May 15th – Peace Officer’s Memorial Day

May 15, 2017 at 12:01 am | Posted in Today's Reasons To Celebrate | Leave a comment

Good morning fellow fans of law enforcement. Today is Monday, May 15, 2017. Today’s reasons to celebrate are:

Peace Officer’s Memorial Day

Peace Officer’s Memorial Day is a part of Police Week, which is an observance in America that pays tribute to the local, state, and Federal peace officers. It was proposed in October 1961 when congress asked the President to designate May 15 to honor peace officers. President John F. Kennedy signed the bill into law on October 1, 1962. The law was amended in 1994 when President Clinton, through Public Law 103-322, directed that the flag of the United States be flown at half-staff on this date.
Peace Officer’s Memorial Day honors Federal, state and local officers who were killed or disabled in the line of duty. According to statistics, about 150 officers are killed each year while performing their jobs. Although it is an observance, (not an “official” holiday), many municipalities give officers time off, such as some extra time at lunch, to attend Memorial Services held in their community. If you know of a Memorial Service being held in your area today, attend it.

Straw Hat Day

If you have languished over the quandary of exactly when it is socially acceptable to begin wearing your straw hat without committing a fashion faux pas, languish no longer, today is Straw Hat Day. The exact date of Straw Hat Day varies somewhat in the United States by region and climate, but May 15th is the generally accepted date to begin wearing your straw hat. Straw Hat Day is the unofficial start of summer in many areas of the country.
Before you dismiss Straw Hat Day as another frivolous holiday, consider this. According to Neil Steinberg’s book “Hatless Jack”, men have been murdered as recently as the early 20th century in the United States for the crime of wearing a hat out of season.
Your felt hats should be put away until September 1, which makes perfect sense in most places as straw wears much cooler because it lets air circulate. During the summer, protection from the sun seems to be a better reason to wear a straw hat than winter’s “75% of your body’s heat loss occurs through your head” rationale.
So break out your ‘boater’ and wear it proudly today. Just don’t get caught wearing it after Labor Day lest you be subjected to public ridicule by the ‘fashion police’.
Note: Modern research shows that straw hats aren’t necessarily any cooler nor do they offer better protection from the sun than other types of hats.

National Women’s Check-Up Day

National Women’s Check-Up Day is celebrated annually on the second Monday in May (the day after Mother’s Day).
Mother’s Day is over, and hopefully, you are rested, rejuvenated, and feeling loved. But, now it’s time to get back to the reality of everyday life and take charge of your health. Schedule an appointment with your health care provider to discuss what screenings and exams you need and when you need them. After all, you want to be around to be pampered again next Mother’s Day, don’t you?
Regular health exams and tests can help find problems before they start. They also can help find problems early, when your chances for treatment and cure are better. By getting the right health services, screenings, and treatments, you are taking steps that help your chances for living a longer, healthier life. Your age, health and family history, lifestyle choices (i.e. what you eat, how active you are, whether you smoke), and other important factors impact what and how often you need health care.

Nylon Stockings Day

In 1935, a new synthetic material, nylon was developed by Du Pont corporation, and Nylon Stockings Day marks the date, in 1940, that Du Pont corporation put on sale for the first time, nylon stockings. In a public-relations and marketing coup d’etat,  Du Pont advertised well in advance of the release date, its new “stronger than steel and run-proof” stockings for women and declared May 15th as N-Day. As a result, women across America lined up for blocks to get these new stockings, and Du Pont sold 5 million pairs on this single day. These new stockings came to represent a new-found freedom for women and redefined the concept of femininity to sexuality.
During World War II Du Pont was forced to divert its nylon production toward war-related materials, such as parachutes and aircraft tires. This, naturally, soon caused a shortage. In America, the demand for nylon stockings was so high that people began paying $20 per pair on the black market (before the start of the war they had cost a little over a dollar). In Chicago, police ruled out robbery as a motive in a murder case because the perpetrator had left six pairs of nylon stockings at the crime scene. Eight days after the end of WW II, Du Pont announced that it was resuming production of nylon stockings, however, it took until March of 1946 for Du Pont to attain the pre-war production levels of about 30 million pairs per month. The results were so-called, “Nylon Wars”. As soon as word leaked out that a retailer had received a limited number of nylons, crowds would show up and demand that they be sold a pair. These crowds often became disorderly, and police sometimes had to be called to restore order.

