Friday, September 28, 2012

Today is...

Drink Beer Day

Today is Drink Beer Day! Raise a pint and toast to one of the oldest and most popular beverages in human history.
There are hundreds of different varieties of beer, but they all fall into one of two categories—ale or lager. Historians believe that humans have been producing beer, or some form it, since the Neolithic Era. The oldest continuously operating brewery in the world is in the Bavaria region of Germany. The Weihenstephan brewery began producing beer in the year 1040. Today, the company exports fourteen different brews all over the world.
There’s really only one way to celebrate Drink Beer Day! Gather a group of friends for a beer tasting at home or at your favorite bar. Be sure to check for promotions and giveaways that might be going on in your area. Cheers!

Today is also Native American Day & Strawberry Cream Pie Day & World Rabies Day

September is National Organic Harvest Month & National Piano Month

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for September 28
1850 - The U.S. Navy abolished flogging as a form of punishment.

1924 - The first around-the-world flight was completed by two U.S. Army planes when they landed in Seattle, WA. The trip took 175 days.

1955 - The World Series was televised in color for the first time. The game was between the New York Yankees and the Brooklyn Dodgers.

1972 - Communist China and Japan agreed to re-establish diplomatic relations.

1991 - In response to U.S. President Bush's reduction of U.S. nuclear arms Soviet President Mikhail S. Gorbachev promised to reciprocate.

1991 - The Garth Brooks album "Ropin' the Wind" became the first country album to debut at No. 1 on the Billboard pop chart.


Reflections on Life"If you treat an individual as if he were what he ought to be and could be, he will become what he ought to be and could be."

--Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

Thursday, September 27, 2012

Today is...

National Chocolate Milk Day

Celebrate National Chocolate Milk Day! Who doesn't crave a nice, tall glass of frothy chocolate milk? Until the 1820s, drinking chocolate was fairly uncommon and no one knew how to produce a smooth chocolate taste in liquid form. In 1828 the Van Houten company in Amsterdam invented the cocoa pressing method. This produced a light, fluffy chocolate powder that could be easily dissolved in water or milk. Today, chocolate milk is a popular beverage for people of all ages.
Chocolate milk has surprising restorative properties. In 2006, the dairy industry conducted a study and discovered that chocolate milk helps athletes with muscle recovery. It provides nine essential nutrients, making it both delicious and nutritious!
Pour yourself a nice tall glass of chocolate milk in honor of National Chocolate Milk Day!

Today is also National Corned Beef Hash Day & World Tourism Day

September is National Organic Harvest Month & National Piano Month

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for September 27
1954 - The "Tonight!" show made its debut on NBC-TV with Steve Allen as host.

1959 - The Japanese island of Honshu was hit by Typhoon Vera. Nearly 5,000 people were killed.

1964 - The Beach Boys appeared on the Ed Sullivan Show for the first time. They performed "I Get Around."

1983 - Larry Bird signed a seven-year contract with the Boston Celtics worth $15 million. The contract made him the highest paid Celtic in history.

1998 - Mark McGwire of the St. Louis Cardinals set a major league baseball record when he hit his 70th home run of the season.


Reflections on Life"One must not lose desires. They are mighty stimulants to creativeness, to love, and to long life."

--Alexander Bogomoletz

Wednesday, September 26, 2012

Today is...

Love Note Day

It’s Love Note Day! The practice of writing and sending love letters has a long and illustrious history. Famous romantics like Lord Byron and William Shakespeare penned sonnets and odes, and inspired generations of young lovers to do the same.
A love note is any written expression of emotion addressed to a loved one. It can be short or long, formal or casual, poetry or prose. In Germany, love notes are delicately painted by hand on high quality paper and are considered folk art.
Love Note Day is the perfect time to recognize the people that you love. Send a modern-day love note by using one of our beautiful free eCards to let your loved ones know just how much they mean to you!

Today is also Shamu the Whale Day

September is National Organic Harvest Month & National Piano Month

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for September 26
1908 - Ed Eulbach of the Chicago Cubs became the first baseball player to pitch both games of a doubleheader and win both with shutouts.

1918 - During World War I, the Meuse-Argonne offensive against the Germans began. It was the final Allied offensive on the western front.

1950 - U.N. troops recaptured the South Korean capital of Seoul from the North Koreans during the Korean Conflict.

1960 - The first televised debate between presidential candidates Richard M. Nixon and John F. Kennedy took place in Chicago, IL.

1962 - "The Beverly Hillbillies" premiered on CBS-TV.

