Category: May 02

  • WORLD TUNA DAY | May 2


    World Tuna Day is an annual celebration on May 2 that highlights the importance of managing fish stocks to maintain sustainability. By using World Tuna Day, we hope to encourage proper management so the world has systems in place to prevent tuna stocks from crashing.


    More than 96 countries around the world participate in the conservation and management of tuna. In some parts of the world, over-fishing of some species, such as the southern bluefin tuna, has brought the species near-extinction.

    The tuna industry has an annual value of almost $10 billion. In fact, approximately 7 million tons of tuna and tuna-like species are landed yearly. Besides industry use and consumption, overfishing and illegal tuna fishing contribute to a need for monitoring tuna stocks.


    1. The most popular kind of canned tuna is chunk, light meat in water.
    2. Light meat (in water or oil) accounts for 75 to 80 percent of annual domestic tuna consumption.
    3. There are more than two dozen varieties of tuna.
    4. Blackfin Tuna can be 3.5 feet long.
    5. Albacore tuna can be as long as 4.5 feet long.
    6. Atlantic bluefin tuna can be up to about 15 ft.
    7. The largest tuna specimen found was over 21 feet long and 1,600 pounds.
    8. Tuna are swift swimmers and can reach a speed between 44 and 62 miles per hour.
    9. Tuna has the ability to camouflage their skin to blend in with their ocean surrounding.
    10. Tuna have a are unique ability to maintain a body temperature above that of the surrounding water.

    A Heart Healthy Food

    There are countless ways to incorporate tuna into a heart-healthy diet. You can combine tuna with tomatoes, salad greens, steamed green beans, and boiled sliced potatoes for a classic salad Niçoise. Stirring a can of tuna into a pot of corn chowder makes a delicious tuna bisque. You can also make a delicious cold pasta salad with tomatoes, celery, canned kidney beans, and black olives, and finally adding a can of tuna. The most popular way to prepare a can of tuna is by making tuna salad, complete with mayonnaise celery, pickles, cheese, and onion. YUM!

    1. Adding tuna to your diet will give you 5 grams of protein per ounce.
    2. Tuna has been found to be high in two types omega-3 fatty acids:
      • Omega-3 EPA, which is a fatty acid that inhibits cellular inflammation.
      • Omega-3 DHA, which is a fatty acid that promotes eye and brain health.
    3. The omega-3 fatty acids found in tuna are known to promote good heart health by:
      • Helping decrease triglycerides in the blood.
      • Lowering the risk of arrhythmia (irregular heartbeats).
      • Slowing the buildup of plaque in the arteries.

    Did you know?

    1. All forms of tuna represent more than one-third of the total fish and seafood segment in the U.S., and more than half of the finfish segment.
    2. Canned tuna is the second most popular seafood product in the U.S. after shrimp.
    3. Americans eat about 1 billion pounds of canned and pouched tuna a year. Only coffee and sugar exceed canned tuna in sales.
    4. In 2007, Americans ate 2.7 pounds of canned tuna per capita.
    5. Unopened canned tuna has a recommended shelf-life of up to four years as long as the product has been stored under normal conditions and is not damaged. Pouched tuna has a shelf-life of three years.
    6. Tuna is a carnivore, feeding on different types of fish, such as mackerel, herring, hake, squids, and crustaceans.


    Industry groups observe May 2 as World Tuna Day. This is a special day for all who are involved in tuna fishing, tuna conservation, and management of tuna to celebrate the wonders of tuna. In 2017, the United Nations officially declared May 2, as World Tuna Day to focus on conserving the world’s tuna population.

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  • NATIONAL FOSTER CARE DAY | First Tuesday in May


    We are raising our voices on the first Tuesday in May to celebrate National Foster Day and encourage everyone to wear blue in support for foster youth in the U.S.


    As we kick off Foster Care Month, we are providing the platform to help repair a system that is plagued with shortages nationwide. National Foster Care Day shines a badly needed light on the foster care system. There is a nationwide shortage of foster parents. In addition, stipends provided to foster care parents do no cover the essentials of a growing child.

    Every 2 minutes, a new child is placed within the foster care system. Currently, there are over 400,000 children in the system at any given time. Many youth enter the foster care system with little to no belongings. Sadly, many of these kids have also suffered the effects of abuse, poverty, neglect, or even the death of their loved ones. 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.

    Foster Care Statistics

    1. Around 250,00 children enter foster care each year.
    2. Only 50% of youth in foster care graduate high school.
    3. Foster children suffer PTSD at more than twice the rate of U.S. war veterans.
    4. One out of five foster children experience homelessness within 1 year of aging out of care.
    5. One-third of young women in foster care are pregnant or parenting by the age of 17 or 18.
    6. More than 70% of inmates incarcerated were in the foster care system at one point.
    7. Stipends do not cover the essentials of a growing child.

    When you volunteer to become a court appointed special advocate or foster care parent you receive specialized training. You are not just providing a home for the child, you are a representative providing a safe haven for abused and neglected children.

