May 18th International Museum Day

May 18th International Museum Day

Museums remind of us of where we have been, and possibly show us where we are going as well. Things we just can’t live without today had to come from somewhere and generally those proto-types can be found in museums all over the world.  Of course, museums also teach us about animals and nature as well. This day was created in 1977 by the International Council of Museums.

How to celebrate – Visit a museum. Look for all the antiques in your house.  Donate historical items you no longer want to a museum so that others can enjoy them.

May 5th Cinco de Mayo

Today Mexicans (and Americans) celebrate Cinco de Mayo (often confused with Mexico’s Independence Day, September 16th). Cinco de Mayo celebrates the remebrance of the Battle of Puebla on May 5th. France controlled Mexico in the early 1860’s and Mexico wanted their freedom (they fairly won it at Puebla). It was France’s second intervention in Mexico, but it was also their last. Perhaps a little strange is that Mexico’s battle for freedom occurred on what is today American soil. Puebla is in California near Los Angles. Spain and Britain also went to war with Mexico but came to terms before the battle.

How to celebrate – Study the history of Mexico. Celebrate Mexico’s freedom from foreign interference. Visit the site of the battle.

April 15th Patriot’s Day

While this holidays is normally restricted to the New England region it really should be celebrated all across America. It is a bit confusing since it falls on the third Monday of the month so the date varies, but it celebrates when America first separated from England. It celebrates Paul Revere’s Midnight Ride as well as the battles at Lexington and Concord in 1775. The actual day was April 19th but that doesn’t matter. Now Paul Revere never completed his ride, in fact he didn’t really get very far before he was arrested. He also did not shout “The British are coming”! as is often depicted. Back then, most of us were British and that would mean nothing to the homesteads he was warning. “The Redcoats are coming” would have been more like it since the Redcoats were known to be the soldiers. Also the battles at Lexington and Concord weren’t really battles as they were very one sided and did not last very long. However, the Redcoats never forget their attempt to get back to Boston.

How to celebrate – Remember the Patriots that started making the Untied States the United States. Visit New England. Study history, it is relevant.

February 26th National Tell A Fairy Tale Day

National Tell A Fairy Tale Day – February 26th

Fairy Tales are oral history handed down over time. Of course, they are embellished a little and a lot of the truth may have been removed, they mostly started from some real source. For example, Snow White is based on the life of Margarette von Waldek who lived in Germany where her family was involved in mining. Children were used to go down the narrow passages, becoming the Dwarves in the Fairy Tale. Waldek fell in love with a Prince but died before they could be united.

How to celebrate – Read a Fairy Tale. Study the real truth behind your favorite Fairy Tales. Make someone dream come true.

February 5th National Weatherman’s Day

Imagine the life of a weatherman, and again… isn’t it supposed to be a Weather Person!?! You get up every morning hoping you have predicted the weather correctly for your viewing audience. Sure there’s a 50/50 chance of being wrong, but that also means there is a 50/50 chance you are right!

Today it isn’t enough to just be a good meteorologist. You have to speak well and at least be good looking enough to not turn your audience’s stomach! Today was created to honor John Jeffries, the first American meteorologist, or at least a man that kept the weather records from 1774-1816. He was born on February 5th, 1744. Weather does generally come in a pattern, figure out that pattern and you may be able to predict your own weather!

How to celebrate – Watch the weather on tv or listen to it on the radio. Learn to predict your own weather. Always carry an umbrella just in case.

January 4th National Trivia Day

Most think trivia is trivial. They would be right, but one never knows when a bit of trivia might save our life. The more people know about something the less it is trivial, making the word trivia sort of a bit confusing. What is trivial to you may be important to me and vice-versa. It is often paying attention to details when thew details aren’t all that important.

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So today is a day that you should let all those trivial details out in the open. For example, did you know that originally the Democratic Party were the conservatives and the Republicans were considered radical? Does it matter? Probably not but it is sort of an interesting bit or trivia.

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History is filled with bits of trivia, in fact, that’s where most trivia comes from. History has always been written by the victor… but sometimes it’s affected by the losers. For example, a wounded Adolph Hitler was left alive by either an American soldier or a British soldier during World War 1 when he could have easily been killed.

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So sometimes we need to study history to find out what really happened because, believe it or not, we human are animals and prone to repeat the same actions as our forefathers unless we learn better. So maybe trivia isn’t such a waste of time after all. Maybe trivia is where will will actually find out about the human race.

How to celebrate – Play a trivia game today. Read a trivia book. Learn something you did not know yesterday, today.

