November 17th – Take a Hike

November 17, 2017 at 12:01 am | Posted in Today's Reasons To Celebrate | Leave a comment

Good morning bipedal travelers. Today is Friday, November 17, 2017. Today’s reasons to celebrate are:

National Take A Hike Day

Hiking is an excellent way to get exercise and get into shape. Hikes are distinguished from walks, in that they are taken in the woods, hills, mountains, or somewhere else in a natural setting. Hikes not only give you exercise, they also provide scenic sites and vistas, that is good for relaxation of the mind and soul.
Hiking can reduce the risk of heart disease and stroke, lower the risk of some forms of cancer, decrease cholesterol levels, reduce depression and stress. It can also help prevent diabetes, improve arthritis and bone health and tone up that body. Additionally, hiking is free of charge and almost anyone can do it.
To celebrate this holiday, simply take the first step, followed by another, then another, then another…

Electronic Greeting Card Day

Christmas Card season is nigh upon us and it is time for us to decide to whom we are going to send a card this year. Did ___ send me a card last year? Do I really know ___ well enough to send them a card?
Like it or not, Electronic Greeting Cards are a fact of life today. I’m on the fence about them myself. Little effort is required to send an E-card. All you need to do is visit one of the myriad E-card websites, select an appropriate card, choose the recipient, click “send”, and within milliseconds, the card arrives in their e-mail inbox – and, many e-cards are free.
While Electronic Greeting Cards are convenient for the sender, they lack that “personal touch” you get with a paper card. There is something special about receiving a card in the mail that someone has taken the time to select specifically for you, often with a hand-written a personal message to you inscribed on the inside.
So, to sum up, using Electronic Greeting Cards is a matter of personal choice. In my opinion, if you care about the person, you will take the time to send them a paper card. If they are just a casual acquaintance, then perhaps an Electronic Greeting Card is appropriate.
Although no documentation exists, I am certain that this holiday was created one or more of the Electronic Greeting Card websites.

Homemade Bread Day

Nothing beats the aroma of freshly baked bread wafting through your home. For millennia, baking fresh bread was a part of the daily routine for most families. Estimates date it’s origin back to 5000-10,000 B.C.
Modern day lifestyles have relegated homemade bread to the world of specialty baking and holiday baking. People just don’t seem to have time to bake homemade bread anymore. We turn to a quick trip to bakeries and grocery stores, for our bread needs. Today, homemade bread making has been simplified by the invention of the bread maker machine.  This appliance was first released in Japan in 1986. Since then, its popularity has spread worldwide to Australia, the United Kingdom, and the United States.
Although it’s time-consuming, you still have time to bake a loaf of bread for dinner tonight. Find a recipe for your favorite type of bread and try your hand at some old-fashioned homemade bread baking. To steal a phrase from a Pillsbury commercial a few decades ago, “Nothing says lovin’ like something from the oven” – and, what better “somethin’ from the oven” than a loaf or two of freshly baked homemade bread?

National Baklava Day

Please don’t confuse baklava with a balaclava. Baklava is a rich sweet dessert of layered pastry dough, butter, citrus, honey and chopped nuts. A balaclava is a ski mask. Although suitable for its intended purpose, a balaclava is not nearly as tasty as baklava.
Baklava originated around 800 B.C. in northern Mesopotamia when the Assyrians layered very thin pieces of dough with nuts and honey and baked them in wood-burning ovens. Phylo dough, the leaf-thin layers of dough used to make baklava today; was created by Athenian artisan bakers around 300 B.C. Baklava spread quickly throughout the Middle East, and sailors helped spread it around the rest of the world, with each country adapting the recipe to suit its taste. German “strudel” was adapted from baklava.
To celebrate this holiday, have some baklava today. Just remember it’s a rich dessert; a little goes a long way.

More Holidays  

Below is a list of other holidays celebrated on this date worthy of mention: 

Historical Events

Below is a list of significant historical events that occurred on this date:

