September 13th – Uncle Sam Day

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

Good morning Patriots. Today is Wednesday, September 13th. Today’s reasons to celebrate are:

Uncle Sam Day

Uncle Sam Day celebrates a symbol of America. Uncle Sam appears on everything from military posters to cartoon images to advertising media. He is perhaps, the most recognizable symbol in the world.
The officially recognized theory regarding the origin of Uncle Sam dates back to soldiers stationed near Troy, New York during the war of 1812. Barrels of meat they received were stamped “U.S.” The supplier was Samuel Wilson of Troy, New York. Soldiers jokingly referred to him as “Uncle Sam”. In 1813, the first image of “Uncle Sam” appeared in a cartoon. In 1961, Congress issued a resolution recognizing “Uncle Sam” Wilson and authorized a monument in his hometown in Troy, NY.
Uncle Sam Day became official in 1989 when a joint resolution of Congress designated September 13 “Uncle Sam Day”.  This date was selected, because “Uncle Sam” Wilson was born on this date in 1776.

Quiet Day

Noted self-help author and a motivational speaker Wayne Dyer once said, “Everything that’s created comes out of silence. Your thoughts emerge from the nothingness of silence. Your words come out of this voice. Your very essence emerged from emptiness. All creativity requires some stillness.”
Quiet Day celebrates the most enjoyable sound in the world, quiet. It is a proven fact that peace and quiet are good for the both the body and the mind. Studies have shown that taking time for quiet can have a positive effect on your body and in some cases can even lower blood pressure and reduce the heart rate. However, it’s increasingly difficult in today’s world to experience real quiet, and that’s why this holiday is so important.
Noise is everywhere and there seems to be no escaping it – it’s on your commute to work, in the busy office, in the cafe at lunch, on the school playground, and even at home. Every day we are bombarded with the chatter of TV, the radio, and even our friends and family. We seem to never get a moment of quiet contemplation, a chance to give our vocal chords a rest, or to simply listen to the world around us and simply experience it. We simply can’t seem to get away from the buzz of everyday life. Sometimes it’s just all too much. Quiet Day is dedicated to taking a little time to free your mind from the tumult of everyday life.
In India, there are meditation retreats where time is spent kneeling and in contemplation, sometimes for as long as 10 consecutive days. These are called Vipassana retreats, a word which means “to see things as they really are”, and comes from ancient Buddhist practices.
While Quiet Day is just one day, the principles of these retreats can be applied to your one day of silence. The peace and clarity it can bring have the possibility of opening your mind to things about your life that have long since been buried in the clamor of your daily existence.

Bald is Beautiful Day

Bald is Beautiful Day celebrates people who lack hair, for whatever reason. Whether you have lost your hair through genetics, shave your head as a matter of personal choice, or lost your hair as a result of a medication or medical procedure such as chemotherapy…or you shave your head to be in solidarity with a friend or family member who has lost their hair because of medical treatment, today, being bald is beautiful. No hats, crooked toupees, or cover-ups of any sort…just let your natural beauty shine through.
Having been depilated by genetics at an early age, I have led a glabrous existence for most of my adult life – so Bald is Beautiful Day is basically a celebration of my life. Even if you are among those still encumbered with an abundance of hair follicles, you can still celebrate Bald is Beautiful Day by hanging out with your follically unencumbered friends and refraining from telling any sophomoric “bald jokes” – at least for today.

National Defy Superstition Day

It is no coincidence that National Defy Superstition Day falls on the 13th. For centuries, the number 13 has been considered an omen of bad luck, misfortune, or even death in many societies. No one knows the true origins of the superstition surrounding the number 13, but there are a number of theories. Below I have listed of some of the most prominent.

  1. There were 13 people at the Last Supper, and Judas Iscariot — the one who betrayed Jesus — was the 13th man to take his place at the table.
  2. The end of the Mayan calendar’s 13th Baktun was superstitiously feared as a harbinger of the apocalyptic end of the world.
  3. Traditionally, there used to be 13 steps leading up the gallows, and legend has it that a hangman’s noose traditionally contained 13 turns.
  4. There were mass arrests and executions of the Knights Templar on Friday, October 13, 1307.
  5. Originally, a coven of witches was made up of exactly 13 members.

