MAY 16, 2021 | NATIONAL LOVE A TREE DAY | NATIONAL BARBECUE DAY | HONOR OUR LGBT ELDERS DAY | NATIONAL DO SOMETHING GOOD FOR YOUR NEIGHBOR DAY | NATIONAL MIMOSA DAY | NATIONAL SEA MONKEY DAY | NATIONAL COQUILLES SAINT JACQUES DAY | NATIONAL BIOGRAPHER’S DAY | NATIONAL TAKE YOUR PARENTS TO THE PLAYGROUND DAY | NATIONAL PIERCING DAY
NATIONAL LOVE A TREE DAY
On May 16th each year, National Love a Tree Day celebrates the wonderful gifts trees give. Set in the middle of Garden for Wildlife Month, the observance encourages us to care for trees and plant trees.
Most species of trees tend to be long-lived. Some trees live to be several thousand years old. According to the U.S. Forest Service, about 766 million acres of forest land exists in the United States. This number has held steady since 2012. Between 1630 and 1910, there was a steady decline from 1,023 million acres to 754 million acres. That’s a decline from 46 percent to 34 percent of the total land area of the United States.
How trees are utilized and managed has changed in the last 400 years. Where people live and how we farm has also changed. While some urban forests increase, other areas see a decline. Tree planting programs improve landscapes but human activities and population growth continue to impact ecosystems.
The tallest known tree is 379 ft. tall.
Trees provide more than just beautiful landscapes and a shady canopy on a sunny day. They play a significant role in reducing erosion and moderating the climate as well as give us oxygen. Large quantities of carbon are stored in their tissues as trees remove carbon dioxide from the atmosphere. They provide habitat and structure for strong ecosystems.
Trees are a vital part of nature. This is a good day to plant a new tree or spend some time enjoying the beauty of the trees that are all around you. Take time to learn how to care for the trees you have, too. Share photos of your favorite tree or videos of you planting a tree. Use #LoveATreeDay to post on social media.
NATIONAL LOVE A TREE DAY HISTORY
National Day Calendar continues researching the origins of this tree-loving day.
NATIONAL BARBECUE DAY
If the mouthwatering aromas wafting down the street haven’t told you, we will; May 16th is National Barbecue Day!
The purist in the world of barbecue either uses charcoal, wood, or gas and slow cooks the protein over indirect heat. While the type of protein and seasonings vary, each part of the country specializes in their own flavors and sauces.
For example, more tangy BBQ with a vinegar base can be found in North Carolina. South Carolina leans toward a sweeter sauce. The sauce can be applied thick or thin, giving it more of a glaze. Turn up the heat by adding spices and peppers. Smoking meat is another way to add flavor and tenderness, too.
Unique ingredients come from ketchup, mustard and Worcestershire, brown sugar, soy, and molasses. But you never know what combination of spices a barbecue master has in his or her repertoire. They’ve spent years perfecting their trade.
Pork is the original barbecue meat, but beef, chicken, lamb, and other proteins find their way into barbecue. If you think it’s just about the meat, you’d be wrong. The sides are just as important when it comes to good barbecue. An ideal coleslaw will pair well with a shredded bbq pork and make the perfect sandwich. The macaroni and cheese, potatoes and bbq baked beans – these are all staples of barbecue flavors.
HOW TO OBSERVE #NationalBarbecueDay
Visit your favorite bbq restaurant. The best places have a line and sell out early. Or, plan ahead and make your one bbq. It’s also National BBQ Month so, enjoy the month. Supplement your BBQ with these great picnic ideas, too. If you’re just starting to explore barbecuing, check out these 7 Hot BBQ Tips. It’ll be delicious! Use #NationalBBQDay and #NationalBarbecueDay to share on social media.
NATIONAL BARBECUE DAY HISTORY
We were unable to identify the source of National Barbecue Day.
HONOR OUR LGBT ELDERS DAY
Honor Our LGBT Elders Day on May 16th each year recognizes the thousands of people in the LGBT community who have paved the way for access and social acceptance.
The rights and acceptance that LGBTQ individuals have today did not occur in a vacuum or happen by accident. LGBT elders worked hard to gain rights and social acceptance. Although LGBT’s history continues to be written, learning the history help to educate and develop understanding. Many pivotal events created a lasting impact, and the people behind those events deserve recognition.
- 1924 – Henry Gerber establishes the Society for Human rights, the first gay rights group in the United States.
