September 16th – A Rocky Start

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

Good morning rock hounds. Today is Saturday, September 16, 2017. Today’s reasons to celebrate are:

Collect Rocks Day

Collect Rocks Day is a day to enjoy and add to your rock collection. If you were a normal kid growing up in my generation, at one point in your childhood, you had a rock collection. It may not have been a large collection, and it may not have had any intrinsic value, but it was yours. As far as I know, there are no books available about rock collecting and no rules about which rocks are deemed collectible, and which are not. The size, type, shape, and color of the rocks collected are a matter of personal choice. I used to collect “skipping rocks” (flat, round or oval-shaped rocks about 1½ inches in diameter). Then every time I was near a lake, pond, or canal; or after a good rain, I would take my collection and “skip” them across the water. Then I would begin the collection anew. I was quite adept at both finding perfect “skipping rocks” and skipping them. It’s an art form.
Meet “Spud”. Spud comprises the entirety of my rock collection at the moment. He is also my last remaining pet. I named him Spud because of his uncanny resemblance to a potato. I found him in the depths of despair trying to drown himself in a creek a couple of decades ago. I plucked him from the clutches of the “Grim Reaper” and gave him a “forever home” with me. Spud makes no demands on my time. He requires no food or water, doesn’t need to be taken for walks, and doesn’t wake me up in the middle of the night to go outside. He doesn’t require costly trips to the veterinarian for semi-annual check-ups and vaccinations, never needs grooming, and requires no license. Spud is a good companion. He never makes any noise (unless you drop him), he is a good listener, and he never complains about being left alone for extended periods of time. He is the perfect pet. He even does a couple of tricks. He sits, stays, and plays dead better than any pet I have ever owned. If he is in the mood and the conditions are right, he will occasionally roll over as well. However, he absolutely refuses to play fetch or come when called.
Besides beginning or adding to your rock collection today, there are a number of other ways to celebrate this holiday.

1)  Listen only to “rock” music today.
2)  Listen only to songs with “rock” in the title, such as Standing on a “Rock” by the Ozark Mountain Dare Devils, I Am a “Rock” by Simon and Garfunkel, or “Rock” Your Baby by George McCrae.
3)  Watch The “Rock”y Horror Picture Show.
4)  Watch “Rock”y and Bullwinkle cartoons.
5)  Relax in your “rock”er all day.
6)  Have “Rock”y Road ice cream for dessert.

Did any of you have a rock collection as a kid? What became of it?

Mexico’s Independence Day

Mexico’s Independence Day celebrates the date in 1810 when the people of Mexico began their fight for independence from Spanish rule. It holds the same significance to the people of Mexico as does July 4th, 1776  to Americans. The war lasted 11 years before Mexico emerged victoriously. For a slightly more detailed account of the struggle, click here.
Just like Independence Day in America, in Mexico, this holiday is celebrated with parades, fiestas, fireworks, and picnics.

Oktoberfest Begins

Oktoberfest is a traditional German festival that dates all the way back to 1810. In October of that year, the crown prince of Bavaria married the princess of Saxony-Hildburghausen, and all the citizens of Munich were invited to attend the royal wedding. The celebration turned into an annual autumn event.
Today, Oktoberfest is the world’s largest fair. Over 5 million people travel to Munich to take part in the festivities. Over the course of the sixteen-day festival, they will watch parades, participate in massive sing-a-longs, eat Bavarian foods like soft pretzels, wear traditional lederhosen, and consume more than 10 million gallons of beer…and that is just for Munich alone. I won’t even attempt to calculate the amount of beer consumed throughout the whole of Germany during Oktoberfest – just thinking about it makes my brain hurt.
Here in America, Oktoberfest is not a holiday, but many bars, restaurants, and even whole communities will hold some sort of Oktoberfest celebration for at least a portion of the traditional German festival. To celebrate your own Oktoberfest, don your lederhosen, put on the oompah music and sample some German beers. Cheers! Or, as the Germans would say, “Prost!”
Author’s Note: The date on which Oktoberfest begins each year is determined by calculating 16 days prior to the first Sunday in October. There are exceptions to this rule and although it may not make it any clearer to you, this link will explain how the date for the beginning of Oktoberfest is determined far better than I ever could.
Like Easter, figuring out the date on which Oktoberfest begins is akin to doing Chinese algebra (for me at least). When I was stationed in Germany, I used this formula — When the big tents started being assembled in the field adjacent to the NCO Club, I knew that Oktoberfest was nigh upon us and when I heard the oompah music, I knew that Oktoberfest had begun. Truly a fool-proof system.

Responsible Dog Ownership Day

Responsible Dog Ownership Day is observed annually on the third Saturday in September. The American Kennel Club promotes Responsible Dog Ownership Days across the country annually. Since the 119th anniversary of the AKC in September 2003, Responsible Dog Ownership Day has encouraged dog owners to be respectful, caring, and responsible caregivers to their canine companions.
If there is or soon will be a canine companion in your life, Responsible Dog Ownership Day encourages you to make a promise, not just to your loyal hound, but to all of those who may be affected by him. Dogs bring many benefits into our lives and to ensure they remain healthy, happy and safe; we need to be on the lookout for their well-being and the well-being of those around them. Many people don’t consider all the care involved when taking in a canine companion. Their size, energy, medical care, temperament, and many other needs are the dog owner’s responsibility. Too often, this results in the dog being turned over to an animal shelter, or worse yet, simply abandoned.
To celebrate Responsible Dog Ownership Day, consider a donation to an animal shelter.

International Red Panda Day

Red Panda Day is celebrated annually on the third Saturday of September.
With the decline in their habitat, International Red Panda Day seeks to encourage people to learn more about these adorable creatures and help save the environment in which they live. Like so many other species, Red Pandas are experiencing a loss of habitat which is leading to a decline in their population. With less than 10,000 individuals remaining in the wild, the time to begin conservation efforts to save the Red Panda from extinction is now.
The Red Panda’s habitat is the slopes of the Eastern Himalayas. Like their larger black and white cousins, Red Pandas spend most of their lives in trees and even sleep aloft. When foraging, they are mostly nocturnal but also forage in the gloaming hours of dusk and dawn.
Red pandas typically grow to the size of a house cat, though their big, bushy tails add another 18 inches to their size. They have a taste for bamboo but, unlike their larger relatives, they eat many other foods as well—fruit, acorns, roots, and eggs. Like giant pandas, they have an extended wrist bone that functions almost like a thumb and greatly aids their grip when climbing.
To celebrate International Red Panda Day, learn more about these cute creatures. If there is a zoo near you that has a Red Panda exhibit, visit it today – but don’t look for them on the ground. As I stated previously, they spend most of their lives in trees so they can be hard to spot even in their enclosures.
Red Panda Factoid: The trademark symbol for the web browser ‘Firefox’ is not a fox at all, but a Red Panda.

