July 24th – “This is the Place”

July 24, 2017 at 12:01 am | Posted in Today's Reasons To Celebrate | Leave a comment

Good morning Latter Day Saints. Today is Monday, July 24, 2017. Today’s reasons to celebrate are:

Mormon Pioneer Day

Mormon Pioneer Day celebrates the date in 1847 that Brigham Young looked out over the Salt Lake Valley and proclaimed: “This is the place.” Mormon Pioneer Day is celebrated primarily in Utah, but some surrounding states with significant Mormon populations, such as Idaho, Arizona, Nevada, Wyoming, and California celebrate it as well, although not to the extent that Utah does. In Utah, it is an official state holiday.
After their founder, Joseph Smith was murdered in 1844, the Mormons, members of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints, moved westward from their settlement in Nauvoo, Illinois, under the leadership of Brigham Young. Over the next two decades, thousands of Mormons followed suit, some pushing their belongings in hand carts.
The original 40-acre plot with log houses where the Mormons settled is now modern-day Salt Lake City Utah.

National Tell an Old Joke Day 

On National Tell an Old Joke Day, dust off your repertoire of old jokes to amuse your friends and family. Laughter is not only fun, but many studies have shown that it’s also healthy.
Let me get you started.“Knock, knock.”

“Knock, knock.”
“Who’s there?”
“Orange.”
“Orange who?”
“Orange you glad I told you about this holiday?”

Amelia Earhart Day

Amelia Earhart Day is celebrated annually on the anniversary of her birth in 1897. Amelia Earhart was a famous aviation pioneer who broke many early aviation records.
Legend, mystery, and speculation surround the final flight and disappearance of Amelia Earhart and her navigator, Fred Noonan. They were on a record-setting attempt to fly around the world when they became lost in the Pacific Ocean. On July 2, 1937, they headed on a difficult leg of the journey towards Howell Island in the Pacific. Weather conditions were less than ideal. While still in radio communication, ships on the ground confirmed that Earhart was having difficulty finding the island. Ultimately, radio communications faded and died. The plane was never heard from again. The disappearance of Amelia Earhart’s plane resulted in the largest search and rescue operation to date. It also sparked rumors as to what caused the disappearance. To this day, theories and speculation still exist about the cause of the disappearance. Some theories involve conspiracies and even alien abductions.

Cousin’s Day

Cousin’s Day celebrates your aunt and uncle’s children; many of whom are probably close to your own age. Cousins are the ones who made those family reunions holidays, birthday parties, weddings, anniversaries and many other countless family get togethers somewhat tolerable. Your cousins were the ones you played with and bonded with, while adults were busy doing whatever adults do at these get togethers. Often, your cousins end up being lifelong friends.
There are different types of cousins. There are first cousins, first cousins once or twice removed, second cousins, second cousins once or twice removed, and on and on and on. To help you climb through the different branches of your family tree, here’s a handy cousins tree graph showing most of the different relationships.
Organize a cousin’s reunion of your own and get together with as many of your cousins as possible today. When you greet them, don’t forget to say, ” What’s buzzin cuzzin?”

National Drive-Thru Day

The original concept of “drive-thru” was pioneered by the banking industry as a convenience to their customers in the 1930’s. It wasn’t long after that drive-in restaurants began offering the service as well.
After WWII, the sunshine and a love affair with automobiles spurred the growth of many roadside businesses in California catering specifically to motorists. They made getting lunch “on the go” easy and sometimes fun. America’s first major drive-thru hamburger chain, In ‘n Out Burger was founded in 1948 and helped pave the way for this new dining experience. Conversely, McDonald’s was a latecomer to the “drive-thru” craze and didn’t open their first “drive-thru” until 1975 in their Sierra Vista, AZ location to serve the needs of the large military population in nearby Ft. Huachuca who couldn’t, by military regulation, wear their fatigues inside their restaurant. Below are a few more “drive-thru” factoids:

  • There are more than 211,000 fast food restaurants in the United States that offer “drive-thru” service.
  • Hamburgers sold for just 15¢ or less at most of the first drive-thru restaurants.
  • Today, restaurants, coffee shops, liquor stores, pharmacies and many more businesses use the “drive-thru” concept for quick service.

No special skills are needed to celebrate National Drive-Thru Day…save for the ability to drive, or access to someone who has the ability to drive. Simply patronize a business that offers “drive-thru” service and utilize it.

National Tequila Day

Tequila is North America’s first indigenous distilled drink or spirit, a strong distilled alcoholic liquor. It’s made from the sweet juice of the blue agave plant and is produced via double-distillation in the area around the city of Tequila, located in the western Mexico state of Jalisco. The agave plant grows exceptionally well in the volcanic soil of the region, and Mexican law dictates that tequila can only be produced in Jalisco. Mezcal, the precursor of tequila, is a less refined spirit that can be made from five different varieties of agave. It is single-distilled and is made mostly in the Mexican state of Oaxaca. (The agave plant is a succulent in the Agavaceae family, related to the lily family, and not a cactus). Before there was tequila or mezcal, there was pulque. Pulque, also called octli (“nectar of the gods”) was made by the Nahuatl Aztec tribe that migrated into the region. The first recorded cultivation of the blue agave dates to 1224 A.D. It is also recorded that in 1239, a very strong beverage called pulque was fermented from it. It is still made today.
I hope you’re well stocked with salt and limes (or Margarita mix).

