September 21st – Fore! It’s Miniature Golf Day

September 21, 2017 at 12:01 am | Posted in Today's Reasons To Celebrate | Leave a comment

Good morning miniature linksters. Today is Thursday, September 21, 2017. Today’s reasons to celebrate are:

Miniature Golf Day

Last May, we celebrated National Miniature Golf Day and I went into some detail about the origins of miniature golf in Scotland. This Miniature Golf Day is apparently a separate holiday, but with the same goal – to promote miniature golf.
The earlier versions of miniature golf in Scotland fell into a few broad categories, including the “pitch and putt,” the “regulation par-3,” and the “executive.” All used a short driver along with a putter and kept the same design of the larger courses: sand traps, hills, ponds, and trees.
When miniature golf moved to America, the short driver was eliminated and just the putter was used. This meant that the sand traps, trees, and ponds also went away. The first standardized miniature golf course in America was the Thistle Dhu (“This’ll Do”) course which opened in Pinehurst, North Carolina in 1916, and the miniature golf craze began. These early courses didn’t have any of the obstacles with which we are familiar today, just rolls, banks, and curves, with an occasional pipe thrown in for good measure. Courses sprouted up all across America in the next decade, but the Great Depression brought it to a halt in the 1930’s, and by the end of the decade, nearly all minigolf courses in the United States were closed and/or demolished.
After WWII, miniature golf saw a resurgence. These post-war miniature golf courses featured the landscaping of the pre-depression courses, but also added some of the obstacles, like windmills, castles, and wishing wells that we know and love/hate today. To this day, no one knows for sure why the obstacles were added.
These days, there are miniature golf courses all over the world, but nowhere is it more popular than here in America. Miniature golf can be enjoyed by all ages and genders and it is a great way to spend some quality time with family and/or friends – so celebrate Miniature Golf Day by playing a round (or two) today.

World Alzheimer’s Day 

Alzheimer’s disease is often called a family disease because the chronic stress of watching a loved one slowly decline affects everyone. World Alzheimer’s Day endeavors to raise awareness about Alzheimer’s and dementia. Alzheimer’s disease is the most common form of dementia, a group of disorders that impairs mental functioning. Alzheimer’s disease is the sixth-leading cause of death in the United States and the only cause of death among the top 10 in the United States that cannot be prevented, cured or even slowed.  With the increases in life spans and baby boomers coming of age, support for Alzheimer’s research is more critical than ever. Currently, about 5.4 million Americans are living with Alzheimer’s.

International Banana Festival

International Banana Festival has its roots on the Kentucky-Tennessee border in the twin cities of Fulton, KY and South Fulton, TN. With the creation of refrigerated boxcars in 1880, tropical fruits like bananas, that previously weren’t available in the Midwest, were being transported from the tropics. Back then The United Fruit Co (now Chiquita) began shipping bananas from South America via ship to New Orleans. Once there, they were loaded onto rail cars with blocks of ice to keep them fresh for the trip up north. Fulton had the only ice house along the route to New Orleans to Chicago so the trains always stopped there to refill the ice. Fulton became known as the “The Banana Capital of America” or “Banana crossroads”. At one point 70% off all U.S. bananas passed through Fulton. In the late 1800’s, Fulton started having International Banana Festival to celebrate this fruit and their new-found claim to fame.
Today we celebrate bananas because they are a good source of potassium, manganese, Vitamin B6, Vitamin C, and fiber. Bananas are a favorite of young and old alike. Athletes especially love bananas because they are one of the best sources of quick energy.
Author’s Note: The banana is an herb plant, not a tree.

National Pecan Cookie Day

National Pecan Cookie Day is celebrated in America each year on September 21st.
Pecans are an excellent source of protein, unsaturated fats, and healthy antioxidants that help reduce cholesterol. Pecan trees are native to the southern United States and are the only nut-tree native to America, Pecan trees are a member of the hickory family and are in the same family as walnuts.
There are more than 1,000 varieties of pecan in the world, and what better way to enjoy some pecans than in a cookie. Pecan cookies can be enjoyed any time of day. Whether you prefer butter pecan, caramel pecan, orange pecan, or maple pecan cookies, enjoy a delicious treat today in honor of National Pecan Cookie Day. Make a batch of pecan cookies at home, or buy some at your local supermarket today.

More Holidays  

On This Date

  • In 1792 – The French National Convention voted to abolish the monarchy.
  • In 1784 – “The Pennsylvania Packet and Daily Advertiser” was published for the first time in Philadelphia. It was the first daily paper in America.
  • In 1893 – Frank Duryea took what is believed to be the first gasoline-powered automobile for a test drive. The “horseless carriage” was designed by Frank and Charles Duryea.
  • In 1897 – The New York Sun ran the “Yes, Virginia, there is a Santa Claus” editorial. It was in response to a letter from 8-year-old Virginia O’Hanlon.
  • In 1931 – Britain went off the gold standard.
  • In 1937 – J.R.R. Tolkien’s “The Hobbit” was first published. The Hobbit, or There and Back Again is a young adult fantasy novel that follows the adventures of the hobbit Bilbo Baggins as he traverses through Middle Earth to find treasure guarded by a dragon named Smaug.
  • In 1942 – The Boeing B-29 Superfortress made its maiden flight. The bomber was used extensively by the US in World War II and the Korean War. The two planes – Enola Gay and Boxcar – that dropped atomic bombs on the Japanese cities of Hiroshima and Nagasaki were from the silver plate series of Boeing B-29s.
  • In 1949 – Communist leaders proclaimed The People’s Republic of China.
  • In 1957 – “Perry Mason”, the television series, made its debut on CBS-TV. The show was on for 9 years.
  • In 1961 – Antonio Abertondo swam the English Channel (in both directions) in 24 hours and 25 minutes.
  • In 1961 – The Boeing CH-47 Chinook helicopter made its maiden flight. The American-made helicopter has been used by the US military in a variety of conflict-related operations including during the recent wars in Afghanistan and Iraq. It has also been often used for medical evacuation and search and rescue operations during natural disasters around the world.
  • In 1964 – Malta gained its independence from the Britain. The southern European island country came under British control in 1814 as part of the Treaty of Paris. The country initially retained the Queen of England as its head of state but declared itself a republic on December 13, 1974.
  • In 1966 – The Soviet probe Zond 5 returned to Earth. The spacecraft completed the first unmanned round-trip flight to the moon.
  • In 1970 – “NFL Monday Night Football” made its debut on ABC-TV. The game was between the Cleveland Browns and the New York Jets. The Browns won 31-21.
  • In 1973 – Henry Kissinger was confirmed by the U.S. Senate to become 56th Secretary of State. He was the first naturalized citizen to hold the office of Secretary of State.
  • In 1981 – The Senate confirmed Sandra Day O’Connor to be the first female justice on the Supreme Court.
  • In 1985 – North and South Korea opened their borders for their family reunion program.
  • In 1993 – Russian President Boris N. Yeltsin announced that he was ousting the Communist-dominated Congress. The action was effectively seizing all state power.
  • In 1996 – The board of all-male Virginia Military Institute voted to admit women.
  • In 2013 – The Westgate Mall in Nairobi, Kenya was attacked. In a daring siege, militants of the extremist group al-Shabaab took over the Mall. 63 shoppers were killed during the attack that lasted a few hours, and before the Kenyan security forces rescued the hostages, 4 terrorists were also killed. Al-Shabaab declared that it had undertaken the attack as retaliation for the presence of Kenyan armed forces in Somalia.

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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