National CleanUp Day

National CleanUp Day encourages all of us to take action to make the entire country a better place to live. This holiday was founded to celebrate the importance of uniting to care for our outdoor spaces and remove litter so our trails, parks, and community spaces remain pleasant and unmarred by waste.
From coast to coast, organizations and individuals alike join forces to clean up parks, trails, beaches, mountains, and open spaces. Outdoor spaces that are free of trash and litter are a more enjoyable experience for everyone. Preservation of our forefathers’ legacy is up to all of us.
Litter, debris, and trash mar the beauty of our natural landscapes. National CleanUp Day puts litter in its place – in the trash and recycle bins. It provides an opportunity to make those messes right and give the landscape a fresh, clean sweep. Communities, corporations, civic organizations, parks and recreation departments and private citizens will all be uniting together to make National CleanUp Day a success.
To celebrate National CleanUp Day, pick up after yourself…and the ‘other guy’ too.  If your community is sponsoring a National CleanUp Day event, participate.

International Coastal Cleanup Day

International Coastal Cleanup Day is basically the same as the holiday above…except concentrating on our shorelines and waterways. It was established by the Ocean Conservancy and encourages us to head to our beaches and help to clean up the garbage that has washed up on shore, and that has been left by visitors every day.
Every year thousands of tons of garbage wind up in our oceans, with 60% of that being composed of plastic material. Plastics last a very long time in the ocean is so prevalent that there are 46,000 pieces of plastic litter for every square mile of ocean. Plastics are harmful, if not deadly, to marine life…killing more than a million birds and over 100,000 seals, turtles, and whales, and an uncountable amount of fish in our oceans each year.

Mayflower Day

Mayflower Day celebrates the date the Mayflower sailed from Plymouth, England to America. On this date in 1620, 102 men, women, and children set sail from Plymouth, England. Their destination was the New World, where they could have religious freedom, and continue using their native language, culture, and customs. They were the very first immigrants and helped to pave the way for millions more to follow, in search of freedom and the dreams and promises of a New World
Below are a few more Mayflower facts:

  1. The Mayflower set sail from Plymouth England on September 16, 1620.
  2. The Pilgrims were headed to the settlement in Virginia. They had an agreement to settle there.
  3. The voyage took 66 days. Whether by accident or design, they landed at Plymouth Rock on December 21, 1621; a few hundred miles north of their intended destination of Virginia.
  4. 102 passengers were on board. This included three pregnant women. One of these women gave birth just before landing.
  5. On November 21, 1620, the passengers on board the Mayflower signed the Mayflower Compact, which set forth the rules of governance of the fledgling colony.


National Guacamole Day 

I’m sure that National Guacamole Day falling on the same date as Mexico’s Independence Day is purely coincidental. Guacamole was first created by the Aztecs in what is now Mexico. The name comes from an Aztec dialect and literally translates to “avocado sauce”. A Spanish-English pronunciation guide from 1900 lists guacamole as a “salad of the alligator pear”. Avocados were first cultivated in South Central Mexico and Central America and as far south as Peru.
Guacamole is a dip commonly made with avocados, lime juice, cilantro and green onions. Guacamole recipes vary to individual taste, but that’s the basic recipe. It is easy to make, and relatively healthy. It contains only monounsaturated fats, which are heart-healthy. Enjoy some today.

National Cinnamon-Raisin Bread Day

Cinnamon-Raisin bread is a favored treat, usually enjoyed at breakfast, but equally as good anytime. Although it can’t be considered “health food”, cinnamon and raisins both have health benefits. Cinnamon has been found to help control blood sugar, fight fungus, and help curb stomach ulcers. Raisins give you energy, help to boost your digestion, prevent tooth decay, strengthen your bones, and are good for your eyes.
So, enjoy a slice or two of this sweet treat today. Don’t think of it as cheating on your diet; think of it as starting a healthier lifestyle. (Just kidding).

On This Date

  • In 1630 – The village of Shawmut changed its name to Boston.
  • In 1782 – The Great Seal of the United States was impressed on a document to negotiate a prisoner of war agreement with the British. It was the first official use of the Great Seal of the United States.
  • In 1893 – The “Cherokee Strip” in Oklahoma was swarmed by hundreds of thousands of settlers.
  • In 1908 – General Motors was founded in Flint Michigan by William C. Durant and Charles Stewart Mott. The company was formed by merging the Buick and Oldsmobile car companies. The company, also known as GM, is one of the world’s largest manufacturers of cars and trucks. Most notably, the company manufactured Buick, Cadillac, Chevrolet, Oldsmobile, Pontiac, and Hummer brand cars.
  • In 1920 – A bomb exploded on Wall Street, New York killing 38 people. The Wall Street Bombing, as the incident is known, was the deadliest bombing on American soil to that date. It is still not known who was responsible for the bombing.
  • In 1924 – Jim Bottomley knocked in 12 runs in a single game setting a major league baseball record.
  • In 1940 – Samuel T. Rayburn of Texas was elected Speaker of the U.S. House of Representatives. He served for 17 years.
  • In 1953 – The St. Louis Browns of the American League were given permission to move to Baltimore, MD, where they became the Baltimore Orioles.
  • In 1963 – Malaysia was created. The Federation of Malaya united with Sabah, Sarawak, and Singapore to create Malaysia. Singapore left the arrangement two years later.
  • In 1974 – President Ford announced a conditional amnesty program for draft evaders and deserters during the Vietnam War.
  • In 1976 – The Episcopal Church formally approved women to be ordained as priests and bishops.
  • In 1978 – An earthquake measuring 7.7 on the Richter Scale rocked the city of Tabas, Iran. More than 11,000 people were killed during the natural disaster.
  • In 1982 – Members of a right-wing Lebanese militia massacred between 1500-3000 people in two Beirut-area refugee camps. The killings took over three days in the Palestinian refugee camps of Sabra and Shatila and were led by the Lebanese Christian Phalangist militia.
  • In 1985 – The Communist Party of China announced changes in leadership that were designed to bring younger officials into power.
  • In 1987 – The Montreal Protocol was signed by 24 countries to save the Earth’s ozone layer by reducing emissions of harmful chemicals by the year 2000.
  • In 1988 – Tom Browning pitched the 12th perfect game in major league baseball history.
  • In 1994 – Exxon Corporation was ordered by a federal jury to pay $5 billion in punitive damages to the people harmed by the 1989 Exxon Valdez spill.
  • In 1994 – Two astronauts from the space shuttle Discovery went on the first untethered spacewalk in 10 years.

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.


