Sunday, April 27, 2014

Holidays and Observances for April 27 2014

Babe Ruth Day

On April 27, 1947, the Yankees hosted Babe Ruth Day at Yankee Stadium. The event was held to honor the ailing baseball star, who was nearing the end of his life because of throat cancer. Ruth, the legendary “Sultan of Swat,” died a year later at age 53.

The New York Times reported about Ruth’s appearance in front of 58,339 fans at Yankee Stadium: “Just before he spoke, Ruth started to cough and it appeared that he might break down because of the thunderous cheers that came his way. But once he started to talk, he was all right, still the champion. It was the many men who surrounded him on the field, players, newspaper and radio persons, who choked up.”

George Herman Ruth spent most of his childhood at a Roman Catholic reformatory in Baltimore and rarely saw his parents. A reportedly ill-behaved and free-spirited student, Ruth found an escape in baseball, a sport taught by a Catholic brother at the school. In 1914, at age 19, Ruth joined the minor league Baltimore Orioles, where teammates gave him the nickname Babe. Later that season, he was acquired by the major league Boston Red Sox.

Ruth began his career as a pitcher. His skill helped the Red Sox win the World Series in 1916 and 1918. In 1919, however, the Red Sox sold Ruth to the Yankees for a large sum. It is often said that the team owner Harry Frazee made the deal to finance the production of his Broadway play, though Ruth’s demands for more money and reckless off-field behavior were his true motivation.

In New York, Ruth played the outfield to become a full-time hitter, and he turned into the game’s greatest star. Ruth’s fame came at an important time for baseball; before the 1921 season, it was revealed that gamblers had fixed the 1919 World Series, casting doubt over the future of the sport. The Times’s obituary of Ruth noted that, by early in the 1921 season, fans had forgotten all about the scandal as their “attention became centered in an even greater demonstration of superlative batting skill by the amazing Babe Ruth. Home runs began to scale off his bat in droves, crowds jammed ball parks in every city in which he appeared.”

Ruth’s popularity allowed the Yankees to move to their own ballpark in the Bronx, which became known as the House That Ruth Built. Ruth had his greatest season in 1927, hitting 60 home runs, a record that would stand until 1961. Ruth’s legend grew during the 1932 World Series, when he was said to have “called his shot,” pointing to the outfield stands before hitting a home run.

Ruth was also a legend off the field, where he enjoyed an extravagant life style in the New York of the Roaring Twenties. He liked to stay out late, eating and drinking heavily. He was also known for his rapport with his fans, particularly children. “He made friends by the thousands and rarely, if ever, lost any of them,” The Times reported. “Affable, boisterous and good-natured to a fault, he was always as accessible to the newsboy on the corner as to the most dignified personage in worldly affairs.”

Matanzas Mule Day

April 27, 1898. In one of the first naval actions of the Spanish-American War, US naval forces bombarded the Cuban village of Matanzas. It was widely reported that the only casualty of the bombardment was one mule. The “Matanzas Mule” became instantly famous and remains a footnote in the history of the Spanish-American War.

Morse Code Day

Samuel Finley Breese Morse (April 27, 1791 – April 2, 1872) was an American painter who turned inventor. After having established his reputation as a portrait painter, in his middle age Morse contributed to the invention of a single-wire telegraph system based on European telegraphs. He was a co-developer of the Morse code, and helped to develop the commercial use of telegraphy.

In 1836 Samuel Morse, Joseph Henry, and Alfred Vail began developing an electric telegraph system capable of sending pulses of electric current. First employed in 1844, their telegraph used these signals to create indentations on paper as the electric currents were received. Morse worked on a code to translate these indentations (at first he planned to use a number-based system, but Vail added letters), and the “dots” and “dashes” (or “dits” and “dahs”) code was born.

Morse code was a popular mehtod of communication for over a century — it can be learned quickly and transmitted by tones, lights, or clicks. Although the military recently replaced Morse code with newer communication systems, it still has practical uses today. For example, it can be used as an assistive communication device for people with certain motion disabilities, and usually proves faster than alternative “row scanning” methods. In fact, contests have shown that skilled Morse code “readers” can translate in their heads at rates of 40 words per minute (WPM), with a 1939 record of 75.2 WPM. And the record for the fastest straight keyed message was achieved in 1942 at a rate of 35 WPM. Many amateur radio enthusiasts still learn and use Morse code, and there’s even a radio station, W1AW, that plays practice transmissions for anyone trying to learn.

Mother, Father Deaf Day

In a classic "Peanuts" comic strip, one of the characters asks an adult relative, "We have mother's day, father's day...when do we have children's day?" The wise adult relative responds, "Every day is children's day."
What about deaf parents and their hearing children? For years deaf parents have raised hearing children, a task made easier all the time by modern technology. Joanne Greenberg's classic novel "In this Sign" paints a picture of a deaf couple and their hearing children in the thirties. Deaf parents and hearing children have been the subjects of movies such as "Beyond Silence."

