Category: May 27



    Since summer is just around the corner, May 27th calls for warm weather, sunshine, and National Grape Popsicle Day.


    In San Francisco, California, in 1905, 11-yr-old Frank Epperson was outside on his porch, mixing water with a white powdered flavoring to make soda.  Upon going inside, he left it there on the porch with the stirring stick still in it.  That night the temperature reached a record low and the following morning, Frank discovered the drink had frozen to the stick.

    Years later, in 1922, Epperson introduced his treat at a fireman’s ball where it was a huge success. Then in 1923, he made and sold his frozen treat-on-a-stick at an amusement park in Alameda, California.  Epperson applied for a patent in 1924 for his frozen confectionery, which he called “Epsicle” ice pop.  He then renamed it “Popsicle“.

    Popsicles are one of summertime’s favorite treats for kids of all ages. National Grape Popsicle Day honors one of the most popular flavors!

    HOW TO OBSERVE Grape Popsicle Day

    Make some homemade grape popsicles or pick up your favorite frozen grape treat. We even have a grape…great One Ingredient Grape Popsicle Recipe from our National Day Calendar Ambassadors, the Erratic Divas. One way to enjoy your popsicle without the mess is by adding it to a clear soda. Pour the soda into a glass and then just add your popsicle to your soda. Not only does it keep your drink cool, but it also adds a bright color to your beverage. As the popsicle begins to melt, break it up like a slushy. What other ways do you enjoy your popsicles?

    Use #GrapePopsicleDay to post on social media.


    National Day Calendar continues researching the origins of this summer holiday celebration. While we celebrate, check out these other sweet and chilly holidays:

    Still looking for more? Find 7 Summertime Treats to Celebrate Every Day!



    National Cellophane Tape Day | May 27
    National Cellophane Tape Day | May 27


    It could be a sticky situation on May 27th as we recognize National Cellophane Tape Day. Can you imagine where we would be without this invention? Wrapping presents would be slightly more difficult without it.


    Also known as invisible tape or Scotch Tape, this innovation can be found in every household and office. Richard Gurley Drew (June 22, 1899 – December 14, 1980) invented the invisible tape in 1930. He created the tape from cellulose and originally called it cellulose tape. His career started at the 3M company in 1920 in St. Paul, Minnesota where he developed a masking tape for the automotive industry in 1925.

    Originally designed to seal Cellophane packages sold in groceries and bakeries, the new adhesive missed its mark. By the time all its drawbacks were resolved, DuPont introduced heat-sealed cellophane. However, the Cellophane packaging still offered some benefits.

    With a resounding endorsement from customers, 3M found a market in both the home and the office. Many of us keep several rolls of it, too. Check the closet with the wrapping paper for a roll or two. There will be another in the junk drawer. Count another on the desk, perhaps. In offices and schools, teachers and employees stash the tape in large quantities.

    HOW TO OBSERVE Cellophane Tape Day

    From craft projects to posters, Cellophane tape holds up to the hype. How many rolls of this invisible tape do you have laying around? Wrap a package or tape a picture to the fridge. Repair a torn page from a book. Share your favorite uses for cellophane tape by using #CellophaneTapeDay to post on social media.


    National Day Calendar continues researching the origins of this sticky holiday. In the meantime, explore these other innovative holidays:


    May 27th Celebrated (and Not So Celebrated) History


    Balloonists Paul Kipfer and Auguste Piccard rode their balloon 10 miles up into the sky. They were the first humans to travel to the stratosphere.


    Beams of light from the star Arcturus helped to open the “Century of Progress” Chicago World’s Fair. Four telescopes from separate observatories captured the light and funneled the signal to Western Union Telegraph lines, closing the circuit and amplifying the rays. The beams were reflected straight up like a spotlight. At the time, scientists believed the light from Arcturus took 40 light-years to travel to Earth and the event was designed to recognize Chicago’s Columbian Exposition 40 years earlier in 1893. Today we know it takes 37 light-years.


    San Francisco’s Golden Gate Bridge opens to pedestrian traffic.


    Space Shuttle Discovery (STS-96) Is Launched on a 6-day Mission and the First Shuttle Docking to the International Space Station

    May 27th Celebrated (and Not So Celebrated) Birthdays

    Julia Ward Howe – 1819

    The American author and poet is best known for writing the “Battle Hymn of the Republic” and for inspiring the movement toward a national Mother’s Day observance.

    Wild Bill Hickok – 1837

    Born James Butler Hickok gained a reputation as an Old West folk hero.

    Rachel Carson – 1907

    The American marine biologist published the book Silent Spring inspiring the environmental movement.

    Vincent Price – 1911

    The American actor is best known for his roles in horror and suspense films. One of his most memorable roles was Dracula. However, he also appeared in numerous other works. In 1989, Sesame Street introduces a new character inspired by Price; Vincent Twice lived in an austere mansion and hosted Mysterious Theater sketches from a velvet chair and characteristically said his name twice.