Wednesday, the 14th of May, 2014 is the 134th day in 2014 and in the 20th calendar week.
General Events:
Dance Like a Chicken Day
May 14, 2014 in the World
Dance Like a Chicken Day is observed on May 14, 2014. It’s a day to perform the “Chicken Dance” and is therefore a day for those who like it. The “Chicken Dance” is an oom-pah song and its associated fad dance is now a contemporary dance throughout the Western world. The song was composed by accordion player Werner Thomas from Davos, Switzerland, in the 1950s. The name of the original Swiss song was “Der Ententanz” (The Duck Dance). It is rumored to be a drinking song sung at Oktoberfest.
In 1963, he began performing it at his restaurant. The people who bravely stood up and danced along to the tune often used sporadic movements that reminded Thomas of ducks and chickens. By the time the Chicken Dance arrived in America in the 1970s, it had acquired set choreography with repetitive beak, wing, and tail motions.
Today, the Chicken Dance has earned a permanent place in the pantheon of cheesy party dances. Other favorites include the Hokey Pokey, the Electric Slide, and the Macarena. To celebrate National Dance Like a Chicken Day, turn on this familiar tune and dance like a chicken!
Where is Dance Like a Chicken Day?
National Receptionist Day
May 14, 2014 in the USA
Don’t confuse this day for Administrative Professionals Day or Secretary’s Day.  Receptionists, this is your day! Okay, maybe it’s not a day off. But, it’s a day to recognize and appreciate all the things that you do!
The purpose of Receptionists Day are two-fold. First, of all it gives recognition to receptionists. After all, they are the first person your customers see when they walk through the door of your company. The great first impression is molded in large part thanks to your smiling, cheerful receptionist.
The second reason for Receptionist Day is to promote pride and professionalism in the position.
On this day, treat your Receptionist with flowers, candy, or a lunch!
National Receptionist Association:
Where is National Receptionist Day?
Nationwide USA
National Buttermilk Biscuit Day
May 14, 2014 in the USA
National Buttermilk Biscuit Day is celebrated on May 14th in the United States. It is a food holiday. The United States has food holidays on almost every day of the year. Food holidays are not recognized to the point of workers of being given the day off work.
With the invention of baking soda and baking powder in the early 19th century, biscuits got a dramatic makeover from dense and heavy to light as a feather!
In the United States, a biscuit is a small, round piece of bread that is leavened with baking powder or baking soda. A typical buttermilk biscuit recipe contains flour, baking powder, baking soda, salt, butter shortening and buttermilk. The dough is mixed and then folded over on itself. After being rolled out, the dough is cut into round disks. The biscuits are then baked in the oven. A buttermilk biscuit recipe differs from a regular biscuit recipe mainly because of the buttermilk. A regular biscuit recipe has plain milk in it instead of buttermilk.
Where is National Buttermilk Biscuit Day?
Nationwide USA
Natural Events:
May Full Moon 2014
May 14, 2014 in Eastcoast (North America)
On May 14, 2014 the moon reaches its maximum brightness. Therefore it is called full moon. Full moon is a lunar phase that occurs when the Moon is on the opposite side of the Earth from the Sun. More precisely, a full moon occurs when the geocentric apparent longitudes of the Sun and Moon differ by 180 degrees; the Moon is then in opposition with the Sun. As seen from Earth, the hemisphere of the Moon that is facing the earth is almost fully illuminated by the Sun and appears round. Only during a full moon is the opposite hemisphere of the Moon, which is not visible from Earth, completely unilluminated.
The time interval between similar lunar phases is on average about 29.53 days. Therefore, in those lunar calendars in which each month begins on the new moon, the full moon falls on either the 14th or 15th of the lunar month. Because lunar months have a whole number of days, lunar months may be either 29 or 30 days long.
Full Moons are traditionally associated with temporal insomnia, insanity and various “magical phenomena” such as lycanthropy. Psychologists, however, have found that there is no strong evidence for effects on human behavior around the time of a full moon. They find that studies are generally not consistent, with some showing a positive effect and others showing a negative effect. In one instance, the British Medical Journal published two studies on dog bite admission to hospitals in England and Australia. The study of the Bradford Royal Infirmary found that dog bites were twice as common during a full moon, whereas the study conducted by the public hospitals in Australia found that they were less likely. Full moons trigger deer movement in North America. Hunters and fisherman rely heavily on moonphases
Where is May Full Moon?
EST Eastern Standard Time / UTC-05
Eastcoast (North America)
Historical Events:
1264 – Battle of Lewes, 2nd Barons’ War: Simon de Montfort the younger, Earl of Leicester, defeats English King Henry III
1576 – Dutch Council of State replaced by Council of Beroerten
1607 – 1st permanent English settlement in New World, Jamestown, Va
1638 – Admiral Adam Westerwolt conquerors Batticaloa, Ceylon
1767 – British government disbands Americans import duty on tea
1787 – Delegates gather in Philadelphia to draw up US constitution
1796 – 1st smallpox inoculation administered, by Edward Jenner
1811 – Paraguay gains independence from Spain (National Day)
1842 – Illustrated London News; the world’s first illustrated weekly newspaper, begins publication
1853 – Gail Borden patents her process for condensed milk
1862 – Adolphe Nicole of Switzerland patents chronograph
1878 – Vaseline is first sold (registered trademark for petroleum jelly)
1889 – The National Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Children (NSPCC) is launched in London.
1908 – 1st passenger flight in an airplane
1921 – Florence Allen is 1st woman judge to sentence a man to death
1931 – Ådalen shootings: five people are killed in Ådalen, Sweden, as soldiers open fire on an unarmed trade union demonstration.
1932 – “We Want Beer!” parade in NY
1939 – Lina Medina becomes the world’s youngest confirmed mother in medical history at the age of five
1943 – Sinking of the Australian Hospital Ship Centaur off the coast of Queensland, by a Japanese submarine.
1948 – Israel declares independence from under British administration
1949 – Harry Truman signs bill establishing a rocket test range at Cape Canaveral
1955 – Warsaw Pact is signed by the Soviet Union, Albania, Bulgaria, Czechoslovakia, East Germany, Hungary, Poland & Romania
1969 – Abortion & contraception legalized in Canada
1973 – US Supreme court approves equal rights to females in military
1982 – Guinea adopts constitution
1986 – Institute for War documents publishes Anne Franks complete diary
1989 – Demonstration for democratic reforms in Beijing’s Tiananmen square
1991 – World’s Largest Burrito created at 1,126 lbs
1995 – Dalai Lama proclaims 6-year-old Gedhun Choekyi Nyima 11th reincarnation of Panchen Lama, Tibet’s 2nd most sr spiritual leader