1981 - The Boeing 767 made its maiden flight in Everett, WA.

1986 - The episode of "Dallas" that had Bobby Ewing returning from the dead was aired.

1998 - MTV Russia debuted at midnight. The first video shown on the network was Mummy Troll's "Vladivostock 2000."


Reflections on Life"Life is short. Do not forget about the most important things in our life, living for other people and doing good for them."

--Marcus Aurelius

Tuesday, September 25, 2012

Today is...

Crab Meat Newburg Day

Today is Crab Meat Newburg Day! Crab meat newburg (often shortened to simply “crab newburg”) is a rich, creamy seafood dish made with lump crab meat, butter, cream, sherry, eggs, and spices.
Did you know that crabs are found in all of the world's oceans and on land? They are divided into three types—freshwater, terrestrial, and semi-terrestrial. Crabs are prepared and eaten in many popular dishes such as crab cakes, bisques, and, of course, crab newburg. Certain varieties like the soft-shell crab can be eaten whole.
Crab Meat Newburg Day is the perfect excuse to indulge in a delicious seafood delicacy. Pick up some fresh crab meat on your way home and try out a new recipe! Bon appétit!

Today is also  National Comic Book Day & Yom Kippur

September is National Organic Harvest Month & National Piano Month

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for September 25
1789 - The first U.S. Congress adopted 12 amendments to the Constitution. Ten of the amendments became the Bill of Rights.

1890 - The Sequoia National Park was established as a U.S. National Park in Central California.

1953 - Liberace made his debut at Carnegie Hall for a sellout crowd.

1954 - Elvis Presley appeared live on "Grand Ole Opry" and performed "Blue Moon of Kentucky."

1965 - Willie Mays, at the age of 34, became the oldest man to hit 50 home runs in a single season. He had also set the record for the youngest to hit 50 ten years earlier.

1981 - Sandra Day O'Connor became the first female justice of the U.S. Supreme Court when she was sworn in as the 102nd justice.


Reflections on Life"Years may wrinkle the skin, but to give up enthusiasm wrinkles the soul. Worry, doubt, self-distrust, fear and despair -- these bow the heart and turn the spirit to dust. Whether sixty or sixteen, there is in every human beings heart the love of wonder, the unfailing appetite for what-next, and the joy of the game of living. You are as young as your faith, as old as your doubt; as young as our self-confidence, as old as your fear; as young as your hope, as old as your despair."

--Samuel Ullman

Monday, September 24, 2012

Today is...

National Cherries Jubilee Day

Celebrate National Cherries Jubilee Day! Cherries jubilee is a classic flambé dessert made with cherries and liqueur (typically kirsch or brandy), served over vanilla ice cream.
The original recipe is attributed to French chef Auguste Escoffie who prepared the dish for one of Queen Victoria's jubilee celebrations. It is unclear whether it first appeared at the Golden Jubilee in 1887 or the Diamond Jubilee in 1897, but it quickly became one of the most fashionable desserts of the era. For many years, cherries jubilee was a standard menu item at America’s finest restaurants, reaching the peak of its popularity in the 1950s and 1960s. 
If you're looking for a dessert for a dinner party (even if it's not on National Cherries Jubilee Day), try making this vintage dish to impress your guests!

Today is also Schwenkfelder Thanksgiving & National Punctuation Day

September is National Organic Harvest Month & National Piano Month

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for September 24
1934 - Babe Ruth played his last game as a New York Yankee player.

1938 - Don Budge became the first tennis player to win all four of the major titles when he won the U.S. Tennis Open. He had already won the Australian Open, the French Open and the British Open.

1955 - Judy Garland made her TV debut on the "Ford Star Jubilee" on CBS.

1961 - "The Bullwinkle Show" premiered in prime time on NBC-TV. The show was originally on ABC in the afternoon as "Rocky and His Friends."

1977 - "The Love Boat" debuted on ABC-TV.

1982 - Prince's "1999" single was released.

1998 - The U.S. Federal Reserve released into circulation $2 billion in new harder-to-counterfeit $20 bills.


Reflections on Life"If man has important work, and enough leisure and income to enable him to do it properly, he is in possession of as much happiness as is good for any of the children of Adam."

--R. H. Tawney

Friday, September 21, 2012

Today is...

National Pecan Cookie Day

Today is National Pecan Cookie Day! Bake a delicious batch of homemade pecan cookies to celebrate.
Pecans, a tree nut in the same family as the walnut, are an excellent source of protein, unsaturated fats, and healthy antioxidants that help reduce cholesterol. There are more than 1,000 varieties of pecan in the world.
Whether you prefer butter pecan, caramel pecan, orange pecan, or maple pecan cookies, enjoy a delicious treat today in honor of National Pecan Cookie Day!

