May 28th – “Ladies and Gentlemen, Start Your Engines”

May 28, 2017 at 12:01 am | Posted in Today's Reasons To Celebrate | Leave a comment

Good morning speed freaks. Today is Sunday, May 28, 2017. Today’s reasons to celebrate are:

Indianapolis 500 

The Indianapolis 500, better known as the “Indy 500” is not actually a holiday in and of itself, but it is the premier auto racing event in America and one of the world’s most famous auto races as well, so it gets “top billing” today. The Indy 500 is held annually on the Sunday of Memorial Day weekend, which is always the last weekend in May. It is also known as The Greatest Spectacle in Racing and attracts up to 400,000 spectators for peak time races annually. The race is run on a 2.5-mile circuit, for 200 laps – totaling a whopping 500 miles (hence the name Indianapolis 500).
The first Indianapolis 500 race drew 80,200 spectators who each paid a $1 admission fee. Since then, capacity at the speedway has increased to 250,000 permanent seats, making the Indianapolis Motor Speedway the world’s largest spectator sporting facility.
The Indy 500 is an event rich in traditions. For example, multi-colored balloons are always released at the start of the race. It’s also become a tradition for the winner to kneel and kiss the “Yard of Bricks” to pay tribute to the history of the Speedway. It’s the combination of tradition and excitement that make the Indy 500 one of the most popular single-day sporting events in the world.
I am not a fan of auto racing, so this is a non-event for me. If you are a fan, however, this link will arm you with all the information you need to impress your friends and/or family with your knowledge of Indy 500 trivia as you watch the broadcast from your preferred venue.

Sierra Club Day 

Sierra Club Day celebrates the anniversary of the founding of the Sierra Club in San Francisco, in 1892. It had 182 charter members and John Muir was elected as its first President. In its first conservation campaign, Sierra Club led the effort to defeat a proposed reduction in the boundaries of Yosemite National Park. Throughout its 124 year history, the contributions of the Sierra Club to protecting the environment are innumerable — From lobbying Congress to set aside land for National Parks to protecting and preserving endangered ecosystems to limiting and controlling exhaust emissions.
The Sierra Club is one of the oldest, largest, and most influential grassroots environmental organizations in the United States. The mission of the Sierra Club is to explore, enjoy, and protect the wild places of the earth; to practice and promote the responsible use of the earth’s ecosystems and resources; to educate and enlist humanity to protect and restore the quality of the natural and human environment; and to use all lawful means to carry out these goals.

Amnesty International Day 

Amnesty International Day recognizes the need to protect human rights around the world. The Amnesty International organization strives to accomplish these goals by providing awareness and recognition of the issues. They work to publicize local and regional problems and to arouse citizens, governments, and politicians to action.
Amnesty International was created by British lawyer Peter Benson in 1961 after learning that two Portuguese students were jailed because they raised their glasses to toast ‘freedom’. They have since grown into an International Organization that fights for freedom everywhere. My research does not show why Amnesty International Day is celebrated today. It is not the anniversary of its founding, nor the birth date or date of death of its founder.

National Hamburger Day 

Nothing is more American than a big, juicy hamburger…except that hamburger patties originated in Hamburg, Germany (hence, the name ‘hamburger’). However, eating the burger in a bun is actually an American innovation. Hamburgers and cheeseburgers have been a staple of the American diet for decades. Americans eat nearly 50 billion burgers each year and burgers make up about 40 percent of all sandwiches sold.
The hamburger sandwich as we know it was most likely invented in Seymour, Wisconsin. Each year the city hosts a hamburger festival called Burger Fest. That is where the world’s largest hamburger made its debut in 2001. It weighed 8,266 pounds.

National Brisket Day 

Brisket is a flavorful cut of meat from the breast or lower chest, directly behind the foreshank. Its fibrous texture is best suited for long-cooking preparations like barbecue, braising, smoking, slow roasting, casseroles, and stews. Another form of brisket that we commonly hear of is corned beef, which is brisket that is cured in a brine.
In Jewish cooking, brisket is braised like a roast. In the Southern United States, brisket is commonly (and generically) called “barbecue” where it is slow cooked on a grill over indirect heat or smoked in a smoker.
The best way to cook a brisket is fat side up so the fat drips off and keeps the meat moist. The most desirable thickness for the fat layer is between 1/8 inch to 1/4 inch thick, and the thickness of the fat layer is important. If it is too thin and you risk losing flavor and tenderness. If it is too thick and you can affect the cooking time and make it harder for spices to penetrate the meat. You should trim away any thicker areas of fat. Fully cooked brisket will be fork tender and should be between 185 degrees F and 190 degrees F. Let it sit for 20-30 minutes before slicing. When ready to slice, carve perpendicular to the grain. Brisket can be served in many ways.
One of my favorite parts from a brisket are the “burnt ends”, but then I’ve always been a bit weird.

More Holidays

Menstrual Hygiene Awareness Day

On This Date

  • In 1774 – The First Continental Congress convened in Virginia.
  • In 1863 – The first black regiment left Boston to fight in the U.S. Civil War.
  • In 1928 – Chrysler Corporation merged with Dodge Brothers, Inc.
  • In 1929 – Warner Brothers debuted “On With The Show” in New York City. It was the first all-color-talking motion picture.
  • In 1934 – The Dionne quintuplets were born near Callender, Ontario, to Olivia and Elzire Dionne. The babies were the first quintuplets to survive infancy.
  • In 1936 – Alan Turing submitted “On Computable Numbers” for publication. In this landmark paper, the British computer pioneer described the Turing Machine and defined the inherent limits of computation.
  • In 1937 – President Franklin Roosevelt pushed a button in Washington, DC, signaling that vehicular traffic could cross the newly opened Golden Gate Bridge in California.
  • In 1937 – Volkswagen (VW) was founded. The automobile manufacturer whose name means “People’s Car” in German is one of the world’s biggest. It produced classics like the VW Golf and the VW Beetle.
  • In 1953 – The Walt Disney film “Melody” premiered at the Paramount Theatre in Hollywood. The picture was the first 3-D cartoon.
  • In 1957 – National League club owners voted to allow the Brooklyn Dodgers to move to Los Angeles and that the New York Giants could move to San Francisco.
  • In 1961 – Amnesty International was founded. The publication of Peter Benenson’s article “The forgotten prisoners” is commonly considered the organization’s birth hour. Amnesty International is one of the world’s most influential human rights organizations.
  • In 1976 – The Peaceful Nuclear Explosion Treaty was signed, limiting any nuclear explosion – regardless of its purpose – to a yield of 150 kilotons.
  • In 1987 – Mathias Rust, a 19-year-old West German pilot, illegally landed his Cessna in Moscow’s Red Square after evading Soviet air defenses…at the height of the Cold War.  He was released August 3, 1988.
  • In 1996 – President Clinton’s former business partners in the Whitewater land deal were convicted of fraud.
  • In 1998 – Pakistan detonated five atomic bombs. The nuclear tests came as a response to India’s tests just days earlier. Fearing a devastating conflict between the two nuclear powers, a number of countries, including the United States and Japan, imposed economic sanctions.
  • In 1999 – In Milan, Italy, Leonardo da Vinci’s “The Last Supper” was put back on display after more than 20 years of restoration work.

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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