Juneteenth, Oreo Cookie Day, National Martini Day

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June 19, 2013

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Today’s Quote: “The best things said come last. People will talk for hours saying nothing much and then linger at the door with words that come with a rush from the heart…♥” ~Alan Alda

★~ Juneteenth

On June 19, 1865, Major General Gordon Granger arrived in Galveston with news that the Civil War had ended. The South had lost, and all slaves were now free. Even though President Lincoln had signed the Emancipation Proclamation two and a half years earlier, it wasn’t until 1865 that Texas had enough federal troops to enforce the end of slavery.

Due to this historic event, June 19 was dubbed “Juneteenth” and is celebrated throughout the U.S. each year with rodeos, barbecues, parades and prayer services.

★~  Oreo Cookie Day :

Grab a handful of “Milk’s favorite Cookie” and munch away. And while there are lots of new flavors to try, you can’t go wrong with the traditional black and white Oreo.

~ Oreos are the top selling cookies in the world. “Milk’s Favorite Cookie” can be purchased in over 100 countries around the globe.

~ After the U.S., China is Oreo’s biggest market.

~ A whopping 50 percent of all Oreo eaters pull apart their Oreos before eating them.

★~ National Martini Day:


In the good ole days martini drinkers had only a few simple choices: gin or vodka, rocks or neat, olive or twist. But now we have appletinis, chocotinis and even cavitinis (made with caviar)! What will they think of next?

The classic martini had much more humble beginnings. Here’s an early “Martinez” recipe from San Francisco’s Occidental Hotel in 1887: “One dash of bitters, two dashes of maraschino, one wine glass of vermouth, two lumps of ice and a pony of Old Tom Gin, served with a quarter slice of lemon.”

Today, 50% of all cocktails are served in a martini glass. Some of the most famous (historical and fictional) martini lovers include: John D. Rockefeller, Humphrey Bogart, Franklin D. Roosevelt, Clark Gable, Ernest Hemingway, and James Bond.

★~ Today in History:


♥~ 1846 – The first organized baseball game was played on this day. The location was Hoboken, New Jersey. The New York Baseball Club defeated the Knickerbocker Club, 23 to 1. This first game was only four innings long. The New York Nine, as the winners were known, must have really studied the rules to have twenty-three runs batted in. The rules had been formulated just one year earlier by a Mr. Alexander Cartwright, Jr.

♥~ 1943 – The National Football League approved the merger of the Philadelphia Eagles and the Pittsburgh Steelers (the Steagles), a team that lasted one 5-4-1 season; but turned down approval of a similar merger of the Chicago Cardinals and the Bears. The following year the Steelers merged with the Cardinals, another one season combo. The reason teams were merging in the 1940s: so many men were in the armed forces due to WWII, football players were at a premium.

♥~ 1973 – Pete Rose of the Cincinnati Reds reached the 2,000-career-hit plateau. The milestone came a decade after his first professional baseball appearance in Cincinnati.

♥~ 1978 – Garfield creator Jim Davis came up with the idea for a comic about a lasagna-loving cat in 1978 – and he made his first appearance 35 years ago today in 41 newspapers. The name came from Davis’s grandfather, James A Garfield Davis. Since then, Garfield has become the most-syndicated comic in the world, appearing in more than 2,500 publications. It has also spawned at least two television series and two feature-length films.
Here are some of the cat’s best sayings:

~ If you want to look thinner, hang around people fatter than you.
~ I’m not over-weight, I’m under-tall.
~ Avoid fruits and nuts: after all, you are what you eat
~ With due respect to Will Rogers, I never met a lasagna I didn’t like.

♥~ 1973 – The stage production of The Rocky Horror Show opened in London at the Royal Court Theatre Upstairs. It later played in Los Angeles and New York. Star Tim Curry reprised his role in the 1975 movie version, The Rocky Horror Picture Show, which developed into a cult phenomenon. Fans, dressed up as their favorite characters from the film, continued to show up at midnight screenings for a decade.

♥~ 1997 – The Andrew Lloyd Webber musical Cats became the longest-running show in Broadway history. The 6,138th performance of the musical broke the record held by A Chorus Line.

