Tuesday, January 14, 2014

Holidays and Observances for January 14th 2014

Caesarean Section Day

Today January 14, 2011 is Caesarean section day.

Who was the first to perform a caesarean section?
Dr. Jesse Bennett is said to be the first North American doctor to perform a caesarean section in 1794. At the age of 24, Dr. Bennett performed the first caesarean section in America on his wife Elizabeth. In a modest home in Virginia the surgery was performed without any antiseptics and equipment. Too much of his surprise, the mother and baby survived the operation.

History of caesarean Sections
As far back as the Julius Caesar era, caesarean sections have been performed; they just always resulted in the mother dying. It wasn't until the 1500’s that a woman was first recorded to survive the surgery.

How common are caesarean sections today?
According to CNN a recent study says 1 in 3 first-time moms are delivering their baby by caesarean section. These mothers are most likely to have repeat C-sections.

According to the American Journal of Obstetrics & Gynecology, scientists expect the C-section rate to continue to rise.

Why do women need a caesarean section?
There are many reasons why an expectant mom would need a caesarean section such as, preexisting conditions, complications in pregnancy where a vaginally delivery may pose a risk to the baby, or complications during labor.

Today women are having elective caesarean sections. This is a surgery that is performed for reasons other than medically necessary. Many women find it convenient to plan the date of their child’s birth. While others like it because it is quicker than a vaginal birth.

Interesting fact on caesarean Sections
On March 5, 2000 Ines Ramirez performed a caesarean section on herself. She is believed to be the first woman to have successfully performed the surgery on herself.

National Dress Up Your Pet Day

Although some four-legged friends may not be all that thrilled about this particular “howliday”, today is going to the dogs – and cats. January 14th is National Dress Up Your Pet Day.

While the origins of this annual holiday are unknown, humans, Fido’s and Fluffy’s across America celebrate by getting all dolled up in their very best doggy duds and feline frocks. And just in case you or your furry friend are having a “ruff” day, with some simple planning you can even wear matching outfits in honor of this special day. Then head outside and go for a stroll out on the town or walk around the “bark.” And if you are lucky enough to live in warmer climates, why not go for a cruise in the convertible with the top down. You’re sure to be the cat’s meow or top dog in town!

So whether your family consists of felines, canines, frogs, birds or horses or critters in-between, pamper your pet today and get their fashionista on!
It is important to remember that while dressing pets in cute costumes or outrageous outfits can be loads of fun, it is important to keep their safety and well-being in mind. Check apparel/costumes for possible choking hazards. Ensure the items fit comfortably and do not restrict their breathing. Depending where you live, make sure your pet’s outfit is weather-appropriate for your neck-of-the-woods.
And remember....ADOPT! DON'T SHOP!

National Hot Pastrami Sandwich Day

You have something delicious to celebrate today. January 14 is National Hot Pastrami Sandwich Day.

What is pastrami?
Pastrami has been an American favorite since it was first served in New York delis in 1887.

Like corned beef, pastrami was originally created as a way to preserve meat before modern refrigeration. For pastrami, the raw meat is brined, partly dried, seasoned with various herbs and spices, then smoked and steamed.

In the United States, although beef plates are the traditional cut of meat for making pastrami, it is now common to see pastrami made from beef brisket, beef round, and turkey.

Pastrami is a popular delicatessen meat usually made from beef in Turkey and also traditionally in Romania from pork and mutton.

Pastrami is the classic deli meat that most people love; especially in a sandwich. Some people enjoy a hot pastrami sandwich for lunch or for dinner.

Make sure you have a hot pastrami sandwich to celebrate National Hot Pastrami Day! Enjoy

National Poetry at Work Day

2nd Annual Poetry at Work Day is January 14, 2014

In a recent survey of 1500 CEOs, IBM reported that creativity was the top leadership quality needed to take businesses into the future — it ranked higher than integrity and global thinking. While you might find this result surprising, it won’t likely surprise you that poets are, well, creative. Perhaps that’s why Harvard Business Review recently discussed the value of poetry for professionals. And why a business leader like Sidney Harman was known to ask his staff to hire poets as managers. (Poets? As managers? And he ran a successful business?)