  • In 1558 – Elizabeth I ascended the English throne upon the death of Queen Mary Tudor.
  • In 1603 – Sir Walter Raleigh went on trial for treason.
  • In 1800 – Congress held its first session in Washington, DC, in the partially completed Capitol building.
  • In 1858 – The Modified Julian Date was first used. Mostly used by astronomers and astrophysicists, the Modified Julian Date (MJD) is a dating method that is defined by subtracting 2,400,000.5 days from the current Julian date (JD), which is calculated by counting the number of days past since Noon January 1, 4713 B.C.E. The MJD gives the number of days past Midnight November 17, 1858. MJD was first used in 1957 by scientists at the Smithsonian Astrophysical Observatory to track satellites.
  • In 1869 – The Suez Canal opened in Egypt, linking the Mediterranean and the Red seas. The 120-mile  long artificial waterway took 10 years to be built. The canal connected Europe to Asia without ships having to go all the way around Africa.
  • In 1880 – The first three British female graduates received their Bachelor of Arts degrees from London University.
  • In 1903 – Russia’s Social Democrats officially split into two groups – Bolsheviks and Mensheviks.
  • In 1913 – The steamship Louise became the first ship to travel through the Panama Canal.
  • In 1913 – In Germany, Kaiser Wilhelm banned the armed forces from dancing the tango.
  • In 1922 – Siberia voted for union with the U.S.S.R.
  • In 1962 – Washington’s Dulles International Airport was dedicated by President Kennedy.
  • In 1968 – NBC cut away from the final minutes of a New York Jets-Oakland Raiders game to begin a TV special, “Heidi,” on schedule. The Raiders came from behind to beat the Jets 43-32.
  • In 1970 – The Soviet Union landed an unmanned, remote-controlled vehicle on the moon, the Lunokhod 1. The vehicle was released by Luna 17.
  • In 1973 – President Nixon told an Associated Press managing editors meeting in Orlando, FL, “people have got to know whether or not their president is a crook. Well, I’m not a crook.”
  • In 1973 – The Athens Polytechnic uprising ended. The popular protests against the military junta under Georgios Papadopoulos began on November 14 when students at the Athens Polytechnic went on a strike. On the morning of November 17, the military crashed into the campus grounds using a tank and put an end to the protests. While no one was thought to have been killed on the Athens Polytechnic campus, many people were killed in clashes around the city. Today, all schools and universities are closed on November 17 to commemorate the uprising.
  • In 1979 – Iran’s Ayatollah Khomeini ordered the release of 13 female and black American hostages being held at the U.S. Embassy in Tehran.
  • In 1988 – Benazir Bhutto became the first woman leader of an Islamic country. She was elected in the first democratic elections in Pakistan in 11 years.
  • In 1989 – The so-called Velvet Revolution began. A week after the fall of the Berlin Wall, a demonstration by students commemorating International Students Day in Prague was violently shut down by riot police. The incident led to mass strikes around the country that ended communist rule in Czechoslovakia and paved the way for the first democratic elections in the country in 41 years.
  • In 1990 – A mass grave was discovered by the bridge over the River Kwai in Thailand. The bodies were believed to be those of World War II prisoners of war.
  • In 1990 – The Soviet government agreed to change the country’s constitution.
  • In 1997 – 62 people were killed by 6 Islamic militants outside the Temple of Hatshepsut in Luxor, Egypt. The attackers were killed by police.
  • In 2003 – Arnold Schwarzenegger was sworn in as the Governor of California.
    The bodybuilder and actor best known for his role as a cyborg in the science fiction movie, The Terminator, replaced then-Governor Gray Davis. Schwarzenegger was elected for another term as governor in 2007.
  • In 2010 – Researchers trapped 38 antihydrogen atoms. It was the first time humans had trapped antimatter.

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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November 16th – National Button Day

November 16, 2017 at 12:01 am | Posted in Today's Reasons To Celebrate | Leave a comment

Good morning button lovers. Today is Thursday, November 16, 2017. Today’s reasons to celebrate are:

National Button Day

Just last month we celebrated Count Your Buttons Day. I guess that holiday was just a precursor to National Button Day. It’s easier to celebrate your buttons on a national scale if you have already organized and counted them.
The National Button Society, founded in 1938, established Button Day as a celebration for all who enjoyed collecting and crafting with buttons. Ever since then, Button Day has been celebrated every year on November 16th.
Buttons come in a variety of shapes, colors, and styles, from pearly white shirt buttons to ornate Victorian buttons to cute fastenings shaped like insects and animals. Any outfit can be updated by adding the right buttons, and sewing them on is one of the easiest types of needlework to learn. And buttons don’t just belong near buttonholes anymore. Buttons, either individually or in clusters, can be used to decorate almost anything.
When I was growing up, most households had a sewing machine, and to go along with it, a big jar full of buttons. No garment was ever thrown away without first removing the buttons and throwing them in ‘the jar’. With the trend towards a “throw-away” society these days, many of these jars of buttons were just thrown away, but a few became cherished button collections. National Button Day celebrates these collections and buttons in general. If you don’t already have a button collection, maybe you should celebrate National Button Day by starting one.

Great American Smokeout

The Great American Smokeout is an annual intervention event observed annually on the third Thursday of November (or the Thursday before Thanksgiving) if there happens to be five Thursdays during the month of November. It is sponsored by the American Cancer Society.
Approximately 40 million American adults still smoke, and tobacco use remains the single largest preventable cause of disease and premature death in the country. The Great American Smokeout challenges people to quit smoking on that day or use the day to make a plan to quit smoking. The Great American Smokeout challenges smokers to quit cigarettes for 24 hours with the hopes that this decision will continue forever.
The first Great American Smokeout was held in San Francisco’s Union Square on November 16, 1977. The event evolved from a series of smaller-scale initiatives. In 1970, in Randolph, Massachusetts, Arthur P. Mullaney suggested people give up cigarettes for a day and donate the money to a local high school. In 1974, a “Don’t Smoke Day” (or “D-Day”) was promoted by Lynn R. Smith of the Monticello Times in Monticello, Minnesota. On November 18, 1976, the California Division of the American Cancer Society successfully prompted nearly one million smokers to quit for the day and most experts agree that this California event gave rise to the first national Great American Smokeout campaign the following year.

