Arbor Day, Honesty, Bugs Bunny, Hairball Awareness, Oatmeal Cookies, and Raisins

April 30, 2021 at 12:01 am | Posted in Today's Reasons To Celebrate | Leave a comment

According to the National Day Calendar, there are more than 1500 national holidays every year – meaning that there is at least one holiday for every day in the calendar year. All you have to do is choose which holiday(s) you want to celebrate.
With that said, today’s holidays are listed below — so let the festivities begin. 

Good morning arboreal advocates. Today is Friday, April 30, 2021. Today is the 120th day of the year, and 245 days remain.

Arbor Day

Arbor Day (or National Arbor Day) is celebrated annually on the last Friday in April.  You needn’t be a Forest Ranger to ascertain that this holiday celebrates trees – or, more specifically, the planting of trees. It is a holiday in which people and groups are encouraged to plant and care for trees.
Arbor Day has been celebrated in America since 1872 when a journalist named J. Sterling Morton created this holiday to encourage people to plant trees and to raise awareness about the importance of forests and plants. The event took place in the state of Nebraska, and local newspapers estimated that one million trees were planted that day. The word arbor comes from the Latin arbor, meaning tree.
Worldwide, Arbor Day has been celebrated for much longer. The Spanish village of Mondoñedo held the first documented arbor plantation festival in the world organized by its mayor in 1594. The place remains as Alameda de Los Remedios and it is still planted with lime and chestnut trees. A humble granite marker and a bronze plate recall the event. Additionally, the small Spanish village of Villanueva de la Sierra held the first modern Arbor Day, an initiative launched in 1805 by a local priest with the enthusiastic support of the entire population of the village.
Today, Arbor Day is a worldwide celebration. People celebrate this holiday by volunteering their time to plant trees or donating money to preserve forests. Many schools plan a variety of Arbor Day activities like essay contests, art projects, and field trips to local parks to get kids engaged in preserving nature.
To celebrate Arbor Day, plant a tree in your yard. If your community is sponsoring an Arbor Day event, try to attend it.

National Honesty Day 

National Honesty Day is celebrated annually on April 30th. As you might logically infer, this holiday celebrates honesty – a behavior that is seemingly becoming rarer each day.
April is a month that starts out with frivolous deceit, white lies, and trickery on April Fool’s Day. Therefore, it only seems fitting that it ends with an appeal for honesty.
Former press secretary M. Hirsh Goldberg of Maryland created this holiday back in the early 1990s as part of the process of writing his book, The Book of Lies: Fibs, Tales, Schemes, Scams, Fakes, and Frauds That Have Changed the Course of History and Affect Our Daily Lives. The concept for this holiday is simple – ask direct questions without ulterior motives, and expect honest answers. While being totally honest can oftentimes strain relationships, it’s the first step toward healing wounds and creating the communication that brings understanding.
To celebrate National Honesty Day, simply be honest with all of the people you encounter today.
Author’s Note:
In my humble opinion, the old adage, “Honesty is the best policy” is not just some trite saying to be spewed out at our convenience. Honestly, if this holiday were celebrated by everyone, every day, the world would be a much better place. Now, all we need to do is convince our politicians, and the [so-called] mainstream media, of that fact.

Bugs Bunny Day 

Bugs Bunny Day is celebrated annually on April 30th. You don’t need to be a cartoonist to deduce that this holiday celebrates one of the most famous, and most beloved cartoon characters of all time – Bugs Bunny.
On this date in 1938, Bugs Bunny made his first appearance, in a cartoon. The cartoon was “Porky’s Hare Hunt”. His character was an instant success, but audiences had to wait over two years, until July 27, 1940, before a cartoon featuring that “wascally wabbit” as the main character was made. The cartoon was titled, “A Wild Hare”.
To celebrate Bug Bunny Day, watch some old Bugs Bunny cartoons. Many of them should be available online, and you can access them with a simple Google search. Happy 83rd birthday, Bugs.

Hairball Awareness Day

Hairball Awareness Day is celebrated annually on the last Friday in April. As you might suspect, this holiday seeks to raise awareness about hairballs and the detrimental effect(s) they can have on our feline furbabies. It is sponsored by the American Veterinary Medical Association as one of their Pet Health Awareness Events.
Hairballs form naturally during a cat’s normal grooming routine. Most of the fur that a cat swallows while grooming passes harmlessly through the digestive tract, but when it gets caught in the stomach, a hairball forms. While long-haired cats are most prone to developing hairballs, especially in the spring and summer when warming temperatures equate to more shedding, short-haired cats are not immune.
Spitting up a hairball is painful for your cat. One of the best to help your cat is by regular brushing. Brushing removes a lot of the loose hair that your cat ingests while grooming themselves. There are also a number of hairball-control pet foods and treats on the market. If your cat has a persistent problem with hairballs, you can try a hairball lubricant like Laxatone™ that helps the cat pass their hairballs more easily.
To celebrate Hairball Awareness Day, learn more about the causes of, and treatments for, hairballs