Today is also Miniature Golf Day

September is National Organic Harvest Month & National Piano Month
This week is National Singles Week

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for September 21
1937 - J.R.R. Tolkien's "The Hobbit" was first published.

1957 - "Perry Mason," the television series, made its debut on CBS-TV. The show was on for 9 years.

1970 - "NFL Monday Night Football" made its debut on ABC-TV. The game was between the Cleveland Browns and the New York Jets. The Browns won 31-21.

1976 - The 20th album by the Bee Gees, "Children of the World," was released.

1981 - The U.S. Senate confirmed Sandra Day O'Connor to be the first female justice on the U.S. Supreme Court.

1982 - National Football League (NFL) players began a 57-day strike. It was their first regular-season walkout.

1985 - North and South Korea opened their borders for their family reunion program.


Reflections on Life"We act as though comfort and luxury were the chief requirements of life, when all that we need to make us happy is something to be enthusiastic about."

--Charles Kingsley

Thursday, September 20, 2012

Today is...

National Punch Day

Today is National Punch Day—one of our favorite holidays here at! The word “punch” allegedly comes from the Hindustani word “panch,” which means “five.” In the early 1600s, sailors and employees of the British East India Company brought a new exotic drink from India to England. The beverage was made with five ingredients—spirits, lemon, sugar, water, and tea.
Punch spread from country to country and became one of the most popular party drinks in the world. Today there are hundreds of punch recipes to choose from. Many of them still incorporate the five key ingredients: base (alcohol), citrus, sugar, water, and spice.
Mix up your favorite concoction for National Punch Day and serve it in a beautiful punch bowl!

September is National Organic Harvest Month & National Piano Month
This week is National Singles Week

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for September 20
1953 - Jimmy Stewart debuted on the radio western "The Six Shooter" on NBC.

1973 - The Roxy Theater opened in Los Angeles, CA. The opening acts were Elton John, Carole King and Jackson Browne.

1984 - "The Cosby Show" premiered on NBC-TV.

1995 - AT&T announced that it would be splitting into three companies. The three companies were AT&T, Lucent Technologies, and NCR Corp.


Reflections on Life"Life is the childhood of our immortality."

-- Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

Wednesday, September 19, 2012

Today is...

International Talk Like a Pirate Day

Ye who desires to talk like a pirate, look nae further for today is International Talk Like a Pirate Day! Tell all ye mateys with a free pirate-themed eCard! You can also blog like a pirate, tweet like a pirate, and just let ye true pirate shine.
Believe it or not, this fun holiday started in 1995 by two regular guys playing a game of racquetball. They started to yell encouragement to each other in pirate speak ("Arrr!") and had so much fun speaking in pirate lingo that they decided to create a new holiday. For seven years they celebrated this holiday on their own. Then, in 2002, their story was told in a nationally syndicated newspaper.
Today, International Talk Like a Pirate Day has a pretty big following. So gather round me hearties, and learn how you can talk like a pirate all day long! "Yo ho, yo ho, a pirate's life for me!"

September is National Organic Harvest Month & National Piano Month
This week is National Singles Week

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for September 19
1893 - In New Zealand, the Electoral Act 1893 was consented to giving all women in New Zealand the right to vote.

1957 - The U.S. conducted its first underground nuclear test. The test took place in the Nevada desert.

1970 - "The Mary Tyler Moore Show" premiered on CBS-TV.

1983 - The final episode of "M*A*S*H" was aired on CBS-TV.


Reflections on Life"What folly to dread the thought of throwing away life at once, and yet to have no regard to throwing it away by parcels and piecemeal."

--John Howe

Tuesday, September 18, 2012

Today is...

National Cheeseburger Day

Fire up the grill or head to your favorite restaurant because today is National Cheeseburger Day! 
There are several theories about the origins of the cheeseburger. One story claims that the cheeseburger was created between 1924 and 1926 by a chef named Lionel Sternberger. As the story goes, a homeless man dining at Sternberger's restaurant in Pasadena, California, suggested the addition of a slice of cheese to his hamburger order. Sternberger complied, eventually added it to his menu, and the rest is history. 
Today, cheeseburgers are a staple at restaurants and backyard celebrations all across the country. Hungry yet? Enjoy a delicious cheeseburger in honor of National Cheeseburger Day!

