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NATIONAL SPACE DAY – First Friday in May

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NATIONAL SPACE DAY

National Space Day dedicates the first Friday in May to the extraordinary achievements, benefits, and opportunities in the exploration and use of space. The goal of the observance is to promote math, science, technology, and engineering education in young people, The hope is to inspire them to pursue a career in science, especially a career in space-related jobs.

Careers in space involve a wide range of specialties. Going to space requires many working parts, and that’s not just the parts that go into space. All kinds of engineers build the equipment, computers and make the computations.

Accountants and public relations manage the books and the press. Meteorologists, chemists, physicists, and biologists analyze data and doctors monitor the health of the astronauts. As preparations are underway, photographers and writers record the events.

While we’ve only been exploring space for less than 60 years, we continue to learn so much. Imagine all the roles in space you can fill. While we’ve named a few here, how many more careers can you name? Do you know which one is yours?

HOW TO OBSERVE #NationalSpaceDay

Teachers, students, space-related organizations, groups, and agencies hold celebrations, demonstrations, and educational programs each year. The day has grown rapidly in recent years and is celebrated worldwide as International Space Day. Join an event near you. Other ways to celebrate include:

Build a model rocket and launch it.

Watch your favorite launch. Is it the Hubble Space Telescope, Apollo 11, or SpaceX Falcon 9?

Look for the International Space Station as it orbits the Earth.

Get involved by sharing your knowledge and skills, too! Host an event and share your experiences. Share your favorite space pictures using #NationalSpaceDay

NATIONAL SPACE DAY HISTORY

In 1997, Lockheed Martin Corporation created National Space Day as a one-day event. In 2001, due to its extreme popularity, former astronaut and senator John Glenn expanded Space Day to International Space Day.


 

 

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NATIONAL NURSES DAY

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NATIONAL NURSES DAY

National Nurses Day is observed annually on May 6th. On this day, we raise awareness of all nurse contributions and commitments and acknowledge the vital role nurses play in society. This day is also the first day of National Nurses Week and is sometimes known as National RN Recognition Day. 

National Nurses Week begins May 6th and ends on May 12th, which is the birthday of Florence Nightingale (May 12, 1820 – August 13, 1910).  Florence Nightingale was a celebrated English, social reformer, statistician, and the founder of modern nursing. She became well-known while taking care of the wounded soldiers during the Crimean War. Nightingale was dubbed “The Lady with the Lamp” because of her habit of making rounds at night.

HOW TO OBSERVE #NationalNursesDay

Recognize nurses everywhere. Celebrate their dedication and commitment to their patients and their profession. Tell someone about the excellent care you’ve received from a nurse. 

When you visit the doctor or have surgery, follow the instructions they give you, especially follow up care. Ask questions, so they know when you need more information. They can’t read your minds. 

Give nurses you know a shout out and thank them for their hard work, especially during these challenging times. 

Use #NationalNursesDay to share on social media.

NATIONAL NURSES DAY HISTORY

In 1953, Dorothy Sutherland, an employee at the United States Department of Health, sent a letter to President Eisenhower proposing a National Nurses Day. An official proclamation was not made. The following year people began celebrating National Nurses Week on their own.

In 1974, President Nixon proclaimed a National Nurse Week. New Mexico nurses initiated a resolution in 1981 to have May 6th declared National Recognition Day for Nurses. The American Nurses Association (ANA) Board of Directors took up the banner and promoted the proposal. In 1982, the United States Congress designated May 6th to be National Recognition Day for Nurses and President Ronald Reagan signed the proposal. The ANA Board of Directors later expanded the celebration in 1990 to a week-long celebration (May 6-12) known as National Nurses Week. 

Each year the American Nurses Association (ANA) chooses a theme to acknowledge the many services provided by nurses everywhere during National Nurses Week. Examples of past themes include:

2000- Nurses: Keeping the Care in Healthcare
2002 – Nurses Care for America
2003 – Nurses: Lifting Spirits, Touching Lives
2006 – Nurses: Strength, Commitment, Compassion
2015 – Ethical Practice. Quality Care.
2018 – Nurses: Inspire, Innovate, Influence
2019 – 4 Million Reasons to Celebrate
2020 – Nurses: A Voice to Lead


 

 

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NATIONAL ASTRONAUT DAY – May 5

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NATIONAL ASTRONAUT DAY

National Astronaut Day on May 5th each year celebrates Astronauts as true heroes. The day’s mission is to inspire ALL to “reach for the stars” by sharing “out of this world” Astronaut stories and experiences.

On May 5th, 1961, Astronaut Alan Bartlett Shepard Jr. became the first American in space aboard the Freedom 7 Space capsule. The brief suborbital flight lasted 15 minutes and reached a height of 116 miles into the atmosphere. It was a milestone achievement and a trailblazing example of heroic bravery. This adventurous spirit is the essence of what National Astronaut Day is all about.

By sharing the incredible stories, experiences, and perspectives of actual Astronauts, the mission of National Astronaut Day inspires us ALL to follow our dreams. The day includes both future Astronauts and those who seek to keep their feet on the ground!

HOW TO OBSERVE #NationalAstronautDay

Put on your space suit and practice your moonwalk. Are you ready for zero gravity? If not, just experience a little of the excitement of space. Learn about the history of space flight. Read about astronaut training or the biographies of astronauts. Some biographies to read include:

Sally Ride: America’s First Woman in Space by Lynn Sherr

Two Sides of the Mood: Our Story of the Cold War Space Race by Alexei Leonov and David Scott

Chasing Space: An Astronaut’s Story of Grit, Grace and Second Chances by Leland D. Melvin

Find where the Wind Goes: Moments from My Life by Mae C. Jemison

Also, watch a documentary or learn more about the International Space Station. While you are being inspired, be sure to invite someone to share the experience with you!

Visit the Official Website: www.NationalAstronautDay.com

Share your favorite Astronaut stories. Use #WeBelieveInAstronauts & #NationalAstronautDay to post on social media.

Twitter/Facebook: @uniphispaceage, Instagram @nationalastronautday

NATIONAL ASTRONAUT DAY HISTORY

uniphi space agency, a division of uniphi good LLC founded National Astronaut Day in 2016 to inspire everyone to reach for the stars!


 

 

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NATIONAL STAR WARS DAY – May 4

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NATIONAL STAR WARS DAY

May the Fourth be with you each year on National Star Wars Day. Or is it, “May the force be with you?” It all depends on whether you like using puns or not.

Thousands of Star Wars enthusiasts celebrate this day each year with parties and celebrations around the nation.

Star Wars fans didn’t first introduce the often quoted phrase on May 4th. It was 1979, and Britain elected the first female Prime Minister, Margaret Thatcher. On May 4th, the day she took office, the Conservative Party placed an advertisement in The London Evening News, which read, “May the Fourth Be with You, Maggie. Congratulations.”

Star Wars creator, George Lucas, was asked during a 2005 interview on a German news TV channel to say the famous sentence “May the Force Be with You.”   Upon doing so, the interpreter interpreted the sentence into German as Am4 Mai sind wir bei Ihnen (On May 4 we are with you). TV Total captured this and aired it on May 18, 2005.

HOW TO OBSERVE #NationalStarWarsDay

Wear your Wookie costume or bring your lightsaber. Then prepare for warp speed. Wherever you go, may the fourth be with you. Oh, and be sure to watch some Star Wars films or play some trivia. Make some outer space snacks to enjoy, too.  Use #NationalStarWarsDay to post on social media.

NATIONAL STAR WARS DAY HISTORY

National Star Wars Day was first organized in Toronto, Ontario, Canada at the Toronto Underground Cinema in 2011. Produced by Sean Ward and Alice Quinn, festivities included an Original Trilogy Trivia Game Show, a costume contest, and the web’s best tribute films, mash-ups, parodies, and remixes on the big screen. May 4th was chosen because of the play on words.


 

 

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NATIONAL SAN ARCHITECT DAY

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NATIONAL SAN ARCHITECT DAY

National SAN Architect Day on May 3rd each year recognizes the systems and professionals managing America’s data.

Storage Area Network (SAN) Architects perform the thankless job of managing America’s IT infrastructure. They organize voluminous data networks, handle security, and guard against data breaches. They also make sure payments and invoices go out on time while handling financial resources and ensuring human resources compliance. In short, they are engaged in every aspect of corporate life. And yet there is virtually no acknowledgment of their extensive contributions.

Unknown largely to shareholders, they labor in obscurity, keeping America’s data safe. Corporate management will usually not mention the people who build and maintain their storage area networks unless there is a catastrophic data breach. In all other instances, SAN architects labor in obscurity working for organizations that range from Fortune 500 companies to SMBs and virtually all government agencies – buried behind the walls of the Data Center.

HOW TO OBSERVE #SANArchitectDay

Thank a SAN architect for keeping us safe. Learn more about SAN Architects and the services they provide. Post on social media using #SANArchitectDay.

NATIONAL SAN ARCHITECT DAY HISTORY

KCI, Inc. founded National SAN Architect Day in 2015 to recognize the dedicated systems and professionals keeping America’s data and IT infrastructure safe.


 

 

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NATIONAL TRUFFLE DAY – May 2

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NATIONAL TRUFFLE DAY

On May 2nd, National Truffle Day serves up a deliciously sweet treat and places the chocolate truffle in the spotlight.

Traditionally, chocolatiers make this sweet confection with a chocolate ganache center coated in chocolate, icing, cocoa powder, chopped nuts, or coconut. They may fill the truffle with other yummy surprises. For example, some candy makers include cream, melted chocolate, caramel, nuts, fruit, nougat, fudge, toffee, mint, marshmallow, or liqueur.

N. Petruccelli of Chambery, France is believed to be the inventor of the chocolate truffle in December 1895. Truffles became much more prevalent in 1902 when the Prestat Chocolate Shop opened in London. Prestat still sells “Napoleon III” truffles made to the original recipe.

HOW TO OBSERVE #NationalTruffleDay

This indulgent holiday gives you permission to sample and taste. It’s also an excellent day to give a truffle gift. Even a small box for four truffles create a wow factor! Is there someone you need to thank? Stop by your favorite chocolate shop and wrap up a box or two. Don’t forget, Mother’s Day is coming! Moms and mothers-in-law love truffles, too.

You can also celebrate the day by making truffles. We even have a few recipes for you to try! While you’re at it, be sure to share some with friends and neighbors. Do you have a favorite truffle combination?

Easy OREO Truffles
Easy Decadent Truffles
Basic Truffles
Chocolate Truffles

Use #NationalTruffleDay to post on social media.

NATIONAL TRUFFLE DAY HISTORY

Hometown Hall continues to research the origins of this indulgently sweet holiday.


 

 

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MAY DAY – May 1

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MAY DAY

On May 1st, May Day ushers in a traditional celebration of flowers and spring. In many ancient calendars, May 1st welcomed the first day of summer. This was truly a cause for celebration.

One of the more popular rituals was harvesting flowers and giving them to neighbors and strangers in cone-shaped baskets. These May Baskets become more commonly known as May Day Baskets. The current tradition is observed by hanging a cone-shaped basket full of flowers or other gifts on the outside doorknob, then knocking or ringing the doorbell and running away.

May Day has been a traditional day of celebration for centuries, with some of the earliest appearing in pre-Christian times. In English tradition, the observance is celebrated by crowning a May Queen and dancing around a maypole. The Finnish recognize a carnival-type celebration in the streets that includes a special type of lemonade made with lemons, brown sugar, and yeast.  In France, it is correct to give people either dogwood or lily of the valley while Italians celebrate with a seasonal feast in honor of the arrival of spring.

HOW TO OBSERVE #MayDay

While there are several ways to celebrate the day, don’t limit yourself to just one! Choose several of these spring options:

Dance! Either dance around a May Pole or just dance with someone near to you.

Plant flowers. Make a point of planting wildflowers and you will attract pollinators such as bees and butterflies.

Make a flower crown. When you’ve finished, wear it or put it on the queen in your life.

Fill a basket with flowers. Then, deliver it to your neighbor, ring the bell, and run!

You can also deliver flower bulbs that your friends and neighbors can plant in their yards.

Make a May Basket. Download this design to make and fill it with flowers to share.

Use #MayDay when posting on Social Media.

MAY DAY HISTORY

May Day has ancient roots dating back to Celtic traditions. The spring equinox beckoned the coming of warmer days and called for celebrations filled with rituals that ensured fertile crops and livestock. Many of the practices included dances, songs, flowers, and other traditions lost to time.


 

 

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NATIONAL ADOPT A SHELTER PET DAY – April 30

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NATIONAL ADOPT A SHELTER PET DAY

Each year, National Adopt a Shelter Pet Day on April 30th raises awareness for thousands of pets that are waiting for (and needing) adoption from the shelters.

Animal shelters require year-round assistance and adoption is a part of the process. Since animals come in daily, the shelters must work quickly to ensure the animal’s health and well being. Only then can they be adopted into their forever home. The day also encourages you to visit a shelter near you and find your new fur baby. Visit with the shelter to consider all the needs the dog or cat requires for the long term.

If you feel you can’t meet those needs, consider helping in other ways. Give your time by volunteering. Not only will this help the shelter by providing the animals with exercise, companionship, and socialization, but it also gives you that wonderful animal love we all so enjoy.

You can also check the shelter’s donation needs list. Bring the items you are able to give. This will help the shelter animals find their forever homes more quickly.

HOW TO OBSERVE #AdoptAShelterPet

Visit a shelter today and consider adopting. Also, remember to spay and neuter your fur babies. It helps reduce the number of unwanted pets in the population. Recent studies are showing we are making progress. Keep up the good work! For more information on adoption, visit the Humane Society or your local shelter. 

Celebrate the day by sharing pictures of your adopted pet on social media using #AdoptAShelterPetDay.

Do you need more incentive to adopt a shelter pet? Check out these 5 Fantastic Reasons to Adopt a Shelter Pet.

NATIONAL ADOPT A SHELTER PET DAY HISTORY

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NATIONAL PEACE ROSE DAY

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NATIONAL PEACE ROSE DAY

Each year on April 29th, National Peace Rose Day honors a well-known and fruitful garden rose.

The light yellow to large cream-colored flowers of the Peace rose have slightly flushed crimson pink petal edges. It is a hybrid tea rose that is hardy, vigorous, and highly resistant to disease.

French horticulturist Francis Meilland developed the Peace rose between 1935 and 1939. When Meilland foresaw the German invasion of France to protect the new rose, he sent cutting to his friends in Italy, Turkey, Germany, and the United States. It is believed these cuttings were sent to the United States on the last plane available before the German invasion.

Each country that received a cutting gave the rose a different name. In France, it was called “Madame A. Meilland” in honor of the breeder’s mother. Italy named the rose Gioia, meaning Joy.  In Germany, the name of the rose was Gloria Dei, for glory to God. The United States named the rose “Peace,” and the national flower of the United States is the rose. 

As the Second World War came to a close in Europe, the trade name “Peace” was publicly announced on April 29, 1945, by the Conrad Pyle Co. in the United States.  

Later in 1945, Peace roses were given to each delegate at the inaugural meeting of the United Nations, in San Francisco, with a note that read: “We hope the Peace rose will influence men’s thoughts for everlasting world peace.”

HOW TO OBSERVE #NationalPeaceRoseDay

National Peace Rose Day offers the opportunity for us all to discover the beauty of the Peace Rose. Whether you plant a shrub or share clippings with others, join in the celebration. These beautiful blossoms and their story encourages the sharing of peace between friends and neighbors. 

Use #NationalPeaceRoseDay to post on social media.

NATIONAL PEACE ROSE DAY HISTORY

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NATIONAL BLUEBERRY PIE DAY – April 28

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NATIONAL BLUEBERRY PIE DAY

National Blueberry Pie Day on April 28th each year ushers in blueberry pie-making season. Blueberry harvest begins in April and lasts until September giving us a long season full of blueberry enjoyment. 

We’ve been enjoying blueberries in pies since early American settlers arrived. In 1872, the first documented recipe for blueberry pie appeared in the Appledore Cook Book. Blueberries are abundant in Maine, so it’s no surprise that blueberry pie is the state’s official dessert!

This once wild berry became domesticated during the early 1900s thanks to the observations of Elizabeth Coleman White and the research of Dr. Frederick V. Coville. Before their efforts, wild blueberries were never successfully transplanted and raised in any farming operation for personal or commercial production. The only way to enjoy fresh blueberries was to seek them out where they grew naturally.

Through the efforts of White and Coville, today, producers and private gardeners bring to fruition these amazingly delicious berries. From farm to table or farmer to the grocer to you, these vibrant berries pack a punch in vitamins and health benefits.  They make a great snack all on their own or enhance a meal, make stellar desserts or sauces. Whatever this berry does, it does with panache!

It’s one of the healthiest fruits on the market, too. Full of antioxidants, this nutrient berry helps inhibit cancer development and helps prevent urinary tract disease. Eating blueberries may assist in maintaining healthy blood pressure, reduce blood sugar, and ease symptoms of depression. 

HOW TO OBSERVE #BlueberryPieDay

Bake up a blueberry pie. While you’re at it, bake two and give one away. We even have a recipe for you to try. You can also visit your local baker and ask them for their best blueberry pie. Let us know where you’re shopping that day, too!

Blueberry Pie recipe

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NATIONAL BLUEBERRY PIE DAY HISTORY

Hometown Hall continues researching the origins of this pie holiday.