National Oatmeal Cookie Day

National Oatmeal Cookie Day is celebrated annually on April 30th. You needn’t be a pâtissier to conclude that this holiday celebrates one of the most common and best-loved types of cookies – oatmeal cookies.
Oats were likely first eaten by the Scottish people. England and other countries looked down on the Scots for eating something used as animal feed, but as it turns out that the Scots were right – oats are healthy and nutritious.
Oatmeal cookies came from bannocks, a flat cake that was eaten by the ancient people of Scotland during the 5th century. During the middle ages, the Scots added spices, raisins, and nuts to the bannocks – which came to be known as oatcakes.
The Quaker Oats company popularized what we now know as oatmeal cookies in the United States in the early 1900s by printing a recipe for oatmeal cookies on their oatmeal packages. The recipe was reformulated twice more by Quaker Oats to bring us the Oatmeal cookie recipe we love today.
To celebrate National Oatmeal Cookie Day, simply enjoy some oatmeal cookies today. Either make a batch from scratch at home or buy a package at your local supermarket. If on the off chance, you don’t have a favorite oatmeal cookie recipe in your culinary arsenal, or if you’re just feeling a bit nostalgic, here is the recipe for every alum’s favorite – BHS “Flying Saucer” Cookies.  Or, try my Mother’s Sour Cream Oatmeal Cookies Recipe for a “more oatcake” textured cookie.

National Raisin Day

National Raisin Day is celebrated annually on April 30th. It should be readily apparent to you that this holiday celebrates dehydrated grapes –commonly known as raisins.
People have been dehydrating grapes to make raisins for thousands of years. The practice dates back to 2000 B.C. and originated in Persia and Egypt. Raisins were also highly prized by the Ancient Romans, who used this delicious snack food to barter. They also awarded raisins as prizes at sporting events.
Raisins are low in fat and contain important nutrients like iron, copper, calcium, and antioxidants. Raisins first became commercially popular in 1873 when a heatwave destroyed acres and acres of California grapevines. One grower decided to sell the dried grapes and marketed them as a “Peruvian delicacy.” Today, California produces half of the world’s raisin supply.
Although raisins are a delicious, sweet, and healthy snack, the word raisin is not the most appealing word in the English language and does not do justice to the food it represents. Being the consummate hippie-dippy “new age” guy that I am, I prefer to use the term “sun-dried grapes”. Whatever term you prefer, celebrate National Raisin Day by enjoying some raisins today as a snack – or, perhaps as an ingredient in the BHS “Flying Saucer” Cookie, or Mother’s Sour Cream Oatmeal Cookies recipe, linked above.

Listed below are some other holidays celebrated on this date that are worthy of mention. 

Peace Rose, Zippers, Make-A-Wish, and Shrimp Scampi

April 29, 2021 at 12:01 am | Posted in Today's Reasons To Celebrate | Leave a comment

According to the National Day Calendar, there are more than 1500 national holidays every year – meaning that there is at least one holiday for every day in the calendar year. All you have to do is choose which holiday(s) you want to celebrate.
With that said, today’s holidays are listed below — so let the festivities begin. 

Good morning historical flora fans. Today is Thursday, April 29, 2021.  Today is the 119th day of the year, and 246 days remain.

National “Peace” Rose Day

National “Peace” Rose Day is celebrated annually on April 29th. As you can logically infer, this holiday celebrates a specific variety of roses. The official name of the Peace Rose is Rosa ‘Madame A. Meilland’.

Peace Rose

The Peace Rose had its start back in the 1930s. ‘Peace’ was one of many roses pollinated in June of 1935 by the commercial rose growing Meilland family whose nursery was located near Lyon France. In the summer of 1936 eyes from new seedlings were grafted to rootstock, and buds opened in October. The rose that was to become known as “Peace” was then one of many and was identified only by a number, 3-35-40. Over the next four years Francis Meilland, the third generation of the Meilland growers, together with his father Antoine ‘Papa’ Meilland, recognized the rose ‘3-35-40’ as the most promising of the new roses. In June 1939, there was an international conference of rose growers in Lyon France and 3-35-40 attracted widespread interest and praise by rose growers of many countries. Unfortunately, shortly afterward, WWII started and France was taken over by the Germans. To make a long story short, a piece of bud-wood from the 3-35-40 made it to America. The rest of the story of how this variety of rose ended up with the name “Peace Rose” is too long for this post. To celebrate National “Peace” Rose Day, read the entire saga of the “peace rose” by clicking here.