♥~ 1997 – McDonald’s won a libel case in London against two vegetarian activists. The judge in the case did admit to agreeing with some of the defendants’ sharpest criticisms of the fast-food giant.

★~Born Today:


♥~ 1897 – Moe Howard (Moses Horowitz) actor: one of the original Three Stooges; Dr. Death, Seeker of Souls, It’s a Mad, Mad, Mad, Mad World;

♥~ 1936 – Tommy DeVito singer: group: The Four Seasons: Sherry, Big Girls Don’t Cry, Walk like a Man, Rag Doll

♥~ 1948 – Phylicia (Allen) Rashad Tony Award-winning actress: A Raisin in the Sun; TV: The Cosby Show, One Life to Live, Murder, She Wrote: The Last Free Man; dancer Debbie Allen’s sister; married to football announcer Ahmad Rashad

♥~ 1962 – Paula Abdul singer: Forever Your Girl, Straight Up, Opposites Attract, Promises of a New Day; actress: The Waiting Game, Mr. Rock ’n’ Roll: The Alan Freed Story; dancer: Laker Girl; TV talent judge: American Idol: The Search for a Superstar

♥~ 1983 – Ben Haggerty (Macklemore) rapper who became widely known for his song Thrift Shop, featured on his debut album The Heist.

★~ Good to Know:  Year Book Class of 2013 











Off and running! Be back soon….Be amusing while I’m gone!

Wishing your a wonderful Wednesday!

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13 thoughts on “Juneteenth, Oreo Cookie Day, National Martini Day

  1. Ha. Taking Mike’s spot as number 1. That will teach him to go out do good deeds. Interesting pairing Oreo cookies and Martinis. Don’t get me wrong I like both but maybe not at the same time.
    Happy Birthday to my favorite cat! We share a hatred for many of the same things and a love for lasagna!
    Yearbook pictures are clever and funny. Our yearbooks were pretty lame both the picture and the caption.

    • No good deed goes unpunished…Mike goes to help the less fortunate and you not only grab his spot but taunt but taunt him with him with being number one! Not enough Hail Mary’s on the rosary for the likes of you!! 😀 Poor Poor Mike.
      Garfield is very funny. I once ran face first into a glass window and everyone said I did a great Garfield impersonation. My family is so caring.
      I don’t even remember my Yearbook!

  2. oreo day……good timing! a pleasantly surprising care package that included today’s favorite cookie was sent by someone’s sweet mother. i was definitely in need of some compassion!
    have rarely had martinis even though james bond thinks they’re worthy.
    interesting in years to come how some students may question their yearbook witticisms. is this a common practice nowadays?
    good day!

    • I am certain Cole will write for his blurb….’FREE, FREE AT LAST!”
      My Mom is great at compassion! An Oreo cookie should have you feeling better and up on your feet in no time! Sorry the boot only came in black but at least it will go with everything!

    • You might enjoy a chocolate Martini! I like the idea of a traditional martini..the glass, shaker, James Bond shaking it for me, but the drink is a little tough to swallow but a Chocolate Martini is so good.
      I think most yearbook committees let the kids write there own blurb within reason. Our Waldorf Kids come up with some funny, reflective quotes and some boarder on offensive but it’s something to look back on and cringe or remind yourself how far you have come, I guess.
      Uhm, I may or may not have played that mint cookie joke on my son and dad….Claiming the 5th. We do still have a 5th right?

  3. Just so you know, el Morno has become my lunch break (from Bar studies) treat. It’s amusing. And since today is our Criminal Procedure day I can assure you that yes, we do still have the 5th amendment right against self incrimination. Just don’t ever waive it!

    I do like a nice vodka martini (up, very dry, very cold, three olives). The chocotini is fun. Surely to goodness someone can come up with an Oreotini? Well, no rest for the wicked, it’s back to the books I go. My Martini will have to wait until July 31 at about 5pm!!!

  4. The best Martini is a lemondrop Martini.
    Oreo’s are a good cookie, but I like just about any cookie except fig newtons, which are Charlie’s favorite.

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