On This Day

TODAY IS MAY 11, 2020!

MAY 11, 2020

Today is:

Eat What You Want Day

Hostess Cupcake Day

National Twilight Zone Day

National Women’s Check-Up Day

World Ego Awareness Day

 

HAPPY BIRTHDAY!

HARRIET QUIMBY (1875-1912) — American pilot and screenwriter.  First woman to be awarded a pilot’s license in the US and first woman to fly over the English Channel.
SALVADOR DALI (1904-1989) — Spanish artist known for his surrealist style paintings.

 

TODAY IN HISTORY

1846 – President James K. Polk asks Congress for a declaration of war, starting the Mexican-American War.
1858 Minnesota is admitted to the Union as the 32nd state in the United States.
1960 Adolf Eichmann, Nazi and one of the major organizers of the Holocaust, is captured by Mossad (the Israeli secret police) in Argentina after 15 years on the run.
1997 – Deep Blue, a chess-playing super computer, defeats Grandmaster Garry Kasparov, becoming the first computer to best a human.
On This Day

TODAY IS MAY 8, 2020!

MAY 8, 2020

Today is:

Fintastic Friday

National Public Gardens Day

Give Someone a Cupcake Day

 National Coconut Cream Pie Day

  National Have a Coke Day

  No Socks Day

  World Red Cross and Red Crescent Day

 

HAPPY BIRTHDAY!

HARRY S TRUMAN (1884-1972) — 33rd President of the United States
DON RICKLES (1926-2017) — American stand up comedian & actor, famous for his “insult comedy”.  Most recently known as the voice of Mr. Potatohead in Toy Story.
PETER BENCHLEY  (1940-2006) — American author, screenwriter, and ocean activist.  Best known for writing Jaws.
BILL de BLASIO (1961) — American politician.  Current mayor of New York City.

 

TODAY IN HISTORY

 

1877 – The first Westminster Kennel Club Dog Show opens at Gilmore’s Gardens in New York City.
1886 – A new carbonated beverage named “Coca-Cola” is first sold as a patent medicine by pharmacist John Pemberton in Atlanta, Ga.
1945 V-E Day: “Victory in Europe” Day as German forces formally agree to the unconditional surrender the day before, ending WWII in Europe.
1980 – The World Health Organization (WHO) announced the eradication of smallpox.
On This Day

TODAY IS MAY 7, 2020!

MAY 7, 2020

Today is:

Make a Book Day

National Children’s Mental Health Day

National Day of Prayer

 National Day of Reason

  National Tourism Day

  World Password Day

 

HAPPY BIRTHDAY!

JOHANNES BRAHMS (1833-1897) — German composer, pianist, and conductor.
PYTOR ILYICH TCHAIKOVSKY (1840-1893) — American actor and director (The Godfather, Apocalypse Now, On the Waterfront)
GARY COOPER  (1901-1961) — American actor from the Classical Hollywood era. (Sgt. York, Pride of the Yankees, High Noon)
EVA PERÓN (1919-1952) — Argentinian actress, First Lady of Argentina, & activist.  Called the “Spiritual Leader of the Nation”.
DARRIN McGAVIN (1922-2006) — American actor, most familiar today as “the Old Man” (Ralphie’s father) in A Christmas Story.

 

TODAY IN HISTORY

1915 – The RMS Lusitania is sunk by a German U-boat, killing 1,198 people, including 128 Americans.  This event turns American sentiment against the German Empire in WWI.
1945 – German General Alfred Jodl signs the unconditional surrender of German troops at Reims, France, ending German participation in World War II.
1952 – The concept for the integrated circuit, the basis for all modern computers, is first published.
On This Day

TODAY IS MAY 4, 2020!

MAY 4, 2020

Today is:

Anti-Bullying Day

International Firefighters Day

International Respect for Chickens Day

National Candied Orange Peel Day

National Orange Juice Day

National Weather Observers Day

Star Wars Day

 

HAPPY BIRTHDAY!

HORACE MANN (1796-1859) — American politician and reformer.  Known for his early proponent for public education in the US.
JULIA GARDINER TYLER (1820-1889) — Second wife of John Tyler and the 11th First Lady of the United States
AUDREY HEPBURN  (1929-1993) — British actress and humanitarian. (Roman Holiday, Breakfast at Tiffany’s, My Fair Lady)
RANDY TRAVIS (1959) — American country music singer, songwriter, guitarist, and actor.
ERIN ANDREWS (1978) — American sportscaster & TV personality
RORY McILROY  (1989) — Northern Irish professional golfer.  Currently ranked #1 in the world.

