Category: May 18



    Every year on May 18th, International Museum Day provides an opportunity for museum professionals to alert the general public about the importance of museums and the challenges they face.

    Museums help to preserve the world’s culture and history. Their role of collecting objects and materials of cultural and historical importance helps us to better understand our heritage. Museums also help to provide an all-important link to the past.

    Despite their importance, some museums are on their way to becoming a thing of the past. This is due to the declining number of museum visitors. This is especially true of art and culture museums. In the United States, many museums have suffered financially since the Great Recession in 2008. Due to financial problems, some museums had to close completely. To prevent this from happening, it’s more important than ever to support them.

    Some museums, especially some of the more famous ones, continue to do well. The most visited museum in the world is the Louvre. In just one year, 10.2 million people visited this museum. Other museums with millions of visitors a year include:

    • National Museum of China
    • The Metropolitan Museum of Art in NYC
    • Vatican Museums in Vatican City
    • National Air and Space Museum in Washington, D.C.
    • British Museum in London

    It may surprise you to know that the country with the highest number of museums per capita in the world is Israel. Other countries with a lot of museums include China, the United States, Mexico, the United Kingdom, France, Italy, and Germany.

    HOW TO OBSERVE #InternationalMuseumDay

    Thousands of museums around the world participate in this day. Events through the years have included visits and workshops for schools, special performances of plays, music, and traditional dances, seminars with international speakers, and photo contests. Some museums hold events for the entire week.

    To participate:

    • Find museums that offer virtual tours online.
    • Learn about some of the world’s most underrated museums including Tobacco and Salt Museum in Tokyo, Mill City Museum in Minneapolis, and the Postal Museum in Prague.
    • Commit to visiting at least one museum every time you go to a new city.
    • Donate a collection, piece of art, heirloom, or money to your local museum.
    • Watch a movie with a museum scene, such as Night at the Museum: Battle of the Smithsonian, Hitch, The Thomas Crown Affair, Ghost Busters, and National Treasure.

    Create awareness for the day by sharing your favorite museum on social media with #InternationalMuseumDay or #IMD.


    The International Council of Museums (ICOM) has organized an International Museum Day since 1977. During the most recent event, 37,000 museums in 158 countries and territories participated. Each year ICOM comes up with a theme for this special day.

    Recent themes include:

    • 2020 Museums for Equality: Diversity and Inclusion
    • 2019: Museums as Cultural Hubs: The Future of Tradition
    • 2018: Hyperconnected Museum: New Approaches, New Publics
    • 2017: Museums and Contested Histories: Saying the Unspeakable in Museums
    • 2016: Museums and Cultural Landscapes
    • 2015: Museums for a Sustainable Society




    Each year on May 18, we celebrate National Cheese Soufflé Day. On this tasty day, take the opportunity to enjoy this French delight.


    A soufflé is a baked egg-based dish whose origins appear in France during the early 18th century. Earliest mention of the soufflé is given to French mastercook Vincent La Chapelle. However, master French chef Marie-Antoine Careme receives the honor for popularizing the dish by using a new elaborate style of creating dishes.

    The soufflé’s base consists of a French creme base made of a flavored crème sauce or puree, and beaten egg whites. By combining egg whites with custer, this delicate delight will puff up into a fine, golden soufflé when baked. Many who make souffle commonly add cheese, jam, fruits, berries, chocolate and lemon. In other words, the base provides the flavor and the egg whites provide the puff it up.

    Making a cheese soufflé requires cheese. The most popular cheeses to use when making a soufflé are:

    • Gruyère cheese
    • Parmesan
    • Cheddar
    • Provolone
    • Fontina

    However, just about any kind of cheese will make an amazing soufflé. Adding complimentary herbs and spices to your soufflé dish will increase your chances of it being hit at the dinner table! How you eat your soufflé is entirely up to you. You can serve your soufflé as a tasty main course dish, or sweetened it for a dessert.

    Secrets to Preparing Soufflé

    Creating the perfect soufflé lies within the timing of preparing the dish. Beating the egg whites into a stiff peak consistency then folding them gently into the sauce ingredients will prevent air from getting into the mixture. This process is what decides whether your soufflé will be perfectly puffy or deficiently deflated.