Another Holiday

On This Date

  • In 1847 – Richard M. Hoe patented the rotary-type printing press.
  • In 1849 – Georgetown University in Washington, DC, presented its first Doctor of Music Degree. It was given to Professor Henry Dielman.
  • In 1866 – Tennessee became the first state to be readmitted to the Union after the Civil War.
  • In 1911 – Machu Picchu was rediscovered. The 15th century, largely forgotten Inca site in Peru was rediscovered by American Hiram Bingham III.
  • In 1929 – President Hoover proclaimed the Kellogg-Briand Pact, which renounced war as an instrument of foreign policy.
  • In 1923 – The Treaty of Lausanne was signed between Turkey and the countries that formed the Allied Powers in the First World War. Under the treaty, Turkey had to give up all the territorial claims made by the Ottoman Empire and agree to new borders.
  • In 1948 – Soviet occupation forces in Germany blockaded West Berlin. The United States-British airlift (aka the Berlin Airlift) began the following day.
  • In 1956 – Dean Martin and Jerry Lewis ended their comedy partnership. They ended the partnership a decade after it began on July 25, 1946.
  • In 1959 – A series of debates, now popularly called the kitchen debates, occurred between Vice President Nixon and Soviet Premier Khrushchev in Moscow. Nixon was visiting a house built as part of an exhibit in the American National Exhibition.
  • In 1969 – The Apollo 11 astronauts splashed down safely in the Pacific Ocean.
  • In 1974 – The Supreme Court unanimously ruled that President Nixon had to turn over subpoenaed White House tape recordings to the Watergate special prosecutor.
  • In 1977 – The 4-day long Libyan-Egyptian War ended. The border war began with thousands of Libyans marching towards Egypt’s borders.
  • In 1978 – Billy Martin was fired for the first of three times as the manager of the New York Yankees baseball team.
  • In 1987 – Hulda Crooks, at 91 years of age, climbed Mt. Fuji. Hulda became the oldest person to climb Japan’s highest peak.
  • In 2013 – A high-speed train traveling from Madrid to Ferrol derailed on a curve near Santiago de Compostela killing 79 people and injuring over 100 others.

Noteworthy Birthdays

If you were born on this date, Happy Birthday. You share your birthday the following list of illustrious individuals – and about 20-million other people.

July 23rd – “Hot Enough For Ya?”

July 23, 2017 at 12:01 am | Posted in Today's Reasons To Celebrate | Leave a comment

Good morning sweltering sidekicks. Today is Sunday, July 23, 2017. Today’s reasons to celebrate are:

“Hot Enough For Ya” Day

Hot Enough For Ya Day is pretty much self-explanatory. All across the United States, summer is in full swing. Record highs are being broken at an alarming rate, so the best thing you can do to avoid the oppressive heat is to stay inside. If you have to venture outside, wear light clothing and a hat. And, don’t forget to greet all of the other unfortunates you encounter while ‘out and about’ on this scorcher, with a hearty, “Hot Enough For Ya”?

Gorgeous Grandma Day

Gorgeous Grandma Day celebrates those gorgeous women who still live life to its fullest and don’t let things like grandchildren or their age slow them down. Whether they are the keeper of the ‘secret’ family recipes, ride a Harley, or run a 10k’s for breast cancer, they want to get the most out of every day of their life. They cherish themselves as much as they cherish their loved ones. They love life and let everyone know it.
Chances are that most of you won’t have to look past your own family to find a gorgeous grandma, so today, let her know how much you appreciate her and all that she does; that is if you can catch her. Who knows, maybe you are one yourself.

Parents’ Day

Parents’ Day is observed annually on the fourth Sunday of July and was established by President Clinton in 1994. According to the Congressional resolution, this day was established for “recognizing, uplifting, and supporting the role of parents in the rearing of children and to celebrate the value and importance of good parenting.”
Parents play a vital role in the lives of children.  From the day we are born, parents are our protectors, teachers, providers and role models.  As families, they are the core of our communities.
The Parents’ Day Council plays an important part in celebrating and promoting Parents’ Day through a variety of activities and events each year. The Council honors “Parents of the Year” at local, state, and even national levels.

Yada, Yada, Yada Day

The word yada is a transliteration of the ancient Hebrew word (yaw-dah’) and is translated “to know”. It is first used in Genesis 4:1 “The man yaw-dah (knew) his wife and she conceived.” Basically, it was a euphemism for sex in ancient Hebrew literature. It has had many variations since then, including yadda and yatta, and was used by comedian Lenny Bruce in the 1950’s, 1930’s vaudeville and some say even earlier than that.
The usage of “yada, yada, yada” with which most of us are familiar became a part of our culture in the episode of the TV show “Seinfeld” (season 8, episode 19). In the episode, George’s new girlfriend, Marcy, uses “yada yada yada” to shorten her stories. George becomes suspicious when Marcy tells him that her ex-boyfriend had visited her the night before “and yada yada yada, I’m really tired today.” George later consults Jerry and Elaine, suspecting that Marcy used “yada yada yada” to cover up sex with her ex-boyfriend, and Elaine believes that this is possible.
Yada, Yada, Yada Day is an “internet holiday” and had its beginnings on Facebook in 2015. My research revealed no clues regarding why this holiday is celebrated on this particular date. The “Seinfeld” episode first aired on April 24, 1997, and has no correlation to today’s date. None of the main characters on the show were born on this date, and likewise for the writers or producers, so your guess is as good as mine – yada, yada, yada.