National Defy Superstition Day encourages you to break those superstitious beliefs you’ve had since childhood. Stepping on a crack will not break your mother’s back. “Three on a match” (lighting 3 cigarettes from one match) does not bring bad luck. The list of childish superstitions is endless. Hotels don’t have a 13th floor, nor a room #13, nor any room that ends with the #13; all because of superstition. Use this holiday to rid yourself of your unfounded superstitions.
With that said, I would not recommend that you run around willy-nilly shattering mirrors, indiscriminately tipping over salt shakers, or walking under ladders; and above all else, I would recommend that you avoid any encounters with a black cat. Better to be safe than sorry.

Positive Thinking Day

Positive Thinking Day is all about attitude. The power of positive thinking is absolutely astounding. Medical research confirms that a positive attitude works wonders at fighting disease and ailments, from the common cold to cancer. People with an “I think I can” attitude, are far more likely to succeed at work, and in accomplishing every goal they set in life. The best way to develop/maintain a positive attitude is to surround yourself with positive people. They will help you stay focused.
Like the lowly ant in the song “High Hopes”, with a positive attitude, you can accomplish anything. To celebrate Positive Thinking Day, be as positive as you can…in everyt5hing you do, and with everyone you meet.

International Chocolate Day

International Chocolate Day celebrates the birth of Milton Hershey, founder of Hershey’s chocolate, on this date in 1857.
I can think of no food item that deserves a holiday more than chocolate. Sure, chocolate can be high in calories; and apparently, it’s very bad for dogs, but there are still plenty of good reasons to eat chocolate.
WebMD reports that dark chocolate  (not milk chocolate) is a potent antioxidant.  Antioxidants gobble up free radicals, destructive molecules that are implicated in heart disease and other ailments. They also report that dark chocolate (again, not milk chocolate) can help lower blood pressure as well. You just have to ensure that you balance the extra calories by eating less of other things.
There’s only one way to celebrate this holiday, eat chocolate! You’re welcome.

National Peanut Day

National Peanut Day celebrates one of America’s favorite snack foods, the peanut. But wait! Peanuts are not really nuts at all. They are legumes, like peas, beans, and lentils. Peanuts are native South America and eventually made their way northward to America.
George Washington Carver discovered over 300 practical uses for peanuts. Carver, a graduate of Iowa State University, found ways to use peanuts in shampoo, fuel, dyes, and flours. Ironically, historians suspect that Carver never tasted a peanut butter and jelly sandwich, since he died before peanut butter was created. What a shame, I bet he would have loved it.
Aside from being a delicious snack food, peanuts are also a key ingredient in many dishes and are a topping for a wide variety of desserts. Many Oriental recipes use peanuts in main menu items.
Peanuts were not always considered healthy, but more recent research suggests that peanuts can reduce cardiovascular disease and lowers triglycerides in the body. Peanuts are high in protein and fiber and are now believed to help curb hunger, and therefore help in diet control.
To celebrate National Peanut Day, eat a handful (or two) of goobers, make some peanut butter cookies, or enjoy a nice chunk of peanut butter fudge. Good news PBJ lovers, peanut butter counts too, so have a delicious PBJ sandwich.

Fortune Cookie Day

Fortune Cookie Day celebrates the creation of the Fortune Cookie. Duh! Contrary to popular belief, the Fortune Cookie did not originate in China. Rather, it was invented in California. There appears to be some uncertainty over who invented it. Some historical references suggest it was Makoto Hagiwara who invented the fortune cookie at the Japanese Tea Garden in San Francisco in 1914. Others believe that David Jung, founder of the Hong Kong Noodle Company, was the first to make fortune cookies in Los Angeles in the 1920’s.
Documentation for the date of this holiday is uncertain.  A large majority of my sources declare Fortune Cookie Day as today,  September 13th, but give no details about when, where, why, or by whom it was created.

Snack a Pickle Time 

When most people think of pickles, they think of tasty cucumbers cured in a brine. And, in fact, what most people think of as pickles are low in calories, have no fat, and have probiotic benefits.
However, the term ‘pickle’ actually refers to any food that has been preserved in a seasoned brine or vinegar mixture. The most commonly pickled item is, as you might expect, cucumbers. But the variety of food items that can be ‘pickled’ is limited only by one’s imagination. Everyone has heard of pickled peppers (Peter Piper picked a peck of them), but chilies, cauliflower, pearl onions, and baby corn, are also popular. In my travels, I’ve seen pickled cactus, pickled garlic, and pickled okra. Believe it or not, some people even like even pickled herring and pickled pig’s feet! (YUK)
There are a plethora of pickling spices used too. Common combinations include, but are certainly not limited to, dill, allspice, bay leaves, cinnamon, cloves, cardamom, mustard seeds, ginger, and peppercorns. Once again, your imagination is the only limiting factor.
To celebrate this holiday, enjoy some pickles. Be adventurous and start a batch at home. There are a gazillion recipes for homemade pickles available online.

