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. 

Factoid: 
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. 

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