MAY 22, 2018 | NATIONAL SOLITAIRE DAY | NATIONAL MARITIME DAY | NATIONAL VANILLA PUDDING DAY | NATIONAL BUY A MUSICAL INSTRUMENT DAY
NATIONAL SOLITAIRE DAY
On May 22, National Solitaire Day recognizes a card game that has been around for more than 200 years.
Also known as Klondike, the classic version of the game uses a standard deck of 52 playing cards. The object of the game is to clear the board by creating a stack of cards from low to high in each suit. If the player completes each suit, the game of Solitaire is won.
It wasn’t until 1990 when Microsoft included Solitaire in Windows 3.0 that the game truly went viral. Microsoft Solitaire successfully helped teach computer users how to use a mouse and, in the process, ended up becoming one of the most played video games in history.
“Over the past 28 years, Microsoft Solitaire has been providing great entertainment to hundreds of millions of players in every corner of the world, and we’re happy to announce that May 22 of each calendar year will officially be designated as National Solitaire Day, recognizing the day Microsoft first included Solitaire in Windows,” says Paul Jensen, Studio Manager for Microsoft Casual Games.
In 2012, Microsoft evolved Solitaire into the Microsoft Solitaire Collection, which features five of the top Solitaire games in one app. Since then, the game has been played by over 242 million people and has become so popular that each year 33 billion games are played with over 3.2 trillion cards dealt!
HOW TO OBSERVE
There’s no need to be particularly productive today on National Solitaire Day – just play some Solitaire! Either on a computer, laptop, tablet, phone, or “go retro” and play using real cards. And use #NationalSolitaireDay to post on social media to share in the fun of this classic card game.
Microsoft founded National Solitaire Day on May 22, 2018, to celebrate one of the most played computer games. In 2015, Microsoft Solitaire celebrated its 25th anniversary. National Solitaire Day continues that celebration with an annual event recognizing the contributions Microsoft Solitaire has provided in the computer age of the game.
The Registrar at National Day Calendar proclaimed National Solitaire Day to be observed annually in 2018.
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NATIONAL MARITIME DAY
National Maritime Day is observed annually in the United States on May 22. Created to recognize the maritime industry National Maritime Day also honors America’s Merchant Marines for their contributions and sacrifices for our country. Special acknowledgment is given to ships and seafarers that have held a prominent place in our nation’s history.
As one of the oldest industries, it has time-honored traditions and a rich and full history. Celebrations and ceremonies around the country will recognize the people our maritime nation depends on. Each year the Department of Transporation holds a national ceremony in Washinton D.C. There is a national ceremony in Washington D.C. at the Department of Transportation headquarters.
HOW TO OBSERVE
Use #NationalMaritimeDay to post on social media.
May 22 is the date that the American steamship Savannah set sail from Savannah, Georgia. This was the first transoceanic voyage fueled by steam. National Maritime Day was created by the United States Congress on May 20, 1933. For more information on National Maritime Day events visit www.marad.dot.gov.
NATIONAL VANILLA PUDDING DAY
May 22nd is the day we recognize National Vanilla Pudding Day. Enjoy it with a delicious dish of cold, creamy vanilla pudding.
The puddings we enjoy as desserts today are not what was commonly known as pudding at ancient dinner tables. Most medieval puddings were meat based and seasoned with herbs and spices. Even sweetened, they were usually served hot. Toward the end of the 18th century, puddings were more likely made from a grains or day old bread with nuts, fruit or meats. These puddings were used to stretch meals for a large family.
The creamy pudding we are more familiar with today is related to the custard, minus the eggs.
Necessity may be the mother of invention, but spouses who are chemists are the inventor. When you are Alfred Bird and your wife is allergic to eggs, that is very true. In 1837, Bird invented an egg-free custard powder using flavored cornstarch.
The earliest packaged pudding in the United States was marketed by My-T-Fine in 1918. This and other puddings like them still required cooking on the stove. The instant version came along in the mid-1940s. On its own or as an ingredient in a larger recipe, pudding can be enjoyed in a variety of flavors.
HOW TO OBSERVE
Give the following creamy vanilla pudding recipes a try:
Use #VanillaPuddingDay to post on social media.
Our research was unable to find the creator of National Vanilla Pudding Day.
NATIONAL BUY A MUSICAL INSTRUMENT DAY
Each year on May 22 we observe National Buy a Musical Instrument Day. The day is all about playing music. If you are a musician, it might be time for a new instrument. Maybe you can learn to play a second or third one. If you have never played an instrument before, National Buy A Musical Instrument Day might be the motivation you need to start.
National Buy a Musical Instrument Day is not just for school-aged children. This observation is for people of all ages. Grandpa can play his ukelele while the grandkids play the drums, trombone, and flute. Together they can all make terrific music!
HOW TO OBSERVE
If you are young or old, musically experienced or just beginning, May 22nd is the day to go instrument shopping. Use #BuyAMusicalInstrumentDay to post on social media.
Within our research, we were unable to find the origin of National Buy a Musical Instrument Day.
We were unable to find any information supporting National Buy a Musical Instrument Day was originally May 18 in honor of Meredith Willson, the writer and composer of The Music Man. While the plot of The Music Man and Willson’s hometown inspiration for the book, musical and film have a delightful kinship to this day, at this time we are unable to confirm the origin of this day.
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