May 24th – Wassup Bro!

May 24, 2017 at 12:01 am | Posted in Today's Reasons To Celebrate | Leave a comment

Good morning Bros. Today is Wednesday, May 24th. Today’s reasons to celebrate are:

Brother’s Day 

National Brother’s Day was created in 2005 by three young brothers, ages 2, 5 & 7, who wanted to do something special for each other. They celebrated the first “Brother’s Day” at a “Build – a – Bear” in Las Vegas Nevada building bears for each other.
Since then, Brother’s Day has expanded to include not only to your biological male siblings, but also to ‘brothers’ bonded by lifelong friendship, affiliation with a group, or life experiences…such as fraternity brothers or comrades-in-arms. Brothers come in many shapes and sizes and so do their relationships to us. They are the men in our lives we can always count on, even if we don’t see them that often. What makes them ‘brothers’ is the shared memories we have and the challenges they faced together.
To celebrate Brother’s Day, reach out to as many of your ‘brothers’ as you can today – whether genetically linked, linked by affiliation, or linked by shared life experiences.

Aviation Maintenance Technician Day

Aviation Maintenance Technician Day is a United States holiday that recognizes the efforts of aviation maintenance professionals. In addition, it recognizes the achievements of Charles Edward Taylor…the man who built and maintained the engine used to power the Wright Brothers’ airplane. In fact, it is celebrated on May 24th because that is the date of Taylor’s birth.
Aviation Maintenance Technician Day is currently observed by 45 states in the United States. On May 24, 2007, a United States House of Representatives resolution supporting the goals and ideals of a National Aviation Maintenance Technician Day was introduced. Congressman Bob Filner of California was the sponsor of the resolution. On April 30, 2008, the resolution passed by a voice vote.
The text of the resolution reads, in part:

“Resolved, That the House of Representatives –
(1) supports National Aviation Maintenance Technician Day to honor the professional men and women who ensure the safety and security of our airborne aviation infrastructure; and
(2) recognizes the life and memory of Charles Edward Taylor, the aviation maintenance technician who built and maintained the engine that was used to power the Wright brothers’ first controlled flying machine on December 17, 1903. 

Author’s Note: I was an aircraft mechanic for much of my time in the Air Force. I could have pursued aircraft maintenance as a career after retirement – but instead, I opted for my second career as an over-the-road truck driver. No regrets.

Scavenger Hunt Day

The word scavenger comes from the 14th-century English word scawageour — which referred to officials that traveled the country collecting taxes.
Scavenger Hunt Day is an annual celebration of the popular party game called scavenger hunt. The unofficial holiday encourages people to get together with friends and family and participate in a scavenger hunt.
A scavenger hunt is a game where individuals or teams compete to find items or perform tasks provided to them as a list by the organizers of the game. The goal is to fulfill the requirements on the list before the other competitors. Usually, at the end the hunt, a grand prize awaits the first person/ team to reach the end of the list. Scavenger hunts combine aspects of racing, competitive hunting, and hide and seek. In many scavenger hunts, the organizers hide items in difficult to find places and give the participants clues on how and where to find them. Other hunts may require contestants to complete a route.
In recent years, technology has changed the way the game is played and has made it possible for players around the world to participate in scavenger hunts. Internet scavenger hunts require people to surf online and visit websites to find clues and solve problems.
Geocaching is yet another recent innovation in the world of scavenger hunting brought about by technological advances. It is the use of Global Positioning system (GPS) receivers to find caches or geocaches hidden at different spots around the world. A cache is usually a waterproof container that includes a log book and trinkets. Finders are required to leave their signature or name in the log book and may take a trinket out of the box as a way to remind them of their achievement. They must replace the trinket with another one of their choice and leave the cache in the same place they found it for others to find.
To celebrate, organize a scavenger hunt with your family or friends.

Asparagus Day

Asparagus Day celebrates that tasty slender vegetable, asparagus. Asparagus peaks in flavor and is at its beat in springtime, although it grows all year long.
Asparagus can be boiled, grilled, sautéed, steamed and roasted. No matter how you choose to cook it the flavor is unique. Roasting and grilling make asparagus taste sweet; steamed or boiled the asparagus keeps its original flavor.
Asparagus with slender tender spears is used in most recipes while thicker spears stand up better in grilling recipes. Thin spears are tasty raw or blanched and great used in salads or served as appetizers in recipes with the dip of your choice. Treat yourself to some asparagus tonight. It pairs nicely with any meat or fish.

