NATIONAL TAKE A CHANCE DAY
Every year on April 23rd, National Take a Chance Day encourages us to break out of our comfort zone.
Most of us have unaccomplished goals or dreams. What if this was the day to take the chance to make them happen? Even if it is just the first step toward that goal, it will be one step closer than before.
Twenty years from now you will be more disappointed by the things you didn’t do than by the ones you did. So throw off the bowline, sail away from the safe harbor, catch the trade winds in your sails. Explore. Dream. Discover. ~ Mark Twain
Uncertain where to start? Polish up that resume’, sign up for a foreign language class, or buy a pair of hiking shoes. Those are the first steps to taking chances on new jobs, traveling to a foreign country, or hiking that trail.
Ready for a bigger chance? Buy that plane ticket or finally, take your business plan to the bank. It’s time to broaden those horizons.
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NATIONAL TAKE A CHANCE DAY HISTORY
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April 23rd Celebrated (and Not So Celebrated) History
President Theodore Roosevelt signed into law a bill establishing the U.S. Army Reserves.
Hank Aaron launches his career homerun tally with his first of 755 playing for the Milwaukee Braves. The Braves beat the St. Louis Cardinals 7-5.
Doctors at Massachusetts General Hospital transplanted artificial skin developed by Ioannis V. Yannas with a research team at MIT for the first time. They created the artificial skin using a combination of cowhide, shark cartilage and plastic.
April 23rd Celebrated (and Not So Celebrated) Birthdays
William Shakespeare – 1564
William Shakespeare is the author of some of the world’s most celebrated plays and poems. His works, written during the Golden Age of the Renaissance and the reign of Queen Elizabeth I, continue to inspire us today. Some of his most notable works include “Romeo and Juliet,” “A Midsummer Nights Dream,” “Hamlet” and “Othello.”
James Buchanan – 1791
The 15th President of the United States, James Buchanan is the only president elected from Pennsylvania. He is also the only president to remain unmarried for his entire life.
The only president elected from Pennsylvania, James Buchanan’s tenure as the president left the nation in turmoil and on the cusp of war.
Granville Woods – 1856
During his lifetime, the American inventor registered nearly 60 patents. Some of his inventions were in direct competition with Thomas Edison. He founded the Woods Electric Company in Cincinnati, Ohio and developed the Synchronous Multiplex Railway Telegraph.
Valerie Bertinelli -1960
Best known for her role as Barbara Jean Cooper on the sitcom One Day at a Time, Valerie Bertinelli was born in Wilmington, Delaware in 1960. Once married to rocker Eddie Van Halen, Bertinelli later landed sitcom celebrity in the show Hot in Cleveland.