May 18th – International Museum Day

May 18, 2017 at 12:01 am | Posted in Today's Reasons To Celebrate | Leave a comment

Good morning you old fossils. Today is Thursday, May 18th. Today’s reasons to celebrate are:

International Museum Day

International Museum Day was created in 1977 by the International Council of Museums and celebrates museums and the role that they play in society today. Museums preserve humanity’s treasures for future generations. They are our windows into past civilizations, art, history, and culture.
Since its creation, International Museum Day has steadily grown. In 2012, about 32,000 museums in 129 countries on all continents participated in International Museum Day.
Check for an event in your area and attend it if you can.  [Museums are in constant need of funds for maintenance, upgrading displays, and sponsoring educational programs, so leave a donation in addition to any admittance fees you pay. You might also consider volunteering at your museum].

National Notebook Day

Take note, 2016 marked the inaugural celebration of National Notebook Day. This holiday is celebrated on the third Thursday in May and meant to celebrate those who still cling to keeping journals and diaries in notebooks.  At some point, almost everyone has felt the need to keep a diary or journal to record their innermost thoughts and feelings — And, smoldering 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 relatively 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.

Visit Your Relatives Day

It’s easy to lose touch with your loved ones. We all lead busy lives so visits to relatives, even in the same town, are often relegated to Christmas and maybe a few other major holidays.
The origins of Visit Your Relatives Day are unknown, but as the name implies, it is meant to encourage us to visit family more often, especially those relatives who we don’t get the chance to see very often.
Reach out to your relatives today. The spirit of the holiday dictates that you should visit your relatives today, but if you can’t stop by, at least reach out to them via phone, email or internet chat, or even a letter or note.

Mother Whistler Day

Everyone is familiar with the famous painting “Whistler’s Mother” by James Abbott McNeill Whistler. But what most of you probably didn’t know is that his mother wasn’t the intended subject of the painting. The model he planned to use didn’t show up, so his mother dutifully sat for the portrait. And also, “Whistler’s Mother” is not the actual title of the work. The actual title is “Arrangement in Grey and Black No. 1”. With that said, however, Mother Whistler Day has absolutely nothing to do with the painting, the painter, or his mother. Mother Whistler Day celebrates anyone who can whistle.
Whistling is carefully controlling a stream of air flowing through a small hole. Blowing through a small hole, whether it be pursed lips, cupped hands, or simply a piece of wood, plastic or metal will produce a ‘whistle’.  Some people can make a whistle out of a small hole in a blade of grass.
Whistling has probably been around as long as humanity itself. Whistling has been used in many ways, for many different things throughout history. Whistling is used to make music, to attract attention, to warn people, to show appreciation, to communicate, or to just make noise. Many dog trainers use whistles to train dogs and no self-respecting policeman in the days of yore was without his whistle.
To celebrate Mother Whistler Day, pucker up and whistle a happy tune.
Author’s Note: While we’re on the subject of whistlers (and mothers), my mother could really whistle. Her whistle could be heard for nearly a half mile – and if we were out playing and heard her whistle, no matter what we were doing, we had 15-minutes to get home…or else!

No Dirty Dishes Day

Day after day, we do the daily chore of washing and drying dishes, then put them away in various cabinets and drawers. We perform this monotonous task after every meal until sometimes it seems that even putting them in the dishwasher and running it, is a chore. No Dirty Dishes Day is meant to be a reprieve from this mundane task. No Dirty Dishes Day is not intended to be a holiday where you just let your dirty dishes pile up in the sink or dishwasher.  The objective is to not dirty any dishes today. One way to do this is to use disposable pans, plates, bowls, cups, and utensils. Another way is to take your family out for all three meals.

