I pledge allegiance to the flag of the United States of America and to the Republic for which it stands, One nation, under God, indivisible, with liberty and justice for all.
Events and Celebrations
Let’s give a tip of the hat to NATIONAL FARMWORKERS DAY. Without these dedicated individuals plowing, planting, picking and harvesting the crops, we wouldn’t be able to stroll into the market or the grocery store and buy our food. We wouldn’t be able to step up to the counter and order that Rueben sandwich or dine on that exquisite dinner. We appreciate everything you do.
NATIONAL PROM DAY celebrates that special night as well as the young folk who attend. PromGirl started this event in 2016, making a donation to SADD (Students Against Destructive Decisions) for every sale. Being a teen has always had its challenges and those have increased tenfold in these later days. I think a night of pageantry and fun is on order for these young men and women.
You are never too old to celebrate NATIONAL CRAYON DAY. Kids of all ages, grab those coloring sticks and scribble and draw your way to the next greatest work of art. If coloring isn’t your thing, you can always melt your Crayola’s down and make some candles or dribble art. Don’t worry about staying in the lines today (I never could) just have fun. I gotta say thank you to my Sis who bought me the 64 pack with the crayon sharpener in the back a couple of years ago. I always wanted that one.
Next, we celebrate a holiday that has been around since the 1840’s, NATIONAL TATER DAY. These versatile tubers have been feeding mankind since…well, since we discovered food. Of course, the potato hasn’t always appealed to everyone. In 1700’s Prussia, King Frederick the Great decreed that potatoes be given to the people to prevent famine. Most of the citizens considered this vegetable too lowly to eat. The King had the potato fields cordoned off with signs stating that they were for Royalty only. People started sneaking in to “steal” the forbidden food and the King successfully fed his people.
Let’s dig up NATIONAL CLAMS ON THE HALF SHELL DAY. Steam ‘em, grill ‘em, smoke ‘em or enjoy them raw. Add bacon and bread crumbs and you have Clams Casino. That doesn’t sound half bad.
On this day…
1889 – Gustave Eiffel presides at the ceremonial opening of his 984-foot tower in Paris
1918 – Daylight Savings Time is observed for the first time
1943 – “Oklahoma” premiers on Broadway
1968 – President Lyndon B. Johnson announces he won’t be running for re-election
1992 – The last U.S. battleship, the USS Missouri is decommissioned
Happy Birthday to…
Robert Wilhelm Eberhard Bunsen – 1811 – provided labs everywhere with an essential tool – the Bunsen burner
Cesar Chavez – 1927 – founded the National Farm Workers Association, giving field hands a much-needed voice
Gordie Howe – 1928 – One of hockey’s great ones – he was as tough as he was skillful
Liz Claiborne – 1929 – She was one fashionable lady
Herb Alpert – 1935 – He is one smooth trumpeter
Shirley Jones – 1934 – Mama Partridge
Richard Chamberlain – 1934 – King of the TV Mini Series
Christopher Walken – 1943 – His distinctive voice makes him one the most impersonated people on the planet
Rhea Perlman – 1948 – Talented actress who will forever be remembered as Carla on Cheers
Angus Young – 1955 – Lead guitarist for AC/DC – he has been described as a three-chord playing m****R f****r – but however many chords he plays – it sounds good to me
Ewan McGregor – 1971 – Talented actor who plays a great Obi-Wan Kenobi
Enjoy the day and make it your own
We give thanks to you Almighty LORD for your love, blessings and wisdom. Please rid this world of COVID and war. May Russia halt its aggression and the Ukraine people be protected. Heal all those who are suffering and let them know you are with them. I ask this in your powerful name, Jesus, Amen.
Thank you to National Day Calendar; National Today; History.com; Britannica.com; Wikipedia
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