Beer, Drowsy Driving, Epitaphs, Siamese Cats, Tartans, Sorry Charlie, Tomatoes, and Caramel Popcorn

April 6, 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 days 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 beer buffs. Today is Tuesday, April 6, 2021. Today is the 96th day of the year, and 269 days remain.

New Beer’s Eve

New Beer’s Eve is an unofficial holiday in the United States occurring annually on April 6th.  It commemorates the official end of Prohibition in the United States on April 7, 1933.
The “beginning of the end” of Prohibition in the United States occurred as a result of the Cullen-Harrison Act and its signing into law by President Franklin D. Roosevelt on March 23, 1933. This law allowed the sale of beer in the United States to resume (with certain caveats) and went go into effect on April 7, 1933, provided that the state(s) in question had enacted their own laws allowing such sales. The beer had to have an alcohol content of less than 3.2% because 3.2% was considered too low to produce intoxication.
On the evening of April 6, people lined up outside breweries and taverns, waiting for the stroke of midnight – when they would be able to legally purchase beer for the first time in over 13 years. Since then, the night of April 6 has been referred to as “New Beer’s Eve.”

Drowsy Driver Awareness Day

Drowsy Driver Awareness Day is celebrated annually on April 6th. It seems obvious that this holiday is an annual memorial for people who have died in collisions related to drowsy driving. This is an official state-recognized “holiday” in the state of California. Drowsy driving is, in my opinion, on a par with distracted driving as the cause of most single-vehicle fatalities. In my decades as a truck driver, I learned a few tricks to combat drowsy driving. They are listed below:

  1. Tune your radio to a talk radio station, or a station that plays up-tempo music.
  2. If you begin to feel drowsy, pull over and walk around your vehicle a few times (no matter the weather). Do some light exercises to “get your blood flowing again.” [It goes without saying that you choose a place where you will not need to walk in the roadway].
  3. If step 2 above fails and you begin to feel drowsy again, pull into a rest area and take a 15 to 30-minute “power” nap. Before you leave, go to the restroom, brush your teeth, and splash some cold water on your face. If there are vending machines, get a sugar-laden snack and/or a caffeinated beverage.
  4.  If all of the above fails, STOP! (No, not in the traffic lanes, dummy). Find a motel/hotel or sleep in your vehicle in a secure location.

Author’s Note:
Arriving at your destination late is far more preferable to not arriving there at all.

Plan Your Epitaph Day 

Plan Your Epitaph Day is celebrated annually on April 6th. Have you ever wondered what your loved ones will have inscribed on your tombstone? The content of your epitaph bears careful consideration. It is a permanent reminder of your life, and death, and will be viewed by your loved ones, and even strangers strolling past, for as much of eternity as your headstone survives.
Plan Your Epitaph Day urges you to write your own epitaph. After all, who knows ‘you’ better than you? Your grieving family and friends should not be burdened with the task of summing up your life in a few words. Alleviate their worry and celebrate Plan Your Epitaph Day by writing your own epitaph today – before it’s too late. What will yours say?
Below is one example:

Your name
Birthdate and date of death
Don’t mourn my death:
Celebrate my life.

National Siamese Cat Day 

National Siamese Cat Day is celebrated annually on April 6th. You don’t need to be a cat fancier to conclude that this holiday celebrates Siamese cats – a popular cat breed loved worldwide.
Siamese cats originated in Siam (now Thailand). They first came to America in the late 1800s. In fact, the first Siamese cat brought to America was actually a gift for First Lady Lucy Hayes, wife of President Rutherford Hayes. Siam, the First Cat, fit right in with the rest of the White House menagerie, which included a goat, a bird, and two dogs. Today, they are one of America’s favorite breeds of feline.
Siamese cats are long, lean, and sleek. These blue-eyed beauties have a beautiful coat and striking “points” on their ears, legs, tails and mask in gorgeous colors of seal, chocolate, blue, lilac, red, smoke, tabby, and cream. Besides their good looks, these loving and loyal felines make wonderful pets. Siamese cats are very intelligent and will remind you of that constantly. They are known for being quite “vocal”.
To celebrate National Siamese Cat Day, learn more about this distinctive breed of domestic cats.

National Tartan Day

National Tartan Day is celebrated annually on April 6th. Ye lads and lasses needn’t be of Scottish ancestry to figure out that this holiday is intended to be a celebration of Scottish heritage. The date commemorates the date on which the Declaration of Arbroath was signed in 1320. It honors and celebrates Scottish culture and the role it has played in the development of the United States. The Senate officially recognized National Tartan Day in 1998.
In the United States, there are an estimated eleven million people who claim Scottish ancestry, making them the eighth largest ethnic group. Many of the framers of the Constitution were of Scottish heritage, and some say that the Declaration of Independence was modeled after the aforementioned, Declaration of Arbroath.
From the framers of the Declaration of Independence to the first man on the moon, Scottish-Americans have contributed greatly to the fields of the arts, science, politics, law, and more since this nation was founded.
Tartan is a crisscrossed pattern of horizontal and vertical bands woven into cloth. It is made by weaving colored threads at right angles to each other. In Britain, The Dress Act of 1746 attempted to ban tartan and other aspects of Gaelic culture in order to bring people under tighter government control. The law was repealed in 1782 and tartan became symbolic as the national dress of Scotland.
To celebrate National Tartan Day, learn more about Scottish history and the symbolism of tartans.