 

TODAY IN HISTORY

1626 – Dutch explorer, aboard the See Meeuw, lands in New Netherland (present day Manhattan Island).
1776 Rhode Island is the first colony to renounce allegiance to, and declare independence from, King George III of England.
1886 The Haymarket Affair — A bomb is thrown at police trying to break up a labor rally in Chicago and police fire into the crowd. At least 8 are killed as a result of the violence.
1904 – The United States begins construction of the Panama Canal.  It will be completed 10 years later.
1979 Margaret Thatcher becomes the first female Prime Minister of the United Kingdom
On This Day

TODAY IS APRIL 30, 2020!

APRIL 30, 2020

Today is:

Bugs Bunny Day

Day of the Child

National Honesty Day

 National Bubble Tea Day

  International Jazz Day

  National Oatmeal Cookie Day

  National Raisin Day

 

 

HAPPY BIRTHDAY!

ISIAH THOMAS (1961) — American Hall of Fame basketball player and coach
JOHNNY GALECKI (1975) — American actor  (National Lampoon’s Christmas Vacation, Roseanne, The Big Bang Theory)
KIRSTEN DUNST  (1982) — American actress. (Interview with the Vampire, Jumanji, Spider-Man)
GAL GADOT (1985) — Israeli actress and model (Wonder Woman, Justice League)

 

TODAY IN HISTORY

 

 

1789 – George Washington takes the oath of office as the first elected President of the United States on the balcony of Federal Hall in New York City.
1803 – The United States purchases the Louisiana Territory from France for $15 million, doubling the size of the nation.
1812 – The Territory of Orleans ratifies the US Constitution, becoming the 18th state — Louisiana.
1938 – The animated short Porky’s Hare Hunt, featured a character called Happy Rabbit, an early version of Bugs Bunny in his first appearance.
1939 – The New York World’s Fair opens.
1939 NBC begins it’s regularly scheduled broadcast television programming with the showing of FDR’s speech opening the World’s Fair.
1975 The Fall of Saigon: Communist forces gain control of the South Vietnamese capital and the Vietnam War ends with the unconditional surrender of their forces.
On This Day

TODAY IS APRIL 29, 2020!

APRIL 29, 2020

Today is:

Denim Day

International Dance Day

National Shrimp Scampi Day

Stop Food Waste Day

World Stationary Day

Viral Video Day

Zipper Day

 

HAPPY BIRTHDAY!

WILLIAM RANDOLPH HEARST (1863-1951) — American journalist and publisher known for his “yellow journalism”.
DUKE ELLINGTON (1899-1974) — American composer, jazz pianist, and big band leader.
WILLIE NELSON  (1933) — American country music artist, actor, and activist.
JERRY SEINFELD (1954) — American writer, comedian, actor, and producer (Seinfeld, Bee Movie)
MICHELLE PFEIFFER (1958) — American actress and producer (Dangerous Liaisons, Batman Returns)
UMA THURMAN (1970) — American actress and model (Pulp Fiction, Batman and Robin, Kill Bill)

 

TODAY IN HISTORY

1429 – Joan of Arc arrives to relieve French forces at the Siege of Orleans.
1945 – The Dachau concentration camp is liberated by United States forces.
1953 – The first, still experimental, 3-D television broadcast is made, with Los Angeles ABC affiliate KECA-TV showing an episode of Space Patrol.
1992 – The first day of the LA Riots, ignited after the acquittal of police charges with using excessive force in the beating of Rodney King.  They will continue for three days.
2015 – An MLB record low attendance, zero, is set when the Baltimore Orioles play the Chicago White Sox in an empty stadium due to the Baltimore Riots.
Infographic

Presidential Treats – Infographic

Favorite Foods of the US Presidents

From savory to sweet, spicy to mild, greasy or cheesy (or both), the tastebuds of former presidents are pretty unique and diverse.  While everyone might like a good grilled cheese like FDR, or some jellybeans with Reagan, I think Nixon would have had all his cottage cheese and ketchup to himself! [VIA]

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On This Day

TODAY IS APRIL 28, 2020!

APRIL 28, 2020

Today is:


Great Poetry Reading Day — Coming at the end of National Poetry Month, today is the day for everyone to read poetry — whether to each other, to ourselves, or just out loud for the whole world to hear!

National Blueberry Pie Day — Nothing more needs to be said — one of the most popular pies out there gets its own day!

National Superhero Day — Whether they be fictional superheroes, or those you consider a superhero in real life, today is their day!

 

HAPPY BIRTHDAY!

