Category: May 02

  • WORLD TUNA DAY – May 2



    World Tuna Day is an annual celebration on May 2. The day highlights the importance of managing fish stocks to maintain sustainability. With proper management, it’s hoped to ensure the world has systems in place to prevent tuna stocks from crashing.

    More than 96 countries are involved in the conservation and management of tuna that has an annual value of almost 10 billion dollars. Approximately 7 million tons of tuna and tuna-like species are landed yearly.

    In parts of the world, over-fishing of some tuna species, such as the southern bluefin tuna, has brought the species to near-extinction.

    The most popular kind of canned tuna is chunk, light meat in water. Light meat (in water and oil) accounts for 75 percent to 80 percent of annual domestic canned tuna consumption. Meanwhile, albacore, or white meat, accounts for the rest.

    Amazingly, there are more than two dozen varieties of tuna, and they vary greatly in size. Blackfin Tuna can be 3.5 feet long. Albacore tuna, 4.5 feet long. Atlantic bluefin tuna, can be up to about 15 ft. The recorded specimen of tuna was 21 feet long, weighing 1600 pounds. Despite their large size, tunas are swift swimmers. They can reach a speed between 44 and 62 miles per hour.

    Tuna are unique among fishes in their ability to maintain the temperature of their bodies above that of the surrounding water, often between 5 and 12 °C (9 and 21.7 °F) above ambient water temperature.

    Like many fish, the tuna is their body color provides excellent camouflage in the water. The dark blue dorsal (back) of a tuna’s body blends with the ocean floor when observed from the air while the belly of a tuna is silver-white and it combines with the surface of the ocean when seen from below.

    Did you know:

    • Tuna in all forms represents more than one-third of the total fish and seafood segment in the U.S. and more than half of the finfish segment.
    • Canned tuna is the second most popular seafood product in the U.S. after shrimp.
    • In the U.S., Americans eat about 1 billion pounds of canned and pouched tuna a year. Only coffee and sugar exceed canned tuna in sales per foot of shelf space in the grocery store.
    • In 2007, Americans ate 2.7 pounds of canned tuna per capita.
    • Unopened canned tuna has a recommended shelf-life of up to four years, provided that the product has been stored under normal conditions and is not damaged. Pouched tuna has a shelf-life of three years.
    • Tuna is a carnivore. It feeds on different types of fish (mackerel, herring, hake…), squids and crustaceans.


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    Prepare a meal with tuna.

    There are countless ways to incorporate tuna into a heart-healthy diet. You can combine tuna with tomatoes, salad greens, cooked green beans, and boiled sliced potatoes for a classic salad Niçoise. You can stir a can into a pot of corn chowder for a delicious tuna bisque. You can even make a delicious cold pasta salad with tomatoes, celery, canned kidney beans, and black olives

    One of the most popular ways to prepare canned tuna is to make a tuna salad.

    While delicious, the ingredients contained in most recipes undermine many of the nutritional benefits of the fish. To lower the fat content in your tuna salad, either replace the mayonnaise with a reduced-fat mayo or, mix 30 percent mayonnaise with 70 percent plain yogurt for a fresh, slightly tart taste.

    If you add tuna to your diet, you could get 5 grams of protein per ounce.

    Tuna has been found to be high in two types omega-3 fatty acids:
    Omega-3 EPA (a fatty acid that inhibits cellular inflammation)
    Omega-3 DHA (a fatty acid which promotes eye and brain health)
    The omega-3 fatty acids found in tuna are known to promote good heart health. These essential fats can help decrease triglycerides in the blood, lower the risk of arrhythmia (irregular heartbeats), and slow the buildup of plaque in the arteries.


    Industry groups observed May 2, 2011, as World Tuna Day, a special day for all who are involved in tuna fishing, tuna conservation, and management to celebrate the wonders of tuna.

    In 2017, the United Nations officially set May 2, as World Tuna Day to focus on conserving the world’s tuna population.



  • NATIONAL FOSTER CARE DAY – First Tuesday in May


    Dedicated to all the children in the U.S. foster care system, National Foster Care Day on the first Tuesday in May encourages everyone to wear blue and raise their voices to show their support for foster youth everywhere.

    Kicking off Foster Care Month, National Foster Care Day provides a platform to help repair a system that is plagued with shortages nationwide. Many enter care with little to no belongings and have suffered the effects of abuse, poverty, neglect, or even the death of their loved ones. There is a nationwide shortage of foster parents and stipends that don’t cover the essentials of a growing child.

