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Happy 100!

What a year! 2012 contains 3 Friday the 13ths, a blue moon, the “end of the world” (not), and many special 100 celebrations that I wanted to share with you here.

On Monday, March 12, Girl Scouts officially turned 100 years old. It’s hard to believe that something that started before women could even vote, has turned into such an inspirational and motivational group of girls and women who encourage and empower girls to lead and give back to their communities. A century ago, its founder, Juliette Gordon Low assembled 18 girls in Savannah, Georgia, for the first local Girl Scout meeting. She believed that all girls should be given the opportunity to develop physically, mentally, and spiritually.

Today, Girl Scouts of the USA has a membership of over 3.2 million girls and adults in the USA and in 90 countries. While you may have seen some local celebrations this week, the big nationwide celebration takes place on June 9, 2012, in Washington, DC. On this day, Girl Scouts from all over the world will join together for the world’s biggest sing-along on the Nation’s Mall. According to Girl Scouts USA, 200,000 girls and adults are expected to attend (including yours truly).

My favorite cookie turns 100 this year, Oreos. I can’t buy them at the store because if I do, I’ll eat more than I want. There’s something so delicious about dunking that chocolate cream filled cookie into a glass of milk, but I had no idea they were 100 years old.

These delicious cookies debuted in 1912 from a newly formed company called Nabisco. The original cookie looked very similar to the Oreo cookie today, with only a small design change on the chocolate parts. In 1975, Nabisco released the double stuff Oreos, and today you may see some Oreos with colored cream middles for Halloween, spring, and other holidays.

On the big screen, Universal Studios in Hollywood is also turning 100. This iconic movie studio opened its doors on April 30, 1912. Some of its most famous movies include: All Quiet on the Western Front, The Birds, Abbott & Costello’s Buck Privates, Dracula (1931), Frankenstein, Jaws, Schindler’s List, Out of Africa, Pillow Talk, and Bride of Frankenstein.

Sinking of Titanic: April 14, 2012, will mark 100 years since the Titanic hit an iceberg and killed more than 1,500 people. It was and still is one of the most serious maritime catastrophes on record.

Cherry Blossoms. This spring marks the 100th anniversary of a wonderful gift that was bestowed on Washington, DC by Tokyo, Japan — 3,000 cherry blossom trees. To celebrate, the National Cherry Blossom Festival is preparing for a 5-week event. From March 20 — April 27, 2012, there will be special celebrations and presentations in the nation’s capitol. For more information check out this site.

100th Birthday of Fenway Park, Boston, MA. To commemorate this special anniversary, the Red Sox will play the New York Yankees, the same team that they played on April 20, 1912 (although the Yankees were named the New York Highlanders at the time). Both teams are going to wear uniforms that look like 1912 uniforms.

So I hope you celebrate some of these events, the happy ones anyway. Maybe you should head to the Cherry Blossom Festival with some Thin Mints, Oreo Cookies and a Boston Red Sox hat . . .

In a few years we will will be celebrating the Farmers’ Almanac’s big 200 anniversary in 2018.

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  • Cheryl Overend says:

    It’s fun to read what products/places/gifts are celebrating their 100th birthday, as my grandmother is turning 100 tomorrow (July 12, 2012). We are putting together a jar of goodies so this website was very helpful in decorating ideas and in what to fill it with – Oreos!!

  • Sweetlil66 says:

    Thanks for the Happy 100’s. Warm spring here also, can’t wait to see some normal weather.

  • Laura Simms says:

    New Mexico and Arizona became the 47th and 48th states in 1912 also. The last states in the continental U.S. to celebrate their centennials.

  • Brenda says:

    I would love to go to DC and look at the pretty blossoms. Unfortunately with gas so high i cant really afford to drive 5 hours for one day. I have a tree in my front yard thats blossoming right now. But my blossoms arent near as better as the hundreds of cherry blossoms in DC. Im loving this warm spring weather thats making things bloom around here (80 degree weather needs to hold off for now) Too warm for me. thank you! happy 100th birthday to my oreo cookies that im craving right now lol

  • Sandi Duncan says:

    Thanks Dia for the update. I believe it with this warm spring weather.

  • Dia Abrams says:

    Cherry Blossom peak has been moved up to 3/17-23/12 due to unseasonably warm temperatures in Washington, DC. It was said the blossoms won’t last long due to the rapid blooming.

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