JAMES MONROE (1758-1831) — American politician, statesman and diplomat.  5th President of the United States.
OSKAR SCHINDLER (1908-1974) — German businessman credited with saving over 1,200 Jews who worked in his factory from the Holocaust.  Subject of the film Schindler’s List.
HARPER LEE  (1926-2016) — American novelist (To Kill a Mockingbird, Go Set a Watchman)
SIR TERRY PRATCHETT (1948-2015) — English satirist, humorist, and fantasy novelist (Discworld series)
JAY LENO (1950) — American writer, comedian, & former late-night television show host (The Tonight Show).
ELENA KAGAN  (1960) — American jurist; Associate Justice of the US Supreme Court
JORGE GARCIA (1973) — American actor and comedian.  (LOST, Hawaii Five-O)

 

TODAY IN HISTORY

1788Maryland ratifies the US Constitution, the 7th state to do so.
1789 – The Mutiny on the HMS Bounty — Captain William Bligh and 18 crew loyal to him ate set adrift in the South Pacific.
1952 – The Treaty of San Francisco comes into effect, restoring Japan’s sovereignty and ending its state of war with the World War II Allies.
1973 – Pink Floyd’s The Dark Side of the Moon reaches #1 on the US Billboard chart and will remain there for a record-setting 741 consecutive weeks.
On This Day

TODAY IS APRIL 27, 2020!

APRIL 27, 2020

Today is:


Marine Mammal Rescue Day — Not all critters that need saving have paws and fur.  Today is all about those marine critters, think dolphins, seals, whales, who need out help too.

National Prime Rib Day –Usually reserved as a roast made for holidays, why not give it its own?

National Devil Dog Day — Two thin slices of devil’s food cake with a layer of cream inside (which may nor many not be hot dog shaped) — time to treat yourself today!

 

HAPPY BIRTHDAY!

MARY WOLLENSTONECRAFT (1759-1797) — English author and  women’s rights pioneer (A Vindication of the Rights of Women).  Also the mother of Mary Shelley (author of Frankenstein).
SAMUEL MORSE (1791-1872) — American painter and  inventor.  Worked with the telegraph and helped develop the Morse Code system still in use today.
ULYSSES S. GRANT  (1822-1885) — American soldier & politician.  Commanding general of the US Army in the Civil War & 18th President of the United States.
CORETTA SCOTT KING (1927-2006) — American author, activist, and Civil Rights leader.  Wife of Martin Luther King, Jr.
CASEY KASEM (1932-2014) — American disc jockey, radio personality and voice over actor (Top 40, Scooby-Doo).
CORY BOOKER  (1969) — American author, politician, and former Presidential candidate.  Junior senator from New Jersey.

 

TODAY IN HISTORY

1981 – Xerox introduces the first personal computer mouse.
1986 – The city of Pripyat is evacuated following the Chernobyl nuclear disaster that day before. It has been uninhabitable and abandoned since.
2006 – Construction of the Freedom Tower (now One World Trade Center) begins in New York City.
2007 – Israeli archaeologists discover the tomb of King Herod (Herod the Great), leader of Judea around the time of the birth of Christ.
On This Day

TODAY IS APRIL 23, 2020!

APRIL 23, 2020

 

Today is:

National Cherry Cheesecake Day — Be they baked in or layered on top, cherries do make the cheesecake much better!

National Lost Dog Awareness Day — Take some time to think about all those posters and fliers you see around.  Maybe today can be the day you help someone fine their lost best friend..

National Picnic Day — Even though for lots of us parks and open areas are off limits, who’s stopping you from throwing down a blanket in the backyard for your lunch break today?

 

HAPPY BIRTHDAY!

JAMES BUCHANAN (1791-1868) — American politician.  15th President of the United States.
STEPHEN DOUGLAS  (1813-1861) — American politician and lawyer.  Known for being half of the famous Lincoln-Douglas debates in Illinois (1858); 1860 presidential candidate.
SHIRLEY TEMPLE BLACK  (1928-2014) — American actress, singer, dancer, and diplomat.  Former child star became a US Ambassador.
ROY ORBISON (1936-1988) — American singer-songwriter best known for his songs Only the LonelyOh, Pretty Woman.
MICHAEL MOORE (1954) — American documentary film maker, author, & activist (Bowling for Columbine, Fahrenheit 9/11)
JOHN CENA  (1977) — American professional wrestler and actor.

 

TODAY IN HISTORY

1635 – The first public school in North America, the Boston Latin School, is founded in Boston in the Massachusetts Bay Colony.  It is still an active school.
1985 – Coca-Cola changes its formula and releases “New Coke“.  Three weeks later, due to a overwhelming negative response it will be discontinued and the original formula returned.
2005 – The first ever YouTube video, “Me at the Zoo“, is uploaded by the user jawed.