Kev’s Daily Take On 04/19/2023

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.

Awareness Spotlight shines on…

USA Today

OKLAHOMA CITY BOMBING COMMEMORATION DAY takes us back to that fateful day in 1995.  168 people lost their lives in the 2nd worst act of terrorism on our soil.  This one was perpetrated by domestic terrorists.  Together, Timothy McVeigh and Terry Nichols detonated a fertilizer bomb that was inside a rental truck they had parked in front of the Alfred P. Murrah Federal Building.  The blast destroyed a third of the building, killing the 168 and injuring more than 680 others.  324 other buildings in a 16-block radius were affected causing $652 million in damages.  Timothy McVeigh was executed by lethal injection on June 11, 2001, while Terry Nichols is serving life in prison.  This day also remembers the 665 rescue workers who responded and put themselves in danger.  168 seconds of silence is observed at 9:02a.m. central time.

Education and Information

NATIONAL HANGING OUT DAY is really about the environment.  Our dryers can use up to 10% of our homes energy and throwing our wet laundry over a clothesline can decrease our carbon footprint.  The fresh air and sunshine will also give your clothes and sheets a terrific smell that you just can’t get out of a bottle or a dryer sheet.

Belly up to the Bar

Let’s journey back in time to 16th century Saronno Italy, where a family run inn serves its own blend of brandy and almonds.  They pretty much keep it in the family for hundreds of years until the Di Saronno family start mass producing it for the world.  Because they did, we get to celebrate NATIONAL AMARETTO DAY, and I am glad we get to.  This liqueur has a little bitterness to it – due to the almonds – but goes great in coffee, cookies, candies and of course, cocktails.  If you decide to imbibe, please don’t drink and drive.  An amaretto sour does not sound bad.

On Today’s Menu…

Dump A Day

NATIONAL BANANA DAY is a great day to go…well, bananas.  Peel one or two for making some banana bread, banana cream pie, banana splits or to be eaten by itself.  They are tasty and a great way to get some potassium.

Next, we celebrate a spice that is also a flower with NATIONAL GARLIC DAY.  Garlic is actually a member of the lily family and earned the nickname “stinking rose”.  Garlic has been around thousands of years and is quite useful as a spice, an ingredient, a remedy for colds and of course for repelling vampires.  It is a key ingredient in my BBQ sauce.  Pick a sauce, any sauce will do, add some beer and garlic powder then stir.  If you do it right, it will fizz up.  I am sure you can find some way to work some garlic into your day.

Sneak Peek at Tomorrow’s Events and Celebrations

Volunteer Recognition Day

National High Five Day

420 Day

Cheddar Fries Day

Look A Like Day

Respect Lima Beans Day

Pineapple Upside Down Cake Day

On this day…

1775 – We formally declare our independent intentions with the start of the Revolutionary War

1897 – J.J. McDermott wins the first Boston Marathon

1927 – Mae West was sentenced to 10 days in jail and charged with obscenity and “corrupting the morals of youth” for her portrayal of a prostitute in the Broadway play Sex.  She had written the play to show how a woman can claim power and by today’s standards it would be considered quite tame.  She embraced the publicity and remarked “I expect this will be the making of me”

1948 – The ABC network debuts

1967 – K.V. Switzer is the first woman to complete the Boston Marathon – though women weren’t allowed to compete at the time

1993 – 80 members of the Branch Davidian religious compound in Waco Texas perish in a fire after a 51-day standoff with U.S. federal agents

Happy Birthday to…
Charles Darwin (1809-1882)
He had a theory

Rally Point
Lucretia Garfield (1832-1918)
Our 21st First Lady

The Washington Post
Eliot Ness (1903-1957)
Leader of “The Untouchables” whose job was to put Al Capone out of business
Jayne Mansfield (1933-1967)
This Hollywood icon lit up the screen in The Girl Can’t Help It (1956), It Happened in Athens (1962) and Single Room Furnished (1966)


Dudley Moore (1935-2002) He started off as a classical and jazz musician, transitioned to musicals and eventually to TV and the big screen as seen in the movies 10 (1979) and Arthur (1981). Grammys, Tonys, Golden Globes and knighthood in the British Empire attest to his talents.

St. Louis Post Dispatch
Susan Polgar (1969-)
Chess whiz who became a Grandmaster

cleveland scene
James Franco (1978- )
From Freaks and Greeks (1999-2000) to Eat, Pray, Love (2010) to The Interview (2014), James portrays his cool, James Dean-esque like character
Kate Hudson (1979- )
With show biz blood in her veins, she was a shoo-in for Hollywood and can be seen in Almost Famous (2000), How to Lose a Guy in 10 Days (2003) and Glass Onion (2022)
Maria Sharapova (1987- )
Pretty good tennis player who has won 5 grand slams and a silver medal at the London Olympics in 2012

Enjoy the day and make it your own

Dear Heavenly Father, we pray for peace.  We pray for peace in our homes, in our schools, in our workplaces and on our streets.  May we look to patience, understanding and respect for life when it comes to dealing with each other. I include myself in this.  I ask this in Your name, Jesus, Amen.

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

#OklahomaCityBombingCommermoration, #NationalBananaDay, #HangingOutDay, #NationalAmarettoDay, #GarlicDay, #Enjoythedayandmakeityourown

Happy Birthday to #CharlesDarwin, #LucretiaGarfield, #EliotNess, #JayneMansfield, #DudleyMoore, #SusanPolgar, #JamesFranco, #KateHudson, #MariaSharapova


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