Calendar day; May 31, 2014

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Saturday, the 31st of May, 2014 is the 151th day in 2014 and in the 22nd calendar week.

General Events:

World No Tobacco Day
May 31, 2014 in the World

The World No Tobacco Day is observed on May 31, 2014. It is a day to encourage a 24-hour period of abstinence from all forms of tobacco consumption across the globe and to draw attention to the widespread prevalence of tobacco use and to the negative health effects. The day is celebrated annually.

The member states of the World Health Organization (WHO) created World No Tobacco Day in 1987. Each year, the WHO selects a theme for the day in order to create a more unified global message for WNTD. This theme then becomes the central component of the WHO’s tobacco-related agenda for the following year.

Groups around the world – from local clubs to city councils to national governments – are encouraged by the WHO to organize events each year to help communities celebrate World No Tobacco Day in their own way at the local level.

Past events have included letter writing campaigns to government officials and local newspapers, marches, public debates, local and national publicity campaigns, anti-tobacco activist meetings, educational programming, and public art. In addition, many governments use WNTD as the start date for implementing new smoking bans and tobacco control efforts.

Where is World No Tobacco Day?

Save Your Hearing Day
May 31, 2014 in the World

Save Your Hearing Day reminds us that our hearing is vital, and needs to be protected.

Many hearing loss problems are avoidable. Hearing loss can result from a variety of reasons, including: health, genetic and environmental causes. On the environmental side, repeated long term exposure to loud, high decibel noises can overtime cause hearing loss. This cause, in particular, is often avoidable.

Use Save Your Hearing Day as an opportunity to learn what you can do to avoid hearing loss to yourself, and your family. Then, practice it.

Where is Save Your Hearing Day?

Macaroon Day
May 31, 2014 in the USA

It’s National Macaroon Day! Macaroons are small unleavened cakes with a crispy outer layer and a moist, chewy center. Although they are the same size as cookies, macaroons do not contain any flour and therefore do not fall into that classification. The most popular macaroon varieties are coconut, almond, and chocolate.

Culinary historians believe that macaroons originated in Italy. In fact, the word “macaroon” comes from the Italian word for paste: “maccarone.” A key ingredient in early macaroon recipes was almond paste. In 1533, Italian monks and nuns brought macaroons to France. Two Benedictine nuns, Sister Marguerite and Sister Marie-Elisabeth, baked and sold the tiny cakes in order to pay for their housing. They became known as the “Macaroon Sisters” and their baking became famous throughout Europe.

To celebrate National Macaroon Day, buy some delicious macaroons or bake a homemade batch to share with friends and coworkers!

Where is National Macaroon Day?
Nationwide USA

Historical Events:

1279 BC – Rameses II (The Great) (19th dynasty) becomes pharaoh of Ancient Egypt.

1223 – Mongol invasion of the Cumans: Battle of the Kalka River – Mongol armies of Genghis Khan lead by Subutai defeat Kievan Rus and Cumans.

1531 – “Women’s Revolt” in Amsterdam: wool house in churchyard aborted

1578 – Martin Frobisher sails from Harwich, England to Frobisher Bay, Canada, eventually to mine fool’s gold, used to pave streets in London.

1665 – Jerusalem’s rabbi Sjabtai Tswi proclaims himself Messiah

1727 – France, Britain & Netherlands sign accord of Paris

1870 – Congress passes 1st Enforcement Act (rights of blacks)

1870 – E J DeSemdt patents asphalt pavement

1884 – Dr John Harvey Kellogg patents “flaked cereal”

1889 – Johnstown Flood; 2,209 die in Penn

1893 – Whitcomb Judson, Chicago, patents a hookless fastening (zipper)

1902 – Boer War Ends; Treaty of Unity signed, Britain annexes Transvaal

1910 – Union of South Africa declares independence from UK

1916 – Battle of Jutland (Skagerrak): naval battle betwwen British Grand Fleet and German High Seas Fleet: 10,000 die in this inconcluisve slaughter

1931 – 7.1 magnitude Earthquake destroys Quetta in modern-day Pakistan: 40,000 dead.

1955 – US Supreme Court orders school integration “with all deliberate speed”

1970 – At 03:23 PM, Yungay Peru levelled by 7.75 earthquake (50-70,000 die)

1979 – Zimbabwe proclaims independence

1985 – Guatemala adopts constitution

1985 – 1985 United States-Canadian tornado outbreak: Forty-one tornadoes hit Ohio, Pennsylvania, New York, and Ontario, leaving 76 dead.

