Wednesday, December 04, 2013
Wear Brown Shoes Day
When : Always December 4
Wear Brown Shoes Day is today. Now, let me see... what color shoes should I wear today?????
WOW! It is very easy to participate in this special day. Just dust off that seldom worn pair of brown shoes, and put 'em on your feet. Brown boots, loafers, or any other brown colored footwear will do. Don't tiptoe around. Wear them wherever you go.
In case you didn't know... the sock color of the day is........brown.
Have a happy Wear Brown Shoes Day.
Origin of Wear Brown Shoes Day:
Wear Brown Shoes Day was likely created by someone who was tired of wearing the same old black shoes. Or perhaps, it was the dress code theme of a school day event.until we find the creator of this day, we can only speculate.
This Day in History December 4
38 colonists from Berkeley Parish in England disembark in Virginia and give thanks to God (this is considered by many to be the first Thanksgiving in the Americas). (1619)
Father Jacques Marquette founds a mission on the shores of Lake Michigan to minister to the Illiniwek (the mission would later grow into the city of Chicago, Illinois). (1674)
At Fraunces Tavern in New York City, US General George Washington formally bids his officers farewell. (1783)
The first edition of The Observer, the world's first Sunday newspaper, is published. (1791)
American Civil War: Sherman's March to the Sea – At Waynesboro, Georgia, forces under Union General Judson Kilpatrick prevent troops led by Confederate General Joseph Wheeler from interfering with Union General William T. Sherman's campaign destroying a wide swath of the South on his march to the Atlantic Ocean from Atlanta, Georgia. (1864)
Former Minnesota farmer Oliver Hudson Kelley founds the Order of the Patrons of Husbandry (better known today as the Grange). (1867)
The crewless American ship Mary Celeste is found by the British brig Dei Gratia (the ship had been abandoned for nine days but was only slightly damaged). (1872)
The first edition of the Los Angeles Times is published. (1891)
The Montreal Canadiens ice hockey club, the oldest professional hockey franchise in the world, is founded as a charter member of the National Hockey Association. (1909)
U.S. President Woodrow Wilson sails for the World War I peace talks in Versailles, becoming the first US president to travel to Europe while in office. (1918)
The first issue of the children's comic, The Dandy Comic, is published. (1937)
World War II: U.S. President Franklin D. Roosevelt closes down the Works Progress Administration, because of the high levels of wartime employment in the United States. (1943)
By a vote of 65 to 7, the United States Senate approves United States participation in the United Nations (the UN is established on October 24, 1945). (1945)
The first Burger King is opened in Miami, Florida, United States (1954)
The Million Dollar Quartet (Elvis Presley, Jerry Lee Lewis, Carl Perkins, and Johnny Cash) get together at Sun Studios for the first and last time. (1956)
Vietnam War: US and South Vietnamese forces engage Viet Cong troops in the Mekong Delta. (1967)
Black Panther Party members Fred Hampton and Mark Clark are shot and killed in their sleep during a raid by 14 Chicago police officers. (1969)
The United Nations Security Council calls an emergency session to consider the deteriorating situation between India and Pakistan. (1971)
The Indian Navy attacks the Pakistan Navy and Karachi. (1971)
The Montreux Casino in Switzerland is set ablaze by someone wielding a flare gun during a Frank Zappa concert; the incident would be noted in the Deep Purple song "Smoke on the Water". (1971
Following the murder of Mayor George Moscone, Dianne Feinstein becomes San Francisco, California's first female mayor (she served until January 8, 1988). (1978)
English rock group Led Zeppelin officially disbands, following the death of drummer John Bonham on September 25th. (1980)
Hezbollah militants hijack a Kuwait Airlines plane, killing four passengers. (1984)
Pan Am goes bankrupt and ceases operations. (1991)
Captain Mark Pyle pilots Clipper Goodwill, a Pan American World Airways Boeing 727-221ADV, to Miami International Airport ending 64 years of Pan Am operations. (1991)
Tens of thousands of people in Hong Kong protest for democracy and call on the Government to allow universal and equal suffrage. (2005)
Six black youths assault a white teenager in Jena, Louisiana, US. (2006)
Tuesday, December 03, 2013
National Roof Over Your Head Day
When : Always December 3
Today is National Roof Over Your Head Day. It is a day of appreciation for the things we have, starting with the roof over our heads.