National Vanilla Ice Cream Day

National Vanilla Ice Cream Day celebrates one of Americas favorite ice cream flavors. Vanilla ice cream may not be the favorite flavor of ice cream (chocolate has that distinction) but vanilla is a close second and is more refreshing and more versatile. Vanilla ice cream is a classic ice cream choice with a rich history. Though vanilla ice cream was not introduced in the United States until the 1780’s when Thomas Jefferson brought the recipe over from France, vanilla had been used as a flavoring ingredient by the Aztec people as early as the 1500’s. And that claim might be inaccurate, as evidence exists showing that colonists made ice cream long before Jefferson’s recipe surfaced.  One thing is clear, Thomas Jefferson loved his vanilla ice cream. According to Montecello.org, vanilla ice cream was reported by visitors to have been served several times during his presidency. Jefferson even produced a handwritten copy of a vanilla ice cream recipe in the 1780s, which is now housed at the Library of Congress. The Thomas Jefferson ice cream recipe is also available at Mt. Rushmore in South Dakota.
Whether you prefer a cone, a dish, an ice cream soda, a shake, a sundae, or a float, celebrate National Vanilla Ice Cream Day by having some vanilla ice cream – and the great thing about vanilla ice cream is that you have such a wide variety of flavorings with which to top it if it is otherwise too bland for your palate.

Peanut Butter And Chocolate Day

While no one knows who first combined peanut butter and chocolate, or when it was first done, one thing is certain…since then, the culinary world has never been the same. Peanut Butter And Chocolate Day celebrates this glorious combination of nutty and sweet. Peanut butter has been around since the Aztecs, where it was, oddly enough, used as a toothache remedy and chocolate was used as an offering to the gods and was the drink of royalty.
Today you can find peanut butter and chocolate in almost every conceivable combination, and, to my knowledge, the mixing of the two has never lead to any kind of culinary regret. Everyone knows about Reese’s Peanut Butter Cups, probably the most renown combination of peanut butter and chocolate, but they are just the tip of the iceberg. Most specialty candy shops offer a superior, albeit, more costly version of peanut butter cups. Additionally, peanut butter and chocolate can be found in recipes for cakes, cup cakes, cookies, and even ice cream.
You don’t need a doctorate in the culinary arts to know how to celebrate Peanut Butter And Chocolate Day. All you need is the craving for peanut butter and chocolate. So, have some peanut butter and chocolate in any of the aforementioned ways… or give this recipe for Peanut Butter Cup Bars a try. It appears to be relatively simple and should satisfy your craving for peanut butter and chocolate.

Another Holiday 

On This Date

  • In 1715 – The first lighthouse in America was authorized for construction at Little Brewster Island, Massachusetts.
  • In 1829 – William Burt patented the typographer, which was the first typewriter.
  • In 1877 – The first municipal railroad passenger service began in Cincinnati, Ohio.
  • In 1938 – The first federal game preserve was approved by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service. The area was 2,000 acres in Utah.
  • In 1945 – The first passenger train observation car was placed in service by the Chicago, Burlington and Quincy Railroad.
  • In 1954 – A law is passed that states that “The Secretary of the Navy is authorized to repair, equip, and restore the United States Ship Constitution, as far as may be practicable, to her original appearance, but not for active service, and thereafter to maintain the United States Ship Constitution at Boston, Massachusetts.”
  • In 1958 – The submarine Nautilus departed from Pearl Harbor, Hawaii, under orders to conduct “Operation Sunshine.” The mission was to be the first vessel to cross the north pole by ship. The Nautilus achieved the goal on August 3, 1958.
  • In 1962 – The “Telstar” communications satellite sent the first live TV broadcast to Europe. Telstar 1, relayed the transatlantic television signal in the form of a show that featured Walter Cronkite.
  • In 1972 – The United States launched Landsat 1 (ERTS-1). It was the first Earth-resources satellite. The Landsat discovered an uninhabited island off the eastern coast of Canada in 1976. The island is now called Landsat Island.
  • In 1982 – The International Whaling Commission banned commercial whale hunting. They passed a resolution to restrict commercial whaling and ban it completely after 1986. In all. 25 countries voted to put the restrictions and ban in place.
  • In 1984 – Miss America, Vanessa Williams, turned in her crown after it had been discovered that nude photos of her had appeared in “Penthouse” magazine. She was the first Miss America to resign the title.
  • In 1986 – Britain’s Prince Andrew married Sarah Ferguson at Westminster Abbey in London. They divorced in 1996.
  • In 1992 – Abkhazia declared independence from the Georgian Republic.The Republic of Abkhazia is a disputed territory of Georgia and is recognized as an independent state by only a handful of countries including Russia, Nicaragua, Venezuela, Nauru, Tuvalu.
  • In 1995 – The Hale–Bopp Comet was discovered. Also known as C/1995 O1 by the scientific community, this well-known comet was discovered independently by Alan Hale and Thomas Bopp.
  • In 1998 – Scientists at the University of Hawaii turned out more than 50 “carbon-copy” mice, with a cloning technique.

