Category: May 24



    National Yucatán Shrimp Day on May 24th celebrates a dish exploding with flavor. Plump, peel-and-eat shrimp are the centerpiece of this dish, and the flavors remind diners of the sunny summer evenings.


    Shrimp lovers shouldn’t miss out on a dish like this. While the Yucatán Peninsula is further south on the Gulf of Mexico, this recipe hails from the waters along Florida’s coast. The garlic, butter, and special sauce give it a kick that keeps diners coming back for more. Serve it with crusty bread and white wine or an icy cold beer. You can almost imagine the dazzling blue waters of the Gulf and the sea breeze with every bite. And don’t forget the large, tender shrimp, too.

    HOW TO OBSERVE Yucatan Shrimp Day

    Make up a recipe that says summer. Invite friends and family to join you – it’s not a celebration if you don’t. Add some chilled beverages, and you’ll be ready to enjoy some delicious Yucatán shrimp. When you do, be sure to share the occasion using #YucatanShrimpDay on social media. Looking for a recipe to make? Try this delicious recipe from Doc Ford’s Rum Bar & Grille!

    1lb of fresh Gulf Shrimp
    8 oz of Yucatan Sauce
    8 tablespoons of Butter
    1 Lime (optional for more zest!)
    Fresh cilantro

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    Boil shrimp until cooked through.
    Bring Yucatan Sauce along with butter to a simmer.
    Reduce heat, toss the cooked shrimp into the sauce and garnish with cilantro.
    *Extra* Toast your favorite type of bread for dipping!


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    Doc Ford’s Rum Bar & Grille located in Ft. Meyers, St. Pete Pier, Captiva Island, and Sanibel Island, Florida, founded National Yucatán Shrimp Day in 2020 to celebrate one of their signature flavors. On May 24, 2019, they began selling their Doc Ford’s Yucatán Sauce by the bottle. The day marks the launching of their signature product loved all across the country.

    In 2020, the Registrar at National Day Calendar proclaimed the day to be observed on May 24th, annually.



    May 24 is World Schizophrenia Day. Schizophrenia is a serious mental illness affecting more than 21 million people worldwide according to the World Health Organization. The purpose of this day is to spread awareness about this illness and eradicate the myths and superstitions around mental illnesses in general.


    A common myth surrounding schizophrenia is that people suffering from it have a split personality. However, this is completely untrue. Schizophrenia patients have 1just one personality, just like everyone else. Common symptoms of schizophrenia include confused thinking, delusions and hallucinations.

    Schizophrenia is a psychiatric condition where certain chemicals in certain areas of the brain are out of balance. If that happens there can be a lack of co-ordination between thoughts, actions, and emotions.

    The term ‘schizophrenia’ literally means “a splitting of the mind” and was coined in 1910 by Swiss psychiatrist Dr. Paul Eugen Bleuler.

    Schizophrenia starts in early adulthood or late adolescence, typically between the ages of 15 to 28.
    Men also have a higher risk of suffering from the illness than women. Men have an earlier onset age than women. They also tend to suffer from a more severe form of the disease with more negative symptoms, less chance of a full recovery and a worse outcome.


    Learn about schizophrenia from a website such as World Fellowship for Schizophrenia and Allied Disorders.

    Use #schizophrenia or #WorldSchizophreniaDay to follow on social media.


    National Schizophrenia Foundation declared May 24 as World Schizophrenia Day to honor Dr. Philippe Pinel, from France, a major figure in the early efforts to provide humane care and treatment for the mentally ill.


    In 2017, National Day Calendar® began celebrating each state in the order they entered the union starting the week of Independence Day and ending with Hawaii. We highlight a small part of each states’ history, foods and the people who make up the state. Many states have their own state celebrations, and National Day Calendar’s observances in no way replace them. There’s so much more to explore, we can’t help but celebrate our beautiful country even more!


    On May 24th, National Wyoming Day recognizes The Equality State.