Zipper Day

Zipper Day is celebrated annually on April 29th. You don’t need to be a mechanical engineer to ascertain that this holiday celebrates the invention of the hookless slide fastener – aka, the zipper.
On this date in 1913, Swedish-American scientist and inventor Gideon Sundbeck received a patent for his “hookless fastener” – commonly known today as the zipper. However, this was not the first patent issued for an “automatic continuous clothing closure”. That distinction goes to Elias Howe who patented a cruder form of the device in 1851. However, around that same time, Mr. Howe also invented a little thing called the sewing machine, so his “zipper” was left by the wayside so he could concentrate on marketing that little invention.
In the 1920′s, the B.F. Goodrich company had a “new” product (rubber boots, or galoshes) that they wanted to bring to market that used Mr. Sundbeck’s invention. They coined the term “zipper”, and the rest, as they say, is history.
“Zippers” were soon found to have many applications and grew in popularity. They are functional, fashionable, infinitely adjustable, which helped popularize Mr. Sundback’s invention. Also, the US Army stepped in as an early adopter of zippers which also contributed to their widespread use.
To celebrate Zipper Day, have a ♪♪ Zippity Do Dah Day ♪♪ and zip to your heart’s content. Wear as many different clothing items with zippers as you can – such as shirts, jackets, sweaters, pants, shoes, etc. Let the climate in your region dictate which items of zippered apparel are appropriate for you to wear today.
Did you ever notice the letters YKK on your zipper and wonder what they meant? Well, YKK stands for Yashida Kogyo Kabushikikaisha; a manufacturing company based in Tokyo, Japan. They are the world’s largest manufacturer of zippers and manufacture well over 50% of zippers sold worldwide.

World Wish Day 

World Wish Day is celebrated annually on April 29th. It doesn’t take a ‘giant leap of the imagination’ to deduce that this holiday celebrates the “Make-A-Wish Foundation International”. In fact, the efforts of the Make-A-Wish Foundation International led to the creation of World Wish Day.
The first World Wish Day took place in 1980 when Chris Greicius, a seven-year-old boy suffering from leukemia, wished to be a police officer, at least for a day. His local police department honored his wish and made him an honorary police officer for a day.
Since then, the Make-A-Wich Foundation International has granted the wishes of thousands of terminally ill children. The purpose of the Make-A-Wish foundation is to add joy to the remaining days of these special children, to pay tribute to their courage and continued hope for a normal life
The obvious way to celebrate World Wish Day is to make a generous donation to the Make-A-Wish Foundation International. If you have a special talent, or just want to volunteer to help, contact the Make-A-Wish Foundation. Who knows, your special talent might just fulfill the wish of a special child someday.
About half of the Make-A-Wish requests involve visiting one of the Disney Theme Parks. Other oft-requested wishes include attending the Super Bowl or a World Series Game.
Actor and professional wrestler John Cena holds the title for the most Make-A-Wish requests granted by a single individual, with well over 650 wishes requests granted. Surprisingly, Pop Star Justin Bieber comes in second, with around 250 Make-A-Wish requests granted.

Shrimp Scampi Day 

Shrimp Scampi Day is celebrated annually on April 29th. As you can easily infer, this holiday celebrates shrimp scampi – a world-renowned shrimp dish. Shrimp scampi is an American invention created by Italian immigrants back in the late 19th to early 20th century.
However, Shrimp Scampi is actually a misnomer. Shrimp refers, of course, to shrimp. No problem there. However, in the Italian language, scampi is the plural form of the word “scampo” used to refer to a certain type of small lobster called “langoustine” which is nothing more than another variation in the crustacean family. So, a translation of what we now know as ‘shrimp scampi’ would literally mean ‘shrimp lobster’ or ‘shrimp crustacean’.
Italians developed a dish using scampi, sautéing these small langoustine lobsters with butter or olive oil, garlic, lemon juice, and dry white wine, serving it with bread over rice or pasta. However, when they emigrated to America, they had a problem. There were no scampi here, and importing them was not cost-effective and was out of the question. On the bright side, they found they could adapt their original scampi recipe using native shrimp. Original Italian-American restaurants began featuring this dish as “shrimp prepared scampi-style”. Over time, the name was shortened to the more convenient “shrimp scampi”, and to this day, the name persists.
Shrimp scampi is relatively easy to make at home. The basic ingredients of shrimp scampi (as already outlined in the paragraph above) are shrimp [duh], butter or olive oil, garlic, lemon juice, and dry white wine. That’s it! So, celebrate Shrimp Scampi Day by making some shrimp scampi for dinner tonight. If you actually need a recipe, there are recipes all over the internet. Just Google it!

Listed below are some other holidays celebrated on this date that are worthy of mention. 