    Determining when you are serving your soufflé will decide when you should bake your souffle. A soufflé can be prepared ahead of time; however baking cannot begin until the time is determined for serving. As long as the egg whites have been whipped to the proper consistency, the mixture will hold for a few hours.


    • Order a cheese soufflé at your favorite restaurant.
    • Try your culinary skills with cheese soufflé recipe.
    • Enroll in a French cooking class.
    • Use  #NationalCheeseSouffleDay to post on social media.


    Soufflé is a French word that means “To blow up” or “Puff up.” Historically, they are prepared either savory of sweet, depending on the flavor of the dish. Some soufflé recipes ask for cheese, while others ask for chocolate. However, traditional soufflé is baked in a ramekin, which is a round, flat-bottomed container normally made of porcelain.

    The first Soufflé appeared in the early 18th century around 1742 through Vincent La Chapelle’s, Le Cuisinier Moderne. By 1841, souffle recipes became more popular when chef’s across France began creating more technical recipes for soufflé. By the 1800s, chef Marie-Antoine Carême perfected the soufflé recipe that we know today.

    Since the first time the soufflé was introduced, many different variations have surfaced. Even though the preparation steps are the same, the flavors added to the recipe change the dynamic of the outcome. Here are a few flavors that have been created over time:

    Bread Pudding Soufflé: Similar to bread pudding, bread pudding soufflé is made with day old cubes of French bread, milk, eggs, vanilla, nutmeg and cinnamon. However, bread pudding soufflé is also made of a whiskey sauce consisting of heavy cream, bourbon, sugar, water and a heavy cream.

    Ice Cream Soufflé: This soufflé is a combination of ice cream and fruit, often with a hot fruit sauce on top.

    Fig Soufflé: This decadent souffles is made with eggs, whipped cream, flour, milk, butter, sugar, figs (for the recipe and for garnish) and dark chocolate.

    Vegetable Soufflé: A vegetable soufflé is made by adding pre-cooked minced broccoli, carrots, spinach, mushrooms, and asparagus. Some people also add cheese for flavor and topped with shallots and pepper.





    On May 18th, National No Dirty Dishes Day suggests taking a break from your regular daily routine. There are a few options for this day.


    The problem with dirty dishes is no one likes them. In fact, if we could produce a 5 course meal without dirty dishes, we probably would. Dirty dishes pose a number of problems, besides more work. In fact, dirty dishes can cause some life threatening diseases such as:

    • Salmonella;
    • Campylobacteria;
    • Clostridium perfringens;
    • Norovirus; and
    • Staphylococcus aureus (Staph).

    Germs are the main reason having no dirty dishes on the counter or in the sink are important. However, there are benefits, too. There is something pleasing about a clean kitchen. Unlike watching television or reading a book, no one considers washing dishes to be a therapeutic for your mental health. But, it can be.

    Washing dishes can relieve tension. In fact, it can put you in a state of self-improving your well-being. Because doing dishes is somewhat of a simple task, the act of movement in the water can reduce stress and build a strong immune system. The benefit of lowering stress levels results in a more relaxed mind and body, resulting in a better you.

    If you’re not sure what to do during National No Dirty Dishes Day, we can come up with a few reasons to help yo along. You can:

    • Eat all meals out. Order take out and eat your meals in the containers they come in.
    • Use disposable plates, cups, and silverware. To stay earth-friendly, choose ones that are biodegradable.
    • Fast. While not everyone can fast, occasional fasting can be good for the body.
    • Eat only foods that come in their own containers and eat small meals. For example, eat a banana for breakfast. Prepare hard-boiled eggs the day before and enjoy them for lunch.
    • Keep your dirty dishes down to a minimum by washing every dish you use as you use it. That way, no dirty dish ends up in the sink.


    • Go out to lunch or dinner with friends.
    • Prep and eat dry food out of a container or small baggie.
    • Prepare a one-skillet/pan meal by cooking everything together.
    • Order takeout and eat in a nearby park.
    • Hose a barbecue and serve everything on paper plates with disposable utensils.
    • Share you dish-free day by tagging #NoDirtyDishesDay on social media.


