December 11th – International Mountain Day

December 11, 2017 at 12:01 am | Posted in Today's Reasons To Celebrate | Leave a comment

Good morning mountaineers. Today is Monday, December 11, 2017. Today’s reasons to celebrate are:

International Mountain Day

International Mountain Day, oddly enough, celebrates mountains; but not, as you might think, for their majesty and splendor. Instead, this holiday celebrates the vital role that mountains play in the world’s delicate ecosystem. Created in 2001 by the United Nations General Assembly, International Mountain Day is intended to help bring awareness to how important mountains are for the health and well-being of the flora and fauna that call them their home.
Mountains play a critical role in moving the world towards sustainable economic growth. They comprise about 21% of the Earth’s surface and are home to about 13% of the world’s population – nearly a billion people. Additionally, since they are the main source of water because the melting snow feeds most of the world’s streams and rivers, they are vital to the survival of nearly everyone else in the world that lives downstream as well. In addition to humans, thousands of species of flora and fauna make their home in the mountains and are dependent upon the mountains for their survival. Aside from being essential to the world’s fresh water supply, they also safeguard many natural resources and protect communities against natural disasters. The delicate balance of nature is crucial to man’s survival and protecting the world’s mountains is vital to maintaining that balance.
And I would be remiss if I didn’t mention the recreational opportunities mountains provide. They provide a place to commune with nature through hiking trails and campgrounds in the spring, summer, and fall, and, in the winter, we can ski down their snowy slopes.
To celebrate International Mountain Day, weather permitting, visit a mountain near you. If that is impractical, try to learn more about the mountains that surround you.

Holiday Food Drive for Needy Animals Day

I couldn’t find any credible information regarding Holiday Food Drive for Needy Animals Day other than it being listed in one of my sources…whose documentation link was broken. Normally. I wouldn’t include a ‘holiday’ like this on my BLOG, but there aren’t that many other holidays today and feeding needy animals is a worthwhile cause. If you are so inclined, valid holiday or not, make a food donation to your local no-kill animal shelter today.

Green Monday

The title of this holiday is deceptive. These days most of us associate the word ‘green’ with the environment, but if you think that Green Monday is a holiday about our need to protect Mother Earth, you couldn’t be more…WRONG! The only environment to which this holiday refers is the online retail environment, and the only ‘green’ referred to is the cash that online retail establishments garner from this holiday.
Green Monday is an online retail industry term similar to Cyber Monday. The term Green Monday was coined by eBay to describe its best sales day in December, usually the second Monday of December. This holiday is further defined more specifically as the last Monday with at least 10 days prior to Christmas.
In 2009, $854 million was spent online in the United States on Green Monday. In 2011, online sales reached $1.133 billion and in 2012, Green Monday were $1.27 billion, up 13% from 2011. In 2014, Green Monday online sales grossed a record $1.6 billion. Despite these impressive sales numbers, Green Monday still lags far behind Cyber Monday in overall sales revenue. For instance, in 2014, Cyber Monday’s online sales reached $2.68 billion.
If you want to celebrate Green Monday, do your shopping today online from the comfort of your own home (whether your home is green or not).

National Noodle Ring Day

To be completely honest with you, in the threescore and ten plus years I have been alive, and in all of the places I’ve visited throughout my nomadic life, I’ve never even heard of a noodle ring. From what I can glean from my sources, a noodle ring is basically a pasta casserole that is baked in a ring pan or Bundt pan, then completely removed from its pan for presentation prior to slicing and serving (unlike most casseroles). The secret lies in using flat noodles (like egg noodles, but any pasta will do) and binding ingredients like flour, eggs, breadcrumbs, and cheese (and, of course, seasonings to taste). Once unmolded, you can fill the center hole with pieces of diced ham or chicken, or some cubes of cheese to add a little more flair.
There is also mention in some of my sources to sweet noodle rings, or Kugels, containing different combinations of raisins, cottage cheese, cream cheese, yogurt, chocolate chips, or cappuccino coffee mix (I guess something akin to noodle pudding).
In all of my noodling around the internet researching this holiday, I was unable to find any information regarding the creation, history, or purpose of National Noodle Ring Day…or why it is celebrated on this date.
To celebrate National Noodle Ring Day, simply make a noodle ring. I’m sure that if you search ‘noodle ring’ in your preferred search engine, you’ll find a multitude of recipes from which to choose. Heck, I’ve already given you the basic ingredients, so be adventurous and create your own recipe. Who knows, after 25,718 days, of life I might even try making one for the first time. It sounds basically like baked macaroni and cheese in a fancy pan…and there ain’t nothin’ wrong with that.

Have A Bagel Day

Have A Bagel Day was created by Foodimentary in 2010 to celebrate, of all things, bagels and is celebrated annually on this date.
Bagels are a ring-shaped bread product that originated in Poland in the 1600’s. They were originally designed for Lent. The hole in the center of the bagel allows multiple bagels to be threaded onto a dowel, which allows bakers to transport the bagel more easily.
Their name derives from the Yiddish word ‘bengal’, meaning ‘ring’ or ‘bracelet’. Immigrant Polish-Jews brought bagel to the United States in the late 1800’s.
Lenders Bakery in New York City began the automated production and distribution of frozen bagels started in the 1960’s which led to their rapid rise in popularity in America.
To celebrate Have A Bagel Day, simply enjoy a bagel today.