    With over 400,000 children in the foster care system at any given time, and a new child placed into care every 2 minutes, the need for support services, essential items, and foster parents is high. Foster children have an uphill battle with startling statistics to overcome and need the support of our communities across the country. National Foster Care Day shines a light on these children and points us all in the direction of solutions.


    • 250,00 children enter foster care each year
    • Only 50% of youth in foster care graduate high school
    • Foster children suffer PTSD at more than twice the rate of US war veterans
    • 1 in 5 foster children experience homelessness within 1 year of aging out of care
    • At ages 17 & 18, one-third of young women in foster care are pregnant or parenting
    • More than 70% of inmates incarcerated were at one point in the foster care system
    • Stipends don’t cover the essentials of a growing child

    How to Help

    • Volunteer to become a Court appointed special advocate (CASA) –  CASAs receive specialized training and represent the best interests of abused and neglected children.
    • Become a Foster Parent – Nationwide, there is a shortage of licensed foster homes.
    • Adopt a Foster Child – In the U.S., more than 100,000 children wait for a family to call home.
    • Volunteer through non-profits like Project Blue, Ticket to Dream Foundation and many others that provide mentoring to foster children, require staffing assistance for events and many other opportunities!
    • Share this page – Increasing awareness and interest in the solutions will help foster children heal and grow to their full potential.

    HOW TO OBSERVE #FosterCareBlue

    On National Foster Care Day, find out more about how you can make a difference by visiting Show your support for foster youth by wearing blue and post a picture on social media by using #FosterCareBlue.


    Ticket to Dream Foundation in partnership with Project Blue founded National Foster Care Day to increase awareness surrounding the needs of children in foster care, the opportunities for volunteers, and the benefits of improving the system.

    The Registrar at National Day Calendar declared the day to be observed annually beginning in 2017.

  • NATIONAL TEACHER APPRECIATION DAY – Tuesday of the first full week in May


    National Teacher Appreciation Day, also known as National Teacher Day, takes place on the Tuesday of the first full week in May each year.


    The National Education Association describes National Teacher Day “as a day for honoring teachers and recognizing the lasting contributions they make to our lives.”


    Teachers play a critical role in educating and shaping our children, the future leaders of our country. These kind, patient, hard-working, dedicated, and understanding professionals help mold our children and guide them in positive directions. We entrust our children with teachers, and they affect their lives daily.

    When is National Open The Magic Day?

    No matter where we are in life, a teacher influenced us. They continue to impact our lives every day, too! When we meet new employees with a wealth of skills and abilities, a teacher helped shaped them. Every new business owner, doctor, engineer, or nurse can name a teacher who inspired them. Every one of us has at least one teacher in mind who encouraged and motivated us during our education.


    It is time to say “Thank You” to the exceptional teachers you know. Take a moment and reflect on the teachers in your life. Who influenced your life? Who is making an impact today? Let teachers past and present know you value them. Let them know how they helped shape your future. You can also show your gratitude for your teachers in other ways:

    • Refill their supplies. Many teachers stock their classrooms with the supplies they need to effectively teach.
    • Write a letter showing your support. Your words may encourage a teacher to continue making a difference in a child’s life.
    • Ask them what they need the most. Sometimes just being asked is the most important part.
    • Volunteer in your schools. Every day, schools rely on parent support for many programs to succeed.
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    Also, visit the National Day Classroom for more ways to #CelebrateEveryDay!

    You can also download and print this postcard to mail to your teachers. It can be printed double-sided on a 5.5-inch x 4.25-inch cardstock or on one side and cut out. Tell them just how much their hard work means to you.

    Use #TeacherAppreciationDay or #NationalTeachersDay to post on social media.


    Political and educational leaders began discussions for a day to honor teachers in 1944. In 1953, Eleanor Roosevelt persuaded the 81st Congress to proclaim National Teachers’ Day. Congress declared March 7, 1980, as National Teacher Day. The National Education Association continued to observe Teacher Day on the first Tuesday in March until 1985 when the National PTA established Teacher Appreciation Week as the first full week of May. The NEA Representative Assembly then voted to make the Tuesday of that week National Teacher Day.



    National Life Insurance Day each year on May 2nd marks the anniversary of the first day that life insurance became available in the United States. The observance also brings awareness of the benefits of life insurance.

