NATIONAL PACK RAT DAY
Each year on May 17th, National Pack Rat Day encourages us to take a look at ourselves and see if we have “Pack Rat” tendencies within us. A Pack Rat holds on to, collects or hoards often unneeded items.
According to Meriam Webster, the phrase pack rat dates back to 1885 and references a wood rat known for hoarding food and random objects. Today, the phrase is loosely used to describe people who do the same.
Many people even describe themselves as pack rats because they keep things they may need in the future, such as tools, boxes, and clothing. Have you ever cleaned out a closest and critically examined every item, tossing and donating things so that you had a clean space? Then days or weeks later discovered you needed one specific item you donated or tossed. It may be a document or container, but it never fails to happen. In the age of recycling, reusing, and repurposing, pack rats consider every item before they toss and donate.
The observance is an opportunity for the pack rat in all of us to examine our collecting tendencies. Do we really need t-shirts from 1975? When was the last time you used that L wrench that came with the pre-fabricated entertainment center you no longer own? Of course, the moment you sort through those toys and donate them, your only child will announce you’re going to be grandparents. You didn’t hold on to those pack rat tendencies long enough.
HOW TO OBSERVE #NationalPackRatDay
Take a look around and maybe start cleaning out unwanted and unneeded items. If you need to, call a friend to come and help you get started. Share what you think makes you a pack rat. What do you save or collect? Use #NationalPackRatDay to post on social media.
NATIONAL PACK RAT DAY HISTORY
National Day Calendar continues researching the origins of this cleanup holiday.
NATIONAL CHERRY COBBLER DAY
May 17th each year dedicates the celebration of National Cherry Cobbler Day to the delicious tart dessert that many enjoy with ice cream.
In the United States, cobbler refers to a variety of dishes consisting of a fruit filling (cherry being a popular choice ) covered with a batter, biscuit, or pie crust that is then baked. Some cobblers have both a top and bottom crust.
Cobblers originated in the early British American colonies. Due to the lack of suitable ingredients and proper cooking equipment, English settlers were unable to make their traditional suet puddings. They improvised by covering a stewed filling with a layer of uncooked biscuits or dumplings.
A cherry cobbler differs from a crisp as a cobbler lacks oatmeal. Sometimes the cobbler is topped with a scoop of vanilla ice cream, too!
Cherries also offer a bounty of nutrients. For example, the antioxidants in this red fruit protect cells from damage. Because cherries pack an anti-inflammatory punch, they may help reduce the risk of heart disease, too.
HOW TO OBSERVE #CherryCobblerDay
Bake up a delicious cherry cobbler. Make your favorite recipe or Enjoy this Cherry Cobbler recipe! Use #CherryCobblerDay to post on social media.
NATIONAL CHERRY COBBLER DAY HISTORY
National Day Calendar continues researching the origins of this dessert holiday.
NATIONAL GRADUATION TASSEL DAY
Across the country, May 17th marks the annual parade of academic achievement and National Graduation Tassel Day. The day celebrates the accomplishments of every graduate!
Each year, auditoriums and stadiums fill with proud family and friends excited to witness the commencement ceremonies of high schools, colleges, and universities. Tassels dangle from the mortarboards in the colors of their esteemed institutions. With each gown crisply pressed, graduates and families prepare for the big day.
Graduates, as your day arrives, square your shoulders, eyes steady on the future. Pause to consider all your challenges in realizing this moment. When the principal or dean reads your name and your diploma is in hand, move your tassel.
High school and undergraduate students start with their tassels on the right and move their tassels to the left upon graduation. For those earning graduate degrees and higher, the tassel starts on the left and moves to the right upon completion of their higher-level degrees. These traditions of moving the tassel have only recently gained popularity in the last 50 years.
HOW TO OBSERVE #GraduationTasselDay
Congratulations to everyone moving their tassel and graduating! Celebrate your graduates and their accomplishments. Share memories of the years leading up to your big day, too. Post a photo of your graduates with their tassels using #GraduationTasselDay.
Share your photo with Tassel Depot:
Tassel Depot founded National Graduation Tassel Day on May 17th to celebrate the keepsake that marks one of the milestone achievements of our lives.
The Registrar at National Day Calendar proclaimed celebration to be observed annually in 2018.
About Tassel Depot
The company that produces “Tassels without Hassles®” was established in 1864 as Hofmann & Leavy, Inc. The Tassel Depot has been owned and operated by the Leavy family for more than three generations, and their products can be found all over the world.
NATIONAL WALNUT DAY
Each year May 17th recognizes the holiday squirrels go a little nutty over, National Walnut Day.
Rounded, single-seeded stone fruits of the walnut tree, walnuts are a high-density source of nutrients, particularly proteins and essential fatty acids. Like other tree nuts, walnuts must be processed and stored properly.
Grown for their seeds, the Persian or English Walnut and the Black Walnut are the two most common major species of walnuts.
- English Walnut
– originated in Persia
– commercially produced
- Black Walnut
– native to eastern North America
– high flavor
– hard shell and poor hulling characteristics prevent its commercial growth for nut production.
The husk of the walnut is peeled away from the shell at harvest. It contains juice that will readily stain anything it comes in contact with. The husk juice has been used as a cloth dye.
