Kev’s Daily Take On 04/27/2023


Marines fighting on the shores of Tripoli – 1805

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.

Family and Friends

NATIONAL TAKE YOUR KIDS TO WORK DAY brings back memories.  I remember my Dad taking me and my sister to his work when we were little.  He was a chemist for the FDA (a very good one) and we always looked forward to visiting his lab.  Meeting the people, seeing the lab setup, and having the computer that was as big as a room print out your name on that green and white striped paper after putting in the punch cards.  It really was cool.  If you can, take your kiddos in to work – it will probably be a little inconvenient, but they will always remember it.

Education and Information


NATIONAL DEVIL DOG DAY has two meanings.  The first is the snack cake made of two devil’s food chocolate layers and cream sandwiched in between.  The second, is the WWI German soldiers’ nickname for the U.S. Marines.  Get around a couple of Marines and chances are you will hear “Oorah devil dog”.  Their reputation has not changed at all over the years.  Enemy forces know that if the Marines come knocking on their door, they best say please and thank you while letting them in, or there won’t be a door – or a house – or an enemy.

Today’s Poetry Trends

Los Medanos College

Tis the time of poetry and NATIONAL POEM IN YOUR POCKET DAY encourages us to have a poem ready to recite to others.  You can wax eloquently with Shakespeare or do your best Irish accent with a limerick.  Whichever you choose, use a little style, and have fun with it.

On Today’s Menu…

Fire up the grill and celebrate NATIONAL PRIME RIB DAY.  This choice cut of beef is considered the “King of Meats”, and it’s easy to see why with its savory flavor.  Slow roasted is best, just don’t overdo it.  Add your special rub beforehand, some veggies on the side and a glass of red wine (or beer) and you have a darn near perfect meal.

NATIONAL GUMMI BEAR DAY has us snacking on these chewy flavorful bears that dare you to stop at just one.  Hans Riegel started making them in his kitchen back in 1922 and they have evolved into just about any animal or object someone can think to make a gummy out of.  Enjoy a handful today.

Sneak Peek at Tomorrow’s Events and Celebrations

National Bravehearts Day

Workers Memorial Day

Blueberry Pie Day

Arbor Day

Donate Life Blue and Green Day – wear blue and green to support organ donors

Great Poetry Day

Historic Marker Day

On this day…

1805 – A group of Marines march 500 miles across North Africa and depose the Pasha of Tripoli – who had instigated pirate attacks along the Barbary Coast against U.S. ships.  This campaign inspired the line “to the shores of Tripoli” in the official U.S. Marines song

 1865 – The Sultana – a steamboat carrying POWS back to the North after the Civil War, exploded on the Mississippi River by Marion, Arkansas.  Over 1800 died making it the deadliest maritime disaster in U.S. history – it was worse than the sinking of the Titanic.

1937 – “A Star is Born” premiers – this popular movie sparked 4 remakes

1947 – Nearly 60,000 fans come to honor Babe Ruth at Yankee Stadium.  The Sultan of Swing had just been diagnosed with cancer and his fans wanted him to know that they supported him.  The day was also designated as Babe Ruth Day.

1956 – Rocky Marciano retires from boxing – undefeated with a record of 49-0

1965 – RC Duncan receives the patent for Pampers disposable diapers

1981 – The computer mouse is introduced by Xerox PARC

2006 – Construction begins on the Freedom Tower for the New World Trade Center

2020 – The global total of deaths due to COVID passes 3,000,000

Happy Birthday to…

Samuel F.B. Morse (1791-1872)
Gave us the telegraph and Morse Code
Ulysses S. Grant (1822-1885)
Our 18th President was also the Commander of the Union forces and accepted General Robert E. Lees surrender at Appomattox.
W.H. Carothers (1896-1937)
Gave us nylon and neoprene

Democrat and Chronicle
Jack Klugman (1922-2012)
His roles as Oscar Madison on The Odd Couple (1970-1975) and as Dr. R. Quincy on Quincy M.E. (1976-1983) earned him a couple of Emmys and Emmy nominations – both shows had great theme songs
Betty Mae Tiger (1923-2011)
First woman to be elected as the leader of a Federally recognized tribe – the Seminoles
Coretta Scott King (1927-2006)
Wife of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. and quite the activist in her own right
Casey Kasem (1932-2014)
Famous DJ who gave us the weekly American Top 40 show.  He was also the voice of Shaggy on Scooby Doo.
Ace Frehley (1951- )
He rock and rolled all night playing guitar for KISS

Closer Weekly
Sheena Easton (1959- )
You can hear this Scottish songstress sing on Morning Train (1981), For Your Eyes Only (1981) and Strut (1984)

Famous People
Willem Alexander (1967- )
He is presently King of the Netherlands

This is the day that the Lord has made;
    let us rejoice and be glad in it. – Psalms 118:24

Enjoy the day and make it your own

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

#DevilDogDay, #TakeYourKidsToWorkDay, #PrimeRibDay, #PoemInYourPocketDay, #GummiBearDay, #Emjoythedayandmakeityourown

Happy Birthday to #SamuelMorse, #UlyssesGrant, #WHcarothers, #JackKlugman, #BettyMaeTiger, #CorettaScottKing, #CaseyKasem, #AceFrehley, #SheenaEaston, #WillemAlexander


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