Noteworthy Birthdays

If you were born on this date, Happy Birthday. You share your birthday the following list of illustrious individuals – and about 20-million other people.

July 22nd – Doonerism Spay

July 22, 2017 at 12:01 am | Posted in Today's Reasons To Celebrate | Leave a comment

Mood gorning smordwiths. Today is Saturday, July 22, 2017. Today’s reasons to celebrate are:

Spoonerism Day 

Spoonerism Day is named after, and celebrates the anniversary of the birth of, Reverend William Archibald Spooner; born on this date in 1844. A spoonerism is an error in speech or a deliberate play on words in which corresponding consonants, vowels, or morphemes are switched between two words in a phrase.
Reverend Spooner was small in stature, and an albino, but that is not what earned him his place in history. Spooner has been immortalized in history by what we call today spoonerisms: slips of the tongue where the initial consonant sounds of words are reversed. One of his most famous “spoonerisms” occurred when he was officiating at a wedding ceremony. Instead of saying, “Son, it is now customary to kiss the bride”, he said, “Son, it is now kisstomary to cuss the bride”.
To celebrate Spoonerism Day, fake up a mew oonerspisms of your own.

National Day of the Cowboy

National Day of the Cowboy is celebrated each year on the fourth Saturday in July and was created in 2005 by the National Day of the Cowboy Organization as a way to preserve the traditions of America’s rich cowboy heritage.
The era of the cowboy began after the Civil War in Texas. Cattle were herded long before this time, but in Texas, they had grown wild and largely unchecked. As the country expanded, the demand for beef in the northern territories and states increased. With nearly 5 million head of cattle, cowboys moved the herds on long drives to where the profits were.
Since there was very little law on the frontier, cowboys established their own “Cowboys’ Code of Conduct”. The lack of any written law in the Wild West made it very important for cowboys to create their own guidelines on how to live. These rules became known as the “Code of the West” – rules that were not written statutes but were always respected on the range.
In honor of National Day of the Cowboy, try to live up to these 10 codes of conduct:

  • Live each day with honesty and courage.
  • Take pride in your work. Always do your best.
  • Stay curious. Study hard and learn all you can.
  • Do what has to be done and finish what you start.
  • Be tough, but fair.
  • When you make a promise, keep it.
  • Be clean in thought, word, deed, and dress.
  • Practice tolerance and understanding of others.
  • Be willing to stand up for what is right.
  • Be an excellent steward of the land and its animals.

Rat Catcher’s Day

Rat Catcher’s Day commemorates the Pied Piper of Hamelin, the most infamous of Rat Catchers. One of the most well-known German folk tales is the story of the Pied Piper of Hamelin. The town of Hamelin, Germany was infested by rats. The mayor promised to handsomely pay the Pied Piper if he rid the town of rats. The Pied Piper played his flute. Lured by the magical music, all of the rats left town and followed him. He played his music all the way down to the river. He waded into the river. The rats followed him and drowned. The mayor refused to pay him. So, one night when the townspeople were asleep, the Pied Piper played his music again. This time, the children of the town followed him all the way into a cave. Some versions of the legend vary here. In one version, the Pied Piper kept them there until he was paid by the town for his services. In most versions, the children were never to be seen again.
No one knows for sure why Rat Catcher’s Day is celebrated on this date. According to the legend, the Pied Piper rid the town of Hamelin, Germany of rats on or around June 26, 1284. After the town mayor refused to make payment as promised, the Pied Piper returned to lure the children to a cave. In some versions of the legend, this occurred the next night. In others, he returned several weeks later. Perhaps that “several weeks later” was July 22nd.

Casual Pi Day aka Pi Approximation Day

To refresh your memory, Pi is the relationship of a circle’s circumference to its diameter. No matter how large or small a circle is, the proportion of the distance around the circle to the distance across its widest part is exactly the same. That exact number starts off 3.14……and goes on for bazillions of non-repeating digits.
Casual Pi Day is celebrated on this date because today’s date, when written in the European style (22/7), in mathematics means 22 divided by 7. If you divide 22 by 7 the answer is 3.14……., the approximate value of Pi.
Celebrating Casual Pi Day aka Pi Approximation Day is as easy as π. 

Hammock Day

Hammock Day is appropriately celebrated right in the middle of the Dog Days of summer (July 3 through August 11th, historically the hottest days of the year. It’s time to slow down and to relax, and there is no better place to slow down and relax, than on a hammock. This holiday exists to enjoy summer as it should be enjoyed.
People celebrate Hammock Day by spending as much time relaxing on it as possible. Getting out of your hammock to get a snack, or your favorite summer beverage is okay. But, it is not a day for work. Normally, right about now, I would give you the history of this holiday, but today, I’m too busy relaxing in my hammock.

Summer Leisure Day

Similar to Hammock Day, Summer Leisure Day is a day to relax and take it easy. The best things in life aren’t things at all but moments of time spent doing things you enjoy.
It’s easy to get caught up in the craziness of day to day life and to get distracted by the rat race — work, traffic, commuting – you know…everyday life. These things cause you to lose sight of what is truly important in life.
To celebrate Summer Leisure Day, remember to kick back and take it easy. No hammock required.