Calendar day; May 30, 2014

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Friday, the 30th of May, 2014 is the 150th day in 2014 and in the 22nd calendar week.
General Events:
Water a Flower Day
May 30, 2014 in the World
Water a Flower Day is celebrated on May 30, 2014. To keep your flowers alive, you have to water them! Water a Flower Day remembers you to water your flowers and is an opportunity to give them an extra sip of water to thank for their wonderful colors.
A watering can or watering pot is a portable container, usually with a handle and a spout, used to water plants by hand. It has existed since at least the 17th century and has since been improved.
Where is Water a Flower Day?
Mother Day – ‘Día de la Madre’
May 30, 2014 in Nicaragua
Every May 30th Nicaraguans celebrate “dia de la madre” or mothers day. Mothers day is a huge deal in Nicaragua and a cake is mandatory.
Where is Mother Day”
Nationwide Nicaragua
Canaries Day – ‘Día de Canarias’
May 30, 2014 in Canary Islands
On the 30th of May each year the Canary Islands celebrate Canaries Day. This day is celebrated in remembrance of the date of establishment of the first regional parliament in 1983.
Celebrations and festivities begin during the week with school celebrations. Children dress up in typical Canarian costume and hold a parties with songs and dances, followed by some delicious typical Canarian food products, including tortillas (Spanish potato omelettes), papas arrugadas con mojo (wrinkled potatoes with a mojo sauce), fresh local cheese, tortillas de calabaza (pumpkin flat cakes) etc.
It is a day of relaxation and fun, as well as meeting up with family and friends, whilst remembering and celebrating the unique Canarian culture.
Where is Canaries Day?
Nationwide Canary Islands
Joan of Arc Feastday
May 30, 2014 in France
On May 30, 1431, Joan of Arc was condemned to death as a heretic, sorceress, and adulteress, and burned at the stake. She was nineteen years old. Some thirty years later, she was exonerated of all guilt and she was ultimately canonized in 1920,
Some thirty years later, she was exonerated of all guilt and she was ultimately canonized in 1920, St. Joan of Arc is the patroness of soldiers and of France.
Where is Joan of Arc Feastday?
Nationwidw France
National Mint Julep Day
May 30, 2014 in USA
Today is Mint Julep Day! 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” the mint before adding the other ingredients. This releases the herb’s distinctive aroma and flavor. A traditional mint julep is then served in a silver or pewter cup filled with shaved ice.
According to many sources, Kentucky Senator Henry Clay introduced the mint julep in the 1800s. As early as 1816, county fair champions in the South received silver julep cups as awards. Today, the mint julep continues to be associated with the southern region of the United States, most notably as the official drink of the Kentucky Derby. Over the course of the two-day event, bartenders at Churchill Downs serve almost 120,000 mint juleps!
The Kentucky Derby may be over, but that’s no reason to stop enjoying this unique drink. Make one to celebrate the final race in the Triple Crown—the Belmont Stakes!
Where is Mint Julep Day?
Nationwide USA
Historical Events:
1381 – English peasant uprising begins in Essex
1431 – Hundred Years’ War: in Rouen, France, 19-year-old Joan of Arc is burned at the stake by an English-dominated tribunal.
1539 – Spanish explorer Hernando de Soto discovers Florida
1642 – All honours granted by Charles I are retrospectively annulled by Parliament
1814 – Napoleonic Wars: War of the Sixth Coalition – the Treaty of Paris (1814) is signed returning French borders to their 1792 extent.
1821 – James Boyd patents Rubber Fire Hose
1848 – William G Young patents ice cream freezer
1848 – Mexico ratifies treaty giving US; New Mexico, California & parts of Nevada, Utah, Arizona & Colorado in return for $15 million
1858 – Hudson’s Bay Company’s rights to Vancouver Island revoked
1889 – Brassiere invented
1908 – Paris advocate E Archdeacon is 1st passenger in a airplane
1912 – US Marines sent to Nicaragua
1913 – 1st Balkan War ends, Treaty of London
1925 – In China protests erupt against the Great Powers infringing on Chinese sovereignty.
1933 – Patent on invisible glass installation
1937 – Memorial Day Massacre – Chicago police shoot on union marchers, 10 die
1959 – World’s 1st hovercraft (SR-N1) tested at Cowes, England
1967 – Biafra declares independence from Nigeria
1998 – A magnitude 6.6 earthquake hits northern Afghanistan, killing up to 5,000.

