Category: May 10

  • WORLD LUPUS DAY – May 10


    May 10 is World Lupus Day. Lupus affects people of all nationalities, races, ethnicities, genders, and ages. Lupus is a chronic, autoimmune disease that can damage any part of the body (skin, joints, and/or organs inside the body).


    World Lupus Day serves to call attention to the impact that lupus has on people around the world. The annual observance focuses on the need for improved patient healthcare services, increased research into the causes of and cure for lupus, earlier diagnosis, and treatment of lupus, and better epidemiological data on lupus globally.

    Lupus is a health condition that affects the immune system. Usually, the immune system produces antibodies that protect the body from these invaders. Lupus causes the body to secrete auto-antibodies to attack and destroy healthy tissue. These autoantibodies cause inflammation, pain, and damage in various parts of the body.


    Purple is the official color of Lupus, so wear purple or a purple ribbon.
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    Visit the Lupus Day website.


    Since 2004, lupus organizations around the globe have conducted activities on May 10 to raise awareness and educate the public about the symptoms and health effects of lupus.



    On May 10th, National Washington Day recognizes The Evergreen State.


    In a ten-day period, President Benjamin Harrison signed legislation growing the nation by four new states. Washington would become the fourth of those and the 42nd state on November 11, 1889. During his tenure, two more would join the union.

    The state’s history is filled with battles for possession over land. Some between countries and others for between individuals. The history of San Juan Island and the battle for its possession started over the death of a pig. While still a territory, Washington came to near blows over an eager settler, a boundary, and a potato-rooting English boar. Today it is known as the Pig War of 1859.

    Obscure wars aside, Washington’s northwest beauty is dominated by other more earthshattering events and views. Volcanic mountains and rainforests fill the landscape. The Evergreen State’s views of the Pacific Ocean do not disappoint. From whale watching and city life, there is plenty to see and do in every corner of the state.

    Some of the most peaceful and quiet places in the United States are found in Olympic National Park. One Square Inch of Silence helps to preserve and hopefully expand these naturally silent spaces on Earth. One location is marked by a single red stone along the Hoh River Trail.


    Join National Day Calendar as we celebrate National Washington Day. We’ll seek solitude and the best cup of joe. Discover the snowiest mountain peaks and visit the best music spots. Explore Washington’s history and find an adventure. Use #NationalWashingtonDay to share on social media.

    Alice Ball developed the first successful treatment for Hansen’s disease. As the first African American graduate with an M.S. degree from the College of Hawaii, Ball began her career there teaching chemistry. She began her research into Hansen’s Disease, later developing what became known as the “Ball Method” many years after her death at the age of 24.

    Known as the “Grandmother of the Conservation Movement” and recipient of several awards, Mardy Murie campaigned to create a refuge in northeastern Alaska. Murie’s efforts helped pass the Wilderness Act and were influential in creating what is now the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge.

    One of radio and screen’s most beloved crooners, Bing Crosby sang his way into the hearts of his fans. His velvet voice earned him roles in musical films and numerous awards.

    The youngest poet to win the Pulitzer Prize for Poetry, Audrey Wurdemann wrote three collections of poetry. She also paired up with Joseph Auslander to write two works of fiction.

    The immeasurably talented animator, Chuck Jones, brought to life the iconic Buggs Bunny, Elmer Fudd and Porky Pig. He also created the classic rivalry between Road Runner and Wile E. Coyote and Marvin Martian. Jone’s family of characters and award-winning animation have left an indelible mark on the art form for generations.

    Minoru Yamasaki’s architecture is known worldwide. From the U.S. Consulate in Kobe, Japan to the Federal Science Pavilion constructed for the Seattle World’s Fair in 1962, his designs became decidedly innovative and intricate. Yamasaki’s most remembered works, though, are the pair of World Trade Center twin towers in New York City, which were completed in 1972.

    Getting her start on Broadway, Carol Channing made her way to the awards podium in 1964 when she won her first Tony for her role as Dolly Gallagher Levi in Hello, Dolly! Dolly would become the actress, 

    Hidden Treasures

    Troll’s Knoll – SeattleTreehouse Point – Issaquah

    Nutty Narrows Bridge – Longview
    This bridge in Longview, Washington saves lives. Squirrel lives. If you celebrate Squirrel Appreciation Day, this bridge is for you.

