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Daily Holidays - May 12

National Nutty Fudge
 Day There is something special about the nutty fudge, and today you have a perfect excuse to indulge in this sweet delight.
There are several stories floating around the creation of fudge. One of them refers to a letter by Emelyn Bettersby Hartridge, that was written in 1886 at Vassar College in Poughkeepsie, New York. She said, that her cousin had made fudge and sold it for 40 cents per pound in Baltimore, Maryland. Hartridge obtained the recipe and made 30 pounds of this treat for the Vassar College Senior Auction in 1888.

Another legend tells about a young apprentice caramel maker who was stirring the pot while his boss was serving customers. The apprentice made a mistake and when the boss returned, the caramel was so grainy, that it was totally ruined. Nevertheless, the customers loved the treat and called it fudge after the name of the apprentice, who made it by mistake.

There are even more stories about the invention of fudge, but don't waist time for it. Grab a box of your favorite nutty fudge with pecan or walnuts and celebrate the holiday with your friends, coworkers and family. https://anydayguide.com/calendar/1013

International Nurses Day Every year the nurses around the globe celebrate their professional holiday International Nurses Day on May 12. This holiday is dedicated to all nurses and marks their contributions to the society.
International Nurses Day has been celebrated since 1965 by the International Council of Nurses. The idea of the holiday belongs to Dorothy Sutherland. As an official, she proposed this holiday to be proclaimed by President Dwight D. Eisenhower, but he didn't approve it. The day of celebration was chosen only in 1974 and it became May 12, since it's the birthday of Florence Nightingale, who is widely considered as the founder of modern nursing.

International Nurses Day is celebrated in many countries, for instance, a special service is held in Westminster Abbey in London. A symbolic lamp is taken from the altar and it's handed from one nurse to another. This simple act signifies the passing of knowledge from nurse to nurse. A service is also held at St Margaret's Church at East Wellow in Hampshire. Florence Nightingale was buried at this church, that is why a special service is also held on the Sunday after her birthday. https://anydayguide.com/calendar/530

National Limerick Day Observed annually on May 12, National Limerick Day celebrates the birthday of English artist, illustrator, author and poet Edward Lear (May 12, 1812 – Jan. 29, 1888). Lear is known mostly for his literary nonsense in poetry prose and limericks.

National Limerick Day also celebrates the limerick poem. Limerick poems were popularized by Edward Lear’s book “Book of Nonsense” in 1846.

A limerick is a very short, humorous, nonsense poem. Within a limerick there are five lines. The first two lines rhyme with the fifth line and the third and fourth line rhyme together. http://nationaldaycalendar.com/calendar-at-a-glance/may/

Odometer Day National Odometer Day is observed each year on May 12. This is a day to learn a little bit about the odometer.

An odometer is an instrument that indicates the distance traveled by a vehicle. It may be electronic, mechanical or a combination of both.

Odometer comes from the Greek words hodos meaning path or gateway andmetron, meaning measure.

In some countries, an odometer is called a mileometer, milometer or tripometer.

Odometers were first developed in the 1600′s for wagons and other horse-drawn vehicles in order to measure distances traveled. http://nationaldaycalendar.com/days-2/national-odometer-day-may-12/

National Women's Check-up Day Led by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Office on Women’s Health and as part of National Women’s Health Week, the second Monday in May is National Women’s Checkup Day.

The goal of National Women’s Checkup Day 2014 leaders is to encourage all women to schedule an annual well-woman visit.

Yearly well-woman visits are important and should include discussions of your health habits and family history, setting health goals and scheduling or receiving screenings or necessary exams. Screening would include blood pressure, cholesterol, cervical cancer and others. http://nationaldaycalendar.com/national-womens-checkup-day-may-12/

http://www.famousbirthdays.com/may12.html

Daily Holidays - May 11

Eat What You Want 
Day Everyday is a food holiday, and we celebrate some special dish, beverage or ingredient. But May 11 is special, because today you can eat whatever you want. It's National Eat What You Want Day!
This holiday was introduced by Thomas Roy, American film and voice actor, and his wife Ruth. They have made up about 80 funny holidays, officially registered under Wellcat Holidays trademark.