Historical Events

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

  • In 1719 – The first recorded sighting of the Aurora Borealis was in New England.
  • In 1769 – Edward Beran of London patented Venetian blinds.
  • In 1816 – Indiana was admitted to the Union as the 19th American state.
  • In 1844 – Dr. Horace Wells became the first person to have a tooth extracted after receiving an anesthetic for the dental procedure. Nitrous Oxide, or laughing gas, was the anesthetic.
  • In 1872 – Pinckney Benton Stewart Pinchback became America’s first black governor when he took office as acting governor of Louisiana.
  • In 1882 – Boston’s Bijou Theater had its first performance. It was the first American playhouse lit exclusively by electricity.
  • In 1894 – The world’s first motor show opened in Paris with nine exhibitors.
  • In 1928 – In Buenos Aires, police thwarted an attempt on the life of President-elect Herbert Hoover.
  • In 1930 – The Bank of the United States in New York failed.
  • In 1936 – Britain’s King Edward VIII abdicated in order to marry American Wallis Warfield Simpson. He became the Duke of Windsor.
  • In 1937 – The Fascist Council in Rome, withdrew Italy from the League of Nations.
  • In 1941 – Germany and Italy declared war on the United States. The United States, in turn, declared war on the two countries.
  • In 1943 – The City Center of Music and Drama was dedicated in New York by Mayor Fiorello La Guardia.
  • In 1946 – The United Nations International Children’s Emergency Fund (UNICEF) was established by the U.N. General Assembly. The fund provides relief to children in countries devastated by war.
  • In 1951 – Joe DiMaggio announced his retirement from major league baseball. DiMaggio played exclusively for the New York Yankees during his 13-year career.
  • In 1961 – The first direct American military support for South Vietnam occurred when a United States aircraft carrier carrying Army helicopters arrived in Saigon.
  • In 1967 – The prototype of the Concorde was shown for the first time in Toulouse, France.
  • In 1973 – West German Chancellor Willy Brandt and Czech Prime Minister Lubomir Strougal formally nullified the 1938 Munich pact when they signed a treaty sanctioning Hitler’s seizure of Czechoslovakia’s Sudetenland.
  • In 1980 – President Jimmy Carter signed into law legislation creating $1.6 billion environmental “superfund” that would be used to pay for cleaning up chemical spills and toxic waste dumps.
  • In 1981 – Muhammad Ali fought his last fight. He lost his 61st fight to Trevor Berbick.
  • In 1985 – The House of Representatives joined the Senate by giving final congressional approval to the Gramm-Rudman deficit-reduction law.
  • In 1985 – General Electric Company agreed to buy RCA Corporation for $6.3 billion. Also included in the deal was NBC Radio and Television.
  • In 1986 – The government of South Africa expanded its media restrictions by imposing prior censorship and banning coverage of a wide range of peaceful anti-apartheid protests.
  • In 1987 – Charlie Chaplin’s trademark cane and bowler hat were sold at Christie’s for $82,500.
  • In 1988 – 62 people were killed in a Mexico City marketplace when tons of illegal fireworks exploded.
  • In 1990 – Ivana Trump was divorced from Donald Trump after 12 years of marriage.
  • In 1991 – Salman Rushdie, under an Islamic death sentence for blasphemy, made his first public appearance since 1989 in New York, at a dinner marking the 200th anniversary of the First Amendment (which guarantees freedom of speech in the United States).
  • In 1994 – Thousands of Russian troops, armored columns and jets entered Chechnya. The move by Moscow was an effort to restore control the breakaway republic.
  • In 1994 – The world’s largest free trade zone was created when leaders of 34 Western Hemisphere nations signed a free-trade declaration known as “The Miami Process.”
  • In 1996 – In Crystal City, VA, “The Art of the Toy” opened. The exhibit was at the Patent and Trademark Office Museum.
  • In 1997 – Sinn Fein leader Gerry Adams became the first political ally of the IRA to meet a British leader in 76 years. He conferred with Prime Minister Tony Blair in London.
  • In 1997 – More than 270 Tutsi refugees from the Democratic Republic of Congo were killed by Juto guerillas in Mudende, Rwanda.
  • In 1997 – More than 150 countries agreed at a global warming conference in Kyoto, Japan, to control the Earth’s “greenhouse gases.” The United States signed the treaty but did not ratify it.
  • In 1998 – Scientists announced that they had deciphered the entire genetic blueprint of a tiny worm.
  • In 1998 – The Mars Climate Orbiter blasted off on a nine-month journey to the Red Planet. However, the probe disappeared in September of 1999, apparently destroyed because scientists had failed to convert English measures to metric values.
  • In 1998 – Majority Republicans on the House Judiciary Committee pushed through three articles of impeachment against President Clinton.
  • In 2001 – Attorney General Ashcroft announced the first federal indictment directly related to the terrorist attacks on the United States on September 11, 2001. Zacarias Moussaoui was charged with six conspiracy charges. Moussaoui was in custody at the time of the attacks.
  • In 2001 – Ted Turner purchased 12,000 acres in Nebraska for Bison ranches.
  • In 2001 – It was announced that President George W. Bush would withdraw the United States from the 1972 Anti-Ballistic Missile Treaty with Russia.
  • In 2001 – Federal agents seized computers in 27 United States cities as part of “Operation Buccaneer.” The raids were used to gain evidence against an international software piracy ring.
  • In 2008 – Bernie Madoff, the founder and chairman of Bernard L. Madoff Investment Securities LLC, was arrested and subsequently convicted of fraud. The Ponzi scheme he was involved in was the biggest such fraud in the history of the United States.

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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