May 6th – They’re Off!

May 6, 2017 at 12:01 am | Posted in Today's Reasons To Celebrate | Leave a comment

Good morning horse racing fans. Today is Saturday, May 6, 2017. Today’s reasons to celebrate 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 Super Bowl of horse racing.  The other two “jewels” in the Triple Crown are the Preakness Stakes and the Belmont Stakes. This year, the 143rd 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, the 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 more prestigious 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 Nurses Day

National Nurses Day, (aka National RN Recognition Day), is always celebrated on May 6th and opens National Nurses Week.  National Nurses Week begins each year on May 6th and ends on May 12th, the birth date of Florence Nightingale.
National Nurses Day recognizes the contributions and commitments nurses make and is geared toward educating the public about the significant work they perform. In 1981, a resolution was initiated by nurses in New Mexico to have May 6th declared “National Recognition Day for Nurses.”  This proposal was promoted by the ANA (American Nurses Association) Board of Directors and in 1982, with a joint resolution, Congress designated May 6th to be “National Recognition Day for Nurses.”

National Start Seeing Monarchs Day

National Start Seeing Monarchs Day has nothing to do with getting a glimpse at British royalty. National Start Seeing Monarchs Days was proclaimed by the Registrar of National Day Calendar in 2015 and is observed annually on the first Saturday in May. This day has been established to keep the Monarch butterfly from being added to the endangered species list.
The Monarch butterfly is a milkweed butterfly. It may be the most familiar North American butterfly because its wings feature an easily recognizable orange and black pattern. Monarchs typically reach 3 1/2 to 4″ in size. In the fall, they migrate south to warmer climates. In the spring, they return further north.
The best way to celebrate National Start Seeing Monarchs Day is by becoming a part of the solution. Plant a variety of native milkweeds in your backyard, a haven for all pollinators, and especially the Monarch butterfly. Without milkweed, the Monarch will cease to exist, so people need to start planting Monarch Waystations in their backyards – safe havens where Monarchs don’t have to worry about herbicides, pesticides and GMO’s affecting their daily meals. Tell your friends and neighbors about what you’re doing and get them to join in…the more Monarch Waystations, the better. Stop using chemicals and pesticides that harm so many of the small creatures we rely upon to pollinate our fruits and vegetables – think about using more environmentally friendly organic alternatives in your garden. And finally, you can visit and to educate yourself on everything Monarch and to get other ideas to help save the Monarchs before it’s too late.


International No Diet Day

International No Diet Day encourages us to appreciate the bodies we have. People come in all shapes and sizes; that’s what makes us unique. Societal pressure often makes people believe that they are lacking in some way if they aren’t “model thin”. This can lead to anorexia, bulimia, and other unhealthy eating disorders. This holiday is a good opportunity to reassess and evaluate your weight management goals and perspective and to make certain your efforts to be thin don’t come at a risk to your health. If you decide that continuing your diet is right for you, then use today to take a one-day b

National Crepes Suzette Day

Crepes Suzette is a classic French dessert dish consisting of sweet crêpes and a sauce of butter, sugar, orange juice, orange zest and an orange liqueur, such as Grand Marnier. The dish is typically ignited tableside and, thanks to the flame-inducing liqueur, makes for a dramatic presentation.
You are probably wondering right now: “Who is Suzette, and why does she have a crepe named after her?” Well, apparently, Suzette was a paramour to, then Prince of Wales, and future King Edward VII, son of Queen Victoria. In 1895, Henri Carpentier, Mâitre d’Hotel at the Café de Paris in Monte-Carlo, raised the common crêpe to haute cuisine when he prepared this special recipe at tableside for the aforementioned couple. The Prince liked them so much that he named them after his lady friend and dining companion, Suzette. [I wonder if Edward’s wife, Princess-then-Queen Alexandra, ever ate them].

More Holidays 

On This Date:

  • In 1835 – James Gordon Bennett published the “New York Herald” for the first time.
  • In 1840 – The first adhesive postage stamps went on sale in Great Britain.
  • In 1851 – The mechanical refrigerator was patented by Dr. John Gorrie.
  • In 1851 – Linus Yale patented the clock-type lock.
  • In 1861 – Arkansas became the ninth state to secede from the Union.
  • In 1877 – Chief Crazy Horse surrendered to Federal troops in Nebraska.
  • In 1882 – Congress passed the Chinese Exclusion Act. The act barred Chinese immigrants from the United States for 10 years.
  • In 1889 – The Universal Exposition opened in Paris, France, marking the dedication of the Eiffel Tower. Also at the exposition was the first automobile in Paris, the Mercedes-Benz.
  • In 1910 – Kind Edward VII of England died. He was succeeded by his second son, George V.
  • In 1915 – Babe Ruth hit his first major league home run while playing for the Boston Red Sox.
  • In 1937 – The German airship Hindenburg crashed and burned in Lakehurst, NJ. Thirty-six people (of the 97 on board) were killed. The footage showing a colossal fireball engulfing the German airship has become iconic and the event marked the end of the zeppelin era.
  • In 1941 – Joseph Stalin assumed the Soviet premiership.
  • In 1941 – Bob Hope gave his first USO show at California’s March Field (later March AFB).
  • In 1942 – During World War II, the Japanese seized control of the Philippines. About 15,000 Americans and Filipinos on Corregidor surrendered to the Japanese.
  • In 1945 – Axis Sally made her final propaganda broadcast to Allied troops.
  • In 1946 – The New York Yankees became the first major league baseball team to travel by plane.
  • In 1954 – Roger Bannister became the first person to run a mile in under 4 minutes. The British athlete took 3 minutes and 59.4 seconds. The current record (3:43.13) is held by Moroccan Hicham El Guerrouj.
  • In 1957 – Senator John Fitzgerald Kennedy was awarded the Pulitzer Prize for his book “Profiles in Courage”.
  • In 1960 – President Eisenhower signed the Civil Rights Act of 1960.
  • In 1962 – The first nuclear warhead was fired from the Polaris submarine.
  • In 1976 – A massive earthquake hit northeast Italy. The quake killed 939 people and left another 157,000 people homeless.  It is Italy’s worst earthquake and measured 6.5 on the Richter scale.
  • In 1994 – “The Chunnel” officially opened. The tunnel under the English Channel links England and France. Queen Elizabeth II of the United Kingdom and French President Francois Mitterrand officiated the ceremony. It measures just over 50 km (31 mi) and is the tunnel with the world’s longest undersea portion.
  • In 1994 – Former Arkansas state worker Paula Jones filed suit against U.S. President Clinton. The case alleged that he had sexually harassed her in 1991.
  • In 1997 – Four health-care companies agreed to a settlement of $600 million to hemophiliacs who had contracted AIDS from tainted blood between 1978-1985.
  • In 1999 – A parole board in New York voted to release Amy Fisher. She had been in jail for 7 years for shooting her lover’s wife, Mary Jo Buttafuoco, in the face.
  • In 2001 – Chandra Levy’s parents reported her missing to police in Washington, DC. Levy’s body was found on May 22, 2002, in Rock Creek Park.
  • In 2002 – “Spider-Man” became the first movie to make more than $100 million in its first weekend.
  • In 2004 – The final episode of Friends aired. The immensely popular sitcom about Rachel, Monica, Phoebe, Joey, Chandler, and Ross had been produced since 1994. The final episode “The Last One” was watched by 52 million viewers.

Noteworthy Birthdays:

If you were born on this date, Happy Birthday. You share your birthday with the following list of illustrious individuals – and about 20-million other people.

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