November 15th – I Love to Write

November 15, 2017 at 12:01 am | Posted in Today's Reasons To Celebrate | Leave a comment

Good morning budding authors. Today is Wednesday, November 15, 2017. Today’s reasons to celebrate are:

I Love to Write Day

The purpose of I Love to Write Day is to encourage everyone to write something today; a letter, a poem, an essay, a short story, write a “letter to the editor”, start the “great American novel”, or finish that “great American novel” you started years ago before “life” interrupted you. When people become better writers, they become better communicators, and effective communication is one of the keys to success.
I Love to Write Day was created in 2002 by John Riddle, an author, and ghostwriter from Delaware. Nearly 30,00 schools, libraries, and bookstores across America celebrate this holiday by sponsoring events that encourage people of all ages to sharpen their writing skills.

America Recycles Day

America Recycles Day celebrates all of the benefits associated with recycling and encourages people to do their part. Recycling 1 ton of paper saves 17 trees, 2 barrels of oil, 4100 kilowatts of energy, 3.2 cubic yards of landfill space, and 60 pounds of air pollution. By reusing the Earth’s natural resources, we reduce greenhouse gas emissions and the need to build more landfills. We also ensure that these natural resources will be around for future generations to use. Recycling is not difficult. It sends less material to the waste stream, and it results in consuming less of our precious and limited natural resources. Studies show that the average American produces about four pounds of waste every day.
America Recycles Day was created in 1997 by Kevin Tuerff and Valerie Davis. It was modeled after the successful Texas Recycles Day program.

American Enterprise Day

American Enterprise Day recognizes free enterprise and how it has contributed to the economy. This holiday is observed on November 15 each year.
Free enterprise means that a business is not restricted by government subsidies or regulations. Instead, the business operates under the laws of supply and demand.  If a particular product or service is in great demand but supply is low, then it becomes more valuable to the consumer. As a result, the price goes up. When supply is high and demand is low, then the price falls. Healthy competition among businesses is a good thing for consumers. It helps to keep prices in line. Business owners also know that in order to keep customers coming back, they need to offer their products or services at a fair price. Good customer service policies are also a must; otherwise, buyers will choose to do business with another company. Thanks to the free enterprise system, they can make that choice.

National Philanthropy Day

Over the course of history, philanthropists have made great contributions to those in need, and to worthy causes. According to the official National Philanthropy Day website, this holiday is set aside to “recognize and pay tribute to the great contributions that philanthropy has made to our lives, our communities, and our world.”
Philanthropists aren’t the huge corporations, the wealthy, or the celebrities who stage a ‘media event’ every time they make a donation to the charity du jour. The true philanthropists are the everyday people like you and me who give of our time and money quietly without accolades; because it’s the right thing to do – not that the large corporate and private contributions aren’t appreciated. It’s just that why do I need to hear about it on the news?
National Philanthropy Day dates back to 1985. It appears to have been created at that time, by the Association of Fundraising Professionals. To celebrate this holiday, give what you can afford to the charity of your choice; and no ‘press conferences’ please.

National Educational Support Professionals Day

National Educational Support Professionals Day is observed annually 6 days after the second Thursday of November or on the Wednesday of American Educational Week, which is celebrated the first full week before Thanksgiving. (Same thing). The actual dates vary from year to year. This holiday honors and recognizes the contributions education support professionals make to public education. It is a time to strengthen support and show respect for this dedicated group of individuals who are equal and essential partners in public education.
But, exactly who the heck are these Educational Support Professionals? Well, they are the nameless, faceless minions who go virtually unnoticed  — the instructional assistants and paraeducators (teacher’s aides), the office staff, the health and student services employees, the food services workers, the custodians, maintenance workers and bus drivers, the security guards, the technology specialists, and the skilled tradesmen who keep the machine well oiled and running at peak efficiency. If teachers are the brains of the education system, then these educational support professionals are the backbone that gives it structure and holds it all together.

