Life Day 24052: May Ray, May, Ray, May Ray

May 19, 2013 at 12:02 am | Posted in Today's Reasons To Celebrate | Leave a comment

Good morning sun worshipers. Today is Sunday, May 19, 2013. The first holiday today is May Ray Day. May Ray Day is celebrated on this date annually. It celebrates the fact that summer is almost here, and the days are getting longer, and warmer, and sunnier. The object is to get out of your house today and soak up some ‘rays’. Take a hike. Go to your favorite beach, or lake, or river. Relax in your backyard. The possibilities are endless. What is your favorite summer outdoor activity?
CAUTION: With that said, don’t overdo it today. Be sure to use adequate sun block; (I need like SPF ).  Also, be aware of the signs of sunstroke. You don’t want to spoil your sun-day, fun-day with a trip to the Emergency Room.

The next holiday is Boy’s Club and Girl’s Club Day. This date marks the organization of the first Boy’s Clubs in 1906 (it wasn’t until 1990 that Girl’s Clubs were put under the same umbrella group). Boy’s Club and Girl’s Club Day celebrates the invaluable contributions of Boy’s Clubs and Girl’s Clubs to the community. There are clubs all over America providing safe recreational activities for our youth. They teach values and citizenship. They help to keep kids out of trouble and off of the street. In today’s society, there are more and more families in which both parents work, and more single-parent families. These groups ease the burden on these families. To celebrate this holiday, learn more about Boy’s and Girl’s clubs in your area. Volunteer at one, or make a donation.

Linked below are the remainder of today’s holidays. They are of no interest to me, but you can research them yourself if you are interested.
Mike, The Headless Chicken Day.
National Asian & Pacific Islander HIV/AIDS Awareness Day.
World Autoimmune Arthritis Day. (May 19th to May 21st)

The food-related holiday today is National Devil’s Food Cake Day. National Devil’s Food Cake Day, oddly enough, celebrates Devil’s food cake; which is considered the counterpart to the classic white angel food cake. Devil’s food cake has a unique light and moist texture, which sets it apart from other chocolate cakes. The recipe calls for quite a bit of baking soda, and boiling water instead of milk. Both of these ingredients contribute to the fluffiness of this classic dessert. Devil’s food cake first appeared in the United States in the early 1900s. It is quite similar to red velvet cake and the names are often interchangeable in some parts of the country. To celebrate this holiday, make a Devil’s food cake, and have some for dessert tonight.

On this date in 1962 – Marilyn Monroe performed a sultry rendition of “Happy Birthday” for U.S. President John F. Kennedy. The event was a fund-raiser at New York’s Madison Square Garden.
Other events of significance which occurred on this date are:
1643 – Delegates from four New England colonies met in Boston to form a confederation.
1796 – The first U.S. game law was approved. The measure called for penalties for hunting or destroying game within Indian territory.
1847 – The first English-style railroad coach was placed in service on the Fall River Line in Massachusetts.
1856 – U.S. Senator Charles Sumner spoke out against slavery.
1911 – The first American criminal conviction that was based on fingerprint evidence occurred in New York City.
1921 – The U.S. Congress passed the Emergency Quota Act, which established national quotas for immigrants.  [Then, apparently began to ignore it whenever it was politically expedient].
1928 – The first frog-jumping jubilee held in Calaveras County, CA.
1935 – T.E. Lawrence “Lawrence of Arabia” died from injuries in a motorcycle crash in England.
1958 – Canada and the U.S. formally established the North American Air Defense Command.
1964 – The U.S. State Department reported that diplomats had found about 40 microphones planted in the U.S. Embassy in Moscow.
1967 – U.S. planes bombed Hanoi for the first time.
1988 – In Jacksonville, FL, Carlos Lehder Rivas was convicted of smuggling more than three tons of cocaine into the United States. Rivas was the co-founder of Colombia’s Medellin drug cartel.
1992 – U.S. Vice President Dan Quayle criticized the CBS sitcom “Murphy Brown” for having its title character decide to bear a child out of wedlock.
1992 – In Massapequa, NY, Mary Jo Buttafuoco was shot and seriously wounded by Amy Fisher. Fisher was her husband Joey’s teenage lover.
1992 – The 27th Amendment to the U.S. Constitution went into effect. The amendment prohibits Congress from giving itself midterm pay raises.
2000 – The bones of the most complete and best-preserved Tyrannosaurus rex skeleton went on display in Chicago.
And, in 2003 – Hundreds of Albert Einstein’s scientific papers, personal letters and humanist essays were make available on the Internet. Einstein had given the papers to the Hebrew University of Jerusalem in his will.

If you were born on this date, you share a birthday with the following luminaries:
Johns Hopkins 1795 – Entrepreneur.
Bruce Bennett 1906 – Athlete, actor.
Malcolm X 1925 – Civil rights activist.
Jim Lehrer 1934 – Journalist.
David Hartman 1935 – Actor.
Nancy Kwan 1939 – Actress.
Stephen Young 1939 – Actor.
Francis Scobee 1939 – Astronaut.
Peter Mayhew 1944 – Actor.
Pete Townsend 1945 – Musician.
Grace Jones 1952 – Singer.
Steven Ford 1956 – Actor.
And finally,Eric Lloyd 1986 – Actor.

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