National Fast Food Day

The concept of ready-cooked food for sale can be attributed to the Ancient Romans. In many cities, street stands or “thermopoliums” (small pub-like shops) offered hot sausages, bread, and wine to patrons on-the-go. Thousands of years later, in 1867, the first American fast food restaurant opened in New York. It was a hot dog stand on Coney Island.
Today, fast food is an American staple. Everything from Fried Chicken to Pizza, Burgers to Hot Dogs, and Tacos to Chinese food all fall under the fast-food umbrella. In 1970, American consumers spent $6 billion on fast food. Thirty years later in 2000, American consumers spent $110 billion at fast food franchises. If you extrapolate those figures out, and if the rate of growth remained constant, today, the annual spending figure for consumer spending on fast food in America would be in the neighborhood of $170 billion dollars or more.
First popularized in the United States in the 1950’s, fast food is considered any meal with low preparation time and served to a customer in a packaged form for quick dine-in or takeout and typically with a drive-thru. Following World War I, automobiles became more popular and more affordable. At that time drive-in restaurants were introduced. In 1921, White Castle, an American company founded by Billy Ingram and Walter Anderson in Wichita, Kansas, opened, selling hamburgers for five cents each. Anderson had opened the first White Castle in 1916 as a limited menu, high-volume, low-cost, high-speed hamburger restaurant.
Merriam-Webster dictionary first recognized the term “fast food” in 1951. The United States has the largest fast food industry in the world and has more than 300 fast food chains, representing 40% of the nation’s total restaurant sales. There are over 300,000 fast food restaurants in the United States alone, making it nearly impossible to drive down the road without going by at least one fast food chain restaurant. Need more proof of the popularity of fast food? In 1970, United States consumers spent $6 billion on fast food. Thirty years later in 2000, American consumers spent $110 billion. I don’t know what that number is today, but judging by the sharp increase of people in America classified as obese, it can’t be good. American fast food franchises also have locations in over 100 countries.
The modern concept of fast food in America was created in the 1950’s by Ray Kroc, the founder of McDonald’s. Fun fact – The first Happy Meal was served in June of 1979.
Celebrate National Fast Food Day at your own peril by eating at one of the myriad fast food restaurants in your area today.

More Holidays  

Below is a list of other holidays celebrated on this date worthy of mention: 

Historical Events

Below is a list of significant historical events that occurred on this date:

  • In 1776 – British troops captured Fort Washington during the American Revolution.
  • In 1864 – Union Gen. William T. Sherman and his troops began their “March to the Sea” during the American Civil War.
  • In 1907 – Oklahoma was admitted as the 46th state.
  • In 1915 – Coca-Cola had its prototype for a contoured bottle patented. The bottle made its commercial debut the next year.
  • In 1933 – The United States and the Soviet Union established diplomatic relations for the first time.
  • In 1940 – The Warsaw Jewish ghetto was sealed off. The largest Jewish ghetto in Nazi-occupied Poland, the Warsaw ghetto, was created in October 1940 by a German decree. According to the decree, all Jews in the city had to move to the ghetto, which was closed off by a 10-foot wall and had soldiers and police guarding it against the outside 24 hours a day. The ghetto was the scene of one of the largest Jewish uprisings during the Second World War in 1943.
  • In 1945 – UNESCO was founded. The United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization is a special branch of the United Nations which promotes peace and well-being through education, scientific collaboration and cultural understanding and exchange. It is headquartered in Paris, France and has 195 state members.
  • In 1952 – In the Peanuts comic strip, Lucy first held a football for Charlie Brown.
  • In 1957 – Jim Brown (Cleveland Browns) set an NFL season rushing record of 1163 yards after only eight games.
  • In 1965 – The Soviets launched Venera 3. Part of the Venera program, it was the first space probe to land on another planet – Venus. Unfortunately, due to technical issues, it was not able to send any data back to Earth. The first space probe to send data from another planet to Earth was Venera 7.
  • In 1966 – Dr. Samuel H. Sheppard was acquitted in his second trial of charges he had murdered his pregnant wife, Marilyn, in 1954.
  • In 1969 – The United States Army announced that several had been charged in the massacre and the subsequent cover-up of the My Lai massacre in Vietnam on March 16, 1968.
  • In 1973 – Skylab 3 carrying a crew of three astronauts, was launched from Cape Canaveral, FL, on an 84-day mission.
  • In 1973 – President Nixon signed the Alaska Pipeline measure into law.
  • In 1981 – A vaccine for hepatitis B was approved. The vaccine had been developed at Merck Institute for Therapeutic Research.
  • In 1982 – An agreement was announced on the 57th day of a strike by National Football League (NFL) players.
  • In 1985 – Colonel Oliver North was put in charge of the shipment of HAWK anti-aircraft missiles to Iran.
  • In 1988 – Estonian declared its sovereignty from the USSR. Estonian issued the Estonian Sovereignty Declaration as part of the Singing Revolution. The Declaration declared Estonian sovereignty from the Soviet Union and declared Estonian laws paramount over Soviet laws. The day is now celebrated as the Day of Declaration of Sovereignty.
  • In 1994 – Major League Soccer announced that it would start its inaugural season in 1996.
  • In 1997 – China released Wei Jingsheng, a pro-democracy dissident from jail for medical reasons. He had been incarcerated for almost 18 years.
  • In 1998 – In Burlington, Wisconsin, five high school students, aged 15 to 16, were arrested in an alleged plot to kill a carefully selected group of teachers and students.
  • In 1998 – The Supreme Court said that union members could file discrimination lawsuits against employers even when labor contracts require arbitration.
  • In 1999 – Chrica Adams, the pregnant girlfriend of Rae Carruth, was shot four times in her car. She died a month later from her wounds. The baby survived. Carruth was sentenced to a minimum of 18 years and 11 months in prison for his role in the murder.
  • In 2000 – Bill Clinton became the first serving United States president to visit Communist Vietnam.
  • In 2001 – Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone was released. The film version of the popular book by the same name written by author J. K. Rowling starred Daniel Radcliffe as Harry Potter and followed Potter’s first year at Hogwarts, a school for magic.
  • In 2004 – A NASA unmanned “scramjet” (X-43A) reached a speed of nearly 10 times the speed of sound above the Pacific Ocean.

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.

