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.