    • The Stone Age (500.000-12.000 BC): Eating utensils were primarily rocks/stones used for cutting meat and fruit. Animal horns were used as drinking utensils, while pieces of wood were used as utensils.
    • Neolithic era (12.000 – 3.000 BC): Evolving technology for preparing food and eating advanced to small stone pieces forming knives and spoons were made of wood and animal bones.
    • Bronze Age (3.000 BC – 400 AD): Production of weapons and other objects were created, including knives, spoons and some durable bowls.
    • 5th through 11th Centuries: Spoons and knives were mainstream. However, most utensils were more common among the wealthy. Lower class people would continue to eat with their hands.
    • 1533: Catherine de Médicis of Italy brought to spoons to France that were already being used by Italian nobles. This was the first the spoons that were in use by Italian nobleman.
    • Early 17th century: The fork and knife became a common utensil. However, people still “stabbed” their food with knives more than the fork.
    • 1630: The fork and knife began arriving in North America. It was later discovered Native Americans already had their own version of eating utensils.
    • Mid-18th century: Four tinned forks made with a curve were the standard design for eating utensils. It is the same design we still use today.
    • 19th century: Specialized eating utensils, such as soup spoons, sardine forks and jelly/butter knives were developing.
    • 1920s: The invention of stainless steel would play a huge roll in the creation of easily produced eating utensils.
    • Late 20th Century: Plastic silverware became readily available.


    National Visit Your Relatives Day | May 18


    Today is May 18 and we encourage all family members to stay connected during National Visit Your Relatives Day.


    Sometimes it is hard when families do not live close. Often siblings, cousins, parents and dear relatives are scattered across the country.

    Our hectic life makes it easy to get caught up in the busyness of today’s fast-paced lifestyle. We often lose touch with our relatives. National Visit Your Relatives Day reminds us to stop for a moment and take some much-needed time to visit those relatives we care about. Life is much too short not to make time for family, especially for those we have not seen or spoken to for a while.

    With today’s technology, we are now able to communicate with loved ones living far away. Technology makes sharing our lives easier, almost as if our relatives are right beside us. With the use of modern technology, have opportunity to share our lives in realtime.

    Benefits of Family

    Visiting family also has many benefits besides keep up with life. It also plays an important roll on the development of ourselves and our children. Visiting family benefits:

    • Mental Health.
    • Daily performance.
    • Increases self-confidence.
    • Better parenting skills.
    • Helps resolve conflict or feeling left out.
    • Promotes happiness.
    • Physical health.

    Keeping in touch is the best way to express emotions about missing out on special moments. It makes it easier to share milestones and achievements. Above all, it helps family members feel important as a family member by encouraging involvement in family activities for those far away.

    HOW TO OBSERVE #NationalVisitYourRelativesDay

    • Spend time with your family.
    • Make a phone call to a family member you haven’t talked to in a while.
    • Reach out to a family member you know lives alone.
    • Surprise a relative with a picnic lunch.
    • Have a live chat with family.
    • Use #NationalVisitYourRelativesDay to post on social media.


    The origins of National Visit Your Relatives Day are hard to pinpoint. No record shows who started the day. However, it’s clear why the day was started. Family has always been an important part of our lives. Some people have blood relatives, while others consider non relatives as family members. There are many different types of families, such as:

    • Blood relation.
    • Work family.
    • Friends’ and their families.
    • Pet Family.

    Of course, a person can live without a family. Despite the reasons, some people choose to live alone or have no communication with family. That’s ok, too. If you’re one of those people, we commend you for your strength to go it alone.



    Each year, National HIV Vaccine Awareness Day on May 18 recognizes thousands of volunteers, community members, health professionals, and scientists who work together to find a safe and effective HIV vaccine.


    Over 30 years have passed since HIV was identified as the cause of AIDS. However, researchers continue in their mission to develop a vaccine. Treatments and preventative measures exist to help those impacted by HIV and AIDS. However, a viable vaccine is still the only means to prevent its spread. Today, we need to spread the word to promote awareness and education concerning HIV vaccine research.