Brown Bag It Thursday

Brown Bag It Thursday is observed the third Thursday of May each year. This holiday encourages you to take a break from the office vending machines, the sketchy food trucks, or nearby fast food establishments and make a healthy and nutritious lunch at home to take to work today – and, as a bonus, you’ll probably save some money too. Same thing applies to your school-age children…pack them a healthy lunch today too.  If, like me, you are retired, pack a nutritious lunch and enjoy it in your back yard or in your neighborhood park.
Often, we opt for convenience over nutrition without thinking about what we are doing to our bodies. Brown Bag It Thursday serves to remind us of the importance of eating a healthy diet…and how easy it really is to eat healthily.

National Cheese Soufflé Day

A soufflé is a baked egg dish made with egg yolks, beaten egg whites, and various other ingredients. The word soufflé is the past participle of the French verb souffler which means “to blow up” or more loosely “puff up”. That is an apt description of what happens when this dish is baked. The traditional way to make a soufflé is in individual ramekins. Soufflés are light and fluffy and can be enjoyed as any meal, but more often than not, they are served as breakfast or brunch. Take the time to make one today. To get the full effect, be sure that you are ready to eat as soon as they come out of the oven because soufflés tend to deflate quickly once they are removed from the heat.

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.

More Holidays 

HIV Vaccine Awareness Day and World AIDS Vaccine Day – These two are the same basic holiday…but with different links.

Hummus Day – Observed on the third Thursday of May.

I Love Reese’s Day

Send an Electronic Greeting Card Day

On This Date 

  • In 1652 – In Rhode Island, a law was passed that made slavery illegal in North America. It was the first law of its kind.
  • In 1804 – Napoleon Bonaparte was appointed Emperor of the French. Even today, the French leader, a native of Corsica, is widely known for his successful military campaigns – and his final defeat at the Battle of Waterloo.
  • In 1848 – The first German National Assembly gathered in Frankfurt. The assembly constituted the first freely elected parliament of Germany. It produced a constitution that provided the basis for today’s constitution of Germany (Grundgesetz).
  • In 1896 – The Supreme court upheld the “separate but equal” policy in the Plessy vs. Ferguson decision. The ruling was overturned 58 years later with the Brown vs. Board of Education ruling.
  • In 1917 –  Congress passed the Selective Service act, which called up soldiers to fight in World War I.
  • In 1927 – The United States’ worst school massacre killed 45 people. In the Bath school disaster, a disgruntled school board member set off several bombs at the Bath Consolidated School and other locations in Michigan.
  • In 1931 – Japanese pilot Seiji Yoshihara crashed his plane in the Pacific Ocean while trying to be the first to cross the ocean non-stop. He was picked up seven hours later by a passing ship.
  • In 1933 – The Tennessee Valley Authority was created.
  • In 1934 – Congress approved an act, known as the “Lindberg Act,” that called for the death penalty in interstate kidnapping cases.
  • In 1951 – The United Nations moved its headquarters to New York City.
  • In 1953 – The first woman to fly faster than the speed of sound, Jacqueline Cochran, piloted an F-86 Sabrejet over California at an average speed of 652.337 miles-per-hour.
  • In 1974 – India became the sixth nation to explode an atomic bomb.
  • In 1980 – Mt. Saint Helens erupted in Washington state. The eruption killed 57 people and $3 billion in damage was done.  A large part of the previously cone-shaped volcano was replaced by a massive crater; its summit is now some 1300 feet (400 meters) lower than before the eruption.
  • In 1983 – The Senate revised immigration laws and gave millions of illegal aliens legal status under an amnesty program.
  • In 1998 – The federal government and 20 states filed a sweeping antitrust case against Microsoft Corp., saying the computer software company had a “choke hold” on competitors which denied consumer choices by controlling 90% of the software market.
  • In 1998 – Federal officials arrested more than 130 people and seized $35 million. This was the end to an investigation of money laundering being done by a dozen Mexican banks and two drug-smuggling cartels.
  • In 2009 – The Sri Lankan Civil War ended. The 25-year conflict between the government and the separatist Tamil Tigers had claimed up to 100,000 lives. It ended with the Tigers’ defeat.

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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