September 15th – Someday

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

Good morning procrastinators. Today is Friday, September 15, 2017.  Today’s reasons to celebrate are:


That’s right folks, the day of reckoning has arrived. Someday is here, and it’s time to do all of those petty tasks that you said you would get around to “someday”. It’s time to replace the light bulb that burned out in the hallway last month; it’s time to fix that wash tub in the laundry room that has dripped since last Easter; it’s time to clean out the trunk of your car; etc, etc, etc, ad infinitum. I’m sure you get the idea.
With the Autumnal Equinox nigh upon us, and colder weather on the horizon, it might be a good idea to do those tasks that require you to be outside first; before they become big jobs that require immediate attention in the frigid temperatures of January.
There is little information about the origins, history, or the creator of this holiday, and it was listed in only one of my sources, but I still thought it deserved mention. There is but one way to celebrate “Someday” – get up off your big, fat [sofa] and get to work.

National POW/MIA Recognition Day

In the United States, National POW/MIA Recognition Day is observed annually on the third Friday in September. National POW/MIA Recognition Day remembers and honors those men and women of the Armed Forces who remain missing in action or who are prisoners of war. We are reminded as a nation to rededicate our efforts to bring our patriots home and to care for our military families awaiting word of their loved ones.
National POW/MIA Recognition Day was established by an Act of Congress with the passage of Section 1082 of the 1998 Defense Authorization Act. This day is one of the six days that Federal Law requires the POW/MIA Flag be flown at all places designated by the U.S, Secretary of Defense.
The POW/MIA Flag is flown this day over the Capitol, the White House, the Korean and Vietnam Veterans Memorials, the offices of the secretaries of State, Defense and Veterans Affairs, of the Selective Service System, and on the grounds or in the lobbies of every major military installation, every post office and all VA Medical Centers and national cemeteries.
Every year since 1989 by presidential proclamation, The United States remembers and honors those men and women of the Armed Forces who remain missing in action or who are prisoners of war. We are reminded as a nation to rededicate our efforts to bring our patriots home and to care for our military families awaiting word of their loved ones.

Concussion Awareness Day

Concussion Awareness Day is an alert to take care of your brain and to teach others how to watch out for each other. Concussions are the single most common type of traumatic brain injury and are known by many names in the medical industry – mild brain injury, mild traumatic brain injury, and minor head trauma. None of them sound good and none of them is something you want to see listed on your medical report. It is your brain after all…the thing that makes you who you are.
Concussions are particularly common amongst those who engage in active sports, but you can get a concussion in any number of other ways – any time you bump your head, there is the possibility of a concussion.
It’s just a bump on the head right? It’s all part of the game and it’s not like it’s bleeding. I feel fine. I was wearing a helmet so I’m protected. It was just grass, right, how hard could the grass be? How much damage can a soccer ball really do? It’s round and full of air. Make no mistake about it, concussions can have some serious repercussions and unfortunately, there isn’t much one can do in the way of First Aid for a concussion. About all that you can do is lay down and otherwise remain still. Chill out and rest both your body and your mind…which means no video games, no texting, and no school work or any other kind of stressful activity, but do not go to sleep for at least 4-hours. If they lost consciousness, even for a moment, contact a medical professional.
Concussion Awareness Day urges you to educate yourself about how to identify a concussion in the wake of an event that may have caused one. The checklist is pretty straightforward:

  1. Does the subject have a headache?
  2. Did they temporarily lose consciousness?
  3. Are they confused or are they processing information slowly?
  4. Do they remember what happened?
  5. Are they seeing stars or feeling dizzy?
  6. Are their ears ringing?
  7. Nausea or vomiting?
  8. How about their speech, are they speaking clearly or is there a bit of a slur?

These are the immediate signs, and if any of them are present, seek medical help immediately.
To celebrate Concussion Awareness Day, I do not recommend that you give yourself a concussion. Instead, learn the symptoms of, and how to treat, a concussion.

National Tradesmen Day

National Tradesmen Day is celebrated each year on the third Friday in September and honors the men and women who work with their hands to build America and keep it running strong. Irwin Tools founded National Tradesmen Day in 2011.
Tradesmen are the professionals who work with their hands. Their skills and knowledge keep businesses, homes, cities and entire nations running. Tradesmen build the houses we live in, pave the roads we drive on, build the dams that supply us with power, fix our cars, and repair about anything we need to have repaired. The electricians, plumbers, masons, mechanics, carpenters and everyone in between ensure the job gets done.

National Online Learning Day

On September 15th, National Online Learning Day recognizes the advantages and vast potential of online learning and the accomplishments of these students everywhere. National Online Learning Day was founded to recognize the online education community with an official day focusing on the significant achievements made through online schooling and the students attending. The Registrar at National Day Calendar approved National Online Learning Day in July of 2016.
Whether you’ve ever taken an online course, attended an online school, used online educational resources at a traditional brick and mortar school, taught an online class, or have a child or friend who’s an online student, National Online Learning Day is for you. National Online Learning Day recognizes the students and their supporters. It’s an opportunity to showcase how online learning has helped people accomplish their goals and dreams and check things off their bucket list.
National Online Learning Day is about students learning, educators teaching, and family members supporting this type of education. With your selfies and other photos, the goal is to cultivate blended and online learning and recognize the student possibilities available with this type of education. Become part of the national online community on Online Learning Day! The power of technology has knocked down barriers and built bridges in education. With online learning, adult students can balance working with furthering their education and today’s youth can receive an individualized education and learning environment.
Evolving online technology is making education more manageable and convenient for each new generation of students. Every day, students are earning high school diplomas, certificates, college degrees, and credits online. National Online Learning Day brings national recognition to these students. And online schooling continues to grow and provide new resources and support to students.

National Felt Hat Day

Some areas of the country are already experiencing a little nip in the air, and people are swapping out their summer wardrobe for heavier, warmer clothing. Headgear should certainly be included. It’s time to get your felt hat out of the closet and wear it today. No matter what style it is, it will be in fashion today. Back in the early to mid-1900’s, hats were more in style and were worn by both men and women. At that time, felt was a common material for hats. With cooler Fall weather approaching, people traditionally went to the coat closet on this date, retrieved their felt hats, dusted them off, and began to wear them once more.

Make a Hat Day

Make a Hat Day is another headgear-related holiday today. No one knows who created Make a Hat Day, or when, or why. One of my sources suggested that it could have been started by a grade school teacher who was looking for a fun project for students to do early in the school year but provided no documentation as proof. Anyway, lighten up a bit and have a little fun. Design, make and wear a hat, any hat, today. It doesn’t have to be a masterpiece. Just make it show your personality. Be creative and have fun.

Hug Your Boss Day

Hug Your Boss Day is not intended to be taken literally. In today’s litigious and competitive workplace, hugging your boss would only lead to trouble.
As near as I can determine, this holiday urges you to look at things from your bosses perspective. Try to find ways to improve the working relationship between you and your boss. Have a conversation with your boss on ways to make your workplace more efficient and productive.

