Friday, March 30, 2012

Today is...

MC Hammer's 50th Birthday

Today is MC Hammer’s 50th Birthday! MC Hammer is one of the greatest pop rap artists in music history. His signature hit, “U Can’t Touch This,” was released in 1990 and won two Grammy Awards for Best R&B Song and Best Rap Solo Performance. The music video for his number-one hit introduced America to Hammer’s signature dance moves and iconic parachute pants. 
Today, MC Hammer is a household name and cultural icon. His music continues to inspire other artists, and his record labels have helped cultivate the next generation of hip-hop.
Stop! Hammer Time! To celebrate MC Hammer’s 50th Birthday, listen to one of his tracks, personalize this free MC Hammer eCard, and tweet your birthday greetings to @MCHammer on Twitter. Happy Birthday, Hammer!
Today is also Pencil Day & National Doctor's Day

March is National Peanut Month & International Ideas Month & National Craft Month

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for March 30
1822 - Florida became a U.S. territory.

1858 - Hyman L. Lipman of Philadelphia patented the pencil.

1867 - The U.S. purchased Alaska from Russia for $7.2 million dollars.

1870 - The 15th amendment, guaranteeing the right to vote regardless of race, was passed by the U.S. Congress.

1964 - "Jeopardy" debuted on NBC-TV.

1967 - The cover of the Beatles' "Sgt Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band" was staged and photographed.

1987 - Vincent Van Gogh's "Sunflowers" was bought for $39.85 million.

Reflections on Life "We must develop and maintain the capacity to forgive. He who is devoid of the power to forgive is devoid of the power to love. There is some good in the worst of us and some evil in the best of us. When we discover this, we are less prone to hate our enemies."

--Martin Luther King, Jr.

Thursday, March 29, 2012

Today is...

National Lemon Chiffon Cake Day

It’s National Lemon Chiffon Cake Day! An insurance salesman named Harry Baker invented chiffon cake in the 1920s. He sold his cakes to the Brown Derby restaurant in Los Angeles and all of Hollywood fell in love with the dessert’s lighter-than-air texture. Baker carefully guarded the recipe for over twenty years before selling it to General Mills (home of the Betty Crocker brand) for an undisclosed amount.
The recipe for chiffon cake debuted in a 1948 edition of Better Homes and Gardens. General Mills marketed it as “the first new cake in 100 years” and it quickly became a nationwide sensation. The secret recipe called for vegetable oil instead of butter or shortening, and instructed the baker to beat the egg whites and egg yolks separately.
There are many flavors of chiffon cake including chocolate, orange, walnut, maple, and today’s reason to celebrate, lemon! To celebrate National Lemon Chiffon Cake Day, try baking a delicious lemon chiffon cake for your family tonight!

March is National Peanut Month & International Ideas Month & National Craft Month

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for March 29
1848 - Niagara Falls stopped flowing for one day due to an ice jam.

1932 - Jack Benny made his radio debut.

1943 - U.S. rationing of meat, butter and cheese began during World War II.

1962 - Jack Paar made his final appearance on the "Tonight" show.

1967 - France launched its first nuclear submarine.

1976 - In Memphis, Bruce Springsteen jumped a fence at Graceland in an attempt to see his idol, Elvis Presley.

Reflections on Life "Action may not always bring happiness, but there is no happiness without action."

--Benjamin Disraeli

Wednesday, March 28, 2012

Today is...

Eggsibit Day

Today is Eggsibit Day! Eggsibits (art exhibits of beautifully decorated eggs) take place each spring all around the world. At the annual Eggsibit in Phillipsburg, New Jersey for example, judges from the National Egg Art Guild award prizes for the most original, the most beautiful, and the most humorous egg designs.
People have been decorating eggs for centuries. One of the traditional forms of this ancient art is the wax-resist method, which is popular in eastern Europe. Artists use a stylus to create a design on the egg with melted beeswax before dipping it in the dye. The wax seals that section of the design so it doesn’t absorb the color. They adjust the wax and repeat the process with different colored dyes to create an intricate pattern.
In honor of Eggsibit Day, check out these elegant Easter egg designs, invite some friends over for an evening of decorating, and host your own eggsibit!
Today is also National Black Forest Cake Day

March is National Peanut Month & International Ideas Month & National Craft Month

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for March 28

1797 - Nathaniel Briggs patented a washing machine.

1885 - The Salvation Army was officially organized in the U.S.

1921 - U.S. President Warren Harding named William Howard Taft as chief justice of the United States Supreme Court.

1962 - The U.S. Air Force announced research into the use of lasers to intercept missiles and satellites.

1967 - Raymond Burr starred in a TV movie titled "Ironside." The movie was later turned into a television series.

1976 - Genesis began its first North American tour since Peter Gabriel's departure. Phil Collins was the new lead singer.

Reflections on Life "If I have been of service, if I have glimpsed more of the nature and essence of ultimate good, if I am inspired to reach wider horizons of thought and action, if I am at peace with myself, it has been a successful day."

--Alex Noble