9/11, Studebakers, Iguanas, Making Beds, Women in Baseball, and Hot Cross Buns

September 11, 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 patriots. Today is Saturday, September 11, 2021. Today is the 254th day of the year, and 111 days remain.

Preface:

As you might suspect, there are a number of 9/11-related holidays today riding on the coattails of the tragic event in American history that occurred on this date in 2001. I have listed them below, complete with links.

These holidays serve as a reminder that America is not immune from attack within its borders. Just as everyone from my generation knows where they were and what they were doing when President Kennedy was assassinated in 1963, every American old enough to remember knows exactly where they were and what they were doing when the horrific events of September 11, 2001, unfolded. Those memories are and should be, indelibly etched into our subconscious.
My Story:
I was an over-the-road truck driver traveling westbound on I-10 between New Orleans and Baton Rouge Louisiana. I was listening to an audio book (“Atlas Shrugged”) instead of my usual Fox News or CNN on my satellite radio, so when I stopped at the Pilot Truck Stop in Baton Rouge for a little break, I was unaware that anything was amiss. The first indication I had that something wasn’t right was the inordinate amount of people gathered around the one and only display television set in the C-store. I noticed that a couple of people were crying, but most just seemed to have a look of astonishment on their faces. I went over to investigate and arrived just in time to see the second plane crash into the second tower.
Although I’m tempted, I am not going to launch into a big “HOORAH for America” tirade. I would merely like to say I, for one, will never forget the abhorrent events of this day. Observe (or don’t) 9/11 in any way you deem most appropriate and please feel free to share your own 9/11 story with me in the comments.

Now, on a lighter note, here are the rest of today’s holidays. Thankfully, they have absolutely nothing to do with the abominable events of 9/11. 

International Drive Your Studebaker Day  

International Drive Your Studebaker Day is celebrated annually on the second Saturday in September. As you can easily infer, this holiday celebrates Studebakers – the classic American automobile. This holiday is sponsored by the Studebaker Drivers Club Inc. On this holiday, different chapters of the Club hold meet ups, organize road trips, or a variety of other events around the world. Each chapter decides what they will do to celebrate, but in general, it is a celebration of the now defunct Studebaker automobile and provides an opportunity for Studebaker owners and enthusiasts to gather and “strut their stuff”.
The Studebaker Brothers Manufacturing Company was founded in 1852, and incorporated in 1868. The company originally produced wagons for farmers, miners, and the military. They entered the automotive business in 1902 with electric vehicles and in 1904 with gasoline vehicles, all sold under the name “Studebaker Automobile Company”. The first gasoline automobiles to be fully manufactured with just the name Studebaker were marketed in August 1912. Over the next half-century or so, the company established an enviable reputation for quality and reliability. However, in the late 1950s, a prolonged labor strike, and competition from “the big 3” auto manufacturers marked the beginning of the end for the Studebaker. In a last-ditch effort to save the company, they merged with another struggling company, Packard, but to no avail. The company floundered along for another decade, but the last Studebaker automobile rolled off the last remaining Studebaker assembly line in Hamilton, Ontario, Canada, on March 16, 1966.
There might be good news on the horizon for Studebaker lovers, though. The new Studebaker Motor Company has been in existence since 2002. In 2008, entrepreneur Ric W. Reed bought the company and moved its headquarters to Arvada, CO. His stated goal is:

to create vehicles that are in some way reminiscent of the classic Studebaker, or in other words, definitively Studebaker, yet brought into the 21st Century, and again to see Studebaker Motor Company the American Icon it once was.

Alas, nothing has happened since, at least as far as I can determine, although they say they are working on it.
To celebrate International Drive Your Studebaker Day, learn more about Studebakers and the history of the Studebaker Automobile Company. And, obviously, if you are fortunate enough to own a classic Studebaker, drive it with pride today.
Author’s Note: 
If I could afford a classic Studebaker, I would choose either a 1960 Studebaker Golden Hawk or a 1963 Studebaker Avanti (the fastest American production car ever built – 181 mph right off the showroom floor, baby). 