National Sorry Charlie Day

National Sorry Charlie Day is observed annually on April 6th. This holiday gives us an opportunity to reflect on how we survived the rejection and what we learned from it. It also encourages us to think about the times we have been rejected. And, we’ve all been rejected at some time in our lives – whether by a sweetheart, by a college, by a prospective employer, or by the bank for a loan.
We all remember Charlie the Tuna from the Starkist™ commercials, right. He was often rejected but he persevered with a smile, waiting for his next opportunity. The ad campaign was so popular that “Sorry, Charlie” became a popular American catchphrase. Charlie never let rejection stop him – so don’t let it stop you either as you celebrate National Sorry Charlie Day.

Fresh Tomato Day 

Nothing epitomizes spring and summer more than fresh tomatoes. Fresh Tomato Day is celebrated annually on April 6th. You should easily be able to deduce that this holiday celebrates fresh tomatoes – a delicious and nutritious fruit loved worldwide. And, yes, tomatoes are a fruit and not a vegetable.
Tomatoes are an extremely healthy fruit as they are great sources of vitamins A and C, potassium, fiber, and lycopene. Lycopene is responsible for this fruit’s rich red color and tomatoes have the highest concentration of any other fruit or vegetable. Research indicates tomatoes may help stave off many illnesses such as cardiovascular disease, and cancers such as those of the prostate, colon, stomach, mouth, and esophagus.
The best place to store your tomatoes is at room temperature (between 55 and 75 degrees F.) – never, ever, ever ever, in the refrigerator. The cold temperature destroys the tomato’s flavor and makes them mealy. A ripe tomato has bright, shiny skin and yields to the touch. Place them stem side up as the top part is the softest and tends to bruise more easily. Store them out of direct sunlight and be sure to use them within 4-5 days of picking or purchasing.
You don’t need to be a genius to know how to celebrate Fresh Tomato Day – enjoy some fresh tomatoes today.
Author’s Note: 
The difference between knowledge and wisdom:
Knowledge is knowing that tomatoes are fruit.
Wisdom is knowing that tomatoes don’t belong in a fruit salad.

National Caramel Popcorn Day

National Caramel Popcorn Day is celebrated annually on April 6th. As this holiday’s name infers, it celebrates caramel corn – a world-renowned crispy, sweet snack food.
Corn has been around for millennia. Remnants of “Popping” corn (variety Zea mays everta) for example have been found in Mexico that dates back to 3600 BC. Fossil evidence from Peru suggests that corn was popped as early as 4700 BC. And, there is also evidence that the Incas, the Aztecs, and even a few Native American tribes used popcorn for both ceremonial decorations and for consumption.
While the exact history of caramel is unknown, it is known that as early as 1650 American settlers were making hard candies in kettles. Between this time and the early 1880s, some ingenious candy makers added fat and milk while boiling sugar and water, creating what is now known as caramel.
Before caramel popcorn, there was ‘kettle corn’ – which is cooked in oil with sugar and salt, and was enjoyed for special occasions, such as holidays and fairs. However, the caramel popcorn we know and love today was first introduced in the 1870s. Frederick and Louis Rueckheim, who immigrated to the United States of America from Germany, settled in Chicago. In 1870, they opened a popcorn store and began experimenting with unique flavors and toppings. One of these experiments produced a new concoction which was a mix of popcorn, peanuts, and molasses. This became a hit quite quickly. A customer, after having tried this popcorn concoction from the two brothers’ popcorn store, exclaimed “That’s a crackerjack product!” At the time, crackerjack  meant “great quality.” The name stuck. They took their popular new product to the New York World’s Fair in 1893 and it was a huge success there as well. In 1896, the brothers registered their crackerjack product as Cracker Jack and began mass-producing the product in the United States. The success and popularity of Cracker Jack led others to experiment with popcorn and syrups, which led to the caramel corn craze. Today, there are quite a few national caramel popcorn products sold nationally, as well as many “craft” caramel corn products sold regionally and locally.
I can think of no more crackerjack way to use up that caramel sauce that you made in celebration of Caramel Day yesterday than to make a batch of caramel popcorn today in celebration of National Caramel Popcorn Day. If you don’t feel like going to the trouble of making caramel popcorn yourself, most supermarkets today have a wide selection of gourmet caramel corn varieties. If all else fails, there is the old standard, Cracker Jacks. Treat yourself to some form of caramel popcorn today, whether or not it involves a “toy surprise”.
Author’s Note:  
Does anyone else separate the popcorn and peanuts when eating Cracker Jack and save the peanuts for last – or is it just me?

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

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