Calendar day; May 29, 2014

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Thursday, the 29th of May, 2014 is the 149th day in 2014 and in the 22nd calendar week.
General Events:
International Day of United Nations Peacekeepers
May 29, 2014 in the World
International Day of United Nations Peacekeepers is celebrated on May 29, 2014. The “International Day of United Nations Peacekeepers” is “a day to pay tribute to all the men and women who have served and continue to serve in United Nations peacekeeping operations for their high level of professionalism, dedication, and courage and to honor the memory of those who have lost their lives in the cause of peace.”
The day is marked at the United Nations Headquarters in New York City with the presentation of the Dag Hammarskjöld Medal, statements by the President of the General Assembly and the Secretary-General a press release regarding the state of UN Peacekeeping missions and the continued necessity of their work. There are also observances around the world, often countries will honor their own peacekeepers abroad, but the UN also organizes festivals, discussion forums, and memorials in cooperation with local and national groups.
Peacekeeping by the United Nations is a role held by the Department of Peacekeeping Operations as “a unique and dynamic instrument developed by the Organization as a way to help countries torn by conflict create the conditions for lasting peace”. It is distinguished from both peacebuilding and peacemaking.
International Day of United Nations Peacekeepers:
Where is Day of United Nations Peacekeepers?
Learn About Composting Day
May 29, 2014 in the World
Learn About Composting Day is observed on May 29, 2014. Compost is organic matter that has been decomposed and recycled as a fertilizer and soil amendment. Compost is a key ingredient in organic farming. At the simplest level, the process of composting simply requires making a heap of wetted organic matter (leaves, “green” food waste) and waiting for the materials to break down into humus after a period of weeks or months. Modern, methodical composting is a multi-step, closely monitored process with measured inputs of water, air, and carbon- and nitrogen-rich materials.
The decomposition process is aided by shredding the plant matter, adding water and ensuring proper aeration by regularly turning the mixture. Worms and fungi further break up the material. Aerobic bacteria manage the chemical process by converting the inputs into heat, carbon dioxide and ammonium. The ammonium is further converted by bacteria into plant-nourishing nitrites and nitrates through the process of nitrification.
Where is Learn About Composting Day?
Castleton Garland Day
May 29, 2014 in Castleton
Castleton Garland Day is observed on May 29, 2014. Castleton Garland Day or Garland King Day is held on 29 May (unless that date falls on a Sunday, when the custom is transferred to the Saturday) in the town of Castleton in the Derbyshire Peak District. The Garland King, on horseback, and covered to the waist in a heavy, bell-shaped floral Garland, leads a procession through the town.
Where is Castleton Garland Day?
Nationwide Castleton
International Coq Au Vin Day
May 29, 2014 in the World
Today is International Coq Au Vin Day! Coq Au Vin is French for “rooster with wine.” It is a popular dish made with braised chicken that is slowly cooked with red wine, mushrooms, pork fat, and various spices. According to some legends, Coq Au Vin has ties to Julius Caesar or Napoleon, but most historians agree that the dish has more humble roots. Roosters are only butchered when they are quite old and rather inedible. Peasant families most likely invented the Coq Au Vin recipe to avoid wasting the meat.
Coq Au Vin became popular in the United States thanks to Julia Child, who featured the dish in her cookbook Mastering the Art of French Cooking. It also appeared many times on her TV show “The French Chef.” Today, it is a popular dish in many French restaurants, but it is also a fabulous dish to cook at home.
To celebrate International Coq Au Vin Day, embrace your inner chef and plan a French-inspired dinner party. Bon Appétit!
Where is International Coq Au Vin Day?
Historical Events:
363 – Roman Emperor Julian defeats the Sassanid army in the Battle of Ctesiphon, under the walls of the Sassanid capital, but is unable to take the city.
1167 – Battle of Monte Porzio – A Roman army supporting Pope Alexander III is defeated by Christian of Buch and Rainald of Dassel
1453 – Constantinople falls to Muhammad II (Turks); ends Byzantine Empire
1592 – At the Battle of Sacheon the Korean navy led by Admiral Yi Sun Shin repels a Japanese army that outnumbers it nearly 3 to 1.
1660 – Charles II restored to English throne after Puritan Commonwealth
1733 – The right of Canadians to keep Indian slaves is upheld at Quebec City.
1765 – Patrick Henry historic speech against the Stamp Act, answering a cry of “Treason!” with, “If this be treason, make the most of it!”
1874 – Present constitution of Switzerland takes effect
1900 – Trademark “Escalator” registered by Otis Elevator Co
1903 – May coup d’etat: Alexander Obrenovich, King of Serbia, and Queen Draga, are assassinated in Belgrade by the Black Hand (Crna Ruka) organization.
1912 – 15 young women fired by Curtis Publishing for dancing “Turkey Trot” during their lunch break
1914 – Ship rams Canadian ship Empress of Ireland on St Lawrence R; 1024 die
1919 – Charles Strite files patent for the pop-up toaster
1919 – Albert Einstein’s light-bending prediction confirmed by Arthur Eddington
1922 – Ecuador becomes independent
1953 – Edmund Hillary and Tenzing Norgay are first to reach the summit of Mount Everest
1959 – Charles de Gaulle forms French government
1982 – Pentagon plans 1st strategy to fight a nuclear war
1990 – Boris Yeltsin is elected president of the Russian republic
1994 – Great comet-iceball seen above North sea
1997 – Span scientists announce new human species in 780,000 year old fossil
2001 – International Day of United Nations Peacekeepers inaugurated.