    Nationwide, there is a shortage of licensed foster homes. In the U.S. alone, more than 100,000 children waiting for a family to call home. Organizations like Ticket to Dream and Project Blue will help guide you on your journey to become a foster parent. Together, you will make a difference to help foster children heal and grow to their full potential.


    1. Volunteer for your local foster care nonprofit to raise funding.
    2. Open your hope to a foster child by becoming a foster parent.
    3. Share this page to increase awareness and interest in the foster care system.
    4. Wear blue to show support for foster care youth.
    5. Share your stories about foster care using #FosterCareBlue on social media.


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

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


    National Teacher Appreciation Day is on the Tuesday during first full week in May as a reminder to show appreciation for teachers everywhere. We are using this National Day to say thank you to all teachers for their time and dedication to educate our children. 


    National Teacher Appreciation Day is also known as National Teacher Day. 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 into 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 during the school year and they play a pivotal role in their lives daily.

    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, know 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. Take the time today to say “Thank You” to the exceptional teachers you know. Take a moment and reflect on the teachers in your life.


    1. Refill classroom supplies. Many teachers stock their classrooms with the supplies they need to effectively teach. However, many teacher buy supplies out of their own pockets. Replenishing crayons, pencils, or construction paper is a small token of appreciation for a teacher.
    2. Write a letter showing your support for your child’s favorite teacher. Kind words are a small way to encourage a teacher by reminding them the impact they are making in the lives of students.
    3. Volunteering at your school is a way to give teachers a much needed break. Every day, schools rely on parent support for many programs to succeed. For instance, volunteering to be a cross-walker before and after school or a playground monitor relieves a teacher from those duties.
    4. Use #TeacherAppreciationDay or #NationalTeachersDay to post on social media.

    Do you know about the National Day Classroom section? We do! You can find all sorts of classroom-related material to help you and your students #CelebrateEveryDay! In fact, you can download and print a postcard to mail to your teachers as a way to thank them for their hard work


    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 National Teacher Day on the first Tuesday in March until 1985. The National PTA established Teacher Appreciation Week as the first full week of May when the NEA Representative Assembly voted to make the Tuesday of that week National Teacher Day.

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    National Life Insurance Day is on May 2nd and marks the anniversary of the first day that life insurance became available in the U.S. The observance also brings awareness of the benefits of life insurance.


    Life Insurance has a long, interesting history. Starting in 1760, when the sale of life insurance in the U.S. began. 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 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.


    1. Learn more about the different types of life insurance policies available today.
    2. Educate yourself and your family to determine your needs.
    3. Review your life insurance policy to make any adjustments because of age or other situation.
    4. Share life insurance policy information with a responsible family member.
    5. Use #LifeInsuranceDay to 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 each year on on May 2. 

    5 Celebrated History on May 2

    1. 1885 – 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.
    2. 1908 – 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.
    3. 1920 – 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.
    4. 1935 – 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.
    5. 2021 – 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 Birthdays

    1. Mary Bowersock Mendenhall was born in Adams County, Pennsylvania in 1813. She 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.
    2. Elijah McCoy (1844) became known as the prolific inventor who 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.
    3. Nannie Helen Boroughs (1879) became a well-known African American suffragist for her belief in education of females. In 1909, she helped the National Baptist Convention to open the National Training School for Women and Girls.
    4. Dr. Benjamin Spock (1903) was an American pediatrician who wrote Baby and Child Care . This indispensable book of the Baby Boom era helped raise generations of children, many of whom are great-grandparents today.
    5. Gray Baker (1925) was known for his UFO investigations. He published the Mothman mystery The Silver Bridge. Barker is best known for his book The Men in Black: The Secret Terror Among Us.
    6. Engelbert Humperdinck (1936) is an unforgettable singer (and not just because of his name) whose ballads have been touching hearts for generations.



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


    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 after the Prestat Chocolate Shop opened in London. In fact, Prestat still sells “Napoleon III” truffles made to the original recipe.

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

    The Truth About Truffles

    Apparently, there is a huge misunderstanding among truffle lovers. One group believes the truffle is a sweet treat made by bakers, while another group has a slightly different idea on a true truffle. Unfortunately, this group of truffle experts feel a bit neglected when talking about the truffle. As a result, we are sharing our short list of what a “real” truffle is according to certain truffle experts, obviously.

    1. Truffles are actually a mushrooms that grow underground near truffle oaks.
    2. Real truffles apparently look similar to a small brown rock.
    3. Truffles have been around for about 4,000 years. In fact, documentation says Egyptians eating them coated with goose fat.
    4. Truffles are mostly found in Italy, southern France, and Croatia.
    5. Truffle dogs and truffle dogs are specially trained to find truffle.
    6. Shockingly, a truffle once sold for $3,000.
    7. You can add chocolate to anything and it immediately becomes a delicacy.


    1. Indulge yourself on National Truffle Day by sampling and tasting as many confectionary truffles you can find.
    2. Join a truffle digging expedition.
    3. Give a truffle gift. A small box for four truffles create a wow factor!
    4. Share your love for chocolate truffles on social media using #NationalTruffleDay.


    National Day Calendar continues to research the origins of this indulgently sweet holiday. Until we find that information, we recommend trying this truffle recipe found in our recipe section.