May 27th – Sunscreen Protection Day

May 27, 2017 at 12:01 am | Posted in Today's Reasons To Celebrate | Leave a comment

Good morning Sun worshipers. Today is Saturday, May 27th, 2017. Today’s reasons to celebrate are:

Sunscreen Protection Day

OK, we get it – Sun bad, sunscreen good! Sunscreen Protection Day is yet another holiday that warns about overexposure to the sun. To reiterate, Ultraviolet rays from the sun cause serious risks to your health. With the steady depletion of the ozone layer above the earth, more and stronger UV rays get through. Overexposure to the sun can cause a number of health problems, including skin cancer, sunspots, and premature aging of your skin. Medical professionals advocate the use of sunscreens to guard against health problems. They recommend a Skin Protection Factor (SPF) of 15 or more. (Pasty Caucasians like yours truly should use an SPF of at least 40). Sunscreens should be used for all outdoor activities, including swimming. And yes, sunscreens should be used on cloudy days. UV rays can penetrate through the clouds.
Sunscreens have been around for centuries. Ancient Egyptians invented a sun lotion to maintain a lighter complexion. They used a combination of rice bran, jasmine, and lupine in their sun lotions – and some of these ingredients are still used in sunscreens today. There are many scientists that are credited with discovering modern sunscreen. In 1936, chemist Eugene Schueller invented a preventative sunburn cream and went on to start L’Oreal. Around the same time, Swiss chemist Franz Greiter was inspired to develop a sun lotion after he was sunburned while climbing Mount Piz Buin. His product came to the market under the name Piz Buin in 1946 and is still sold today. In 1944, Florida pharmacist Benjamin Green patented Red Vet Pet sunscreen, which became Coppertone suntan cream and was very popular throughout the 1950’s and is still popular today.

Amateur Radio Military Appreciation Day

Amateur Radio Military Appreciation Day is an annual non-political Amateur Radio Public Service project. They work with National Military Appreciation Month during the Month of May to offer events and work with other groups to team up to allow people from communities across the nation to gather at public locations such as shopping centers, parks, VA hospitals, and sporting events.  These events allow people to express verbal positive support “live” over two-way radios for members of the Military, Veterans, Reserves, National Guard, Retired, Coalition Forces, First Responders, and Military Support Groups.
Many of us have friends, relatives, and neighbors that are on active duty, and past members of the armed forces. Amateur Radio Military Appreciation Day gives us the chance to support one another, and to express our thanks and appreciation to those that sacrifice and serve in the Armed Forces.

Cellophane Tape Day 

Cellophane Tape Day celebrates the invention, in 1930, of Scotch Brand™ Cellophane tape. It was invented by Richard Drew, an employee of the Minnesota Mining and Manufacturing Company (3M). My research did not indicate why Cellophane Tape Day is celebrated today. This date marks neither the birth nor death of Mr. Drew; the issuance of the patent for cellophane tape; nor the date that cellophane tape went on the market.
Author’s Note: In 1925, Richard Drew also invented Masking Tape. His first version of masking tape only had adhesive on the edges and not in the middle. According to legend, a frustrated auto painter told Mr. Drew to: “Take this tape back to your Scotch bosses and have them put more adhesive on it.” By “Scotch” the mechanic was using the pejorative vernacular popular at the time meaning stingy or cheap. Nonetheless, the name stuck and that is how Scotch Brand™tape got its name.

Old-Time Player Piano Day 

Old-Time Player Piano Day celebrates the player pianos of the early 1900’s  that used paper rolls to tell the piano what notes to play. These have all but disappeared from the music landscape today except in museums and a few homes whose families have preserved the pianos handed down through the generations. There are still player pianos manufactured today, but they have incorporated all of the latest technology and now use computers to tell the piano what notes to play.
To celebrate Old-Time Player Piano Day, do a search on YouTube, or your favorite search engine, for “old time player pianos”, and take a nostalgic trip back to the days of yore.

