October 27th – Black Cat Day

October 27, 2017 at 12:01 am | Posted in Today's Reasons To Celebrate | Leave a comment

Good morning ebony feline aficionados. Today is Friday, October 27th. Today’s reasons to celebrate are:

Black Cat Day

There are a number of feline-related holidays each year including at least one more related specifically to black cats. Halloween is nigh upon us, and black cats are still considered by some to be omens of bad luck or misfortune. In religion-centric cultures, people often fear anything remotely related to the pagan beliefs of their ancestors, and, along with many other superstitions, black cats somehow became associated witches and demons, and were thought to be the vessels they used to do their evil. Often, it was common practice to severely punish those who kept black cats as pets and even kill the animals themselves — Although these days nobody really believes black cats are witches or demons in disguise anymore, black cats are still often seen as mischievous or unlucky.
Interestingly, some cultures actually revered black cats. In Celtic mythology, it was believed that fairies could take the form of black cats, and therefore their arrival to a home or village was seen an omen of good luck. Cats in ancient Egypt, regardless of color, were highly regarded, partly due to their ability to combat vermin such as mice, rats. Cats of royalty were known to be dressed in gold jewelry and were allowed to eat right off their owners’ plates. The goddess of warfare was a woman with the head of a cat named Bastet.
Black cats seem to be the last ones chosen for adoption in animal shelters and too many are euthanized. That’s a shame because I speak from personal experience when I say that black cats make wonderful pets. If you don’t want to adopt a black cat today, making a small donation to your local animal shelter can help countless felines, and put you in good graces with the cats of this world – you know, just in case they really are the spawn of Satan.

Navy Day

Navy Day was established in 1922 by the Navy League of the United States. This date was suggested by the Navy League to recognize Theodore Roosevelt’s birthday. Roosevelt had been an Assistant Secretary of the Navy and supported a strong Navy as well as the idea of Navy Day. In addition, October 27 was the anniversary of a 1775 report issued by a special committee of the Continental Congress favoring the purchase of merchant ships as the foundation of an American Navy. Initially, this holiday did receive national recognition by President Warren G. Harding, but national support waned after that. In the 1970’s, researchers determined that the birthday of the U.S. Continental Navy was actually October 13, 1775, and the celebration was moved to that date. This was never an official holiday, and it was last officially observed on October 27,1949.

International Bandanna Day

One of the side effects of cancer treatment is often hair loss. This can be traumatic, especially to young children afflicted with the disease. International Bandanna Day urges you to proudly wear a bandanna today in support of cancer patients; who have to wear them every day to hide their hair loss.
To celebrate this holiday, make a donation to the American Cancer Society or another group that helps cancer patients.

Frankenstein Friday

Frankenstein Friday is observed the last Friday of October and pays homage to one of the greatest gothic stories of all time. This holiday was created in 1997 by Ron MacCloskey of Westfield, New Jersey.  It is said that Ron chose Friday as the date of celebration because of the “FR” connection in FRiday and FRankenstein.
In 1818, Mary Shelley, at the age of 21, wrote a novel about a young scientist named Victor Frankenstein who discovers how to give life to inanimate bodies. He creates a monster that pursues him to the ends of the earth and eventually destroys everything he holds dear.
People often mistakenly use the name “Frankenstein” to refer to the monster that Dr. Frankenstein created, but in the novel, Victor Frankenstein never gives his creation a name. The monster is only referred to as Frankensteins’s monster.
To celebrate Frankenstein Friday, watch one of the numerous of movies based on Ms. Shelley’s book…especially the 1931 classic starring Boris Karloff if you can find it, or read a few chapters of this literary classic.

National Potato Day

Last August, we celebrated another Potato Day. I guess that since this Potato holiday has “National” in front of it, it’s a different holiday. Whatever! I like “spuds” of all types, prepared in a variety of ways, so I’m up for two “potato” holidays in one year anyway.
There are more than 4,000 varieties of potatoes worldwide. They can be classified into three main groups: waxy, floury, and all-purpose.
Waxy varieties include fingerlings, red jacket, new and white round potatoes. They have more moisture and less starch. The lower starch level enables them to hold their shape well during cooking.  When boiled, steamed or roasted, waxy potatoes come out firm and moist—the ideal consistency for potato salad.
Floury varieties include the iconic Idaho, russet, and russet Burbank (there are many varieties of russet potato)—russets are a variation bred to be harvested in the warmer months; Idaho potatoes are harvested in the cooler months. They are lower in moisture (drier) and high in starch. Due to their low sugar content, they tend to fall apart when boiled. Floury potatoes do not hold their shape well after cooking—think of the crumbly texture of a baked potato. That’s why floury/starchy potatoes are easier to mash. Also use them for deep-frying  (French fries, potato pancakes).
All-purpose varieties include Katahdin (named after the highest mountain in Maine), Kennebec (a leading chipping potato), purple Peruvian, yellow Finn and Yukon gold. They combine the characteristics of both waxy and floury potatoes, so can be used for any purpose.

