September 14th – National Anthem Day

September 14, 2017 at 12:01 am | Posted in Today's Reasons To Celebrate | Leave a comment

Good morning patriotic music history fans. Today is Thursday, September 14, 2017. Today’s reasons to celebrate are:

National Anthem Day

On March 3rd, we celebrated another National Anthem Day which focused on the date that Francis Scott Key’s song became our National Anthem. However, this National Anthem Day holiday celebrates the anniversary of the date in 1814 that Mr. Key actually penned his poem, entitled “In Defense of Fort McHenry”, after witnessing the British attack on Baltimore Harbor during the War of 1812, which became our National Anthem. The sight of the American flag flying triumphantly over Fort McHenry on the morning after the attack inspired his legendary words.
Key later decided to set his piece to music, and borrowed the tune from a popular song called “To Anacreon in Heaven.” Not long after it was first published, people began referring to the piece as “The Star-Spangled Banner.” The song became an overnight success, and bands began playing it during public events and military occasions.
In March of 1931, well over a hundred years after Key wrote it, “The Star-Spangled Banner” became the official national anthem of the United States.
To celebrate this holiday, sing the National Anthem. As an added challenge, try to sing all of the verses to the song (there are four of them in total, you know). To make it easier for you, I have listed all of the verses below.

O say can you see, by the dawn’s early light,
What so proudly we hail’d at the twilight’s last gleaming,
Whose broad stripes and bright stars through the perilous fight
O’er the ramparts we watch’d were so gallantly streaming?
And the rocket’s red glare, the bombs bursting in air,
Gave proof through the night that our flag was still there,
O say does that star-spangled banner yet wave
O’er the land of the free and the home of the brave?

On the shore dimly seen through the mists of the deep
Where the foe’s haughty host in dread silence reposes,
What is that which the breeze, o’er the towering steep,
As it fitfully blows, half conceals, half discloses?
Now it catches the gleam of the morning’s first beam,
In full glory reflected now shines in the stream,
’Tis the star-spangled banner—O long may it wave
O’er the land of the free and the home of the brave!

And where is that band who so vauntingly swore,
That the havoc of war and the battle’s confusion
A home and a Country should leave us no more?
Their blood has wash’d out their foul footstep’s pollution.
No refuge could save the hireling and slave
From the terror of flight or the gloom of the grave,
And the star-spangled banner in triumph doth wave
O’er the land of the free and the home of the brave.

O thus be it ever when freemen shall stand
Between their lov’d home and the war’s desolation!
Blest with vict’ry and peace may the heav’n rescued land
Praise the power that hath made and preserv’d us a nation!
Then conquer we must, when our cause it is just,
And this be our motto – “In God is our trust,”
And the star-spangled banner in triumph shall wave
O’er the land of the free and the home of the brave.

National Cream-Filled Donut Day

National Cream-Filled Donut Day is yet another in a seemingly endless list of donut-related holidays each year.
A donut is a small, fried ring of sweet, leavened dough. Donuts leavened with baking powder are denser than the fluffier, yeast-leavened doughnuts. Originally a Dutch recipe without a hole, the dough is dropped into hot oil and was originally called an olykoek, or oily cake. Food historians believe that the traditional “hole” in donuts was first created in 1847, by 16-year-old Hanson Gregory who used the top of a round tin pepper container to punch the holes so the dough would cook evenly.
There are many types of doughnuts. Just a few include Bismarks or jelly doughnuts, raised doughnuts leavened with yeast, squares and twists, crullers made from twisted cake doughnut dough and French doughnuts made with cream-puff pastry dough. Donuts can be filled or unfilled, plain, glazed or iced.
But today, we’re celebrating National Cream-Filled Donut Day, so enjoy a cream-filled donut with your coffee this morning or as a snack anytime today.

Eat a Hoagie Day

The Hoagie sandwich originated in Philadelphia, PA. It layers a variety of cold lunch meats and cheeses on a long roll, often Italian or French bread, garnished with sweet and/or hot peppers, lettuce, tomatoes, onions, oregano and a vinegar and olive oil dressing. While there are several explanations for the term “hoagie,” one of the prevailing ones is that it was introduced by Italian-Americans working at the shipyard known as Hog Island, in southwest Philadelphia, during World War II. It became known as the “Hog Island sandwich,” which evolved to “hoagie.”
Elsewhere in America, this sandwich may also be called a hero, a submarine, a po’boy, a grinder, a torpedo, or an Italian Sandwich. It varies by region. In Europe, this type of sandwich is known as a baguette or a ciabatta, after the type of bread used.
No matter what you call this delicious sandwich, enjoy one for lunch or dinner today.