- 1969 – The Stonewall riots begin in New York City.
- 1973 – The American Psychiatric Association removes homosexuality from the official list of mental illnesses. Being gay or lesbian is no longer considered a mental illness.
- 2004 – Massachusetts becomes the first state to legalize same-sex marriage.
These are only a few of the events that made lasting change. The day offers an opportunity to explore more history and people who have brought more equality to the LGBT community. While more work needs to be done, be sure to take time to recognize the LGBT elders who made a difference.
During Honor Out LGBT Elders Day, community centers, faith organizations, educational institutions, and aging service providers recognize the lives of LGBT older adults and honor their contributions to history.
Organize an event giving LGBT elders an opportunity to speak about their experiences. Host a luncheon, tea, or seminar recognizing LGBT elders for their contributions in your community. Create a badge for social media and change your profile letting others know you honor your LBGT elders. Learn about the Stonewall Riots or the history of the National Gay and Lesbian Taskforce.
Discover more about those who came before you and share the history using #HonorOurLGBTEldersDay to post on social media.
HONOR OUR LGBT ELDERS DAY HISTORY
In 2015 Nate Sweeney founded Honor Our LGBT Elders Day to recognize the contributions and leadership of the older members of the LGBT community.
The Registrar at National Day Calendar proclaimed the day to be observed on May 16th, annually.
NATIONAL DO SOMETHING GOOD FOR YOUR NEIGHBOR DAY
National Do Something Good For Your Neighbor Day on May 16th each year encourages individuals and organizations alike to be neighborly to each other.
A neighbor is defined as:
- a person who lives near another.
- a person or thing that is near another.
- one’s fellow human being.
Our neighbor’s our precious, and it is important to show them gratitude at every opportunity. This day is a reminder that we are all neighbors, and that we should treat each other with love and respect.
Celebrate the by displaying acts of kindness to your neighbors, friends and anyone who crosses in your path. It’s simple to do. By being mindful of other’s needs we become more aware of the world around us.
- Help a neighbor bring their garbage bin to the curb on garbage day.
- Offer to weed a flower bed.
- When running errands, ask if there’s anything a neighbor needs.
- Invite them over for a cup of tea or coffee. Visits are always nice!
- Drop a note in the mail just letting them know you’re thinking about them.
Use #DoSomethingGoodForYourNeighborDay on Social Media.
NATIONAL DO SOMETHING GOOD FOR YOUR NEIGHBOR DAY HISTORY
Starr Valentino founded Do Something Good For Your Neighbor day in 2009. Mr. Valentino has worked tirelessly and to date has over 500 proclamations for Do Something Good For Your Neighbor Day from villages, towns, and cities across the USA and Canada. National Day Calendar recognized this achievement in 2018 and added the day to its calendar.
NATIONAL MIMOSA DAY
National Mimosa Day on May 16th celebrates the beverage of brunches! This simple cocktail offers a refreshing toast-worthy drink at celebrations of all kinds. Made with orange juice and sparkling wine, mimosas also add a bright punch of flavor the day after a celebration.
No matter the celebration, mimosas are served up in tall champagne glasses. They turn basic buffets and summer brunches into a festive occasion. You also don’t have to break the bank to make them. Fill the glasses half full with your favorite sparkling wine (it doesn’t have to be expensive champagne) and top it off with chilled orange juice. Garnish with an orange slice, and you’re all set.
Overnight guests will be delighted when you greet them with mimosas and an egg bake you prepared the night before. Or perhaps you’ll heat up the waffle maker. Whatever you serve, the morning will be a hit.
HOW TO OBSERVE #NationalMimosaDay
Mix up a couple of mimosas to go with brunch or a late breakfast. Learn to make them for baby showers, wedding showers, or other special occasions. It’s an excellent day for practicing toasts for those big occasions, too. While you practice, share your toasts by using #NationalMimosaDay on social media.
NATIONAL MIMOSA DAY
Jace Shoemaker Galloway, the Queen of Holidays, created National Mimosa Day.
NATIONAL SEA MONKEY DAY
National Sea Monkey Day on May 16th each year celebrates the tiny brine shrimp that swim around mail-order aquariums. Most of us have memories of waiting for our mail-order shipment of these magical creatures. The delivery usually contained the small “aquarium-like” hatching kit for them to live and grow in.
Sea Monkeys are a type of Artemia (brine shrimp). They got their name because of their monkey-tail look.
