Life Day 24048: Peace Officer’s Memorial Day

May 15, 2013 at 12:08 am | Posted in Today's Reasons To Celebrate | Leave a comment

Good morning fellow fans of law enforcement. Today is Wednesday, May 15, 2013. The first holiday today is Peace Officer’s Memorial Day.  Peace Officer’s Memorial Day is a part of Police Week, which is an observance here in America that pays tribute to the local, state, and Federal peace officers. It was proposed in October, 1961, when congress asked the President to designate May 15 to honor peace officers. John F. Kennedy signed the bill into law on October 1, 1962. The law was amended in 1994 when President Clinton, through Public Law 103-322, directed that the flag of the United States be flown at half-staff on this date. Peace Officer’s Memorial Day honors Federal, state and local officers who were killed or disabled in the line of duty. According to statistics, about 150 officers are killed each year while performing their jobs. Although it is an observance, (not an “official” holiday), many municipalities give officers time off, such as extra time at lunch, to attend Memorial Services held in their community. If you know of a Memorial Service being held in your area today, attend it.

If you have been languishing over the quandary of exactly when it is socially acceptable to begin wearing your straw hat without committing a fashion faux pas, languish no longer. The second holiday today is Straw Hat Day. Straw Hat Day marks the unofficial beginning of summer and the official beginning of Straw Hat season. Just don’t get caught wearing your straw hat after Labor Day lest you be subjected to public ridicule by the ‘fashion police’.

The next holiday is Nylon Stockings Day. Nylon Stockings Day marks the date, in 1940, that Du Pont corporation put on sale for the first time, nylon stockings. In a public-relations and marketing coup d’etat,  Du Pont advertised well in advance of the release date, its new “stronger than steel and run-proof” stockings for women and declared May 15th as N-Day. As a result, women across America lined up for blocks to get these new stockings, and Du Pont sold 5 million pairs in this single day. During World War II Du Pont was forced to divert its nylon production toward war-related materials, such as parachutes and aircraft tires. This, naturally, soon caused a shortage. In America, the demand for nylon stockings was so high that people began paying $20 per pair on the black market (before the start of the war they had cost a little over a dollar). In Chicago, police ruled out robbery as a motive in a murder case because the perpetrator had left behind six pair of nylon stockings at the crime scene. Eight days after the end of WW II, Du Pont announced that it was resuming production of nylon stockings, however it took until March of 1946 for Du Pont to attain the pre-war production levels of about 30 million pairs per month. The results were  so called, “Nylon Wars”. As soon as word leaked out that a retailer had received a limited number of nylons, crowds would show up and demand that they be sold a pair. These crowds often became disorderly, and police sometimes had to be called to restore order.

The fourth holiday today is National Employee Health & Fitness Day. National Employee Health & Fitness Day is held on the third Wednesday in May each year. It recognizes the importance of  the physical welfare of workers, and how the physical well-being of workers can positively or negatively affect their productivity, state of mind, and self-esteem. This holiday was created in  1989 by the National Foundation for Health & Fitness. It focuses on encouraging employers to support such programs as “America on the Move” and activity programs like the “President’s Council Challenge”. It also encourages employees to take the right steps towards a healthy lifestyle by providing them with promotional health & fitness items.

Links to the remainder of today’s holidays are below. They are either disease-specific, or too namby-pamby to be deemed BLOGworthy.
Hyperemisis Gravidarum Awareness Day.
International MPS Awareness Day.
National Tuberous Sclerosis Day.
International Day of Families.
Turn Beauty Inside Out Day.

The food-related holiday today is National Chocolate Chip Day. National Chocolate Chip Day celebrates that sweet, tasty, and versatile necessity essential to every cook’s pantry. Chocolate chips aren’t just for cookies anymore. Chocolate chips are specially formulated to be used in a variety of baked goods. They provide a burst of rich chocolate flavor, yet retain the integrity of  their flavor, texture and shape. There are various kinds of chips available (semisweet, bittersweet, milk, mint and white chocolate, mini, standard, and large). The most popular among these are the semisweet variety because of their versatility. You can use them in virtually any recipe that calls for chocolate chips. Chocolate chips store well at room temperatures of 65 to 70 degrees, are easy to measure (a standard six ounce package equals one cup), and fold into almost any mixture with just a few strokes. They also add flavor, without overpowering the other ingredients. Heck, I’ve been known to eat them right out of the bag, along with a few raisins and nuts, as a snack. How are you going to enjoy your chocolate chips today?

On this date in 1970 – Phillip Lafayette Gibbs and James Earl Green, two black students at Jackson State University in Mississippi, were killed when police opened fire during student protests.
Also on this date in history:
1602 – Cape Cod was discovered by Bartholomew Gosnold.
1618 – Johannes Kepler discovered his harmonics law.
1856 – Lyman Frank Baum, author of “The Wonderful Wizard of Oz,” was born.
1862 – The U.S. Congress created the U.S. Department of Agriculture.
1911 – The U.S. Supreme Court ordered the dissolution of Standard Oil Company, ruling it was in violation of the Sherman Antitrust Act.
1918 – Regular airmail service between New York City, Philadelphia and Washington, DC, began under the direction of the Post Office Department, which later became the U.S. Postal Service.
1926 – Roald Amundsen and Lincoln Ellsworth were forced down in Alaska after a four-day flight over an icecap. Ice had begun to form on the dirigible Norge.
1930 – Ellen Church became the first airline stewardess.
1941 – Joe DiMaggio began his historic major league baseball hitting streak of 56 games.
1942 – Gasoline rationing began in the U.S. The limit was 3 gallons a week for nonessential vehicles.
1948 – Israel was attacked by Transjordan, Egypt, Syria, Iraq and Lebanon only hours after declaring its independence.
1951 – AT&T became the first corporation to have one million stockholders.
1958 – Sputnik III, the first space laboratory, was launched in the Soviet Union.
1970 – President Nixon appointed America’s first two female generals.
1972 – Alabama Gov. George C. Wallace was shot by Arthur Bremer in Laurel, MD while campaigning for the U.S. presidency. Wallace was paralyzed by the shot.
1980 – The first transcontinental balloon crossing of the United States took place.
1988 – The Soviet Union began their withdrawal of its 115,000 troops from Afghanistan. Soviet forces had been there for more than eight years.
And, in 1997 – The Space shuttle Atlantis blasted off on a mission to deliver urgently needed repair equipment and a fresh American astronaut to Russia’s orbiting Mir station.

If you were born on this date, you share a birthday with the following distinguished people:
Pierre Curie 1859 – Physicist.
Katherine Anne Porter 1890 – Journalist, author.
Joseph Cotten 1905 – Actor.
James Mason 1909 – Actor.
Constance Cummings 1910 – Actress.
Eddy Arnold 1918 – Country singer.
Anna Maria Alberghetti 1936 – Opera singer, actress.
Trini Lopez 1937 – Singer.
Madeleine Albright 1937 – Former Secretary of State.
Lenny Welch 1938 – Singer.
Paul Rudd 1940 – Actor.
Lainie Kazan 1940 – Actress, singer.
K.T. Oslin 1942 – Country singer.
Chazz Palminteri 1946 – Actor.
George Brett 1953 – Baseball player.
Mike Oldfield 1953 – Musician.
Lee Horsley 1955 – Actor.
Emmitt Smith 1969 – Football player.
David Charvet 1972 – Actor.
Ahmet Rodan Zappa 1974 – Musician.
And finally, Amy Chow 1978 – Gymnast.

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