    Red Wagon – Spokane
    Many parks around the country have playgrounds, but how many have a giant Radio Flyer Red Wagon sculpture? Riverfront Park in Spokane has one that is also the playground. The handle is a slide! The park offers many more attractions, too. Check it out!



    Spring cleaners get their wish granted each year when National Clean Up Your Room Day arrives on May 10th. Children often dread this parent-appreciated day. Though, some years, the observance arrives with perfect timing for Mother’s Day!


    However, the observance doesn’t only target kids. It is also about picking up, straightening up, and cleaning up the whole house. Adults take spring cleaning seriously, and homes get aired out. They organize, de-clutter, and rearrange. It’s time to fix the broken and match up missing parts, like with like. We tackle cluttered closets and donate or throw away those things we no longer use. Help your children make their beds, clean their rooms, and eliminate the toys and clothing they have outgrown.

    The day helps garages, sheds, and cabinets see the light of day. Drawers, closets (did we say that already), and under the bed get thoroughly organized. Find ways to repurpose items around the house, too. Look at old things in new ways:

    • Use an old towel bar on your potting bench and hang S hooks to store your tools.
    • Broken dresser drawers become bookshelves or under-bed storage.
    • How many ways can you repurpose an unused wine rack?
      • storage for towels in the bathroom
      • take it to the craft area for all the small tools, glue and yarn
      • store water bottles and travel mugs
    • Tissue boxes make terrific storage for plastic bags, but they also work well for used dryer sheets. Reuse the dryer sheets to wipe down the washer and dryer to keep it dust-free and clean out the lint trap.
    • Use old magazine racks to store cutting boards, baking sheets, and other flat kitchen items. 


    Get ready to de-clutter! For everyone who waits for the right time to get started, the day has arrived. National Clean Up Your Room Day says so! Make a list and spend some time getting your home looking and feeling clean and fresh for summer. When you’ve accomplished that, post photos on social media using #CleanUpYourRoomDay.


    National Day Calendar continues researching the origins of this spruced-up day.




    National Lipid Day on May 10th each year brings awareness to Dyslipidemia. Dyslipidemia is an abnormal amount of lipids (e.g. cholesterol and/or fat) in the blood.


    In developed countries, most dyslipidemias are hyperlipidemias; that is, an elevation of lipids in the blood. This is often due to diet and lifestyle. Prolonged elevation of insulin levels can also lead to dyslipidemia. Likewise, increased levels of O-GlcNAc transferase (OGT) may cause dyslipidemia. Dyslipidemia and is the major cause of Cardiovascular Disease worldwide.

    Preventative measures including health education, emphasis on the role of physical activity, diet, and timely visits to a doctor all aid in living a healthy life. 


    Reduce your risks by taking a walk and increasing your physical activity every day. Educate yourself and speak with your physician. Maintain routine checkups to stay informed. Add more green, leafy vegetables to your diet, too. Find out more about taking steps to improve your health. Sometimes they’re simpler than you think. Share this by using #NationalLipidDay on social media.


    Kunjan Singh and Sanjay Suri submitted National Lipid Day was submitted on behalf of Zydus Cadila.

    The Registrar at National Day Calendar proclaimed the day in April 2015, to be observed on May 10th, annually.


    May 10th Celebrated History


    In Promontory, Utah, the final spikes complete the first continental railroad. Arizona Governor Leland Stanford and Union Pacific Vice-President Thomas Durant drive the final golden and ceremonial spikes linking the Union Pacific and Central Pacific railroads.


    The Equal Rights Party nominates Victoria Woodhull as the first woman candidate for president.


    The United States observes Mother’s Day for the first time in Grafton, West Virginia.


    Betamax, the first video cassette recorder, went on sale in Japan.

    May 10th Celebrated Birthdays

    John Wilkes Booth – 1838

    On April 15, 1865, John Wilkes Booth shot President Abraham Lincoln while he was attending a play at Ford’s Theatre. Injured, Booth rode with co-conspirator David Herold to Dr. Samuel Mudd’s home in the early hours of the 15th before crossing into Virginia. Mudd performed surgery on Booth’s fractured leg and allowed both men to stay the night.