Today people are obsessed with diets and healthy nutrition. But everyone can relax and forget about the diet at lease once a year. Thomas and Ruth suggest doing it on May 11. And if you keep to a diet, you can eat what you want or try something that you've never tasted before. If you don't feel like discovering new tastes and dishes, here's Americas Top 5: French fries, hamburger, fried chicken, eggs, pizza. If this list contains one of your favorites, and we're sure it does, then don't hesitate and celebrate the holiday the way you want. Invite your friends over for a party and serve your favorite food. https://anydayguide.com/calendar/2937

Twilight Zone Day National Twilight Zone Day in the USA. It may sound mysterious and a little bit scary, but we think you get the picture of the holiday.
National Twilight Zone Day celebrates the television show The Twilight Zone, that was aired from 1956 till 1964. It premiered on the night of October 2 in 1959 on CBS. Every episode was a story, containing fantasy, drama, psychological fiction, science fiction, suspense and horror. 156 black-and-white series were aired till 1964.

The Twilight Zone was reborn in 1985, 110 series in color were aired from 1985 till 1989 on CBS. The show started again in 2002 and only 44 series were aired.

The Twilight Zone is world's one of the first and the most popular science fiction series. TV Guide has listed it the 29th in The 50 Greatest TV Shows of All Time.

We couldn't find out, who introduced National Twilight Zone Day and why May 11 was chosen as the date of the holiday. Anyway, today you can watch your favorite episode or play The Twilight Zone board game! https://anydayguide.com/calendar/2938

http://www.famousbirthdays.com/may11.html

Daily Holidays - May 10

Mother's Day A Happy Mother's Day to all The Mom's out there.

National Shrimp Day Annually celebrated on May 10, it is National Shrimp Day. Americans eat more shrimp than any other seafood and this is the day to celebrate this delicious seafood.

The word “prawn” is used loosely to describe any large shrimp, sometimes known as “jumbo shrimp.” Some countries use the word “prawn” exclusively for all shrimp.

Preparing the shrimp for consumption usually involves the removal of the head, shell, tail and “sand vein”. There are many ways to cook shrimp. Common methods of preparation include baking, boiling, broiling, sauteing frying and grilling. Cooking time is delicate for shrimp and they are at their best when not over cooked.

A healthy food, shrimp is low in calories and high in levels of omega-3, calcium, iodine, and protein. Shrimp is also known to be considered good for the circulatory system. http://nationaldaycalendar.com/days-2/national-shrimp-day-may-10/

Windmill Day Windmills were once a much more common feature of our landscapes; however, modern industry has rendered these historical wind-powered factories mostly redundant. Windmill Day encourages you to visit your local windmill, get involved in restoration projects, and to try your hand as a miller! https://www.daysoftheyear.com/days/windmill-day/

Stay Up All Night Day Everyone has pulled an all-nighter at least once in their lives—some for fun, like singing songs around a campfire, others for something not so fun, like finishing homework due the next day or working a late shift. For one day of the year, you can stay up in unison as hundreds of people across the world celebrate Stay Up All Night Night! This is a chance to let loose and make some exciting plans with your friends, or just see where the night takes you. Whatever happens, the rule is simple: no sleep till morning! So why not challenge yourself and see how long you can stay awake before nodding off, or why not have your friends stay over and place a bet on who will fall asleep first? As long as you don’t have anything important to do the next day, go for it! https://www.daysoftheyear.com/days/stay-up-all-night-night/

