May 30th – One of Those Days

May 30, 2017 at 12:01 am | Posted in Today's Reasons To Celebrate | Leave a comment

Good morning my frustrated friends. Today is Tuesday, May 30, 2017. Today’s reasons to celebrate are:

My Bucket’s Got a Hole in it Day 

The origin, creator, and history of My Bucket’s Got a Hole in it Day is vague at best. In fact, my sources contained no such information. My Bucket’s Got a Hole in it Day celebrates those days when, no matter what you do, it seems that you are just treading water and can’t get anything accomplished.
Everyone has heard the classic folk song “There’s a Hole in My Bucket”. The song which has origins in 1700 Germany, is about a back and forth conversation between Henry and Liza.  Henry needs to fix his leaky bucket.  In each stanza, Henry asks Liza for advice. In the end, he needs a bucket to carry water to repair his bucket.
Well, My Bucket’s Got a Hole in it Day celebrates those kinds of days — We all have them occasionally.
Author’s Note: If you actually do have a leaky bucket, My Bucket’s Got a Hole in it Day is the perfect day to repair it. If your bucket is beyond repair, repurpose it into something like a planter or a piece of “yard art”. Then, go out and buy a new bucket silly.

Water a Flower Day 

Why Water a Flower Day is named in the singular form is a mystery, as is its creator and when it was created. Nonetheless, it was listed in multiple sources so I decided to give it a mention anyway.
Hydration is important to humans, but even more so to the flora in our yards. Water a Flower Day serves as a reminder to water our flowers today…all of them. And while you’re at it, a good dose of plant food would probably be beneficial as well. A nourished flower is a happy flower. Maybe, you could use your new or repaired bucket to water them.
Author’s Note: Bear in mind that early morning is the best time to water your plants, especially your outdoor plants. Plants have time to soak up water and hold up to the heat of the day. Midday watering is discouraged because most of the water is evaporated by the sun and evening watering encourages fungal diseases.
National Water a Flower Day, is also an opportunity to care for the gardens of your elderly neighbors or those who may be homebound or in the hospital.

Loomis Day 

Loomis Day commemorates Mahlon Loomis, who received US patent number 129,971 titled “An Improvement in Telegraphing” on wireless telegraphy in July of 1872.
Mahlon Loomis was one of the earliest inventors of wireless communication.
Leading up to his patent, Loomis conducted many experiments in electricity using kites flying miles apart in the mountains of Virginia. Then in 1968 before several scientists and Congressmen, he demonstrated his wireless telegraphic system. While he couldn’t explain how he was able to produce the transmission, he appealed to Congress for an appropriation to incorporate the Loomis Aerial Telegraph Company for research. Senator Charles Sumner introduced the bill, and on May 30 in 1872, the Committee on Commerce reported poorly on the measure. Stripped of its appropriations, it eventually passed in 1873 strictly as a bill of incorporation.
Loomis thought that, because the two kites were flown at the same height, he was creating a closed circuit as electricity moved from a transmitter, up a wire, through a particular layer of atmosphere, and down the other wire to the meter. However, scientists now know that the atmosphere creating one leg of a closed circuit is impossible. Instead, scientists speculate, Loomis was unknowingly creating a radio signal with one apparatus, and the equal-length wire of the other kite was resonant with that signal and therefore acted as a radio receiver. So basically, Loomis discovered radio…before Marconi was even born.
He claimed to have succeeded in wireless telegraphy some 6 years earlier, though, with no witnesses present to see this, May 30th is the earliest official recognition of his triumph. Like they say on the internet, “No picture…didn’t happen.” A dentist by trade, Loomis was also the inventor of artificial teeth.

National Mint Julep Day 

Today, the mint julep is most commonly associated with the southern region of the United States, most notably as the official drink of the Kentucky Derby which occurs on the first weekend in May, so I have to wonder why Mint Julep Day is not celebrated until the end of May.
A mint julep is a delicious and refreshing summer cocktail made with bourbon whiskey, mint, water, and sugar. A secret trick that many bartenders use is to lightly “bruise” or muddle the mint before adding the other ingredients. This releases the herb’s distinctive aroma and flavor. A traditional mint julep is traditionally served in a silver or pewter cup filled with shaved ice, but a premium version of the drink can be found at the Derby which is served in gold-plated cups with silver straws at a cost of $1000. Over the course of the two-day event, bartenders at Churchill Downs serve almost 120,000 mint juleps…but a majority of them aren’t of the $1000 variety.
According to many sources, Kentucky Senator Henry Clay introduced the mint julep in the early 1800’s. As early as 1816, county fair champions in the South received silver julep cups as awards.
I can truthfully say that I have never had a Mint Julep and since I don’t particularly like bourbon, and in fact, seldom imbibe in alcohol at all these days, I won’t be having one today either. However, if you do like bourbon and want to try one, click this link and through some sort of blogospheric Shamanism, a recipe will appear.

On This Date

  • In 1431 – Joan of Arc was burned at the stake in Rouen, France, at the age of 19.
  • In 1539 – Hernando de Soto, the Spanish explorer, landed in Florida with 600 soldiers to search for gold.
  • In 1778 – French philosopher Voltaire died.
  • In 1783 – The first daily newspaper was published in the U.S. by Benjamin Towner called “The Pennsylvania Evening Post”.
  • In 1848 – W.G. Young patented the ice cream freezer.
  • In 1854 – The United States territories of Nebraska and Kansas were established.
  • In 1889 – The brassiere was invented.
  • In 1896 – The first automobile accident occurred in New York City.
  • In 1911 – The first Indianapolis 500 was held. Ray Harroun won the first running of the 500-mile automobile race, which is today one of the world’s most prestigious sporting events.
  • In 1922 – The Lincoln Memorial was dedicated in Washington, DC.
  • In 1933 – Sally Rand introduced her exotic and erotic fan dance to audiences at Chicago’s Century of Progress Exposition.
  • In 1958 – Unidentified soldiers killed in World War II and the Korean conflicts were buried at Arlington National Cemetery.
  • In 1961 – The Dominican dictator, Rafael Trujillo, was assassinated El Jefe had been the Dominican Republic’s President for 31 years. Despite the assassination, the intended removal of the dictatorship in the Caribbean country failed as the ruler’s son, Ramfis Trujillo, soon stepped into his father’s shoes.
  • In 1962 – Benjamin Britten’s “War Requiem” premiered. The work was performed for the consecration of the new Coventry Cathedral, which had been destroyed in World War II. It juxtaposes the traditional Latin Mass for the Dead with war poems by Wilfred Owen.
  • In 1967 – The Republic of Biafra was proclaimed. The short-lived state consisted of Nigeria’s Eastern Region. Its secession sparked the Nigerian Civil War, which lasted until 1970 and resulted in the region’s re-integration into Nigeria.
  • In 1982 – Spain became the 16th NATO member. Spain was the first country to enter the Western alliance since West Germany in 1955.
  • In 1989 – The “Goddess of Democracy” statue (33 feet height) was erected in Tiananmen Square by student demonstrators.
  • In 1996 – Britain’s Prince Andrew and the former Sarah Ferguson were granted an uncontested divorce decree ending their 10-year marriage.
  • In 1997 – Jesse K. Timmendequas was convicted in Trenton, NJ, of raping and strangling a 7-year-old neighbor, Megan Kanka. The 1994 murder inspired “Megan’s Law,” requiring that communities be notified when sex offenders move in.
  • In 2011 – Germany abandoned its nuclear energy program. The government’s decision followed the nuclear meltdown at Japan’s Fukushima power plant and years of hands-on protests and activism by Germany powerful anti-nuclear movement.

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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