National Linguine Day

Linguine is a popular flat pasta. It is accurately called linguine, its Italian name, but the word became Americanized to linguini. Originating in the Liguria region of northern Italy, linguine is Italian for “little tongues.” Linguine is a narrow, flat version of round spaghetti (sometimes called flat spaghetti) and is a narrower version of fettuccine.
To celebrate National Linguine Day, enjoy some linguine today with your favorite sauce. Impress your family by using the proper Italian pronunciation of the word, (lin-GWEE-nay), not the bastardized American pronunciation, (lin-GWEE-nee).

More Holidays  

On This Date 

  • In 1776 – British forces occupied New York City during the American Revolution.
  • In 1789 – The Department of Foreign Affairs was renamed the Department of State.
  • In 1853 – Reverend Antoinette Brown Blackwell was ordained becoming the first female minister in the United States.
  • In 1857 – Timothy Alder earned a patent for the typesetting machine.
  • In 1858 – The first mail service began to the Pacific Coast of the United States. Under a government contract, coaches from the Butterfield Overland Mail Company took 12 days to make the journey between Tipton, MO, and San Francisco, CA.
  • In 1883 – The University of Texas at Austin opened. [“Hook em Horns”]
  • In 1894 – Battle of Pyongyang ended with decisive Japanese victory. The battle was a major land battle took place between the forces of Meiji Japan and Qing China during the First Sino-Japanese War.
  • In 1909 – Charles F. Kettering applied for a patent on his ignition system. His company Delco (Dayton Engineering Laboratories Company) later became a subsidiary of General Motors.
  • In 1916 – During the Battle of the Somme in France during WWI, tanks were first used in warfare when the British rolled them onto the battlefields.
  • In 1923 – Oklahoma was placed under martial law by Gov. John Calloway Walton due to terrorist activity by the Ku Klux Klan. After this declaration, national newspapers began to expose the Klan and its criminal activities.
  • In 1928 – Alexander Fleming discovered the antibiotic penicillin in the mold Penicillium notatum.
  • In 1935 – The Nuremberg Laws were enacted by Nazi Germany. The laws stripped all German Jews of their civil rights, revoked citizenship for German-Jews, forbade them from having relationships with people of non-Jewish origin, and made the swastika the official symbol of Nazi Germany.
  • In 1940 – The German Luftwaffe suffered the loss of 185 planes in the Battle of Britain. The change in tide forced Hitler to abandon his plans for invading Britain.
  • In 1949 – “The Lone Ranger” premiered on ABC. Clayton Moore was the Lone Ranger and Jay Silverheels was Tonto.
  • In 1950 – United Nations forces landed at Inchon, Korea in an attempt to relieve South Korean forces and recapture Seoul.
  • In 1953 – The National Boxing Association adopted the 10-point scoring system for all of its matches.
  • In 1955– Betty Robbins became the first woman cantor.
  • In 1959 – Soviet Premier Nikita Khrushchev arrived in the United States to begin a 13-day visit.
  • In 1961 – The United States resumed underground testing of nuclear weapons.
  • In 1963 – A Ku Klux Klan bomb killed 4 young African-American girls. Four members of the white supremacy group set off a timed bomb at the 16th Street Baptist Church, a predominantly black church in Birmingham, Alabama. The bombings marked a watershed moment in the Civil Rights Movement in America.
  • In 1978 – Muhammad Ali defeated Leon Spinks to win his 3rd World Heavyweight Boxing title.
  • In 1981 – The John Bull became the oldest operable locomotive in America. The steam locomotive manufactured by the British and operated in New Jersey became the world’s oldest and still operable locomotive when the Smithsonian operated it on this day. It was first put to use on September 15, 1831.
  • In 1982 – The first issue of “USA Today” was published.
  • In 1983 – The Senate joined the U.S. House of Representatives in their condemning of the Soviet Union for shooting down a Korean jet with 269 people on board.
  • In 1990 – France announced that it would send another 4,000 soldiers to the Persian Gulf. They also expelled Iraqi military attaches in Paris.
  • In 1998 – It was announced that 5.9 million people read The Starr Report on the Internet. 606,000 people read the White House defense of U.S. President Clinton.
  • In 2003 – In Independence, MO, the birthplace of Ginger Rogers was designated a local landmark. The move by the Independence City Council qualified the home for historic preservation.
  • In 2008 – Lehman Brothers Holdings Inc. filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection. This was the largest bankruptcy in United States history.

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.

September 14th – National Anthem Day

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

Good morning patriotic music history fans. Today is Thursday, September 14, 2017. Today’s reasons to celebrate are:

National Anthem Day

On March 3rd, we celebrated another National Anthem Day which focused on the date that Francis Scott Key’s song became our National Anthem. However, this National Anthem Day holiday celebrates the anniversary of the date in 1814 that Mr. Key actually penned his poem, entitled “In Defense of Fort McHenry”, after witnessing the British attack on Baltimore Harbor during the War of 1812, which became our National Anthem. The sight of the American flag flying triumphantly over Fort McHenry on the morning after the attack inspired his legendary words.
Key later decided to set his piece to music, and borrowed the tune from a popular song called “To Anacreon in Heaven.” Not long after it was first published, people began referring to the piece as “The Star-Spangled Banner.” The song became an overnight success, and bands began playing it during public events and military occasions.
In March of 1931, well over a hundred years after Key wrote it, “The Star-Spangled Banner” became the official national anthem of the United States.
To celebrate this holiday, sing the National Anthem. As an added challenge, try to sing all of the verses to the song (there are four of them in total, you know). To make it easier for you, I have listed all of the verses below.

O say can you see, by the dawn’s early light,
What so proudly we hail’d at the twilight’s last gleaming,
Whose broad stripes and bright stars through the perilous fight
O’er the ramparts we watch’d were so gallantly streaming?
And the rocket’s red glare, the bombs bursting in air,
Gave proof through the night that our flag was still there,
O say does that star-spangled banner yet wave
O’er the land of the free and the home of the brave?

On the shore dimly seen through the mists of the deep
Where the foe’s haughty host in dread silence reposes,
What is that which the breeze, o’er the towering steep,
As it fitfully blows, half conceals, half discloses?
Now it catches the gleam of the morning’s first beam,
In full glory reflected now shines in the stream,
’Tis the star-spangled banner—O long may it wave
O’er the land of the free and the home of the brave!

And where is that band who so vauntingly swore,
That the havoc of war and the battle’s confusion
A home and a Country should leave us no more?
Their blood has wash’d out their foul footstep’s pollution.
No refuge could save the hireling and slave
From the terror of flight or the gloom of the grave,
And the star-spangled banner in triumph doth wave
O’er the land of the free and the home of the brave.

O thus be it ever when freemen shall stand
Between their lov’d home and the war’s desolation!
Blest with vict’ry and peace may the heav’n rescued land
Praise the power that hath made and preserv’d us a nation!
Then conquer we must, when our cause it is just,
And this be our motto – “In God is our trust,”
And the star-spangled banner in triumph shall wave
O’er the land of the free and the home of the brave.