Little Red Wagon Day

Little Red Wagon Day is observed annually on November 15th and celebrates the iconic 20th-century toy, little red toy wagons. Toy wagons were invented in the late 19th century. They were originally made of wood and have an open top that can usually comfortably seat one child. They often have a pull handle in front and are usually red. The most famous brand and the one most of us had as a child is the Radio Flyer, which is the brand most often associated with little red wagons.
The company that would become Radio Flyer was started by Antonio Pasin in Chicago. Pasin started making wagons in 1917 while working as a craftsman selling phonograph cabinets. Customers noticed the wagons he carried his tools around in and started asking to buy them as well. After enough people requested the wagons, he shifted his focus to them. He formed the Liberty Coaster Company in 1923 and began making metal wagons out of stamped steel in 1927. In 1930 the company was renamed Radio & Steel Manufacturing, and soon afterward began making the Radio Flyer wagon. The Radio Flyer was named in tribute to Guglielmo Marconi, who helped invent the radio, and Charles Lindbergh, who in 1927 made the first solo, nonstop airplane flight across the Atlantic Ocean. In 1987 the company changed its name to Radio Flyer in tribute to its popular little red wagon.
Today, besides being made of steel and wood, different manufacturers make little red wagons from plastic or other materials, but these little red wagons are far less durable. The wheels of little red wagons can be made of hard plastic or rubber and some can even use pneumatic tires. Handles vary in shape and style depending on the manufacturer.
You don’t need to be a wagon master to celebrate Little Red Wagon Day. All you need is a little red wagon. If you have a little red wagon, use it for yard work, or take your small children, grandchildren, or even your aging canine companion for a ride around the neighborhood. If you don’t have a little red wagon this is a good day to buy one. Little red wagons aren’t just for kids anymore. They can be quite useful for a variety of chores around your yard. In addition to gardening chores, we use ours to unload groceries and other bulky items from the car.

Clean Out Your Refrigerator Day

Here we go with yet another holiday urging us to delve into the nether regions of our refrigerator and discard all of those formerly tasty tidbits that we brought home from the restaurant last month; then promptly forgot about. This time, I think the purpose of this holiday is to make room for all of the Thanksgiving leftovers that soon will be cluttering our refrigerators – only to be forgotten until the next “Clean Out Your Refrigerator Day”. When in doubt, throw it out!

National Bundt (Pan) Day

Some of my sources referred to this holiday specifically as National Bundt Pan Day, while others referred to it simply as National Bundt Day. Really, it is of little consequence. You can’t have Bundt cake without the Bundt pan.
A Bundt pan generally has fluted or grooved sides, but its most defining design element is the central tube or “chimney” which leaves a cylindrical hole through the center of the cake. The design means that more of the mixture touches the surface of the pan than in a simple round pan, helping to provide faster and more even heat distribution during cooking.  Since a Bundt cake is rather difficult to frost, Bundt cakes are typically either dusted with powdered sugar, drizzle-glazed or served un-decorated.
The name “Bundt” was originally a trademark, so similar pans are often sold as “fluted tube pans” or given other similar descriptive titles. The trademark holder Nordic Ware only produces Bundt pans in aluminum, but similar fluted pans are available in other materials. However, the term “Bundt” is not a valid trademark in the United States, having been rejected by the U.S. Trademark Office as a “generic” term. Bundt cakes do not conform to any single recipe; instead, their characterizing feature is their shape. Anything can be baked in a Bundt-style pan. So, in theory, you could have Bundt bread, or Bundt biscuits, Bundt corn bread, Bundt cinnamon rolls, or even Bundt meatloaf for that matter – literally, anything that you can put into a baking pan can be put into a Bundt pan.

National Spicy Hermit Cookie Day

Commonly referred to simply as Hermit Cookies, these cookies have a soft, chewy texture. They are spiced with ground cinnamon, allspice, and cloves and usually contain nuts and raisins or dates. The general consensus is that Hermit Cookies were so named because of their good keeping qualities, that is, they can be hidden away, similar to a hermit or recluse.
Celebrate this holiday by baking up a batch of these delicious cookies. Recipes are available all over the internet.

National Raisin Bran Cereal Day

Raisin bran (sultana bran in some countries) is a breakfast cereal manufactured by several companies under a variety of brand names, including Kellogg’s Raisin Bran, General Mills’ Total Raisin Bran, and Post Raisin Bran. Skinner’s Raisin Bran was the first brand on the market, introduced in the United States in 1926 by U.S. Mills, best known for other similar giant brand name products like Uncle Sam Cereal. The name “Raisin Bran” was at one time trademarked. However, in 1944, the District Court of Nebraska found:

The name “Raisin-Bran” could not be appropriated as a trade-mark, because: “A name which is merely descriptive of the ingredients, qualities or characteristics of an article of trade cannot be appropriated as a trademark and the exclusive use of it afforded legal protection. The use of a similar name by another to truthfully describe his own product does not constitute a legal or moral wrong, even if its effects cause the public to mistake the origin or ownership of the product.” 

