May Ray Day

May 19, 2016 at 12:01 am | Posted in Today's Reasons To Celebrate | Leave a comment

Good morning sun worshipers. Today is Thursday, May 19th. The Holidays today are:

 May Ray Day 

The signs that summer is nigh upon us are all around. Stores are featuring summer attire, markets are filled with fresh local produce, summer flowers and plants are blooming, and kids are anxiously waiting for the school year to end.
May Ray Day celebrates the fact that summer is almost here, and the days are getting longer, and warmer, and sunnier. The object of this holiday 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. Have a BBQ in your backyard. The possibilities are endless. What is your favorite summer outdoor activity?
CAUTION: With that said, don’t overdo it. You haven’t spent a day in the sun for quite some time, so be sure to use adequate sun block (I need like SPF – infinity). 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.

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.

National Notebook Day

Take note, 2016 marks the inaugural celebration of National Notebook Day. It is meant to celebrate those who still cling to keeping journals and diaries in notebooks.  At some point in time, almost everyone has felt the need to keep a diary or journal to record their inner-most thoughts and feelings — And, smouldering away somewhere deep inside, that need may still be lurking. National Notebook Day urges you to give in to those feelings and start a journal/diary again. Are you unhappy with your job, are you struggling with a relationship, is life in general getting you down? Write it down in a notebook. Did something make you happy today, did someone make you smile through a simple act of kindness, did you try something new? Write it down in a notebook.
Since this is a brand new holiday, you are the arbiter of how you celebrate. If you aren’t inclined to start a diary today, perhaps you can revisit some of the cringe-worthy poetry, and teenage angst of your youth by re-reading some of your old journal entries. It’s entirely up to you.

National Apéritif Day

National Apéritif Day is celebrated on the third Thursday of May annually. An apéritif is an alcoholic drink that people drink before eating a meal, such as a classic dry martini. a Rob Roy, or a Grapefruit Sparkler. They are meant to stimulate the appetite and palate without overwhelming them. Apéritifs are best served cold and typically contain vermouth, gin or Campari.

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 1900’s. 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.

National Asian & Pacific Islander HIV/AIDS Awareness Day 

National Hepatitis Testing Day

World Autoimmune Arthritis Day  (May 19th to May 21st)

On this date:

  • In 1643 – Delegates from four New England colonies met in Boston to form a confederation.
  • In 1796 – The first U.S. game law was approved. The measure called for penalties for hunting or destroying game within Indian territory.
  • In 1847 – The first English-style railroad coach was placed in service on the Fall River Line in Massachusetts.
  • In 1856 – U.S. Senator Charles Sumner spoke out against slavery.
  • In 1911 – The first American criminal conviction that was based on fingerprint evidence occurred in New York City.
  • In 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].
  • In 1928 – The first frog-jumping jubilee held in Calaveras County, CA.
  • In 1935 – T.E. Lawrence “Lawrence of Arabia” died from injuries in a motorcycle crash in England.
  • In 1958 – Canada and the U.S. formally established the North American Air Defense Command.
  • 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.
  • In 1964 – The U.S. State Department reported that diplomats had found about 40 microphones planted in the U.S. Embassy in Moscow.
  • In 1967 – U.S. planes bombed Hanoi for the first time.
  • In 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.
  • In 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.
  • In 1992 – In Massapequa, NY, Mary Jo Buttafuoco was shot and seriously wounded by Amy Fisher. Fisher was her husband Joey’s teenage lover.
  • In 1992 – The 27th Amendment to the U.S. Constitution went into effect. The amendment prohibits Congress from giving itself midterm pay raises.
  • In 2000 – The bones of the most complete and best-preserved Tyrannosaurus rex skeleton went on display in Chicago.
  • In 2003 – Hundreds of Albert Einstein’s scientific papers, personal letters and humanist essays were made available on the Internet. Einstein had given the papers to the Hebrew University of Jerusalem in his will.

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