November 15th – I Love to Write

November 15, 2017 at 12:01 am | Posted in Today's Reasons To Celebrate | Leave a comment

Good morning budding authors. Today is Wednesday, November 15, 2017. Today’s reasons to celebrate are:

I Love to Write Day

The purpose of I Love to Write Day is to encourage everyone to write something today; a letter, a poem, an essay, a short story, write a “letter to the editor”, start the “great American novel”, or finish that “great American novel” you started years ago before “life” interrupted you. When people become better writers, they become better communicators, and effective communication is one of the keys to success.
I Love to Write Day was created in 2002 by John Riddle, an author, and ghostwriter from Delaware. Nearly 30,00 schools, libraries, and bookstores across America celebrate this holiday by sponsoring events that encourage people of all ages to sharpen their writing skills.

America Recycles Day

America Recycles Day celebrates all of the benefits associated with recycling and encourages people to do their part. Recycling 1 ton of paper saves 17 trees, 2 barrels of oil, 4100 kilowatts of energy, 3.2 cubic yards of landfill space, and 60 pounds of air pollution. By reusing the Earth’s natural resources, we reduce greenhouse gas emissions and the need to build more landfills. We also ensure that these natural resources will be around for future generations to use. Recycling is not difficult. It sends less material to the waste stream, and it results in consuming less of our precious and limited natural resources. Studies show that the average American produces about four pounds of waste every day.
America Recycles Day was created in 1997 by Kevin Tuerff and Valerie Davis. It was modeled after the successful Texas Recycles Day program.

American Enterprise Day

American Enterprise Day recognizes free enterprise and how it has contributed to the economy. This holiday is observed on November 15 each year.
Free enterprise means that a business is not restricted by government subsidies or regulations. Instead, the business operates under the laws of supply and demand.  If a particular product or service is in great demand but supply is low, then it becomes more valuable to the consumer. As a result, the price goes up. When supply is high and demand is low, then the price falls. Healthy competition among businesses is a good thing for consumers. It helps to keep prices in line. Business owners also know that in order to keep customers coming back, they need to offer their products or services at a fair price. Good customer service policies are also a must; otherwise, buyers will choose to do business with another company. Thanks to the free enterprise system, they can make that choice.

National Philanthropy Day

Over the course of history, philanthropists have made great contributions to those in need, and to worthy causes. According to the official National Philanthropy Day website, this holiday is set aside to “recognize and pay tribute to the great contributions that philanthropy has made to our lives, our communities, and our world.”
Philanthropists aren’t the huge corporations, the wealthy, or the celebrities who stage a ‘media event’ every time they make a donation to the charity du jour. The true philanthropists are the everyday people like you and me who give of our time and money quietly without accolades; because it’s the right thing to do – not that the large corporate and private contributions aren’t appreciated. It’s just that why do I need to hear about it on the news?
National Philanthropy Day dates back to 1985. It appears to have been created at that time, by the Association of Fundraising Professionals. To celebrate this holiday, give what you can afford to the charity of your choice; and no ‘press conferences’ please.

National Educational Support Professionals Day

National Educational Support Professionals Day is observed annually 6 days after the second Thursday of November or on the Wednesday of American Educational Week, which is celebrated the first full week before Thanksgiving. (Same thing). The actual dates vary from year to year. This holiday honors and recognizes the contributions education support professionals make to public education. It is a time to strengthen support and show respect for this dedicated group of individuals who are equal and essential partners in public education.
But, exactly who the heck are these Educational Support Professionals? Well, they are the nameless, faceless minions who go virtually unnoticed  — the instructional assistants and paraeducators (teacher’s aides), the office staff, the health and student services employees, the food services workers, the custodians, maintenance workers and bus drivers, the security guards, the technology specialists, and the skilled tradesmen who keep the machine well oiled and running at peak efficiency. If teachers are the brains of the education system, then these educational support professionals are the backbone that gives it structure and holds it all together.

Little Red Wagon Day

Little Red Wagon Day is observed annually on November 15th and celebrates the iconic 20th-century toy, little red toy wagons. Toy wagons were invented in the late 19th century. They were originally made of wood and have an open top that can usually comfortably seat one child. They often have a pull handle in front and are usually red. The most famous brand and the one most of us had as a child is the Radio Flyer, which is the brand most often associated with little red wagons.
The company that would become Radio Flyer was started by Antonio Pasin in Chicago. Pasin started making wagons in 1917 while working as a craftsman selling phonograph cabinets. Customers noticed the wagons he carried his tools around in and started asking to buy them as well. After enough people requested the wagons, he shifted his focus to them. He formed the Liberty Coaster Company in 1923 and began making metal wagons out of stamped steel in 1927. In 1930 the company was renamed Radio & Steel Manufacturing, and soon afterward began making the Radio Flyer wagon. The Radio Flyer was named in tribute to Guglielmo Marconi, who helped invent the radio, and Charles Lindbergh, who in 1927 made the first solo, nonstop airplane flight across the Atlantic Ocean. In 1987 the company changed its name to Radio Flyer in tribute to its popular little red wagon.
Today, besides being made of steel and wood, different manufacturers make little red wagons from plastic or other materials, but these little red wagons are far less durable. The wheels of little red wagons can be made of hard plastic or rubber and some can even use pneumatic tires. Handles vary in shape and style depending on the manufacturer.
You don’t need to be a wagon master to celebrate Little Red Wagon Day. All you need is a little red wagon. If you have a little red wagon, use it for yard work, or take your small children, grandchildren, or even your aging canine companion for a ride around the neighborhood. If you don’t have a little red wagon this is a good day to buy one. Little red wagons aren’t just for kids anymore. They can be quite useful for a variety of chores around your yard. In addition to gardening chores, we use ours to unload groceries and other bulky items from the car.

Clean Out Your Refrigerator Day

Here we go with yet another holiday urging us to delve into the nether regions of our refrigerator and discard all of those formerly tasty tidbits that we brought home from the restaurant last month; then promptly forgot about. This time, I think the purpose of this holiday is to make room for all of the Thanksgiving leftovers that soon will be cluttering our refrigerators – only to be forgotten until the next “Clean Out Your Refrigerator Day”. When in doubt, throw it out!