Crème Brûlée Day

Crème Brûlée Day celebrates, coincidently, Crème Brûlée, a rich creamy custard topped with a layer of hard caramel. Combining crunchy and creamy together into a single bite, it has been one of the hallmark desserts of Paris for centuries. Crème Brûlée has been around for quite some time, with the first recipe appearing in a recipe book by Francois Massialot in 1691. Oddly though, for all of its association with France, and specifically with Paris, it has appeared in only the one French cookbook. Since then, Crème Brûlée recipes are printed in books from other countries.
Traditionally served in ramekins, Crème Brûlée has the appearance of a small pie or tart, but once you crack that caramel shell, you’ll know that you are enjoying something truly special. When translated into English Crème Brûlée literally means “Burnt Cream”, but don’t let that deter you from trying this decadent dessert.
To celebrate Crème Brûlée Day, find a restaurant that offers Crème Brûlée and give it a try. Alternatively, try making it at home. It’s not too complicated. Basically, it is a simple custard with sugar sprinkled on the top then browned with a kitchen torch. Here is one recipe if you want to try it at home.

National Penuche Fudge Day

Penuche is a fudge-like candy made from brown sugar, butter, and milk, using no flavorings except for vanilla. Penuche often has a tannish color and is lighter than regular fudge. It is formed by the caramelization of brown sugar, thus its flavor is said to be reminiscent of caramel. Nuts, especially pecans, are often added to penuche for texture, especially in the making of penuche candies. It is primarily a regional food, found in New England and some places in the Southern United States, although, I remember my mother making it on many occasions when I was young, and I was raised in southern California. No matter where you are from, treat yourself to some today…assuming you can pry yourself out of your hammock.

More Holidays

Mango Day

On This Date

  • In 1587 – A second English colony was established on Roanoke Island off North Carolina. The first colony vanished under mysterious circumstances.
  • In 1796 – Cleveland was founded by Gen. Moses Cleaveland.
  • In 1798 – The USS Constitution was underway and out to sea for the first time since being launched on October 21, 1797.
  • In 1894 – The world’s first competitive motor race was held. The Paris–Rouen, Le Petit Journal Competition for Horseless Carriages was the world’s first city to city motoring competition. Starting in Paris and ending in Rouen, the race was organized by the newspaper Le Petit Journal.
  • In 1926 – Babe Ruth caught a baseball at Mitchell Field in New York. The ball had been dropped from an airplane flying at 250 feet.
  • In 1933 – Wiley Post ended his around-the-world flight. He had traveled 15,596 miles in 7 days, 18 hours and 45 minutes. He landed at Floyd Bennett Field in New York, the same airfield from which he departed. He was flying in a Lockheed Vega aircraft known as Winnie Mae.
  • In 1937 – The Senate rejected President Roosevelt’s proposal to add more justices to the Supreme Court.
  • In 1941 – Plans for the Pentagon were presented to the House Subcommittee on Appropriations.
  • In 1955 – Vice President Richard M. Nixon chaired a cabinet meeting in Washington, DC. It was the first time that a Vice President had carried out the task.
  • In 1975 – Confederate General Robert E. Lee had his United States citizenship posthumously restored by the Congress.
  • In 1983 – Australian Dick Smith became the first person to fly a helicopter around the world solo.
  • In 2000 – Astronomers at the University of Arizona announced that they had found a 17th moon orbiting Jupiter.
  • In 2003 – In northern Iraq, near Mosul, Saddam Hussein’s sons Odai and Qusai were killed in a raid by the U. S. Army’s 101st Airborne Division.
  • In 2003 – In Paris, France, a fire broke out near the top of the Eiffel Tower. About 4,000 visitors were evacuated and no injuries were reported.
  • In 2004 – The September 11 commission’s final report was released. The 575-page report concluded that hijackers exploited “deep institutional failings within our government.” The report was released to White House officials the day before.
  • In 2009 – The longest total solar eclipse of the 21st century, lasting  6 minutes and 38.8 seconds, occurred over parts of Asia and the Pacific Ocean.
  • In 2011 – Anders Behring Breivik a “lone wolf” anti-Islamist extremist placed a car bomb in front of the Norwegian Prime Minister’s office in Oslo killing 8 people and injuring about 200 others. A few hours later, Breivik opened fire at a youth summer camp on the island of Utøya killing 69 participants. This was the deadliest incident of violence in the Scandinavian country since the Second World War.

Noteworthy Birthdays

If you were born on this date, Happy Birthday. You share your birthday with the following list of illustrious individuals – and about 20-million other people.

July 21st – Legal Drinking Age Day

July 21, 2017 at 12:01 am | Posted in Today's Reasons To Celebrate | Leave a comment

Good morning imbibers of strong spirits. Today is Friday, July 21, 2017. Today’s reasons to celebrate are:

Legal Drinking Age Day 

Legal Drinking Age Day allows you to celebrate the fact that you are of legal drinking age (21 years of age here in America; 18 in most civilized countries). So if you are of legal drinking age, go ahead and indulge in one of your preferred adult beverages. Wait, you say it’s not 5 o’clock yet. No matter, go ahead and indulge anyway. It’s always 5 o’clock somewhere.
Author’s Note: This Blog in no way condones underage drinking, and no reference to engaging in underage drinking was intended or implied.