Biological Clocks, Guide Dogs, Denim, Cubicles, Noise Awareness, and Blueberry Pie

April 28, 2021 at 12:01 am | Posted in Today's Reasons To Celebrate | Leave a comment

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According to the National Day Calendar, there are more than 1500 national holidays every year – meaning that there is at least one holiday for every day in the calendar year. All you have to do is choose which holiday(s) you want to celebrate.
With that said, today’s holidays are listed below — so let the festivities begin. 

Good morning clock watchers. Today is Wednesday, April 28, 2021. Today is the 118th day of the year, and 247 days remain.

Biological Clock Day

Biological Clock Day is celebrated annually on April 28th. If you think that this holiday pertains only to women, you are – WRONG! In fact, both men and women, young and old are subject to the influence of the biological clocks that we all have.
All living organisms have an internal biological clock, called the Circadian Rhythm, which helps their bodies adapt to the daily cycle of day and night as the Earth rotates. Have you ever stayed awake for an “all-nighter” and felt “off” for many days afterward; or flown through multiple time zones and felt the effects of “jet lag”? This comes from the disruption to your internal clock.
Circadian Rhythms are controlled by “clock genes” that carry the genetic instructions to produce proteins. These instructions control everything from when we sleep and rest, body temperature, heart activity, hormone secretion, blood pressure, oxygen consumption, and metabolism. These “clock genes” normally keep us awake during the day and asleep at night.  But when a clock gene mutates, it can disrupt the normal sleep cycle. Sunlight, air travel, and even the seasons can disrupt our Circadian Rhythms and the quality and amount of sleep that we get. [Do I even need to mention the government-imposed disruption of our Circadian Rhythms – Daylight Saving Time]?
To celebrate Biological Clock Day, just be thankful that your body is working hard to keep itself in sync with the planet without any effort from you.

International Guide Dogs Day

International Guide Dog Day is observed annually on the last Wednesday of April and has been since 1992. You don’t need 20/20 foresight to deduce that this holiday commemorates guide dogs – and the important role they play in helping the blind and visually impaired live a nearer-to-normal life. Additionally, it celebrates the hard-working professionals who dedicate their time to train and match guide dogs to their prospective owners. Guide dogs are carefully trained to avoid obstacles, access public transportation, cross roads safely, and other daily tasks to help their handlers’ specific needs.
Training a guide dog is a long, involved process. The actual training process takes between three and nine months, depending on the level of service they are to provide. However, the guide dog training process doesn’t even begin until the dog is out of the ‘puppy stage” – usually at about 14 months of age. Puppies are entered into the program at about 8 weeks and are usually fostered by people who know how to do basic obedience training and can cull out those who don’t have the temperament or are lacking in some other way. As a general ‘rule of thumb’, the typical guide dog isn’t placed in his permanent home until he is around 2 years old. Guide Dogs of America trains 70% Labrador retrievers, 15% Golden Retrievers, and 15% German Shepherds for their guide dogs. Once the dogs complete their formal 2-year training, they are matched with a blind or visually impaired student based on size, lifestyle, energy level, and personalities of both the student and dog to form a happy relationship.
To celebrate International Guide Dog Day, donate to an organization that trains guide dogs. If you’re interested and qualified, volunteer to foster a potential guide dog puppy.

Denim Day 

Denim Day is celebrated annually on the last Wednesday in April. Contrary to what you may be thinking, this holiday has nothing to do with the popular and versatile fabric used to make clothes. Instead, it focuses on the controversial subject of sexual violence against women.
Since 1999, Peace Over Violence has held a Denim Day campaign in conjunction with Sexual Violence Awareness Month. The campaign was originally triggered by a ruling by the Italian Supreme Court where a rape conviction was overturned because the justices felt that since the victim was wearing tight jeans she must have helped her rapist remove her jeans, thereby implying consent. The following day, the women in the Italian Parliament came to work wearing jeans in solidarity with the victim.
Peace Over Violence developed the Denim Day campaign in response to this case and the activism surrounding it. Since then, wearing jeans on Denim Day has become a symbol of protest against erroneous and destructive attitudes about sexual assault. In this rape prevention education campaign, community members, elected officials, businesses, and students are asked to make a social statement by wearing jeans on this day as a visible means of protest against the misconceptions that surround sexual assault.
To celebrate Denim Day, livery yourself in your Levi’s or Lee’s, wriggle into your Wranglers, or if you want to be both “ostentatious” and “woke,” doll up in some designer jeans. Be sure to let everyone know why you are wearing denim today.

