Sept. 5: Be Late for Something Day, National Cheese Pizza Day, First Labor Day Observance

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Be Late for Something Day

It may take you every ounce of strength to fight your good manners and work ethic to show up late. Shake off the feeling that being late is just a bad habit and indulge yourself on this holiday. If you've ever wanted to be late, seize the opportunity on Sept. 5. Follow in the footprints of The White Rabbit from "Alice in Wonderland," known for muttering "Oh dear! Oh dear! I shall be too late!"

* Turn off your alarm clock, leave your watch at home and saunter into a boring meeting.

* Embrace the advantages of procrastination.

* Procrastination "causes crises and the adrenaline rush that goes along with them" according to Day-Timer.

* Thank The Procrastinator's Club of America, Inc. for the holiday. But by all means, don't rush.

National Cheese Pizza Day

It all starts with the cheese. In the sixth century B.C. "soldiers of Darius the Great accustomed to lengthy marches, baked a kind of bread flat upon their shields and then covered it with cheese and dates," according to WhatsCookingAmerica. While dates are no longer a common item on pizza, cheese pizza is standard fare for any party. Tomatoes were not always the layer between the cheese and the dough. In Naples in 1522 tomatoes were incorporated into the yeast dough.

* Use fresh mozzarella, basil and plum tomatoes to flavor your pizza.

* Shred more than one cheese including Fontina, Romano and mozzarella.

* Make a feta cheese and Greek olive pizza.

First Labor Day Observance

For most people Labor Day is a way to say good-bye to summer. The holiday originated not as a way to give working people one more three-day weekend but to honor working people. It's similar to the employer philosophy of rewarding exemplary attendance with a day off. Labor Day was first observed on Sept. 5, 1882.

"The vital force of labor added materially to the highest standard of living and the greatest production the world has ever known and has brought us closer to the realization of our traditional ideals of economic and political democracy. It is appropriate, therefore, that the nation pay tribute on Labor Day to the creator of so much of the nation's strength, freedom, and leadership -- the American worker." -- The Department of Labor

Gerald Ford Assassination Attempt

President Gerald Ford survived not one but two assassination attempts. The first was on Sept. 5, 1975, when a follower of Charles Manson, Lynette "Squeaky" Fromme (photo) tried to shoot him. A few weeks later, on Sept. 22, Sarah Jane Moore also shot at Ford.

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