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December 20, 2016

Today we celebrate:

Cathode-Ray Tube Day - The cathode-ray tubes were used in old computer monitors and televisions. They were what we used before there were the LCD and plasma screens that we use today. But before you go thinking that this was lame, remember that if there were no cathode-ray tubes, there would be no LCD and plasma screens today. Technology builds on and improves the technology of the past but everything starts somewhere.

Sacagawea Day - This is a day to honor Sacagawea, the American Indian maiden who accompanied Lewis and Clark on their expedition in 1804 as a Shoshone interpreter at the age of 16. Sadly, like many Native Americans, she died at a young age around 1812. But she was instrumental in the successful expedition that helped map the Northwestern part of what was to become the United States of America.

National Sangria Day – A delicious, fruity wine that is made like a punch is called sangria because it's red and sangre is Spanish for blood. It is sweet and refreshing and good any time of year not just this season. But it's a great beverage to serve if you're going to have a party.

Mudd Day - Dr. Samuel A. Mudd was born on this day in 1833. He was the doctor who helped John Wilkes Booth medically after he assassinated Abraham Lincoln. To be fair, Booth was disguised, it was right after the assassination so the good doctor might not have even known about it, and he was a doctor who was sworn to help anyone who needed it. Any doctor probably would have done the same. Regardless, the good doctor was sentenced to life imprisonment for his deeds. Fortunately for him, he was pardoned after 4 years by President Andrew Johnson.

International Human Solidarity Day – Created by the United Nations General Assembly in 2005 for the purpose of recognizing shared values between people in the world and using those values to fight against poverty and promote human and social development in the poorest areas of the world.

Go Caroling Day – Who wants to wander the neighborhood singing Christmas Carols in the cold and__(insert whatever weather is happening in your area)__? Anyone? Excellent! I'll meet you outside.

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