Wednesday, June 25, 2014

Holidays and Observances for June 25 2014

National Catfish Day

Today is National Catfish Day! Catfish is a versatile and delicious type of fish that is usually associated with Cajun-style cooking. In fact, about 95% of the nation’s catfish comes from Mississippi, Arkansas, Alabama, and Louisiana. In traditional recipes, each catfish fillet is coated with a blend of spices and then fried or blackened in a cast-iron skillet.

Did you know that catfish is one of the most sustainable species of fish? Most of the catfish we eat is farm-raised, which is very eco-friendly. In 1987, President Reagan declared the first National Catfish Day to recognize the importance of the catfish farming industry.

To celebrate National Catfish Day, fry up some homemade catfish for dinner, or head to a local Cajun restaurant to sample a little taste of the South!

National Log Cabin Day

National Log Cabin Day brings you back to a quieter, simpler, more rugged era. A couple hundred years ago, life was far more rugged. Americans moving West (west at the time may have been Ohio, or Tennessee) found an untouched wilderness, filled with pristine forests. They built their homes out of logs. These log cabins were solid, long lasting, and served them well.

Life was rustic and simple. Heat was provided by an open fireplace, where they also cooked their meals. Need air conditioning in the summer? Just open the window (there wasn't any glass or screening). There was no electricity (no television, stereos or boom boxes blasting, or computers). And, plumbing? Just look back towards the woods to the outhouse. The path to it is well worn.

National Log Cabin Day celebrates what was then the "Modern" home in America, and all of the lifestyle that accompanied it. Today is a day to appreciate the history and significance of log cabins. Visit them at historical museums today, or sometime this summer.

The Log Cabin Society, founded by Virginia Handy, and the Bad Axe Historical Society,  in Michigan created the annual Log Cabin Day on June 25, 1986. Their objectives included promoting the preservation of Log Cabins, and awareness and education of life during the era in America when log cabins were common.

National Strawberry Parfait Day

June 25 is National Strawberry Parfait Day. Celebrate with a simple new recipe that will make your parfait a piece of pie!

Strawberries have been in our diet since wild strawberry plants were first found in various parts of Italy in 234 BC. Strawberries are a member of the rose family and the first fruit to ripen in the spring. Strawberries are the only fruit with seeds on the outside and the average strawberry has 200 seeds. The ancient Romans believed that strawberries relieved symptoms of fainting, inflammation, depression, fevers, throat infections & kidney stones. Strawberry is the second most popular natural flavor. The first most popular flavor, will come as no surprise, is chocolate.

Every U.S. state grows strawberries that have been specially bred for that region of the country. California grows about three-fourths of U.S. strawberries. Florida is the next largest producer. All the different varieties grown in all the different countries can trace their ancestry back to the marriage of the Virginia and Chile strawberry in Europe 250 years ago.

A healthy diet includes approximately 2 cups of fruit a day, so enjoy.

Strawberry Pie Parfait
  • 1 slice strawberry pie
  • 8 ounces vanilla ice-cream
  • 5 ounces cold milk
Place all ingredients in blender for 8 swirls. Serve in a wine glass.

Color TV Day

Today in 1951, the CBS network broadcast the first color television show. The variety show included Arthur Godfrey, Ed Sullivan, Garry Moore and Robert Alda with several others, and featured appearances by the chairman of the FCC and the chairman and president of CBS. Only special color-ready TVs could pick up the broadcast, which was sent out to Washington, D.C., Boston, Philadelphia and Baltimore from the network’s New York studio; black-and-white sets couldn’t see the telecast at all.

While this was the first commercial broadcast with 16 sponsors, color television had been in development for a decade. CBS first demonstrated a color system in August 1940, and NBC was secretly developing their own color broadcasts. In fact, NBC supposedly set up a color broadcast from 30 Rockefeller Plaza in 1943 to Princeton, New Jersey. The show featured a young Jerry Lewis, famed dancer Bill “Bojangles” Robinson and Arlene Woods. The telecast went out to a single viewer, but he held more scientific clout than anyone else: Albert Einstein. After the show, the cast was driven to New Jersey to meet their lone audience member. Forget Twitter: this was the first immediate feedback for a television program.

While we don’t know what his reaction was, we do know that he and Lewis discussed the theory of relativity. That moment should have been the first color broadcast!

Day of The Seafarer

June 25 is observed worldwide as the Day of the Seafarer.

In 2010, the International Maritime Organization (IMO), decided to designate June 25th as the International Day of the Seafarer as a way to recognize that almost everything that we use in our daily lives has been directly or indirectly affected by sea transport.

The purpose of the day is to give thanks to seafarers for their contribution to the world economy and the civil society; and for the risks and personal costs they bear while on their jobs.

According to IMO's estimates, ships transport almost 90 percent of the world’s goods trade. Seafarers are not only responsible for the operations of such ships, but are also responsible for the safe and smooth delivery of the cargo.

The day not only acknowledges the invaluable work of seafarers, but also aims to bring global attention to the issues affecting their work and lives, such as piracy. It calls on governments to develop policies that lead to fair treatment of seafarers at ports, and asks private ship companies and owners to provide their employees proper facilities and comforts while they are at sea.

Since 2011, the IMO has taken the celebration of the Day of the Seafarer online, calling for the public to use social media such as Facebook and Twitter, to voice their support for seafarers and to thank them for their work.

The United Nations has now included the Day of the Seafarer in its list of observances.

Global Beatles Day

June 25 is the 47th anniversary of the Beatles' worldwide TV broadcast in 1967 of “All You Need Is Love” on the “Our World” program seen by satellite all over the world.

It's also “Global Beatles Day,” a now annual celebration of the phenomenon and music of the Beatles that originated in 2009. And at the center of it is “All You Need Is Love,” both the song and the words.

“The purpose is to have a globally recognized day to thank and acknowledge the Beatles for all they have done to change the world,” says Faith Cohen, the originator of the idea.

Why a holiday to remember the Beatles?

“When I launched my idea of Global Beatles Day in February of 2009, I was aware that there was a Beatles Day held in Liverpool on July 10th,” Cohen said in 2011.

Liverpool's Beatles Day commemorates July 10, 1964, a special day in Liverpool. It was the day the Beatles returned to Liverpool from America. It was also the premiere date for their first movie, “A Hard Day’s Night.”

"I felt my idea of a 'Global Beatles Day' was different," she said. "The date I chose has a particular meaning in the global sense. It was the first global transmission ever and the Beatles were a part of that, singing 'All You Need Is Love.'"

“My idea was to have a global holiday that would not pigeonhole the Beatles’ contributions or their impact on the world. It is not limited to their amazing and transcendent music."

Cohen helped get word about Global Beatles Day to at least one of the Beatles when she gave a Global Beatles Day shirt to Paul McCartney's wife Nancy Shevell at a concert in Cincinnati.

Fans don't have to do anything. As the event's Facebook page says, “Just a day set aside to reflect, promote good ideas, and send good intentions into the present which becomes the future. It is not about being a 'fan.' It is about so much more.”