October 12th Old Farmers Day

Experience is generally a good thing, for a farmer it is a necessary thing. We learn from other’s mistakes and farming is generally best learned from those who have both failed and succeeded. The older farmers know more than any book can teach and if farming is going to be your profession you really should pay attention.

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They are generally quiet, keep to themselves but when they do choose to say something it’s normally pretty astute. The don’t have time to waste it on stupid things like what color the drapes should be or which movie was he best. They are busy living life and growing things so others can put food on the table.

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American society came out of agriculture. Some of those people, like George Washington and Thomas Jefferson helped form this country between rotating crops in the field. True, they probably didn’t plant or harvest the fields themselves but they still had to carry the knowledge that only those who farm can know and pass on.

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I grew up on a farm and I know of no one wiser than my father who worked from sun up to sunset. I have not retained all he tried to teach me (which was a lot!) but I know he knew as much as any Supreme Court Judge about life… and maybe even more.

How to celebrate – If you know an older farmer, thank them for what they have done. Listen to what older farmers have to say. Find out how many of our leaders have come from a farming background.

May 19th Armed Forces Day

Today we celebrate those branches of military service that have served our country since it began. The day was created by Secretary of Defense Louis Johnson on August 31, 1949. It was signed into law by President Harry Truman on February 20, 1950. Finally beginning to be celebrated later that same year on May 19th.

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Prior to today, each branched celebrate their own birthdays, such as the US Army who formed in 1775. Obviously they were around for the American Revolution and have served as the main battle force ever since.

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The Navy formed the same year since the Revolutionary  War took to the seas as well as on land. Ill prepared, the US Navy did a tremendous job with the few ships they had in service.

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The Marines formed as well in 1775, serving primarily aboard the ships as sharpshooters and landing forces. Since then the Marines have been the first to arrive in nearly every military engagement America has been involved in.

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To many people’s surprise, the US Air Force did not form in 1947. Prior to that it was a part of the US Army. Today it is a major strike force and a very deterrent defense against aggressors. During World War 2 the air force (Army) were among the few forces that could actually win against the mighty German Tiger tanks.

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And far too often forgotten is the US Coast Guard. These men and women are known more for saving lives on the seas but it is their job to protect our borders from drugs, other illegal substances and invaders. While the US Navy is charged with foreign service it is the Coast Guard who keep watch at home.

How to celebrate – Thank those who serve, and have served, in our military forces. Study the history of each branch more closely. Be proud to be an American.

March 18th National Supreme Sacrifice Day

The world is made up of many heroes. There have been heroes in the past, there are heroes today and there will always be those who will step up and offer up their own lives to protect those around them.

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We have come to expect this from our soldiers, though we shouldn’t. We often forget about the policemen and the firemen, but every time they put on their uniform they are showing the world that they are prepared to stand between us and danger too.

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Doctors that go into regions with infectious deseases, men and women who make repairs to bridges, even teachers and lifeguards, chemists, lumberjacks, school crossing guards and animal control agents can potentially be heroes. In fact, any of us can potentially be a hero without ever meaning to be.

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I don’t think many of those who have made the ultimate sacrifice on our behalf started out their day expecting that day would be the last they ever saw. But when the time came, when the choice had to be made, they willingly made the choice. We should remember them if for no other reason than when it came down to it, they remembered us.

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How to celebrate – Honor those who gave their lives for you and your family.

October 27th Navy Day

Today is Teddy Roosevelt’s birthday! Now you may ask, what does that have to do with the navy? Well, until Teddy Roosevelt helped build up the image of the navy it really wasn’t thought that highly of.

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You may remember the Great White Fleet. (Or you may not) It was Roosevelt’s idea to send a powerful American navy around the world to show both that power and the fact that the world wasn’t so big that we could just ignore each other. The reason for white was simply that most ships in Roosevelt’s era were painted white.

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Now heroes such as John Paul Jones had already proven that a navy was critical to America’s future. That said, it took months news of victories at sea  to reach the land, in some cases wars were already decided by the news of a victory could be reported. So while the navy kept the enemy from our shores it wasn’t as visible as a land battle.

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Today, the most elite military force, the Navy Seals, changes our image of the navy a little bit, or a lot. There is no doubt that the navy stands as our primary source of protection. This is not down playing the air force or army and, of course, the Marines are a part of the navy. It is just that unless it is on our own land that the crisis is taking place, even the army and air force require the navy to get them where they are needed.

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The navies real birth date is October 13th, 1775. But if not for Teddy Roosevelt, perhaps no one would care.

How to celebrate –  Thank a service person for their sacrifices. Visit a Naval History museum.  Play the game battleship.