Calendar day; May 28, 2014

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Wednesday, the 28th of May, 2014 is the 148th day in 2014 and in the 22nd calendar week.
General Events:
Amnesty International Day
May 28, 2014 in the World
Amnesty International Day takes place on May 28, 2014. Amnesty International was founded in London in 1961, following the publication of the article “The Forgotten Prisoners” in The Observer 28 May 1961, by the lawyer Peter Benenson. Citing the Universal Declaration of Human Rights articles 18 and 19, it announced a campaign on “Appeal for Amnesty, 1961” and called for “common action”.
Amnesty International is a non-governmental organisation focused on human rights with over 3 million members and supporters around the world. The objective of the organisation is “to conduct research and generate action to prevent and end grave abuses of human rights, and to demand justice for those whose rights have been violated.”
Amnesty International works to mobilise public opinion to put pressure on governments that let abuse take place. The organisation was awarded the 1977 Nobel Peace Prize for its “campaign against torture,” and the United Nations Prize in the Field of Human Rights in 1978.
Amnesty International:
Where is Amnesty International Day?
Youm-e-Takbir 2014
May 28, 2014 in Pakistan
Youm-e-Takbir is celebrated on May 28, 2014. Youm-e-Takbir is celebrated as a national day in Pakistan on May 28 in commemoration of Chagai-I and Chagai-II when Pakistan detonated six nuclear devices in response to India’s five detonations of Pokhran-II in 1998, 17 days after the incident.
Where is Youm-e-Takbir?
Nationwide Pakistan
National Hamburger Day
May 28, 2014 in the USA
Today is National Hamburger Day! Nothing is more American than a big, juicy hamburger. Hamburgers and cheeseburgers have been a staple of the American diet for decades. In 2001, over 8.2 billion burgers were served in commercial restaurants in the United States. This number doesn’t even take into account the number of burgers people eat at home, which is another 15 billion!
Although hamburgers originated in Hamburg, Germany, eating the burger in a bun is actually an American innovation. The hamburger sandwich 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!
To celebrate National Hamburger Day, host a backyard barbeque with your friends and grill up some tasty burgers. Don’t forget about all the delicious ways you can customize your burger — add bacon, ketchup, lettuce, tomatoes, mayo, and your other favorite fixings!
Where is National Hamburger Day?
Nationwide USA
Jerusalem Day 2014
May 28, 2014 in Israel
Jerusalem Day is celebrated on May 28, 2014. Jerusalem Day is an Israeli national holiday commemorating the reunification of Jerusalem and the establishment of Israeli control over the Old City in June 1967. The Chief Rabbinate of Israel declared Jerusalem Day a minor religious holiday to thank God for victory in the Six-Day War and for answering the 2,000-year-old prayer of “Next Year in Jerusalem”.
Where is Jerusalem Day?
Nationwide Israel
Natural Events:
May New Moon 2014
May 28, 2014 in EST Eastern Standard Time / UTC-05
On May 28, 2014 the moon reaches its minimum brightness. Therefore it is called new moon. In astronomical terminology, the phrase new moon is the lunar phase that occurs when the Moon, in its monthly orbital motion around Earth, lies between Earth and the Sun, and is therefore in conjunction with the Sun as seen from Earth. At this time, the dark (unilluminated) portion of the Moon faces almost directly toward Earth, so that the Moon is not visible to the naked eye.
The original meaning of the phrase new moon was the first visible crescent of the Moon, after conjunction with the Sun. This takes place over the western horizon in a brief period between sunset and moonset, and therefore the precise time and even the date of the appearance of the new moon by this definition will be influenced by the geographical location of the observer. The astronomical new moon, sometimes known as the dark moon to avoid confusion, occurs by definition at the moment of conjunction in ecliptic longitude with the Sun, when the Moon is invisible from the Earth. This moment is unique and does not depend on location, and under certain circumstances it is coincident with a solar eclipse.
Where is May New Moon?
Eastcoast (North America)
EST Eastern Standard Time / UTC-05
Historical Events:
585 BC – Solar eclipse, as predicted by Greek philosopher Thales, while Lydians under Alyattes war with the Medes under Cyaxares, leading to a truce. One of the cardinal dates from which other dates calculated.
1431 – Joan of Arc accused of relapsing back into heresy by donning male clothing again, providing justification for her execution
1588 – Spanish Armada under the Duke of Medina-Sidonia departs Lisbon to invade England
1830 – US Congress authorizes native Indian removal from all states to western prairie
1845 – Fire in Quebec, Canada, 1,500 houses destroyed
1915 – John B Gruelle patents Raggedy Ann doll
1919 – Armenia declares its Independence
1923 – Attorney General says it is legal for women to wear trousers anywhere
1934 – Near Callander, Ontario, the Dionne quintuplets are born to Olivia and Elzire Dionne, later becoming the first quintuplets to survive infancy.
1952 – The women of Greece are given the right to vote.
1961 – Amnesty Intl founded (Nobel Peace Prize 1977)
1963 – Cyclone hits Chittagong, Bangladesh; about 1 million houses destroyed
1963 – Estimated 22,000 die in another cyclone in Bay of Bengal (India)
1964 – Palestine National Congress forms the PLO in Jerusalem
1972 – White House “plumbers” break into Democratic Natlional HQ at Watergate
1997 – Linda Finch completes Amelia Earhart attempted around-the-world flight
1998 – Nuclear testing: Pakistan responds to a series of Indian nuclear tests with five of its own, prompting the United States, Japan, and other nations to impose economic sanctions.
1999 – In Milan, Italy, after 22 years of restoration work, Leonardo da Vinci’s masterpiece “The Last Supper” is put back on display.

Calendar day; May 27, 2014

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Tuesday, the 27th of May, 2014 is the 147th day in 2014 and in the 22nd calendar week.
General Events:
Sun Screen Day
May 27, 2014 in the World
Sun Screen Day educates and brings awareness to the importance of using sunscreen to protect yourself and your children from harmful UV rays from the sun.  This day is held on May 27th, just in advance of the summer and vacation season.
Ultraviolet rays from the sun is a serious risk 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. It can cause skin cancer, and sunspots. It can also result in premature aging of your skin.
There are more than 1 million cases of skin cancer diagnosed in the United States each year. Doctors and medical professionals advocate the use of sunscreen, to guard against health problems. They recommend an Skin Protection factor(SPF) of 15 or more. Sunscreens should be used for all outdoor activities, including swimming.
And yes, sun screens should be used on cloudy days. UV rays can penetrate through the clouds.
Where is Sun Screen Day?
National Grape Popsicle Day
May 27, 2014 in the USA
Each year on May 27, it is National Grape Popsicle Day.
In San Francisco, California, in 1905, 11-yr-old Frank Epperson was outside on his porch, mixing water with a white powdered flavoring to make soda.  Upon going inside, it left it there, on the porch, with the stirring stick still in it.  That night in California, the temperature reached a record low and the following morning, Frank discovered the drink had frozen to the stick.  This inspired the fruit-flavored “Popsicle”.
Years later, in 1922, Epperson introduced his treat at a fireman’s ball, found it to be a huge success, and then in 1923, he made and sold his frozen treat-on-a-stick at an amusement park in Alameda, California.  In 1924, he applied for a patent for his frozen confectionery, which he called “Epsicle” ice pop.  He then renamed it “Popsicle“.
Popsicle’s are one of summertime’s favorite treats, for kids of all ages, and today honors one of the most popular flavors, GRAPE!
Where is National Grape Popsicle Day?
Nationwide USA
Historical Events:
927 – Battle of the Bosnian Highlands: Simeon I of Bulgaria is defeated by King Tomislav of Croatia.
1529 – 30 Jews of Posing Hungary, charged with blood ritual, burned at stake
1679 – Habeaus Corpus Act (no false arrest & imprisonment) passes in England
1692 – Court of Oyer and Terminer established by Governor of Massachusetts to hear accussations of witchcraft
1703 – St Petersburg (Leningrad) founded by Peter the Great
1796 – James S McLean patents his piano
1813 – Americans capture Ft George, Canada
1895 – British inventor Birt Acres patents film camera/projector
1905 – Japanese fleet destroys Russian East Sea fleet in Straits of Tushima
1907 – Bubonic Plague breaks out in San Francisco
1921 – After 84 years of British control, Afghanistan achieves sovereignty
1927 – Japanese military intervention in Chinese civil war
1930 – Richard Drew invents masking tape
1941 – German battleship Bismarck sunk by British naval force
1942 – Dorie Miller awarded navy cross for deeds at Pearl Harbor
1951 – Chinese Communists force Dalai Lama to surrender his army to Beijing
1967 – Australians vote in favor of a constitutional referendum granting the Australian government the power to make laws to benefit Indigenous Australians and to count them in the national census.
1975 – Worst motor vehicle disaster in UK; bus full of elderly women plunges Dibble’s Bridge Yorkshire, killing 38
1980 – South Korean police ends people’s uprising; 2,000 killed
1985 – Britain agrees to return Hong Kong to China in 1997
1994 – Alexander Solzhenitsyn returned to Russia after 20 years in exile
1997 – 1st all female (20 British women) team reaches North Pole
1997 – Russian Pres Boris Yeltsin signs a historic treaty with NATO
1999 – The International Criminal Tribunal for the former Yugoslavia in The Hague, Netherlands indicts Slobodan Miloševic and four others for war crimes and crimes against humanity committed in Kosovo.

