November 20th – That’s Absurd

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

Good morning my logical friends. Today is Monday, November 20, 2017. Today’s reasons to celebrate are:

National Absurdity Day

National Absurdity Day is a holiday to just let go of logic and reason and see how much more fun it is to revel in nonsense and illogical behavior. This holiday was created as a day to recall and note some of the totally and absolutely absurd things in history, in our country and in our lives.
We’ve all engaged in absurd behavior at some point in our lives, but with maturity comes wisdom and responsibility, and most of us outgrow our absurd behavior. On National Absurdity Day we are all encouraged to just go with the flow and do whatever absurd things that come to mind. Wear that gaudy tie you got for Christmas last year. Wear different colored socks. Wear that lavender leisure suit that has hung in your closet since 1968. Wear both suspenders and a belt… etc, etc. Don’t be shackled by the bonds of convention and “normalcy”. Don’t worry about what others may think, this is your day to stand out from the crowd. Feel free to do things that you have always wanted to do, but that makes absolutely no sense at all. Like misery, absurdity loves company, so urge your friends to do likewise on this absurd day.
Alas, no one is better at absurd behavior than our current gaggle of elected officials. To them, every day is National Absurdity Day. That is the only possible explanation for some of the irrational and illogical laws that are being passed as they seek to control every aspect of our daily lives.

Name Your PC Day

Anyone who has owned a computer knows that each computer has a unique personality; sometimes operating like a well-oiled machine doing exactly what you tell it to do, and other times conspiring against you to thwart your every move. If you’re like me, you spend a lot of time on your computer, so why not give it a name. I would tell you what I call my computer, but I don’t use words like that in mixed company. Suffices to say that because I’m a troglodyte and have a hard time with technology in general, it isn’t complimentary.

National Peanut Butter Fudge Day

Peanut butter has been a staple in American kitchens for more than a century. It can be served in a sandwich, mixed with ice cream, combined with chocolate, or whipped into fudge. Peanut butter fudge is the perfect treat for anyone with a sweet tooth and a love for rich, decadent desserts.
According to legend, the origin of fudge can be traced back to the 1800’s when people used the word “fudge” to mean “cheat” or “mess up.” One day, a chef accidentally “fudged” a batch of caramel he was trying to make, inventing the delicious confection we know and love it today.
Fudge is now made in many heavenly flavors, including the rich peanut butter variety. Try your hand at making a homemade batch of Peanut Butter Fudge today. Recipes are available online.

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 1789 – New Jersey became the first state to ratify the Bill of Rights.
  • In 1818 – Simon Bolivar formally declared Venezuela independent of Spain.
  • In 1873 – Budapest was formed when the rival cities of Buda and Pest were united to form the capital of Hungary.
  • In 1901 – The second Hay-Pauncefoot Treaty provided for construction of the Panama Canal by the United States.
  • In 1923 – The traffic signal was patented. American Garret Morgan was awarded the patent for an automated traffic signal. Morgan’s invention was not the first of its kind, but unlike the other traffic signals which just had stop and go signals, his traffic light had a third signal that warned drivers about changes in the stop and go lights. This signal was the precursor for today’s yellow light.
  • In 1943 – During World War II, U.S. Marines began their landing on Tarawa and Makin atolls in the Gilbert Islands.
  • In 1945 – Twenty-four Nazi leaders went before an international war crimes tribunal in Nuremberg, Germany. The trials were led by the International Military Tribunal and were held to prosecute high-ranking members of the Nazi party for war crimes committed during the Second World War. Of the 23 people tried, 14 were sentenced to death.
  • In 1959 – Britain, Norway, Portugal, Switzerland, Austria, Denmark, and Sweden met to create the European Free Trade Association.
    In 1959 – The United Nations General Assembly adopted the Declaration of the Rights of the Child. The document laid out the rights of children around the world. The day is also annually celebrated as Universal Children’s Day.
  • In 1962 – The Cuban Missile Crisis ended. The Soviet Union removed its missiles and bombers from Cuba and the United States ended its blockade of the island.
  • In 1962 – Mickey Mantle was named the American League Most Valuable Player for the third time.
  • In 1969 – The Nixon administration announced a halt to residential use of the pesticide DDT as part of a total phase-out of the substance.
  • In 1970 – The majority in U.N. General Assembly voted to give China a seat, but two-thirds majority required for admission was not met.
  • In 1977 – Egyptian President Anwar Sadat became the first Arab leader to address Israel’s parliament.
  • In 1983 – An estimated 100 million people watched the controversial ABC-TV movie “The Day After.” The movie depicted the outbreak of nuclear war.
  • In 1895 – Windows 1.0 was released. Nearly two years after it was announced, Microsoft released its first graphical operating system. The OS made it easier for users to navigate on their computer screens. It came with Paint, Notepad, Calculator and a game called Reversi.
  • In 1986 – Dr. Halfdan Maher, the director of the World Health Organization, announced the first coordinated global effort to fight the disease AIDS.
  • In 1987 – Police investigating the fire at King’s Cross, London’s busiest subway station, said that arson was unlikely to be the cause of the event that took 31 lives.
  • In 1988 – Egypt and China announced that they would recognize the Palestinian state proclaimed by the Palestine National Council.
  • In 1989 – Over 200,000 people rallied peacefully in Prague, Czechoslovakia, demanding democratic reforms.
  • In 1990 – Saddam Hussein ordered another 250,000 Iraqi troops into the country of Kuwait.
  • In 1990 – The space shuttle Atlantis landed at Cape Canaveral, FL, after completing a secret military mission.
  • In 1992 – A fire seriously damaged the northwest side of Windsor Castle in England.
  • In 1993 – The Senate passed the Brady Bill and legislation implementing NAFTA.
  • In 1995 – Princess Diana admitted being unfaithful to Prince Charles in an interview that was broadcast on BBC Television.
  • In 1998 – Afghanistan’s Taliban militia offered Osama bin Laden safe haven. Osama bin Laden had been accused of orchestrating two U.S. embassy bombings in Africa and later terrorist attacks on New York City and the Pentagon.
  • In 1998 – The first module of the International Space Station was launched. Called Zarya, the module is Russian-built and American owned. The International Space Station (ISS) is a manned artificial satellite was built and operated by 5 space agencies – the Canadian Space Agency, the European Space Agency, US’s NASA, Russia’s Roscosmos, and the Japanese Aerospace Exploration Agency. The brightest man-made object visible to the naked eye from Earth, ISS orbits the Earth at a speed of 17,500 miles per hour (28,000 kilometers per hour) at an average distance of 248 miles (400 kilometers) from Earth.
  • In 1998 – Forty-six states agreed to a $206 billion settlement of health claims against the tobacco industry. The industry also agreed to give up billboard advertising of cigarettes.
  • In 2001 – The Justice Department headquarters building was renamed the Robert F. Kennedy building by President George W. Bush. The event was held on what would have been Kennedy’s 76th birthday.

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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