For most of us, a roof over our head signifies living in a house that protects us from the elements, keeping us warm, dry, and cozy. Unfortunately, not everyone is as lucky as you and I. There are many homeless people right here in our country. Some people live in a cardboard box on the street...... literally. There are millions of people around the world who live in poverty or disaster areas, and do not have a home to keep them comfortable and safe.
Spend a few minutes appreciating your roof and home today, along with the many things you have. And, also make a contribution to a homeless shelter, so others can come in out of the rain.
Happy National Roof Over Your Head Day!
Origin of National Roof Over Your Head Day:
Despite our diligent efforts, we have yet to find who created Roof Over Your Head, or Roof Over Your Head Day. Nor, did we find factual information about this day.
There was some reference to this as a "National Day". However, we found no congressional records or presidential proclamation.
This Day in History December 3
Illinois becomes the 21st U.S. state. (1818)
The Duquesne Country and Athletic Club defeated 16–0, an all-star collection of early football players, in what is considered to be the very first all-star game for professional American football. (1898)
US President Theodore Roosevelt delivers a 20,000-word speech to the House of Representatives asking the Congress to curb the power of trusts "within reasonable limits". (1901)
The Jovian moon Himalia is discovered by Charles Dillon Perrine at California's Lick Observatory. (1904)
Modern neon lighting is first demonstrated by Georges Claude at the Paris Motor Show. (1910)
After nearly 20 years of planning and construction, including two collapses causing 89 deaths, the Quebec Bridge opens to traffic. (1919)
Putting Pants on Philip, the first Laurel and Hardy film, is released. (1927)
The musical Camelot debuted at the Majestic Theatre on Broadway, and would become associated with the Kennedy administration. (1960)
Berkeley Free Speech Movement: Police arrest over 800 students at the University of California, Berkeley, following their takeover and sit-in at the administration building in protest at the UC Regents' decision to forbid protests on UC property. (1964)
At Groote Schuur Hospital in Cape Town, South Africa, a transplant team headed by Christiaan Barnard carries out the first heart transplant on a human (53-year-old Louis Washkansky). (1967)
An assassination attempt is made on Bob Marley. He is shot twice, but plays a concert two days later. (1976)
In Cincinnati, Ohio, 11 fans are suffocated in a crush for seats on the concourse outside Riverfront Coliseum before a Who concert. (1979)
Ayatollah Ruhollah Khomeini becomes the first Supreme Leader of Iran. (1979)
A soil sample is taken from Times Beach, Missouri that will be found to contain 300 times the safe level of dioxin. (1982)
Bhopal Disaster: A methyl isocyanate leak from a Union Carbide pesticide plant in Bhopal, India, kills more than 3,800 people outright and injures 150,000–600,000 others (some 6,000 of whom would later die from their injuries) in one of the worst industrial disasters in history. (1984)
Cold War: In a meeting off the coast of Malta, US President George H. W. Bush and Soviet leader Mikhail Gorbachev release statements indicating that the cold war between NATO and The Soviet Union may be coming to an end. (1989)
UN Security Council Resolution 794 is unanimously passed, approving a coalition of United Nations peacekeepers led by the United States to form UNITAF, with the task of establishing peace and ensuring that humanitarian aid is distributed in Somalia. (1992)
The Greek oil tanker Aegean Sea, carrying 80,000 tonnes of crude oil, runs aground in a storm while approaching La Coruña, Spain, and spills much of its cargo. (1992)
A test engineer for Sema Group uses a personal computer to send the world's first text message via the Vodafone network to the phone of a colleague. (1992)
In Ottawa, Canada, representatives from 121 countries sign The Ottawa treaty prohibiting manufacture and deployment of anti-personnel landmines. The United States, People's Republic of China, and Russia do not sign the treaty, however. (1997)
Winter storms cause the Chehalis River to flood many cities in Lewis County, Washington, also closing a 20-mile portion of Interstate 5 for several days. At least eight deaths and billions of dollars in damages are blamed on the floods. (2007)
Monday, December 02, 2013
National Fritters Day
When : Always December 2
Today is National Fritters Day, Aren't we all lucky that this this special day has finally arrived!?