National Breadstick Day

National Breadstick Day is observed annually on the last Friday in October and is a holiday to enjoy these tender, delicious, pieces of pure pleasure. I could find no information about the creation of this holiday in my sources.
Breadsticks come in many forms. They can be soft or crunchy. They can be savory, flavored with garlic, onion, salt or cheese or they can be sweetened with cinnamon and sugar.
To celebrate National Breadstick Day, simply enjoy some breadsticks today – no matter your preference for savory or sweet

American Beer Day

American Beer Day is observed annually on October 27th.
Beer is the most popular alcoholic drink in the United States. Over 2,500 breweries produce more than 6.5 billion gallons annually. American breweries range in size from large, well-known national brands, to regional beers, brewpubs, microbreweries, and increasingly popular craft breweries.
American beer is produced in a variety of styles, including pale lager, brown ale, IPA, porter, and stout.
Below are some American beer factoids:

  • Americans drink more than 50 billion pints of beer each year — that’s 156 pints for every person (man, woman, and child) in America – enough to fill 1 out of every 25 residential in-ground pools in the United States.
  • Prohibition in the early twentieth century caused nearly all American breweries to close.
  • After prohibition was repealed the industry had consolidated into a small number of large-scale breweries.
  • In 2008, the United States was ranked sixteenth in the world in per capita consumption, while total consumption was second only to China.
  • The majority of the new breweries in the United States are small breweries and brewpubs, who, as members of the Brewers Association, are termed “craft breweries” to differentiate them from the larger and older breweries.
  • The most common style of beer produced by the big breweries is American lager.
  • Most of the smaller breweries, which were founded in the 1980’s, produce a range of styles.
  • Beer styles originating in the United States include American pale ale, Pennsylvania porter, American IPA, steam beer, amber ale, cream ale and Cascadian dark ale.

More Holidays

On This Date   

  • In 1659 – William Robinson and Marmaduke Stevenson became the first Quakers to be executed in America.
  • In 1682 – The city of Philadelphia was founded. The historical city in the Pennsylvania was founded by English entrepreneur, William Penn. Penn received the land as a payment to fulfil a debt that King Charles II owed to Penn’s father. Philadelphia is the only UNESCO-declared World Heritage City in the United States and it was temporarily the capital of the United States in the 1800’s.
  • In 1787 – The first of the Federalist Papers were published in the New York Independent. The series of 85 essays, written by Alexander Hamilton, James Madison and John Jay, were published under the pen name “Publius.”
  • In 1838 – State of Missouri passed the Extermination Order. Governor Lilburn Boggs signed Missouri Executive Order 44 as a result of the Battle of Crooked River which had taken place a few days earlier on October 24-25. The fight occurred between Mormon forces and a Missouri state militia and it resulted in 4 fatalities. The executive order ruled that ‘all Mormons were to be treated as enemies and that they must be exterminated or driven out of the state for public peace.’ The order forced members of the Church of Latter Day Saints to migrate from Missouri to Illinois.
  • In 1858 – Roland Macy opened Macy’s Department Store in New York City. It was Macy’s eighth business adventure, the other seven failed.
  • In 1878 – The Manhattan Savings Bank in New York City was robbed of over $3,000,000. The robbery was credited to George “Western” Leslie even though there was not enough evidence to convict him, only two of his associates were convicted.
  • In 1904 – The New York subway system officially opened. It was the first rapid-transit subway system in America. Construction of the underground transit system began in 1902. Today, the NYC subway is one of the world’s largest and the most used rapid transit systems in the world.
  • In 1925 – Fred Waller received a patent for water skis.
  • In 1927 – The first newsreel featuring sound was released in New York.
  • In 1938 – Du Pont announced “nylon” as the new name for its new synthetic yarn.
  • In 1954 – Marilyn Monroe and Joe DiMaggio were divorced. They had been married on January 14, 1954.
  • In 1954 – The first Walt Disney television show “Disneyland” premiered on ABC.
  • In 1962 – The Soviet Union adds to the Cuban Missile Crisis by calling for the dismantling of U.S. missile basis in Turkey. U.S. President Kennedy agreed to the new aspect of the agreement.
  • In 1978 – Egyptian President Anwar Sadat and Israeli Prime Minister Menachem Begin were named winners of the Nobel Peace Prize for their progress toward achieving a Middle East accord.
  • In 1991 – Turkmenistan declared its independence from the Soviet Union. The Central Asian country had been a separate republic of the USSR since 1925. Saparmurat Niyazov, the head of the country under the Soviets, continued ruling the country under the title of President for Life until his death in 2006. The day is annually celebrated in the country as Independence Day.
  • In 1994 – The U.S. Justice Department announced that the U.S. prison population had exceeded one million for the first time in American history.
  • In 1997 – The Dow Jones Industrial Average dropped 554.26 points. The stock market was shut down for the first time since the 1981 assassination attempt on President Reagan.
  • In 1999 –A shooting in the Armenian Parliament killed 8 people, including the country’s Prime Minister, Vazgen Sargsyan, and Speaker Karen Demirchyan. The armed gunmen claimed that they were there to carry out a coup and that the prime minister was their target. The siege ended after the Armenian troops surrounded the parliament building and the gunmen surrendered.
  • In 2002 – The Anaheim Angels won their first World Series. They beat the San Francisco Giants in Game 7 of the series.
  • In 2002 – Emmitt Smith (Dallas Cowboys) became the all-time leading rusher in the NFL when he extended his career yardage to 16,743. He achieved the record in his 193rd game. He also scored his 150th career touchdown.

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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