    The sale of life insurance in the U.S. began in the late 1760s. The Presbyterian Synods in Philadelphia and New York City created the Corporation for Relief of Poor and Distressed Widows and Children of Presbyterian Ministers in 1759.

    On May 2, 1759, the charter recorded for the Corporation for Relief of Poor and Distressed Widows and Children of Presbyterian Ministers. Episcopalian priests created a comparable relief fund in 1769. Between 1787 and 1837, more than two dozen life insurance companies were started, but fewer than half a dozen survived.

    Life insurance can do some pretty amazing things for people. It can buy loved one’s time to grieve. It can also pay off debts and loans, providing surviving family members with the chance to move on with a clean slate. Life insurance allows families to remain in their homes and pre-fund a child’s college education. When families own a business, life insurance will enable them to keep the business in the event of an untimely death. It also provides a stream of income for a family to live on for a period of time.

    HOW TO OBSERVE #LifeInsuranceDay

    Learn more about the different types of life insurance policies available today. Educate yourself and your family to determine your needs. If you have a life insurance policy, needs change as we age, and our children grow older and more independent. Use #LifeInsuranceDay to post on social media.


    In 2014, Liran Hirschkorn, an Independent Insurance Agent at Best Life Quote, submitted National Life Insurance Day to commemorate the anniversary of life insurance becoming available in the United States.

    The Registrar at National Day Calendar proclaimed the day to be observed on May 2nd, annually.

    May 2nd Celebrated (and Not So Celebrated) History


    The popular periodical Good Housekeeping makes its publishing debut. Its full title was Good Housekeeping Conducted in the Interests of the Higher Life of the Household. (You think some of today’s books have long titles!) For the price of $2.50, the advice and scholarly information of Good Housekeeping experts were delivered to households across the country every two weeks. The magazine later changed to a monthly publication.


    Albert Von Tilzer and Jack Norworth register a copyright for “Take Me Out to the Ball Game,” a catchy tune that continues to be a tradition during summer baseball games.


    The Negro National League debuted with a doubleheader in Indianapolis, Indiana between C.I. Taylor’s Indianapolis ABCs and the Chicago Giants. Taking place at Washington Park, the game hosted 6,000 fans. The home team didn’t disappoint, delivering two wins 4-2 and 11-4.


    After nearly 5 years, construction on Boulder Dam is complete. Twelve years later it was renamed Hoover Dam in honor of Herbert Hoover, the nation’s 31st president and the secretary of commerce who helped make the project possible.


    At just before 3 AM EST, the space capsule Resilience returned to Earth with four astronauts on board. Resilience splashed down in the Gulf of Mexico near Panama City, Florida. It was the first nighttime splashdown with astronauts since the 1968 splashdown of Apollo 8 astronauts Bill Anders, Frank Borman, and Jim Lovell. The NASA mission led by SpaceX began in November 2020 to take crew members to and from the International Space Station.

    May 2nd Celebrated (and Not So Celebrated) Birthdays

    Mary Bowersock Mendenhall – 1813

    Born in Adams County, Pennsylvania, Mariah Mendenhall delivered 980 babies in Northern Indiana and never lost a mother in her care. She nursed the people in her communities for more than 40 years. Mendenhall lived a long 98 years and was an asset to those she provided her care.

    Elijah McCoy – 1844

    The prolific inventor patented more than 50 of his inventions during his lifetime. Born in Canada, McCoy focused his efforts on lubricants for steam engines. His life is the focus of Andrew Moodie’s play “The Real McCoy” which illustrates how the son of runaway slaves develops a product that no knockoff could replace.

    Nannie Helen Boroughs – 1879

    An early African American suffragist, Boroughs also believed in education. In 1909, she helped the National Baptist Convention to open the National Training School for Women and Girls.

    Dr. Benjamin Spock – 1903

    The American pediatrician wrote the indispensable book of the Baby Boom era. The best-selling Baby and Child Care helped raise generations of children, many of whom are great-grandparents today.

    Gray Baker – 1925

    Known for his UFO investigations, Gray Barker published the Mothman mystery The Silver Bridge. Barker is best known for his book The Men in Black: The Secret Terror Among Us.

    Engelbert Humperdinck – 1936

    Another unforgettable singer, (and it’s not just because of his name) Humperdinck’s ballads have been touching hearts for generations.




    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 Day Calendar continues to research the origins of this indulgently sweet holiday.