Before you can begin to celebrate this very important day, you need to know what a "fritter" is. Many people do not know, making it all the more fun to eat your first fritter today. A fritter is a fried cake or dough with fruit or meats inside.
Whatever you do, do not fritter this day away without eating at least one fritter.
Happy National Fritters Day!
Origin of National Fritters Day:
Despite our diligent efforts, we have yet to find the critter who created fritters, or Fritters Day. Nor, did we find factual information about this day.
There was some reference to this as a "National Day". However, we found no congressional records or presidential proclamation.
This Day in History December 2
Dedication of the Touro Synagogue, in Newport, Rhode Island, the first synagogue in what will become the United States. (1763)
The USS Alfred becomes the first vessel to fly the Grand Union Flag (the precursor to the Stars and Stripes); the flag is hoisted by John Paul Jones. (1775)
At Notre Dame Cathedral in Paris, Napoleon Bonaparte crowns himself Emperor of the French, the first French Emperor in a thousand years. (1804)
Monroe Doctrine: In a State of the Union message, U.S. President James Monroe proclaims American neutrality in future European conflicts, and warns European powers not to interfere in the Americas. (1823)
Manifest Destiny: In a State of the Union message, U.S. President James K. Polk proposes that the United States should aggressively expand into the West. (1845)
French President Louis-Napoléon Bonaparte overthrows the Second Republic. (1851)
Louis-Napoléon Bonaparte becomes Emperor of the French as Napoleon III. (1852)
Militant abolitionist leader John Brown is hanged for his October 16th raid on Harpers Ferry, West Virginia. (1859)
At Tremont Temple in Boston, British author Charles Dickens gives his first public reading in the United States. (1867)
World War I: Russia and the Central Powers sign an armistice at Brest-Litovsk, and peace talks leading to the Treaty of Brest-Litovsk begin. (1917)
Following 19 years of Ford Model T production, the Ford Motor Company unveils the Ford Model A as its new automobile. (1927)
Great Depression: In a State of the Union message, U.S. President Herbert Hoover proposes a US$150 million public works program to help generate jobs and stimulate the economy. (1930)
New York City's La Guardia Airport opens. (1939)
World War II: During the Manhattan Project, a team led by Enrico Fermi initiates the first self-sustaining nuclear chain reaction. (1942)
World War II: A Luftwaffe bombing raid on the harbour of Bari, Italy, sinks numerous cargo and transport ships, including the American SS John Harvey, which is carrying a stockpile of World War I-era mustard gas. (1943)
Jerusalem Riots of 1947: Riots break out in Jerusalem in response to the United Nations Partition Plan for Palestine. (1947)
Cold War: The United States Senate votes 65 to 22 to censure Joseph McCarthy for "conduct that tends to bring the Senate into dishonor and disrepute". (1954)
The Sino-American Mutual Defense Treaty, between the United States and Taiwan, is signed in Washington, D.C. (1954)
The Granma reaches the shores of Cuba's Oriente province. Fidel Castro, Che Guevara and 80 other members of the 26th of July Movement disembark to initiate the Cuban Revolution. (1956)
In a nationally broadcast speech, Cuban leader Fidel Castro declares that he is a Marxist-Leninist and that Cuba is going to adopt Communism. (1961)
Vietnam War: After a trip to Vietnam at the request of U.S. President John F. Kennedy, U.S. Senate Majority Leader Mike Mansfield becomes the first American official to comment adversely on the war's progress. (1962)
The United States Environmental Protection Agency begins operations. (1970)
Abu Dhabi, Ajman, Fujairah, Sharjah, Dubai, and Umm Al Quwain form the United Arab Emirates. (1971)
Fidel Castro becomes President of Cuba, replacing Osvaldo Dorticós Torrado. (1976)
Salvadoran Civil War: Four U.S. nuns and churchwomen, Ita Ford, Maura Clarke, Jean Donovan, and Dorothy Kazel, are murdered by a military death squad. (1980)
At the University of Utah, Barney Clark becomes the first person to receive a permanent artificial heart. (1982)
Benazir Bhutto is sworn in as Prime Minister of Pakistan, becoming the first woman to head the government of an Islam-dominated state. (1988)
Space Shuttle program: STS-61 – NASA launches the Space Shuttle Endeavour on a mission to repair the Hubble Space Telescope. (1993)
Enron files for Chapter 11 bankruptcy. (2001)
Sunday, December 01, 2013
Eat a Red Apple Day
When : Always December 1
Eat a Red Apple Day is today. We hope you eat an apple today, and every day.