    The 44th state to join the union, Wyoming territory led the nation and the world in granting women the right to vote. In 1869, the Wyoming territorial legislature passed a bill allowing women the right and the governor signed the bill on December 10, 1869. Twenty years later, Wyoming would approve the first state constitution including women’s suffrage. They would be granted statehood in 1870.

    In a vast open country where homesteaders had to rely on one another, man or woman, equality had real meaning, true grit. On July 10, 1890, Wyoming became a state.

    It is also a country where massive towers seem to rise out of nowhere mysteriously. Devil’s Tower stands starkly against brilliant blue skies or disappears into the fog. Depending on the day or its mood it can do either, or both. Explore the Native American legends surrounding the creation of the monolith, hike its trails, and wonder at its existence.

    From Fossil Butte National Monument to Fort Laramie National Historic Site, Wyoming retells history. The state thrills and challenges visitors with its spectacular views in Yellowstone and Grand Teton National Park.

    In The Cowboy State, rodeos provide opportunities to flex skills in the arena and amaze audiences in the stands. Whether they compete indoors or out, boots, jeans, and hats are recommended.


    Join National Day Calendar as we explore The Equality State. Visit the towering Grand Tetons and learn about the resilient people who live in Wyoming. Follow the trails of dinosaurs and cowboys! Use #NationalWyomingDay to share on social media.

    June Etta Downey spent her career as a psychologist studying personalities and handwriting. Her research led to some of the development of the Downey Individual Will-Temperament Test, an early personality inventories.
    Curt Gowdy announced Major League Baseball games for the New York Yankees and Boston Red Sox. His career would later lead to national broadcasting with ABC and NBC Sports.
    Recruited by J. Robert Oppenheimer, Robert Wilson headed the cyclotron group for the Manhattan Project. Wilson’s artistic talents became integral in his later career when his eye for aesthetics enhanced the design of Fermilab.
    Patricia MacLachlan – Author – (March 3, 1938 -)
    Winner of the Newbery Medal for her novel, Sarah, Plain and Tall, Patricia MacLachlan has published more than fifty books for children and young readers.
    Solomon Trujillo leads Australia’s largest telecommunications and media company as Chief Executive Officer.
    Author of the Revenant: A Novel of Revenge, Michael Punke has also served as Deputy United States Trade Representative and US Ambassador to the World Trade Organization. Punke has also published historical non-fiction works.

    Hidden Treasures

  • BROTHER’S DAY – May 24

    BROTHER’S DAY | May 24

    Brother’s Day on May 24th honors the brothers in our lives. Whether we have one or many, they hold a special place in our hearts.


    Even for those who don’t have one, someone in their life is usually like a brother to them. Brothers from other mothers are found in a best friend, a brother-in-law, or a cousin. They are the men in our lives we count on even when we don’t talk very often. We share memories, and challenges that frequently began with the phrase, “Watch this!” soon followed by a few stitches.

    While minding their own business, they are also prepared to step in when necessary. That’s what brothers do.

    Of course, they’ve been known to put toads on your head or gum in your hair.  They may have been too cool for you once, too.  Brothers come in many shapes and sizes and so do their relationships. Whatever yours is, take the time to celebrate your brother on Brother’s Day.


    Enjoy time with your brothers and reminisce.  Find time for new brother siblings to spend some fun, enjoyable time together. Plus, have a look at these related holidays:

    Be sure to use #BrothersDay to give a shout-out on social media to all your brothers!


    C. Daniel Rhodes of Alabama founded Brother’s Day.



    On May 24th, Aviation Maintenance Technician Day honors the men and women who have worked behind the scenes making and keeping aviation possible.


    Charles Edward Taylor

    We all know the story of Orville and Wilbur Wright, Kitty Hawk, and the experiment of human flight. But how many of us know the name, Charles Edward Taylor? He came to work for the Wrights in 1902 when the research turned to powered flight. The automobile companies couldn’t supply an engine both light enough and powerful enough for flight.

