September 24: National Bluebird of Happiness Day, National Punctuation Day, Bullwinkle’s Birthday, National Cherries Jubilee Day

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National Bluebird of Happiness Day

The bluebird is native to North America, and has become a worldwide symbol of love and happiness. The iconic "bluebird of happiness" can be traced back to at least 1908, when it appeared in a Nobel Prize-winning play, "The Blue Bird."

Today is "National Bluebird of Happiness Day," and you can celebrate by sharing the love. Why not get the family together and watch the 1976 film version of the "The Blue Bird" with an all-star cast, including Elizabeth Taylor, Jane Fonda, Ava Gardner and Cicely Tyson? You can check out the details on Yahoo! Movies.

National Punctuation Day

Ah, yes -- punctuation … a second-grader's nightmare! But as insignificant as it may seem, punctuation is critical to written communication. Perhaps the best way to illustrate is by example. For instance, read these two sentences and notice the difference one simple comma can make.

Example 1, using the Oxford comma: We invited the strippers, JKF, and Stalin.

Example 2, without the Oxford comma: We invited the strippers, JFK and Stalin.

Today is "National Punctuation Day," and you can celebrate by learning something new about punctuation. For instance, do you know what an "ellipsis" is? Take a look at the first sentence in this section. See those three dots, preceded and followed by a space? That's an ellipsis! If you already knew that one, check out these more obscure punctuation marks.

Bullwinkle's Birthday

"Hey, Rock, watch me pull a rabbit out of my hat ... 'Guess I don't know my own strength!" Those words still make me smile, especially today, because it's "Bullwinkle's Birthday!" Actually, today more accurately marks Bullwinkle's "rebirth."

On Sept. 24, 1961, a statue of Bullwinkle was unveiled with the cutting of a ribbon by Hollywood sex symbol and film star Jayne Mansfield. The statue was to commemorate the move of "Rocky and His Friends" on the ABC network to "The Bullwinkle Show" on the NBC network.

You can celebrate by watching "The Adventures of Rocky and Bullwinkle" featuring Rene Russo, Jason Alexander, Randy Quaid and even Robert De Niro! Check it out on Yahoo! Movies.

National Cherries Jubilee Day

If it's been a while since you've had this nostalgic nosh, there's no better time than now -- it's "National Cherries Jubilee Day!" This flambéed delight is served over vanilla ice cream and made with fresh cherries and Kirschwasser -- a cherry liqueur.

The origin of Cherries Jubilee -- a big hit at dinner parties in the 50s and 60s -- can be credited to French chef and culinary writer Georges-Auguste Escoffier. He named the dish in honor of Queen Victoria's Golden Jubilee in 1887.

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