Monday, July 15, 2013

July 15 - Everybody Deserves a Massage Week and National Get Out of the Doghouse Day

Now here's a week we can all look forward to Everybody Deserves a Massage Week runs from the 14th to the 20th. So listen up out there men, this is the perfect week to spoil the ladies in your life with a massage, professional or not. The best part is, not only will you be making them happy, they'll think your the perfect, selfless man ;)

What better to go along with a week of massages than National Get Out of the Doghouse Day. It's like a 'get out of jail free card' apologize to someone you've wronged, mend some broken fences and hey give a massage, your sure to be forgiven then!

Looking to celebrate today, your in luck, today is Be a Dork Day, Global Hug Your Kid Day, Gummi Worm Day and of course SAINT SWITHUN'S DAY!!!!

Saint Swithun's Day is a day dedicated to the Anglo-Saxon bishop pf Winchester and patron of Winchester Cathedral. There is a well known proverb in the UK that goes as follows:

 St Swithun's day if thou dost rain 
For forty days it will remain 
St Swithun's day if thou be fair 
For forty days 'twill rain nae mare 

Unfortunately for us in rained today in Sylvan Lake :( fingers crossed this proverb only applies to the UK.

Lets see what exciting things happened today in history.

-1099 1st Crusaders capture, plunder Jerusalem.
-1291 Rudolf I, King of Germany & Holy Roman Empire, dies.
-1779 Clement Clarke Moore, US, author ('Twas the Night Before Xmas) was born.
-1799 The Rosetta Stone is found in the Egyptian village of Rosetta by French Captain Pierre-François Bouchard during Napoleon's Egyptian Campaign.

-1815 Napoleon surrendered & is later exiled on St Helena.
-1867 Pierre-Joseph-Olivier Chauveau, leader of the provincial Conservative Party, became Quebec’s first premier.
-1870 The Manitoba Act, adopted on May 22, went into effect, making Manitoba Canada's 5th province.
-1870 The British Crown officially transferred Rupert's Land and the North-Western Territory to Canada.
-1881 Billy the Kid [William H Bonney], shot by sheriff Pat Garrett at 21.

-1918 Physicist Bertram Brockhouse, who pioneered the use of thermal neutrons to study structural, dynamical and magnetic aspects of the behaviour of condensed matter systems at an atomic level, was born at Lethbridge, Alta.
-1922 1st duck-billed platypus publicly exhibited in US, at NY zoo.

-1931 Clive Cussler, Aurora Illinois, writer (Raise The Titantic, Sahara) born.
-1942 1st deportation camp at Westerbork, Jews sent to Auschwitz.
-1961 Spain accept equal rights for men & women.
-1975 Legislation was introduced to create a Human Rights Commission.
-1995 Jews take Jerusalem.
-1996 Prince Charles & Princess Di sign divorce papers.

July 16 

-276 Mark Annius Florianus, emperor of Rome (276), murdered.
-463 Start of Lunar Cycle of Hilarius.

-622 Moslem Era begins-Mahomet begins flight from Mecca to Medina (Hejira).
-1882 Mary Todd Lincoln, First Lady of the United States (b. 1818) dies.
-1913 Premier of Saskatchewan Woodrow Lloyd, who was best known for his fight for free universal medical care in Saskatchewan, was born near Webb, Sask.
-1967 Will Ferrell, American comedian born. 
-1969 Apollo 11, carrying 1st men to land on Moon, launched.

-1990 Ukraine declares independence.
-1994 Fragments of the comet Shoemaker-Levy collided with the planet Jupiter.
-1994 Anna Nicole Smith (26) weds ½ billionaire J Howard Marshall II (89).
-1999 John F. Kennedy Jr., his wife Carolyn Bessette Kennedy, and sister-in-law Lauren Bessette are killed in a plane crash off the coast of Martha's Vineyard. The Piper Saratoga aircraft was piloted by Kennedy.
-2003 Novelist Carol Shields, whose celebrated The Stone Diaries won the Governor General's Literary Award and the Pulitzer Prize, died at Victoria, BC.
-2012 Actor-comedian Russell Brand (36) divorces pop-star Katy Perry (27) due to irreconcilable differences a year after the fairy-tale wedding in India.

July 17 - Wrong Way Corrigan Day in honour of Douglas Corrigan who on this day was supposed to fly from Brooklyn to Long Beach, California and instead flew to Dublin, Ireland.

We can also celebrate Yellow Pig Day, a nonsensical holiday originating in the 1960s when two Princeton students were assigned the task of contemplating the number 17, eventually they created an imaginary yellow pig with 17 eyelashes. This oddity caught on and has been celebrated by mathematicians ever since. Try a go at the following math problem to celebrate your inner mathematician and to really appreciate the concept of Yellow Pig Day.

Three men stay at a motel and the clerk charges them $30 for the room. They split the cost $10 each. Later the manager tells the clerk that he over-charged the men and the cost should have been $25. He gives the clerk $5 and tells him to give it to the men. The clerk decides to pocket $2 and gives each man a dollar. Now each man has paid $9, totaling $27. The clerk pocketed $2. Where is the other $1?

-561 John III begins his reign as Catholic Pope succeeding Pelagius I.
-924 King Edward the Elder of England (899-924) dies.
-1762 Catherine II becomes tsar of Russia upon the murder of Peter III.
-1771 Samuel Hearne, exploring inland from Churchill with his Native guide Montonabbe, reached the Arctic Ocean via the Coppermine River; he returned via Great Slave Lake.
-1918 Aleksei N Romanov, son and heir of Russian Tsar Nicholas II, executed at 13.
-1918 Alexandra Fjodorova, wife of Tsar Nicholas II, shot to death at 46.
-1918 Anastasia N Romanova, daughter of Tsar Nicholas II, executed at 17.
-1918 Nicholas II Alexandrovich, last Tsar of Russia, executed at 50.
-1952 David Hasselhoff, Balt Md, actor (Night Rider, Mitch-Baywatch) born.
-1954  Construction begins on Disneyland.
-1955 Disneyland opens its doors in rural Orange County.

-1959 Dr Leakey discovers oldest human skull (600,000 years old).
-1975 Ringo Starr & Maureen Cox divorce.
-1976 The Olympic Games were officially opened in Montréal. The star was Romanian gymnast Nadia Comaneci, who scored perfect 10s and won 3 gold medals. Canada won no gold medals.
-1988 NHL ice hockey star player Wayne Gretzky (27) weds actress Janet Jones (27) at St. Joseph's Basilica in Edmonton, Canada.
-1995 Forbes Mag announces Bill Gates is the richest man in world ($12.9B).
-1995 Calgary police announced that Christine Silverberg would become the first woman police chief of a major Canadian city. She took the position on October 10.
-1998 Russia buries Tsar Nicholas II & family, 80 years after they died.

Joke of the Day

How did Vikings communicate at sea?
By Norse Code!
Stay tuned for our next, "On This Day in History"!  

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