October 20th – National Suspenders Day

October 20, 2017 at 12:01 am | Posted in Today's Reasons To Celebrate | Leave a comment

Good morning fans of belt alternatives. Today is Friday, October 20, 2017. Today’s reasons to celebrate are:

National Suspenders Day

If you are a regular reader of this Blog you realize that sometimes holidays are determined by a historical figure’s birthday. Other times special days are recognized for when an event occurred for the first time. The origins of this holiday are unknown, but nonetheless, today is National Suspenders Day…for no discernible reason whatsoever.
Some form of suspenders have been around for about 300 years, but the “modern-day” suspenders we use today were “invented” in the 1820’s by Albert Thurston. Fifty years later, Samuel Clemens, aka Mark Twain, finally got a patent for suspenders. Sometimes referred to as braces, suspenders were worn almost universally under a waistcoat. After all, male suspenders were considered underwear, much like the garter belts that held up ladies stockings. In the 1930’s, when men began to dress more casually, and top coats went out of fashion, so did suspenders. While suspenders still may not be the “in” thing today, they are making somewhat of a comeback among “hipsters’ and a few “pop” icons. And they have always been fashionable with formal suits and tuxedos.
To celebrate this holiday, find your old suspenders and proudly strap them on today.

The International Day of the Air Traffic Controller

The International Day of the Air Traffic Controller, celebrated on 20 October each year, not only marks the anniversary of International Federation of Air Traffic Controllers’ Associations (IFATCA) but also reminds the vision of the founding members; it also celebrates the men and women who 24/7 help make air travel one of the safest possible modes of transport.|The Federation is still registered in Switzerland (its historic base) but now has its headquarters situated in Montréal, Canada. IFATCA enjoys a worldwide reputation amongst all partners in air traffic management. The goals of the Federation are: to promote safety, efficiency, and regularity in international air navigation; to assist and advise in the development of safe and orderly systems of air traffic control and new procedures and facilities; to promote and uphold a high standard of knowledge and professional efficiency among air traffic controllers. To achieve this, IFATCA closely cooperates with national and international aviation authorities and sponsors and supports the passage of legislation and regulations which will increase and protect the safety of air navigation.

Saturday Night Massacre

The term “massacre” here is somewhat a misnomer because there was no blood spilled and no carnage on this fateful night — The only casualty was faith in the highest office of this great nation. On the evening of October 20, 1973, President Richard M. Nixon ordered special Watergate prosecutor Archibald Cox to stop trying to obtain the White House Watergate tapes and presidential papers. Cox refused. President Nixon then directed Attorney General Elliot L. Richardson and then Deputy Attorney General William B. Ruckelshaus to fire Cox. Both Richardson and Ruckelshaus resigned due to the request and the new acting Solicitor General, Robert H. Bork, fired Cox.
“Whether ours shall continue to be a government of laws and not of men is now for Congress and ultimately the American people to decide,” Cox said in a statement.
The event backfired on Nixon and demands for his impeachment grew. Impeachment proceedings began 10 days later.

World Osteoporosis Day

World Osteoporosis Day has been celebrated annually on October 20th since its creation in 1996 and launches a year-long campaign dedicated to raising global awareness of the prevention, diagnosis, and treatment of osteoporosis and metabolic bone disease. Organized by the International Osteoporosis Foundation, it involves campaigns by national osteoporosis patient societies from around the world with activities in over 90 countries.
Osteoporosis is a progressive bone disease that is characterized by a decrease in bone mass and density and that leads to an increased risk of fracture. In osteoporosis, the bone mineral density is reduced, bone microarchitecture deteriorates, and the amount and variety of proteins in bone are altered. As a result, your bones become weak and may break from a minor fall or, in serious cases, even from simple actions, like sneezing or bumping into furniture. About 52 million Americans have osteoporosis and low bone mass, placing them at increased risk of serious injury. Studies show that approximately one in two women and one in four men age 50 and older will break a bone due to osteoporosis. Known as the silent disease, osteoporosis gives no external warning signs. You can’t feel your bones getting weaker. The first sign that you have osteoporosis may be when you break a bone.

