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“The Twist” Reaches Number One

“The Twist” rose to the #1 spot on The Billboard Hot 100 chart for the first time on September 19, 1960 and again resurfacing on January 13, 1962.

Although the popularity of “The Twist” soared in 1960, the song was first introduced to the music scene in early 1959 by Hank Ballard. It achieved only moderate success and peaked at number 28 that year. After the song was covered by Chubby Checker, however, “The Twist” rose to the number one spot and stayed there.

“The Twist” also inspired a dance move of the same name that swept the nation – adults and teenagers alike. Chubby Checker described the dance as “putting out a cigarette with both feet and coming out of a shower and wiping your bottom with a towel to the beat”.

Check out this YouTube video of Chubby Checker performing “The Twist”.

Sources: Wikipedia, Last.fm

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Rice Krispies Treats Day

September 18 is Rice Krispies Treats Day!

Rice krispies treats were invented in 1939 by Kellogg worker and Campfire Girls Leader, Mildred Day, because she was looking for a special treat for her troop to sell. Over 70 years later, rice krispies treats are still a huge hit during celebrations, family gatherings, and as a pick-me-up snack.

Celebrate Rice Krispies Treats Day by making rice krispies treats, eating rice krispies treats, or doing a little of both! If you’re feeling adventurous, here’s a list of 50 different rice krispies treats recipes. Choose wisely!

Sources: Examiner, Mom on a Mission

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Constitution Day

September 17 is Constitution Day!

Today, we observe the signing of the United States Constitution in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania by 39 delegates of the Constitutional Convention in 1787. Constitution Day is a day to recognize those who have adopted the Constitution as citizens of America, whether they were born on United States soil or not.

Constitution Day is an American federal observance that was passed into law in 2004 by West Virginia Senator Robert Byrd. Prior to 2004, September 17 was known as “Citizenship Day”. Today it is mandated that publicly funded schools and federal agencies organize educational programs about the Constitution.

Take this quiz to find out how much you know about our nation’s Constitution.

Sources: Constitution Day, Wikipedia

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Stay Away from Seattle Day

If you’ve been thinking of travelling to Seattle, think again – at least for today.  September 16 is Stay Away from Seattle Day.

Stay Away from Seattle Day is (kind of) a playful holiday, although die hard Seattleites use today as an opportunity to shun out-of-towners. This holiday was created as a rebuttal to too much tourism, further development of national chains in the area, and too many newcomers to the Emerald City.

Citizens of Seattle want to keep the city for themselves and you’re not invited! They cite chicken infestations, traffic, and the obvious rain stigma as reasons not to come visit. Still not convinced?  Here is the full list of 25 reasons to stay away from Seattle.

Sources: CBS Seattle, Seattle Twist

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Grace Kelly Dies

Actress and Princess Consort of Monaco, Grace Kelly, died after suffering a stroke and crashing her motor vehicle on September 14, 1982.

Born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania on November 12, 1929, Grace Kelly showed a talent for the arts at a young age. She entered the American Academy of Dramatic Arts, much to her father’s disapproval, and embarked on an acting career, though short lived. Grace Kelly retired from acting at the age of 26 after appearing in 11 films and 60 television productions.

Grace Kelly married Prince Rainier III on April 19, 1956 and officially withdrew from show business to focus on her duties in Monaco. She had three children with the Prince: Caroline, Albert, and Stephanie.

On September 13, 1982, Grace Kelly had a stroke while driving, lost control of her vehicle, and plunged down a 45-foot cliff. Her daughter Stephanie was in the car with her, and they were both rushed to the hospital. After being in a coma for 24 hours, Grace Kelly passed away on September 14, 1982.

Sources: Wikipedia, Biography

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World’s First Female Cop Sworn In

On September 12, 1910, an American woman named Alice Stebbins Wells was sworn in to the Los Angeles Police Department as the first female police officer.

Before she was hired, Wells had to petition the mayor, police commissioner, and the city council of Los Angeles. She was an advocate for female police officers worldwide, particularly spreading her message throughout North America. In 1915, she founded the International Policewomen’s Association, paving the way for female police officers everywhere.

Originally thought to be the first ever, it was uncovered that an Irishwoman named Marie Owens served as a member of the Chicago Police Force starting in 1891.

Sources: Los Angeles Almanac, Wikipedia

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Harry Connick Jr.’s Birthday

American jazz musician and actor, Harry Connick Jr., was born on September 11, 1967 in New Orleans, Louisiana. His musical talent was apparent at an early age, and by the time he turned 9, Harry Connick Jr. was a member of the musician’s union and had already recorded a few albums.

Harry Connick Jr. got his big musical break when he was asked to record the soundtrack for one of the most popular romantic comedies of all time, When Harry Met Sally (1989), for which he won his first Grammy Award. He broke into acting in 1990 as a tail gunner in the WWII film Memphis Belle, followed by Blockbuster hit Independence Day in 1995. Harry Connick Jr. earned his first role as a leading man in the 1998 film Hope Floats opposite Sandra Bullock.

Harry Connick Jr. has acted in nearly two dozen films, sold over 25 million albums across the globe, and is among the top 60 bestselling male musical artists in America.

Happy Birthday Harry Connick Jr.!

Sources: Biography, Wikipedia

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Cheap Advice Day

September 10 is Cheap Advice Day!

Today’s holiday celebrates cut-rate counselors everywhere, whether they are a professional in the psychiatric industry or that friend who just can’t help but offer their unsolicited advice.

This holiday originates from an episode of Charles M. Shultz’ Peanuts on September 10, 1992 where resident psychiatrist Lucy van Pelt raises her psychiatric fee from 5 cents to 47.

On Cheap Advice Day, take advantage of the low-cost advice given to you by anyone who will listen to your problems. In this economy, not all of us can afford fancy shrinks, so take your cheap advice where you can get it!

Sources: Make A Smile Today, Yahoo! Voices

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National Steak Au Poivre Day

September 9 is National Steak Au Poivre Day!

Steak Au Poivre is a French dish characterized by a steak, usually filet mignon, coated with cracked peppercorns and then cooked. Usually, the steak is seared with butter and oil and served with a sauce which includes cognac, cream, butter, shallots, and sometimes Dijon mustard. Forms of mashed potatoes or pommes frites are often served as a side. You can find Steak Au Poivre at traditional French restaurants.

Celebrate this food holiday by indulging in some Steak Au Poivre. If there are no French eateries nearby, try and make this dish on your own! Here are some recipes from popular chefs Alton Brown and Anthony Bourdain.

Sources: Yahoo! Voices, The Chef Maven

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Pardon Day

September 8 is Pardon Day!

If you’ve been worrying about past mistakes, today is the day to seek forgiveness from whomever you have wronged. Get your grievances off your chest and start with a clean slate, no matter how much you may have to swallow your pride.

Alternately, you can use today as an exercise in manners and say “Excuse Me”, “Please” and “Thank You” whenever appropriate.

This holiday originates from the original pardon day on September 8, 1974 when Gerald Ford gave the Presidential Pardon to the former Commander in Chief, Richard Nixon.

Sources: Giftypedia, Holiday Insights

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