Gray or Grey?

May 26, 2016 at 12:01 am | Posted in Today's Reasons To Celebrate | Leave a comment

Good morning my drab friends. Today is Thursday, May 26th. The holidays today are:

National Gray (Grey) Day

Before I begin, I should first clarify the difference between gray and grey — and that difference depends upon where you are from. In the English language, gray and grey are interchangeable and have the same meanings. Gray is the most popular spelling in America, whereas grey is the most popular spelling in the United Kingdom. In the past, distinctions between the two have been attempted. For example, in his work Chromatography; or, a Treatise on Colours and Pigments, and of their Powers in Painting published in 1835, the chemist George Field wrote that gray “denotes a class of cool cinereous colors in which blue predominates,” while Field reserved grey to describe a more neutral shade. However, such nuanced definitions failed to gain acceptance and are not observed in popular usage today.
Since I live in California, which is arguably still a part of America, I will use the American spelling henceforth. National Gray Day celebrates the oft maligned color – gray. Really, how often do you meet someone who proudly proclaims that their favorite color is gray? In the fashion industry, the color gray seems to be relegated to accessorizing or offsetting other more dominant colors.
The word gray refers to the color of a neutral tone between black and white, but can also be used metaphorically to convey gloom, drabness, and dullness — “It’s a gray day today.” “I’m in a gray mood.” Celebrate National Gray Day by going into the nether regions of your closet or drawers, finding those gray garments, and wearing them proudly today…as the predominant color of your attire. And, don’t let anything or anyone put you in a gray mood.

Sally Ride Day 

Sally Ride Day Sally honors the birth, on this date in 1951, of Dr. Sally Ride, the first American woman to go into space. Dr. Ride accomplished this feat as a mission specialist aboard STS-7, the second flight of the Space Shuttle “Challenger”. STS-7 was launched from Kennedy Space Center, Florida, on June 18, 1983. Celebrate this holiday by learning more about the U.S. space program and NASA.

National Paper Airplane Day
Paper airplanes are simple and fun to make. All you need is a single sheet of paper and a little ingenuity. And they are relatively cheap. The average office-supply pack of paper contains enough material to make an entire fleet.
Paper airplanes can also be educational. By using the process of trial and error, you can perfect the aerodynamics of your craft to increase the flying distance or to perform specific maneuvers such as a “loop de loop”. And, paper airplanes aren’t just for kids anymore. People of all ages can enjoy making and flying paper airplanes. Some communities even sponsor paper airplane making contests that can be enjoyed by young and old alike.
Making paper airplanes can also be inspirational. Flying a paper airplane on a beautiful, warm, sunny day can help you more greatly appreciate both the performance of your aircraft and the wonders of nature.

National Blueberry Cheesecake Day 

Although cheesecake recipes can be traced all the way back to Ancient Greece, the flavored versions we know and love today are a fairly recent innovation. People have come up with all sorts of interesting and unique cheesecake flavors and toppings, but National Blueberry Cheesecake Day is a celebration of the classic blueberry variety.
The type of cheese used to make cheesecake has a huge impact on the flavor and texture of this delicious dessert. American cheesecakes are made with cream cheese, Italian cheesecakes are made with ricotta, and German and Polish cheesecakes are made with “quark” cheese, which is a type of curd cheese. Blueberry cheesecake is one of the most popular cheesecake flavors. Enjoy a heavenly slice today to celebrate.

National Cherry Dessert Day

Cherries are in season again, and National Cherry Dessert Day urges you to take advantage of that fact by making a dessert today with cherries as the predominant ingredient.
Cherries range from sweet to sour and have many culinary uses. They contain about 60-80 calories per 3.5 ounce portion. They are high in vitamin C, carbohydrates, and include trace amounts of fiber, protein, vitamin A, vitamin B1 (thiamin), vitamin B2 (riboflavin), niacin, calcium, phosphorus, iron, and potassium.
Cherries are a versatile fruit and show up in many different international cuisines…both in savory and sweet recipes. Cherries can be purchased in a variety of forms including fresh, frozen, canned (as for pies), and even dried, which make a tasty snack.

Corpus Christi

Lindy Hop Day

World Redhead Day 

On this date:

  • In 1647 – A new law banned Catholic priests from the colony of Massachusetts. The penalty was banishment or death for a second offense.
  • In 1835 – A resolution was passed in the U.S. Congress stating that Congress has no authority over state slavery laws.
  • In 1864 – The Territory of Montana was organized.
  • In 1865 – Arrangements were made in New Orleans for the surrender of Confederate forces west of the Mississippi.
  • In 1908 – The first oil strike was made in the Middle East, in Persia.
  • In 1938 – The House Committee on Un-American Activities began its work of searching for subversives in the United States.
  • In 1946 – A patent was filed in the United States for an H-bomb.
  • In 1948 – The U.S. Congress passed Public Law 557 which permanently established the Civil Air Patrol as the Auxiliary of the new U.S. Air Force.
  • In 1958 – Union Square, in San Francisco, became a state historical landmark.
  • In 1959 – The word “Frisbee” became a registered trademark of Wham-O.
  • In 1972 – The Strategic Arms Limitation Treaty (SALT I) was signed by the U.S. and USSR. The short-term agreement put a freeze on the testing and deployment of intercontinental and submarine-launched ballistic missiles for a 5-year period.
  • In 1975 – American stuntman Evel Knievel suffered severe spinal injuries in Britain when he crashed while attempting to jump 13 buses in his car.
  • In 1977 – George H. Willig was arrested after he scaled the South Tower of New York’s World Trade Center. It took him 3 1/2 hours.
  • In 1994 – President Clinton renewed trade privileges for China and announced that his administration would no longer link China’s trade status with its human rights record.
  • In 1998 – The Supreme Court ruled that Ellis Island was mainly in New Jersey, not New York.
  • In 1998 – The Supreme Court ruled that police officers in high-speed chases are liable for bystander injuries only if their “actions shock the conscience.”

Celebrity Birthdays:

  • Al Jolson 1886 – Entertainer.
  • Norma Talmadge 1894 – Silent film star.
  • John Wayne 1907 – Actor.
  • Ben Alexander 1911 – Actor.
  • Jay Silverheels 1912- Actor.
  • James Arness 1923 – Actor.
  • Jacques Bergerac 1927 – Actor.
  • Brent Musburger 1939 – Sportscaster.
  • Levon Helm 1942 – Musician.
  • Stevie Nicks 1948 – Singer.
  • Pam Grier 1949 – Actress.
  • Hank Williams, Jr. 1949 – Country musician.
  • Phillip Michael Thomas 1949 – Actor.
  • Genie Francis 1962 – Actress.
  • Bobcat Goldthwait 1962 – Comedian.
  • Lenny Kravitz 1964 – Singer.
  • Helena Bonham-Carter 1966 – Actress.
  • Joseph Fiennes 1970 – Actor.

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