December 30th – Festival Of Enormous Changes At The Last Minute

December 30, 2017 at 12:01 am | Posted in Today's Reasons To Celebrate | Leave a comment

Good morning my anxious friends. Today is Saturday, December 30, 2017. Today’s reasons to celebrate are:

Festival Of Enormous Changes At The Last Minute

Why wait until the new year to begin changing your life? Finish the year with a flourish. Festival Of Enormous Changes At The Last Minute encourages you to spend the whole day making major positive life changes. Eat better today. Take up a new hobby. Start an exercise regimen. Volunteer. Start a book club. These are all examples of positive things you can do, today, to improve your life. I’m sure that you can think of many more.
What changes will you make today that will improve your life?

Falling Needles Family Fest Day

Falling Needles Family Fest Day serves as a reminder that it is probably time to think about taking down your ‘live’ Christmas tree. By now, it has probably been up for 3-weeks or more. The tree is drying out, the needles are falling off, and quite frankly, it is becoming a fire hazard.
To celebrate Falling Needles Family Fest Day, gather your family together and make an event out of it. Before you begin to put all of the ornaments away for next year, be sure to take a picture of it. Remember all of the lovely presents that Santa left under your tree and the joy they brought to the recipients. Lastly, clean up the area where the tree was and put all of the furniture back to its pre-Christmas place.
And, be sure to recycle your ‘live’ tree. Here is an excellent article on ways to do that.

National Bicarbonate of Soda Day or Baking Soda Day

Sodium bicarbonate (commonly known as baking soda) is used in baking, cooking, deodorizing, cleaning, polishing, and countless other applications.
Baking soda is a white, odorless, crystalline solid that is completely soluble in water. It is very useful around the home, the kitchen, and for medical purposes. Baking soda can even be used as an antacid to treat indigestion and heartburn.
The ancient Egyptians used natural deposits of sodium bicarbonate as a cleansing agent like soap, but it wasn’t until 1791 that French chemist Nicolas Leblanc produced sodium bicarbonate in its modern form. In 1846, two New York bakers named John Dwight and Austin Church established the first factory to make baking soda.
Baking Soda has myriad uses. According to Almanac.com, here are some of the many uses for baking soda:

  • Add baking soda to your bath water to relieve sunburned or itchy skin.
  • Make a paste of baking soda and water, and apply to a burn or an insect bite for relief.
  • Clean your refrigerator with a solution of one teaspoon baking soda to one quart of warm water.
  • Pour a cup of baking soda into the opening of your clogged drain and then add a cup of hot vinegar. After a few minutes, flush the drain with a quart of boiling water.
  • To remove perspiration stains, make a thick paste of baking soda and water. Rub paste into the stain, let it sit for an hour and then launder as usual.
  • If you crave sweets, rinse your mouth with one-teaspoon baking soda dissolved in a glass of warm water. Don’t swallow the mixture; spit it out. Your craving should disappear instantly.
  • Add a pinch of baking soda to boiled syrup to prevent it from crystallizing.
  • To remove pesticides, dirt, and wax from fresh fruits and vegetables, wash them in a large bowl of cool water to which you’ve added two to three tablespoons of baking soda.
  • Soak toothbrushes in baking soda and warm water overnight to clean bristles.
  • Gasoline and oil odors can be removed by putting clothes in a trash bag with baking soda for a few days before washing them.
  • Lay down a barrier of baking soda under sink pipe openings and along basement windows to keep carpenter ants, silverfish, and roaches from invading. Roaches eat the baking soda, dehydrate, and die.
  • A light baking soda paste on a damp cloth will remove bugs and tar from cars without damaging the paint. Let the paste sit for a few minutes before wiping and rinsing clean.
  • To remove stains from your coffee and tea cups, wipe them with a damp sponge dipped in baking soda paste.
  • Keep your rubber gloves dry and smelling good by sprinkling baking soda inside them. They’ll slip on more easily too!
  • Sprinkling baking soda on your front steps will provide traction and melt the ice. Unlike rock salt, kitty litter, or sand, it won’t damage outdoor or indoor surfaces or shoes.
  • Boil two inches of water in a pan with a burned bottom, turn off the heat, then add half a cup of baking soda. Let it sit overnight. In the morning it will be easy to clean.
  • Sprinkle a teaspoon of baking soda on the bottom of your toaster oven to eliminate the burned smell from drippings and crumbs.
  • A paste of baking soda removes red sauce stains from plastic.