Kids Take Over The Kitchen Day

The objective behind Kids Take Over The Kitchen Day is to empower kids and teens to become more actively involved in the planning, preparation, and cooking of meals. At the same time, this holiday fosters a closer relationship between children and their parents and helps raise awareness of the many serious health and social issues related to our youth’s eating habits today.
To celebrate Kids Take Over The Kitchen Day, encourage your children or grandchildren to participate in the preparation of tonight’s dinner, and encourage them to learn more about health and nutrition.

More Holidays

On This Date

  • In 1750 – The Battle of Quebec was fought between the British and the French. A key event in the Seven Years’ War that involved the great European powers at the time, the battle took place on the farm of Abraham Martin. Because of this, the battle is also often called the Battle of the Plains of Abraham. British troops under the command of General James Wolfe defeated the French in the very short, 15-minute long battle and took over Quebec. The Battle resulted in the French giving up their control over areas in present-day Canada and most of North America coming under the control of the British.
  • In 1789 – The United States Government took out its first loan. [And so deficit spending began].
  • In 1898 – Hannibal Williston Goodwin patented celluloid photographic film, which is used to make movies.
  • In 1899 – The first recorded automobile fatality in the United States occurred. Henry H. Bliss was struck by a taxi cab while crossing the street in New York City. He died the next day due to his injuries.
  • In 1922 – The highest shade temperature ever recorded (136.4° Fahrenheit) was recorded in El Azizia, Libya.
  • In 1933 – A woman was elected to the New Zealand Parliament for the first time. Elizabeth McCombs won the by-elections for the parliamentary seat of Lyttelton, which was held by her husband before he died in August 1933. New Zealand granted suffrage to women in 1893.
  • In 1943 – Chiang Kai-shek became the president of China.
  • In 1948 – The School of Performing Arts opened in New York City. It was the first public school to specialize in performing arts.
  • In 1948 – Margaret Chase Smith was elected to the Senate and became the first woman to serve in both houses of Congress.
  • In 1949 – The Ladies Professional Golf Association of America (LPGA)  was formed.
  • In 1959 – The Soviet Union’s Luna 2 became the first space probe to reach the moon.
  • In 1960 – The Federal Communications Commission (FCC) banned payola.
  • In 1970 – The first New York City Marathon took place. Fireman Gary Muhrucke won the race.
  • In 1971 – In New York, National Guardsmen stormed the Attica Correctional Facility and put an end to the four-day revolt. A total of 43 people were killed in the final assault.
  • In 1974 – The French Ambassador was kidnapped in the Hague. Three members of the Japanese Red Army (JRA), a communist militant group that was formed in Lebanon, stormed the French Embassy in the Hague and took 10 hostages, including the French Ambassador. The siege ended after the militants’ demands for a release of another JRA member, cash, and a plane was met.
  • In 1977 – The first diesel automobiles manufactured by General Motors were introduced.
  • In 1981 – Secretary of State Alexander M. Haig said the United States had physical evidence that Russia and its allies used poisonous biological weapons in Laos, Cambodia, and Afghanistan.
  • In 1988 – Forecasters reported that Hurricane Gilbert’s barometric pressure measured 26.13. It was the strongest hurricane ever recorded in the Western Hemisphere.
  • In 1993 – “Late Night with Conan O’Brien” premiered on NBC.
  • In 1993 – The Oslo Accords were signed. It was the first major agreement between Palestine and Israel. Palestine was granted limited self-government in the Gaza Strip and in Jericho.
    Also known as Declaration of Principles on Interim Self-Government Arrangements, the Accords helped create the Palestinian interim self-government or the Palestinian National Authority (PNA) and called for the withdrawal of the Israeli Defence Forces from the West Bank and Gaza Strip.
  • In 1994 – President Bill Clinton signed a $30 billion anti-crime bill into law.
  • In 1998 – The New York Times closed its Web site after hackers added offensive material.
  • In 2001 – Secretary of State Colin Powell named Osama bin Laden as the prime suspect in the terror attacks on the United States on September 11, 2001. Also, limited commercial flights resumed in the United States for the first time since the terrorist attack on America on 9/11.

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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