Calendar day; May 26, 2014

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Monday, the 26th of May, 2014 is the 146th day in 2014 and in the 22nd calendar week.

General Events:

Memorial Day 2014
May 26, 2014 in the USA

Memorial Day is a United States federal holiday observed on the last Monday of May (May 26 in 2014). Formerly known as Decoration Day, it commemorates U.S. men and women who died while in the military service. First enacted to honor Union soldiers of the American Civil War (it is celebrated near the day of reunification after the Civil War), it was expanded after World War I.

Many people observe this holiday by visiting cemeteries and memorials. A national moment of remembrance takes place at 3 p.m. local time. Another tradition is to fly the flag of the United States at half-staff from dawn until noon local time. Volunteers often place American flags on each grave site at National Cemeteries.

Members of the Veterans of Foreign Wars take donations for poppies in the days leading up to Memorial Day; the poppy’s significance to Memorial Day is the result of the John McCrae poem “In Flanders Fields.”

In addition to remembrance, Memorial Day is also used as a time for picnics, barbecues, family gatherings, and sporting events. One of the longest-standing traditions is the running of the Indianapolis 500, an auto race which has been held in conjunction with Memorial Day since 1911. The Coca-Cola 600 has been held later the same day since 1961.

Where is Memorial Day?
Nationwide USA

National Sorry Day
May 26, 2014 in Australia

National Sorry Day takes place on May 26, 2014. National Sorry Day is an annual event that has been held in Australia since 1998, to remember and commemorate the mistreatment of the continent’s indigenous population. The Australian government’s most controversial policies resulted in an entire “Stolen Generation” – i.e., “Aboriginal children separated, often forcibly, from their families of origin in the interest of turning them into white Australians”.

May 26 carries great significance for the Stolen Generations, as well as for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities, and non-indigenous Australians. On May 26, 1997, the “Bringing Them Home” report was tabled in Parliament. The annual National Sorry Day commemorations remind and raise awareness among politicians, policy makers, and the wider public about the significance of the forcible removal policies and their impact on the children that were taken, but also on their families and communities.

Where is National Sorry Day?
Nationwide Australia

Sally Ride Day
May 26, 2014 in the USA

Sally Ride Day honors the first American woman to go into space. Dr. Ride accomplished this feat as a mission specialist aboard STS-7, the second flight of the Space Shuttle “Challenger”. STS-7 was launched from Kennedy Space Center, Florida, on June 18, 1983.

Celebrate Sally Ride Day by learning more about the U.S. space program and NASA. Better yet, we encourage everyone to push for a more active and dedicated U.S. space program and policy.

As a famous trekkie one said. “Space is the final frontier”.

Sally Ride Biography:

Where is Sally Ride Day?
Nationwide USA

National Blueberry Cheesecake Day
May 26, 2014 in the USA

Today is National Blueberry Cheesecake Day! Although cheesecake recipes can be traced all the way back to Ancient Greece, the flavored versions we know and love today are a fairly recent innovation. People have come up with all sorts of interesting and unique cheesecake flavors, but today is a celebration of the classic blueberry variety.

The type of cheese used to make cheesecake has a huge impact on the flavor and texture of this delicious dessert. American cheesecakes are made with cream cheese, Italian cheesecakes are made with ricotta, and German and Polish cheesecakes are made with “quark” cheese, which is a type of curd cheese.

Blueberry cheesecake is one of the most popular cheesecake flavors. Enjoy a heavenly slice (or two) today to celebrate National Blueberry Cheesecake Day!

Where is National Blueberry Cheesecake Day?
Nationwide USA

Historical Events:

451 – The Battle of Avarayr between Armenian rebels and the Sassanid Empire takes place. The Armenians are defeated militarily but are guaranteed freedom to openly practice Christianity.

1538 – Geneva expels John Calvin and his followers from the city. Calvin lives in exile in Strasbourg for the next three years.

1647 – Alse Young becomes the first person executed as a witch in the American colonies, when she is hanged in Hartford, Connecticut.

