On This Day
1908 – Mother’s Day is observed for the first time in the United States, in Grafton, West Virginia.
Mother’s Day is a celebration honoring the mother of the family, as well as motherhood, maternal bonds, and the influence of mothers in society. It is celebrated on various days in many parts of the world, most commonly in the months of March or May. It complements similar celebrations honoring family members, such as Father’s Day, Siblings Day, and Grandparents Day.
The modern Mother’s day began in the United States, at the initiative of Anna Jarvis in the early 20th century. This is not (directly) related to the many traditional celebrations of mothers and motherhood that have existed throughout the world over thousands of years, such as the Greek cult to Cybele, the Roman festival of Hilaria, or the Christian Mothering Sunday celebration (originally a commemoration of Mother Church, not motherhood). However, in some countries, Mother’s Day is still synonymous with these older traditions.
The U.S.-derived modern version of Mother’s Day has been criticized for having become too commercialized. Founder Jarvis herself regretted this commercialism and expressed views on how that was never her intention.
Born On This Day
1727 – Anne-Robert-Jacques Turgot, Baron de Laune, French economist and politician, French Controller-General of Finances (d. 1781)
Anne Robert Jacques Turgot, Baron de l’Aulne[a] (/tʊərˈɡoʊ/; French: [tyʁgo]; 10 May 1727 – 18 March 1781), commonly known as Turgot, was a French economist and statesman. Originally considered a physiocrat, he is today best remembered as an early advocate for economic liberalism. He is thought to be the first economist to have recognized the law of diminishing marginal returns in agriculture.
Norma Adele Miller (December 2, 1919 – May 5, 2019) was an American Lindy Hop dancer, choreographer, actress, author, and comedian known as the “Queen of Swing”.
Miller was the last surviving member of Whitey’s Lindy Hoppers, the most famous professional Lindy Hop group of the early years of the dance.
James Mark Fowler (April 9, 1930 – May 8, 2019) was an American professional zoologist and host of the acclaimed wildlife documentary television show Mutual of Omaha’s Wild Kingdom.
Born in Albany, Georgia, Fowler spent his youth in the town of Falls Church, Virginia exploring all things in nature in the stream valley of Four Mile Run near his family home. He graduated from Westtown School in 1947, a Quaker college prep school in Chester County, Pennsylvania, and Earlham College in 1952.
Fowler first served as co-host of Wild Kingdom with Marlin Perkins, and became the main host in 1986 following Perkins’ death. During this time he received four Emmy awards and an endorsement by the National PTA for family viewing.
Fowler was the official wildlife correspondent for NBC’s The Today Show starting in 1988 and made forty appearances on The Tonight Show Starring Johnny Carson, bringing various wild animals on the show.
In 1997, Fowler joined Discovery Communication’s Animal Planet channel as a wildlife expert and later launched the television program Jim Fowler’s Life in the Wild in 2000.
Fowler died on May 8, 2019 at the age of 89 at his home in Norwalk, Connecticut from complications of heart disease.
In 1991, Earlham College recognized Fowler for his distinguished career with an Outstanding Alumni Award.
In 1995, the Global Communications for Conservation (GCC) organization presented Fowler with the 1995 Safari Planet Earth award for his “outstanding achievements in caring for our The National Council of State Garden Clubs, Inc., also awarded him with its highest achievement award, the Gold Seal, in recognition of his contributions to environmental causes.
In 1998, the Environmental Media Association (EMA) presented Fowler with their first-ever Lifetime Achievement award in recognition of his strong support and on-going commitment to the environment.
In 2003, Fowler was the recipient of the Lindbergh Award for his 40 years of dedication to wildlife preservation and education.
“The continued existence of wildlife and wilderness is important to the quality of life of humans. Our challenge for the future is that we realize we are very much a part of the earth’s ecosystem, and we must learn to respect and live according to the basic biological laws of nature.” — Jim Fowler
“Almost all of the social tragedies occurring around the world today are caused by ignoring the basic biological laws of nature … The quicker we humans learn that saving open space and wildlife is critical to our welfare and quality of life, maybe we’ll start thinking of doing something about it.” — Jim Fowler
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