Donald Duck, Earls, and Strawberry-Rhubarb Pie

June 9, 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 fans of animated domestic waterfowl. Today is Wednesday, June 9, 2021. Today is the 160th day of the year, and 205 days remain.

Donald Duck Day 

Donald Duck Day is celebrated annually on June 9th. You don’t need to be an illustrator or an animator to deduce that this holiday celebrates the irascible, fowl-tempered, Disney cartoon character – Donald Duck. Donald is a classic Disney character beloved for his instantly recognizable voice and mischievous ways.
Donald Duck Day does not, as some believe, celebrate Donald’s “birthday”. [According to a group of fans with way too much time on their hands, his actual birthday is March 13th. They arrived at this conclusion by deciphering clues in his cartoons – such as his license plate number (313), and in the cartoon “Donald’s Happy Birthday” his nephews, Huey, Dewey, and Louie, are sitting around trying to decide what to get “Unca’ Donald” for his birthday. The date circled on the calendar is March 13th]. Rather, this holiday celebrates the fact that on this date in 1934, Donald Duck made his first appearance in the cartoon “The Wise Hen.”
Over the next twenty years, Donald made appearances in more than 150 theatrical films – including some that were recognized at the Academy Awards. Donald Duck is one of the most popular Disney characters – along with his best buddy Mickey Mouse. Donald has actually appeared in more movies and cartoons than any other Disney character, including Mickey.
You can celebrate Donald Duck Day by watching a few Donald Duck cartoons – they can be found all over the internet. Perhaps, it would be a better idea to actually go to a park and feed some ducks. They get to enjoy the treats that you bring them, and you get to enjoy some time relaxing in the park. Win. Win.
Author’s Note:
Please! DO NOT feed the cute duckies in the park bread, chips, crackers, cereal, popcorn, etc. These can actually cause harm to them because they can’t digest them. Instead, feed them things like cracked corn, rolled oats, cooked or uncooked rice, birdseed, grapes (cut into small pieces), thawed frozen peas or corn, or chopped-up vegetable trimmings or peels. Only feed them foods in small, bite-sized pieces that they can easily eat.

National Earl Day

National Earl Day is celebrated annually on June 9th. As you might suspect, this holiday celebrates people named Earl. Yesterday, we were urged to celebrate girls/women named Betty and take them on a picnic. This holiday urges us to celebrate boys/men named Earl but, unlike yesterday’s Betty Picnic Day, we aren’t given any guidance as to how we are supposed to commemorate them.
Earl is not the most popular given name for a male child, but it has been around since about 1880. [U. S. government records and census reports indicate that 286,878 boys in the United States have been named Earl since then. The name Earl reached its peak in 1921 when 6,741 people in the U.S. were given the name Earl, but since then, it has been on the decline].
It seems that you are the arbiter of how you celebrate National Earl Day. So, reach out to the Earls in your life today and let them know how special you think they are. You could, of course, take them on a picnic, but that just seems redundant.
Listed below are some famous people named Earl.

  • Earl Scruggs – Legendary Bluegrass music artist.
  • Earl Monroe – Collegiate and NBA basketball star.
  • Earl Warren – Former Supreme Court Judge and Chief Justice. He was involved in several prominent decisions including Brown v. Board of Education and Miranda v. Arizona. Warren also headed the investigation into the assassination of President John F. Kennedy.
  • Earl (his title, not his given name) Charles Grey – Former British Prime Minister and the person assumed to be the namesake of Earl Grey tea.

National Strawberry-Rhubarb Pie Day 

National Strawberry-Rhubarb Pie Day is celebrated annually on June 9th. It doesn’t require a vivid imagination to conclude that this holiday celebrates strawberry-rhubarb pie. Who knew that you could combine a fruit and a vegetable to make a dessert? Well, that is exactly what strawberry-rhubarb pie does. We all know that strawberries are a fruit, and how delicious they are so I won’t dwell on them. Rhubarb though is actually a vegetable, a member of the sorrel family.
Even for a vegetable, rhubarb is quite tart. Before people figured out that you could sweeten it, rhubarb was used mainly in savory stews, soups, and sauces. The stalks are the only edible part of rhubarb. The leaves are mildly toxic (they contain oxalic acid).
Rhubarb grew wild in northwest China and was first cultivated about 5,000 years ago for medicinal purposes. It made its way to the West via Turkey and Russia and was first planted in England by an apothecary in 1777. Benjamin Franklin is credited with introducing rhubarb to the East Coast of America shortly afterward, and the first recipes for strawberry-rhubarb pie appeared about 30 years later in the early 1800s.
To celebrate National Strawberry-Rhubarb Pie Day, have a slice of this unique pie today. This is one recipe, but there are many more available online.
Author’s Note:
I am not a big fan of rhubarb. I’ll just have the strawberries…and the pie, please.

Listed below is another holiday celebrated on this date that deserve mention. 

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