National Bundt (Pan) Day

Some of my sources referred to this holiday specifically as National Bundt Pan Day, while others referred to it simply as National Bundt Day. Really, it is of little consequence. You can’t have Bundt cake without the Bundt pan.
A Bundt pan generally has fluted or grooved sides, but its most defining design element is the central tube or “chimney” which leaves a cylindrical hole through the center of the cake. The design means that more of the mixture touches the surface of the pan than in a simple round pan, helping to provide faster and more even heat distribution during cooking.  Since a Bundt cake is rather difficult to frost, Bundt cakes are typically either dusted with powdered sugar, drizzle-glazed or served un-decorated.
The name “Bundt” was originally a trademark, so similar pans are often sold as “fluted tube pans” or given other similar descriptive titles. The trademark holder Nordic Ware only produces Bundt pans in aluminum, but similar fluted pans are available in other materials. However, the term “Bundt” is not a valid trademark in the United States, having been rejected by the U.S. Trademark Office as a “generic” term. Bundt cakes do not conform to any single recipe; instead, their characterizing feature is their shape. Anything can be baked in a Bundt-style pan. So, in theory, you could have Bundt bread, or Bundt biscuits, Bundt corn bread, Bundt cinnamon rolls, or even Bundt meatloaf for that matter – literally, anything that you can put into a baking pan can be put into a Bundt pan.

National Spicy Hermit Cookie Day

Commonly referred to simply as Hermit Cookies, these cookies have a soft, chewy texture. They are spiced with ground cinnamon, allspice, and cloves and usually contain nuts and raisins or dates. The general consensus is that Hermit Cookies were so named because of their good keeping qualities, that is, they can be hidden away, similar to a hermit or recluse.
Celebrate this holiday by baking up a batch of these delicious cookies. Recipes are available all over the internet.

National Raisin Bran Cereal Day

Raisin bran (sultana bran in some countries) is a breakfast cereal manufactured by several companies under a variety of brand names, including Kellogg’s Raisin Bran, General Mills’ Total Raisin Bran, and Post Raisin Bran. Skinner’s Raisin Bran was the first brand on the market, introduced in the United States in 1926 by U.S. Mills, best known for other similar giant brand name products like Uncle Sam Cereal. The name “Raisin Bran” was at one time trademarked. However, in 1944, the District Court of Nebraska found:

The name “Raisin-Bran” could not be appropriated as a trade-mark, because: “A name which is merely descriptive of the ingredients, qualities or characteristics of an article of trade cannot be appropriated as a trademark and the exclusive use of it afforded legal protection. The use of a similar name by another to truthfully describe his own product does not constitute a legal or moral wrong, even if its effects cause the public to mistake the origin or ownership of the product.” 

Raisin Bran has high dietary fiber content but has been criticized for containing too much sugar. Raisins naturally contain high levels of fructose. Many manufacturers add sugar to the raisins as well to make the cereal sweeter.

More Holidays  

Below is a list of other holidays celebrated on this date worthy of mention: 

Historical Events

Below is a list of significant historical events that occurred on this date:

  • In 1777 – The Continental Congress approved the Articles of Confederation, a precursor to the U.S. Constitution.
  • In 1806 – Explorer Zebulon Pike spotted the mountaintop that became known as Pikes Peak.
  • In 1867 – the first stock ticker was unveiled in New York City.
  • In 1901 – Miller Reese patented an electrical hearing aid.
  • In 1920 – The League of Nations met for the first time in Geneva, Switzerland. The general assembly of the international organization got together for the first time after being founded in January 1920. The League was created as a response to World War I and was entrusted by member states to maintain peace in the world.
  • In 1926 – The National Broadcasting Co. (NBC) debuted with a radio network of 24 stations. The first network radio broadcast was a four-hour “spectacular.”
  • In 1939 – U.S. President Franklin Roosevelt laid the cornerstone of the Jefferson Memorial in Washington, DC.
  • In 1940 – The first 75,000 men were called to Armed Forces duty under peacetime conscription.
  • In 1949 – The assassins of Mahatma Gandhi were executed in India. Nathuram Godse, Narayan Apte and 6 other co-conspirators of the assassination of Mahatma Gandhi were hanged at the Ambala jail. On January 30, 1948, Godse who was unhappy about Gandhi’s accommodation of India’s Muslims shot Gandhi while he was out for his evening prayers.
  • In 1956 – Elvis Presley made his movie debut. Love Me Tender, a black-and-white musical starred Presley, who is also sometimes called the King of Rock and Roll. The movie was named after Presley’s hit single by the same name.
  • In 1965 – The Soviet probe, Venera 3, was launched from Baikonur, Kazakhstan. On March 1, 1966, it became the first unmanned spacecraft to reach the surface of another planet when it crashed on Venus.
  • In 1969 – In Washington, DC, a quarter of a million protesters staged a peaceful demonstration against the Vietnam War.
  • In 1986 – A government tribunal in Nicaragua convicted American Eugene Hasenfus of charges related to his role in delivering arms to Contra rebels. He was sentenced to 30 years in prison and was pardoned a month later.
  • In 1986 – Ivan F. Boesky, reputed to be the highest-paid person on Wall Street, faced penalties of $100 million for insider stock trading. It was the highest penalty ever imposed by the SEC.
  • In 1988 – The Palestine National Council, the legislative body of the PLO, proclaimed the establishment of an independent Palestinian state at the close of a four-day conference in Algiers. The declaration designated eastern Jerusalem as the state’s capital. Today, almost 70% of all UN members state recognize it as an independent nation.
  • In 1993 – A judge in Mineola, NY, sentenced Joey Buttafuoco to six months in jail for the statutory rape of Amy Fisher. Fisher was serving a prison sentence for shooting and wounding Buttafuoco’s wife, Mary Jo.
  • In 1995 – Texaco agreed to pay $176 million to settle a race-discrimination lawsuit.
  • In 1999 – Representatives from China and the United States signed a major trade agreement that involved China’s membership in the World Trade Organization (WTO).
  • In 2000 – Three police officers from the Rampart division of the Los Angeles police department were convicted on several counts of conspiracy to obstruct justice. One other officer was acquitted. The case was the first major case against the anti-gang unit.
  • In 2005 – In Amiens, France, Isabelle Dinoire became the first person to undergo a partial face transplant. She had been attacked by a dog earlier in the year.
  • In 2006 – The English language version of Al Jazeera, Al Jazeera English, was launched. The English language 24-hour news channel is owned and run by Al Jazeera Media Network based in Doha, Qatar.