Apples are delicious. Apples are nutritious. That's a great combination. Apples date back to the garden of Eden. In that garden, the Bible tells us it was the "Forbidden fruit".
It is really easy to participate in this special day. There are thousands of varieties of apples grown all over the planet. Your mission today, is to pick an apple among all of these varieties, and eat it.
A little apple trivia: The science of growing apples is called pomology.
Celebrate this special day. Select a juicy piece of the "Forbidden fruit" and have a happy Eat a Red Apple Day!
Origin of Eat a Red Apple Day:
We found no factual information about the origin of Eat a Red Apple Day. We did not find any information on the creator of this special day.
Most likely, it was created by either an apple growing organization, the medical community or a dietitian.
This Day in History December 1
United States presidential election, 1824: Since no candidate received a majority of the total electoral college votes in the election, the United States House of Representatives is given the task of deciding the winner in accordance with the Twelfth Amendment to the United States Constitution. (1824)
Slavery is abolished in the Cape Colony in accordance with the Slavery Abolition Act 1833. (1834)
In his State of the Union Address President Abraham Lincoln reaffirms the necessity of ending slavery as ordered ten weeks earlier in the Emancipation Proclamation. (1862)
Shaw University, the first historically black university in the southern United States, is founded in Raleigh, North Carolina. (1865)
First serving of the soft drink Dr Pepper at a drug store in Waco, Texas. (1885)
The Ford Motor Company introduces the first moving assembly line. (1913)
Transylvania unites with Romania, following the incorporation of Bessarabia (March 27) and Bukovina (November 28), thus concluding the Great Union. (1918)
Lady Astor becomes the first female Member of Parliament to take her seat in the House of Commons of the United Kingdom. (She had been elected to that position on November 28.) (1919)
World War II: Emperor Hirohito of Japan gives the final approval to initiate war against the United States. (1941)
World War II: Fiorello La Guardia, Mayor of New York City and Director of the Office of Civilian Defense, signs Administrative Order 9, creating the Civil Air Patrol. (1941)
Taman Shud Case: The body of an unidentified man is found in Adelaide, Australia, involving an undetectable poison and a secret code in a very rare book; the case remains unsolved and is "one of Australia's most profound mysteries." (1948)
The New York Daily News reports the news of Christine Jorgensen, the first notable case of sexual reassignment surgery. (1952)
American Civil Rights Movement: In Montgomery, Alabama, seamstress Rosa Parks refuses to give up her bus seat to a white man and is arrested for violating the city's racial segregation laws, an incident which leads to the Montgomery Bus Boycott. (1955)
Cold War: Opening date for signature of the Antarctic Treaty, which sets aside Antarctica as a scientific preserve and bans military activity on the continent. (1959)
Paul McCartney and Pete Best are arrested (and later deported) from Hamburg, Germany, after accusations of attempted arson. (1960)
Vietnam War: U.S. President Lyndon B. Johnson and his top-ranking advisers meet to discuss plans to bomb North Vietnam. (1964)
Vietnam War: The first draft lottery in the United States is held since World War II. (1969)
NASA conducts the Controlled Impact Demonstration, wherein an airliner is deliberately crashed in order to test technologies and gather data to help improve survivability of crashes. (1984)
Channel Tunnel sections started from the United Kingdom and France meet 40 meters beneath the seabed. (1990)
Captain Bill Compton brings Trans World Airlines Flight 220, an MD-83, into St. Louis International Airport bringing to an end 76 years of TWA operations following TWA's purchase by American Airlines. (2001)
Saturday, November 30, 2013
Computer Security Day
When: Always November 30th
Computer Security Day is held yearly on November 30th as a way of reminding all computer users that computer security and safety is an important personal and workplace responsibility.This is a good day to do some basic security checks and to follow up anything you've been meaning to do for a while.