World Lupus Day Imagine being bothered by sunlight, being covered in a rash, suffering fatigue, mouth sores, kidney and joint problems, as well as experiencing substantial hair loss and the swelling of lymph nodes. Sounds awful, doesn’t it? World Lupus Day was created to help us understand that this seemingly random grab bag of symptoms is actually a debilitating, chronic autoimmune disease suffered by approximately 5 million people worldwide, with 1.5 million of them living in the United States alone. In short, lupus causes the immune system to become overactive, creating antibodies that attack healthy tissue causing pain, inflammation and damage in a given part of the body. Although lupus can be fatal, there is currently no known cure. Sadly, a large majority of people have little to no idea about lupus, often confusing it with arthritis, a much less serious disease. Many people have no idea lupus even exists until they themselves or somebody they know is diagnosed with it. This is the problem World Lupus Day was created to combat. https://www.daysoftheyear.com/days/world-lupus-day/

http://www.famousbirthdays.com/may10.html

Daily Holidays - May 9

National Butterscotch Brownie Day Today is National Butterscotch Brownie Day! Butterscotch brownies, also known as “blondies,” are delicious baked goodies that date back to the 19th century. Recipes for these soft, chewy bars most likely evolved from Medieval gingerbread cake recipes. In fact, butterscotch brownies were around for almost a hundred years before chocolate brownies became popular!

To make butterscotch brownies, you need flour, baking powder, salt, butter, brown sugar, vanilla extract, eggs, and butterscotch. Popular add-in ingredients include walnuts, pecans, butterscotch pieces, chocolate chips, Nutella, banana, or cranberries. You can also choose to add a topping like chocolate Irish cream frosting or drizzled caramel. Yum!

To celebrate National Butterscotch Brownie Day, make a batch of homemade blondies to share with friends and family! http://www.punchbowl.com/holidays/national-butterscotch-brownie-day

National Moscato Day Moscato is a wine originating from the Piedmont region of north-west Italy and the beverage has become a popular choice due to its sweetness, lightness and affordability. Moscato’s popularity among hip-hop artists like Nelly and Drake created hype as well as soaring sales, so in celebration of both new and old fans of the wine, Gallo Family Vineyards introduced Moscato Day in 2012.

The best way to celebrate Moscato Day is to throw a wine-themed party for friends and family. Serve white, red and pink (rosé) Moscato wines with complementary food, which could be cheeses such as Camembert and Pecorino Romano, or for a full meal prepare a spicy paella. Gallo hosts a Twitter event during which participants can share hosting tips and food pairing suggestions using the #MoscatoDay hashtag.

Moscato is the ideal accompaniment to lunches, parties and everything in between – so if you haven’t tried it before, Moscato Day is the perfect occasion to sample some! https://www.daysoftheyear.com/days/moscato-day/

Fair Trade Day Fair Trade Day is a global event that aims to draw attention to the objectives and achievements of the Fair Trade movement. The Fair Trade movement campaigns to improve the lives of workers and small producers, especially those within developing economies, by asserting their rights and raising their visibility within international trade. The movement invites consumers to participate in its campaign by choosing Fair Trade alternatives to existing products.

Fair Trade Day is an international and collective display to raise the visibility of the movement and its aspirations. It is observed in countries across the world by various events in which local producers and artisans mark the contribution that has been made by Fair Trade initiatives. Often involving food and art, the events are intended to be a colourful and enjoyable reminder of the success of the movement to date, and a prompt for consumers to consider Fair Trade options within their shopping. https://www.daysoftheyear.com/days/fair-trade-day/

Lost Sock Memorial Day It’s inevitable – for every load of laundry you sort through, there are odd socks. Over time, you may even find that you end up with entire drawers and storage boxes filled with odd socks. But worry not! Lost Sock Memorial Day is all about commemorating the other (lost) halves of the pairs of socks which are still with us. Here’s to their memory. https://www.daysoftheyear.com/days/lost-sock-memorial-day/

Train Day Train Day which celebrates all things trains! From enthusiasts about the humble begininnings of locomotive transport to engineers developing the future of rail travel, groups across the USA gather for events, celebration, education and discovery.
https://www.daysoftheyear.com/days/train-day/

http://www.famousbirthdays.com/may9.html

Daily Holidays - May 8

National Coconut Cream Pie Day Celebrate this holiday with a big piece of a sweet coconut delight.
Cream pie is a type of pie, made of crust and filled with a rich custard or pudding. The pudding can have different flavors, and one of them is coconut. Cream pie is always great, and you can choose what kind of dessert you want. For example, you may leave the crust, if you don't want it, and enjoy only the filling.

There are different recipes for pie crust you can use. You can make the crust with a coconut, that will make an extra hit of coconut flavor. If you want something special, then use chocolate cookie crumb pie shell, that goes well with coconut filling.

Some extra ideas will be useful to make coconut filling more flavorful. Add some crushed pineapple for a pineapple coconut cream or diced ripe bananas for a banana coconut cream. The both variants are great, as well as simple coconut cream. And as far as coconut cream pie is good for every day, not only for today, you can make this dessert any time you wish. https://anydayguide.com/calendar/1010

Iris Day Let’s sit back and smell the Irises, my friends, because they are, at least in some respects, head and shoulder over that dusty, old, bygone, the rose! The fresh, sumptuous lustre of their dewy, iridescent blossoms on a spring day, the perky, shivery, curious stem scouting the air and the mesmerising blush of rainbow colours make it a sight for anyone’s sore eyes. The name comes from the Greek word for ‘rainbow’ and most mythology adepts will tell you Iris was the messenger of the gods, the link between sea and sky, the rainbow glider, if you will. Doesn’t that just inspire you to find a bunch of Irises for your girlfriend, mother, daughter and sister right now? It should, because on Iris Day, all is forgiven if you bring a bunch of these to your special someone; so if you’ve been naughty, now’s the time to be nice. https://www.daysoftheyear.com/days/iris-day/

No Socks Day Kick off your socks and wiggle your toes for No Socks Day! Go barefoot for a day (carefully, of course), and enjoy the feeling of foot-freedom. https://www.daysoftheyear.com/days/no-socks-day/

V E Day Events across the UK and the rest of Europe this weekend will commemorate the 70th anniversary of VE Day - the end of World War Two on the continent.
A two-minute silence will be held at London's Cenotaph on Friday to mark the moment Winston Churchill announced that the war with Germany was over.
And on Friday evening, more than 200 beacons will be lit around the UK.
There were street parties across the UK when Germany surrendered on 8 May 1945, bringing to a close six years of war. http://www.bbc.com/news/uk-32626551

http://www.famousbirthdays.com/may8.html

World Red Cross / Red Crescent Day World Red Cross and Red Crescent Day is an annual celebration held on May 8. It commemorates the birthday of Henry Dunant, Swiss businessman and social activist who inspired the creation of International Committee of the Red Cross.
In 1859, Henry Durant made a business trip to Italy and witnessed the aftermath of the Battle of Solferino. He was greatly moved by what he saw and recorded his impressions in the book A Memory of Solferino.

In the book, he developed the idea of a neutral organization aimed at providing care to wounded soldiers. Eventually this idea was supported by many influential people. Thus the International Committee of the Red Cross was founded. Today it is part of the International Red Cross and Red Crescent Movement.

The Red Cross was chosen as an emblem because it represented the Swiss flag (the committee was founded in Geneva). However, the Ottoman Empire refused to use it, claiming that the cross was a Christian symbol and using a Red Crescent instead. It was formally recognized as the second official symbol in 1929. https://anydayguide.com/calendar/518

Costco CEO: Values, culture are key

http://supermarketnews.com/membership-warehouse-clubs/costco-ceo-values-culture-are-key

No matter how big a company gets, it must maintain its core values and its culture or it could fail, Craig Jelinek, chairman and CEO of Costco Wholesale Corp., said in a speech Monday.

“Companies sometimes lose their way because they lose their core values and culture,” he told the Western Association of Food Chains at its annual convention in Palm Desert, Calif. “Your business can evolve, but it can’t afford to lose its values and its culture."

He said executives who join Costco from other companies "tend not to do well at Costco because they don’t understand the culture. Most of our managers and executives started out in the warehouses and we like to promote from within because it’s difficult to understand how what you do affects the warehouse unless you’ve worked in one.”

(How many times have we seen companies bring in consultants or executives from other companies or industries that then turn a well run company with an efficient workforce upside down and either bankrupt the firm or devastate the culture that made them what they were in the first place. )

No matter how large a business grows, Jelinek said, “you’ve got to think like a small company.

Nebraska Hy-Vee stores recycle food waste

http://supermarketnews.com/sustainability/nebraska-hy-vee-stores-recycle-food-waste

Twenty-five Hy-Vee stores in Nebraska have begun turning organic waste into compost, biogas and animal feed through a partnership with Sanimax.

Started as a pilot in March with two stores in Omaha, the program encompasses excess fruits and vegetables, bakery products, solid dairy products and floral clippings.

Hy-Vee plans to sell the compost as well as use it at stores that have community gardens.

Daily Holidays - May 7

National Roast Leg of Lamb Day Today you could make any kind of dish, but we recommend you roast lamb, as far as this is the best way to cook it.
Domestic sheep were considered as the most productive livestock during the Middle Ages. The animals could supply people with wool for cloths, milk for butter and cheese, skins for parchments and meat. Lamb, mutton and hogget are the meat of a domestic sheep. The difference of the meat is not only in its name, everything depends on the age of the sheep. Young sheep in its first year is lamb. This is the most tender and lean meat. The meat of a juvenile sheep older than 1 year, but before its first shearing, is hogget. And mutton is the meat of an old sheep.

Roasted leg of lamb often appears on tables in some Western countries. If you want to make the best roasted leg, then cover it with rosemary, thyme, oregano and lemon zest. Roast lamb leg for 2 hours at 360 degrees and serve it with carrots or green vegetables and gravy. You can also make a stuffed leg of lamb, that would be something extra special for this holiday. https://anydayguide.com/calendar/1008

Bike To School Day http://www.walkbiketoschool.org/keep-going/ask-the-insider/bike-school-day-2013

http://www.famousbirthdays.com/may7.html

Daily Holidays - May 6

National Crêpes Suzette Day This is a typical French dessert, that was invented for the Brits!
French dessert crepe Suzette consists of fresh crepes and sauce of butter, sugar, orange juice, zest and liquor like Grand Marnier or orange Curacao. The ingredients for the sauce are put on top of the crepes and then served flambe. The ignition of crepes makes the dramatic presentation (by the way, the dessert is made in front of the customers) and also results in evaporating of alcohol. The thick sweet sauce covers crepes, so you can enjoy your dessert.

Crepe Suzette was invented by Henri Carpentier, head waiter at the Café de Paris in Monte-Carlo. He prepared a special crepes at the tableside for the future Kind Edward VII. He flambéed crepes, covered in sauce of orange juice, orange zest and orange liquor. The prince named the crepes after his lady friend, Suzette.

Sometimes this story is disputed, because Henri Carpentier couldn't make the dish, as far as he was just a 14-year old waiter assistant, but not maître d'hôtel. And assistant couldn't serve the prince instead of the head waiter, because he would have been too young.

No matter what's the story, you can celebrate this holiday at the nearby French restaurant. Order crepes Suzette to try this unusual dessert. https://anydayguide.com/calendar/1006

International No Diet Day an annual event that focuses on body acceptance and healthy lifestyle with an emphasis on health at any size. It was first celebrated in the United Kingdom in 1992. INDD is observed on May 6.
International No Diet Day was created by the director of the group “Diet Breakers” Mary Evans Young. After struggling with an eating disorder (anorexia nervosa), she wanted to help people accept and appreciate the body they have.

