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Leonard Skinner Dies at 77

The namesake of Southern rock band Lynyrd Skynyrd, Leonard Skinner, died on September 20, 2010.

Leonard Skinner was an American high school gym teacher, coach, property realtor, and bar owner from Jacksonville, Florida. Born on January 11, 1933, Skinner attended Robert E. Lee High School before being drafted into the Army. Following his military discharge, he graduated from Florida State University in 1957.

After graduation, Skinner became a gym teacher at his alma mater, Robert E. Lee High School, where he taught band members Ronnie Van Zant, Gary Rossington, and Bob Burns. The boys butted heads with Mr. Skinner over their long hair, which was against school rules. After Skinner sent them to the principal’s office for breaking the rules, the boys resolved to pay tongue-in-cheek homage to Skinner by naming their band after him.

Although not a fan of the band name at first, Leonard Skinner eventually warmed up to the idea, even befriending the musicians during their rise to fame. He looked back on getting to know the band: “They were good, talented, hard-working boys”.
Sources: The New York Times, Wikipedia

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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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Make a Hat Day

Amsterdam - Hats - 0924September 15 is Make a Hat Day!

Make a Hat Day is  a crafty and creative day that everyone can enjoy! All you have to do to celebrate is make a hat. Don’t worry, you don’t have to be a milliner – or professional hat maker, that is. You can even make a plain old paper hat if you want. Find out how here!

If you’re brave enough to make a real hat on Make a Hat Day, check out the websites listed here to learn the basics of hat making.

Did You Know…that September 15 is also Felt Hat Day? Celebrate both occasions by making a felt hat!

 

Sources: holidayinsights.com
Photo Source:© Jorge Royan / http://www.royan.com.ar / CC-BY-SA-3.0 , via Wikimedia Commons
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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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National Peanut Day

Peanut three in oneSeptember 13 is National Peanut Day!

National Peanut Day celebrates the peanut, which is actually a legume related to peas, lentils, chickpeas and other beans, not a nut. Peanuts not only make a quick, healthy and tasty snack, but you can enjoy them in a variety of ways, whether on their own, as a recipe addition, or as peanut butter, peanut oil or peanut flour.

Celebrate National Peanut Day by snacking on or cooking with peanuts, enjoying some peanut butter, or cooking with peanut oil and peanut flour. Find recipes that use peanuts in every form by clicking here.

Did You Know…that peanuts are not only high in protein and fiber but contain over 30 essential vitamins and minerals, including the B vitamin niacin, vitamin E, folate and potassium? Find out what other nutrients peanuts are packing along with their health benefits at Whfoods.com.

 

Sources:holidayinsights.com, nationalpeanutboard.org
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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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