National Cream-Filled Donut Day

National Cream-Filled Donut Day is yet another in a seemingly endless list of donut-related holidays each year.
A donut is a small, fried ring of sweet, leavened dough. Donuts leavened with baking powder are denser than the fluffier, yeast-leavened doughnuts. Originally a Dutch recipe without a hole, the dough is dropped into hot oil and was originally called an olykoek, or oily cake. Food historians believe that the traditional “hole” in donuts was first created in 1847, by 16-year-old Hanson Gregory who used the top of a round tin pepper container to punch the holes so the dough would cook evenly.
There are many types of doughnuts. Just a few include Bismarks or jelly doughnuts, raised doughnuts leavened with yeast, squares and twists, crullers made from twisted cake doughnut dough and French doughnuts made with cream-puff pastry dough. Donuts can be filled or unfilled, plain, glazed or iced.
But today, we’re celebrating National Cream-Filled Donut Day, so enjoy a cream-filled donut with your coffee this morning or as a snack anytime today.

Eat a Hoagie Day

The Hoagie sandwich originated in Philadelphia, PA. It layers a variety of cold lunch meats and cheeses on a long roll, often Italian or French bread, garnished with sweet and/or hot peppers, lettuce, tomatoes, onions, oregano and a vinegar and olive oil dressing. While there are several explanations for the term “hoagie,” one of the prevailing ones is that it was introduced by Italian-Americans working at the shipyard known as Hog Island, in southwest Philadelphia, during World War II. It became known as the “Hog Island sandwich,” which evolved to “hoagie.”
Elsewhere in America, this sandwich may also be called a hero, a submarine, a po’boy, a grinder, a torpedo, or an Italian Sandwich. It varies by region. In Europe, this type of sandwich is known as a baguette or a ciabatta, after the type of bread used.
No matter what you call this delicious sandwich, enjoy one for lunch or dinner today.

Gobstopper Day

A gobstopper is a type of hard candy (I actually had to Google that). When I was growing up we called them jawbreakers. Gobstopper Day salutes these delicious sweet treats that have been around since WWI.
Gobstoppers consist of a number of layers, each layer dissolving to reveal a different color (and sometimes differently flavored) layer, before dissolving completely. Gobstoppers are sucked or licked, being too hard to bite without risking dental damage (hence the alternative name jawbreaker). They are created through an interesting process called sugar panning. It takes a lot of time to make gobstoppers because each individually flavored layer has to be deposited on the candy over the span of a week or so through an intensive process.
While delicious, there is a particularly dangerous bit of history to the gobstoppers. The techniques involved in its creation result in a particular set of properties that can render the gobstopper into something resembling a low-grade explosive. The different layers can heat at different rates, resulting in inner layers of the candy being molten while the exterior layers are still solid, creating a pressure differential that can result in the candy popping open. While current designs have helped to minimize these effects, the show Mythbusters demonstrated that it is still possible for it to occur under the right circumstances.
If you have a good dentist and/or oral surgeon on speed-dial, go ahead and celebrate Gobstopper Day by having a gobstopper. This website gives a more detailed explanation of the explosive nature of gobstoppers.

More Holidays

On This Date

  • In 1807 – Former Vice President Aaron Burr was acquitted of a misdemeanor charge. Two weeks earlier Burr had been found innocent of treason.
  • In 1847 – United States forces took control of Mexico City under the leadership of General Winfield Scott.
  • In 1866 – George K. Anderson patented the typewriter ribbon.
  • In 1899 – In New York City, Henry Bliss became the first automobile fatality.
  • In 1901 – President William McKinley died of gunshot wounds inflicted by an assassin. Vice President Theodore Roosevelt, at age 42, succeeded him.
  • In 1915 – Carl G. Muench received a patent for Insulit, the first sound-absorbing material to be used in buildings.
  • In 1940 – The Selective Service Act was passed by Congress providing the first peacetime draft in the United States.
  • In 1948 – In New York, a groundbreaking ceremony took place at the site of the United Nations’ world headquarters.
  • In 1956 – The IBM 305 RAMAC computer was released. The 350 RAMAC was the first computer with a disk drive and was primarily targeted towards business that did real-time transactions. RAMAC stood for Random Access Method of Accounting and Control. The RAMAC 350, which was one of the last vacuum tube computers manufactured by IBM, was replaced by the IBM 1401 in the early 1960s.
  • In 1959 – The first man-made object successfully landed on the Moon. Soviet space probe Luna 2 was also the first man-made spacecraft to land on any celestial object. It was launched on September 12, 1959, and lost communications with Earth as it impacted the Moon’s surface.
  • In 1960 – The Organization of the Petroleum Exporting Countries (OPEC) was founded. The core members were Iran, Iraq, Kuwait, Saudi Arabia, and Venezuela.
  • In 1963 – Mary Ann Fischer gave birth to America’s first surviving quintuplets.
  • In 1975 – Pope Paul VI declared Mother Elizabeth Ann Bayley Seton the first United States-born saint.
  • In 1979 – The President of Afghanistan was assassinated. Nur Muhammad Taraki had been in office for less than a year when he was killed by gunfire at the behest of Hafizullah Amin. Amin took the seat of the president after the assassination and ruled for only 3 months before he was killed by the Soviets during Operation Storm-333.
  • In 1983 – The House of Representatives voted 416-0 on a resolution condemning the Soviet Union for the shooting down of a Korean jet on September 1.
  • In 1984 – Joe Kittinger became the first person to fly a balloon solo across the Atlantic Ocean.
  • In 1985 – The television show The Golden Girls made its television debut. The popular American sitcom about 4 single and older women living together in a Miami, Florida house ran for 6 seasons on NBC. The main characters in the show were played by Beatrice Arthur, Estelle Getty, Rue McClanahan, and Betty White, each of whom won the Emmys for their acting in the show. The series also won 2 Primetime Emmy Awards for Outstanding Comedy Series and 3 Golden Globe Awards for Best Television Series.
  • In 1994 – It was announced that the season was over for the National Baseball League on the 34th day of the player’s strike. The final days of the regular season were canceled.
  • In 1998 – Israel announced that they had successfully tested its Arrow-2 missile defense system. The system successfully destroyed a simulated target.
  • In 1999 – Disney World closed down for the first time in its 28-year history. The closure was due to Hurricane Floyd heading for Florida.
  • In 2000 – Microsoft launched Windows ME. The ME (Millennium Edition) was the last of the operating systems of the Windows 9x series.
  • In 2001 – The FBI released the names of the 19 suspected hijackers that had taken part in the September 11 terror attacks on the United States.

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.

