December 29th -Tick Tock, Tic Tock

December 29, 2017 at 12:01 am | Posted in Today's Reasons To Celebrate | Leave a comment

Good morning clock watchers. Today is Friday, December 29, 2017. Today’s reasons to celebrate are:

Tick Tock Day

With only 2 days remaining in this year, Tick Tock Day serves to remind us that time is running out, and if you haven’t completed your “to do” list(s) for this year, it is time to do so. If you haven’t achieved all of the goals you set for yourself, you only have a couple more days to work on them. Don’t become discouraged if you didn’t, or can’t achieve all that you wanted this year. Finish as many as you can, then take an in-depth look at your career, your relationships, your artistic dreams, your physical goals, and your lifestyle. Set realistic, achievable, goals for next year, then when the new year comes, begin to work on them immediately.

No Interruptions Day

For most people, today is the last business day of the year, and No Interruptions Day is celebrated annually on the last workday of the year. The year is almost over, and you still have about a bazillion things to do before you leave work. Put your New Years Eve party plans on hold and concentrate on finishing the year with a clean slate. Don’t let anyone or anything interrupt you. No Interruptions Day is a day for complete focus and a peaceful and quiet work environment. It is a day to renew your energies to prepare yourself for the new calendar year ahead.
If, like me, you are no longer in the workplace, do not despair, you can still celebrate No Interruptions Day. Finish all of those small jobs around the house: Organize your home office, tidy up your garage, basement and/or attic. De-clutter your kitchen drawers, catch up on your ironing, etc…just make sure no one interrupts you.

YMCA Founded Day

In 1844, twenty-two-year-old George Williams, a farmer-turned-department store worker, was troubled by what he saw around him. Times were tough in London at the time. The streets were plagued with crime and decadence.  He joined 11 friends to organize the first Young Men’s Christian Association (YMCA), a refuge of Bible study and prayer for young men seeking escape from the hazards of life on the street.
Fast-forward a few years:
On this date in 1851, a retired sea captain, Thomas Valentine Sullivan, opened the first American YMCA in Boston.  He modeled the first YMCA in the United States after the one started by Williams and his friends a few years earlier in London. He wanted to create a safe “home away from home” for sailors and merchants without the perils of street life.
Today, the YMCA has locations in more than 10,000 neighborhoods across America. They are the nation’s leading nonprofit organization and are committed to helping people and communities to learn, grow and thrive.

Pepper Pot Day

Pepper Pot Day is more than just another food-related holiday. It has historical significance. The winter of 1777  was brutal.  The Continental Army was fighting for the newly formed country of the United States of America during the Revolutionary War. The soldiers were low on food because the farmers in the area sold all their supplies to the British Army for cash rather than the weak currency that the Continental soldiers could offer. As they were camped at Valley Forge on December 29th, 1777, General George Washington asked his army’s chef, Christopher Ludwick, the baker general of the Continental Army, to prepare a meal that would boost their morale and warm them.  The chef gathered whatever food he could find to feed the frail soldiers. He rounded up some peppercorn, small bits of meat, tripe and other ingredients and called it Pepper Pot Soup. Also known as Philadelphia Pepper Pot Soup, it became known as “the soup that won the war.”
To celebrate Pepper Pot Day, try to recreate this historical dish. This recipe is as close as you can get to the original.

Historical Events

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

  • In 1170 – St. Thomas Becket, the 40th archbishop of Canterbury, was murdered in his own cathedral by four knights acting on King Henry II’s orders.
  • In 1812 – The USS Constitution won a battle with the British ship HMS Java about 30 miles off the coast of Brazil. Before Commodore William Bainbridge ordered the sinking of the Java he had her wheel removed to replace the one the Constitution had lost during the battle.
  • In 1813 – The British burned Buffalo, NY, during the War of 1812.
  • In 1837 – Canadian militiamen destroyed the Caroline, a United States steamboat docked at Buffalo, NY.
  • In 1845 – President James Polk signed legislation making Texas the 28th state of the United States.
  • In 1848 – President James Polk turned on the first gas light at the White House.
  • In 1860 – The HMS Warrior, Britain’s first seagoing, iron-hulled warship, was launched.
  • In 1890 – The U.S. Seventh Cavalry tried to disarm the members of the Lakota tribe who were camped at the Wounded Knee Creek, SD. During their attempt, a shot was fired and the cavalry massacred over 400 men, women, and children. This was the last major conflict between Indians and United States troops. Wounded Knee is near present-day Lakota Pine Ridge Indian Reservation in the state of South Dakota.
  • In 1911 – The landlocked North East Asian country of Mongolia declared its independence from the Qing Dynasty, after the Mongolian Revolution of 1911. The country had been under the rule of the Qing Dynasty for about 200 years.
  • In 1911 – Sun Yat-sen became the first president of a republican China.
  • In 1916 – The novel “A Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man” was published. The first novel of Irish writer, James Joyce, the book follows the life of Stephen Dedalus, who many believe was the author’s alter ego. It first came out as a series in the literary magazine “The Egoist” and was then published by American publisher B. W. Huebsch. James Joyce is best known for his book Ulysses, which is about a single day in the life of advertising agent, Leopold Bloom. In honor of the book, fans of the author celebrate an unofficial holiday, Bloomsday on June 16.
  • In 1934 – The first regular-season, college basketball game was played at Madison Square Garden in New York City. New York University defeated Notre Dame 25-18.
  • In 1934 – Japan renounced the Washington Naval Treaty of 1922 and the London Naval Treaty of 1930.
  • In 1937 – Babe Ruth returned to baseball as the new manager of the Class D team, the De Land Reds of the Florida State League. Ruth had retired from baseball in 1935.
  • In  1937 – A new constitution, established by a national referendum, changed the name of the Irish Free state to Ireland. The Irish Free State was a part of the British Commonwealth and was established in 1922 under the Anglo-Irish Treaty signed in 1921.
  • In 1940 – During World War II, Germany began dropping incendiary bombs on London.
  • In 1945 – Sheb Wooley recorded the first commercial record made in Nashville, TN.
  • In 1949 – KC2XAK of Bridgeport, Connecticut became the first ultra-high frequency (UHF) television station to begin operating on a regular daily schedule.
  • In 1952 – The first transistorized hearing aid was offered for sale by Sonotone Corporation.
  • In 1972 – Following 36 years of publication, the last weekly issue of “LIFE” magazine hit the newsstands. The magazine later became a monthly publication.
  • In 1975 – A bomb exploded in the main terminal of New York’s LaGuardia Airport. 11 people were killed.
  • In 1985 – Phil Donahue and a Soviet radio commentator hosted the “Citizens’ Summit” via satellite TV.
  • In 1986 – The Biltmore Hotel in Coral Gables, FL reopened for business after eighteen years and $47 million of restoration.
  • In 1989 – Following Hong Kong’s decision to forcibly repatriate some Vietnamese refugees, thousands of Vietnamese ‘boat people’ battled with riot police.
  • In 1996 – the Guatemalan civil war ended. The 36-year long civil war fought between several leftist groups representing the indigenous people and poor and the government came to an end after Comandante Rolando Morán of the Guatemalan National Revolutionary Unity and president Álvaro Arzú signed a peace treaty under the supervision of the UN. Morán and Arzú received the Nobel Peace Prize for their role in bringing peace to the country.
  • In 1997 – Hong Kong began killing 1.25 million chickens, the entire population, for fear of the spread of ‘bird flu’.
  • In 1998 – Khmer Rouge leaders apologized for the 1970’s genocide in Cambodia that claimed 1 million lives.

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