1. Purple Day—an observance started in Nova Scotia in 2008 which has spread around the world to honor not the forlorn hope that Reds and Blues in Washington, D.C. can mingle to create the image of purple but rather to wear purple on this day to create awareness of epilepsy and the need for research to combat it as having or watching a grand mal seizure is a frightening experience.2. Prince Kūhiō Day (Hawaii)—one of only two holidays in the United States honoring royalty and created by the Hawaii Territorial Legislature in 1949 to honor Prince Kūhiō, heir to the Hawaiian throne.
3. 1993 Number One Song—celebrating the number one song on this day in 1993, as part of a 7 week run, Informer by Snow, a Canadian born reggae singer whose record Informer was the best selling reggae song in U.S. history. Here is a link to the song being performed by Snow: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=StlMdNcvCJo
4. National Spinach Day—shades of Popeye the sailor man; today is National Spinach Day!
5. Roads Less Travelled Day--celebrating not the open road but the birthday on this day in 1874 of one of the great poets in America Robert Frost, who recited one of his memorable poems The Gift Outright at the inauguration of President Kennedy. http://www.poetryfoundation.org/poem/237942 is the link.
On this day in
a. 1484 William Caxton, the first person to introduce a printing press into England in 1476, printed a translation of Aesop’s Fables.
b. 1975 the Biological Weapons Convention, banning the development and production of biological weapons and toxins, came into force.
c. 1979 Anwar Sadat, Menachem Begin, and Jimmy Carter signed the Egypt- Israel Peace Treaty in Washington, D.C.
d. 1982 a groundbreaking ceremony was held for the Vietnam War Memorial in Washington, D.C.
e. 1999 the Melissa Worm created by David Smith (who was caught and sentenced to 10 years in prison) was released to infect approximately twenty percent of the computers existing worldwide.
Reflections on epilepsy (a malady which troubled James Madison): “People think that epilepsy is divine simply because they don't have any idea what causes epilepsy. But I believe that someday we will understand what causes epilepsy, and at that moment, we will cease to believe that it's divine. And so it is with everything in the universe” Hippocrates, considered by many to be the father of medicine
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