September 6th – Barbie Goes To Market

September 6, 2017 at 12:01 am | Posted in Today's Reasons To Celebrate | Leave a comment

Good morning doll lovers. Today is Wednesday, September 6, 2017. Today’s reasons to celebrate are:

Barbie Doll Day

On this date in 1959, the first Barbie dolls went on sale after her (Barbie’s) debut on March 9th, 1959 at the American Toy Fair in New York City, to mixed reviews. March 9th is listed as her “birthday” in her “official” biography. At eleven inches tall (1/6 scale), with a waterfall of hair, Barbie was the first mass-produced toy doll in the United States with adult features; however unrealistic. The original Barbie came with a black and white zebra-striped one piece bathing suit, and she was available as either a blonde or brunette. Her full name is Barbara Millicent Roberts, and she hails from the fictional town of Willows, Wisconsin.
The woman behind Barbie was Ruth Handler, who co-founded Mattel, Inc. with her husband in 1945. After seeing her young daughter ignore her baby dolls to play make-believe with paper dolls of adult women, Handler realized there was an important niche in the market for a toy that allowed little girls to imagine the future.
Barbie’s appearance was modeled on a doll named Lilli, based on a German comic strip character. Originally marketed as a racy gag gift to adult men in tobacco shops, the Lilli doll later became extremely popular with children. Mattel bought the rights to Lilli and made its own version, which Handler named after her daughter, Barbara.
Some people think that Barbie’s never-ending supply of designer outfits, cars and “Dream Houses” encouraged kids to be materialistic. However, it was Barbie’s appearance that caused the most controversy. Her tiny waist and enormous breasts (it was estimated that if she were a real woman, her measurements would be 38-18-36) led many to claim that Barbie provided little girls with an unrealistic and harmful example and fostered negative body image.
Barbie has had many incarnations over the years: Airline stewardess, doctor, pilot and astronaut, Olympic athlete, and even U.S. presidential candidate to name a few. I think it’s high time for Mattel to market an updated, more realistic, version of Barbie. Here are a few suggestions; Bitter Divorceé Barbie, Post-menopausal Barbie, or perhaps Melanoma Barbie.

Fight Procrastination Day

Fight Procrastination Day is a call to action; a day to get things done. For some people, procrastination is a way of life. They go through each day postponing the important decisions for as long as possible. We’ve all known people like this. It seems as though the more difficult the action or decision, the easier it is to put it off until later.
On this holiday, make a list of things that have to be done, then do them. Crossing each item off the list also gives you a sense of accomplishment. Don’t worry about perfection, done is done. Move on to the next task without delay.

Read a Book Day 

Read a Book Day, oddly enough, encourages people to take some time today to read a book or at least a few chapters. In today’s fast-paced society, reading is often replaced by other more instantly gratifying pastimes.
Reading is a great lifetime hobby. It offers so many positive attributes: It is relaxing and therapeutic and is often educational and entertaining as well.
If you have young children or elderly people in your home, take the time to read to them today. It is a wonderful time to bond with them and it creates pleasant, lasting memories.

National Coffee Ice Cream Day

So far this year, we have covered many different ice cream-related holidays celebrating a variety of flavors. National Coffee Ice Cream Day celebrates, coincidently, coffee flavored ice cream. Coffee flavored ice cream has been around since the mid-1800’s, and a recipe appeared in a 1919 cookbook for an Egg Coffee, consisting of cream, crushed ice, and coffee syrup. According to one website, coffee ice cream has been a standard flavor on the Howard Johnson’s restaurant menu since at least the 1960′s, along with vanilla, chocolate, banana, macaroon, and coconut.
National Coffee Ice Cream Day puts me in a quandary. I hate coffee, but I love ice cream. Although experts say that one-third of people who eat coffee ice cream don’t drink coffee, I am not among them. My family often made coffee flavored ice cream at family gatherings. Thankfully, they usually made some vanilla ice cream as well for those like myself who dislike coffee in any form.
To celebrate National Coffee Ice Cream Day, make some today. If you don’t feel like making coffee ice cream, Haagen Dazs (not sponsored) makes it.  I have seen it at Safeway so it might be available at other supermarket chains as well. You’ll have to check for yourself.

More Holidays  

On This Date

  • In 1522 – The Spanish ship, Victoria, became the first ship to circumnavigate the world. The Victoria was commanded by the Portuguese explorer Ferdinand Magellan, set sail from Spain September 20, 1519, to find a better route to Indonesia. The expedition began with 5 ships including Victoria and 260 crew members. Magellan himself died during the voyage, and only Victoria with 18 crew members returned to Seville, Spain, after circumnavigating the world.
  • In 1620 – The Pilgrims left on the Mayflower from Plymouth, England to settle in the New World.
  • In 1819 – Thomas Blanchard patented a machine called the lathe.
  • In 1870 – A woman casts her vote in the United States for the first time. Louisa Ann Swain voted during state elections in the state of Wyoming. Although women weren’t extended the right to vote in the United States until 1920, the governor of Wyoming, John A. Campbell, had signed a bill that gave women the right to vote on December 13, 1869. This meant that women could vote in local and state elections, but not national elections.
  • In 1876 – The Southern Pacific rail line from Los Angeles to San Francisco was completed.
  • In 1899 – The Carnation company produced its first can of evaporated milk.
  • In 1901 – President William McKinley was shot and mortally wounded (he died eight days later) by Leon Czolgosz. Czolgosz, an American anarchist, was executed the following October.
  • In 1941 – Jews in German-occupied areas were ordered to wear the Star of David with the word “Jew” inscribed. The order only applied to Jews over the age of 6.
  • In 1943 – The youngest player to appear in an American League baseball game was pitcher Carl Scheib of the Philadelphia Athletics. Scheib was 16 years, eight months and five days old.
  • In 1968 – Swaziland gained its independence from Britain. The Southern African state became a British protectorate in 1902 after the Anglo-Boer war. King Sobhuza became the head of the nation in and reigned even after independence until 1982. He was succeeded by Mswati III, his son, who currently rules the country.
  • In 1975 – Martina Navratilova requested political asylum while in New York for the U.S. Open Tennis Tournament.
  • In 1991 – The State Council of the Soviet Union recognized the independence of the Baltic states.
  • In 1991 – The name St. Petersburg was restored to Russia’s second largest city. The city was founded in 1703 by Peter the Great. The name has been changed to Petrograd (1914) and to Leningrad (1924).
  • In 1995 – Senator Bob Packwood was expelled by the Senate Ethics Committee.
  • In 1995 – Cal Ripken played his 2,131st consecutive game setting a new record. Lou Gehrig previously held the record.
  • In 1996 – Eddie Murray (Baltimore Orioles) hit his 500th career home run during a game against the Detroit Tigers. He was only the third person to have at least 3,000 hits and 500 home runs.
  • In 1999 – The Suai Church Massacre occurred. More than 200 people who had found refuge in a church in Suai, East Timor were killed by a pro-Indonesia militia after the results of an independence referendum came out.
  • In 2001 – The Justice Department announced that it was seeking a lesser antitrust penalty and would not attempt to break up Microsoft
  • In 2002 – In New York, Congress convened at Federal Hall for a rare special session. The session was held in New York to express the nation’s mourning for the loss on September 11, 2001, and unity in the war against terrorism.
  • In 2007 – Israel conducted Operation Orchard. The military operation was conducted by the Israeli air force to destroy a suspected nuclear reactor in the Deir el-Zor region of Syria.

Noteworthy Birthdays

If you were born on this date, Happy Birthday. You share your birthday with the following list of illustrious individuals – and about 20-million other people.

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