May 7th – Mayday For Mutts

May 7, 2017 at 12:01 am | Posted in Today's Reasons To Celebrate | Leave a comment

Good morning fans of mixed-breed mongrel mutts. Today is Sunday, May 7, 2017. Today’s reasons to celebrate are:

Mayday For Mutts

Mayday For Mutts is celebrated annually on the first Sunday in May and coincides with the first day of Be Kind To Animals Week, an event established in 1915 by the American Humane Association. Mayday For Mutts seeks to remind everyone that it is personality, not pedigree that makes a good dog. In addition, this holiday serves to remind us of the wonderful dogs available in shelters…not only mutts but senior and special needs pups that often are overlooked by people. Adopting one of these special mutts can go a long way to reducing the number of “puppy mills” in America.
Mayday For Mutts is the brainchild of  Karen Derrico, author of “Unforgettable Mutts: Pure of Heart Not of Breed”‘. According to the Humane Society of the United States, approximately 75% of the six million dogs entering United States animal shelters each year are mixed-breed.
Animal shelters, humane organizations, and pet-related businesses across America will be holding mutt-related activities and distributing literature promoting the adoption of mixed-breed dogs throughout the month of May, but the official Mayday For Mutts holiday is the first Sunday of each May.
The aforementioned literature will include information on: mutt myths and facts, adopting a mutt, listings for mutt-specific activities, events, and clubs, spaying and neutering, and adopting special needs dogs –And who says that mutts don’t come with papers? Participating shelters will be presenting “100% Pure Mutt” certificates to people adopting mutts during the month of May.
So if you’re in the market for a loving canine companion, please consider adopting a mutt, senior dog citizen or a special needs dog.

National Barrier Awareness Day

National Barrier Awareness Day is not a holiday about putting up barriers, but rather it is a holiday about tearing down barriers – the barriers facing millions of disabled people every day. On May 7, 1986, President Ronald Reagan, issued Proclamation 5472,  declaring this date as National Barrier Awareness Day.
Today some 36 million Americans suffer from some form of handicap and 80% of Americans will experience some type of short-term or long-term disability in their lifetime. It is 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.
As citizens, we are responsible for eliminating the stigmas that keep people with disabilities from advancing in education. We need to tear down walls and build ramps that will help provide access. We need to develop new technology to bridge the gaps between the disabled and a normal life. We need to eliminate antiquated policies that are preventing those with disabilities from accessing their full potential.
The barriers facing disabled people are both visible and invisible, and both are equally difficult to overcome. With advocacy, education, and awareness these obstacles can be lifted, empowering people with disabilities to live more independent fulfilled lives. Break the barriers and work toward eliminating all of the cultural, employment, legal, and physical obstacles that face individuals with disabilities.

National Paste-Up Day

National Paste-Up Day is about remembering those times before desktop publishing and computerized digital imaging when newspapers, magazines, and catalogs were compiled by hand and those that worked so tediously in their positions. Paste-up refers to a method of preparing and laying out pages of a publication.  A paste-up artist was also known as a layout artist, mechanical artist, production artist or compositor. Part of the daily duties of the paste-up artist would be to cut the type into sections and arrange it carefully across multiple columns.  The headline and other typographic elements were often created and supplied separately by the typesetter, leaving it to the paste-up artist to determine their final composition on the page. Sadly, word processing technology has all but eliminated the need for these paste-up artists.
My sources revealed no information about the origin or creator of National Paste-up Day.

Lemonade Day

Lemonade Day is observed the first Sunday of May. Lemonade Day began as a fun, experiential program to teach young people how to start, own and operate their very own business – a lemonade stand. The mission of lemonade Day is to help today’s youth to become the business leaders, social advocates, community volunteers and forward-thinking citizens of tomorrow.
Each year, in participating cities, youth have the opportunity to experience entrepreneurship by setting up their business during their city’s community-wide Lemonade Day. By teaching key skills, financial literacy, and decision-making, we foster self-esteem and new mindsets that can propel youth to success.
The history of lemonade is quite long. The first written evidence of lemonade can be found in medieval Egypt, but, it is believed that natives of India (not native-American Indians) began drinking a form of lemonade called “nimbu pani,” or “lemon water” prior to the entrance of lemonade in Egypt and neighboring countries. Lemonade recipes began appearing in America during the 17th century with the early arrival of European immigrants.
There are many different variations of lemonade including raspberry lemonade, sparkling lemonade, frozen lemonade, ginger lemonade, and pink lemonade. It is rumored that pink lemonade was invented by a circus performer named Henry E. Allott. During a show, Allott accidentally dropped cinnamon candies into a container of lemonade, giving the drink a subtle pink hue. Instead of disposing of the lemonade, Allott marketed the drink as “pink lemonade” and sold it to eager spectators.

National Roast Leg of Lamb Day

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.
Roast leg of lamb is not a dish that you whip up on the spur of the moment. If you intend to serve it for dinner, you need to know that this dish takes about 3 hours to prepare. 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.

More Holidays

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 1895 – Alexander Popov demonstrated the world’s first radio receiver. The Russian physicist had initially built the device as a lightning detector. He achieved the first radio transmission between two buildings the following year.
  • 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. It was the deadliest shipwreck during World War I. The fact that some of the dead were United States citizens influenced the country’s decision to enter the war in 1917.
  • In 1926 – A United States 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. The capitulation ended World War II, one of the bloodiest conflicts of all time. According to estimates, between 40 and 71 million people died in the war and the Holocaust initiated by Adolf Hitler’s Nazi regime.
  • In 1946 – Tokyo Telecommunications Engineering Corp. was founded. The company was later renamed Sony. It is now one of the leading manufacturers of electronic products.
  • 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 United States 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 follow 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 2000 – Vladimir Putin became President of Russia. The former KGB officer has high approval ratings in his country as living standards in Russia have improved drastically under his rule. Internationally, he has been criticized for his authoritarian style of government.
  • 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 matinée 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.

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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