NATIONAL CHOCOLATE CHIP DAY
On May 15th, we recognize a morsel of a thing on National Chocolate Chip Day! Have you ever wondered how a single ingredient would change a recipe? If it weren’t for one curious baker, it would be hard to imagine where we would be without the invention of chocolate chips. Read more…
PEACE OFFICERS MEMORIAL DAY
Every May 15th Peace Officers Memorial Day pays tribute to local, state, and federal law enforcement officers who have made the ultimate sacrifice or been injured in the line of duty. The observance takes place during Police Week. Read more…
NATIONAL NYLON STOCKING DAY
Each year on May 15th, we recognize the stylish variety and color available on National Nylon Stocking Day. Read more…
NATIONAL TAKE YOUR PARENTS TO THE PLAYGROUND DAY
Kids, you work hard every day. It’s time to show your parents just how hard you work. After all, your primary job is to play, and the third Sunday in May is National Take Your Parents to the Playground Day! Read more…
- Honor Our LGBT Elders Day
- National Barbecue Day
- National Biographer’s Day
- National Coquilles Saint Jacques Day
- National Do Something Good for Your Neighbor Day
- National Love a Tree Day
- National Mimosa Day
- National Piercing Day
- National Sea Monkey Day
Recipe of the Day
Prep: 30 minutes
Cook: This soup is served cold
Total Prep: 30 minutes
2 cloves garlic
6 large tomatoes, peeled
1 large tomato, unpeeled
1 large onion
1 each green bell peppers
2 small cucumbers
½ cup olive oil
½ cup lemon juice
3 cups tomato juice, chilled
1 dash salt
1 dash cayenne pepper
In a food processor, blend peeled tomatoes and garlic.
Add 1/4 of peppers and 1/4 of onions and 1/2 of cucumber and blend. Chill mixture for 1 hour.
Chop the remaining tomato and julienne the remaining vegetables. Cover and chill.
Just before serving, blend olive oil, lemon juice, salt, cayenne, and tomato juice in blender. Combine with chilled mixture.
Ladle into soup bowls and garnish with remaining vegetables.
Serve with crusty bread, such as a baguette.
May 15th Celebrated (and Not So Celebrated) History
Dr. Joseph Lawrence and Jordan Lambert register the disinfectant called Listerine. Inspiration for the name came from the English surgeon Joseph Lister who touted the importance of antiseptic protocols including handwashing before surgery.
President Franklin D. Roosevelt signs legislation creating the Women’s Auxiliary Army Corps. Oveta Culp Hobby was named as the organization’s first director. The name would later be shortened to Women’s Army Corps. In early 1941, Congresswoman Edith Nourse Rogers of Massachusetts sponsored the original bill creating the WAAC so that women volunteers would have support and benefits for their service. While the bill didn’t initially obtain support, after the bombing of Pearl Harbor, Congress reconsidered. The organization was created as a joint operation of the Army.
Astronaut Gordon Cooper becomes the first American to spend more than a single day in space. During the final mission of Project Mercury, Cooper completed 22 orbits of the Earth and his entire flight spanned 34 hours, 19 minutes, 49 seconds.
May 15th Celebrated (and Not So Celebrated) Birthdays
L. Frank Baum – 1856
The American writer is the author of a series of children’s books featuring a place called Oz. The 1939 film The Wizard of Oz was based on Baum’s The Wonderful Wizard of Oz. It starred Judy Garland, Ray Bolger, Bert Lahr, Jack Haley, Margaret Hamilton, and Frank Morgan.
Williamina P. Fleming – 1857
The American astronomer is best known for discovering the Horsehead Nebula in the constellation Orion.
Pierre Curie – 1859
In 1903, the French physicist, along with French physicists Marie Curie and Henri Becquerel received the Nobel Prize in Physics “in recognition of the extraordinary services he has rendered by his discovery of spontaneous radioactivity.”
Hickory Starr – 1915
A descendent of Sequoyah, Hickory Starr served as the Chief of the Nighthawk Keetoowah Society founded by his grandfather, Redbird Smith.
Madeleine Albright – 1937
In 1997, Madeleine Albright became the first woman to serve as United States Secretary of State. President Bill Clinton named Albright to the position, and she served until 2001.
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