National Brandied Fruit Day 

Brandied fruit is a delicious treat that is easy to make and can be enjoyed any time of the year. Much like sangria and German rumtopf, brandied fruit combines fruit and alcohol. Storing fruits in brandy is a simple way to preserve the wonderful tastes of the harvest season without the hassle of canning. [Brandy, which has been around since about the 12th century, is distilled from fermented fruit].
To make your own brandied fruit, all you need is ripened fruit, sugar, and brandy (the higher the quality, the better). Wash the fruit, peel off any skin, and slice if necessary. Fill half a container with brandy and add the fruit. For each cup of fruit, you add, stir in 1/6 cup of sugar. Make sure all the fruit is submerged in the mixture, cover the container, and store it in a dark place. You can continue to add fruit at any time. Your brandied fruit will be cured after a couple of months. Brandied fruit is most commonly used as a dessert topping – such as over ice cream or pie, or both.
If you don’t have any brandied fruit with which to celebrate this holiday you’re out of luck. However, if you start a batch today, it should be ready just in time for Christmas.

More Holidays

On This Date   

  • In 1774 – The new Continental Congress, the governing body of America’s colonies, passed an order proclaiming that all citizens of the colonies “discountenance and discourage all horse racing and all kinds of gaming, cock-fighting, exhibitions of shows, plays and other expensive diversions and entertainment.”
  • In 1803 – The Senate approved the Louisiana Purchase.
  • In 1818 – The United States and Great Britain established the boundary between the U.S. and Canada to be the 49th parallel.
  • In 1892 – The city of Chicago dedicated the World’s Columbian Exposition.
  • In 1903 – A joint commission ruled in favor of the United States concerning a dispute over the boundary between Canada and the District of Alaska.
  • In 1910 – A baseball with a cork center was used in a World Series game for the first time.
  • In 1935 – Mao Zedong arrived in Hanoi after his Long March that took just over a year. He then set up the Chinese Communist Headquarters.
  • In 1944 – Allied forces invaded the Philippines.
  • In 1944 – During World War II, the Yugoslav cities of Belgrade and Dubrovnik were liberated.
  • In 1947 – Hollywood came under scrutiny as the House Un-American Activities Committee opened hearings into alleged Communist influence within the motion picture industry.
  • In 1952 – The Mau Mau uprising against white settlers began in Kenya.
  • In 1957 – Walter Cronkite began hosting “The 20th Century.” The show aired until January 4, 1970.
  • In 1962 – War broke out between India and China. The month-long border dispute began after the Chinese launched a two-pronged attack on the border between the two countries. During the duration of hostilities, China and India did not officially declare war on each other nor cut off any diplomatic ties. The conflict ended with China taking control of Aksai Chin and both countries accepting a de facto border along what is now known as Line of Control.
  • In 1968 – Former American first lady, Jacqueline Kennedy, married Greek shipping magnate, Aristotle Onassis.
  • In 1973 –The  Sydney Opera House opened. The iconic building, which was declared as a World Heritage Site by UNESCO, was designed by Danish architect Jørn Oberg Utzon. Construction on the performing arts center began in March 1959 and cost over $100 million.
  • In 1979 – The John F. Kennedy Library in Boston was dedicated.
  • In 1982 – A stampede during a UEFA Cup soccer (football) match between Dutch club Haarlem and the Moscovian football club, Spartak at the Lenin Stadium in Moscow left about 60 people dead. It is also known as the Luzhniki Disaster.
  • In 1984 – The State Department reduced the number of Americans assigned to the United States embassy in Beirut, Lebanon.
  • In 1993 – Attorney General Janet Reno warned the Television industry to limit the violence in their programming.
  • In 1995 – Britain, France, and the United States announced a treaty that banned atomic blasts in the South Pacific.
  • In 2003 – A 40-year-old man went over Niagara Falls without safety devices and survived. He was charged with illegally performing a stunt.
  • In 2011 – The deposed leader of Libya, Muammar Gaddafi, was captured by the National Transitional Council Forces. He was killed by the troops soon after.

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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