Cubicle Day

Cubicle Day is celebrated annually on April 28th. You needn’t be a corporate drone to ascertain that this holiday celebrates those ubiquitous, impersonal, cramped, corporate caves known as “cubicles.”
Designed by Robert Propst and known for a complete absence of individuality, cubicles were first introduced in 1967 as a way to subdivide open office space and give workers a perceived modicum of privacy. Whether you love them or hate them, these modular systems were built to be easily reconfigured in almost as many ways as a bucket of Lego bricks, and today’s cubicle options include pods of workers with shared tasks as well as personal office cubes.
The best way to celebrate Cubicle Day is to brighten up your cubicle by decorating or redecorating it. Whether you choose to use Feng Shui to improve the Chi of your space, or simply redesign it to form walls to protect you from the annoying habits of your neighbor, use this holiday to individualize your little section of the cube farm.

International Noise Awareness Day

International Noise Awareness Day is celebrated annually on the last Wednesday of April. You don’t need a decibel meter to conclude that this holiday is a global campaign, to raise awareness of noise and its effect on the welfare and health of people. It was founded in 1996 by the Center for Hearing and Communication.
Noise affects people in many ways, but it seems that the only time noise gets any interest is when it is annoying to the general public. On this holiday, people are urged to find ways to reduce the noise level of their lives.
To celebrate International Noise Awareness Day, establish a quiet hour in your home where all televisions, radios, computers, smartphones, electronic games, and anything else that pollutes your environment with noise are turned OFF! Have a conversation with your family, or just go outside and enjoy the sounds of nature.

National Blueberry Pie Day

National Blueberry Pie Day is celebrated annually on April 28th. As you might suspect, this holiday celebrates that delicious dessert – blueberry pie.
Blueberries, (or star berries as the Native Americans called them), are one of nature’s superfoods. They are one of only a few naturally blue foods found in nature and are native to the Americas. The chemicals found in blueberries are rich in antioxidants and vitamins and may contribute to fighting certain cancers and preventing other diseases.
Americans have filled their pies with delicious, fresh-picked blueberries since the colonial era, and today, blueberry pie is still one of the most popular fruit pies in the United States. The blueberry season begins in late April and ends in the late summer, so blueberry pie is a perennial favorite at Independence Day celebrations.
To celebrate National Blueberry Pie Day, simply enjoy a slice of blueberry pie for dessert tonight.
Author’s Note:
Maine produces more blueberries than any other state. In fact, 25% of all lowbush blueberries grown in North America come from Maine, which also makes Maine the largest producer of blueberries in the world.

Listed below are some other holidays celebrated on this date that are worthy of mention. 

School Bus Drivers, Tapirs, Morse Code, Babe Ruth, Story Telling, and Prime Rib

April 27, 2021 at 12:01 am | Posted in Today's Reasons To Celebrate | Leave a comment

According to the National Day Calendar, there are more than 1500 national holidays every year – meaning that there is at least one holiday for every day in the calendar year. All you have to do is choose which holiday(s) you want to celebrate.
With that said, today’s holidays are listed below — so let the festivities begin. 

Good morning child transportation aficionados. Today is Tuesday, April 27, 2021. Today is the 117th day of the year, and 248 days remain.

School Bus Driver’s Day

School Bus Driver’s Day is celebrated annually on the fourth Tuesday in April. You needn’t be a chauffeur to ascertain that this holiday celebrates school bus drivers – those dedicated professionals who transport your children to and from school each day.
The earliest school buses date back to the beginning of the 20th century when horse-drawn carriages were used to pick up children, especially from rural areas. In 1927, Ford dealership owner A.L. Luce produced a bus body for a 1927 Ford Model T, and today’s school buses, though admittedly more modern and much larger, still resemble his original design.
Currently, school buses provide an estimated 10 billion student trips every year. About 500,000 school buses transport approximately 30-million children to and from school each school day. School buses have played an enormous role in the education of children from poorer families and from rural areas all over the world.
School bus drivers not only have to be skilled, and safe drivers, they have to exhibit patience toward students, parents, and school staff in the course of their everyday duties. In addition to changing traffic patterns, weather conditions, and unexpected road hazards, school bus drivers must also learn to deal with unruly students and try to guide them to appropriate behavior. It is no easy task.
So, when you send little Johnny or Suzie off to school today, celebrate School Bus Driver’s Day by walking them to their bus stop and thanking their school bus driver for all that he/she does.
Authors Note: 
As a former school bus driver, School Bus Driver’s Day takes me back to my first real job (other than farm work and mowing lawns during the summer). I drove a school bus for the Kern County Union High School and Joint Junior College District for two years while attending junior college at Bakersfield College before starting my first career in the USAF. 

The shade of yellow known today as “school bus yellow” was adopted as the standard color for North American school buses in 1939.