National Iguana Awareness Day 

National Iguana Awareness Day is celebrated annually on the second Saturday of September. You needn’t be a herpetologist to deduce that this holiday celebrates Iguanas – that genus of herbivorous lizards that are native to tropical areas of Mexico, Central America,  and South America. This holiday was established in 1998 to discourage people from viewing iguanas as “disposable pets”. Because of the low-cost and “mass market” appeal of iguanas, many are purchased without the means or knowledge to care for them properly, dooming them to an early death after just a few years or less. People purchase iguanas due to their small size, their low price, and the apparent low cost of feeding of juvenile iguanas. Though small and cute as juveniles, iguanas can grow to nearly six feet in length and weigh some 20 pounds. They can live up 20 years and can be very aggressive.
There are many species of iguanas. Some thrive in tropical climates, while others like the desert and still others live in water. Most of the iguanas you find in pet stores are of the desert variety. Being desert animals, they will thrive only in temperatures of 75 to 95 degrees Fahrenheit. They require natural unfiltered sunlight or specialized light bulbs for proper UVA exposure. Without proper lighting, their bodies cannot develop Vitamin D and will develop a metabolic bone disease which is fatal if not treated. So, leave the raising of iguanas to the professionals. If you absolutely, positively must have an iguana, please educate yourself on their proper care, and take the time and spend the money to raise and house them properly.
To celebrate National Iguana Awareness Day, learn more about iguanas.

Make Your Bed Day  

Make Your Bed Day is celebrated annually on September 11th. As you might suspect, this holiday urges you to make your bed today.
Unless you’re anal-retentive, have company coming over, or have a gun pointed at your head, you probably don’t take the time to make your bed every morning. You either leave the covers in a rumpled mess – or, like me, you fling the covers in the general direction of your pillows, letting them lie where they lie.
To celebrate Make Your Bed Day, deviate from the norm today and take a few minutes to properly make your bed. While you’re at it, you might as well change your sheets too. Then, don’t forget to take a picture and send it to your mommy. She’ll be so proud of you.

Women’s Baseball Day 

Women’s Baseball Day is celebrated annually on September 11th. On this date in 1875, the Blondes and Brunettes played the first public baseball game between female teams in Springfield, Illinois. Although just an exhibition game, it is significant in that it was the first baseball game to be played by two teams comprised solely of women.
In her book, “Women in Baseball”, author Gai Berlage highlights the history of female umpires, players, owners, and sportswriters as well as the teams, dating back as far as 1866. It covers professional and amateur teams as well as hard and softball.
Jackie Mitchell became a media sensation in 1931 when she struck out both Babe Ruth and Lou Gehrig in an exhibition game in Yankee Stadium. During World War II, Wrigley started the All-American Girls Professional Baseball League. In fact, it was not until 1952 that a rule was implemented  in Major League Baseball that barred women from being professional baseball players. In 1974, the Supreme Court forced Little League to change its charter and permit girls to play baseball on boys’ teams. So, as you can plainly see, women have been a part of baseball almost from its beginnings.
To celebrate Women’s Baseball Day, learn more about the role women played in the development of baseball.

National Hot Cross Bun Day 

National Hot Cross Bun Day is celebrated annually on September 11th. You don’t need to be a professional baker to conclude that this holiday celebrates hot cross buns – those sweet yeast buns made with raisins or currants, and spiced with cinnamon and nutmeg.
Hot cross buns derive their soft texture from the milk and eggs used in the dough. The tops are decorated with a cross made of icing (or more simply, by knife cuts in the dough). The cross symbolizes the crucifixion. Hot cross buns are traditionally eaten on Good Friday. So, then why is National Hot Cross Bun Day celebrated about six months later? No one knows for sure. The origins of this holiday are unknown.
The currant bun is believed to predate Christianity, eaten by Saxons in to honor the goddess Eostre (the cross is believed to have symbolized the four quarters of the moon; Eostre is probably the origin of the word “Easter”). The first recorded use of the term “hot cross bun” appears in 1733.
To celebrate National Hot Cross Bun Day, enjoy some hot cross buns today. Recipes are available online and in many cookbooks, in case you are interested.

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

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