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.

November 14th – National American Teddy Bear Day

November 14, 2017 at 12:01 am | Posted in Today's Reasons To Celebrate | Leave a comment

Good morning Teddy Bears. Today is Tuesday, November 14, 2017. Today’s reasons to celebrate are:

National American Teddy Bear Day

The Teddy Bear is as American as baseball and apple pie. Although bear-type dolls originated in Germany, these dolls were referred to simply as “bears” and were much “gruffer” looking. The Teddy Bear was named after President Theodore Roosevelt after he refused to shoot a bear cub on a hunting trip in Mississippi in 1902, and the incident made national news. A famous cartoon of the incident by Clifford Berryman was published in the Washington Post on November 16th, 1902. In 1903, Russian Jewish immigrant, Morris Michtom, saw the Berryman cartoon and his wife Rose Michtom designed a stuffed bear toy. Michtom wrote and asked permission from President Roosevelt to name the toy after him. “Teddy” Roosevelt responded,”I don’t think my name is likely to be worth much in the toy bear business, but you are welcome to use it.” And, the Teddy Bear was born.
The Teddy Bear is often our first friend and companion.
I know that we have celebrated other “Teddy Bear” related holidays in the past. This particular holiday, National American Teddy Bear Day, was created in 2000 by the Vermont Teddy Bear Company to honor the toys that have become a popular part of American culture, and remember the date in 1902 that President Teddy Roosevelt refused to shoot the bear cub.

Loosen Up, Lighten Up Day

Loosen Up, Lighten Up Day was created to remind us of all the benefits of joy and laughter. Take things a little slower, de-stress and unwind. We’re all busy, and it’s easy to get caught up in a spiral of stress and angst. Take a mental step back, loosen up, lighten up, and find some balance in your life. Try to see the humor in situations that normally distress you. Or, to put it more succinctly, “take the stick out of your a$$ and enjoy life.”

International Girls Day

Media messages, cultural stereotypes, and peers often tell girls they have to look and act a certain way. International Girls Day is a celebration of girls, all kinds of girls, with all kinds of interests and strengths. It’s a day to celebrate what makes every girl unique, an opportunity for each girl learn how to realize her full potential.
This holiday was created in 2010 by the Kappa Delta Sorority on behalf of the Confidence Coalition. The celebration recognizes the spirit of girls and encourages girls to make their dreams a reality. Celebrated annually on November 14th.

Operating Room Nurse Day

Operating Room Nurse Day honors those dedicated nurses who care for patients before, during and immediately after surgery. It’s an important role, during a period where a patient’s comfort and life is in another person’s hands. These nurses are responsible for maintaining a sterile environment in the operating room, monitoring the patient during surgery, and coordinating care throughout the process. They are also responsible for making sure the OR team provides the patient with the best care possible.
This holiday was first established by Iowa State Governor Terry Branstad by Executive order on November 14, 1989.

World Diabetes Day

World Diabetes Day was created in 1991 by the International Diabetes Federation and the World Health Organization in response to growing concerns about the escalating health threat that diabetes now poses. It became an official United Nations holiday in 2007. It is celebrated annually on November 14th, to commemorate the birthday of Frederick Banting who, along with Charles Best, first conceived the idea which led to the discovery of insulin in 1922.
This holiday draws attention to issues of the millions of diabetes sufferers throughout the world and keeps diabetes in the public spotlight.

National Spicy Guacamole Day

Guacamole is one of America’s favorite dips for tortilla chips. There is no set recipe for guacamole. Recipes vary from region to region depending on the ingredients available locally and personal taste. Basically, guacamole is mashed up avocado with spices added.
To celebrate this holiday, enjoy some guacamole today; the spicier the better.

National Pickle Day

National Pickle Day honors the culinary history of pickles. Pickles have been a popular food for thousands of years. In 2030 B.C., cucumbers were imported from India to the Tigris Valley. There, they were first preserved and eaten as pickles. In ancient Egypt, people consumed pickles for their nutritional value and because they were thought to enhance beauty. Cleopatra attributed her good looks to her full diet of pickles. Centuries later, Napoleon believed that pickles offered health benefits for his armies, so he offered a huge cash prize to anyone who was able to preserve them safely.
There are many different kinds of pickles – Dill, Kosher Dill, Gherkin, and Bread and Butter to name a few. The term pickle comes from the Dutch word pekel, meaning brine. Each year in the United States, 5,200,000 pounds of pickles are consumed. Pickles are a great snack, low in calories and a good source of vitamin K, though they can be high in sodium.
Handy to know: In the United States, “pickles” refers to pickled cucumbers. Other pickled vegetables are referred to as the vegetable or fruit, such as pickled carrots, pickled mango, etc. In the rest of the world, all pickled produce is referred to as “pickles” – If you want an American “pickle,” you’ve got to specify “pickled cucumber.”