World Tapir Day

World Tapir Day is celebrated annually on April 27th. Even if you aren’t a zoologist, you should be able to easily deduce that this holiday was created to raise awareness about the little-known herbivore – the tapir. My sources gave no information on the origins of this holiday, but in my research, I did come upon this little tidbit of information. On this date in 1983, the Belize Zoo acquired April, a female Tapir. As the tapir is the National Animal of Belize, April was the “star attraction” at the zoo for 30-years until her death in 2013. The zoo celebrated her birthday annually on April 27th, so in all probability, that was the genesis of this holiday.
Although it is similar in size and structure to a pig (with a short prehensile snout like a pachyderm thrown in), the tapir’s closest genetic relatives are horses, donkeys, zebras, and rhinoceroses. Tapirs vary in size according to species, but most tapirs are about 6 feet long, stand about 3 feet high at the shoulder, and weigh between 330 and 700 pounds. Because of their size, they have few natural predators. Tapirs are not aggressive, and their first inclination is to flee from danger (they can move remarkably fast considering their size and cumbersome appearance) and they find shelter in the thick undergrowth of the forest or in water. However, if cornered, or to protect their young, they will attack and can do considerable damage.
All four of the surviving species of tapir are classified as either endangered or vulnerable. Tapirs inhabit the jungle and forest regions of South America, Central America, and Southeastern Asia. As large herbivores, their habitat makes them especially vulnerable to deforestation. They have also been over-hunted for their meat and hides. However, their extinction could have a far more devastating effect on the environment. The loss of the tapir could, in fact, endanger the entire remaining forests. As part of their natural habits, they also serve to disperse seeds throughout the jungle and are one of the oldest species found in these areas.
Celebrate World Tapir Day by learning more about these unique animals.

Morse Code Day 

Morse Code Day is celebrated annually on April 27th. As you might suspect, this holiday celebrates Morse Code – the universally accepted language for radio communications. Samuel Morse, the inventor of the telegraph and creator of the Morse Code, was born on this date in 1791. Although there was much controversy at the time over who actually invented the telegraph, it is generally accepted as fact today the Morse had created the most practical and cost-effective system – though he did have a lot of “help” in creating the Morse Code.
To celebrate Morse Code Day, learn more about Samuel Morse and the code he created. This link will take you to a Morse Code translator if you want to have a little fun today –and this link directs you to the Morse code alphabet. Can you decipher the following sentence written in Morse Code? [- …. .- – / .. … / .- .-.. .-..]

Babe Ruth Day 

Babe Ruth Day is celebrated annually on April 27th. You needn’t be a professional baseball player to conclude that this holiday celebrates George Herman (Babe) Ruth – one of the most famous baseball players of all time.
Babe Ruth was born in Baltimore Maryland on February 6, 1895. He had a troubled youth. He was sent to a Catholic orphanage and reformatory at the age of seven, where he spent his next twelve years. He was nurtured by Brother Matthias, who along with other monks introduced him to baseball.
His baseball career began as a pitcher when he was 19 years old. He signed with the [then] Minor League baseball team, the Baltimore Orioles, an affiliate of the Boston Red Sox, but quickly was moved up to the Major Leagues in Boston.  With Ruth as pitcher, the Boston Red Sox won three championships over the next five years. In 1919, Boston was facing fiscal hardships and gave up Ruth to the New York Yankees for $100,000. This ended up being an auspicious moment for the Yankees, who won four World Series over the next fifteen years, with Ruth on the team. On the other hand, Boston did not win another World Series until 2004.
Ruth switched to playing outfield during his time with the Yankees. The team built a new stadium in 1923, and because Ruth was so instrumental to their success, it became known as “The House That Ruth Built.”
During his 22 seasons, Babe Ruth broke many records, some of which still stand. He led the league in home runs for twelve years, a feat unmatched since. He also still holds the record for most total bases in a season, with 457. His slugging average of .847 in 1920 was the highest in the league until it was broken by Barry Bonds in 2001. He hit 714 home runs during his career, which was the most until his record was broken in 1974 by Hank Aaron. He is now third in all-time home runs, as Barry Bonds is now in the lead. He broke the record for most home runs in a year in 1919, knocking 29 into the stands. He broke his own record the following year when he moved to New York and hit a whopping 54 home runs. The following year he hit 59, and in 1927 he hit 60, a record that stood until it was broken by Roger Maris in 1961.
In 1935, Ruth played his final season, as a member of the Boston Braves. It was a lackluster finish to his career, as he only hit six home runs that year, however his career achievements illustrate why he was one of the first five players inducted into the National Baseball Hall of Fame. The inaugural class was inducted in 1936, just one year after Babe Ruth retired.
On this date in 1947, the legendary George Herman (Babe) Ruth was honored in Yankee Stadium, aka “the house that Ruth built”. Despite suffering from throat cancer, the “Sultan of Swat” gave an emotional speech before a capacity crowd of 58,339 where he expressed his gratitude to his fans. “The Bambino” succumbed to his illness on August 16, 1948 at the age of 53.
To celebrate Babe Ruth Day, learn more about this legenday athlete and his remarkable career.
Author’s Note: 
Contrary to popular belief, the Baby Ruth candy bar was not named after Babe Ruth. He did, however, serve as a spokesperson for the product at one point -during his baseball career.

