India test-launched a nuclear-capable missile able to carry a one-ton warhead. The weapon had a range of 1,560 miles.

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.

August 28th – I Have a Dream

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

Good morning dreamers. Today is Monday, August 28, 2017. Today’s reasons to celebrate are:

Dream Day Quest and Jubilee   

Dream Day Quest and Jubilee celebrates the anniversary of Dr. Martin Luther King’s famous “I Have a Dream” speech at the Lincoln Memorial on this date in 1963 before a gathering of more than 200,000 people. It is considered to be one of the greatest political speeches of all time. In this speech, Dr. King advocated peace, and hope for a better future for African-Americans, and thus everyone, in America.
Although the speech was powerful and awe-inspiring, it seems to have gone unheeded. Racism is still prevalent today.
On the surface, great strides have been made towards racial equality: The Equal Rights Act of 1964, and the Voting Rights Act of 1965 are good examples. However, as long as people – from both sides of the political equation – can profit either financially, or politically, (or both) from racism, it will remain firmly entrenched in the fabric of our society.
Celebrate this holiday by re-reading Dr. King’s speech. Better yet, watch this.

Rainbow Bridge Remembrance Day

Rainbow Bridge Remembrance Day sets aside a day to remember the pet companions we’ve lost through the course of our lives. Rainbow Bridge Remembrance Day was founded by Deborah Barnes, author and blogger, in tribute to her Ragdoll cat, Mr. Jazz, who she had to say goodbye to on August 28, 2013. She shared the journey of letting him go in her book, Purr Prints of the Heart – A Cat’s Tale of Life, Death, and Beyond. The reaction from her readers was so overwhelming, she decided to create this holiday in his honor as a way for others across the world to share memories of their own pets they had loved and lost.
Most Americans consider their pets to be a part of their family and we feel their loss deeply. Their allotted time on Earth is considerably shorter than ours and, at some point, we have to deal with that fact.  Whether your pet had fur, fins, feathers, scales, or some other form of exoskeleton – one pet, or many – Rainbow Bridge Remembrance Day is meant as a day to honor the pets who are no longer with you.
The Pharaohs in Ancient Egypt went so far as to entomb and mummify their cats, and buried them with all the things they would need in their afterlife — And, animals of all sorts have been found in other ritualized burial sites around the world.
There is no need for you to take it as far as the Ancient Egyptians did though. Mourning the death of a beloved pet is different for everyone and Rainbow Bridge Remembrance Day provides a way to help deal with the loss in your own way. Celebrate the home you provided and the joy your beloved pet brought you in return. Take time to enjoy memories of your pet, look through old pictures of your pet,  or create a special outdoor memorial. Whatever helps you cope with the loss.

Motorist Consideration Monday

Motorist Consideration Monday is observed each year on the last Monday in August and has been since 1988. This holiday reminds us of something that we should be doing every day anyway…practicing patience and consideration towards others while traveling. Whether you’re a commercial driver, traveling by car, bike, bus, public transportation, or even walking, show a little common courtesy to your fellow travelers – and, use a little common sense when you’re in your vehicle.
Below are a few handy tips to help you celebrate Motorist Consideration Monday:

  • When driving on a freeway…move over into a center lane if you see emergency vehicles on the side of the road!
  • Be sure to put your car lights on in the daytime to ensure better visibility to other vehicles.
  • Be alert to stopping ( not trying to pass) a school bus.
  • Don’t drive aggressively by tailgating and bullying people on the road.
  • Don’t carry over your personal anger into “road rage”.
  • No drinking and driving.
  • Allow a fellow motorist to come out in front of you in a line of heavy traffic.
  • Always yield to pedestrians.
  • Don’t Speed. Highways are not raceways!
  • Be cautious of emergency vehicles. No rubbernecking!
  • Always use child safety seats for any child being driven in your car.
  • Always use seat belts. In most states, it is the law!
  • Slow down in bad weather.
  • Don’t text while driving. It’s the law!
  • If you are a pedestrian, pay attention to your surroundings. Don’t put a driver into an emergency situation because you were on your phone checking out the hot new selfie Tiffani (with an “I”) just posted on Instagram and stepped out into traffic!
  • Kids, be considerate if you are going somewhere in the school bus. Don’t shout and scream and distract the driver. Don’t throw things out of the windows either or leave rubbish on the floor.