National Escargot Day 

Escargot is the French word for snail. They are univalve mollusks with a spiral shell. Of the various varieties, the vineyard snail, which feeds on grape leaves, is considered the best eating; but it grows slowly and is difficult to raise. It has a dull, yellowish-brown streaked shell with a blotchy flesh, and grows to approximately 1½ to 1¾ inches in size. The French petit-gris is a smaller variety, growing to about 1 inch, and is currently grown in the United States. Its shell and flesh are brownish-gray in color. Fresh snails can be found in specialty markets throughout the year and are generally boiled first and then baked or broiled in the shell. Canned and packaged snail shells are also available in many supermarkets.
Like most other exotic foods, snails are purported to “taste like chicken.”
I WILL NOT BE CELEBRATING THIS HOLIDAY. The only way I enjoy snails is watching them dissolve when I pour salt on them.

More Holidays

Emergency Medical Services for Children Day – Observed on Wednesday of the third full week in May.

International Tiara Day 

Jerusalem Day  – Dates vary according to the Hebrew Calendar.

On This Date

  • In 1543 – Copernicus published proof of a sun-centered solar system.
  • In 1624 – After years of unprofitable operation Virginia’s charter was revoked and it became a royal colony.
  • In 1689 – The English Parliament passed Act of Toleration, protecting Protestants. Roman Catholics were specifically excluded from exemption.
  • In 1738 – The Methodist Church was established.
  • In 1830 – Mary had a little lamb was published. Sarah Josepha Hale’s poem is one of the best-known English language nursery rhymes.
  • In 1830 – The first passenger railroad service in the United States began service.
  • In 1844 – Samuel F.B. Morse formally opened America’s first telegraph line. The first message was sent from Washington, DC, to Baltimore, MD. The message was “What hath God wrought?”
  • In 1870 – Engineers began drilling the world’s deepest hole. The Kola Superdeep Borehole had reached the unsurpassed depth of 40,230 feet before the project was abandoned due to lack of funding.
  • In 1878 – The first American bicycle race was held in Boston.
  • In 1883 – After 14 years of construction, the Brooklyn Bridge was opened to traffic.
  • In 1899 – The first public garage was opened by W.T. McCullough.
  • In 1930 – English aviatrix Amy Johnson became the first woman to fly from England to Australia. Her 11,000 mi flight aboard a de Havilland Gypsy Moth aircraft took her from Croydon, U.K. to Darwin, Australia in 19 days.
  • In 1931 – B&O Railroad began service with the first passenger train to have air conditioning throughout. The run was between New York City and Washington, DC.
  • In 1935 – The Cincinnati Reds played the Philadelphia Phillies in the first major league baseball game at night. The switch for the floodlights was thrown by President Franklin Roosevelt.
  • In 1954 – The first moving sidewalk in a railroad station was opened in Jersey City, NJ.
  • In 1956 – The first Eurovision Song Contest was held. Lys Assia won the first edition for Switzerland. The ESC is a major song contest in Europe and one of the world’s longest-running TV programs. It is held in a different country each year.
  • In 1958 – United Press International was formed through a merger of the United Press and the International News Service.
  • In 1962 – The officials of the National Football League ruled that halftime of regular season games would be cut to 15 minutes.
  • In 1967 – California Governor Ronald Reagan greeted Charles M. Schulz at the state capitol in observance of the legislature-proclaimed “Charles Schulz Day.”
  • In 1976 – Britain and France opened trans-Atlantic Concorde service to Washington.
  • In 1983 – The Supreme Court ruled that the federal government had the right to deny tax breaks to schools that racially discriminate.
  • In 1994 – The four men convicted of bombing the New York’s World Trade Center were each sentenced to 240 years in prison.
  • In 2000 – Five people were killed and two others wounded when two gunmen entered a Wendy’s restaurant in Flushing, Queens, New York. The gunmen tied up the victims in the basement and then shot them.
  • In 2000 – The House of Representatives approved permanent normal trade relations with China. China was not happy about some of the human rights conditions that had been attached by the United States lawmakers.
  • In 2001 – In Jerusalem, 23 were killed and over 300 were injured in the Jerusalem wedding hall disaster. Hundreds of wedding guests fell two stories when a portion of the third floor collapsed. The tragedy was Israel’s worst civil disaster.
  • In 2001 – Temba Tsheri, age 15, became the youngest person to reach the summit of Mount Everest.

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.

  • Gabriel Daniel Fahrenheit 1686 – Physicist.
  • Emanuel Leutze 1816 – Artist.
  • Lilli Palmer 1914 – Actress.
  • Tommy Chong 1938 – Comedian.
  • Bob Dylan 1941 – Musician.
  • Gary Burghoff 1943 – Actor.
  • Patti LaBelle  1944 – Singer.
  • Alfred Molina 1953 – Actor.
  • Rosanne Cash 1955 – Singer.
  • Kristin Scott Thomas 1960 – Actress.
  • John C. Reilly 1965 – Actor.
  • Erin Close 1967 – Actor.
  • Tommy Page 1967 – Singer.
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