September is National Organic Harvest Month & National Piano Month
This week is National Singles Week

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for September 18
1789 - Alexander Hamilton negotiated and secured the first loan for the United States. The Temporary Loan of 1789 was repaid on June 8, 1790 at the sum of $191,608.81.

1810 - Chile declared its independence from Spain.

1965 - The first episode of "I Dream of Jeannie" was shown on NBC-TV. The last show was televised on September 1, 1970.

1998 - The FDA approved a once-a-day easier-to-swallow medication for AIDS patients.


Reflections on Life"It is not because things are difficult that we do not dare, it is because we do not dare that things are difficult."


Monday, September 17, 2012

Today is...

Citizenship Day

Citizenship Day (also known as Constitution Day) marks the anniversary of the ratification of the U.S. Constitution on September 17, 1787. It also recognizes all who, by coming of age or by naturalization, have become citizens.
The origin of this holiday dates back to 1940 when "I am an American Day" was celebrated on the third Sunday in May. In 1952, Congress moved the date to September 17 and renamed it “Citizenship Day.” In 2004, the official name changed to “Constitution Day and Citizenship Day.”
To celebrate this holiday, schools around the country receive federal funding to provide lessons about the Constitution. Take a moment today to reflect on the Constitution and what it means to be a U.S. citizen!
Today is also  National Apple Dumpling Day

September is National Organic Harvest Month & National Piano Month
This week is National Singles Week

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for September 17
1796 - U.S. President George Washington's Farewell Address was read before the U.S. Congress.

1862 - The Battle of Antietam took place during the American Civil War. More than 23,000 men were killed, wounded, or missing. The Rebel advance was ended with heavy losses to both armies.

1972 - "M*A*S*H" premiered on CBS-TV.

1983 - Johnny Bench, of the Cincinnati Reds, retired after 16 years as a catcher.


Reflections on Life"There is only one happiness in life, to love and be loved."

--George Sand

Friday, September 14, 2012

Today is...

Eat a Hoagie Day

It’s Eat a Hoagie Day! The hoagie, also known as a sub or grinder, is a sandwich whose name originated in the city of Philadelphia. One story claims that the Italian immigrants who worked at a shipyard called Hog Island during World War I would bring giant sandwiches for lunch. The workers were nicknamed "hoggies" so eventually the name was associated with the large sandwiches but the spelling evolved over time. There are several other stories, but they all give credit to Philly for the hoagie name.
So what's for lunch today? We think it's a great day to eat a hoagie!
Today is also National Cream Filled Donut Day

September is National Organic Harvest Month & National Piano Month
This week is Line Dance Week

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for September 14
1814 - Francis Scott Key wrote the "Star-Spangled Banner," a poem originally known as "Defense of Fort McHenry," after witnessing the British bombardment of Fort McHenry, MD, during the War of 1812. The song became the official U.S. national anthem on March 3, 1931.

1940 - The Selective Service Act was passed by the U.S. Congress providing the first peacetime draft in the United States.

1959 - Luna II, a Soviet space probe, became the first man-made object on the moon when it crashed on the surface.

1972 - "The Waltons" premiered on CBS-TV.


Reflections on Life"It is really about time that age was accepted as part of life too....We are afraid of growing old. And many of us spend more than half our waking hours trying to camouflage our age....There is nothing more beautiful than an unadorned old face with the lines that tell a story, a story of a life that has been lived with some fullness."

--Helen Hayes

Thursday, September 13, 2012

Today is...

National Peanut Day

Today is a celebration of the peanut, which isn’t really a nut at all. Technically, peanuts are legumes—simple dry fruits in the same family as peas and beans. But don't let this fun fact get in the way of your celebrating!
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. What a shame!
To celebrate National Peanut Day, bake peanut butter cookies, watch a ballgame with a bag of whole peanuts, enjoy a nice chunk of peanut butter fudge, or make a peanut butter and jelly sandwich for lunch. Enjoy!
Today is also Fortune Cookie Day

September is National Organic Harvest Month & National Piano Month
This week is Line Dance Week

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for September 13
1759 - The French were defeated by the British on the Plains of Abraham in the final French and Indian War.

1949 - The Ladies Professional Golf Association of America was formed.

1960 - The U.S. Federal Communications Commission banned payola.

1970 - The first New York City Marathon took place. Fireman Gary Muhrucke won the race.

1977 - General Motors introduced the first diesel automobiles.


Reflections on Life"Happiness is when what you think, what you say, and what you do are in harmony."

--Mahatma Ghandi