Tell a Story Day

Tell a Story Day is is celebrated annually on April 27th. This holiday pretty much self-explanatory – as you can logically infer, it urges you to simply tell a story today. (Duh).
It doesn’t matter whether it is fiction or non-fiction, a tall tale, or folklore. Your story can be from a book, from memory, or just create a story of your own.
To celebrate Tell A Story Day, simply tell a story today. To make your story more enjoyable, try setting the atmosphere. If it’s an eerie or spooky story, turn down the lights. Bring decorations and memorabilia that speak to the theme of your story. If your story is about a person, display a picture of that individual.

National Prime Rib Day 

National Prime Rib Day is celebrated annually on April 27th. You don’t need to be a professional butcher to deduce that this holiday celebrates prime rib – one of the choicest and most-loved cuts of beef.
Prime rib is a delicious cut of beef that is usually roasted and served as the main course of a meal. A genuine prime rib is graded USDA Prime and can be quite difficult to obtain. It is considered one of the most elegant cuts of beef.  Prime rib must be USDA Prime, not USDA Choice or any of the lower grades of beef. Only about 3% of the beef in America is graded USDA prime. Because of the scarcity, it is generally carried only by the finest butchers and restaurants. Often, rib roasts masquerade as a prime rib in supermarkets, which typically carry USDA Choice (and lower grades of beef).
There’s only one way to celebrate National Prime Rib Day folks – with a big, thick, juicy cut of prime rib, cooked perfectly to your liking. Don’t forget the au jus and/or horseradish. I’ll have mine medium-well, with a huge, fully loaded baked potato, please.

Listed below are some other holidays celebrated on this date that are worthy of mention. 

Horses, Richter Scale, Kids and Pets, Hugs, James Audubon, Intellectual Property, and Pretzels

April 26, 2021 at 12:01 am | Posted in Today's Reasons To Celebrate | Leave a comment

According to the National Day Calendar, there are more than 1500 national holidays every year – meaning that there is at least one holiday for every day in the calendar year. All you have to do is choose which holiday(s) you want to celebrate.
With that said, today’s holidays are listed below — so let the festivities begin. 

Good morning equine enthusiasts. Today is Monday, April 26, 2021. Today is the 116th day of the year, and 249 days remain.

National Help a Horse Day  

National Help a Horse Day is celebrated annually on April 26th. As you might expect, this holiday urges us to help horses that are being mistreated, abused, or living in squalid conditions. This holiday seeks to raise awareness about the plight of these majestic animals.
Once upon a time, horses were the primary means of transportation, pulled the plows of farmers, and pulled the freight wagons that helped our country expand. Today, most horses are popular pets that give joy, affection, and companionship to their owners. However, in recent years, some owners have found the cost of caring for and maintaining them too prohibitive to cope with. Stories of their neglect and abandonment have continued to rise.
So, stop horsing around and be a good neeeiiighbor and celebrate National Help a Horse Day by finding a way to help horses in need. Donate to an equine care charity and give these horses a second chance at a good life.

Richter Scale Day

Richter Scale Day is celebrated annually on April 26th. You needn’t be a seismologist to ascertain that this holiday celebrates the birthdate of seismologist Charles Richter, born on this date in 1900 – as well as the earthquake intensity measuring system and instruments that he invented.
Mr. Richter created the Richter Scale in 1935. The Richter Scale measures the amount of energy an earthquake releases by measuring the magnitude of seismic waves produced by an earthquake. The Richter Scale measures from 0 to 9. On the scale, each increase in a number represents an earthquake 10 times more powerful. An earthquake registering 4.5 on the Richter Scale can damage buildings and structures. An earthquake registering 7 on the Richter scale, can cause severe and catastrophic damage.
Every day, about 9,000 earthquakes occur on planet Earth. Scientists know what causes earthquakes, but there is still no means to accurately predict when, where, or how severe an earthquake will be. Most earthquakes are unnoticeable, but, thanks to Mr. Richter, today we can at least detect them, measure their intensity, and record the data for future reference.
To celebrate Richter Scale Day, learn more about earthquakes – and Mr. Richter.

