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March 24, 2016

Today we celebrate:

International Day for Achievers - This is a day to honor achievers around the world.  It doesn’t matter what subject area you are talking about, there is someone somewhere who has earned an outstanding achievement award in it.  Whether you are focused on sports of any kind, science of any kind, business of any kind, volunteerism of any kind, education of any kind...if you can name it, you can find someone who excelled in that area. Achievers stand out from the crowd by being passionate about what they do, they deserve recognition, but they also serve to inspire the rest of us to find something that we can be passionate about so we can be achievers as well.

National Cocktail Day - Cocktails are typically a mixture of many ingredients, at least one of which is alcoholic.  There is an incredible number of different cocktails that bartenders need to memorize the recipes for.  I don’t know how they do it, but I plan to enjoy the fruits of their labors today anyway.

Maundy Thursday - Celebrated on the Thursday before Easter, this is a Christian holy day that remembers the Last Supper of Jesus Christ with his disciples.

World Tuberculosis Day – Today is a day to remind everyone that tuberculosis is still a huge health problem in many parts of the world. On this day in 1882, Dr. Robert Koch announced that he had discovered the cause of the disease, the TB Bacillus. This paved the way for a cure to be found. Well, the cure that was found is not enough for everyone and even in this country, people die from TB. In many other countries, this disease runs rampant and it is difficult to get lifesaving medicine where it is most needed.

Argentina National Day of Memory for Truth and Justice - According to the Holidays, Festivals, and Celebrations of the World Dictionary by Cherie D. Abbey, this is a day for the citizens of Argentina to remember the 30,000 or more people who were kidnapped, tortured and killed during the 8 years after a military dictatorship seized power on this day in 1976. They continue to seek justice for the atrocities that were committed during that time.

National Chocolate Covered Raisins Day – These delectable treats were first created in 1927 by Blumenthal Brothers Chocolate Company in Philadelphia and named Raisinets. While covering fruits and nuts with chocolate was occurring long before then, it was purely a homemade endeavor, not a branded and publicly sold treat. They changed hands over the years and surprisingly, at least to me, the brand wasn't acquired by Nestle until 1984.

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