Monday, June 24, 2013

Books are the perfect entertainment: no commercials, no batteries, hours of enjoyment for each dollar spent. What I wonder is why everybody doesn’t carry a book around for those inevitable dead spots in life.” 
― Stephen King

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June 24 is the 175th day of the year in the Gregorian calendar. There are 190 days remaining until the end of the year. In Iceland, folklore says that if you bathe naked in the morning dew on the morning of June 24, you are supposed to keep aging at bay for longer.

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World UFO Day is an awareness day for people to gather together and watch the skies for unidentified flying objects. The day is celebrated by some on June 24, and others on July 2. June 24 is the date that aviator Kenneth Arnold reported what is generally considered to be unidentified flying object sighting in the United States, while July 2 commemorates the supposed UFO crash in the 1947 Roswell UFO Incident.

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If you believe in the mystical and magical world of mythological creatures, and who doesn’t, you’re in luck. June 24th is also International Fairy Day. While the origins of thisholiday” are unknown, this special day celebrates those very special, diminutive beings with wispy wings and magical powers that leave a trail of fairy dust in their wake. Fairy Day is a day for fairies, magic, and wishes to come true. For one day, put aside the cycnicism of the modern world and embrace the possibilities of the unknown, and believe in fairies. Many famous fairies have flown into the hearts of both young and old alike: The Tooth fairy, Tinker Bell, The Fairy Godmother, The Sugar Plum Fairy, Thumbelina, and Puck just to name a few. There are many different kinds of fairies, they live everywhere you can think of. There are Woodland fairies, Butterfly fairies, Earth fairies, Cloud fairies, Tree fairies, Water fae, and more. Fairies are often called by other names including: Faery, Fae, Faerie, Fay, Sidhe, Wee Folk, Good Folk, and Sprite. For centuries, fairies have been an important part of Celtic culture. In all of the ancient legends, these mythological creatures are described as intelligent, mischievous, and magical. They have the ability to fly and cast spells, and they live in “Tír na nÓg,” the land of eternal youth. Mortals don’t often see fairies because of the division between the two worlds, but sightings can occur at twilight or during Beltane, Mid-Summer’s Eve, or All Hallow’s Eve. In his 1904 play Peter Pan, J.M. Barrie wrote that when the first baby laughed, the laugh broke into a thousand pieces, and that was the beginning of fairies. International Fairy Day is the perfect opportunity to relive your childhood fantasies and celebrate the joy and magic of the fairy world. Read a classic fairy tale, build a fairy house, or take a stroll through the woods. You never know when you might stumble across something magical.

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Today is Swim a Lap Day, a day to put on your bathing suit (or go bare if you dare), and get a little exercise in the pool. Swim a Lap Day is good for your health. And, it’s a fun day, too! Summer has arrived. It’s time to enjoy all that summer has to offer, including plenty of time in and around the pool. What better way to enjoy the early days of summer, than by taking a lap or two (or three) around the pool. Wether you’re a member at the YMCA, frequent the community pool, or have your own posh setup in your backyard, get out there and enjoy a swim while the weather’s nice and hot.

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Today is Celebration of the Senses Day, a holiday that not many are familiar with but all can enjoy especially when it comes to health and beauty. People have been stimulating the five senses since the Greeks and Romans but in today’s fast paced technical world many have ignored optimizing each sense. The five human senses are hearing, taste, touch, smell, and sight. Treat yourself to a stimulation of the 5 senses and you will experience the elevation known as the elusive sixth sense.

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The first television western, Hopalong Cassidy, staring William Boyd aired on NBC for the first time on this day in 1949.

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In Roth v. United States, the U.S. Supreme Court ruled on June 24, 1957 that obscenity is not protected by the First Amendment.

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In New York, capital punishment was declared unconstitutional on this day in 2004.

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Some of the writers born June 24th include:

John of the Cross (1542), Jean-Baptiste de Boyer, Marquis d’Argens (1704), Jean-Baptiste Benoît Eyriès (1767), Ambrose Bierce (1842), George Shiels (1886), Arseny Tarkovsky (1907), Ernesto Sabato (1911), Mary Wesley (1912), Jean-Pierre Ferland (1934), Lawrence Block (1938), Julia Kristeva (1941), Kathryn Lasky (1944), Clarissa Dickson Wright (1947), Mercedes Lackey (1950), Kathy Troccoli (1958), Scott Oden (1967), Louisa Leaman (1976), and Petra Němcová (1979).

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Also born today was Roy O. Disney. Everyone recognizes the name Disney but few know much about Roy O. (or Roy E. for that matter). Roy Oliver Disney was born June 24, 1893. Roy O. is one of Walt Disney’s older brothers and his business partner. Roy spent 1917-1919 in the US Navy but was discharged from military duty after suffering an injury and became a banker in Los Angeles. In 1923, Walt moved to Hollywood, joining Roy, together founding the Disney Bros Studio. Roy and Walt ordered and built kit houses from Pacific Ready Cut Homes (a Los Angeles company) and in 1928, they built their homes side by side on Lyric Avenue. While Walt was the creative man, Roy was the one who made sure the company was financially stable; Roy and Walt both founded Disney Studios as brothers, but Walt would buy out most of Roy’s share in 1929. Roy became the company’s first CEO in 1929, although the official title was not given until 1968. He also shared the role of Chairman of the Board with Walt from 1945. After Walt Disney’s death in 1966, Roy postponed his retirement to oversee construction of what was then known as Disney World, and later renamed it Walt Disney World as a tribute to his brother. Roy became the president of Walt Disney Productions on December 15, 1966 (the day Walt died), and remained so until 1968. Roy was married to Edna Francis from April 1925 until his death; their only child Roy Edward Disney, was born on January 10, 1930. Throughout his life, Roy rejected the publicity and fame that came with being Walt’s brother. He was extremely camera shy, and a passive individual resulting in few public photos being in existence. After Walt Disney World opened in October 1971, Roy Disney finally retired. In early December of that year, he complained of a “spot” over one of his eyes and was scheduled to visit his optometrist for a new eyeglass prescription. He was discovered in a dazed condition, collapsed, next to his bed by family members; he died from a seizure on December 20, 1971. His interment was located in Forest Lawn – Hollywood Hills Cemetery. A statue of Roy O. Disney seated on a park bench beside Minnie Mouse is located in the Town Square section of Main Street, U.S.A., at the Magic Kingdom theme park in Florida. A duplicate is located outside the Team Disney building at Disney’s corporate headquarters in Burbank, California. There is a third statue at the Tokyo Disneyland theme park. Roy O. Disney was the father of Roy E. Disney, who also made significant contributions to the Disney company until his own death in 2009. There is a Roy O. Disney Suite on the top floor of the Hong Kong Disneyland Hotel. The suite is one of the two largest suites of the hotel. Other tributes to Roy O. Disney exist such as his and Walt’s initials in the iron work above the Pirates of the Caribean ride in Disneyland in California.

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Much of the information in this blog is taken directly from Wikipedia, Amazon, and other sources such as holidayinsights.com, which are directly linked to within the text. Images have been taken from various sources found via Facebook, Goodsearch.com and Google.
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