    Enter Taylor.  A machinist by trade, with a metal lathe, drill press, and other hand tools, he built the 12-horsepower engine, which propelled the Wright’s aeroplane 20 feet above the wind-swept North Carolina beach. The longest flight lasted 59 seconds for a distance of 852 feet.  It took Taylor 6 weeks to build the engine, and yet, history books rarely mention the man who helped make the historic December 17, 1903, flight possible.

    Beyond First Flight

    Being on the cusp of the aeronautics industry, Taylor continued to design aircraft engines for the Wright brothers as well as teaching them to build their own. When the first airport was established (by the Wrights), he was named the airport manager.

    The partnership continued when the Wright brothers were awarded a military contract for the first military plane with Taylor designing and building the engine.

    Taylor’s adventures continued in 1911 when William Randolph Hearst offered up a cash award to the first pilot to fly across the United States in 30 days or less. Cal Rodgers, a young pilot, accepted the challenge and hired Charles Taylor as his mechanic.

    Rodgers made it, landing and crashing from New York to Pasadena, with Taylor trailing along in a car.

    Charles Taylor continued in the field of aviation maintenance for more than 60 years. Like Taylor, aviation maintenance technicians around the world work in the background, keeping civilian and military aircraft safe. On May 24th, we recognize their achievements and humble history.


    Celebrate the innovators of aviation who may be behind the scenes. Learn about aviation maintenance and thank those who get us in the air and keep us there. Use #AviationMaintenaceTechnicianDay to share on social media.


    Through the efforts of Richard Dilbeck, in 2001, the FAA created the prestigious Charles E. Taylor Master Mechanic Award to honor AMTs, who had served at least 50 years in aircraft maintenance. The following year, California Senator Knight introduced a resolution honoring Aviation Maintenance Technicians annually in honor of Charles Taylor’s birthday.



    We celebrate Emergency Medical Services for Children Day on Wednesday during Emergency Medical Services (EMS) Week. Also known as EMS Day, we give special thanks to EMS providers for the way they respond to the needs of millions of Americans every year.


    On Emergency Medical Services for Children Day, we raise awareness of the need improving specialized care for children. Emergency care often comes from parents, caregivers, trained EMS providers and hospital personnel. Together, they strive to meet the unique needs of critically ill or injured pediatric patients. 

    Emergency Medical Services are a combination of resources that make up a large system. The organizational structure of EMS not only provides medical services, it also provides financial and community services. Agencies in EMS services include fire departments, law enforcement, search and rescue and medical personnel. In its entirety, EMS services is massive.

    The primary goal of any EMS service is to provide emergency medical care. All EMS service are members of a community that are first on scene of an emergency and can identify health problems. Whether an emergency includes a accident, hazard spills or a life threatening illness, EMS service providers are trained individuals who have one goal–provide emergency medical care.

    The network of EMS consists of, but are not limited to:

    • Private and public agencies.
    • Hospitals and trauma centers.
    • Rehab facilities.
    • Trained professionals for emergency treatment.
    • 911 networks.
    • Volunteers.
    • Federal, state, city and county government officials.


    • Support EMS personnel and first responders
    • Help bring quality EMS services to children and the entire community.
    • Participate in some of the hundreds of activities on EMS for Children Day and throughout the week.
    • Attend a training, in person or online, on EMS training.
    • Read fact sheets and fliers regarding EMS services.
    • Visit an EMS facility.
    • Update your knowledge on assisting in an emergency situations.
    • Take a First Aid course.
    • Advocate and support EMSC program in your area.
    • Use #EMSForChildrenDay to post on social media.


    1967: The establishment of Division of Emergency Treatment & Transfer begins as a result to a growing concern highway crashes as dedication to EMS.

    1969: Dr. William Haddon, former Director of the NHSB, introduces the first DOT Inter-Departmental Safety Seminar. Also known as the Haddon Matrix, the Matrix was the first groundbreaking model for EMS services.