Raisin Bran has high dietary fiber content but has been criticized for containing too much sugar. Raisins naturally contain high levels of fructose. Many manufacturers add sugar to the raisins as well to make the cereal sweeter.

More Holidays  

Below is a list of other holidays celebrated on this date worthy of mention: 

Historical Events

Below is a list of significant historical events that occurred on this date:

  • In 1777 – The Continental Congress approved the Articles of Confederation, a precursor to the U.S. Constitution.
  • In 1806 – Explorer Zebulon Pike spotted the mountaintop that became known as Pikes Peak.
  • In 1867 – the first stock ticker was unveiled in New York City.
  • In 1901 – Miller Reese patented an electrical hearing aid.
  • In 1920 – The League of Nations met for the first time in Geneva, Switzerland. The general assembly of the international organization got together for the first time after being founded in January 1920. The League was created as a response to World War I and was entrusted by member states to maintain peace in the world.
  • In 1926 – The National Broadcasting Co. (NBC) debuted with a radio network of 24 stations. The first network radio broadcast was a four-hour “spectacular.”
  • In 1939 – U.S. President Franklin Roosevelt laid the cornerstone of the Jefferson Memorial in Washington, DC.
  • In 1940 – The first 75,000 men were called to Armed Forces duty under peacetime conscription.
  • In 1949 – The assassins of Mahatma Gandhi were executed in India. Nathuram Godse, Narayan Apte and 6 other co-conspirators of the assassination of Mahatma Gandhi were hanged at the Ambala jail. On January 30, 1948, Godse who was unhappy about Gandhi’s accommodation of India’s Muslims shot Gandhi while he was out for his evening prayers.
  • In 1956 – Elvis Presley made his movie debut. Love Me Tender, a black-and-white musical starred Presley, who is also sometimes called the King of Rock and Roll. The movie was named after Presley’s hit single by the same name.
  • In 1965 – The Soviet probe, Venera 3, was launched from Baikonur, Kazakhstan. On March 1, 1966, it became the first unmanned spacecraft to reach the surface of another planet when it crashed on Venus.
  • In 1969 – In Washington, DC, a quarter of a million protesters staged a peaceful demonstration against the Vietnam War.
  • In 1986 – A government tribunal in Nicaragua convicted American Eugene Hasenfus of charges related to his role in delivering arms to Contra rebels. He was sentenced to 30 years in prison and was pardoned a month later.
  • In 1986 – Ivan F. Boesky, reputed to be the highest-paid person on Wall Street, faced penalties of $100 million for insider stock trading. It was the highest penalty ever imposed by the SEC.
  • In 1988 – The Palestine National Council, the legislative body of the PLO, proclaimed the establishment of an independent Palestinian state at the close of a four-day conference in Algiers. The declaration designated eastern Jerusalem as the state’s capital. Today, almost 70% of all UN members state recognize it as an independent nation.
  • In 1993 – A judge in Mineola, NY, sentenced Joey Buttafuoco to six months in jail for the statutory rape of Amy Fisher. Fisher was serving a prison sentence for shooting and wounding Buttafuoco’s wife, Mary Jo.
  • In 1995 – Texaco agreed to pay $176 million to settle a race-discrimination lawsuit.
  • In 1999 – Representatives from China and the United States signed a major trade agreement that involved China’s membership in the World Trade Organization (WTO).
  • In 2000 – Three police officers from the Rampart division of the Los Angeles police department were convicted on several counts of conspiracy to obstruct justice. One other officer was acquitted. The case was the first major case against the anti-gang unit.
  • In 2005 – In Amiens, France, Isabelle Dinoire became the first person to undergo a partial face transplant. She had been attacked by a dog earlier in the year.
  • In 2006 – The English language version of Al Jazeera, Al Jazeera English, was launched. The English language 24-hour news channel is owned and run by Al Jazeera Media Network based in Doha, Qatar.

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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