November 26th – Oh, Good Grief!

November 26, 2017 at 12:01 am | Posted in Today's Reasons To Celebrate | Leave a comment

Good morning syndicated comic strip fans. Today is Sunday, November 26, 2017. Today’s reasons to celebrate are:

Good Grief Day

Good Grief Day has nothing to do with suffering the loss of a loved one or the stages of grief. Instead, Good Grief Day his about a little boy in a yellow shirt who never, ever, manages to kick the football. Good grief, Charlie Brown!
Charles M. Schulz, the creator of Charlie Brown and all the Peanuts characters, was born on this date in 1922. He passed away in 2000, and today would have been his 95th birthday. Good Grief Day celebrates Mr. Schulz and the whole Peanuts gang.
To celebrate Good Grief Day, peruse some old Peanuts comic strips or watch “A Charlie Brown Christmas” (after all, it’s after Thanksgiving so it’s OK to watch it now) – or, watch one of the many other classic Peanuts television specials. Also, include a trip to the Charles M. Schulz Museum in Santa Rosa, California on your “bucket list”.

National Cake Day

Cake exists today because they descended from ancient breads—round loaves of dough placed on hearthstones to bake. A cake is one of the world’s favorite desserts. The cake we know and love today evolved from early leavened bread which was sweetened with honey, fruit, and nuts. The word “cake” comes from the Old Norse word, “kaka,” meaning a baked flour confection.
The ancient Egyptians were the world’s first great bakers, with large-scale bakeries that produced unleavened bread and cakes, first baked on hot stones. They were the first to discover how to use wild (natural) yeast to make those flatbreads and cakes rise.
Fast-forward a few millennia to the 18th century. This was around the time when the technique of whipping eggs to make cakes rise was discovered. While it required many hours of beating, it heralded the dawn of modern baking. By the 1840’s, baking soda had been invented, followed by baking powder in the 1860’s. As ovens with regulated temperatures became available, and sugar became affordable to everyone, more people were able to bake, resulting in more creativity in recipe development; the modern cake as we know it began to take shape in the mid-19th century.
Even though sugar originated in Asia, cakes as we now know them—flour, eggs, butter and sugar baked to a sweet, fluffy deliciousness—are a Western evolution. There are thousands of different types of cakes in the world today; each culture has its own specialties, most of which we have never seen, or even heard about.
Whether you prefer vanilla, chocolate, red velvet, pineapple-upside-down, or one of the myriad other varieties, have a slice of your favorite cake today to celebrate National Cake Day.

National Cookie Day

National Cookie Day is observed annually on this date and celebrates, oddly enough, cookies – in all their incarnations.
We can thank the Dutch for more than windmills, wooden shoes, and tulips. The English word “cookie” is derived from the Dutch word “koekie” meaning little cake. There have been cookie-like hard wafers in existence for as long as baking has been documented because they traveled well, however, they were usually not sweet enough to be considered cookies by modern-day standards. The origin of the cookie as we know it appears to have begun in Persia in the 7th century, soon after the use of sugar became common in the region.  These sweeter versions of cookies soon spread to Europe through the Muslim conquest of Spain. Cookies were common at all levels of society throughout Europe by the 14th century, from the royal cuisine to the street vendors.
Cookies arrived in America in the 17th century. Macaroons and gingerbread cookies were among the popular early American cookies. In most English-speaking countries outside of North America, the most common word for cookie is “biscuit.” In some regions, both terms, cookies, and biscuits are used.
Cookies are classified into different categories, with the most common ones being:

  • Bar cookies
  • Drop cookies
  • Molded cookies
  • Pressed cookies
  • Rolled cookies
  • Refrigerator cookies
  • Filled cookies
  • Sandwich cookies
  • No bake cookies

The origins of this National Cookie Day remain a mystery. In 1976, Sesame Street included a National Cookie Day on its calendar for the first time, but it fell on a different date. The Cookie Monster also proclaimed his own National Cookie Day in the 1980 book “The Sesame Street Dictionary”  though there was never a date associated with it…even though the holiday was proclaimed.
You don’t need to be a rocket scientist to figure out how to celebrate National Cookie Day. Simply bake a batch of your favorite cookies at home or pick up some cookies at your local bakery. Remember to make or buy enough to share with your family and friends.