She introduced the first No Diet Day in 1992. Originally it was intended to be National No Died Day observed in the UK only, but then Young decided to try and make it an international observance. In 1993, Young's idea was supported by feminist groups in many more countries such as the United States, Canada, Brazil, Australia, New Zealand, Denmark, Israel, India. The symbol of the observance is a light blue ribbon.

INDD aims at raising awareness of weight discrimination, fat phobia, sizism and potential dangers of commercial diet plans, honoring the victims of weight-loss surgery and eating disorders, promoting body acceptance and body shape diversity. It is supposed to be a day free of diets and unhealthy obsessions about body weight and shape. https://anydayguide.com/calendar/1970

No Homework Day Here’s one you may wish to hide from your children! Although if they don’t know about it, then there would not be many folks left to celebrate No Homework Day!

That’s right, this is the day where children can tell their teachers and parents in complete honesty that they will not be doing their homework, in order to mark this special day. Spend some long hours on that favourite video game, go and hang out at the mall with friends, or just go to bed and catch up on needed sleep! Whatever is decided, children, university students, and even some of you mature students with impending homework deadlines can take a well-deserved break.

This is probably not a popular holiday with teachers and parents! But it is a day nevertheless to say put down the books and relax. (Unless, of course, you have a big exam or paper due the next day!) https://www.daysoftheyear.com/days/no-homework-day/

Nurses Day This holiday is also known as National RN Recognition Day and it begins the National Nurses Week.
The date for National Nurses Day hasn't been chosen randomly. May 12, that is the end of National Nurses Week, is the birthday of Florence Nightingale, English social reformer and the founder of modern nursing. She is known for serving as a nurse during the Crimean War, when Russia fought an alliance of Britain, France, Sardinia and the Ottoman Empire. Due to her habit to make rounds at night she was called “The Lady with the Lamp”.

National Nurses Day was established in 1953, when Dorothy Sutherland, an employee at the United States Department of Health, sent a letter to President Dwight D. Eisenhower asking for a holiday, that would honor nurses and their contributions to the life of the society. However, the official proclamation wasn't made, but the following year people began celebrating the holiday on their own.

National Nurse Day was made an official holiday only by President Richard Nixon and the very first National Nurse Week was proclaimed in 1974. In 1981 Nurses in New Mexico initiated the celebration of holiday on May 6, that was declared as National Recognition Day for Nurses. ANA Board of Directors promoted the proposal and the next year the U.S. Congress decided May 6 to be National RN Recognition Day, that was expanded in 1990 to a week-long celebration. https://anydayguide.com/calendar/1971

http://www.famousbirthdays.com/may6.html

Obituary: Dianne White Clatto, nation’s first black TV weathercaster

As the tumultuous ’60s descended upon the nation, Dianne White Clatto emerged unwittingly and unceremoniously as St. Louis’ own embodiment of civil rights history.

In 1960, the St. Louis native graduated from the University of Missouri at Columbia, where she was among the first of a handful of black students. That same year, she became the first African American in St. Louis to model for Stix, Baer & Fuller and Saks Fifth Avenue. Two short years later, White Clatto joined what was then KSD-TV (now KSDK NewsChannel 5), becoming the first full-time African-American weathercaster in the country.

She died on Monday (May 4, 2015), at McCormack House on Olive near Vandeventer, a short distance and a world away from where she grew up on Vandeventer and Cook in north St. Louis. Until last week, Mrs. White Clatto had been a longtime resident of the Central West End. She was 77.

A rare beauty with a distinctive voice, Mrs. White Clatto graced St. Louis airwaves for more than 40 years in both television and radio. She had planned, she said, to be a psychiatric social worker.

http://news.stlpublicradio.org/post/obituary-dianne-white-clatto-nation-s-first-black-tv-weathercaster
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