Thursday, November 30, 2017

ON THIS DAY

Author Jonathan Swift was born on this date in 1667. He had success with the book, "Gulliver's Travels" and thanked all the little people who made it possible. 

On this date in 1782, the U.S. and Britain signed preliminary peace articles in Paris, officially ending the Revolutionary War. Almost immediately, red coats were so 1781. And the first series of Time-Life books was born.

In 1804, the first U.S. Supreme Court Justice to be impeached, Samuel Chase, went on trial.
  • He was acquitted, but because of his questionable behavior, they named a bank after him. 
  • He was acquitted and went on to lead a Chase and decent life. 
  • He was acquitted so I guess that makes me feel better about my money being in his bank. 
  • When you think about it, that kind of explains where we are today. 

Good day for authors: Samuel Clements, alias "Mark Twain," was born on this date in 1835. He kept writing one great book after the other: "Tom Sawyer," "Huckleberry Finn," "The Prince and the Pauper"... readers all across America couldn't wait to catch the next Twain.

On this date in 1922, Japan launched the world's first aircraft carrier. If you were too nervous to fly you could just climb on a plane parked on the ship and still get there.

In 1936, London's famous Crystal Palace burned in a fire... which makes me wonder, how does crystal catch on fire?

On this date in 1949, Chinese communists captured Chungking... guaranteeing frozen food for everyone.

In 1954, Elizabeth Hodges was sitting in her Sylacauga, Alabama, home when an 8-1/2 pound meteorite crashed through the roof of her house. Wasn't that how the movie "The Blob" started. By the way, anyone seen Elizabeth or know what that giant blob heading our way is?

On this date in 1956, Floyd Patterson knocked out Archie Moore in the fifth round. So, Floyd had to buy his own drinks in the sixth round.

In 1957, Honolulu had record wind gusts of 82mph and beaches on Kauai reported 35-foot waves. The winds were so strong, surfers reported being able to ride the same wave four times.

On this date in 1981, the motion picture "Gandhi" premieres in New Delhi. The audience was told "thank you, come again"!

In 1982, Michael Jackson's sixth studio album, Thriller, hit record stores. 35 years ago today... wow. Just in time for Christmas.

On this day in 1986, President Reagan called Oliver North "a national hero." However, the Contras in Nicaragua admired him most for his arms.


TODAY IS

We're out of November. Where did that month go?

Model Chrissy Teigen turns 32 today. Her husband, you know, is a Legend.

Big Bang's Kaley Cuoco turns 32 and her hair has grown back from last season. The girl knows how to party.

Elisha Cuthbert -- better known as Jack Bauer's daughter, Kim in "24" -- turns 35 today. Or did she star on "35" and it's the other way around? No matter.

Clay Aiken, one of the original American Idol runners-up, turns 39 today. He was the first American Idol contestant to "come out," paving the way for Adam Lambert... as if Adam needed any paving.

Sandra Oh of "Greys Anatomy" turns 47 today. Still don't know what the Oh stands for.

In the midnight hour, Billy Idol turns 62 today and, for the record, that was a really hard 62.

Perpetual Youth Day or the late Dick Clark's birthday -- 

Small changes in the way you live will improve your looks. Being beautiful isn't all about makeup, hair dye, and the right clothes. It's also about good health. The healthier you are, the better you will look. Change your lifestyle and you'll be prettier. Here are some tried and true tips for looking your best: 

Smoking ruins your skin and hair -- The primary reason to not smoke -- or stop if you do -- is to prevent potentially fatal diseases, including cancer and stroke. But did you know smoking damages the microcirculation to the skin and hair, reports the BBC News Online. When this happens, both are dull, gray, and lifeless. Smoking also leads to early wrinkles, especially around the mouth.
Booze packs on the pounds -- What you drink and how much you drink affect the size of your waistline. The type of alcohol that's consumed seems to contribute differently to the accumulation of abdominal fat, HealthCentral says wine drinkers have the least abdominal fat, while liquor drinkers have the highest.
Vitamins make your skin glow -- If you want a complexion that glows, take your vitamins. Sometimes that means popping a vitamin pill and other times it means eating the right food. A healthy diet can be a fountain of youth for thr skin. Eat well and your skin will be moist, clear, and glowing. Eat poorly and it will be dry, pale, scaly, or oily.
Work up a sweat -- Exercising regularly will not only keep you in shape, but also give you poise and make your skin glow. If you walk briskly for 30 minutes a day, you may never gain another pound, according to researchers from Duke University.
Be sun smart -- Cover up with clothing or sun screen. The sun's ultraviolet rays break down the skin's collagen, which makes the skin thinner and allows wrinkles to form.
Get more shuteye -- Sleep is not a luxury. It's necessary for body repairs. So make sure you get enough, which is at least seven to eight hours a night. If you don't get enough shut-eye, you could also have problems with memory and concentration, according to researchers at Stanford University.
Get over it -- Stress can show on your face and in your posture. Learn how to deal with the big and little stresses you face in your life. But do know this: You are not alone. Stress is the most common health problem reported by women.
Smile and say cheese -- Take care of your teeth. Brush, floss, and see the dentist every six months for a check-up. The American Academy of Cosmetic Dentistry offers this advice to keep your teeth white: Avoid drinking too much coffee or red wine and use toothpaste that has hydrogen peroxide or baking soda.

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