Peace Officers, Straw Hats, Nylon Stockings, Baking, and Chocolate Chips

May 15, 2022 at 12:01 am | Posted in Today's Reasons To Celebrate | Leave a comment

Good morning fellow fans of law enforcement. Today is Sunday, May 15, 2022. Today is the 135th day of the year, and 230 days remain.

Peace Officer’s Memorial Day 

Peace Officer’s Memorial Day is celebrated annually on May 15th. As you might expect, this holiday is an observance in America that pays tribute to the local, state, and federal peace officers who lost their lives in the performance of their duties. A part of Police Week, it was proposed in October 1961 when congress asked the President to designate May 15 to honor fallen peace officers. President John F. Kennedy signed the bill into law on October 1, 1962. The law was amended in 1994 when President Clinton, through Public Law 103-322, directed that the flag of the United States be flown at half-staff on this date.
Peace Officer’s Memorial Day honors Federal, state, and local officers who were killed or disabled in the line of duty. According to statistics, about 150 officers are killed each year while performing their jobs. Although it is an observance, (not an “official” holiday), many municipalities give officers time off, such as some extra time at lunch, to attend Memorial Services held in their community.
If you know of a Memorial Service being held in your area today, attend it in observance of Peace Officer’s Memorial Day.

Straw Hat Day 

Straw Hat Day is celebrated annually on May 15th. If you have been languishing over the quandary of exactly when it is socially acceptable to begin wearing your straw hat without committing a fashion faux pas, languish no longer, today is the day. The exact date of Straw Hat Day varies somewhat in the United States by region and climate, but May 15th is the generally accepted date to begin wearing your straw hat. Straw Hat Day is the unofficial start of summer in many areas of the country.
Before you dismiss Straw Hat Day as another frivolous holiday, consider this. According to Neil Steinberg’s book “Hatless Jack”, men have been murdered as recently as the early 20th century in the United States for the crime of wearing a straw hat out of season.
Today, your felt hats should be put away until September. This makes perfect sense, since straw hats allow more air to circulate, thus making them cooler to wear during the hot summer months. During the winter, 75% of your body’s heat loss occurs through your head, but in the summer, that is not a concern, so protection from the sun seems to be a better reason to wear a straw hat.
So, today, break out your ‘boater’ and wear it proudly in celebration of Straw Hat Day. Just don’t get caught wearing it after Labor Day lest you be subjected to public ridicule by the ‘fashion police’.

Nylon Stockings Day 

Nylon Stockings Day is celebrated annually on May 15th. You needn’t be a hosiery aficionado to figure out that this holiday celebrates the creation of one of the most significant and innovative new products of the mid-20th century fashion industry – nylon stockings.
In 1935, a new synthetic material, nylon, was developed by Du Pont corporation, and this holiday marks the date, in 1940, that Du Pont corporation put nylon stockings on sale for the first time. In a public-relations and marketing coup d’état, Du Pont advertised the release date well in advance of, its new “stronger than steel and run-proof” stockings for women, and declared May 15th as N-Day. As a result, women across America lined up for blocks to get these new stockings, and Du Pont sold 5 million pairs on this single day. These new stockings came to represent newfound freedom for women and redefined the concept of feminine sexuality.
During World War II Du Pont was forced to divert its nylon production toward war-related materials, such as parachutes and aircraft tires. This, naturally, soon caused a shortage of nylon stockings. In America, the demand for nylon stockings was so high that people began paying $20 per pair on the black market (before the start of the war they had cost a little over a dollar). In Chicago, police ruled out robbery as a motive in a murder case because the perpetrator had left six pairs of nylon stockings at the crime scene. Eight days after the end of WW II, Du Pont announced that it was resuming production of nylon stockings, however, it took until March of 1946 for Du Pont to attain the pre-war production levels of about 30 million pairs per month. The results were the so-called, “Nylon Wars”. As soon as word leaked out that a retailer had received a limited number of nylons, crowds would show up and demand that they be allowed to purchase a pair. These crowds often became disorderly, and police sometimes had to be called to restore order.
The most obvious way to celebrate Nylon Stocking Day is to wear a pair of nylons proudly today.
Author’s note:
Guys, no judgement here, if you want to wear nylon stockings, or if you have a pair of nylon socks, wear them today. If you classify medical compression socks as “nylons”, I know that I will be wearing mine.

World Baking Day 

World Baking Day is celebrated annually on the third Sunday in May. You needn’t be a world-renowned pâtissier to determine that his holiday celebrates baking. It is the holiday to dig out your rolling pin, heat up your oven, and prepare something delicious. Whether you choose to bake a pie, a batch of cookies, some brownies, a cake or cupcakes, or a nice crusty loaf of bread, today is the day to bake something – then share it with your family, neighbors, and/or friends.
World Baking Day was created to spread the joy of baking all around the world, especially to those who perhaps don’t bake too often and are not particularly experienced at it. This holiday is meant to show people just how much fun it can be to make a cake or some cookies, and that baking can be a great way to spend time with family and friends. And, as a bonus, you get to eat what you’ve created.
It doesn’t matter what you bake, or how complicated or uncomplicated the recipe is, if you opt to celebrate World Baking Day, simply bake something today – it’s that easy.

National Chocolate Chip Day 

National Chocolate Chip Day is celebrated annually on May 15th. As you might naturally intuit, this holiday celebrates that sweet, tasty, and versatile necessity essential to every cook’s pantry – chocolate chips.
Chocolate chips aren’t just for cookies anymore. Chocolate chips are specially formulated to be used in a variety of baked goods. They provide a burst of rich chocolate flavor, yet retain the integrity of their flavor, texture, and shape. There are various kinds of chocolate chips available (semi-sweet, bittersweet, milk, mint and white chocolate, mini, standard, and large).
The most popular among these are the semi-sweet variety because of their versatility. You can use them in virtually any recipe that calls for chocolate chips. Chocolate chips store well at room temperatures of 65 to 70 degrees, are easy to measure (a standard six-ounce package equals one cup), and fold into almost any mixture with just a few strokes. They also add flavor, without overpowering the other ingredients.
Heck, I’ve been known to eat chocolate chips right out of the bag as a snack – along with some raisins and nuts. How are you going to enjoy your chocolate chips today in celebration of National Chocolate Chip Day?

Linked below are some other holidays celebrated on this date that are worthy of mention

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