National Kids and Pets Day  

National Kids and Pets Day is observed annually on April 26th. Obviously, it is a holiday that celebrates the special bond between children and pets. However, it also reminds us about safety where our pets and children are concerned. This holiday was created by celebrity Family and Pet Lifestyle expert Colleen Paige in 2005.
There are many benefits to having a pet in a child’s life. From fostering natural nurturing abilities to developing responsibilities, pets have a lifelong impact on a child’s development. However, it is also important to remember that small children as well as pets may not know their limitations and should not be left alone with each other. They should always be supervised to prevent injury to both the child and the animal.
Children that grow up with pets learn responsibility and compassion, and having pets helps them develop social skills. National Kids and Pets Day also encourages parents who feel their family is ready for a pet to think about adopting one – but please, if you’re ready to adopt, adopt from a shelter rather than buying one from a pet store or breeder. Adopt, don’t shop! 
To celebrate National Kids and Pets Day, reflect upon the pet(s) you had as a child – and/or the special relationship your own children and/or grandchildren have/had with their pets.

Hug a Friend Day

Hug A Friend Day is celebrated annually on April 26th. You don’t need to be a member of MENSA to deduce that this holiday encourages you to let as many of your friends as possible know how you feel about them by giving them a hug.
Hugging has been around for millennia and is practiced by almost all cultures as a way to connect with others without using language. Hugs are given most often to greet someone, to congratulate someone, to show sympathy, to show support, to show gratitude, or as a sign of affection.
If you aren’t the hugging type of person, consider this: Hugs can be beneficial to your health and the health of the recipient. Hugs lasting 20 seconds or more release a “bonding” hormone called oxytocin. This hormone can help lower blood pressure, lower heart rate, reduce the stress hormone cortisol, and improve your mood.
So, do yourself and your friends a favor and give them a hug today in celebration of Hug a friend Day.
Author’s Note:
In order for hugs to be beneficial, both parties must be willing participants and trust each other.  Otherwise, the opposite effect could happen and cortisol levels could increase in one or both participants, causing stress for one or both.

Audubon Day 

Audubon Day is celebrated annually on April 26th. It isn’t a big stretch of the imagination to infer that this holiday celebrates John James Audubon – America’s foremost ornithological illustrator who was born on this date in 1785.
His book, Birds in America contains 435 hand-colored plates. It was published in “elephant folio” format to accommodate the life-sized portrayals of birds – a point upon which he insisted.
To celebrate Audobon Day, Learn more about John James Audubon and look at some of his illustrations. To make your task easier, I provide you with this link.
Author’s Note:
It wasn’t until after his death in 1851, that a former student of his wife, George Bird Grinnell, created the Audubon Society.

World Intellectual Property Day  

World Intellectual Property Day is celebrated annually on April 26th. You don’t need to be a creative genius to conclude that this holiday was created to raise awareness on how patents, copyright, trademarks, and designs impact daily life. It also celebrates the creativity and the contributions made by innovators and creators in the development of societies across the globe. April 26 was chosen as it coincides with the date on which the convention establishing the World Intellectual Property Organization was created in 1970. Each year, this organization selects a theme for the celebration. This year’s theme is: “Taking your ideas to the market.”
In today’s computer age, intellectual property rights are often disregarded. People think nothing of “copying and pasting” someone else’s work or downloading free music or books from websites that pirate other people’s work. World Intellectual Property Day strives to remind people of the role that intellectual property rights (patents, trademarks, industrial designs, copyright) play in encouraging innovation and creativity. It explores the future of creative culture in the digital age: how we create it, how we access it, how we monetize it. This holiday also seeks a flexible intellectual property system to help ensure that the artists and creative industries are properly paid for their work so they can keep creating. You don’t work for free, so why do you expect creators to do so.
To celebrate World Intellectual Property Day, learn more about intellectual property. This link should be of help in your quest.

National Pretzel Day 

National Pretzel Day is celebrated annually on April 26th. You won’t have to twist yourself into a knot to deduce that this holiday celebrates pretzels – a world-renowned salty snack.
Pretzels date back to 610 AD in France. Catholic monks created the first pretzels from scraps of leftover dough. The unique knot shape represented the Holy Trinity and resembled the shape of a child’s arms folded in prayer, but the significance of this symbol has evolved over the course of history. During the 17th century, pretzels symbolized the bond of marriage. This is where the phrase “tying the knot” originated. Pretzels were originally soft, and today traditional soft pretzels are still popular at sporting events, carnivals, and festivals. Hard pretzels are a new invention compared to the original soft pretzels. According to legend, in the late 1600s, a Pennsylvania baker forgot a batch of pretzels in the oven. The over-baked treats were dark and hard, but the baker sampled one anyway. He was pleasantly surprised by the crunchy deliciousness. Hard pretzels are now one of the most popular snack foods.
How do you like your pretzels? Twisted or straight, soft or crispy, thick or thin, salted or unsalted. No matter. All that matters is that you celebrate National Pretzel Day by having some of your favorite variety pretzels today. Hard or soft, traditional knots, sticks, or even those goldfish-shaped pretzels from Petridge Farm® all count – so enjoy!

Listed below are some other holidays celebrated on this date that are worthy of mention. 

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