More Holidays  

Below is a list of other holidays celebrated on this date worthy of mention: 

Historical Events

Below is a list of significant historical events that occurred on this date:

  • In 1832 – The first streetcar went into operation in New York City, NY. The vehicle was horse-drawn and had room for 30 people.
  • In 1851 – Herman Melville’s novel “Moby Dick” was first published in the United States. The epic novel by Herman Melville about Captain Ahab’s quest to find and kill Moby Dick, a white whale had released in the UK in October under the name The Whale. Considered to be one of the best fictional works written in recent history, the book did not sell many copies after its launch or during Melville’s lifetime.
  • In 1881 – Charles J. Guiteau’s went on trial for assassinating President Garfield. He was convicted and hanged the following year.
  • In 1889 – Nelie Bly set out to go around the world in 80 days. The American journalist, whose real name was Elizabeth Cochrane Seaman, followed the footsteps of fictional character Phileas Fogg from Jules Verne’s Around the World in 80 Days. She started her adventure in Hoboken, NJ and came back 72 days later.
  • In 1922 – The British Broadcasting Corporation (BBC) began domestic radio service.
  • In 1935 – President Franklin D. Roosevelt proclaimed the Philippine Islands a free commonwealth after its new constitution was approved. The Tydings-McDuffie Act planned for the Philippines to be completely independent by July 4, 1946.
  • In 1940 – During World War II, German warplanes destroyed most of the English town of Coventry when about 500 Luftwaffe bombers attacked.
  • In 1943 – Ernie Nevers of the St. Louis Cardinals became the first professional football player to score six touchdowns in a single game.
  • In 1951 – The first telecast of a world lightweight title fight was seen coast to coast. Jimmy Carter beat Art Aragon in Los Angeles.
  • In 1968 – Yale University announced it was going co-educational.
  • In 1969 – Apollo 12 blasted off for the moon from Cape Kennedy, FL. The crew of the NASA’s second manned mission to the Moon included Commander Charles Conrad, Jr. Richard F. Gordon, Jr. and Alan L. Bean. It landed on the Moon on November 19 and was the first spacecraft to take a color TV camera to the Moon.
  • In 1969 – During the Vietnam War, Major General Bruno Arthur Hochmuth, commander of the Third Marine Division, became the first general to be killed in Vietnam by enemy fire.
  • In 1971 – NASA’s Mariner 9 entered Mars’ orbit after 167 days in space. It became the first spacecraft to orbit a planet. Despite it being in Mars’ orbit within 15 minutes, a dust storm on the planet made it impossible for Mariner 9 to take pictures of Mars until January.
  • In 1979 – President Carter froze all Iranian assets in the United States and U.S. banks abroad in response to the taking of 63 American hostages at the U.S. embassy in Tehran, Iran.
  • In 1983 – The British government announced that U.S.-made cruise missiles had arrived at the Greenham Common airbase amid protests.
  • In 1989 – The Navy ordered an unprecedented 48-hour stand-down in the wake of a recent string of serious accidents.
  • In 1994 – United States nuclear experts visited North Korea’s main nuclear complex for the first time under an accord that opened such sites to outside inspections.
  • In 1995 – The United States government instituted a partial shutdown, closing national parks and museums while most government offices operated with skeleton crews.
  • In 2010 – Sebastian Vettel won the Formula One World Drivers’ Championship. At 23 years old, the German race driver became the youngest person to win the World Championship in Formula One.

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.

November 13th – Start A Rumor Day

November 13, 2017 at 12:01 am | Posted in Today's Reasons To Celebrate | Leave a comment

Good morning gossips. Today is Monday, November 13, 2017. Today’s reasons to celebrate are:

Start A Rumor Day

Rumor has it that today is Start A Rumor Day. Dictionary.com defines rumor as a story or statement in general circulation without confirmation or certainty as to facts; gossip or hearsay.
In Elementary school, we all had the classroom exercise where the teacher whispers something into the first student’s ear, then that student whispers it to the next student… until the last student repeats the statement. The statement that the last student recites is usually totally different from the teacher’s original statement. Each student thought they were passing along the statement along verbatim, but through unintentional misinterpretation or misstatement, the statement was changed.
Celebrate this holiday by starting a rumor of your own. You’ll be surprised how much it has changed by the time it gets back to you.

Sadie Hawkins Day

Sadie Hawkins Day was first mentioned on this date in 1937 by cartoonist Al Capp as a transitional thread in his popular syndicated daily newspaper cartoon Li’l Abner, and today Sadie Hawkins Day celebrates the anniversary of that event.
The premise of Sadie Hawkins Day is that it is the one day of the year that it is acceptable for girls to chase boys. The original story goes as follows:

Sadie Hawkins was the daughter of one of Dogpatch’s earliest settlers, Hekzebiah Hawkins. She was the “homeliest gal in all them hills,” and Hekzebiah was growing desperate waiting for suitors. When she reached the age of 35, still a spinster, her father in desperation called together the eligible bachelors of Dogpatch and declared that day to be Sadie Hawkins Day and that “when ah fires [my gun] all o’ yo’ kin start a-runnin! When ah fires agin – after givin’ yo’ a fair start – Sadie starts a-runnin’. Th’ one she ketches’ll be her husbin.” The town spinsters decided that this was such a good idea, they made Sadie Hawkins Day an annual event, much to the chagrin of Dogpatch bachelors everywhere and Sadie Hawkins Day became an annual event in his comic strip.