1736 – Battle of Ackia (La), British & Chickasaw Indians defeat French

1805 – Napoleon is crowned king of Italy

1896 – Last Czar of Russia, Nicholas II, crowned

1911 – 1st Indianapolis 500 auto race is run

1918 – Georgian Social Democratic Republic declares independence from Russia

1926 – Lebanon adopts constitution

1937 – San Francisco Bay’s Golden Gate Bridge opens

1946 – Patent filed in US for H-Bomb

1965 – Dutch Voting Rights Bill passes

1965 – Revised Intl Convention on Safety of Life at Sea takes effect

1972 – Nixon & Brezhnev signs SALT accord

1989 – Danish parliament allows legal marriage among homosexuals

2002 – The Mars Odyssey finds signs of large ice deposits on the planet Mars.

Sunday afternoon

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And I’m in the writing and storytelling mood. 😀 So let’s have a look at my charm bracelet. I posted a pic of it on happier.com the other day as the second piece of jewelry I’m always wearing. And that all charms on here have been presents from Hubs with love to me. So it has a lot of sentimental value to it. 😀



Later I’ll post the pix of each charm individually, but for now, I’m at work and don’t want to try to take it off to photograph each charm. Plus I have a newer one that was gifted to me and I’ve added it.

As you can see, there is a cat’s paw, a charm with a rose, hard to see the tail on the heart, but it’s a little devil heart charm, my pentacle, a love heart, a little red kitty, the hello kitty charm and a little tiara. LOL 😀 I’ve been bugging him for a real tiara, so he got me this little one!


The Cat’s paw is because I love kitties! And since he’s allergic, I can’t have them. But he wanted me to have this little paw print.  The rose charm also has a butterfly on it, the butterfly is a symbol for those with Fibromyalgia, and the rose because he wanted to give me a charm with a butterfly and a flower on it. This is so far the most expensive charm on the bracelet. I’ll always have a single rose from him. The little devil heart should be obvious to those that know me, I”m a smart ass, and well duh! But he thought it was to cute and belonged to me. Aww! hee hee. The pentacle, I’m not supposed to wear one at work, however this little beauty is perfect for this bracelet and it stays kinda hidden behind all the other charms, I know it’s there, but it’s not overly noticeable. So perfect, and it’s the second most expensive charm on the bracelet. The love heart was a present for mother’s day- he bought it from Hallmark and put it in a card for me. The little kitty is a cutie! He thought it was a Maneki Neko and I didn’t have the heart to tell him it’s not, so my faux little Happy Kitty from Hubby! The hello kitty charm should really be obvious. I love Hello Kitty! 😀 And then my little tiara, I keep teasing him for a tiara. Why? Because why not. LOL So he found this little tiara charm and wrote; “To my Princess snooty booty.” LOL 😀 He’s so funny.

The newest charm is actually an older charm and I’ve added it to my bracelet. It’s the Superman S! And it’s a locket, so I’ll be sticking a pic of hubs or the two of us together inside.

I’ll be taking pix of the charms and then adding them into this post – either later tonight when I’m off call hours, or tomorrow.

Have a safe day!


Calendar day; May 25, 2014

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Sunday, the 25th of May, 2014 is the 145th day in 2014 and in the 21st calendar week.

General Events:

International Missing Children’s Day
May 25, 2014 in the World

International Missing Children’s Day is celebrated on May 25, 2014. International Missing Children’s Day is celebrated on May 25, the same day as the United States’ National Missing Children’s Day designated by Ronald Reagan in 1983.

Etan Patz was six-years-old when he went missing on his way to school in New York City on May 25, 1979. After years of searching and investigation, Etan has never been located. May 25 was named Missing Children’s Day in his honour in 1983. Sadly, there have been many other cases like Etan’s over the past three decades, and International Missing Children’s Day is now a reminder to us of all of the kids who have not yet been found and their families who desperately search for answers.

Where is Missing Children’s Day?

African Liberation Day
May 25, 2014 in Africa

African Liberation Day is celebrated on May 25, 2014. African Liberation Day is an annual holiday in various countries in Africa, coinciding with African Union’s Africa Day. It’s a day to “mark each year the onward progress of the liberation movement, and to symbolize the determination of the People of Africa to free themselves from foreign domination and exploitation.”

The History Of African Liberation Day:

Where is African Liberation Day?
Nationwide Africa

Geek Pride Day
May 25, 2014 in the World

Geek Pride Day is observed on May 25, 2014. Geek Pride Day is an initiative to promote geek culture. The date was chosen as to commemorate the release of the first Star Wars film, “A New Hope” on 25 May 1977, but shares the same date as two other similar fan “holidays”: Towel Day, for fans of “The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy” trilogy by Douglas Adams, and the Glorious 25 May for fans of Terry Pratchett’s “Discworld”.

Where is Geek Pride Day?

Towel Day 2014
May 25, 2014 in the World

Towel Day is celebrated every 25th of May as a tribute by fans of the late author Douglas Adams. On this day, fans carry a towel with them to demonstrate their love for the books and the author. The commemoration was first held in 2001, two weeks after Adams’ death on May 11, 2001. The towel is a reference to Adams’s popular science fiction comedy series The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy. The original quote that referenced the greatness of towels is found in Chapter 3:

“A towel, it says, is about the most massively useful thing an interstellar hitchhiker can have. Partly it has great practical value. You can wrap it around you for warmth as you bound across the cold moons of Jaglan Beta; you can lie on it on the brilliant marble-sanded beaches of Santraginus V, inhaling the heady sea vapors; you can sleep under it beneath the stars which shine so redly on the desert world of Kakrafoon; use it to sail a miniraft down the slow heavy River Moth; wet it for use in hand-to-hand-combat; wrap it round your head to ward off noxious fumes or avoid the gaze of the Ravenous Bugblatter Beast of Traal (such a mind-boggingly stupid animal, it assumes that if you can’t see it, it can’t see you); you can wave your towel in emergencies as a distress signal, and of course dry yourself off with it if it still seems to be clean enough.” – Douglas Adams.

