Archive | January, 2013

Inauguration Day

Happy Inauguration Day!

Inauguration Day is when the commencement of a new term of the President of the United States begins, following an oath. Franklin D. Roosevelt was the last president to be sworn in on March 4 in 1933, before the date of inauguration was changed to January 20. Every four years, the President is sworn in to office on January 20, except when that date falls on a Sunday.

If January 20 happens to be a Sunday, there will be a private swearing-in on the 20 and the public ceremony will be held on Monday, January 21. This dates back to President Monroe’s inauguration in 1821, where he decided to hold the ceremony on a Monday because most public offices were closed on Sundays.

Only 6 times in history has Inauguration Day fallen on a Sunday, and January 20, 2013 will be the seventh. Barack Obama will begin his second term as President and be sworn in by the Chief Justice in a private ceremony on Sunday, January 20 then a public ceremony the next day. January 21, 2013 will mark the 57th Presidential Inauguration.

Take a look at the Inauguration Luncheon Menu that will be served on Monday, and don’t forget to check out our Barack Obama 2013 calendar!

Sources: Wikipedia, Senate.gov

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48 Hours Premiers

True crime documentary television show 48 Hours premiered for the first time on January 19, 1988. Since then, the series has aired Saturday nights at 10pm Eastern/9pm Central time. The show’s format and name were inspired by a CBS News documentary that aired in 1986 called 48 Hours on Crack Street.
48 Hours looks into shocking real life cases in a two day time span. The show has won multiple awards, including: three Peabody Awards, 18 Emmy Awards, five RTNDA Edward R. Murrow Awards, and one Alfred DuPont-Columbia Award.

Sources: Wikipedia, CBS

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National Winnie the Pooh Day

January 18 is National Winnie the Pooh Day!

National Winnie the Pooh Day celebrates the birth of A.A. Milne, author of children’s storybooks and Winnie the Pooh creator.  You might recall some of Winnie the Pooh’s friends: Christopher Robin, Tigger, Piglet, and Eeyore.

Celebrate National Winnie the Pooh Day by reading one of A.A. Milne’s books to yourself or with a child.  Take a lesson from some of Pooh’s philosophies and cherish your friendships and relationships as he would have.

“If you live to be a hundred, I want to live to be a hundred minus one day so I never have to live without you.”

― A.A. Milne, Winnie-the-Pooh 

Check out our Winnie the Pooh Baby’s 1st Year Undated Wall Calendar, perfect for documenting all those great moments as a new parent.

Sources: Ultimate Holiday Site, Holiday Insights

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Presidents’ Day

Presidents’ Day is a United States federal holiday and it is always celebrated the third Monday in February in honor of George Washington’s birthday and all the presidents that followed after him.

This federal holiday came into being as an Act of Congress in 1879 to celebrate the first President of the United States, George Washington’s birthday. The holiday was the first federal holiday honoring American citizens and was originally celebrated on Washington’s actual birthday on February 22. In 1971, the Uniform Monday Holiday act shifted the observance of Presidents’ Day to the third Monday in February. Ironically, the holiday now always falls between February 15-21, making “George Washington’s Birthday” a misnomer since it never actually occurs on his birthday.

Though the day is still called “George Washington’s Birthday” by the federal government, most states have renamed it “Presidents’ Day” or “Washington and Lincoln Day” to also honor President Abraham Lincoln, who was born on February 12. Presidents’ Day is now popularly viewed as a day to celebrate all former and present U.S. presidents.

Leading up to the holiday, schools use the day as a way to teach their students about presidential history and celebrate significant accomplishment made by United States presidents. Stores also often have “Presidents’ Day Sales” due to the high number of children and adults who have the day off from school or work.

Take this day to educate yourself about the history of American presidents and learn about where our country came from and where we may be headed in the future.

Sources: Wikipedia, timeanddate.com, History.com 

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Benjamin Franklin’s Birthday

January 17 is Benjamin Franklin’s birthday!