Historical Events

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

  • In 1716 – The first lion to be exhibited in America went on display in Boston, MA.
  • In 1789 – President Washington set aside this day to observe the adoption of the Constitution of the United States.
  • In 1825 – The first college social fraternity, Kappa Alpha, was formed at Union College in Schenectady, NY.
  • In 1832 – Public streetcar service began in New York City.
  • In 1867 – J.B. Sutherland patented the refrigerated railroad car.
  • In 1917 – The National Hockey League (NHL) was officially formed in Montreal, Canada.
  • In 1922 – In Egypt, Howard Carter peered into the tomb of King Tutankhamen.
  • In 1940 – The Nazis forced 500,000 Jews of Warsaw, Poland to live within a walled ghetto.
  • In 1941 – President Franklin D. Roosevelt signed a bill establishing the fourth Thursday in November as Thanksgiving Day. In 1939 Roosevelt had signed a bill that changed the celebration of Thanksgiving to the third Thursday of November.
  • In 1942 – President Franklin D. Roosevelt ordered nationwide gasoline rationing to begin December 1.
  • In 1942 – The motion picture “Casablanca” had its world premiere at the Hollywood Theater in New York City. The classic movie starring Ingrid Bergman and Humphrey Bogart won 3 Oscars – Best Picture, Director, and Adapted Screenplay. The film, which is set during the Second World War, follows the life of Rick Blaine, a former freedom fighter and a club owner in Casablanca, Morocco, who has to choose between his love for a woman, Ilsa Lund, and saving her husband from the Nazis.
  • In 1943 – The HMS Rohna became the first ship to be sunk by a guided missile. The German missile attack led to the death of 1,015 U.S. troops.
  • In 1949 – India’s Constituent Assembly adopted the country’s constitution The country became a republic within the British Commonwealth two months later.
  • In 1950 – China entered the Korean conflict forcing UN forces to retreat.
  • In 1965 – France launched its first satellite into orbit – the Diamant-A. The satellite, also known as Asterix – was named after a popular comic character created by French writer René Goscinny. It was launched from Hammaguir, Algeria and made France the 6th country in the world after the US, the USSR, the UK, Canada, and Italy to have an artificial satellite in orbit.
  • In 1966 – The world’s first tidal power station opened in France. The Rance Tidal Power Station on the Rance River in Brittany, France was inaugurated by French president Charles de Gaulle. Today, it is one of the largest tidal power stations in the world.
  • In 1973 – Rose Mary Woods, told a federal court that she was responsible for the 18-1/2 minute gap in a key Watergate tape. Woods was  President Nixon’s personal secretary.
  • In 1975 – Lynette”Squeaky” Fromme was found guilty by a federal jury in Sacramento, CA, for trying to assassinate U.S. President Ford on September 5.
  • In 1979 – The International Olympic Committee voted to re-admit China after a 21-year absence.
  • In 1983 – A Brinks Mat Ltd. vault at London’s Heathrow Airport was robbed by gunmen. The men made off with 6,800 gold bars, diamonds, and cash worth £ 26 million (nearly $40 million). Only a fraction of the gold has ever been recovered and only two men were convicted in the heist.
  • In 1985 – The rights to Richard Nixon’s autobiography were acquired by Random House for $3,000,000.
  • In 1986 – President Reagan appointed a commission headed by former Sen. John Tower to investigate his National Security Council staff after the Iran-Contra affair.
  • In 1988 – The United States denied an entry visa to PLO chairman Yasser Arafat, who was seeking permission to travel to New York to address the U.N. General Assembly.
  • In 1992 – The British government announced that Queen Elizabeth II had volunteered to start paying taxes on her personal income. She also took her children off the public payroll.
  • In 1995 – Two men set fire to a subway token booth in the Brooklyn borough of New York City. The clerk inside was fatally burned.
  • In 1998 – British Prime Minister Tony Blair made a speech to the Irish Parliament. It was the first time a British Prime Minister had addressed the Irish Parliament in the modern era.
  • In 1998 – Hulk Hogan announced that he was retiring from pro wrestling and would run for president in 2000.
  • In 2003 – The supersonic airliner Concorde was retired from service after 27 years of flight.
  • In 2003 – The U.N. atomic agency adopted a resolution that censured Iran for past nuclear cover-ups and warning that it would be policed to put to rest suspicions that the country had a weapons agenda.

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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