Sunday, September 25, 2011

One-Hit Wonder Day, Comic Book Day, more

September 25th, 2011, is One-Hit Wonder Day, National Comic Book Day, Gold Star Mother's Day, World Maritime Day, World Ataxia Awareness Day, and National Crab Meat Newburg Day.

Music writer Steve Rosen created One-Hit Wonder Day in 1990, to honor the many musicians who hit the charts for one moment of glory, then faded away. Who's your fave one-hit wonder? 'lll have to say Jigsaw, who did "Sky High" in 1975.

On National Comic Book Day, take time out from electronic entertainment and pick up a good, old-fashioned comic book. Most entertaining.

Gold Star Mother's Day is always observed on the last Sunday in September. Families often hung service flags with stars for each family member in service - blue stars for active, gold stars for the deceased. The day was originally established in honor of mothers who lost sons or daughters in wartime, but today American Gold Star Mothers are "mothers who have lost a son or daughter in the service of our country." Take a moment to consider the sacrifices many have made to preserve our freedom.

World Maritime Day is celebrated on different days in different countries, but usually during the last week in September. The event, organized by the International Maritime Organization, is meant to "focus attention on the importance of maritime security and the marine environment and to emphasize a particular aspect of IMO's work."

World Ataxia Awareness Day offers an opportunity to learn more about ataxia, a disorder of the nervous system. The word "ataxia" comes from the Greek, meaning "without order or incoordination."

On National Crab Meat Newburg Day, enjoy a delicate crab dish with cream and sherry. Theories vary about the origin of the name. For more information, check out the history of Lobster Newburg.

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