Where is Towel Day?

Tap Dance Day
May 25, 2014 in the USA

National Tap Dance Day is observed on May 25, 2014. National Tap Dance Day is a celebration of tap dancing as an American art form. Tap dance day can be celebrated with an event which may be organized by a studio or tap dance interest group. Some may also celebrate it individually due to geographical dispersion or lack of access to the wider tap community. National Tap Dance Day is celebrated in many different ways. The idea of National Tap Dance Day was first presented to U.S. Congress on February 7, 1989 and was signed into American law by President George H.W. Bush on November 8, 1989. Tap Dance Day is also celebrated in other countries, particularly Japan, Australia, India and Iceland. National Tap Dance Day was the brainchild of Carol Vaughn, Nicola Daval, and Linda Christensen. They deemed May 25 appropriate for this holiday because it is the birthday of Bill “Bojangles” Robinson, a significant contributor to tap dance.

Where is National Tap Dance Day?
Nationwide USA

National Brown-Bag-It Day
May 25, 2014 in the USA

National Brown-Bag-It-Day is celebrated each year on May 25. Today is a creative holiday about ways to save yourself money at lunch time by taking your own lunch with you. Think creatively when packing your lunch.

Packing your own lunch for school or for work is a sure way to know exactly what you are eating. You will be able to be in control of what you pack and can eat a good and healthy lunch.

Where is National Brown-Bag-It Day?
Nationwide USA

Historical Events:

1241 – 1st attack on Jewish community of Frankfurt am Main, Germany

1659 – Richard Cromwell resigns as English Lord Protector

1720 – The Ship “Le Grand St Antoine” reaches Marseille, bringing Europe’s last major plague outbreak. Kills around 100,000

1787 – Constitutional convention opens at Phila, G Washington presiding

1810 – In the May Revolution, citizens of Buenos Aires expel the Spanish Viceroy Cisneros during Semana de Mayo.

1837 – The Patriots of Lower Canada (Quebec) rebel against the British for freedom.

1870 – Irish Fenians raid Eccles Hill, Quebec

1895 – Oscar Wilde sentenced to 2 years hard labor for being a sodomite

1914 – British House of Commons passes Irish Home Rule

1932 – Goofy, aka Dippy Dawg, 1st appears in ‘Mickey’s Revue’ by Walt Disney

1941 – 5,000 drown in a storm at Ganges Delta region in India

1945 – Arthur C Clark proposes relay satellites in geosynchronous orbit

1946 – Jordan gains independence from Britain (National Day)

1961 – JFK sets goal of putting a man on Moon before the end of decade

1963 – Organization for African Unity formed by Chad, Mauritania & Zambia

1977 – Original “Star Wars” movie released

1983 – 1st National Missing Children’s Day is proclaimed (USA)

1986 – 30,000,000 peoplewatch “Live Aid”, a benefit concert for the Ethiopian famine

2000 – Liberation Day of Lebanon. Israel withdraws its army from most of the Lebanese territory after 22 years of its first invasion in 1978.

Calendar day; May 24, 2014

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Saturday, the 24th of May, 2014 is the 144th day in 2014 and in the 21st calendar week.

General Events:

Independence Day of Eritrea
May 24, 2014 in Eritrea

Independence Day of Eritrea is celebrated on May 24, 2014. Independence Day of Eritrea is the most important National Holiday in Eritrea. It is observed every year. On this day in 1991, Eritrean People’s Liberation Front forces moved into the capitol Asmara, re-instating independence, following a severe 30 years battle against Ethiopian army regime. Eritrea Independence Day is a public holiday and is day off from work.

Where is Independence Day of Eritrea?
Nationwide Eritrea

Bermuda Day 2014
May 24, 2014 in Bermuda

Bermuda Day is a public holiday in the archipelago of Bermuda. Previously known as Victoria Day, Empire Day, and Commonwealth Day, Bermuda Day is more than a holiday to celebrate our 405 years of history. Around this time of year, our water and air temperatures jump significantly, and the celebration marks the first day of the year when Bermudians find it acceptable to swim in the ocean. It’s also the first day when Bermuda shorts are worn as business attire.

To observe this public holiday, a march past is held in Hamilton. A road race is also organized from the western corner of the island into Hamilton. These occasions are quite famous as viewer attractions, and thousands line up on the thoroughfares of Hamilton to see the vibrant parade. Many Bermudians also book their places (certain parts of the streets) overnight to allow them to see the marchers and the floats.

The famous procession comprises a varied blend of conventional Bermuda pipe and drum bands, floats, Gombey dancers, singers, majorettes, and spokespersons of different regional associations.

Where is Bermuda Day?
Nationwide Bermuda

National Escargot Day
May 24, 2014 in the USA

Today is National Escargot Day! Escargot is a tasty appetizer made with land snails cooked in butter or wine. While the dish most likely originated in Ancient Roman times, escargot is usually associated with French cuisine. In fact, the French consume around 40,000 metric tons of snails each year!

In French culture, the snails are typically purged, killed, removed from their shells, and cooked, and then placed back into the shells with the butter and sauce for serving. Farms producing Helix aspersa for sale exist in Europe and in the United States.

Although escargot usually involves a very rich sauce, the snails themselves are actually quite good for you. The edible varieties are high in protein and low in fat.

If you’ve never tasted escargot, National Escargot Day is a great reason to give them a try! Bon appétit!

Where is National Escargot Day?
Nationwide USA

Historical Events:

1153 – Malcolm IV becomes King of Scots

1595 – Nomenclator of Leiden University Library appears, the first printed catalog of an institutional library.