Gobstopper Day

A gobstopper is a type of hard candy (I actually had to Google that). When I was growing up we called them jawbreakers. Gobstopper Day salutes these delicious sweet treats that have been around since WWI.
Gobstoppers consist of a number of layers, each layer dissolving to reveal a different color (and sometimes differently flavored) layer, before dissolving completely. Gobstoppers are sucked or licked, being too hard to bite without risking dental damage (hence the alternative name jawbreaker). They are created through an interesting process called sugar panning. It takes a lot of time to make gobstoppers because each individually flavored layer has to be deposited on the candy over the span of a week or so through an intensive process.
While delicious, there is a particularly dangerous bit of history to the gobstoppers. The techniques involved in its creation result in a particular set of properties that can render the gobstopper into something resembling a low-grade explosive. The different layers can heat at different rates, resulting in inner layers of the candy being molten while the exterior layers are still solid, creating a pressure differential that can result in the candy popping open. While current designs have helped to minimize these effects, the show Mythbusters demonstrated that it is still possible for it to occur under the right circumstances.
If you have a good dentist and/or oral surgeon on speed-dial, go ahead and celebrate Gobstopper Day by having a gobstopper. This website gives a more detailed explanation of the explosive nature of gobstoppers.

More Holidays

On This Date

  • In 1807 – Former Vice President Aaron Burr was acquitted of a misdemeanor charge. Two weeks earlier Burr had been found innocent of treason.
  • In 1847 – United States forces took control of Mexico City under the leadership of General Winfield Scott.
  • In 1866 – George K. Anderson patented the typewriter ribbon.
  • In 1899 – In New York City, Henry Bliss became the first automobile fatality.
  • In 1901 – President William McKinley died of gunshot wounds inflicted by an assassin. Vice President Theodore Roosevelt, at age 42, succeeded him.
  • In 1915 – Carl G. Muench received a patent for Insulit, the first sound-absorbing material to be used in buildings.
  • In 1940 – The Selective Service Act was passed by Congress providing the first peacetime draft in the United States.
  • In 1948 – In New York, a groundbreaking ceremony took place at the site of the United Nations’ world headquarters.
  • In 1956 – The IBM 305 RAMAC computer was released. The 350 RAMAC was the first computer with a disk drive and was primarily targeted towards business that did real-time transactions. RAMAC stood for Random Access Method of Accounting and Control. The RAMAC 350, which was one of the last vacuum tube computers manufactured by IBM, was replaced by the IBM 1401 in the early 1960s.
  • In 1959 – The first man-made object successfully landed on the Moon. Soviet space probe Luna 2 was also the first man-made spacecraft to land on any celestial object. It was launched on September 12, 1959, and lost communications with Earth as it impacted the Moon’s surface.
  • In 1960 – The Organization of the Petroleum Exporting Countries (OPEC) was founded. The core members were Iran, Iraq, Kuwait, Saudi Arabia, and Venezuela.
  • In 1963 – Mary Ann Fischer gave birth to America’s first surviving quintuplets.
  • In 1975 – Pope Paul VI declared Mother Elizabeth Ann Bayley Seton the first United States-born saint.
  • In 1979 – The President of Afghanistan was assassinated. Nur Muhammad Taraki had been in office for less than a year when he was killed by gunfire at the behest of Hafizullah Amin. Amin took the seat of the president after the assassination and ruled for only 3 months before he was killed by the Soviets during Operation Storm-333.
  • In 1983 – The House of Representatives voted 416-0 on a resolution condemning the Soviet Union for the shooting down of a Korean jet on September 1.
  • In 1984 – Joe Kittinger became the first person to fly a balloon solo across the Atlantic Ocean.
  • In 1985 – The television show The Golden Girls made its television debut. The popular American sitcom about 4 single and older women living together in a Miami, Florida house ran for 6 seasons on NBC. The main characters in the show were played by Beatrice Arthur, Estelle Getty, Rue McClanahan, and Betty White, each of whom won the Emmys for their acting in the show. The series also won 2 Primetime Emmy Awards for Outstanding Comedy Series and 3 Golden Globe Awards for Best Television Series.
  • In 1994 – It was announced that the season was over for the National Baseball League on the 34th day of the player’s strike. The final days of the regular season were canceled.
  • In 1998 – Israel announced that they had successfully tested its Arrow-2 missile defense system. The system successfully destroyed a simulated target.
  • In 1999 – Disney World closed down for the first time in its 28-year history. The closure was due to Hurricane Floyd heading for Florida.
  • In 2000 – Microsoft launched Windows ME. The ME (Millennium Edition) was the last of the operating systems of the Windows 9x series.
  • In 2001 – The FBI released the names of the 19 suspected hijackers that had taken part in the September 11 terror attacks on the United States.

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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