September 13th – Uncle Sam Day

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

Good morning Patriots. Today is Wednesday, September 13th. Today’s reasons to celebrate are:

Uncle Sam Day

Uncle Sam Day celebrates a symbol of America. Uncle Sam appears on everything from military posters to cartoon images to advertising media. He is perhaps, the most recognizable symbol in the world.
The officially recognized theory regarding the origin of Uncle Sam dates back to soldiers stationed near Troy, New York during the war of 1812. Barrels of meat they received were stamped “U.S.” The supplier was Samuel Wilson of Troy, New York. Soldiers jokingly referred to him as “Uncle Sam”. In 1813, the first image of “Uncle Sam” appeared in a cartoon. In 1961, Congress issued a resolution recognizing “Uncle Sam” Wilson and authorized a monument in his hometown in Troy, NY.
Uncle Sam Day became official in 1989 when a joint resolution of Congress designated September 13 “Uncle Sam Day”.  This date was selected, because “Uncle Sam” Wilson was born on this date in 1776.

Quiet Day

Noted self-help author and a motivational speaker Wayne Dyer once said, “Everything that’s created comes out of silence. Your thoughts emerge from the nothingness of silence. Your words come out of this voice. Your very essence emerged from emptiness. All creativity requires some stillness.”
Quiet Day celebrates the most enjoyable sound in the world, quiet. It is a proven fact that peace and quiet are good for the both the body and the mind. Studies have shown that taking time for quiet can have a positive effect on your body and in some cases can even lower blood pressure and reduce the heart rate. However, it’s increasingly difficult in today’s world to experience real quiet, and that’s why this holiday is so important.
Noise is everywhere and there seems to be no escaping it – it’s on your commute to work, in the busy office, in the cafe at lunch, on the school playground, and even at home. Every day we are bombarded with the chatter of TV, the radio, and even our friends and family. We seem to never get a moment of quiet contemplation, a chance to give our vocal chords a rest, or to simply listen to the world around us and simply experience it. We simply can’t seem to get away from the buzz of everyday life. Sometimes it’s just all too much. Quiet Day is dedicated to taking a little time to free your mind from the tumult of everyday life.
In India, there are meditation retreats where time is spent kneeling and in contemplation, sometimes for as long as 10 consecutive days. These are called Vipassana retreats, a word which means “to see things as they really are”, and comes from ancient Buddhist practices.
While Quiet Day is just one day, the principles of these retreats can be applied to your one day of silence. The peace and clarity it can bring have the possibility of opening your mind to things about your life that have long since been buried in the clamor of your daily existence.

Bald is Beautiful Day

Bald is Beautiful Day celebrates people who lack hair, for whatever reason. Whether you have lost your hair through genetics, shave your head as a matter of personal choice, or lost your hair as a result of a medication or medical procedure such as chemotherapy…or you shave your head to be in solidarity with a friend or family member who has lost their hair because of medical treatment, today, being bald is beautiful. No hats, crooked toupees, or cover-ups of any sort…just let your natural beauty shine through.
Having been depilated by genetics at an early age, I have led a glabrous existence for most of my adult life – so Bald is Beautiful Day is basically a celebration of my life. Even if you are among those still encumbered with an abundance of hair follicles, you can still celebrate Bald is Beautiful Day by hanging out with your follically unencumbered friends and refraining from telling any sophomoric “bald jokes” – at least for today.

National Defy Superstition Day

It is no coincidence that National Defy Superstition Day falls on the 13th. For centuries, the number 13 has been considered an omen of bad luck, misfortune, or even death in many societies. No one knows the true origins of the superstition surrounding the number 13, but there are a number of theories. Below I have listed of some of the most prominent.

  1. There were 13 people at the Last Supper, and Judas Iscariot — the one who betrayed Jesus — was the 13th man to take his place at the table.
  2. The end of the Mayan calendar’s 13th Baktun was superstitiously feared as a harbinger of the apocalyptic end of the world.
  3. Traditionally, there used to be 13 steps leading up the gallows, and legend has it that a hangman’s noose traditionally contained 13 turns.
  4. There were mass arrests and executions of the Knights Templar on Friday, October 13, 1307.
  5. Originally, a coven of witches was made up of exactly 13 members.

National Defy Superstition Day encourages you to break those superstitious beliefs you’ve had since childhood. Stepping on a crack will not break your mother’s back. “Three on a match” (lighting 3 cigarettes from one match) does not bring bad luck. The list of childish superstitions is endless. Hotels don’t have a 13th floor, nor a room #13, nor any room that ends with the #13; all because of superstition. Use this holiday to rid yourself of your unfounded superstitions.
With that said, I would not recommend that you run around willy-nilly shattering mirrors, indiscriminately tipping over salt shakers, or walking under ladders; and above all else, I would recommend that you avoid any encounters with a black cat. Better to be safe than sorry.

Positive Thinking Day

Positive Thinking Day is all about attitude. The power of positive thinking is absolutely astounding. Medical research confirms that a positive attitude works wonders at fighting disease and ailments, from the common cold to cancer. People with an “I think I can” attitude, are far more likely to succeed at work, and in accomplishing every goal they set in life. The best way to develop/maintain a positive attitude is to surround yourself with positive people. They will help you stay focused.
Like the lowly ant in the song “High Hopes”, with a positive attitude, you can accomplish anything. To celebrate Positive Thinking Day, be as positive as you can…in everyt5hing you do, and with everyone you meet.

International Chocolate Day

International Chocolate Day celebrates the birth of Milton Hershey, founder of Hershey’s chocolate, on this date in 1857.
I can think of no food item that deserves a holiday more than chocolate. Sure, chocolate can be high in calories; and apparently, it’s very bad for dogs, but there are still plenty of good reasons to eat chocolate.
WebMD reports that dark chocolate  (not milk chocolate) is a potent antioxidant.  Antioxidants gobble up free radicals, destructive molecules that are implicated in heart disease and other ailments. They also report that dark chocolate (again, not milk chocolate) can help lower blood pressure as well. You just have to ensure that you balance the extra calories by eating less of other things.
There’s only one way to celebrate this holiday, eat chocolate! You’re welcome.

National Peanut Day

National Peanut Day celebrates one of America’s favorite snack foods, the peanut. But wait! Peanuts are not really nuts at all. They are legumes, like peas, beans, and lentils. Peanuts are native South America and eventually made their way northward to America.
George Washington Carver discovered over 300 practical uses for peanuts. Carver, a graduate of Iowa State University, found ways to use peanuts in shampoo, fuel, dyes, and flours. Ironically, historians suspect that Carver never tasted a peanut butter and jelly sandwich, since he died before peanut butter was created. What a shame, I bet he would have loved it.
Aside from being a delicious snack food, peanuts are also a key ingredient in many dishes and are a topping for a wide variety of desserts. Many Oriental recipes use peanuts in main menu items.
Peanuts were not always considered healthy, but more recent research suggests that peanuts can reduce cardiovascular disease and lowers triglycerides in the body. Peanuts are high in protein and fiber and are now believed to help curb hunger, and therefore help in diet control.
To celebrate National Peanut Day, eat a handful (or two) of goobers, make some peanut butter cookies, or enjoy a nice chunk of peanut butter fudge. Good news PBJ lovers, peanut butter counts too, so have a delicious PBJ sandwich.