1667 – French troops attack into Southern Netherlands

1726 – -26] People’s revolt due to increase in gin/brandy tax

1738 – John Wesley is converted, essentially launching the Methodist movement; the day is celebrated annually by Methodists as Aldersgate Day.

1798 – Irish Rebellion of 1798 led by the United Irishmen against British rule begins.

1830 – “Mary Had A Little Lamb” is published

1844 – Samuel Morse taps out “What hath God wrought” (1st telegraph message)

1856 – Pottawatomie Massacre took place in Kansas

1862 – Westminster Bridge across Thames opens

1881 – Canadian ferry Princess Victoria sinks near London Ontario, 200 die

1883 – Brooklyn Bridge opened by Pres Arthur & Gov Cleveland

1902 – Empire Day 1st celebrated in Britain

1915 – Thomas Edison invents telescribe to record telephone conversations

1921 – 1st parliament for Northern Ireland elected

1941 – Bismarck sinks British battle cruiser HMS Hood; 1,416 die, 3 survive

1954 – IBM announces vacuum tube “electronic” brain that could perform 10 million operations an hour

1968 – FLQ separatists bomb the U.S. consulate in Quebec City.

1980 – Iran rejects a call to World Court to release US hostages

1993 – Eritrea achieved independence from Ethiopia after 30-year civil war

2000 – Israeli troops withdraw from southern Lebanon after 22 years of occupation.

Calendar day; May 23, 2014

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Friday, the 23rd of May, 2014 is the 143th day in 2014 and in the 21st calendar week.

General Events:

World Turtle Day
May 23, 2014 in the World

The World Turtle Day 2014 is on May, 23. The purpose of the observance is to bring attention to, and increase knowledge of and respect for, turtles and tortoises, and encourage human action to help them survive and thrive. Turtle Day is celebrated worldwide in a variety of ways, from dressing up as turtles to saving turtles caught on highways, to research activities. It is sponsored yearly since 2000 by the nonprofit corporation American Tortoise Rescue.

World Turtle Day was to increase respect and knowledge for the world’s oldest creatures. Turtles are reptiles, characterised by a special bony or cartilaginous shell developed from their ribs that acts as a shield. These gentle animals have been around for about 200 million years, yet they are rapidly disappearing as a result of the exotic food industry, habitat destruction and the cruel pet trade.

You can do a few small things that can help to save turtles and tortoises for the next generation. Never buy them from a pet shop as it increases demand from the wild. Never remove turtles or tortoises from the wild unless they are sick or injured. If a tortoise is crossing a busy street, pick it up and send it in the same direction it was going. Report cruelty or illegal sales of turtles and tortoises to your local animal control shelter.

To celebrate World Turtle Day, donate to your favorite “save the turtles” organization!

Where is World Turtle Day?

National Lucky Penny Day
May 23, 2014 in the USA

“See a penny, pick it up… All day long you’ll have good luck.”

Years ago a penny was actually able to buy something. Most often remembered, is the big section of candy at the store that sold for a penny a piece. Today, due to inflation, the penny does not buy much if anything at all. Changes in the price of metal commodity causes the metal value of pennies to exceed their face value. There are many nations that have stopped minting equivalent value coins and efforts are being made to end the routine use of pennies in several countries including the United States and Canada.

Where is National Lucky Penny Day?
Nationwide USA

National Wig Out Day
May 23, 2014 in the USA

Have you ever wanted to dye your hair a different color or try out a new hairstyle, but were too scared to take the risk? Well, today is your opportunity to experiment. It’s National Wig Out Day! This celebration is similar to Halloween, but the focus is just on wigs.

Wig Out Day was invented in 2006 by Kate and Alice Clark. The sisters were able to inspire the residents of Bellingham, Washington to go to work wearing all different types of crazy wigs and then gather downtown at the end of the day for a party. Since then, Wig Out Day has grown and spread throughout the nation.

So go ahead and stop by your local wig shop or shop for wigs online. Your wig can be anything from a mullet to a 70’s style afro. Whatever you decide to wear on your head, just be sure to Wig Out!

Where is National Wig Out Day?
Nationwide USA

Historical Events:

1430 – Joan of Arc is captured at Compiegne & sold to the English

1568 – Battle of Heiligerlee, Groningen: Dutch rebels beat Spanish, thousands killed

1568 – The Netherlands declare independence from Spain.

1618 – 2nd Defenestration of Prague; beginning of 30 Years War. Four Catholic Lords Regents thrown out of window

1701 – Captain William Kidd is hanged in London after being convicted of piracy and of murdering William Moore.

1785 – Benjamin Franklin announces his invention of bifocals

1813 – South American independence leader Simón Bolívar enters Mérida, leading the invasion of Venezuela, and is proclaimed El Libertador (“The Liberator”)

1873 – Canada’s North West Mounted Police Force forms

1887 – 1st transcontinental train arrives in Vancouver, BC

1915 – Italy declares war on Austria-Hungary & Germany during WW I

1922 – Walt Disney incorporates his 1st film company Laugh-O-Gram Films

1934 – The Auto-Lite Strike culminates in the “Battle of Toledo”, a five-day melée between 1,300 troops of the Ohio National Guard and 6,000 picketers.

1958 – Mao Tse tung start “Great leap forward” movement in China

1977 – Benin adopts its constitution

1983 – Radio Moscow announcer Vladimir Danchev praises Afghanistan Muslims standing up to Russia; he is removed from the air

1991 – Last Cubans troops leave Angola

1998 – The Good Friday Agreement is accepted in a referendum in Northern Ireland with 75% voting yes.

2002 – The “55 parties” clause of the Kyoto protocol is reached after its ratification by Iceland.

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