Earth Day, Jelly Bean Day, Boston Triumph

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April 22, 2014

Earth Day

★~ Today’s Quotes:  “Humankind has not woven the web of life. We are but one thread within it. Whatever we do to the web, we do to ourselves. All things are bound together … all things connect.” —Chief Seattle“Humankind has not woven the web of life. We are but one thread within it. Whatever we do to the web, we do to ourselves. All things are bound together … all things connect.” —Chief Seattle

★~ Earth Day:


Every year on April 22, more than 1 billion people in 175 countries participate in Earth Day events. It is the largest civic observance in the world, and its purpose it to raise awareness about important environmental issues.

The first Earth Day took place in 1970. After witnessing the affects of an oil spill in Santa Barbara, California, U.S. Senator Gaylord Nelson organized a grassroots “environmental teach-in” on college campuses across the country. Many people believe that this first Earth Day celebration marked the beginning of the modern environmental movement.

Google is celebrating Earth Day with an animated doodle of a Rufous humming bird, a puffer fish, a dung beetle, a jellyfish and a Veiled chameleon.

★~ Jelly Bean Day:


I realized late Easter Sunday Night that I hadn’t had one jelly bean! Thanks to El Morno friend Stevie who reminded me not to despair because Jelly bean day was just a day away.  Thank goodness for a do-over jelly bean day. I am celebrating with half price Jelly beans. Sometimes when you snooze you win.

No one really knows where jelly beans came from, but jelly bean researchers believe that they are descendants of the Turkish Delight, which has been around since at least the mid 1800s. Jelly beans have been part of Easter since the 1930s, thanks to their egg-like shapes. Every Easter Sunday, they share basket space with hard-boiled eggs, chocolate bunnies, and marshmallow Peeps. But today, jelly beans stand apart from the rest of the traditional Easter treats because today is Jelly Bean Day.

The earliest recorded advertisement for jelly beans appeared during the Civil War, when a candymaker named William Schrafft promoted sending them to Union soldiers on the battlefield.

~ It takes  an average of 7 days to make a jelly bean.

~  In the early 20th century, a “jelly-bean” was slang for a man of style and no substance.

★~ Today in History:

John Belushi and Dan Aykroyd

♥~ 1878 –  The first Egg Roll was held on the grounds of the White House in Washington, DC. The first president on hand for the first Egg Roll was Rutherford B. Hayes. He and his wife Lucy made it an official event. It has been held every year since, except during the war years of WWI and WWII through 1953. The president who brought the tradition back in 1953 was Dwight D. Eisenhower.

♥~ 1889 – Land Ho! At noon, the sound of a gun shot was the only signal needed for thousands of settlers to rush into the Oklahoma territory to claim their pieces of land. The U.S. Federal government had purchased almost two million acres of land in Central Oklahoma from the Crete and Seminole Indians and opened it up on this day to the settlers to claim their stakes. The purchase was made under pressure of cattle ranchers who needed more land for grazing.

♥~ 1931 – A contraption known as the autogyro landed on the lawn of the White House. Before the Secret Service could come out with guns blazing, President Herbert Hoover shook hands with pilot, James G. Ray, and gave him a trophy! Don’t try this today.

♥~ 1976 –  Barbara Walters became the first female newscaster on a network news program. ABC signed Walters to a five-year, five-million-dollar contract to anchor the evening news.

♥~ 1978 – John Belushi and Dan Aykroyd made their first ever appearance as The Blues Brothers when they appeared on US TV’s ‘Saturday Night Live’.

