May 22nd – Elementary

May 22, 2017 at 12:01 am | Posted in Today's Reasons To Celebrate | Leave a comment

Good morning mystery lovers. Today is Monday, May 22, 2017. Today’s reasons to celebrate are:

Sherlock Holmes Day

Sherlock Holmes Day celebrates one of the most beloved fictional characters ever created. But why does he deserve a holiday in his honor? Elementary my dear Watson. Since his creation over a century ago, the character of Sherlock Holmes has garnered millions of fans worldwide. He is among the most renown fictional characters and has been portrayed on stage, in films, on television, and on the radio more than any other character in history. He is literally a literary icon.
Sir Arthur Conan Doyle, the author of the Sherlock Holmes stories, says the character was originally inspired by Joseph Bell, a surgeon at the Royal Infirmary of Edinburgh for whom Doyle had worked as an assistant. Like Holmes, Bell was famous for his ability to draw broad conclusions from minute observations. Francis “Tanky” Smith, a policeman and master of disguise who was Leicester’s first private detective, is also thought to have influenced the character. Doyle’s first Sherlock Holmes story first appeared in print in 1887 and continued to be published for the next forty years, until shortly before the author’s death. During this time, the detective had countless adventures, usually accompanied by his loyal friend and assistant, Dr. Watson.
To celebrate Sherlock Holmes Day, channel your “inner Sherlock” and play a rousing game or two of “Clue” with your family.

Buy a Musical Instrument Day 

No one knows for sure when the first musical instrument was invented, but historians believe that flutes made of animal bones date back 37,000 years. Today there are 6 main instrument categories – percussion, woodwinds, brass, strings, keyboard, and electronic.
Worldwide, the most played instrument is the piano, followed by the guitar and the drums. 21 million Americans play the piano – that’s more than all other instruments combined! Other popular instruments include the flute, ukulele, saxophone, clarinet, trombone, and violin. Playing a musical instrument can increase abilities in other areas. Children who play a musical instrument are shown to read at advanced levels, have larger vocabularies, and work better in teams.
Buy a Musical Instrument Day is pretty much a self-explanatory holiday. If you are a musician, today is the day to upgrade or add to your collection. If you have contemplated taking up a musical instrument, today might be the day to take the plunge and make the purchase. You are never too old to learn something new.

National Maritime Day 

National Maritime Day is a holiday celebrated in the United States. It was created by Congress in 1933 to recognize the maritime industry. The date of May 22 was chosen because it marks the date in 1819 that the American steamship Savannah set sail from Savannah, Georgia on the first ever transoceanic voyage under steam power.
National Maritime Day salutes those who serve in the United States Merchant Marine. The men and women of the United States Merchant Marine have made contributions to this country during war and peace since its infancy. They have participated in every war from the Revolution to the latest wars in Iraq and Afghanistan. They transport troops, supplies, and equipment to war zones, often at great peril. Take time out of your busy day to remember those selfless people who are currently at sea keeping you safe.

National Vanilla Pudding Day 

The sweet creamy dessert that we all know and love today has been around since the 19th century. Most culinary historians agree that our modern recipe evolved from custards, which date back to Ancient Rome.
Jell-O introduced its first line of instant pudding in the 1950’s. The advertising campaign announcing the new product promoted it as the “busy-day dessert.”
To celebrate National Vanilla Pudding Day, make some delicious homemade vanilla pudding from scratch, or from an instant mix. I think I will slice some bananas into mine, then pour the mixture into a pre-baked graham cracker crust and top it with whipped cream. I’ll call it Vanilla Pudding Cream Pie/with bananas – I’m such an innovator.

More Holidays

On This Date

  • In 1761 – In Philadelphia, the first life insurance policy was issued in the United States.
  • In 1819 – The steamship Savannah became the first steamship to cross the Atlantic Ocean.
  • In 1841 – Henry Kennedy received a patent for the first reclining chair.
  • In 1849 – Abraham Lincoln received a patent for the floating dry dock.
  • In 1868 – Near Marshfield, IN, The “Great Train Robbery” took place. The seven members of the Reno gang hauled in $96,000 in cash, gold, and bonds from the robbery.
  • In 1872 – The Amnesty Act restored civil rights to Southerners.
  • In 1892 – A British dentist invented the toothpaste tube.
  • In 1900 – The Associated Press was incorporated as a non-profit news cooperative in New York.
  • In 1906 – The Wright brothers were granted U.S. Patent 821393 – for “new and useful Improvements in Flying Machines”.
  • In 1955 – A scheduled dance to be headlined by Fats Domino was canceled by police in Bridgeport, Connecticut because “rock and roll dances might be featured.”
  • In 1955 – Jack Benny did his last live network radio broadcast after a run of 23 years.
  • In 1960 – The most violent earthquake ever in recorded history hit Chile. The Great Chilean Earthquake rated 9.5 on the moment magnitude scale. According to estimates, between 2230 and 6000 people were killed.
  • In 1967 – “Mister Rogers’ Neighborhood” premiered on PBS.
  • In 1972 – President Nixon became the first United States President to visit Russia. He met with Soviet leader Leonid Brezhnev.
  • In 1972 – The island of Ceylon adopted a new constitution and became the republic of Sri Lanka.
  • In 1977 – Janet Guthrie set the fastest time of the second weekend of qualifying, becoming the first woman to earn a starting spot in the Indianapolis 500 since its inception in 1911.
  • In 1980 – The arcade game Pac-Man was released. The game featuring a dot-munching round yellow figure moving through a maze has become one of the best-known video games in history. It was produced by Namco.
  • In 1992 – Johnny Carson hosted NBC’s “Tonight Show” for the last time. He had been the host for 30 years.
  • In 1997 – Kelly Flinn, the U.S. Air Force’s first female bomber pilot certified for combat, accepted a general discharge. She thereby avoided court-martial on charges of adultery, lying and disobeying an order.
  • In 1998 – A federal judge said that Secret Service agents could be compelled to testify before a grand jury in Monica Lewinsky investigation concerning President Clinton.
  • In 2002 – Chandra Levy’s remains were found in Washington, DC’s Rock Creek Park. She was last seen on April 30, 2001. California Congressman Gary Condit was questioned in the case due to his relationship with Levy.
  • In 2003 – At the Colonial Golf Club in Fort Worth, TX, Annika Sorenstam became the first woman to play on the PGA tour in 58 years. She ended the day at 1-over par.
  • In 2010 – The worst air crash involving a Boeing 737 killed 158 people. Air India Express Flight 812 overshot the runway on landing at Mangalore International Airport. It fell over a cliff and burst into flames. The 737 is the world’s most widely flown aircraft.
  • In 2012 – The world’s tallest tower opened to the public. At 2080 feet, the Tokyo Skytree in Japan’s capital city is also the second tallest structure in the world after Burj Khalifa in Dubai. Its prime purpose is relaying TV and radio signals.

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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