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Sunday, November 13, 2011

World Diabetes Day

November 14th
World Diabetes Day
Diabetes is very close to my heart. I know so many people with it, and who live with it. I am a live in aide with a woman who has severe diabetic, and the arguments we have!! She wants to deny that she has it, or that she cares. She just feels that she can (and will) eat what she wants, whatever consequences there are, well, at least she was happy at the time she ate.

There are so many advances in medicine and diabetes. Just wish there was a cure for it.

(taken from http://www.who.int/mediacentre/events/annual/world_diabetes_day/en/index.html)
World Diabetes Day raises global awareness of diabetes - its escalating rates around the world and how to prevent the illness in most cases. Started by the International Diabetes Federation (IDF) and WHO, the Day is celebrated on 14 November to mark the birthday of Frederick Banting who, along with Charles Best, was instrumental in the discovery of insulin in 1922, a life-saving treatment for diabetes patients.

WHO estimates that more than 346 million people worldwide have diabetes. This number is likely to more than double by 2030 without intervention. Almost 80% of diabetes deaths occur in low- and middle-income countries.

This day is dedicated to Georgi H, Jolela V, Henrietta H, Irene S, April G, Hanna C, and anyone else that has diabetes. It is a plague that we need to eradicate.

Loosen Up, and Lighten Up Day
Well, since the last subject was so serious, its good that this one is SO light! What do you do to relax?
What I do:
Read, play hidden object games, listen to music, meditate, do research (genealogy and history), take a hot bath, go for a walk, go for a drive.

This is a day to relax, chill out, and reflect on you life, and where its going. Do you want to change it? Do you want to try a new hobby? Find something new to do!



Today in History
1380 - King Charles VI of France crowned at age 12
1666 - Samuel Pepys reports on 1st blood transfusion (between dogs)
1732 - 1st US professional librarian, Louis Timothee, hired in Phila
1792 - Capt George Vancouver is 1st Englishman to enter SF Bay
1832 - 1st streetcar (horse-drawn) (John Mason) debuts in NYC; fare 12«› rode on 4th Avenue between Prince & 14th Sts
1851 - "Moby Dick," by Herman Melville, published
1881 - Charles J Guiteau went on trial for Pres Garfield's assassination
1889 - New York World reporter Nellie Bly (Elizabeth Cochrane) began her attempt to surpass fictitious journey of Jules Verne's Phileas Fogg by traveling around world in less than 80 days She succeeded, by finishing trip following January in 72 days
1896 - Power plant at Niagara Falls begins operation
1908 - Albert Einstein presents quantum theory of light
1910 - 1st airplane flight from deck of a ship, Norfolk, Va
1922 - German Reichs Chancellor Joseph Wirth term ends
1935 - Nazi's deprive German Jews of their citizenship
1940 - During WW II, German planes destroy most of Coventry, England
1941 - Gov-Gen Wouters of Dutch Antilles refuses Jews refugees
1960 - Ray Charles' "Georgia On My Mind" reaches #1
1960 - Riot due to school integration in New Orleans
1968 - "National Turn in Your Draft Card Day" features draft card burning
1968 - 1st European lung transplant
1968 - Yale University announces it is going co-educational
1969 - 2nd Vietnam Moratorium Day in US
1969 - Apollo 12 (Conrad/Gordon/Bean) launched for 2nd manned Moon landing
1973 - Britain's Princess Anne marries commoner, Capt Mark Phillips
1976 - War criminal Pieter Menten captured 1 day after fleeing


Births
1679 - Omobono Stradivari, Italian violin maker/son of Antonius
1719 - Johann Georg Leopold Mozart, composer
1765 - Robert Fulton, built 1st coml steamboat
1805 - Fanny Cacilia Mendelssohn Hensel, composer
1840 - Claude Monet, France, impressionist
1896 - Mamie G Doud Eisenhower, 1st lady (1953-61)
1904 - Dick Powell, Mt View Ark, actor
1907 - Astrid Lindgren, Swedish children book author (Pipi Longstocking)
1914 - Florentine Rost van Tonningen-Heubel, Dutch black widow/Nazi
1916 - Sherwood Schwartz, Passaic NJ, TV creator
1919 - Veronica Lake, [Constance Ockleman], actress
1921 - Brian Keith, Bayonne NJ, actor
1929 - McLean Stevenson, Normal Ill, actor
1948 - Charles PAG, prince of Wales/duke of Cornwall
1949 - Terry Lee Johnson, Alabama, murderer (FBI Most Wanted List)
1954 - Yanni, new age musician

Deaths
0976 - T'ai tsu, emperor of China/founder of Sung-dynasty
1915 - Booker T Washington, educator/organizier, dies at 59 in Tuskegee Ala
1987 - Pieter Menten, Dutch war criminal, dies at 88
1990 - Malcolm Muggeridge, WW II spy for Britain, dies at 87

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