Following the popularity of the ant farms, Harold von Braunhut invented the “Sea Monkeys” and hatching kits in 1957. He did most of his advertising through comic books. He once said, “I think I bought something like 3.2 million pages of comic book advertising a year. It worked beautifully.”
These little crustaceans have made their appearances on television shows including Spin City, Roseanne, Night Court, South Park, The Simpsons, It’s Garry Shandling’s Show, and Desperate Housewives.
Sea Monkeys also went into space with astronaut John Glenn on October 29, 1998, aboard Space Shuttle Discovery. They returned to Earth after spending nine days in space and the eggs hatched eight weeks later, apparently unaffected by their travels.
HOW TO OBSERVE #NationalSeaMonkeyDay
Share your experiences with Sea Monkeys. Do you have some swimming around now? Share a photo using #NationalSeaMonkeyDay to post on social media.
NATIONAL SEA MONKEY DAY HISTORY
National Day Calendar continues researching the origins of this pop culture holiday.
NATIONAL COQUILLES SAINT JACQUES DAY
National Coquilles Saint Jacques Day is observed annually on May 16th.
Also known as the Shell of St. James, cooks usually make this seafood scallop dish with a mixture of butter, cream, mushrooms, and cheese.
The scallop shell is a symbol of St. James, one of Jesus’ Twelve Apostles. Many legends surround the scallop shell and the symbolism associated with St. James. One suggests the scallop shell replaced bowls for water and food for pilgrims during their journey to Santiago de Compostela. Some also suggest that St. James used the scalloped shell to beg for food and water during his pilgrimage. In Christianity, the scallop shell also represents the symbol of baptism.
Coquilles Saint Jacques can be made with either bay or sea scallops. White wine, brandy, or cognac are used to cook the scallops. Most recipes call for Gruyere cheese but swiss may be substituted. Different recipes call for a variety of seasonings ranging from cayenne, tarragon, and paprika to curry and parsley. Bringing the entire dish together, it is then baked in the scallop shell. If you don’t have access to scallop shells, individual ramekins work well, too. French cut green beans with almonds and fried onions complement the scallops nicely if it is being served as the main course.
On National Coquilles Saint Jacques Day, consider making this dish at home. If you aren’t that adventurous, visit your seafood favorite restaurant and order it to celebrate. Any scallop lovers will want to celebrate this day to the fullest. We even have a recipe for you to try.
Enjoy this Delicious Coquilles St. Jacques recipe. Use #CoquillesSaintJacquesDay to post on social media.
NATIONAL COQUILLES SAINT JACQUES DAY HISTORY
National Day Calendar continues researching the origins of this seafood holiday.
NATIONAL BIOGRAPHER’S DAY
National Biographer’s Day commemorates the anniversary of the first meeting of Samuel Johnson and his biographer James Boswell in London, England on May 16, 1763, and honors all biographers.
A biography is a written account of another person’s life.
Famous poet, essayist, literary critic, editor, and lexicographer, Johnson was also a biographer. According to Johnson, the best biographers were those who ate, drank, and “lived in social intercourse” with those about whom they wrote. If that were true, his best biography would be An Account of the Life of Mr. Richard Savage, Son of the Earl Rivers which was published in 1744.
Applying this same rule, Scots-born James Boswell met his friend Samuel Johnson at a bookshop near Covent Garden. Nearly 30 years later he publishes The Life of Johnson, which becomes the most celebrated English biography.
On National Biographer’s Day, read the biography of someone who influenced your life. Was it a poet, engineer, business person, author, or politician? Have you read an interesting biography? Maybe you’re a biographer. Who is your current subject? Share the title and the name of the biographer using #NationalBiographersDay to post on social media.
NATIONAL BIOGRAPHER’S DAY HISTORY
National Day Calendar continues to research the origins of this story-telling holiday.
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!
Outdoor play offers the obvious benefit of physical activity, helping to build strong muscles and bones. It also engages the child’s imagination, which contributes to developing creativity as well as self-confidence. But, a child’s work doesn’t stop there. Playing with others includes games, focus, and attention. As a result, playing teaches leadership and negotiation skills. The more children play, the healthier, smarter, and happier they are.
Include all these benefits with the celebration, and the value of play is increased exponentially because the whole family is involved.
Find the closest playground, and take your parents to work. Use #TakeYourParentsToThePlaygroundDay to share on social media.
