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February 4, 2017

Today we celebrate:

Rosa Parks Day - Rosa Parks, born on this day in 1913, was a civil rights leader who was thrust into the spotlight when she was arrested for refusing to give up her seat on a bus to a white man in 1955. She was a courageous woman who was willing to stand against the injustice that she experienced every day.

Liberace Day – On this day in 1987, Wladziu Valentino Liberace died at the age of 67. He lived a very flamboyant lifestyle that was not an onstage act. That was really the way he was. He also worked very hard on the career that he loved.

Quacker Day – This is a QVC holiday to celebrate the Quacker Factory line of clothing and accessories. I've never watched QVC so I don't know what this clothing looks like but it seems to be pretty popular among the 2 million Quackers who wear it.

World Cancer Day – For 2016-2018, the World Cancer Day theme is going to be “We Can. I Can.” The idea is for everyone by working together and on their own to do whatever they can “to reduce the global burden of cancer.”

National Create A Vacuum Day – When my husband heard about this day, his eyes lit up. I think he is under the impression that I don't clean enough when I am home. I don't know where that came from, but he was so happy that I didn't bother correcting him. He'll find out soon enough that this is not a cleaning holiday. This is a day for science. A vacuum is an area of space that is as empty of matter as it is possible to be. Why are we celebrating it? I'm glad you asked because I want to ask the same thing. I have no idea.

Facebook's Birthday – On this day in 2004, Facebook was launched by Mark Zuckerberg and his fellow college students. Today, just ten years later, they have more than a billion users and Facebook is worth many billions of dollars.

National Stuffed Mushroom Day – I'm not a fan of mushrooms generally, but if you stuff them, I'm all over it. Stuffed mushrooms have been around since the early 1900's and they have been served in restaurants since the 1940s.

Thank A Mailman Day – Mailmen and women have a tough job delivering our mail in all kinds of weather, although if there is a State of Emergency, all bets are off. Even the post office has to close if the Governor says they can’t be on the roads. I know because this just happened in my area recently. Make sure you take the time to thank them for their hard work today.

National Homemade Soup Day – The ability to make homemade soup is a gift that I did not receive. Mostly because apparently you can’t make soup by baking it. Fortunately for me, my husband did receive the gift and makes delicious homemade soups. They are especially good at this time of year.

Ice Cream For Breakfast Day – Celebrated on the first Saturday in February, today is a day to throw nutrition rules out the window and go ahead and have ice cream for breakfast! It was created by Florence Rappaport from Rochester, NY sometime in the 1960’s, in order to give her sons something to look forward to besides endless days of snow and freezing cold. The children took this celebration with them when they grew up and passed it to their friends and children who spread it as well so that now it is celebrated all over the world.

USO Day – The United Service Organization Inc. is a non-profit organization that provides programs, services and entertainment to U.S. servicemen and women and their families. It has been in operation, with brief breaks between wars, since 1941 with dedicated people doing everything they can do to support and encourage our troops.

Take Your Child To The Library Day – Also celebrated on the first Saturday in February, this day was created by Nadine Lipman, a retired librarian in Connecticut, to promote the multitude of services your library can provide for you. Although this is just the fifth year of celebration, it has caught on quickly so check with your local library, they probably have some special events planned.

International Pisco Sour Day - And for another first Saturday celebration in February, this is a day to share the national drink of Peru. The basic recipe involves pisco, which is a grape brandy, sugar, lemon or lime juice, and an egg white. There are probably numerous variations that can be created.

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