★~Born Today:


♥~1906 – Eddie Albert (Edward Albert Heimberger) actor: Green Acres, Teahouse of the August Moon, Roman Holiday;died May 26, 2005

♥~ 1923 – Aaron Spelling Emmy Award-winning executive producer: Day One, AT&T Presents [1988-1989], And the Band Played On [1993-1994]; Charlie’s Angels, The Love Boat, Fantasy Island, Beverly Hills 90210, Melrose Place; died June 23, 2006

♥~ 1936 – Glen Campbell – Grammy Award-winning singer: By the Time I Get to Phoenix, Gentle on My Mind, CMA Entertainer of the Year [1968]; Galveston, Wichita Lineman, Southern Nights, Rhinestone Cowboy; TV host: The Glen Campbell Goodtime Hour; actor: True Grit, Norwood, Strange Homecoming

♥~ 1937 – (John Joseph) Jack Nicholson Academy Award-winning actor: One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest [1975], Terms of Endearment [1983], As Good as It Gets [1997]; Five Easy Pieces, The Shining, Batman, Broadcast News, Chinatown, Easy Rider, Prizzi’s Honor, The Witches of Eastwicke, Little Shop of Horrors, A Few Good Men

♥~ 1950 – Peter Frampton guitarist, singer: Show Me the Way, Do You Feel Like We Do, I Can’t Stand it No More.

★~ Good Know: Congratulations Boston! Congratulations to Meb Keflezighi and all the 38,000 runners that SHOWED UP. 

…And for the first time in more than three decades, an American won the Marathon: Meb Keflezighi finished in 2:08:37, which is the second-fastest time ever posted by an American man at the Marathon. (Read more about him here.)
By the time Keflezighi crossed the 26-mile marker, spectators had broken into a triumphant “USA” chant. Moments later, pumping his fist as U2′s “Beautiful Day” flowed through the speakers, he crossed the finish line and became the first American man to win the Boston Marathon since Greg A. Meyer in 1983. Washington Post

He had the names of the 2013 bombing victims on his bib. The names included the three people killed in last year’s marathon and the name of a police officer from MIT who was allegedly killed by the bombing suspect days later.” Thoughtful tribute to those who will never have the chance to cross the finish line. Fox News



Wishing you a Terrific Tuesday.  It’s errand day for me! So I am off and running.

Odd Loves Company,

10 thoughts on “Earth Day, Jelly Bean Day, Boston Triumph

  1. Morno,
    Boston Strong. A great Marathon.
    We have a jar of jelly beans at the office. I like them but my teeth don’t. I did sneak a couple this year. Red ones.
    Jack Nicholson one of my favorites.
    Have a good one.

    • Read below for my teeth comment. Color me a sad. And it was a red one that nailed my back tooth.
      Jack Nicholson has starred in a lot of great movies.
      Off to the dentist.

  2. Good Morno,
    The Marathon was such an upper this year. I can only imagine what an emotional moment it was for the city and the runners. I got emotional just watching the finish. Nothing can fix the loss and devastation but a little joy and happy can sure help.
    No more jelly beans. I ate more than my fair share of those little teeth rotters and so did my kids. Our dentist is probably planning his first class island vacation.
    My kids celebrate Earth Day at school. Our planting as begun.

    • A little joy does help. Glad it helped this year.
      As I just said below–I had a jelly bean and lost a cap. Sorry I ever opened the bag. Now, I’m including a trip to the dentist in my day. Luckily she can fit me in.
      What did you plant? We usually wait until after Mother’s Day. It’s suppose to dip into the 50s this week.

  3. I enjoy a jelly bean now and then but haven’t had one this year. We kids always saved the licorice-flavored ones for my dad because he loved them (and we didn’t!)

    Congrats to the Boston Marathon runners — great accomplishment! Glad it went smoothly this year, too.

    Lovely quote from Chief Seattle. Since Earth is the only habitable planet we know of, seems to me we should do a better job of protecting it.

    • Nice when you can share Jelly Beans. No bean gets left out. Unfortunately we all love the red, purple, green….And I’m sorry I ate any since a cap flew off today. Hi Ho. Off to the dentist–not in my plans for the day.
      So true about this planet, at this point you can buy another on Amazon. We’d better take care.

  4. Did not have a single jelly bean this season. No reason other than some sweets beckoned more.
    Still have a soft spot for Frampton! His music provided part of the soundtrack of hs & college. Read he & his family live in Ohio…
    Good morning!

  5. I did not have a single jelly bean this year either. I think I od’ed on those cadbury malted milk eggs, though. I am woefully behind on blog reading but I am back now!!! Glad you are still here!

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