Fortune Cookie Day

Fortune Cookie Day celebrates the creation of the Fortune Cookie. Duh! Contrary to popular belief, the Fortune Cookie did not originate in China. Rather, it was invented in California. There appears to be some uncertainty over who invented it. Some historical references suggest it was Makoto Hagiwara who invented the fortune cookie at the Japanese Tea Garden in San Francisco in 1914. Others believe that David Jung, founder of the Hong Kong Noodle Company, was the first to make fortune cookies in Los Angeles in the 1920’s.
Documentation for the date of this holiday is uncertain.  A large majority of my sources declare Fortune Cookie Day as today,  September 13th, but give no details about when, where, why, or by whom it was created.

Snack a Pickle Time 

When most people think of pickles, they think of tasty cucumbers cured in a brine. And, in fact, what most people think of as pickles are low in calories, have no fat, and have probiotic benefits.
However, the term ‘pickle’ actually refers to any food that has been preserved in a seasoned brine or vinegar mixture. The most commonly pickled item is, as you might expect, cucumbers. But the variety of food items that can be ‘pickled’ is limited only by one’s imagination. Everyone has heard of pickled peppers (Peter Piper picked a peck of them), but chilies, cauliflower, pearl onions, and baby corn, are also popular. In my travels, I’ve seen pickled cactus, pickled garlic, and pickled okra. Believe it or not, some people even like even pickled herring and pickled pig’s feet! (YUK)
There are a plethora of pickling spices used too. Common combinations include, but are certainly not limited to, dill, allspice, bay leaves, cinnamon, cloves, cardamom, mustard seeds, ginger, and peppercorns. Once again, your imagination is the only limiting factor.
To celebrate this holiday, enjoy some pickles. Be adventurous and start a batch at home. There are a gazillion recipes for homemade pickles available online.

Kids Take Over The Kitchen Day

The objective behind Kids Take Over The Kitchen Day is to empower kids and teens to become more actively involved in the planning, preparation, and cooking of meals. At the same time, this holiday fosters a closer relationship between children and their parents and helps raise awareness of the many serious health and social issues related to our youth’s eating habits today.
To celebrate Kids Take Over The Kitchen Day, encourage your children or grandchildren to participate in the preparation of tonight’s dinner, and encourage them to learn more about health and nutrition.

More Holidays

On This Date

  • In 1750 – The Battle of Quebec was fought between the British and the French. A key event in the Seven Years’ War that involved the great European powers at the time, the battle took place on the farm of Abraham Martin. Because of this, the battle is also often called the Battle of the Plains of Abraham. British troops under the command of General James Wolfe defeated the French in the very short, 15-minute long battle and took over Quebec. The Battle resulted in the French giving up their control over areas in present-day Canada and most of North America coming under the control of the British.
  • In 1789 – The United States Government took out its first loan. [And so deficit spending began].
  • In 1898 – Hannibal Williston Goodwin patented celluloid photographic film, which is used to make movies.
  • In 1899 – The first recorded automobile fatality in the United States occurred. Henry H. Bliss was struck by a taxi cab while crossing the street in New York City. He died the next day due to his injuries.
  • In 1922 – The highest shade temperature ever recorded (136.4° Fahrenheit) was recorded in El Azizia, Libya.
  • In 1933 – A woman was elected to the New Zealand Parliament for the first time. Elizabeth McCombs won the by-elections for the parliamentary seat of Lyttelton, which was held by her husband before he died in August 1933. New Zealand granted suffrage to women in 1893.
  • In 1943 – Chiang Kai-shek became the president of China.
  • In 1948 – The School of Performing Arts opened in New York City. It was the first public school to specialize in performing arts.
  • In 1948 – Margaret Chase Smith was elected to the Senate and became the first woman to serve in both houses of Congress.
  • In 1949 – The Ladies Professional Golf Association of America (LPGA)  was formed.
  • In 1959 – The Soviet Union’s Luna 2 became the first space probe to reach the moon.
  • In 1960 – The Federal Communications Commission (FCC) banned payola.
  • In 1970 – The first New York City Marathon took place. Fireman Gary Muhrucke won the race.
  • In 1971 – In New York, National Guardsmen stormed the Attica Correctional Facility and put an end to the four-day revolt. A total of 43 people were killed in the final assault.
  • In 1974 – The French Ambassador was kidnapped in the Hague. Three members of the Japanese Red Army (JRA), a communist militant group that was formed in Lebanon, stormed the French Embassy in the Hague and took 10 hostages, including the French Ambassador. The siege ended after the militants’ demands for a release of another JRA member, cash, and a plane was met.
  • In 1977 – The first diesel automobiles manufactured by General Motors were introduced.
  • In 1981 – Secretary of State Alexander M. Haig said the United States had physical evidence that Russia and its allies used poisonous biological weapons in Laos, Cambodia, and Afghanistan.
  • In 1988 – Forecasters reported that Hurricane Gilbert’s barometric pressure measured 26.13. It was the strongest hurricane ever recorded in the Western Hemisphere.
  • In 1993 – “Late Night with Conan O’Brien” premiered on NBC.
  • In 1993 – The Oslo Accords were signed. It was the first major agreement between Palestine and Israel. Palestine was granted limited self-government in the Gaza Strip and in Jericho.
    Also known as Declaration of Principles on Interim Self-Government Arrangements, the Accords helped create the Palestinian interim self-government or the Palestinian National Authority (PNA) and called for the withdrawal of the Israeli Defence Forces from the West Bank and Gaza Strip.
  • In 1994 – President Bill Clinton signed a $30 billion anti-crime bill into law.
  • In 1998 – The New York Times closed its Web site after hackers added offensive material.
  • In 2001 – Secretary of State Colin Powell named Osama bin Laden as the prime suspect in the terror attacks on the United States on September 11, 2001. Also, limited commercial flights resumed in the United States for the first time since the terrorist attack on America on 9/11.

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.

September 12th – National Police Woman Day

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

Good morning law enforcement fans. Today is Tuesday, September 12, 2017. Today’s reasons to celebrate are:

National Police Woman Day

In 1909, Los Angeles social worker Alice Stebbins Wells petitioned Mayor George Alexander and the City Council, requesting that an ordinance providing for a Los Angeles Policewoman be adopted. Not only was the measure passed, but on this date in 1910, Mrs. Wells was sworn in as the nation’s first female law enforcement officer – complete with full powers of arrest.
On the first day of her appointment, Mrs. Wells was furnished with a Gamewell (a telephone call box key), a book of rules, a first aid book, and a “policeman’s badge.” In those days, an officer was privileged to enjoy free trolley car rides while going to and from work, but when Mrs. Wells displayed her badge, the conductor accused her of misusing her husband’s identity. This was remedied by presenting her with “Policewoman’s Badge Number One.”
As early as 1890, many California cities had employed women as matrons. These matrons specialized in the care of female prisoners and worked in city and county prisons and other penal institutions. They, however, weren’t sworn law enforcement officers, and it was Mrs. Wells who is credited with paving the way for women in law enforcement.
For more information on Mrs. Wells life and career at the LAPD, use this link.