Radio Commercial Day 

On this date in 1922, the first radio commercial was broadcast on New York radio station WEAF. The commercial was broadcast by Queensboro Realty and was a whopping 10 minutes long and cost $100. Although today’s radio commercials are much shorter (about 30 seconds on average), they are not any less annoying, and there are more of them. Our first instinct is to change the station when a radio commercial comes on, but some commercials can be quite entertaining.
To celebrate this holiday, listen to the radio commercials while listening to your radio rather than changing the station.

National Bow Tie Day

Bow ties, in one form or another, have been around since the 17th century when scarves tied around the neck were first worn by Croatian mercenaries during the Prussian Wars. From the height of their popularity in the 1940’s and 1950’s when they were seen under some pretty famous faces, such as Winston Churchill, to their inclusion as part of the iconic Playboy Bunny uniform, the bow tie has had many lives. In more recent history, Pee Wee Herman has added some gravitas to the wearing of bow ties and “Whovians” know that Dr. Who often wears a bow tie. Mickey Mouse and his pal Donald Duck almost always sported a bow tie in their cartoons.
Bow ties are often seen as attire for nerds and the socially awkward, but in fact, formal Black Tie affairs require the wear of a black bow tie. Most formal military mess dress occasions also incorporate a black bow tie as well.
Bow ties aren’t just for men either. Women can wear bow ties on occasion too. You can use a bow tie to accent your outfit or to just make a fashion statement. Don’t be a slave to convention.
To celebrate this holiday, simply wear your bow tie today.

Red Wine Day

Whether you’re a wine connoisseur, a novice, or somewhere between, raise your glass for Red Wine Day. This annual ‘spirited’ holiday, was created by wine-lover and freelance writer, Jace Shoemaker-Galloway, to raise awareness about the numerous health benefits of red wine.
Historians believe that people have been making wine since around 3100 B.C. In 2007, an archaic winery was uncovered during an excavation in an ancient Armenian cave dating back to the Stone Age.
With over 900 million gallons of wine consumed each year in the America, wine is among most preferred alcoholic beverages in the country. Today, there are many different types of red wine from which to choose. Merlot, Cabernet Sauvignon and Pinot Noir to Beaujolais Nouveau, Malbec, Zinfandel or Chianti, are a few examples.
Red wine not only tastes great, some believe red wine, in moderation, has many health benefits as well. Below are a few examples:

  • Good for your heart – Grapes are loaded with antioxidants. Resveratrol, a powerful type of antioxidant, is believed to be the key ingredient in red wine that helps prevent damage to blood vessels, lowers blood pressure and increases the good kind of cholesterol – HDL. One to two glasses of red wine a day raises your good cholesterol by 12 percent and that is good for your heart!

  • Cancer – Evidence suggests drinking dark red wine may also reduce the risk of colon, lung and prostate cancer as well. Quercetin, another antioxidant in red wine, may also help prevent lung cancer. Drinking one glass of wine three to four times a week may help starve “nascent cancer cells.” Some believe resveratrol attacks cancerous cells and “inhibits their ability to function.”

  • Brain Power – Resveratrol may also help keep your memory sharp-as-a-whistle.

  • Colds – Red wine may help keep the common cold at bay.

  • Red wine may also prevent tooth decay.

  • Resveratrol testing on animals suggests the antioxidant may also help protect against obesity and diabetes. The skin of red grapes may help regulate blood sugar.

Whether you prefer a glass of fine wine after a hard day at work, a glass with a few of your friends at the local pub, or enjoy a glass during dinner with the family, celebrate Red Wine Day with a glass (or two) of your favorite red wine today.
Author’s Note: Remember, like most things in life, moderation is key. Drink responsibly! Cheers!

National Cherry Turnover Day

Turnovers are a delicious pastry that can be enjoyed for breakfast or dessert. They originated in ancient times and are classified as “portable pies.” Other dishes in this culinary family include pastries, empanadas, and spring rolls.
A traditional cherry turnover recipe calls for puff pastry, which is stuffed with a gooey cherry filling and then baked until golden brown. There are many variations on this classic treat. though. Some recipes call for cream cheese, extra lemon juice, or even ice cream.
Here are some fun cherry facts.

  1. Cherries are drupes or stone fruits and are related to plums, peaches, and nectarines.
  2. Cherries were brought to North America in the 1600’s by the English colonists.
  3. There are more than 1,000 varieties of cherries in the United States.
  4. There is an average of 44 cherries in one pound.

To celebrate this holiday, bake, and eat, a few cherry turnovers. If you are culinarily impaired, most supermarkets, bakeries, and donut shops sell them.

More Holidays

On This Date

  • In 1609 – Delaware Bay was discovered by Henry Hudson.
  • In 1830 – “The Tom Thumb” was demonstrated in Baltimore, MD. It was the first passenger-carrying train of its kind to be built in America.
  • In 1845 – The first issue of Scientific American Magazine hit the newsstands. The science magazine was founded by American inventor and artist Rufus M. Porter. The magazine began as a weekly newsletter and is now the oldest continuously published magazine in the United States.
  • In 1907 – “American Messenger Company” was started by two teenagers, Jim Casey and Claude Ryan. The company’s name was later changed to “United Parcel Service.”
  • In 1922 – The Walker Cup was held for the first time at Southampton, NY. It is the oldest international team golf match in America.
  • In 1937 – Toyota Motor Corporation was formed. The car company was first founded in 1933 as a subsidiary of the Toyoda Automatic Loom Works, Ltd. The division was headed by Kiichiro Toyoda, the son of the Toyota founder, Sakichi Toyoda.
  • In 1939 – The first successful flight of a jet-propelled airplane took place. The plane was a German Heinkel He 178.
  • In 1955 – 14-year old Emmett Till was brutally murdered in Money, Mississippi in 1955 after offending a white woman in a grocery store. Till, who was from Chicago, was visiting family in the area when he was kidnapped, mutilated, and his body dumped into the river. The brutality of his murder and the fact that his killers were acquitted drew attention to the long history of violent persecution of African-Americans in the United States. Till posthumously became an icon of the Civil Rights Movement.
  • In 1963 – Evergreen Bridge opened to traffic for the first time. The longest floating bridge in the world, the Evergreen Point Bridge or the Governor Albert D. Rosellini Bridge, is on Route 520 in the state of Washington. It is built on Lake Washington and connects Seattle with the city of Medina. The bridge is 15,584 feet long, half of which is over the water.
  • In 1963 – Martin Luther King made his “I Have a Dream” speech. The historic speech that was a call to end racism in the United States was given in front of the Lincoln Memorial during the March on Washington, a political rally organized by human and political rights groups. Over 200,000 people gathered in Washington DC to demand jobs and equality for African-Americans. The I Have a Dream speech by Dr. King became a symbol of the American civil rights movement and is one of the most recognizable speeches in recorded history.
  • In 1972 – Mark Spitz captured the first of his seven gold medals at the Summer Olympics in Munich, Germany. He set a world record when he completed the 200-meter butterfly in 2 minutes and 7/10 of a second.
  • In 1981 – “The New York Daily News” published its final afternoon edition.
  • In 1990 – Iraq declared Kuwait to be its 19th province.
  • In 1996 – A divorce decree was issued for Britain’s Charles and Princess Diana. This was the official end to the 15-year marriage.
  • In 2004 – George Brunstad, at age 70, became the oldest person to swim the English Channel. The swim from Dover, England, to Sangatte, France, took 15 hours and 59 minutes.

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.

August 27th – National Petroleum Day

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Good morning energy lovers. Today is Sunday, August 27, 2017. Today’s reasons to celebrate are:

National Petroleum Day (aka National Oil & Gas Appreciation Day) 

National Petroleum Day (aka National Oil & Gas Appreciation Day) celebrates the contributions petroleum and natural gas have made to our global society. The Industrial Revolution would never have occurred without them.
The first successful attempt to extract crude oil from the ground using a drilling rig occurred on this date in 1859 in Titusville, Pennsylvania. Regardless of your feelings on the environment, there is no denying that this single event changed world history forever.
Author’s Note: Fossil fuels are a finite source of energy that will eventually be depleted. Alternative sources of energy need to be explored. I could go on a rant here about how the environmental extremists and the Government are impeding the process, but I won’t. Wind and solar technologies are in their infancy. Chernobyl and the Fukushima power plant disaster in Japan in 2011 show that nuclear energy as an option to meet our future energy needs should be reconsidered and the safety of nuclear power plants needs to be vastly improved. Steps need to be taken to meet our future energy needs soon but in a logical and rational way. Logic and rationality are not the strong points of extremists…or Governments either for that matter. I don’t claim to have any answers, but I do know that continuing to use energy as a “political football” is certainly not an option.

Global Forgiveness Day

Global Forgiveness Day is another one of many holidays each year that urge people to put petty differences aside and move forward. Global Forgiveness began in 1994. and was created and is sponsored by the Christian Embassy of Christ’s Ambassadors. This holiday originated in Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada. In 1994 the organization, ‘The Christian Embassy of Christ’s Ambassadors’ hung a single banner proclaiming National Forgiveness Day in downtown Victoria, British Columbia. Over the next few years, the celebration expanded to other locations and received such overwhelming media attention that its name had to be changed from National Forgiveness Day to Global Forgiveness Day in order to better reflect the organization’s desire to see the message spread beyond national borders.
To celebrate this holiday, take steps to repair any broken relationships you might have. Don’t wait for the other person(s) to initiate the contact. Be the “bigger person”, then move on with your life, hopefully with a new “old friend”.

Just Because Day

National Just Because Day was created by Joseph J. Goodwin of Los Gatos, CA, in the late 1950s. It began as a family holiday and has grown into an annual celebration across the United States.
Just Because Day affords you the opportunity to do something for no reason at all. Most people lead fairly structured lives. They do things because they have to, or because it is expected of them. They don’t have time for life’s “What if I” moments, or are afraid to act upon them.
Just Because Day urges you to do something totally unexpected, something on a whim, or something out of the ordinary. Take a vacation day and go to a movie or a museum. Visit someone you haven’t seen for a while. Buy something that you’ve always wanted, but don’t really need. Be spontaneous. Why? Just because.

Go Topless Day

Go Topless Day is celebrated on the Sunday closest to Women’s Equality Day on Aug 26. On Aug 26, 1920, women gained their right to vote on the basis of Gender Equality. In 1971, Congress made Aug 26 into a nationally recognized date and named it “Women’s Equality Day”.
It seems only logical then that Go Topless Day protests would be held around Women’s Equality Day since a woman’s right to go topless is as much based upon gender equality as their right to vote once was. Many major cities throughout the United States will be holding events centered around equal rights for women – including women’s right to go topless.

Banana Lover’s Day

Bananas are a delicious, sweet, healthy, edible fruit high in potassium. Bananas grow on plants, not trees, and the banana plant is the largest herbaceous flowering plant. The plants are tall and fairly sturdy. The fruit grows in clusters weighing from 65 to 100 pounds. Each cluster consists of tiers, (aka hands), which consists of an average of about 10 individual bunches. Each bunch has from 3 to 20 individual bananas, which generally weigh about a ¼ pound each.
It is believed that Southeast Asian farmers first domesticated and began cultivating bananas.  Recent archaeological discoveries near Papua New Guinea suggest that banana cultivation there goes back to at least 5000 BC, and possibly to 8000 BC. They slowly migrated to the rest of the world through trade, and it is believed that Portuguese sailors brought them to the Americas from west Africa in the 16th century. North Americans began consuming bananas on a small scale at very high prices shortly after the Civil War, and it wasn’t until the 1880’s that bananas became more widespread. As late as the Victorian Era, bananas were not widely known in Europe, although they were available. Jules Verne introduced bananas to his readers with detailed descriptions in his novel “Around the World in Eighty Days”, published in 1872.  The majority of the world’s bananas today are cultivated for family consumption.
Bananas are naturally slightly radioactive, more so than most other fruits, because of their potassium content and the trace amounts of the isotope ‘potassium-40’ found in naturally occurring potassium. Don’t worry too much, though, the amount of radiation found in bananas in inconsequential, and barely measurable.
Enjoy a banana or two today.

National Pots de Crème Day

National Pots De Crème Day is observed annually on August 27th. In my research, I couldn’t find the creator or origins of this holiday.
Pots de Crème is the fancy French way of saying custard. This delicious French dessert is a loose French custard dating back to the 17th century. Its name means “pot of custard” or “pot of creme” which also refers to the white porcelain cups in which the dessert is traditionally served.
Pot de creme is made by combining eggs, egg yolks, cream, milk and typically either vanilla or chocolate flavoring. The mixture is baked in porcelain cups or ramekins in a water bath at a low temperature.
My mother made a Pot De Crème that included raisins and was topped with Grape Nuts™ that was delicious — although being plain country folk, we just called it custard. Unfortunately, I don’t have the recipe or I would share it with you so you could celebrate National Pots De Crème Day properly.

More Holidays

On This Date

  • In 1858 – The first cable news dispatch was sent and was published by “The New York Sun” newspaper. The story was about the peace demands of England and France being met by China.
  • In 1894 – The Wilson-Gorman Tariff Act was passed by Congress. The provision within the Act for a graduated income tax was later struck down by the Supreme Court.
  • In 1921 – The owner of Acme Packing Company bought a pro football team for Green Bay, WI. The owner, J.E. Clair, paid tribute to those who worked in his plant by naming the team the Green Bay Packers.
  • In 1945 – American troops landed in Japan after the surrender of the Japanese government at the end of World War II.
  • In 1962 – Mariner 2 was launched by the United States. Part of NASA’s Mariner program, the unmanned space probe was the first man-made object to fly-by another planet – it encountered Venus on December 14, 1962. The space probe made its last contact with scientists on Earth on January 3, 1963.
  • In 1972 – North Vietnam’s major port at Haiphong saw the first bombings from U.S. warplanes.
  • In 1981 – Work began on recovering a safe from the Andrea Doria. The Andrea Doria was a luxury liner that had sunk in 1956 in the waters off of Massachusetts.
  • In 1984 – President Ronald Reagan announced that the first citizen to go into space would be a teacher. The teacher that was eventually chosen was Christa McAuliffe. She died in the Challenger disaster on January 28, 1986.
  • In 1985 – A military coup in Nigeria began. General Ibrahim Badamasi Babangida took over the government after overthrowing Muhammadu Buhari in a bloodless coup.
  • In 1989 – The first United States commercial satellite rocket was launched. A British communications satellite was onboard.
  • In 1991 – Moldova gained its independence from the Soviet Union. The Eastern European country was part of the Soviet Union since August 2, 1940, from parts of Romania and parts of the Moldavian Autonomous Soviet Socialist Republic. In 1991, after the dissolution of the USSR, the country gained its independence.
  • In 1996 – California Governor Pete Wilson signed an order that would halt state benefits to illegal immigrants.
  • In 2001 – Work began on the future site of a World War II memorial on Washington D.C.’s historic national Mall. The site is between the Washington Monument and the Lincoln Memorial.
  • In 2003 – The world’s biggest battery was plugged in. The battery, which takes up over 21,500 square feet of space and weighs about 1433 tons is set up to provide emergency electricity to the residents of Fairbanks in Alaska, for about 7 minutes.
  • In 2003 – Mars reached its closest to the Earth since 57,617 BC. The next time the two planets will be this close will be in 2287.

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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