Bacon Day

Bacon lovers, rejoice! Today is Bacon Day. I am salivating at the mere thought of it. Although today we think of bacon in the terms of crispy, delicious strips of cured pork, at one time, bacon referred to any kind of preserved pork. However, that usage fell out of practice in the 17th Century.
The origins of bacon date back beyond the Middle Ages to the Roman Empire, where it was known as ‘Petaso’. The word bacon originated in Middle English from the word “Bacoun”. In France bacon is known as Bako, in Germany as Bakko, and in the old Teutonic as Backe — All of which mean “back”.
In the United States and Canada, bacon is made from pork belly. Elsewhere in the world, the side and back cuts of pork are used. Bacon is cured in either a salt brine or in a salt pack, then is then either dried, boiled, or smoked.
Bacon Day is observed annually on December 30th and was created in 1997 by Danya Goodman and Meff Leonard as a day to celebrate everyone’s favorite pork product. Bacon is a versatile product that can be enjoyed with any meal…any time of day.
Celebrate Bacon Day with some bacon and eggs for breakfast, a BLT or bacon cheeseburger for lunch, and/or bacon-wrapped anything for dinner.

Historical Events

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

  • In 1853 – The United States bought about 45,000 square miles of land from Mexico in a deal known as the Gadsden Purchase.
  • In 1887 – A petition to Queen Victoria with over one million names of women appealing for public houses to be closed on Sundays was handed to the home secretary.
  • In 1903 – About 600 people died when a fire broke out at the Iroquois Theater in Chicago, IL.
  • In 1922 – The Union of Soviet Socialist Republics (USSR) was formed.
  • In 1924 – Edwin Hubble announced the existence of other galactic systems.
  • In 1927 – The first subway in the Orient was dedicated in Tokyo, Japan.
  • In 1935 – Italian bombers destroyed a Swedish Red Cross unit in Ethiopia.
  • In 1936 – The United Auto Workers union staged its first sit-down strike, at the Fisher Body Plant in Flint, MI.
  • In 1940 – California’s first freeway was officially opened. It was the Arroyo Seco Parkway connecting Los Angeles and Pasadena.
  • In 1944 – King George II of Greece proclaimed a regency to rule his country, virtually renouncing the throne.
  • In 1947 – King Michael of Romania abdicated in favor of a Communist Republic. He claimed he was forced from his throne. Michael I was forced to abdicate by the Communist Party of Romania. His first reign over the country was in 1927 as a 6-year old, and it lasted only 3 years until 1930. He was then reinstalled in 1940.
  • In 1953 – The first color TV sets went on sale for about $1,175. (In today’s dollars that would be equivalent to about $10,409).
  • In 1954 – James Arness made his dramatic TV debut in “The Chase”. His most memorable role, as Marshall Dillon in “Gunsmoke”, didn’t begin until the fall of 1955.
  • In 1961 – Jack Nicklaus lost his first attempt at pro golf to Gary Player in an exhibition match in Miami, FL.
  • In 1972 – The United States halted its heavy bombing of North Vietnam.
  • In 1976 – The Smothers Brothers played their last show at the Aladdin Hotel in Las Vegas and retired as a team from show business. Both continued as solo artists and they reunited several years later.
  • In 1978 – Ohio State University fired Woody Hayes as its football coach, one day after Hayes punched Clemson University player Charlie Bauman during the Gator Bowl. Bauman had intercepted an Ohio pass.
  • In 1980 – “The Wonderful World of Disney” was canceled by NBC after more than 25 years on the TV. It was the longest-running series in prime-time television history.
  • In 1993 – Israel and the Vatican established diplomatic relations.
  • In 1995 – The lowest temperature ever recorded in the UK was tied. Altnaharra, a small hamlet in northern Scotland, recorded a temperature of −27.2°C (-16.96 degrees Fahrenheit). The temperature had dipped this low once before in the UK – in Braemar, East Scotland on January 10, 1982.
  • In 1996 – About 250,000 striking workers shut down vital services across Israel in protests against budget cuts proposed by Prime Minister Netanyahu.
  • In 1997 – More than 400 people were massacred in four villages in the single worst incident during Algeria’s insurgency.
  • In 2004 – The highest-ever barometric pressure was recorded. At 2 am local time, the atmospheric pressure in Tosontsengel, Mongolia rose to 846.5 hPa (adjusted for height above sea level).
  • In 2006 – Saddam Hussein was executed. The deposed president of Iraq was hanged after he was found guilty of crimes against humanity. Hussein was the fifth president of Iraq and came to power after a coup in 1968.
  • In 2011 – Samoa and Tokelau skipped December 30th. The South Pacific Ocean Islands changed their time zone and moved west of the international dateline to align their time zone with their major trading partners, Australia and New Zealand. In doing so, they skipped December 30 and moved directly from December 29 to December 31. Samoa had made a similar shift 119 years prior, eastwards of the dateline, to synchronize its time with the United States. Today, Samoa follows West Samoa Time, which is 13 hours ahead of UTC.

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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