National Chocolate Chip Day

National Chocolate Chip Day celebrates that sweet, tasty, and versatile necessity essential to every cook’s pantry…the chocolate chip. Chocolate chips aren’t just for cookies anymore. Chocolate chips are specially formulated to be used in a variety of baked goods. They provide a burst of rich chocolate flavor, yet retain the integrity of their flavor, texture, and shape. There are various kinds of chips available (semi-sweet, bittersweet, milk, mint and white chocolate, mini, standard, and large).
The most popular among these are the semi-sweet variety because of their versatility. You can use them in virtually any recipe that calls for chocolate chips. Chocolate chips store well at room temperatures of 65 to 70 degrees, are easy to measure (a standard six-ounce package equals one cup), and fold into almost any mixture with just a few strokes. They also add flavor, without overpowering the other ingredients. Heck, I’ve been known to eat them right out of the bag, along with a few raisins and nuts, as a snack. How are you going to enjoy your chocolate chips today?

More Holidays 

On This Date 

  • In 1602 – Cape Cod was discovered by Bartholomew Gosnold.
  • In 1618 – Johannes Kepler discovered his harmonics law.
  • In 1718 – The world’s first machine gun was patented. British lawyer, James Puckle, invented the 25.4 mm “Puckle Gun” for the use on ships. It was designed to fire two types of bullets – round bullets for Christians and (more damaging) square bullets for Turks.
  • In 1862 – Congress created the U.S. Department of Agriculture.
  • In 1911 – The Supreme Court ordered the dissolution of Standard Oil Company, ruling it was in violation of the Sherman Antitrust Act.
  • In 1918 – Regular airmail service between New York City, Philadelphia, and Washington, DC, began under the direction of the Post Office Department, which later became the U.S. Postal Service.
  • In 1928 – The first Mickey Mouse film was screened. The 6-minute film “Plane Crazy” directed by Walt Disney shows Mickey trying to fly an airplane in reference to Charles Lindbergh. Today, Mickey Mouse is one of the world’s most recognized cartoon characters and the official mascot of the Walt Disney Company.
  • In 1926 – Roald Amundsen and Lincoln Ellsworth were forced down in Alaska after a four-day flight over an icecap. Ice had begun to form on the dirigible Norge.
  • In 1930 – Ellen Church became the first airline stewardess. Ellen Church and her team served snacks on a United Airlines flight from Oakland to Chicago. The flight attendants were also responsible for refueling the aircraft, handling luggage, and checking tickets.
  • In 1940 – The first McDonald’s fast food restaurant opened. Maurice “Mac” and Richard “Dick” McDonald opened McDonald’s Bar-B-Q in San Bernardino. Today, McDonald’s is the world’s largest fast food chain.
  • In 1941 – Joe DiMaggio began his historic major league baseball hitting streak of 56 games.
  • In 1942 – Gasoline rationing began in the United States. The limit was 3 gallons a week for nonessential vehicles.
  • In 1948 – Israel was attacked by Transjordan, Egypt, Syria, Iraq, and Lebanon only hours after declaring its independence. Known as The First Arab-Israeli War, it lasted nearly 10 months and caused thousands of casualties on both sides.
  • In 1951 – AT&T became the first corporation to have one million stockholders.
  • In 1958 – Sputnik III, the first space laboratory, was launched in the Soviet Union.
  • In 1970 – President Nixon appointed America’s first two female generals.
  • In 1970 – Phillip Lafayette Gibbs and James Earl Green, two black students at Jackson State University in Mississippi, were killed when police opened fire during student protests.
  • In 1972 – Alabama Gov. George C. Wallace was shot by Arthur Bremer in Laurel, MD while campaigning for the U.S. presidency. Wallace was paralyzed.
  • In 1980 – The first transcontinental balloon crossing of the United States took place.
  • In 1988 – The Soviet Union began their withdrawal of its 115,000 troops from Afghanistan. Soviet forces had been there for more than eight years.
  • In 1997 – The Space shuttle Atlantis blasted off on a mission to deliver urgently needed repair equipment and a fresh American astronaut to Russia’s orbiting Mir station.

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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