National Tug of War Tournament Day

Historians think some version of tug of war has been played for millennia; all the way back to both ancient Egypt and ancient China.
Today, formal organizations play by set rules, with eight people to a team and a muddy “moat” between them. The goal is to pull the rope at least four meters or cause the opponents to fall (and hopefully get very muddy).
There’s only one way to celebrate National Tug of War Tournament Day – Have a Tug of War.

Invite an Alien to Live with You Day

Invite an Alien to Live with You Day is a quirky holiday that celebrates the popular television show “Mork and Mindy” which aired on ABC from 1978 to 1982. It is celebrated on the birthdate of its breakout star, Robin Williams, who was born on this date in 1952. Surprisingly, this holiday is not a sanctioned holiday, but it is sponsored by a group called “The Life of the Party” so that makes it legit…right?

Take a Monkey to Lunch Day

Another off-beat holiday today is Take a Monkey to Lunch Day. Take a Monkey to Lunch Day celebrates the anniversary of the 1925 conviction of John Scopes in a Tennessee court for teaching evolution. Thankfully, Scopes’ conviction was later overturned. Oddly enough, this is not a sanctioned holiday either, and it too is sponsored by “The Life of the Party”.

Lamington Day

There is an organization, the Australian Lamington Appreciation Society (ALAS), which is committed to the preservation of their world famous Lamingtons and annually celebrating Lamington Day, yet you probably don’t even know what a Lamington is. For those of you who are unaware, Lamingtons are a sweet, cake-based snack from Australia, consisting of sponge cake dipped in chocolate and liberally sprinkled with fine-shaved coconut. They are generally eaten at tea time. Lamingtons were named after Lord Lamington, the governor of Queensland, around the beginning of the 20th Century.
Lamingtons are the result of a culinary “happy accident” that turned out to be Australia’s signature sweet treat. As the story goes, Lord Lamington was hosting a dinner party at the Government House in Brisbane. When it came time for their after-dinner tea to be served, he was informed that a maid/servant had accidentally spilled (his favorite) yellow sponge cake to be served with the tea into melted chocolate. Instead of losing his temper, he recommended that all the pieces of cake be dipped into the chocolate then rolled in coconut shavings to make them easier for his guests to eat with their tea.
You probably won’t find Lamingtons at your local market or bakery, so to celebrate Lamington Day, your best bet is to travel to Australia (but you’ll probably need a time machine to get there in time to celebrate since Australia is about 17-hours ahead of California time, so by the time you read this, Lamington Day will be history there). On the off-chance that you can’t make it to Australia on the spur of the moment, or don’t possess a time machine, your only other alternative is to try to make some Lamingtons at home. Here is one recipe for Lamingtons. Good luck!

National Junk Food Day 

National Junk Food Day is dedicated to the high calorie, high fat, high sugar foods that everyone loves to snack on. Dietitians tell us that junk food is any food that contains little nutritional value…foods that are high in salts, fats, and sugars — In other words, junk food is all that stuff that actually tastes good.
Although they have very little nutritional value, Americans still love their junk food. In fact, the average American eats about 25 pounds of candy a year, and about 45 slices of pizza as well – And these are but two examples of America’s affinity for junk food. Fast food restaurants, salty snacks (potato chips), sweet snacks (cake, ice cream, etc), soda, the list goes on and on, are other examples of junk foods that we crave. I could spend all day researching the quantities of other junk foods that we consume each year to illustrate my point, but that would be pointless.
For some people, every day is Junk Food Day. For the rest of us, National Junk Food Day is an opportunity to guiltlessly eat your favorite junk food.
So go ahead and indulge yourself by eating anything you want, in any quantity (within reason) to celebrate National Junk Food Day. Just be sure to get back onto your healthy diet tomorrow.