National Grape Popsicle Day 

National Grape Popsicle Day commemorates the taste, history, and culture of grape-flavored popsicles. Grape popsicles are frozen treats which are made using water, a popsicle stick, grape-flavoring (typically Jello or Kool-Aid) and sugar. For adults, there is also a grape popsicle cocktail made by combining grape vodka, ginger ale, and grape juice and serving the mixture in a chilled glass.
The popsicle itself was invented in 1905 by Frank Epperson, who was 11 years old at the time. He accidentally left a mixture of powdered soda, water, and a stirring stick outside on his porch. It froze over during the night and the next day the “Epsicle” was born. Frank introduced the creation to his schoolmates, who instantly loved the treat. When Epperson grew up and had his own kids, they constantly asked for “Pop’s ‘sicles.” In 1923, he applied for a patent on the frozen treat and changed the name to “Popsicles.” A few years later, Epperson would sell his invention to the Joe Lowe Company in New York.

More Holidays

Amateur Radio Military Appreciation Day – Observed 9 days before the first Monday of June.

International Jazz Day (Saturday of Memorial Day Weekend — Note: There’s another International Jazz Day on April 30th sponsored by a different organization).

Julia Pierpont Day – Observed on the Saturday before Memorial Day. (Julia Pierpont is credited for creating Decoration Day…now known as Memorial Day).

National Polka Day

Nothing To Fear Day

On This Date

  • In 1647 – Achsah Young, a resident of Windsor, CT, was executed for being a “witch.” It was the first recorded American execution of a “witch.”
  • In 1668 – Three colonists were expelled from Massachusetts for being Baptists.
  • In 1851 – The world’s first chess tournament was held in London. Adolf Anderssen, a math teacher from Wroclaw, won the tournament, which was held parallel to the 1851 Great Exhibition.
  • In 1896 – In St. Louis Missouri, 255 people were killed when a tornado struck.
  • In 1907 – The Bubonic Plague broke out in San Francisco.
  • In 1919 – A United States Navy seaplane completed the first transatlantic flight.
  • In 1933 – Walt Disney’s cartoon Three Little Pigs was released. The animated short film is one of the best-known cartoons of all time. In 1934, it was awarded the Academy Award for Best Animated Short Film.
  • In 1935 – The Supreme Court declared that President Franklin Roosevelt’s National Industrial Recovery Act was unconstitutional.
  • In 1937 – In California, the Golden Gate Bridge was opened to pedestrian traffic. The suspension bridge connecting San Francisco peninsula with Marin County is one of the most recognized works of United States architecture.
  • In 1941 – President Franklin Roosevelt proclaimed an “unlimited national emergency” amid rising world tensions.
  • In 1941 – The German battleship Bismarck was sunk by British naval and air forces. 2,300 people were killed.
  • In 1942 – Czech resistance fighters killed Reinhard Heydrich. The high-ranking German Nazi official was one of the main architects of the Holocaust. In retaliation, the Nazis murdered all male inhabitants over 15 years of age in the Czech village of Lidice and deported most of the remaining people to concentration camps.
  • In 1942 – German General Erwin Rommel began a major offensive in Libya with his Afrika Korps.
  • In 1969 – Construction of Walt Disney World began in Florida.
  • In 1985 – In Beijing, representatives of Britain and China exchanged instruments of ratification on the pact returning Hong Kong to the Chinese in 1997.
  • In 1986 – Mel Fisher recovered a jar that contained 2,300 emeralds from the Spanish ship Atocha. The ship sank in the 17th century.
  • In 1994 – Nobel Prize-winning author Alexander Solzhenitsyn returned to Russia. He had been in exile for two decades.
  • In 1995 – In Charlottesville, VA, actor Christopher Reeve was paralyzed after being thrown from his horse during a jumping event.
  • In 1997 – The Supreme Court ruled that the sexual harassment suit filed by Paula Jones could continue while President Clinton was in office.
  • In 1998 – Michael Fortier was sentenced to 12 years in prison for not warning anyone about the plot to bomb an Oklahoma City federal building.
  • In 1999 – In The Hague, Netherlands, a war crimes tribunal indicted Slobodan Milosevic and four others for atrocities in Kosovo. It was the first time that a sitting head of state had been charged with such a crime.
  • In 2006 – A massive earthquake devastated parts of Java, Indonesia. With 5 million people living within 50 km of the quake’s epicenter, about 6000 died, and 1.5 million were left homeless.

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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