Monday, June 17, 2013
Eat Your Vegetables Day
When : Always June 17th
Strategically created in the middle of National Fresh Fruit and Vegetables Month, this day is the perfect opportunity to re-introduce a healthy portion of vegetables into your diet. No doubt about it, Eat Your Vegetables Day was created to promote a more healthy diet.......for life!
On this day, you are encouraged to eat vegetables for every meal, and for a snack. Better still, try to be a vegetarian....for the day. Short of that, any additonal vegetables at meal time today will honor the event, as well as make you a little healthier.
We encourage parents to let the kids help with dinner, preparing the salad and vegetables. Along the way, you tell your kids a little about the importance of vegetables for a long and healthy life.
Origin of Eat Your Vegetables Day:
We discovered no substantial information about the origin of this day. We can only speculate that a medical or health organization or group created this day to promote a healthy diet and lifestyle.
This Day in History June 17
Sir Francis Drake claims a land he calls Nova Albion (modern California) for England. (1579)
Mumtaz Mahal dies during childbirth. Her husband, Mughal emperor Shah Jahan I, will spend the next 17 years building her mausoleum, the Taj Mahal. (1631)
French explorers Jacques Marquette and Louis Jolliet reach the Mississippi River and become the first Europeans to make a detailed account of its course. (1673)
American Revolutionary War: Colonists inflict heavy casualties on British forces while losing the Battle of Bunker Hill. (1775)
In the Kingdom of Hawaii, Kamehameha III issues the edict of toleration which gives Roman Catholics the freedom to worship in the Hawaiian Islands. The Hawaii Catholic Church and the Cathedral of Our Lady of Peace are established as a result. (1839)
American Indian Wars: Battle of the Rosebud – 1,500 Sioux and Cheyenne led by Crazy Horse beat back General George Crook's forces at Rosebud Creek in Montana Territory. (1876)
American Indian Wars: Battle of White Bird Canyon – the Nez Perce defeat the U.S. Cavalry at White Bird Canyon in the Idaho Territory. (1877)
The Statue of Liberty arrives in New York Harbor. (1885)
The United States Navy Hospital Corps is established. (1898)
The College Board introduces its first standardized test, the forerunner to the SAT. (1901)
U.S. President Herbert Hoover signs the Smoot-Hawley Tariff Act into law. (1930)
The act, and the ensuing retaliatory tariffs by U.S. trading partners, reduced American exports and imports by more than half. Economists agree that the Smoot–Hawley Tariff Act increased the severity of the Great Depression.
Bonus Army: around a thousand World War I veterans amass at the United States Capitol as the U.S. Senate considers a bill that would give them certain benefits. (1932)
Union Station Massacre: in Kansas City, Missouri, four FBI agents and captured fugitive Frank Nash are gunned down by gangsters attempting to free Nash. (1933)
Last public guillotining in France: Eugen Weidmann, a convicted murderer, is guillotined in Versailles outside the Saint-Pierre prison (1939)
The wooden roller coaster at Playland, which is in the Pacific National Exhibition, Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada opens. It is still open today. (1958)
The Nez Perce tribe is awarded $4 million for 7 million acres (28,000 km2) of land undervalued at 4 cents/acre in the 1863 treaty. (1960)
The United States Supreme Court rules 8 to 1 in Abington School District v. Schempp against requiring the reciting of Bible verses and the Lord's Prayer in public schools. (1963)
The People's Republic of China announces a successful test of its first thermonuclear weapon. (1967)
President Richard Nixon declares the U.S. War on Drugs. (1971)
Watergate scandal: five White House operatives are arrested for burgling the offices of the Democratic National Committee, in an attempt by some members of the Republican party to illegally wiretap the opposition. (1972)
With the death of the last individual of the species, the Dusky Seaside Sparrow becomes extinct. (1987)
Apartheid: the South African Parliament repeals the Population Registration Act which required racial classification of all South Africans at birth. (1991)
A "joint understanding" agreement on arms reduction is signed by U.S. President George Bush and Russian President Boris Yeltsin (this would be later codified in START II). (1992)
Following a televised low-speed highway chase, O.J. Simpson is arrested for the murders of his wife, Nicole Brown Simpson, and her friend Ronald Goldman. (1994)