    Nearly 1 out of 7 people are living with HIV today. That means nearly 37.9 million people around the world are living with HIV/AIDS. Additionally, the virus seems to spread the most in the poorest and most underprivileged communities in the world. Most importantly, lack of educational information, preventative measures and medical treatment are the leading causes of HIV spreading.

    There are vaccines for many diseases caused for bacteria and viruses. Unfortunately, there is no treatment for those infected by HIV. Scientists are continuously working on a way to develop an effective treatment. Multiple organizations are working together to find a successful treatment. Clinical trials and studies are constantly occurring around the world in hopes to combat the virus.

    The National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases considered the HIV virus a global pandemic. The organization’s commitment to deliver prevention options for diverse populations worldwide is establishing progress, but more work needs to be done.


    • Get tested.
    • Support someone who has HIV/AIDS.
    • Hold a fundraiser.
    • Encourage treatment.
    • Listen to someone who is dealing with HIV/AIDS.
    • Donate to a local organization that assists people with the virus.
    • Share #HIVVaccineAwarenessDay and #HVAD to show support.


    Organized by the National Institute of Health’s National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, this day is also a day to educate our communities about the importance of preventive HIV vaccine research. Community activities and media events are being held around the country in recognition of the observance.

    • 1981: The first published report of HIV/AIDS appears in the Center and Disease Control (CDC) and Prevention Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report appears.
    • 1982: The CDC identifies the virus as acquired immunodeficiency syndrome (AIDS).
    • 1984: The CDC identifies the cause of the HIV/AIDS virus.
    • 1985: The CDC establishes a test to help identify the HIV/AIDS.
    • 1987: The CDC begins treatment with the antiretroviral drug azidothymidine (AZT), otherwise known as d zidovudine.
    • 1990: Two new antiretroviral drugs are introduced and tested showing the combination reduces the amount of virus found in the body.
    • 2000: The International AIDS Conference is held in Durban, South Africa.
    • 2001: The CDC announces they have a new strategic plan to combat the spread of HIV/AIDS.
    • 2003: An initiative is set in place to reduce the number of infected HIV/AIDS diagnosis to less than 3 million people.
    • 2008: Presentation of the first case of functional HIV cure for a Berlin patient named Timothy.
    • 2011: Results of HIV Prevention Trials Network (HPTN052) early intervention to reduce HIV.
    • 2013: HIV/AIDS is reduced by 30%.
    • 2015: CDC announced a 19% decrease in the diagnosis of HIV/AIDS between 2005-2014.
    • 2019: Studies from the Berlin patient suggest there is advancement in the treatment of HIV/AIDS using bone marrow.

    May 18th Celebrated (and Not So Celebrated) History


    Ernie Pyle, war correspondent and columnist, dies in Japan as the result of wounds received by enemy fire.


    Jacqueline Cochran, a pioneer in women’s aviation, piloted an F-86 jet and became the first woman to break the sound barrier.


    Mount St. Helens erupts along with a magnitude 5+ earthquake in Washington state. While most of the ash fell within 12 miles of the resulting crater, ash dispersed in a cloud around the world.


    Helen Sharman became the first British Astronaut in space when she joined the crew of the Soyuz. During her mission, Sharman also became the first woman to visit the Mir space station.

    May 18th Celebrated (and Not So Celebrated) Birthdays

    Reggie Jackson – 1946

    Also known as Mr. October for his postseason clutch hitting, Reggie Jackson was inducted into the National Baseball Hall of Fame in 1993. He spent the bulk of his career with the Oakland Athletics with three World Series wins and taking home MVP honors in 1973.

    Then in 1977, after Jackson had signed with the Yankees, he added another series win and MVP honor to his name. Jackson and the Yankees earned another World Series Championship a year later.
    During his career, he hit 563 home runs and 2584 hits with a batting average of .262.

    George Strait – 1952

    The award-winning country music singer, songwriter has been producing music for more than 40 years. Considered the “King of Country,” Strait dabbled in movies starring in films like Pure Country.

    Jeana Yeager – 1952

    In 1986, Pilot Jeana Yeager joined Dick Rutan in Voyager, a lightweight aircraft designed by Burt Rutan. They took off from Edwards Air Force Base and completed the first nonstop flight around the world without refueling. They completed the flight in 9 days.