Keeping your data secure doesn’t mean building fortresses, virtual or otherwise, but it does mean using some common sense.
Use AV software and keep it up to date
Use strong passwords, change them now and then
Keep your phone away from the sink, and cups of coffee away from your hard drive
Have one of those “find my phone” apps on anything portable and easily nicked, like a phone or tablet
Be cynical about anyone promising to give you barrowloads of money
Origin of Computer Security Day:
Computer Security Day is an annual event that is observed worldwide. It was started in 1988 to help raise awareness of computer related security issues. The goal of Computer Security Day is to remind people to protect their computers and information. Officially, Computer Security Day is November 30th. However, some some organizations choose to have functions on the next business day or week if CSD falls on a weekend.
This Day in History November 30th
Earliest believed record of an eclipse. (3340 BC)
American Revolutionary War: Treaty of Paris – In Paris, representatives from the United States and the Kingdom of Great Britain sign preliminary peace articles (later formalized as the 1783 Treaty of Paris). (1782)
In New Orleans, Louisiana, Spanish representatives officially transfer the Louisiana Territory to a French representative. Just 20 days later, France transfers the same land to the United States as the Louisiana Purchase. (1803)
The Democratic-Republican-controlled United States Senate begins an impeachment trial of Federalist Supreme Court Justice Samuel Chase. (1804)
Ground is broken at Allanburg, Ontario, for the building of the first Welland Canal. (1824)
First Welland Canal opens for a trial run, 5 years to the day from the ground breaking. (1829)
American Civil War: Battle of Franklin – The Confederate Army of Tennessee led by General John Bell Hood mounts a dramatically unsuccessful frontal assault on Union positions commanded by John McAllister Schofield around Franklin, Tennessee, with Hood losing six generals and almost a third of his troops. (1864)
American Old West: Kid Curry Logan, second-in-command of Butch Cassidy's Wild Bunch gang, is sentenced to 20 years imprisonment with hard labor. (1902)
The LNER Class A3 4472 Flying Scotsman becomes the first steam locomotive to be authenticated as reaching 100 mph. (1934)
Lucille Ball marries Desi Arnaz in Greenwich, Connecticut. (1940)
World War II: Battle of Tassafaronga; A smaller squadron of Japanese destroyers led by Raizō Tanaka defeats a U.S. cruiser force under Carleton H. Wright. (1942)
Vietnam War: White House Press Secretary Ron Ziegler tells the press that there will be no more public announcements concerning American troop withdrawals from Vietnam due to the fact that troop levels are now down to 27,000. (1972)
Michael Jackson's second solo album, Thriller is released worldwide. It will become the best-selling record album in history. (1982)
U.S. President Bill Clinton signs the Brady Handgun Violence Prevention Act (the Brady Bill) into law. (1993)
Official end of Operation Desert Storm. (1995)
U.S. President Bill Clinton visits Northern Ireland and speaks in favour of the "Northern Ireland peace process" to a huge rally at Belfast City Hall. He calls terrorists "yesterday's men". (1995)
Exxon and Mobil sign a USD$73.7 billion agreement to merge, thus creating Exxon-Mobil, the world's largest company. (1998)
In Renton, Washington, United States, Gary Ridgway (aka The Green River Killer) is arrested. (2001)
Longtime Jeopardy! champion Ken Jennings of Salt Lake City, Utah, finally loses, leaving him with US $2,520,700, television's biggest game show winnings. (2004)
John Sentamu becomes the first black archbishop in the Church of England with his enthronement as the 97th Archbishop of York. (2005)
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