Sadie Hawkins Day captured the imagination of many young people, particularly on campuses across America. By 1939, Life Magazine reported that 201 Colleges had sponsored Sadie Hawkins Day events and by 1952, Sadie Hawkins Day was reportedly celebrated at 40,000 known venues.
Today, Sadie Hawkins Day events still occur on many campuses on varying dates, but usually in the month of November. Additionally, some Sadie Hawkins Day events are held in leap years on February 29th.

Actors’ Day

Actors’ Day salutes those people whose job it is to entertain us every day. An actor (or actress) can make us laugh, cry, feel empathy or rage. It is their job to conjure up within us whatever emotion the author of the particular work they are performing intended to convey.
To celebrate this holiday, attend a play, watch a good dramatic television show, go to a movie or, if you’re a thespian, perform a one-person play for your friends and/or family.

World Kindness Day

World Kindness Day is a holiday that encourages individuals to overlook boundaries, race, and religion and highlight good deeds in the community focusing on the positive power and the common thread of kindness which binds us. Kindness is a fundamental part of the human condition which bridges the divides of race religion, politics, gender. Celebrated annually across the world on November 13th.
To celebrate this holiday, just be kind to everyone you encounter today.

National Mom’s and Dad’s Day

We already celebrate Mother’s Day and Father’s Day separately. Today is the day to celebrate them as a unit. It is only fitting that mom and dads have a special day to celebrate everything that they do together for their family.
To celebrate National Mom’s and Dad’s Day, take your parents out for a celebratory dinner. If they are deceased, have a dinner with you family in their honor.

National Indian Pudding Day

This is the third “National Indian Pudding Day” we’ve celebrated this year. We had one back in February and another one in June. I don’t know what makes them different because they all link back to the same sources.
Anyway, American Indian puddings are defined as a number recipes of Native American Indian origin. Generally, they include molasses and cornmeal. Apples were often an ingredient. They were usually baked. It seems appropriate to hold this day in mid-November, as we approach Thanksgiving. Native Americans were very much a part of the first Thanksgiving feast. It is quite likely that these puddings were served, and enjoyed, at that first Thanksgiving.

Another Holiday   

Below is another holiday celebrated on this date worthy of mention: 

Historical Events

Below is a list of significant historical events that occurred on this date:

  • In 1775 – During the American Revolution, American forces captured Montreal.
  • In 1789 – Benjamin Franklin wrote a letter to a friend in which he said, “In this world, nothing can be said to be certain, except death and taxes.”
  • In 1805 – Johann George Lehner, a Viennese butcher, invented a recipe and called it the “frankfurter.”
  • In 1887 – Bloody Sunday occurred in London. Protests in Trafalgar Square by poor and unemployed Londoners over their hardships took a violent turn when the police charged those protesting with batons. By the end of the day, 2 or 3 people were killed and several hundred protestors were injured.
  • In 1927 – The Holland Tunnel opened to the public, providing access between New York City and New Jersey beneath the Hudson River.
  • In 1933 – In Austin, MN, the first sit-down labor strike in America took place.
  • In 1942 – President Franklin D. Roosevelt signed a measure lowering the minimum draft age from 21 to 18.
  • In 1950 – Venezuelan President Carlos Delgado Chalbaud was assassinated. Chalbaud came to power after a coup against Rómulo Gallegos in 1948. He was kidnapped and killed by rebels headed by Rafael Simón Urbina.
  • In 1956 – The Supreme Court struck down laws calling for racial segregation on public buses.
  • In 1971 – The spacecraft Mariner 9 became the first spacecraft to orbit another planet, Mars.
  • In 1982 – The Vietnam Veterans Memorial was dedicated in Washington, DC.
  • In 1984 – A libel suit against Time, Inc. by former Israeli Defense Minister Ariel Sharon went to trial in New York.
  • In 1985 – The Armero tragedy took place. The late evening eruption of the Nevado del Ruiz volcano in Colombia caused volcanic mudflows, called lahars, and flooded the city of Armero, killing 25,000 of its residents. The Armero tragedy is considered to be one of the deadliest volcano-related disasters in the 20th century.
  • In 1986 – President Ronald Reagan publicly acknowledged that the United States had sent “defensive weapons and spare parts” to Iran. He denied that the shipments were sent to free hostages, but that they had been sent to improve relations.
  • In 1994 – Sweden voted to join the European Union. The referendum passed with over 50% of Swedish citizens voting to join the European Union. The Nordic country officially joined the EU on January 1, 1995.
  • In 1995 – Greg Maddox (Atlanta Braves) became the first major league pitcher to win four consecutive Cy Young Awards.
  • In 1997 – Iraq expelled six U.N. arms inspectors that were United States citizens.
  • In 1998 – Monica Lewinsky signed a deal with St. Martin’s Press for the North American rights to her story about her affair with President Bill Clinton.
  • In 2001 – President George W. Bush signed an executive order that would allow for military tribunals to try any foreigners captured with connections to the terrorist attacks on the United States on September 11, 2001. It was the first time since World War II that a president had taken such action.
  • In 2009 – NASA announced that water had been discovered on the moon. The discovery came from the planned impact on the moon of the Lunar Crater Observation and Sensing Satellite.
  • In 2015 – A series of coordinated terrorist attacks that included suicide bombs and mass shootings took place in Paris, France’s capital city. Venues attacked included the Stade de France and the Bataclan theater during a concert. The Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS), also known as the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant or Daesh (ISIL) took responsibility for the attacks that killed about 130 people.

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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