Benjamin Franklin has a lengthy list of accomplishments, but he is most identified as an inventor, political leader, scientist and writer. Born in 1706, Benjamin Franklin went on to be a Founding Father of the United States, and helped to draft the Declaration of Independence as well as the Constitution of the United States. Franklin’s position was integral to the shaping of our nation as a whole; he was the voice behind many of the principles we uphold as Americans and was responsible for establishing many of the systems we use today.

Benjamin Franklin is credited with founding many universities and libraries, introducing the post office, shaping America’s foreign policy, publishing newspapers, taking major strides for the science community, as well as inventing the Franklin stove, bifocals, and electricity. He died at his home at the age of 84 in 1790, but his legacy lives on through his many contributions to American society and the world as a whole.

Sources: Biography.com, Wikipedia

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Glen Bell Dies at 86

American entrepreneur and Taco Bell founder, Glen Bell died on January 16, 2010. Bell played an instrumental role in the development of the fast food industry inCalifornia. After opening and selling a variety of food stands and drive-thrus, Bell introduced Taco Bell to the public in 1962. The business became a franchise in 1964, and has since grown intoAmerica’s leading Mexican fast-food chain.

Bell sold his 868 Taco Bell restaurants to PepsiCo in 1978 for $125 Million. The business has expanded to 5,600 restaurants, 350 franchises, and 150,000 employees. Today, we celebrate the life of a man who was an innovator, an entrepreneur, and a family man, Glen Bell.

Sources: Biography.com, Orange County Register

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National Strawberry Ice Cream Day

On January 15, we celebrate National Strawberry Ice Cream Day!

While the exact origin of strawberry ice cream is unknown, one of the first documented uses of the icy treat was in 1744 when Maryland Governor Thomas Bladen would serve it to guests and dignitaries visiting his home.

Strawberry ice cream was one of the first flavors ever invented, which adds up, seeing as early versions of ice cream were vanilla based with fruit chunks mixed in. Today, strawberry is the third most popular ice cream flavor among Americans, right behind vanilla and chocolate.

Celebrate National Strawberry Ice Cream Day by treating yourself to a few scoops of the delicious frozen dessert or having an ice cream social with your friends and family. Or, you can make your own strawberry ice cream by following this recipe.

Sources: Gone-ta-Pott, Ice Cream Journal

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National Dress up Your Pet Day

January 14 is National Dress up Your Pet Day!

National Dress up Your Pet Day was founded in 2009 and is sponsored by the Animal Miracle Network. The idea behind this fun holiday is to celebrate our furry friends while supporting the animal fashion community.

In honor of National Dress up Your Pet Day, outfit your beloved pet in a comfortable and fashionable costume and snap a few pictures to commemorate the day. Bejeweled collars, sweaters, and stylish headgear work well too! Remember to make sure your pets are comfortable in their attire, and that nothing is too tight or poking them, so that they can enjoy their special day too.

 

Fun Fact: Man Ray, a Weimaraner, is one of the most popular dressed-up pets in history. The pup teamed up with his owner, artist William Wegman, during the 70s to produce a fashionable portfolio featuring Man Ray dressed in various outfits. Man Ray was so popular that The Village Voice named him “Man of the Year” in 1982.

 

 

You can also check out the 2013 Pets Rock Calendar to see some pets dressed up as past and current stars.

 

 

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When is MLK Day of Service 2013?

January 21, 2013

Learn more about Martin Luther King Jr. Day.

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Milk Day

Happy Milk Day!

On January 11, 1878, milk was delivered in bottles for the first time. Prior to this, milk was delivered by wagon in large cans,  and people would have to ladle milk into their own containers (often open pails). The introduction of milk distribution in glass bottles offered a much more sanitary alternative to milk delivery and kept the milk fresher than the previous method.

Commemorate this momentous occasion and celebrate Milk Day by pouring yourself an ice cold glass of milk and reflecting on how far milk production and distribution has come. Enjoy!

Sources: Cooks Info, The Ultimate Holiday Site, Rita Ballantyne

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