    1971: The National Standard Curriculum for EMTs becomes available as a national curriculum for EMTs. The curriculum sets the first national standards for the education of EMS professionals.

    1974: President Gerald Ford declares November 3-10, 1974 as the first “National Emergency Medical Services Week.”

    1984: Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) funds the new EMS for Children program.

    1996: A community effort to guide the development of EMS systems appears.

    2001: Establishment of the National EMS Information System, or NEMSIS, reaches local, regional and state levels. The new system will lay foundation for better data collection regarding EMS services and training.

    2005: The National 911 Program is born, providing a reliable and cost-effective system taking advantage of new communications technologies.

    2007-2013: Assessments, technology, recommendations and funding improve the EMS service system.

    2019: Nearly two decades after the original EMS Agenda for the Future was published, hundreds of stakeholders from the EMS community create a new innovative vision for the EMS system.

    National EMSC Day was founded by the federal EMSC Program and partners with the American College of Emergency Physicians, the American Academy of Pediatrics and the Emergency Nurses Association to raise awareness concerning the need for improved care for children in prehospital and acute care settings.

    May 19th Celebrated History


    The Ringling Brothers stage their first circus.


    A month after Halley’s Comet reached perihelion, the Earth passes through the comet’s tail. Indecently, author Mark Twain was born during the comet’s previous visit in 1835. The author predicted he would die during the comet’s 1910 visit. He died on April 21, 1910, one day following the comet’s perihelion.


    Calaveras County, California hosts their first Frog Jumping Jubilee.


    Marilyn Monroe sings “Happy Birthday” to President John F. Kennedy at his New York birthday celebration.

    May 19th Celebrated Birthdays

    John Hopkins – 1795

    Born to Quakers Samuel Hopkins and Hannah Janney, Johns Hopkins became a successful businessman and philanthropist. Hopkins’ forward-thinking provided for the development of Johns Hopkins University, Johns Hopkins Hospital and Johns Hopkins School of Medicine among others. As a result, these facilities contribute to advanced research into disease and healthcare.

    Henry G. Ginaca – 1876

    Through Henry Gabriel Ginaca, the pineapple is more readily packaged, shipped, and consumed. Ginaca engineered the machine that automatically peeled and cored the Hawaiian fruit for the Dole Packaged Foods Company in 1911.

    Frank Luke – 1897

    During World War I, Frank Luke became known as the second-ranked American fighting ace after Eddie Rickenbacker. He would be shot down after on September 29, 1918, after a  string of victories. Luke was awarded the Congressional Medal of Honor posthumously.

    Malcolm X – 1925

    The one-time minister of the Nation of Islam, Malcolm X played a pivotal counterpoint to Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.’s peaceful activism the Civil Rights Movement, and racism. In later years, the eloquent orator found a renewed hope after divesting himself from the Nation of Islam. He was assassinated in 1965.

    Lorraine Hansberry – 1930

    Lorraine Hansberry wrote the award-winning Broadway play A Raisin in the Sun.

    Mario Chalmers – 1986

    Mario Chalmers is a point guard for the Memphis Grizzlies. He was drafted as the 34th pick overall in the 2008 NBA draft by the Minnesota Timberwolves.



    Each year on May 24th, National Escargot Day honors the famous French dish of cooked land snails. While escargot is enjoyed by many it is an acquired taste. Many French restaurants serve the dish as an appetizer.


     Escargot {es.kar.go} is the French word for snail.

    Cooks usually prepare Escargo by removing the land snails from their shells, cooking them with garlic, butter, and wine. Once cooked, the gastropods go back into their shells with the sauce for serving. Because the snails are clumsy to eat, special forks and tongs help improve the dining experience.

                 Escargot are high in protein and low in fat (without the butter).

    The science of growing snails is known as heliciculture. In the United States, more people are raising snails for culinary purposes. Even though escargot still seems exotic to American palates, around the world escargot has long been a popular dish.