Tweetspeak Poetry believes in poetry at work — finding it at work (poetry is all over the workplace) and bringing it to work (why, we even recently sponsored Take Your Poet to Work Day.)

National Organize Your Home Day

If organization landed on your New Year's Resolution list, it's time to get dirty! Jan. 14 is Organize Your Home Day, an annual "holiday" that encourages people to clean up and de-clutter the house!

Whether you tackle the clean-up alone or with a little help from the kids and/or significant other, now is the time to clean out those closets and cupboards. If you are sick-and-tired of stuff everywhere, today is the perfect day to do a little spring cleaning! Making a decision to do it, is probably the hardest part. Because once you make up your mind to do it, the rest falls into place.

10 Top Tips to Get Your Home in Tip-Top Shape:
  1. Instead of looking at the entire household, tackle one area of the home at a time. It makes the cleaning process less overwhelming.
  2. Remind everyone in the house that everything has its place. When you use something, make a habit of putting it back where it belongs. The house will not only look less cluttered, you'll know where your keys are from now on, too!
  3. If counter-space is at a minimum, put away items you rarely use and only keep things on the counter you frequently use.
  4. Don't forget the fridge! Clean out those doors, drawers and shelves. And don't forget to toss out that food that has strange things growing on it!
  5. Instead of throwing things on the floor or stuffing things in drawers, use hooks, shoe racks, hangers, jars, drawer organizers, racks, baskets or bins to keep things neat and tidy.
  6. Keep cleaning supplies in a handy bin that can easily be picked up and used from room-to-room.
  7. Roll up bathroom towels and store them in a nice basket, cupboard or bench. They not only look nice, you can grab one when you need one.
  8. Store important paperwork and bills in one specific location.
  9. Recycle and Reuse. If you have clothing hanging around that hasn't been worn in decades or items that have never seen the light of day, recycle them! Instead of throwing things away (which end up in overcrowded landfills), have a yard sale and make a few bucks. Or donate them to the Salvation Army or Goodwill (if items are in good/working condition.)
  10. Start a new fad in your household. Whether it's apparel, toys or tools, if you purchase something new, give away a similar item you already own to someone in need. This way you not only help someone else, but it keeps your closets from becoming overcrowded again.
Ratification Day

On this day in 1784, the Continental Congress ratifies the Second Treaty of Paris, ending the War for Independence.

In the document, which was known as the Second Treaty of Paris because the Treaty of Paris was also the name of the agreement that had ended the Seven Years' War in 1763, Britain officially agreed to recognize the independence of its 13 former colonies as the new United States of America.

In addition, the treaty settled the boundaries between the United States and what remained of British North America. U.S. fishermen won the right to fish in the Grand Banks, off the Newfoundland coast, and in the Gulf of Saint Lawrence. Both sides agreed to ensure payment to creditors in the other nation of debts incurred during the war and to release all prisoners of war. The United States promised to return land confiscated during the war to its British owners, to stop any further confiscation of British property and to honor the property left by the British army on U.S. shores, including Negroes or slaves. Both countries assumed perpetual rights to access the Mississippi River.

Despite the agreement, many of these issues remained points of contention between the two nations in the post-war years. The British did not abandon their western forts as promised and attempts by British merchants to collect outstanding debts from Americans were unsuccessful as American merchants were unable to collect from their customers, many of whom were struggling farmers.

In Massachusetts, where by 1786 the courts were clogged with foreclosure proceedings, farmers rose in a violent protest known as Shay's Rebellion, which tested the ability of the new United States to maintain law and order within its borders and instigated serious reconsideration of the Articles of Confederation.