On This Date

  • In 1733 – John Winthrop was granted the first honorary Doctor of Law Degree given by Harvard College in Cambridge, MA.
  • In 1861 – The first major battle of the Civil War began. It was the Battle of Bull Run at Manassas Junction, VA. The Confederates won the battle.
  • In 1925 – The “Monkey Trial” ended in Dayton, TN. John T. Scopes was convicted of violating the state law for teaching Darwin’s theory of evolution. The conviction was later overturned.
  • In 1930 – The Veterans’ Administration (VA) was established.
  • In 1931 – CBS aired the first regularly scheduled program to be simulcast on radio and television. The show featured singer Kate Smith and composer George Gershwin.
  • In 1931 – The Reno Race Track inaugurated the daily double in the United States
  • In 1947 – Loren MacIver’s portrait of Emmett Kelly as Willie the Clown appeared on the cover of “LIFE” magazine.
  • In 1957 – Althea Gibson became the first black woman to win a major U.S. tennis title when she won the Women’s National clay-court singles competition.
  • In 1959 – A District Court judge in New York City ruled that “Lady Chatterley’s Lover” was not pornography.
  • In 1961 – Capt. Virgil “Gus” Grissom became the second American to rocket into a sub-orbital pattern around the Earth. He was flying on the Liberty Bell 7.
  • In 1968 – Arnold Palmer became the first golfer to earn a million dollars in career earnings after he tied for second place at the PGA Championship.
  • In 1969 – Neil Armstrong became the first person to walk on the Moon. He stepped on the Moon’s surface almost 7 hours after Apollo 11, the spacecraft that carried them, landed on the Sea of Tranquility on the Moon. After stepping on the Moon, Armstrong uttered his famous words, “one small step for [a] man, one giant leap for mankind.”
  • In 1977 – The Libyan–Egyptian War began. This short war between Libya and Egypt started with Libya striking Egyptian cities. The war lasted for 2 days with a ceasefire on July 24.
  • In 1980 – Mary Eugenia Charles was elected as Prime Minister of the Commonwealth of Dominica (not the same as the Dominican Republic). Her election to office made her the first female and the longest PM of the Commonwealth of Dominica. Her election also made her the first elected female head of state in the Americas.
  • In 1983 – Lowest temperature ever measured on Earth was recorded at Vostok Station, a Russian station on Antarctica. The temperatures fell to −128.6 °F (−89.2 °C).
  • In 1997 – The U.S.S. Constitution, which defended the United States during the War of 1812, set sail under its own power for the first time in 116 years.
  • In 2000 – NBC announced that they had found nearly all of Milton Berle’s kinescopes. The filmed recordings of Berle’s early TV shows had been the subject of a $30 million lawsuit filed by Berle the previous May.
  • In 2004 – White House officials were briefed on the 9/11 Commission’s final report. The 575-page report concluded that hijackers exploited “deep institutional failings within our government.” The report was released to the public the next day.
  • In 2011 – Space Shuttle Atlantis landed at Kennedy Space Center in Florida. It was the 135th and last flight of NASA’s Space Shuttle program.

Noteworthy Birthdays

If you were born on this date, Happy Birthday. You share your birthday with the following list of illustrious individuals – and about 20-million other people.

July 20th – Moon Day

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Good morning moon bats. Today is Thursday, July 20th. Today’s reasons to celebrate are:

Moon Day   

Moon Day celebrates the date man first walked on the moon in 1969. The Apollo Space program, begun by President John F. Kennedy, was created to put the first man on the moon. Apollo 11 fulfilled that dream, carrying astronauts Neil Armstrong, Michael Collins, and Edwin (Buzz) Aldrin, Jr. What an amazing and historic event it was. On July 16, 1969, Apollo 11 was launched from Cape Kennedy Space Center atop a huge Saturn V rocket. On July 20, 1969, the Lunar Module, nicknamed the “Eagle”, touched down on the surface of the moon at Tranquility Base. Upon landing, Apollo 11 Commander Neil Armstrong reported: “The Eagle Has Landed”. A few hours later, Neil Armstrong, stepped off of the Eagle’s ladder, placed one foot upon the moon’s surface and proclaimed: “That’s one small step for a man, one giant leap for mankind”.

Space Exploration Day

While it falls on the same date as Moon Day and deals with outer space, Space Exploration Day is a separate holiday and is about more than just the moon. It commemorates the entirety of mankind’s ventures into space – from the first satellite put into orbit around the Earth to today’s Muir Space Station. It also highlights the many scientific achievements and inventions that have been derived from the knowledge gained from our ventures into “the great beyond” and those we have yet to learn.

National Pennsylvania Day

National Pennsylvania Day recognizes the second state to join the Union, Pennsylvania.  Philadelphia, Pennsylvania was once the temporary capital of the United States. Pennsylvania is also known as the Keystone State. The true source of the nickname has been forgotten, however, Pennsylvania’s vote for independence was split between its eight delegates and played a vital role in deciding to move toward independence and cementing the union of the newly formed country. The Declaration of Independence and the U.S. Constitution were signed in Philadelphia during its tenure as the temporary capital. And, it was geographically centered among the 13 original colonies. Any of those could be considered keystones. Bridge builders know that leaving the vital keystone out of their structure would be folly and would lead to collapse, so the meaning is not lost.
To celebrate National Pennsylvania Day, learn more about the history of this great state.

Get to Know Your Customers Day

Get to Know Your Customers Day is actually celebrated four times a year; on the third Thursday of each quarter. Whether you are an entrepreneur, a salesperson, or an executive, Get to Know Your Customers Day encourages you to take time today to get to know your customers.
Most small businesses already know the value of greeting their customers personally and catering to their needs. Many large corporate enterprises such as “big box” and “chain” stores, however, often don’t seem to care about customer relations at all. Whether you own a business, are a manager, or just an employee, there are steps you can take to improve the relationship between you and your customers.

1) Create a consistent experience. Let the customers know what they can expect every time they patronize your business.
2) “Peoplize” your business. Treat your customers the same way you would like to be treated if you were a first time customer at your business.
3) Remember that without your customers, you don’t have a business. Ensure that the way you treat your customers makes them want to patronize your business regularly.

Nap Day

As a former over-the-road truck driver, I know the value of a good nap and Nap Day, a holiday near and dear to my heart, is a celebration of snoozing. While I could find little information about this holiday’s creator, why it is celebrated on this date, or when it was created, the reason for this restful holiday is obvious…everyone enjoys a good nap.
To celebrate Nap Day, settle into that chaise lounge out in the yard, spread a blanket on the beach, string a hammock between two trees or curl up on your bed under a ceiling fan with the air conditioner turned up and take a nap. Since I am retired, I celebrate Nap Day nearly every day anyway. Now, if you’ll excuse me, ZZZZZzzzzz!