    If you’ve never experienced escargot, this is the holiday to try it. Find a restaurant near you that serves the delicacy and order a plate. Be sure to order wine, too. If you’re looking for a recipe to try at home, we have a recipe for you to try as well.

    Enjoy this Escargot in Wine recipe.

    If you’re food adventurous, read 9 Odd Foods That Are An Acquired Taste.  #NationalEscargotDay to post on social media.


    National Day Calendar continues researching the origins of this French dining holiday. We suspect the founder is dining on a bed on snails.

    May 24th Celebrated History


    Roger Lowell Putnam announced the name of a new planet discovered by Percival Lowell. Temporarily named Planet X, the new 9th planet in the solar system was named Pluto.


    The U.S. Patent Office issued the first patent for a coin-operated parking meter. Oklahoman Carl Magee received patent no. 2,118,318 for his invention and initially trademarked it as the “Dual.” However, Magee would later rename the invention the “Park-O-Meter.” Oklahoma City installs the first units in July 1935.


    Astronaut Scott Carpenter flew aboard the Aurora 7 and became the second American to orbit the Earth.


    The troubled supersonic jet called the Concorde begins its regular passenger services between Europe and Washington, D.C. five years after its first intercontinental flight.


    Paul McCartney performs live in Russia for the first time. The Red Square concert hosted an audience of 20,000.

    May 24th Celebrated Birthdays

    Queen Victoria – 1819

    The monarch of Great Britain and Ireland served for 64 years. Only her great-granddaughter, Queen Elizabeth II has ruled longer. She was also the first person diagnosed with hemophilia, a blood disorder that is also called the Royal Disease.

    Helen Brooke Taussig – 1898

    In the 1930s, the American physician helped establish pediatric cardiology at the Harriet Lane Home in Baltimore. Now called the Harriet Lane Clinic, the home was the first of its kind, providing care solely for children.

    Tommy Chong – 1938

    The Canadian-American actor, comedian, and musician is best known for pairing up with Cheech Marin for cannabis-filled humor in films like Cheech & Chong’s Up in Smoke, Cheech and Chong’s Next Movie and Cheech & Chong’s Hey Watch This.

    Bob Dylan – 1941

    Since the early 1960s, Bob Dylan’s unique style of folk music has gained respect and influenced artists across genres. The eleven-time Grammy-winning artist earned the Nobel Prize in Literature in 2016.

    Patti LaBelle – 1944

    For nearly 60 years the iconic and award-winning singer/songwriter has been writing, performing and creating hits like “Forever Young” and “Lady Marmalade.”

    Rosanne Cash – 1955

    The Grammy-winning country music singer/songwriter rose in popularity during the 1980s.



    National Scavenger Hunt Day on May 24th each year sends us off to find random items all in the name of good fun.


    American gossip columnist, author, songwriter, and professional hostess Elsa Maxwell (May 24, 1883 – November 1, 1963) is credited with the introduction of the scavenger hunt for use as a party game in the modern era.

    The game challenges teams to scavenge for a list of odd items. As part of the rules, participants are not allowed to buy the objects. Depending on where the hunt takes place, players may have to beg, barter, or even work for them, too. Some scavenger hunts add difficulty to the game by adding riddles describing each item. The team with the most items, or the first to complete the list, wins.


    Scavenger hunts have become popular at weekend get-togethers, parties, family gatherings, and holidays. Even co-workers put together scavenger hunts to keep the workday interesting. Practice your riddle-making and create a scavenger hunt for family and friends.

    If you’re looking for a scavenger hunt, download and print the Game Piece Scavenger Hunt we created. It can be played traditionally or at home. You don’t even have to have the game pieces to play the game. Print pictures of the required pieces. Add extra clues to the riddles to guide players to where the images will be found.

    Use #ScavengerHuntDay to post on social media.


    National Day Calendar continues to scavenge for the source of this fun holiday. In the meantime, check out these other game-related celebrations: