August 13th – Leftie’s Day

August 13, 2017 at 12:01 am | Posted in Today's Reasons To Celebrate | Leave a comment

Good morning southpaws. Today is Sunday, August 13, 2017. Today’s reasons to celebrate are:

International Left-Hander’s Day

Rejoice southpaws! Today is your day. The history of International Left-Hander’s Day dates back to 1976. It was created by Left Handers International to promote awareness of the inconveniences facing left-handed people in a predominantly right-handed world.
Left-handers comprise from seven to ten percent of the world’s population. They are unique people who have unique problems. Many items and tools we right-handers use every day are inconvenient for left-handed people to use because they are designed by and for right-handed people.
On a more serious note, for reasons not fully understood, left-handed people are statistically far more likely to develop schizophrenia than right-handed people.
To celebrate this holiday, invite some friends or family over and have some lefty vs righty games. If you don’t have any (or enough) lefties, have a left-handed game night where you are only allowed to use your left hand. Pool, darts, and ping-pong come to mind, but you could also play board games or games like Pictionary or Charades; but only using your left hand.

National Spirit of ’45 Day

National Spirit of ’45 Day is celebrated each year on the second Sunday in August. From a humble project in 1996 that paired kids with WWII Veterans to document the World War II generation’s memories, National Spirit of ’45 Day has grown over the subsequent years. Warren Hegg and the Spirit of ’45 Organization realized many other people shared a common story after the project.
In 2009, spokesman Ernest Borgnine and Edith Shain (one of the many women who claimed to be the one famously photographed kissing a celebrating sailor in the iconic photograph takes in Times Square) talked about a day honoring the men and women of the World War II generation. Congress passed a joint resolution in 2010 on the 65th anniversary commemorating the day President Truman announced the end of World War II.
National Spirit of ’45 Day honors the can-do attitude of an entire generation affected by the trials and hardships of World War II. Observed every year on the second Sunday in August, communities around the country hold events and memorials honoring those who have inspired us, sacrificed and preserved our nation for future generations.

National Prosecco Day 

National Prosecco Day celebrates Italy’s signature sparkling wine. Riondo Prosecco founded National Prosecco Day to celebrate the sparkling summer months. He earned #1 Prosecco in Italy in 2010 by Il Mio Vino magazine and Gold Medal Minner Vinitaly in 2011. Terlato Wines acquired the Riondo Prosecco brand on January 1, 2016. The Registrar at National Day Calendar approved the day in 2016.
Prosecco is made from a variety of grapes. One of the oldest varieties is the Glera grape, but Prosecco can also be made from Chardonnay, Pinot Gris, and Pinot Noir. Prosecco uses grapes primarily grown in the Veneto region of Italy and is also bottled there. Prosecco’s come in many forms. Spumante is the bubbliest of the proseccos followed by Frizzante, and the calmest is the Tranquillo.
What attracts people to Prosecco is its elegant mousse. The mousse, in wine-speak, is the lovely, persistent bubbles giving it the sparkle that makes Prosecco so appealing for celebrations. Along with that touch of sweetness (usually dry), light-bodied, refreshing aromas and flavors of white spring flowers, citrus fruits and green apples paired with a wallet-friendly price tag, Prosecco exudes an easygoing sense of fun and everyday celebration.
According to Impact Databank, Prosecco is the most sold sparkling wine sold in the United States, selling more than 4-million cases annually. Some say no other beverage defines the Italian philosophy of la dolce vita, (the good life) quite like Prosecco.
Celebrating National Prosecco Day is as simple as picking up a couple of bottles of Prosecco. Invite a few friends over for some goat cheese, prosciutto, and fresh garden tomatoes.You don’t have to worry about at which course it is proper to serve Prosecco. Prosecco pairs well with almost any dish, from aperitif to dessert, and can even be used for brunch cocktails.

