“I find television very educating. Every time somebody turns on the set, I go into the other room and read a book.”
― Groucho Marx
Today is also No Smoking Day. No Smoking Day is sponsored by the British Heart Foundation but is something people all over the world should take notice of. Tobacco smoking is one of the leading causes of death and serious illness. This year’s theme is Swap Fags for Swag. No Smoking Day was established as a national event on Ash Wednesday in 1984, and has grown in status and in impact over the years.
No one seems to know for sure when it happened or exactly why but March 9th has become known as both Panic Day and Get Over It Day even though these celebrations seem a bit contradictory. Perhaps we can spend the first half of the day in a complete and total panic. We can run around screaming, leaning on the horn in traffic, crying hysterically to the point of hyperventilating sobs, and raising our blood pressure. Perhaps go outside and scream “I’m mad as hell and I’m not going to take it any more!” Or perhaps not. For some of us that is just a typical morning of trying to get the kids up, ready, and off to school. We can spend the second half of the day, once you’ve screamed away your panic, to celebrate Get Over It Day. Take a deep breath. Breathe in, breathe out, let it all go. Get Over It day was created by Jeff Goldblatt. Goldbatt is also the creator of the Rejection Hotline. He created this holiday to help himself get over his old girlfriend, but it is a good a day as any to get over anything that is troubling you. You will be a much happier and content person if you let go of those things which you can not change and move on to better and bigger things.
March 9th is National Crabmeat Day. If you had not decided yet what to fix for dinner perhaps check out some crab recipes.
Some of the writers born on March 9th include:
Martín Sarmiento (1695), Honoré Gabriel Riqueti (1749), William Cobbett (1763), Taras Shevchenko (1814), Phoebe Knapp (1839), Vita Sackville-West (1892), Frank Arnau (1894), Mickey Spillane (1918), Cengiz Dağcı (1919), Del Close (1934), Charles Gibson (1943), Keri Hulme (1947), Michael Kinsley (1951), Shashi Tharoor (1956), Faith Daniels (1957), Jack Kenny (1958), David Pogue (1963), Jean-Marc Vallée (1963), Michael Patrick MacDonald (1966), Stefie Shock (1969), and Rachel Nabors (1985).
Yuri Alekseyevich Gagarin was born on this day in 1934. He was a Soviet pilot and cosmonaut and the first human to journey into outer space when his Vostok spacecraft completed an orbit of the Earth on Arpil 12, 1961. Gagarin became an international celebrity, and was awarded many medals and titles, including Hero of the Soviet Union, the nation’s highest honor. Vostok 1 marked his only spaceflight. Gagarin later became deputy training director of the Cosmonaut Training Centre outside Moscow, which was later named after him. He died in 1968 when the MiG 15 training jet he was piloting crashed.
Today we remember Mikao Usual who passed away from a stroke on this day in 1926. He was the founder of a form of spiritual practice known as Reiki. Reiki is used as a complementary therapy for the treatment of physical, emotional, and mental diseases. According to the inscription on his memorial stone, he taught Reiki to over 2000 people during his lifetime. Sixteen of these students continued their training to reach the Shinpiden level, a level equivalent to the Western third degree, or Master/Teacher level.
Today we also remember George Burns. The American comedian, actor, and writer died at the age of 100 on March 9, 1996. He was one of the few entertainers whose career successfully spanned vaudeville, film, radio, and television. His arched eyebrow and cigar smoke punctuation became familiar trademarks for over three quarters of a century. Beginning at the age of 79, Burns’ career was resurrected as an amiable, beloved and unusually active old comedian, in the film “The Sunshine Boys” for which he won the Academy Award for Best Actor, in 1975. He continued to work until shortly before his death, in 1996, at the age of 100.
After a campaign by the writer Voltaire, judges in Paris posthumously exonerated Jean Calas on March 9, 1765 of murdering his son. Calas had been tortured and executed in 1762 on the charge, though his son may have actually committed suicide.
McCarthyism is the practice of making accusations of disloyalty, subversion, or treason without proper regard for evidence. It also means “the practice of making unfair allegations or using unfair investigative techniques, especially in order to restrict dissent or political criticism.” The term has its origins in the period in the United States known as the Second Red Scare, lasting roughly from 1950 to 1956 and characterized by heightened fears of communist influence on American institutions and espionage by Soviet agents. Originally coined to criticize the anit-communist pursuits of Republican U.S. Senator Joseph McCarthy of Wisconsin. The term is also now used more generally to describe reckless, unsubstantiated accusations, as well as demagogic attacks on the character or patriotism of political adversaries. On March 9, 1954, CBS television broadcasted the See It Now episode, “A Report on Senator Joseph McCarthy” that was produced by Fred Friendly.
The first winter ascent of Gasherbrum I was made one year ago today by the Polish mountaineers Adam Bielecki and Janusz Gołąb. Gasherbrum I, also known as Hidden Peak or K5, is the 11th highest peak on Earth. It is located on the Pakistani-Chinese border in Gilgit-Baltistan region of Pakistan and Xinjiang region of China. It is part of the Gasherbrum massif, located in the Karakoram region of the Himalaya. Gasherbrum is often claimed to mean “Shining Wall“, presumably a reference to the highly visible face of the neighboring peak Gasherbrum IV; but it fact it comes from “rgasha” which means beautiful combined with “brum” which means mountain in Balti. Gasherbrum I was first climbed on July 5, 1958 by Pete Schoening and Andy Kauffman of an eight-man American expedition led by Nicholas B. Clinch. Richard K. Irvin, Tom Nevison, Tom McCormack, Bob Swift and Gil Roberts were also members of the team.
Today we bring you The Light in the Forest by Conrad Richter. We have New copies of this mass market paperback. This book is just under two hundred pages and appropriate for readers age 12 and up. Amazon gives the following description:
When John Cameron Butler was a child, he was captured in a raid on the Pennsylvania frontier and adopted by the great warrrior Cuyloga. Renamed True Son, he came to think of himself as fully Indian. But eleven years later his tribe, the Lenni Lenape, has signed a treaty with the white men and agreed to return their captives, including fifteen-year-old True Son. Now he must go back to the family he has forgotten, whose language is no longer his, and whose ways of dress and behavior are as strange to him as the ways of the forest are to them. A beautifully written, sensitively told story of a white boy brought up by Indians,The Light in the Forest is a beloved American classic.
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