NATIONAL TAKE YOUR PARENTS TO THE PLAYGROUND DAY HISTORY
PDPlay first founded Take Your Parents to the Playground Day on April 4, 2009, to motivate children to get outdoors and take their parents to their workplace. Take Your Parents to the Playground Day follows Children & Nature Awareness Month, an event established by the Children & Nature Network (C&NN) to call attention to the importance of providing opportunities for all children to experience frequent, regular play in natural outdoor settings. National Take Your Parents to the Playground Day offers an excellent opportunity to continue the initiative’s message with families throughout the year.
NATIONAL PIERCING DAY
National Piercing Day on May 16th Day promotes piercing as well as its history and culture. While body piercing has had a popular resurgence in recent years, its history dates back to biblical times.
Piercing the lobe of the ear is thought to be the oldest form of body piercing. However, it is by no means the only form of ancient body piercing art. Not only is it considered an artistic expression but in many cultures, piercing holds great meaning in religious ceremonies. The practice of body piercing also has shown to be an effective medical treatment for some ailments, such as migraines.
Some facial piercings include:
- eyebrow – vertical and horizontal
- bridge of nose
- anti eyebrow or teardrop
- nose – septum and
Body piercing also extends to other parts of the body. From head to toe, humans have been adding jewelry and other decorations by puncturing their skin. They add chains and other ornamentation as well. The procedures are often painful, though temporarily. With proper care, the wounds heal without infection.
Explore the world of piercing. Share your experiences with body piercing. Some salons offer discounts during this celebration. Don’t forget to give a shout out to your favorite salon.You can even consider getting a new piercing. Use. #NationalPiercingDay to post on social media.
NATIONAL PIERCING DAY HISTORY
National Day Calendar continues researching the origins of this body art holiday.
Following the Civil War, the 39th Congress passes legislation creating a five-cent coin. The legislation also took a step to rectify and make illegal a previously issued five-cent note (paper money) known as fractional currency. When Congress authorized a third printing of the note, it intended to honor Meriwether Clark with his image on the note. However, the legislation only mentioned the explorer’s last name. When Secretary of Treasury Spencer M. Clark received the authority to start designing the five-cent notes, the secretary placed his own image at the center of the fractional bill. The bill created the first five-cent coin while also making the previous five-cent notes illegal and eliminating Spencer Clark’s legal image.
The five-cent coin, made of nickel and copper, became known as the nickel.
The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences held the first Academy Awards ceremony at the Hollywood Roosevelt Hotel in Los Angeles, California. The event honored two years’ worth of films and performances from 1927 and 1928.
U.S. Surgeon General C. Everett Koop released his report declaring the nicotine in tobacco to be addictive similar to heroin and cocaine.
Recipe of the Day
Delicious Filet Mignon
Prep: 15 minutes
Cook: 6 TO 12 minutes
Total Prep: 30 minutes
Servings: 6 servings
6 – 1/2 pound slices Filet Mignon, cut around 1 1/2 inches thick.
Salt and pepper
1 clove fresh garlic – sliced
6 tablespoons – butter
1 1/2 tablespoons olive oil
Rub both sides of each Filet with salt and pepper. Heat the oil, butter and garlic in a saute pan. Once the butter has melted, add the beef. For rare Fillets, sear each side around 3 minutes. Or, cook additional time for other preferred taste. Serve on a warm platter with garnish of choice.
Elizabeth Palmer Peabody – 1804
In 1860, Elizabeth Palmer Peabody opened the first English-language kindergarten in the United States. At the time, education for children younger than 6 years old was uncommon.
H.H. Holmes – 1896
Considered America’s first serial killer before the term was even coined, H.H. Holmes confessed to 27 murders, though some estimate his total number of victims may be much higher. Born Herman Webster Mudgett, Holmes terrorized Chicago during the 1893 Chicago World’s Fair.
Henry Fonda – 1905
An actor of both stage and screen, Henry Fonda earned critical acclaim for roles in The Grapes of Wrath and an Academy Award for On Golden Pond.
Liberace – 1919
Born Wladziu Valentino Liberace, the American pianist rose to prominence in 1951 when his self-named program The Liberace Show premiered.
Janet Jackson – 1966
The American singer, songwriter and performer won her first Grammy in 1989 for her Rhythm Nation 1814 video. That year she was also nominated for Best R&B vocal performance, Best Instrumental Arrangement Accompanying Vocals and Producer of the Year.
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