The United States exports more walnuts than any other country. Ninety-nine percent of the nation’s commercial English walnuts are produced in the Sacramento and San Joaquin valleys of California.
Baking and Cooking
Bakers use walnuts for a variety of reasons. Walnuts add crunch and flavor to baked goods such as pies, breads, and cakes. Keep walnuts on hand to add to muffin, pancake and waffle mixes, too. But baked goods aren’t the only recipes in the kitchen where walnuts come in handy. They also get added to soups and other savory dishes. Walnuts complement fresh vegetables and salads, fruits, and more. Finely chopped walnuts create excellent crusts for fish, chicken, and pork. Don’t hesitate to explore recipes when walnuts are in season.
HOW TO OBSERVE #NationalWalnutDay
Enjoy one of the following walnut recipes:
Use #NationalWalnutDay to post on social media.
NATIONAL WALNUT DAY HISTORY
In June of 1949, the Walnut Marketing Board created the first National Walnut Day to promote the consumption of walnuts. Then on March 3, 1958, a Senate Resolution introduced by William F. Knowland brought an official declaration from President D. Eisenhower making National Walnut Day on May 17, 1958.
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!
NATIONAL IDAHO DAY
On May 17th, National Idaho Day recognizes the 43rd state to join the union.
A wave of settlement made its way into The Gem State following in the footsteps of the Corps of Discovery. Miners, traders, and missionaries made their way West into the territory of the Nez Perce, Shoshone, and Bannock peoples. On July 3, 1890, the state became the 43rd state of the United States.
The state is dominated by the Rocky Mountains range. Snake River winds its way through the rugged western border of the state carving the deepest river gorge in North America. Hells Canyon National Recreation Area provides spectacular views of the dramatic landscapes the Snake River took thousands of years to sculpt.
Idaho doesn’t lack scenery. Take any byway, and the next turn will reveal a whole new vista to observe. For example, Craters of the Moon National Monument & Preserve will seem to erupt before your eyes. This vast lava field formed from ancient volcanic activity.
While exploring Idaho, don’t forget to investigate Hagerman’s Fossil Beds. Excavations of these well-preserved fossils have fascinated paleontologists for generations. If there is an equine interest, be sure to study the Hagerman Horse, too!
Beyond the fossils, entire cityscapes of stone appear. The City of Rocks encountered by native peoples, pioneers, and modern-day adventurers became a kind of waystation or landmark for those who were westward bound.
Inventors seem to like Idaho. Beyond the list of patents for improvements to printing presses and railroad technology, Idaho is the home of the television. Philo Farnsworth invented the necessary technology that brought the small screen to the mass market.
HOW TO OBSERVE #NationalIdahoDay
Join National Day Calendar as we explore the byways of The Gem State. Discover the history and people of Idaho. Get inventive and find all the hidden treasures! Use #NationalIdahoDay to share on social media.
Churchill Downs holds the first Kentucky Derby. Aristides ridden by Oliver Lewis, wins the race in 2 minutes, 37 seconds, 3/4.
The Holland VI is launched at the Navy’s Lt. Lewis Nixon’s Crescent Shipyard in Elizabeth, New Jersey. It became the Navy’s first commissioned submarine in 1900 and renamed the USS Holland. Irish-American inventor John Philip Holland designed the submarine in 1896.
The Supreme Court unanimously rules on the landmark case Brown v. Board of Education of Topeka determining that racial segregation in public schools is unconstitutional.
The comedy duo Stan Laurel and Ollie Hardy came to an abrupt stop when Hardy suffered a heart attack. The two never performed together again.
Massachusetts becomes the first state to legalize same-sex marriage.
Recipe of the Day
Name: Cheese Monkey
Prep: 15 minutes
1 cup milk, evaporated milk or light cream
1 cup dry bread crumbs
1 cup grated Cheddar
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/8 teaspoon dry mustard
1/4 teaspoon paprika
1/2 teaspoon Worcestershire sauce
1 egg, slightly beaten
Crisp toast or crackers
1/4 cup diced tomatoes
In a double boiler, melt cheese together with the milk and bread crumbs.
Once melted, stir in the spices and Worcestershire sauce.
Add the slightly beaten egg and stir well. Cook about one minute, stirring continuously.
Pour immediately over toast or crackers. Garnish with diced tomatoes. Serve hot.
Cool Papa Bell – 1903
Considered to be one of the fasted baseball players who ever lived, Cool Papa Bell played centerfield in the Negro League from 1928-1945. He was elected to the National Baseball Hall of Fame in 1974.
Dennis Hopper – 1936
The American actor and filmmaker is known for directing the film Easy Rider and his performances in films such as Apocalypse Now, Blue Velvet, and Hoosiers.
Sugar Ray Leonard – 1956
The 1976 Olympic gold medalist, Sugar Ray Leonard, turned to professional boxing the following year. In 1987 he defeated “Marvelous” Marvin Hagler for the middleweight title. He was inducted into the Boxing Hall of Fame in 1997 after his retirement.
Mia Hamm – 1972
Mia Ham played professional soccer for 17 years winning two World Championships and two Olympic gold medals.
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