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May 7, 2016 at 12:01 am | Posted in Today's Reasons To Celebrate | Leave a comment

Good morning horse racing fans. Today is Saturday, May 7th. The holidays today are:

Kentucky Derby

The Kentucky Derby is a renown horse race held every year on the first Saturday of May. It is also called “The Run for the Roses” for the blanket of roses draped over the winner. It is attended by over 150,000 people who gather in Louisville, Kentucky to witness the most exciting two minutes in sports. The race is a Grade I stakes race for three-year-old Thoroughbreds at a distance of one and a quarter miles. Colts and geldings carry 126 pounds and fillies carry 121 pounds. The horses in the race are the premier three-year-old Thoroughbred horses in the country and will race for the chance to win the first “jewel” of the coveted Triple Crown — the SuperBowl of horse racing.  The other two “jewels” in the Triple Crown are the Preakness Stakes and the Belmont Stakes. This year, the 142nd running of the Kentucky Derby will have a guaranteed purse of $2 million, making it the richest horse racing event in America.
The Kentucky Derby is the culmination of the two-week Kentucky Derby Festival. It is attended by many of America’s elite — business magnates, politicians, and other celebrities. It is an occasion famous for its general pomp and circumstance, extravagant hats worn by the female attendees, and the consumption of copious amounts of mint julep (and other) cocktails. To some revelers, being ‘seen’ at some of the events during the festival is more important than the race itself.
The history of the Kentucky Derby is as exciting as the race itself. In 1863, Colonel Meriwether Lewis Clark (grandson of William Clark of the famous Lewis and Clark Expedition) attended the Grand Prix de Paris horse race in Paris. Inspired by what he saw, he returned to America and organized the construction of a beautiful new horseracing facility for the Louisville Jockey Club, today known as the Churchill Downs. The first Kentucky Derby took place in 1875.

National Tourism Day

“I went to _____ and all I got was this lousy shirt, or pen, or shot glass…” This cutesy advertising gimmick is just one way tourists destinations have found to separate you from your hard-earned money, and it is indicative of the value you receive at many tourist attractions.
National Tourism Day is a holiday for municipalities and tourist destinations around the country to promote their area or region to encourage people to visit. Big venues and destinations as well as quirky and out of the way attractions use this holiday to promote what they have to offer and often will have promotional specials today.
The real value you receive for your tourist buck is largely dependent upon what interests you as an individual. What may be fun or interesting to one person might be a total drag to another. In other words, if you’re traveling with family or a group of friends research your destination and try to find attractions that everyone will enjoy.

National Barrier Awareness Day

On May 7, 1986, President Ronald Reagan, issued Proclamation 5472,  this date as National Barrier Awareness Day. Today some 36 million Americans suffer from some form of handicap. Eighty percent of Americans will experience some disability in their lifetime. That makes it necessary for all of us to understand and appreciate both the barriers they must surmount and the contributions that they can make to our society.
Many disabled people face financial, cultural, and physical barriers because of a lack of public understanding of their needs. We must become more aware of the barriers that prevent or inhibit so many of our fellow Americans from participating fully in the life of our society, and how much more they could contribute if those obstacles were removed. 

National Homebrew Day

National Homebrew Day is celebrated each year on the first Saturday in May and was even announced before Congress on May 7th, 1988. It was created by The American Homebrewers Association (AHA) to celebrate the thousands of individuals who brew their own beer.
Home brewing is becoming more and more popular, and some enterprising individuals are even making money from their hobby by creating and marketing specialty or craft beers in their area.

National Roast Leg of Lamb Day

If you intend to serve this for dinner, you need to know that this dish takes about 3 hours to prepare. People have been eating lamb for more than 10,000 years. During the Middle Ages, farmers learned that sheep were the most productive livestock. These animals supplied wool for clothing, skins for parchment, milk for butter and cheese, and hearty flavorful meat. You can cook lamb a variety of different ways, but roasting is one of the most popular methods. Lamb pairs beautifully with seasonings like rosemary, oregano, thyme, or lemon zest. For something extra special, make a stuffed leg of lamb or prepare a succulent sauce to serve on top. This recipe is a basic recipe for roast leg of lamb that even a novice cook should be able to prepare with ease.

Birthmother’s Day

Bladder Cancer Awareness Day

Brunch for Lunch Day

Childhood Stroke Awareness Day

Free Comic Book Day

Herb Day

Join Hands Day

National Babysitter’s Day

National Cosmopolitan Day

National Scrapbooking Day

Pilates Day

On this date:

  • In 1763 – Indian chief Pontiac began all out war on the British in New York.
  • In 1789 – The first Presidential Inaugural Ball was held in New York City.
  • In 1847 – The AMA (American Medical Association) was organized in Philadelphia, PA.
  • In 1912 – Columbia University approved final plans for awarding the Pulitzer Prize in several categories.
  • In 1915 – The Lusitania, a civilian ship, was sunk by a German submarine. 1,201 people were killed.
  • In 1926 – A U.S. report showed that one-third of the nation’s exports were motors.
  • In 1940 – Winston Churchill became British Prime Minister.
  • In 1942 – In the Battle of the Coral Sea, Japanese and American navies attacked each other with carrier planes. It was the first time in the history of naval warfare where two enemy fleets fought without seeing each other.
  • In 1943 – The last major German strongholds in North Africa, Tunis, and Bizerte, fell to Allied forces.
  • In 1945 – Germany signed unconditional surrender ending World War II. It would take effect the next day.
  • In 1946 – Tokyo Telecommunications Engineering Corp. was founded. The company was later renamed Sony.
  • In 1954 – French Colonial Forces surrendered to the Vietminh at Dien Bien Phu after 55 days of fighting.
  • In 1954 – The United States and the United Kingdom rejected the Soviet Union’s bid to join NATO.
  • In 1958 – Howard Johnson set an aircraft altitude record in an F-104 fighter jet.
  • In 1975 – President Ford declared an end to the Vietnam War.
  • In 1984 – A $180 million out-of-court settlement was announced in the Agent Orange class-action suit brought by Vietnam veterans who claimed they had suffered injury from exposure to the defoliant while serving in the armed forces.
  • In 1987 – Shelly Long, as the character Diane Chambers, made her last appearance as a regular on the TV show “Cheers.”
  • In 1992 – A 203-year-old proposed constitutional amendment barring the U.S. Congress from giving itself a midterm pay raise was ratified as the 27th Amendment.
  • In 1997 – A report released by the U.S. government said that Switzerland provided Nazi Germany with equipment and credit during World War II. Germany exchanged for gold what had been plundered or stolen. Switzerland did not comply with postwar agreements to return the gold.
  • In 1998 – Daimler-Benz bought Chrysler Corp. for close to $40 billion. It was the largest industrial merger on record at the time.
  • In 1999 – A jury ruled that “The Jenny Jones Show” and Warner Bros. were liable in the shooting death of Scott Amedure. He was killed by another guest on the show. The jury’s award was $25 million.
  • In 2003 – In Washington, DC, General Motors Corp. delivered six fuel cell vehicles to Capitol Hill for lawmakers and others to test drive during the next two years.
  • In 2003 – Roger Moore collapsed during a matinee performance of the Broadway comedy “The Play What I Wrote.” He finished the show after a 10-minute break. He was fitted with a pacemaker the following day.

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