National Filet Mignon Day 

Filet Mignon is the most expensive cut of meat from a beef. It comes from the small end of the tenderloin, which runs across the back of the steer. Because this area of the animal is not weight-bearing, the connective tissue is not toughened by exercise. This results in extremely tender meat, the most tender of all beef cuts. It is lightly marbled and mild flavored compared to other cuts and is best served rare to medium rare.
The term “filet mignon” is a French derivative, the literal meaning is small (mignon) boneless meat (filet). The entire tenderloin accounts for less than 1% of the total useable meat from a beef carcass. Filet Mignon’s are often wrapped in bacon because of the absence of fat in this particular cut of meat. Note: Chateaubriand is the center, thickest cut from the tenderloin, and is also a specific preparation method.
You should be able to figure out on your own how to celebrate this holiday.

On this date

  • In 1521 – Present day Mexico City was captured by Spanish conqueror Hernando Cortez from the Aztec Indians.
  • In 1784 – The United States Legislature met for the final time in Annapolis, MD.
  • In 1792 – French revolutionaries captured and imprisoned several members of the French royalty, including Marie Antoinette, who was later guillotined.
  • In 1846 – The American Flag was raised for the first time in Los Angeles, CA.
  • In 1889 – A patent for a coin-operated telephone was issued to William Gray. Installed at a bank in Hartford, Connecticut, Mr. Gray’s pay phone became popular. Within a decade, more than 75,000 coin-operated telephones could be found across America.
  • In 1910 – Celebrated nurse Florence Nightingale died.
  • In 1912 – The first experimental radio license was issued to St. Joseph’s College in Philadelphia, PA.
  • In 1914 – The first Greyhound buses went into service in Minnesota.
  • In 1918 – First Woman enlisted in the United States Marines. After joining the Marine corps, Opha May Johnson was assigned desk duty at the Marine Corps headquarters in Arlington, Virginia.
  • In 1931 – The first community hospital in the United States was dedicated in Elk City, OK.
  • In 1932 – Adolf Hitler refused to take the post of vice-chancellor of Germany. He said he was going to hold out “for all or nothing.”
  • In 1934 – Al Capp’s comic strip “L’il Abner” made its debut in newspapers.
  • In 1935 – The first Transcontinental Roller Derby match was held at the Coliseum in Chicago, IL.
  • In 1946 – Renown author H. G. Wells died.
  • In 1959 – In New York City, work on the $320 million Verrazano-Narrows Bridge began.
  • In 1960 – The first two-way telephonic conversation via satellite took place. The conversation was made possible due to NASA’s Echo 1, a balloon satellite. It was launched into space on August 12. The satellite worked as reflector – signals sent to it were reflected back to the Earth.
  • In 1960 – The Central African Republic gained its independence from France. The landlocked African Country came under French rule in the late 19th century. Barthélemy Boganda, a nationalist politician declared the creation of an independent Central African Republic and became the first Prime Minister of the country.
  • In 1961 – Berlin was divided by a barbed wire fence to halt the flight of refugees. Two days later work began on the Berlin Wall, a wall that divided West Berlin from East Berlin started. It was built by the German Democratic Republic or East Germany.
  • In 1985 – The engagement of Maria Shriver and Arnold Schwarzenegger was announced.
  • In 1994 – It was reported that aspirin not only helps reduce the risk of heart disease but also helps prevent colon cancer.
  • In 1995 – Beloved baseball player Mickey Mantle died.
  • In 1997 – South Park made its debut on Comedy Central. The popular American animated series was created by Trey Parker and Matt Stone, and it followed the lives and adventures of 4 boys – Eric Cartman, Kenny McCormick, Kyle Broflovski, and Stan Marsh – in a fictional town called South Park, Colorado. While being popular, the show has attracted widespread criticism for profane language and for addressing controversial subjects.
  • In 2004 – Famed chef Julia Child died.
  • In 2009 – Iconic guitarist Les Paul died.

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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