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April 8, 2011
★~Today’s Quote: “Be as a bird perched on a frail branch that she feels bending beneath her, still she sings away all the same, knowing she has wings.” Victor Hugo
★~Draw a bird day: Grab your pencils, ready, get set, draw! April 8 is national Draw A Bird Day. The origins of this day are a little sketchy, but there are multiple sources on the web, including Wikipedia, sighting this day as not just a national holiday, but as a celebratory day we share with several European countries and even Australia.
This day is not necessarily about artistic ability so don’t be intimidated. There is also no preferential treatment shown towards any particular species of bird. If vultures are your thing, draw a vulture. Peacocks, sparrows, seagulls, they’re all fair game. The real purpose of this holiday is to appreciate birds and art at the same time.
According to Wikipedia, this holiday began in the 1940’s as a moral boost after the war and is still celebrated today.
★~ Today in History
♥~ 1957 – Jimmy Dean began a morning show on CBS-TV to compete with the first 45 minutes of the Today show on NBC-TV. No, he didn’t stand around in an apron cookin’ sausage and singing Big Bad John for the audience, though it may not have been a bad idea. No sponsors were found for the show and it was back to the smokehouse for Jimmy when CBS quickly sliced the show from the network
♥~ 1968 – The Beatles went gold again, receiving a gold record for the single, Lady Madonna.
♥~ 1971 – Chicago became the first rock group to play Carnegie Hall in New York City. Through the 1970s and 1980s, Chicago scored big with these hits: Make Me Smile, 25 or 6 to 4, Saturday in the Park, Old Days, Baby, What a Big Surprise, Hard to Say I’m Sorry and many others,
♥~ 1974 – It was one historic night in sports in Atlanta’s Fulton County Stadium. Hank Aaron broke Babe Ruth’s home run record by collecting his 715th round-tripper. Hammerin’ Hank trotted into baseball immortality as the Braves beat the Los Angeles Dodgers, 7 to 4. Aaron finished his career two years later with 755 home runs; a record that still stands.
♥~ 1985 – Comedienne Phyllis Diller underwent a surgical procedure for permanent eye liner to eliminate the need for eyelid makeup. Must have been a real sloooow day over at Phyllis’ house.
♥~ 1986 – Actor Clint Eastwood was elected mayor of Carmel-by-the-Sea, California. Eastwood won in a landslide victory, receiving 72.5 percent of the vote. And he did so without fanfare any paid advertisements, just buttons and bumper stickers. Apparently, a few voters had already heard of him.
♥~ 2005 – Four Australian performers called The Wiggles topped BRW Magazine’s list of Australia’s 50 richest performers of 2004. The band had an estimated gross income of $34.5 million, up from $10.7 million in the previous year.
♥~ 563 B.C.- Buddha (Shakyamuni) ‘The Enlightened One’ in the Buddhist faith; died Feb 15, 483 B.C. Buddha birthday is celebrate in Japan on this day-in Southeast Asia the celebration will be held on May 10, 2011.
♥~ 1918 – Elizabeth ‘Betty’ Ford (Bloomer) First Lady: wife of 38th U.S. President Gerald R. Ford; founder of the Betty Ford Clinic for substance abuse rehabilitation
♥~ 1941 -Darlene Gillespie, TV personality (“The Mickey Mouse Club”), turns 70
★~ Did you know:
♥~ At any given time, there are anywhere between one and two billion living birds on the planet
♥~ Birds, except nocturnal species, have no external ear, but hear well.
♥~ The most common bird on the planet is the Chicken.
♥~ A bird’s feathers weigh more than its skeleton does.
♥~ The shape of a bird’s beak directly corresponds to the type of diet it eats in the wild.
♥~ The smallest bird is a male bee hummingbirds (mellisuga helenae), which live in Cuba, weigh 0.056 ounces and are 2.75 inches in length. The bill and tail account for half of this length
♥~ The bird with the longest bill is the Australian pelican (Pelicanus conspicillatus). This Aussie pelican bill is from 13-18.5 inches long
A wonderful bird is the pelican.
Its beak can hold more than its belly can.
It can hold in its beak
Enough food for a week.
I’m darned if I know how the hell he can.
What kind of bird will you draw today to honor our find feathered friends? If you have a morno moment leave a comment Odd Loves Company!
Remember the early bird gets the worm!
Take a peak at Mama Eagle and her Baby Eagles! *Thank you Carol Smith for sending this our way!!