    John Louis Clarke – 1881

    Scarlet fever left John L. Clarke without hearing or vocal cords at the age of two. What the disease took away from Clarke was replaced with an artist’s touch. Clarke was 3/4 Blackfeet Indian and learned to carve and sculpt while attending schools for the deaf. His keenly detailed depictions of wildlife have been displayed in the Oval Office and exhibited around the world.

    Fred Astaire – 1899

    The legendary dancer, actor, and comedian Fred Astaire combined dazzling choreography with careful planning and lots of rehearsal to wow audiences. Studios often paired Astaire with Ginger Rogers, but he also performed with Rita Hayworth, Judy Garland, and Audrey Hepburn.

    Thomas Lipton – 1850

    In 1890, the self-made millionaire with a line of grocery stores in the United Kingdom, Sir Tomas Johnstone Lipton, developed his “Direct from tea garden to teapot” concept. By 1893, Lipton brought his product to the World’s Fair in Chicago.

    Kay Petre – 1903

    The Canadian-born racecar driver raced at Brooklands in the 1930s and broke several records during her career.

    Maybelle Addington Carter – 1909

    As a member of the Original Carter Family folk music group, Maybelle became respected for her instrumental skills with several instruments, including the autoharp, banjo, and guitar. In Grand Ole Opry circles, Carter was known as Mother Maybelle, and in 1970 the Country Music Hall of Fame elected her to its membership.

    Dr. Ellen Ochoa – 1958

    In 1993, the American engineer became the first Hispanic woman in space. Ochoa followed her nine-day mission aboard the space shuttle Discovery with three more space missions.

  • NATIONAL THIRD SHIFT WORKERS DAY – Second Wednesday in May


    Each year, National Third Shift Workers Day on the second Wednesday in May recognizes the workers who face the night to keep businesses running, hospitals staffed, and streets safe. The day is also known as National Night Shift Workers Day.


    Many businesses require 24-hour attention. Whether it’s a manufacturing facility in high demand or a processing plant that requires an overnight cleaning or cycle change, businesses function as efficiently as possible.

    However, not all third shifts are in business. Hospitals, first responders, and nursing homes work 24 hours a day, too. Metropolitan areas of any size have employees working overnight to ensure the safety and reliability of water, power, and other infrastructure.

    The day honors all third shift workers whether they rotate in and out of the shift or not. Regardless of their duties, the time of day they are performed can make life unusual and sometimes difficult. It recognizes their sacrifices, often missing special occasions and even everyday events because they sleep while the rest of the world functions on a 9-5 schedule. And when they do attend meetings, celebrations, and other events, they are often sleep-deprived.

    Many third shift workers choose to work the hours because their spouse works the opposite shift making it possible for a parent to always be home with the children. Or, the choice is so they can care for a loved one who is ill. Of course, other reasons are that it is the nature of the profession they chose.


    Celebrate a third shift worker you know. Leave them a token of your appreciation. Respect their hours and need for sleep at different times. Be understanding when they are unable to attend events. When you receive an invite from a third shift worker to join them for dinner or drink, understand that it might be a while before you receive another due to their unusual schedule. So take them up on it every opportunity you have.  Use #ThirdShiftWorkersDay to post on social media.


    Jeff Corbett founded National Third Shift Workers Day to recognize those who keep businesses running, the lights on, and people safe throughout the night. Velcea Kay founded the similarly named National Night Shift Workers Day to be observed on the same date recognizing those same dedicated workers who flip their days and nights around so the rest of the world can rest safely.



    Each year on May 10th, National Shrimp Day recognizes America’s favorite seafood. Americans eat more shrimp than any other seafood, and this is the day to celebrate this delicious seafood.


    We use the word “prawn” 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 removing the head, shell, tail, and “sand vein.” There are many ways to cook shrimp. Standard 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 overcooked.

    A healthy food, shrimp, is low in calories and high in omega-3, calcium, iodine, and protein levels.  Shrimp is also known to be considered good for the circulatory system.