Ugly Truck Day 

Ugly Truck Day salutes those beat up eyesores that it takes you forever to pass on a two-lane road in your shiny new truck with all the latest whistles, bells, doodads, thingamabobs, doohickeys, and gadgets. While there is a lot to be said for a nice new fully equipped truck, ugly trucks have character. Ugly trucks are like a rolling history book. Most guys that own one can tell you with pride exactly how and where every dent and scratch occurred; probably because they were having fun doing something they enjoyed at the time.
Bear in mind that all the ugly trucks you see were once shiny and new. So, if you have a shiny new truck just use it, really use it, for a few years. Then you too will be the proud owner of an ugly truck; hopefully with some interesting stories of your own to tell.

National Lollipop Day

Lollipops come in dozens of different shapes, sizes, and flavors. Traditional hard candy lollipops are made with just four simple ingredients—sugar, water, corn syrup, and the flavoring of your choice.
Culinary historians believe that the lollipop (or at least some form of it) has been around since the prehistoric era. Early humans often enjoyed honey on a stick as a delicious treat. No one really knows how the modern-day lollipop was invented, but we do know how it got its name. George Smith, the owner of a small American candy store, came up with the name. In the early 1900s, he called the candy a “lollipop” after his favorite racehorse; Lolly Pop.

Fortune Cookie Day

Like chop suey, pizza, and tacos, the fortune cookie is an American invention that is often thought to be from another country. Fortune cookies actually come from Los Angeles, where Canton-native David Jung, a baker, and restaurateur, began making cookies with thin slips of paper inside sometime around 1920. Jung founded the Hong Kong Noodle Company, which was producing more than 3,000 cookies an hour in the 1920s.
Alas, today fortune cookies have declined to something approximating cellulose, and the “fortunes” are cheap, cheesy, trite pabulum. Gone are the days where you anxiously anticipated cracking open your fortune cookie at the end of your meal to get a glimpse of your future; then enjoying the cookie with your last cup of tea. These days, they are all but inedible. Gone too are the familiar vanilla flavor and the mystique of the “fortunes” of old.

More Holidays

On This Date

  • In 1801 – A 1,235-pound cheese ball was pressed at the farm of Elisha Brown, Jr. The ball of cheese was later loaded on a horse-driven wagon and presented to President Thomas Jefferson at the White House.
  • In 1859 – Brooklyn and New York played baseball at Fashion Park Race Course on Long Island, NY. The game marked the first time that admission had been charged for to see a ball game. The admission fee was 50¢. In 2017 dollars that 50¢ is equal to about $14.50.
  • In 1868 – Legislation that ordered United States tax stamps to be placed on all cigarette packs was passed.
  • In 1881 – Sioux Indian leader Sitting Bull, a fugitive since the Battle of the Little Big Horn surrendered to federal troops in Montana.
  • In 1908 – In the United States, the Sullivan Ordinance banned women from smoking in public.
  • In 1917 – The draft lottery in World War I went into operation.
  • In 1942 – The first detachment of the Women’s Army Auxiliary Corps, (WACS) began basic training at Fort Des Moines, Iowa.
  • In 1944 – An attempt by a group of German officials to assassinate Adolf Hitler failed. The bomb exploded at Hitler’s Rastenburg headquarters. Hitler was only wounded.
  • In 1944 – President Roosevelt was nominated for an unprecedented fourth term of office at the Democratic National Convention in Chicago.
  • In 1947 – The National Football League (NFL) ruled that no professional team could sign a player who had college eligibility remaining.
  • In 1969 – Apollo 11 landed on the Moon. Carrying Neil Armstrong and Buzz Aldrin, who would become the first humans to walk on the Moon, the spacecraft safely landed on the Sea of Tranquility on the Moon.
  • In 1969 – The “Football War” ended. A ceasefire came into effect between Honduras and El Salvador after the two countries fought a brief war over immigration El Salvador to Honduras. The hostilities occurred during North American trials of the FIFA World Cup.
  • In 1974 – Turkey invaded Cyprus. Also known as Cyprus Peace Operation or Operation Attila, the invasion was a response to a coup in Cyprus.
  • In 1976 – America’s Viking I robot spacecraft made a successful landing on Mars. Part of the Viking program, Viking I became the first American spacecraft to successfully land on Mars and to complete its mission.
  • In 1982 – President Ronald Reagan pulled the United States out of comprehensive nuclear test ban negotiations indefinitely.
  • In 1985 – Treasure hunters began raising $400 million in coins and silver from the Spanish galleon “Nuestra Senora de Atocha.” The ship sank in 1622, 40 miles of the coast of Key West, FL.
  • In 2003 – In India, elephants used for commercial work began wearing reflectors to avoid being hit by cars during night work.
  • In 2012 – A gunman, James Holmes, opened fire in a movie theater during the premier of the Dark Night Rises in Aurora, Colorado, killing 12 people and injuring 58 others.

Noteworthy Birthdays

If you were born on this date, Happy Birthday. You share your birthday with the following list of illustrious individuals – and about 20-million other people.

 

 

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