Hearing children of deaf parents also play a major role in the carrying on of deaf culture. It is they who often become interpreters or teachers of the deaf, for instance. While technology has reduced deaf parents' dependence on hearing children, hearing children can still help their deaf parents out in certain situations.

Deaf parents are a special type of mother and father. So in 1994, the organization Children of Deaf Adults decided to designate one day each year for hearing children (young and old) everywhere to honor their deaf parents: Mother, Father Deaf Day, held each year on the last Sunday in April. The day is usually marked with events such as picnics.

National Pet Parent's Day

Whether you have cats, dogs, pot-bellied pigs, horses, ferrets or bunnies, there's a special day of the year dedicated to the millions of caring people who make pets a part of their lives. National Pet Parent’s Day is an annual event observed on the last Sunday in April. This year, the event will be celebrated on April 27, 2014.

National Pet Parent's Day
Launched in 2008 by the folks at Veterinary Pet Insurance (VPI), the “nation’s oldest and largest provider of pet health insurance,” the yearly “howliday” recognizes and honors people who love and care for critters of all shapes and sizes.

For many humans, pets are not just dogs or cats – they are valued members of the family. Animals not only provide unconditional love and companionship, some provide special assistance and support to people in need. Whether your pet has two legs, four legs or no legs at all, it’s hard to imagine life without them!

Please Help Save a Life
But due to the current economic conditions, many animal shelters have seen an increase in the number of pets being surrendered. Please consider adopting from your local shelter or Humane Society and give an abandoned, neglected, abused or unloved pet a ‘furever’ home – before it’s too late.

While pets add tremendous joy to our lives, they can also take a lot of time. For you who do the doo-doo, this day is for you! ‘Yappy’ National Pet Parent’s Day!

National Prime Rib Day

Get primed and ready because April 27 is National Prime Rib Day!

Prime rib, or standing rib roast, is a choice beef cut from one of the eight primal cuts of beef. And if you slice the standing rib roast, so called because it is roasted standing up with the ribs stacked up vertically, you can remove the bones and get a nice number of ribeye steaks. So either way, you win!

This cut contains the "eye" of the rib and is well-marbeled with fatty muscle. Rubbing the outside of this roast with salt and seasonings and slow-roasting yields a tender, tasty meal.

If you're thinking about barbecue (which you should), take a tip from the professionals and smoke it for a few hours before dry roasting.

If the phrase prime rib brings to mind memories of the Sunday roast, make some gravy on the side, and if you're feeling fancy, whip up some Yorkshire Puddings as well. But if you want to know the best way to prepare prime rib, be sure and check out this marvelous primer.

National Tell A Story Day

National Tell A Story Day is celebrated on April 27th in the US.  In Scotland and England it falls on October 27th.  It is far more prominent in the UK.

On this day, people get together to celebrate story telling of every kind – fiction, non fiction, tall tales, scary tales or even folk tales.  It is a fun way to get together – in a library, at home or in front of a camp fire and tell all kinds of stories.  It fosters a sense of togetherness and fun.  One can even read stories from a book or use other media.

In the old days, stories were a way to pass down tradition and family history from one generation to another.  It is a good idea to also tell stories about important people and use aids like photos to make it more real.  

This kind of story telling can help develop the budding imagination of children.  Everyone, regardless of age likes to hear a good story.  So, dust off your creative side and tell a tale that would fire anyone’s imagination – a tall tale, a whopper of a tale or a spooky one.

Every country has its own tradition of stories – it is great way to learn about other cultures and connect with people.  One can even tell stories based on themes.

Worldwide Pinhole Photography Day

This is an international event created to promote and celebrate the art of pinhole photography. On this unique day, we encourage people throughout the world to take some time off from the increasingly technological world we live in and to participate in the simple act of making a pinhole photograph. To share their visions and help spread the unusual beauty of this historical photographic process.

When is the Worldwide Pinhole Photography day? The Worldwide Pinhole Photography Day is held each year on the last Sunday in April. The next Worldwide Pinhole Photography Day is on Sunday, April 27, 2014.

Worldwide Pinhole Photography Day, Pinhole Photography, and... YOU!
Why Pinhole Photography? A unique personal experience! Pinhole photography allows you to make a photograph that requires only a light-tight container (box, can,...) with a tiny hole in one side (as a camera) and any photo-sensitive surface in it. You can adapt an existing camera, or make the camera yourself . The experience of image-making becomes a little more special when created with your own hand-made camera. 

With your own camera, infinite depth-of-field, skewed perspectives, and slower exposures, you may ultimately become more creative and more selective about what you choose to photograph. Magical things happen in pinhole photography.