USMC, Area Codes, Sesame Street, Forget-Me-Nots, and Vanilla Cupcakes

November 10, 2021 at 12:01 am | Posted in Today's Reasons To Celebrate | Leave a comment

Good morning military history buffs. Today is Wednesday, November 10, 2021. November 10th is the 314th day of the year, and 51 days remain.

USMC Day

USMC Day is celebrated annually on November 10th. You needn’t be a jarhead to ascertain that this holiday celebrates the birth of the United States Marine Corps – one of America’s most-respected branches of military service.
The Marine Corps was created during the Revolutionary War. The Continental Congress of the newly created United States of America authorized the creation of the Continental Marines on November 10, 1775. They were deactivated after the end of the Revolutionary War in April of 1783, however, they were reactivated by Congress under their current name, United States Marine Corps, on July 11, 1798, but their “birthday” is still celebrated on this date.
The Marine Corps has participated in every armed conflict that has involved the United States since its creation. If you encounter a Marine today – whether active duty, reserve, separated, or retired – celebrate USMC Day by thanking him/her for their service. Semper Fi!

Area Code Day 

Area Code Day is celebrated each year on November 10th. As you might suspect, this holiday celebrates the creation of area codes – the number system that gave telephone communications a giant leap forward.
On this date in 1951, direct-dial, coast-to-coast telephone service began when Mayor M. Leslie Denning of Englewood, NJ, direct-dialed his counterpart, the Mayor of Alameda, CA. Prior to this monumental event, all long-distance calls required assistance from one (or more) [regional] telephone operators. By 1965, telephone operators were being phased out, and most areas of the country were able to directly dial long-distance phone numbers without assistance.
Most people don’t realize that their telephone number is not a random group of numbers assigned by their local phone company. All telephone numbers in the United States and Canada are part of the North American Numbering Plan; a system designed by Bell Systems and AT&T in the 1940s to consolidate the myriad of local phone companies into a cohesive system to expedite long-distance calling. Area codes were based on population density at the time; with the highest population densities receiving the lowest number combinations because on the old-style rotary telephones it took less time to dial the lower numbers. (for instance, New York was assigned area code 212). Your phone number is composed of a three-digit prefix (area code), plus your exchange code – (another three-digit prefix), and your four-digit subscriber number.  Wikipedia has a much more detailed, [and boring], explanation of the history of area codes than I can provide here.
Since area codes, like postal zip codes, originally identified the area of the country in which you live, they could be used as a source of pride and prestige (or shame and degradation). However, with service overlays and the proliferation of cell phones muddling geographic boundaries, area codes don’t mean as much as they used to. Area Code Day remembers a bygone era when moving or changing telephone networks meant changing your phone number.
To celebrate Area Code Day, simply pick up your phone and “reach out and touch someone” with whom you haven’t spoken in a while.

Sesame Street Day

Sesame Street Day is celebrated annually on November 10th. Even if you still have the intellect of a toddler, you should be able top deduce that this holiday celebrates the anniversary of the debut of Sesame Street – one of America’s most beloved children’s programs. Sesame Street aired its first program on PBS on this date in 1969. Sesame Street has helped educate and entertain generations of children worldwide.
This group of adorable and iconic characters has attained superstar status. They are as recognizable to most people as any Hollywood or sports star.
To celebrate Sesame Street Day, watch some old Sesame Street shows. If you have small children or grandchildren to watch them with you – all the better.

Forget-Me-Not Day

Forget-Me-Not Day is celebrated each year on November 10th. Contrary to what you might think, this holiday does not celebrate the fragrant springtime flower of the same name. Rather, this holiday is a day to remember family, friends, and loved ones. Use it to get in touch with family, friends and loved ones, especially those who we haven’t seen in a while. This day is intended to remember the living, but, it can be used to memorialize a loved one who is no longer with us as well.
To celebrate Forget-Me-Not Day, get in touch with friends and family members with which you haven’t been in contact recently. Of course, if you think flowers are appropriate for the occasion, forget-me-nots would be the obvious choice.

National Vanilla Cupcake Day  

National Vanilla Cupcake Day is celebrated annually on November 10th. You don’t need to be a pâtissier to conclude that this holiday celebrates vanilla cupcakes.
Vanilla is a favorite choice for cupcake eaters, and it’s never boring.  While vanilla cupcakes were long regarded as a confection best enjoyed at kid’s birthday parties, these delicate little cakes are perfect for any occasion, especially snacking.
So, why not add a little frosting to your day today by celebrating National Vanilla Cupcake Day. While you can easily hit up your neighborhood bakery for a quick fix, why not settle into the kitchen and bake up a batch of vanilla cupcakes for your family today. Nothing says “I love you” more than a freshly baked cupcake.

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

 

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