National Video Games Day

This is the second video game related holiday this year. Back on July 8th, we celebrated Video Game Day.  Video Game Day encouraged people to play video games and promoted the video gaming industry, while, in contrast, National Video Games Day promotes the video game industry and encourages people to play video games. Huh? What? Wait! That’s right, I can’t discern a difference between these two holidays either – other than the date. Also, I could find no reason why there are two different dates for a “video game day”; and neither “holiday” has any relationship or significance to any milestones in the video gaming world. The origins, history, and reasons for both are unknown.
Video games have come a long way since the days of Pac-Man, Pong, Space Invaders or Asteroids. Many of today’s video games are complex stories with plots and subplots within plots and sub plots within plots and sub-plots. Technologically, they are getting more advanced every day.
If you enjoy video gaming, celebrate this holiday by playing your favorite video game, or one of the classics. If, like me, you could give a big fat hoot about video games, then don’t bother.

Chocolate Milkshake Day defines milkshake as, “a frothy drink made of cold milk, flavoring, and usually ice cream, shaken together or blended in a mixer.” The first reference to word ‘milkshake’ appeared in a British newspaper in 1885. However, it did not refer to that cool, refreshing treat we know today. The first milkshake was an adult beverage similar to eggnog, made with eggs and whiskey. By 1900 though, the eggs and whiskey were gone, and the term ‘milkshake’ referred to “healthy, wholesome drinks made with chocolate, strawberry, or vanilla syrups.” They still contained no ice cream, though. They were a favorite at soda fountains in America in the early part of the 1900’s.
What we know as ‘milkshakes’ today were created here in America. In 1922, an employee at a Chicago Walgreen’s Drug Store, Ivar “Pop” Coulson, was inspired to add two scoops of ice cream to malted milk. It was an instant success. By the 1930’s, soda fountains (aka “malt shops”) were popular all across America. Two significant events happened in 1937 that changed milkshakes forever: Fred Waring invented a significantly superior blender, and Joseph Friedman invented the flexible straw. But we’re still not up to the point of what we call ‘milkshakes’ today. Many people disliked having the malt in their milkshakes, and by the late 1930’s the term “frosted” came to mean a milkshake without the malt. Sometime in the late 1940’s or early 1950’s, malted milk became less popular and the term ‘milkshake’ finally became synonymous with what we call ‘milkshakes’ today.
Even you should be able to figure out how to celebrate Chocolate Milkshake Day without my help. Just remember that it is Chocolate Milkshake Day and that the booze is optional.

National Ants on a Log Day

The National Day Calendar has designated the second Tuesday in September of each year as National Ants On A Log Day in 2014.  It was submitted by Duda Farm Fresh Foods and Peanut Butter & Co. This holiday recognizes this healthy snack enjoyed by millions and is intended to encourage healthy snacking.
Ants on a log is a snack made by spreading peanut butter on celery and placing raisins on top.  The “ants on a log” moniker was first used in the 1950’s.  The typical peanut butter version of ants on a log is recommended as a healthy snack by the McKinley Health Center at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.
In early September, children are headed back to school and it’s time start packing nutritious school lunches again. Celery, peanut butter, and raisins are all “brain foods” and are beneficial in helping children stay focused.

More Holidays

On This Date

  • In 1866 – “The Black Crook” opened in New York City. It was the first American burlesque show.
  • In 1873 – The first practical typewriter was sold to customers.
  • In 1878 – Patent litigation involving the Bell Telephone Company against Western Union Telegraph Company and Elisha Gray began. The issues were over various telephone patents.
  • In 1914 – The first battle of Marne ended when the allied forces stopped the German offensive in France.
  • In 1916 – Adelina and August Van Buren finished the first successful transcontinental motorcycle tour to be attempted by two women. They started in New York City on July 5, 1916.
  • In 1922 – The Episcopal Church removed the word “Obey” from the bride’s section of wedding vows.
  • In 1943 – The Gran Sasso Raid was conducted by the German paratroopers at the behest of Hitler. The purpose of the airborne operation, also known as Operation Elche, was to free Italian dictator Benito Mussolini from a ski resort where he was being held on the orders of the Italian king, Victor Emmanuel III. Using gliders, German troops entered the ski resort and successfully rescued Mussolini.
  • In 1953 – Senator John F. Kennedy married Jacqueline Lee Bouvier. The much talked about wedding of the season took place in Newport, Rhode Island. At the time of the wedding, John F. Kennedy was a Senator from the state of Massachusetts. In 1960, Kennedy won the presidency after beating Republican candidate Richard Nixon.
  • In 1953 – Nikita Khrushchev was elected as the first secretary of the Communist Party of the Soviet Union.
  • In 1954 – “Lassie” made its television debut on CBS.
  • In 1970 – The Soviet Union launched the Luna 16. It was the first robotic probe to land on the Moon and return to Earth with rock samples. Luna 16 landed on Earth on September 24.
  • In 1974 – Violence occurred on the opening day of classes in Boston, MA, due opposition to court ordered school “busing.”
  • In 1974 – A military coup in Ethiopia ousted Emperor Haile Selassie after ruling for 58 years. The coup was led by a group of the Ethiopian armed forces and other law enforcement agencies of the country called the Derg. After the coup, Selassie was imprisoned. He died less than two years later, on August 27, 1975. Selassie is also often considered to be a Messiah by those who follow Rastafarianism, a religious belief that originated in Jamaica
  • In 1979 – Carl Yastrzemski of the Boston Red Sox became the first American League player to get 3,000 career hits and 400 career home runs.
  • In 1983 – Arnold Schwarzenegger became a United States citizen.
  • In 1984 – Dwight Gooden (New York Mets) set a rookie strikeout record with his 251st strikeout of the season.
  • In 1991 – The space shuttle Discovery took off on a mission to deploy an observatory that was to study the Earth’s ozone layer.
  • In 1992 – Dr. Mae Carol Jemison became the first African-American woman in space. She was a Mission Specialist on STS-47 which was the 50th space flight of NASA’s Space Shuttle Program. It was the space shuttle Endeavour’s second flight. During over 190 hours she spent in space, she conducted experiments on weightlessness and motion sickness. Also onboard were Mission Specialist N. Jan Davis and Air Force Lieutenant Colonel Mark C. Lee. They were the first married couple to fly together in space. And, Mamoru Mohri became the first Japanese person to fly into space.

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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