     Popular North America Shrimp Dishes:
    • Seafood Gumbo:  A stew or soup that probably originated in southern Louisiana during the 18th century.  Seafood gumbo typically consists of a strongly-flavored stock, shrimp and crab meat (sometimes oysters), a thickener, and seasoning vegetables. Cooks categorize Gumbo by the type of thickener used: okra, the Choctaw spice, file powder (dried and ground sassafras leaves), or roux, the French base made of flour and fat.
    • Shrimp Cocktail: The Golden Gate served shrimp cocktails before any other restaurant. Their menu listed shrimp cocktails for .50 cents in 1959. It is now a Las Vegas cliché. Called the “Original Shrimp Cocktail” on the menu, it is a favorite among tourists and the locals. The original Shrimp Cocktail consists of a regular-sized sundae glass filled with small salad shrimp and topped with a dollop of cocktail sauce.
    • Shrimp DeJonghe: A specialty of Chicago, it is a casserole of the whole, peeled shrimp blanketed in soft, garlic, sherry-laced bread crumbs. Restaurants often serve it as an appetizer or a main course. It originated in the late 19th or early 20th century at the DeJonghe’s Hotel and Restaurant.
    • Shrimp Scampi: This dish has its own day on April 29, and it is cooked in butter, garlic, lemon juice, and white wine.

    Shrimp and other shellfish are among the most common food allergens.


    Celebrate this fantastic food day by making your favorite shrimp dish. Need some ideas?  As Bubba Blue from the movie Forest Gump would say, “Shrimp cocktail, shrimp scampi, fried shrimp, broiled shrimp, spicy shrimp…”  Be sure to share your favorite shrimp dish using #NationalShrimpDay.


    National Day Calendar continues researching the origins of this seafood holiday. No matter how we celebrate, though, we won’t skimp on the shrimp!


  • NATIONAL SCHOOL NURSE DAY – Wednesday of National Nurses Week


    National School Nurse Day on the Wednesday of National Nurses Week honors all school nurses who care for the children in the schools every day. School nurses promote learning through healthy children.  


    School nurses are often the first place a student thinks to go when they don’t feel well or have been hurt. But they also provide a wealth of information that supports a successful education as well. The observance reminds us of all the reasons the nurse is available to your school. They provide more than bandaids for scrapes on the playground and check for fevers when a child shows the first sign of illness. School nurses are first responders for medical concerns and administer mid-day doses of medication. 

    They advocate for students, too. In a school setting, school nurses make referrals for pediatric care when necessary. As a team member, school nurses play a vital role in guiding students to healthy lifestyles. 

    All the roles of a school nurse lead to healthier students who are better prepared for learning. 


    Thank a school nurse you know! Send them a card of appreciation or a gift you know they will enjoy. Give them a shout out using #NationalSchoolNurseDay to share on social media.  


    On July 4, 1968, the National Education Association established the Department of School Nurses (DSN), an association dedicated to the advancement of school nursing practice and the health of school-age children.  Over the next few years, each state established its own school nurses association under the umbrella of the Department of School Nurses.  In 1974, President Ford proclaimed the fourth Wednesday in January as National School Nurse Day.  School nurses are now nationally recognized and celebrated for contributing to the health and well-being of the nation’s students. For more information on this day visit the National School Nurse Day website. 

  • NATIONAL RECEPTIONISTS DAY – Second Wednesday in May


    Each year National Receptionists’ Day on the second Wednesday in May gives recognition to receptionists and the valuable contributions they make to the companies where they work.


    Receptionists are responsible for providing an excellent first impression to all customers, in person, and on the telephone. Their customer service skills play a vital role in each company’s image.

    Not only do receptionists often serve as a company’s first impression either on the phone or in-person but they often maintain invoices, organize office maintenance, and inventory. Since they are the first person most visitors see, they often serve as the first point of security and safety, controlling the flow of who enters and leaves the office.

    Many receptionists serve in multiple roles, too. They may be the one source for the company’s human resources assisting with benefits, new hires, and disability claims. While at the same time, they may occasionally serve as an administrative assistant when needed, too.

    According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, there are more than a million receptionists in the United States.


    Be sure to thank your receptionist for the work they do every day. Show your appreciation with flowers, gift cards, or their favorite coffee. Use #NationalReceptionistsDay to post on social media.


    The Director of the National Receptionists Association founded National Receptionists’ Day in 1991 to “gain awareness and appreciation of the role of receptionists in a business setting and to provide community and support for receptionists nationwide.”