Kev’s Daily Take On 02/08/2023

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.

A Tip of the Hat Goes to…

The Observer

OPERA DAY follows on the heels of Ballet Day, but there is a reason.  On this day in 1735, the first opera is held in the U.S. – in a courtroom above Shepherd’s Tavern in Charleston, South Carolina.  I must confess, I have not been to an opera, but I can appreciate the talent, hard work and creativity it takes to bring the voices, music and set all together.  Thank you to everyone involved in staging this beautiful art form.

Awareness Spotlight shines on…


In 1910, William Boyce started an organization that continues strong today.  NATIONAL BOY SCOUTS DAY is celebrated on that anniversary and recognizes a program that reaches and teaches people across the globe.  Started by Sir Baden Powell in England as a way to teach boys honor, respect and how to live off the land. One of his scouts was doing his daily good turn when he showed William how to navigate through the London Fog.  The scout wouldn’t take any money for his trouble and Mr. Boyce was so impressed he brought the concept of the Boy Scouts over to the US.   This organization has weathered a few storms and changes lately, dealt with corruption within and has started letting girls join.  The benefits the scouts provide for youth and adults alike, when the program is done correctly, are immeasurable…I can tell you that firsthand.

For Fun

I think KITE FLYING DAY is being celebrated a month or two early, but here we are.  Kites have been flying high for thousands of years and there is still a thrill to be had when you can launch one upwards as far as the string will let you.

On Today’s Menu…

MOLASSES BAR DAY serves as our dessert of the day.  Add this sugar substitute to some butter, flour, eggs, and sugar.  Mix in some raisins or nuts and bake.  You won’t be disappointed with the sweet taste of these treats.

Sneak Peek at Tomorrow’s Events and Celebrations

Giving Hearts Day

National Pizza Day

National Toothache Day

National Cut the Cord Day

Bagel and Lox Day

On this day…

 1735 – The first opera – Flora – is performed in the American Colonies

1910 – William Boyce incorporates the Boy Scouts of America

1915 – America’s first feature length movie debuts when D.W. Griffiths Birth of a Nation shows in Los Angeles.  It is also one of the most offensive films ever made as it glorifies the KKK.

1918 – The Stars and Stripes weekly newspaper for the military is first published

1944 – Henry McAlpin becomes the first Black correspondent assigned to the White House

1945 – Paul Brown agrees to coach the new expansion football team in Cleveland, which would later be named after him

1976 – The film, Taxi Driver premiers

1986 – Spud Webb wins the NBA Slam Dunk contest – he is 5’7” and one of the shortest to play in the league – beating the former champ, Dominque Wilkins, who is 6’8”

Happy Birthday to…

Famous People 
Jules Verne (1828-1905)
This wonderful writer took us Around the World in 80 Days, to the depths of the ocean in 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea, and deep beneath the surface in Journey to the Center of the Earth
Rebecca Lee Crumpler (1831-1895)
She was the first African American woman to earn a medical degree in the United States

Jack Lemmon (1925-2001)
This Naval Veteran and Harvard graduate was a hit in Mister Roberts (1955), Some Like it Hot (1959) and part of a duo of mismatched characters in The Odd Couple (1968) and Grumpy Old Men (1993)

Socialogical Images
James Dean (1931-1955)
Nobody was cooler – you can see him in Giant (1956), East of Eden (1955) and Rebel Without a Cause (1955)
John Williams (1932- )
Composer for the stars, he gave us the scores for Jaws, Star Wars, and Close Encounters of the Third Kind
Ted Koppel (1940- )
This distinguished journalist anchored the news program Nightline for 25 years and has covered events from the assassination of JFK to the election of President Barack Obama
Mary Steenburgen (1953- )
This award-winning actress can be seen in Melvin and Howard (1980), Parenthood (1988), and Elf (2003)
Vince Neil (1961- )
He is the lead singer for the rock band Motley Crue

Enjoy the day and make it your own

Most Amazing God, thank You for Your patience, love and caring.  You are faithful and we can call on You at any time.  Amen.

Thank you to National Day CalendarNational TodayHistory.comBritannica.comWikipediaon this

 #NationalBoyScoutsDay, #OperaDay, #MolassesBarDay, #KiteFlyingDay, #Enjoythedayandmakeityourown

Happy Birthday to Rebecca Lee Crumpler, Jules Verne, James Dean, John Williams, Ted Koppel, Mary Steenburgen, Vince Neil


2 responses to “Kev’s Daily Take On 02/08/2023”

  1. A few weeks ago I was reading about some of America’s history where I was introduced to the film, “Birth of a Nation.” May we always keep this film in the past.

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  2. I had heard of it but had no idea about its content. Yes, it needs to stay buried.


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