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May 19, 2021 - NATIONAL MAY RAY DAY – NATIONAL DEVIL’S FOOD CAKE DAY – NATIONAL JUICE SLUSH DAY – EMERGENCY MEDICAL SERVICES FOR CHILDREN DAY

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MAY 19, 2021 | NATIONAL MAY RAY DAY | NATIONAL DEVIL’S FOOD CAKE DAY | NATIONAL JUICE SLUSH DAY | EMERGENCY MEDICAL SERVICES FOR CHILDREN DAY

NATIONAL MAY RAY DAY – May 19

NATIONAL MAY RAY DAY

On May 19th, if your name is Ray (or Rae) give everyone permission to call you…well…Ray. It is National May Ray Day.

The idea is, everyone may call you Ray on this day instead of “Hey you!” Or maybe Rays sometimes get called “Sweetheart” or not so nice things. The holiday is all about getting out into the sunshine and saying, “You can call me Ray.”

There are many ways to enjoy the outdoors and the warmer days as summer approaches.  Whether your place under the sun is at the park, a rooftop or your own back yard find a way to enjoy the nicer weather.  If mother nature isn’t cooperating, there are several days in May remaining. National May Ray Day can be used to plan a day outside.

HOW TO OBSERVE #NationalMayRayDay

Find a spot under the sun, soak up some warmth, and be sure to say, “Hi Ray!” Use #NationalMayRayDay to post on social media. You can also download and print this May Ray Day color page.

NATIONAL MAY RAY DAY HISTORY

The Broadway Fun Spot (a nickname for a residence on Broadway) of St. Joseph, Michigan founded this celebration in 1977. Richard Ankli, also the creator of You’re Welcomegiving Day in November, came up with the idea in honor of his brother Ray who was born on May 19th.

NATIONAL DEVIL’S FOOD CAKE DAY – May 19

NATIONAL DEVIL’S FOOD CAKE DAY

Observed annually on May 19th, National Devil’s Food Cake Day is enjoyed by chocolate cake lovers throughout the country and around the world.

Devil’s Food Cake is a heavenly chocolate cake. It differs from a regular chocolate cake by its darker color and tends to be more moist and airy. Devil’s Food cake recipes use hot or boiling water as the primary liquid. Cocoa is typically utilized in the batter, as opposed to chocolate, and coffee can be added for a distinctive flavor. A delicious chocolate frosting usually accompanies the cake.

Recipes for Devil’s Food cakes often appeared alongside recipes for Angel Food cakes. One of the earliest recipes appeared in the August 10, 1898, edition of the Hagerstown Exponent of Hagerstown, Indiana. While earlier chocolate cake recipes existed before this one, Devil’s Food Cake is uniquely different from other chocolate cakes.

HOW TO OBSERVE #DevilsFoodCakeDay

Mix up this irresistible Devil’s Food Cake I recipe. If you have a recipe you love, be sure to bake it up to celebrate! Use #DevilsFoodCakeDay to post on social media.

NATIONAL DEVIL’S FOOD CAKE DAY HISTORY

National Day Calendar continues researching the origins of this dessert holiday. While we do, check out these other cake celebrations:

  • Ice Cream Cake Day
  • Devil Dog Day
  • Kouign Amann Day
  • Lemon Cupcake Day
  • Cake Day
  • Chocolate Cake Day
  • Angel Food Cake Day

    NATIONAL JUICE SLUSH DAY – Third Wednesday in May

    NATIONAL JUICE SLUSH DAY

    On the third Wednesday of every May, National Juice Slush Day celebrates the icy delight that has come to be known as frozen juice slush.

    Royal courts from ages past used to bring down freshly fallen snow from mountain tops and spread crushed berries and mashed fruit on top. Little has changed. Billions of servings later the refreshing taste of icy fruit slush still thrills all ages.

    The world spins faster now. There just isn’t enough time to do everything that needs to be done. National Juice Slush Day dials back the pace and brings us to a more relaxed place. No Rush…Go Slush!

    HOW TO OBSERVE #NationalJuiceSlushDay

    Celebrate by dancing in the sunshine like nobody’s watching. Sip on delicious juice slush and fire up some inspiration for that great American novel. Run, jump, or climb for the joy of it. Sing up to the stars between refreshing tastes or just chill poolside. Share your favorite flavors and stories by using #NationalJuiceSlushDay on social media.

    Cool Tropics National Juice Slush Day

    Cool Tropics 25thNATIONAL JUICE SLUSH DAY HISTORY

    Cool Tropics founded National Juice Slush Day to celebrate the curiosity, creative energy, and joy of youth. For 25 years Cool Tropics has specialized in fun, nutritious, and innovative snacks/beverages. Beginning as an equipment company marketing frozen slush, Cool Tropics changed course in 2008 to put a healthy twist on an old favorite. The result: an easy to serve100% Juice Slush pouch (no equipment required). K-12 was the ideal customer for the color, fun, and excitement of these nutritious new offerings. A perfect fit for menus, field trips, and special events. Smart Snack approved with natural colors and flavors. No sugar added. Branded partnerships with Welch’s and TGIF make Cool Tropics products a trusted family favorite. Find out how to join the fun at www.cool-tropics.com.

    The Registrar at National Day Calendar proclaimed the day to be observed annually on the third Wednesday of each May beginning May 16th, 2018.

    EMERGENCY MEDICAL SERVICES FOR CHILDREN DAY – Wednesday of EMS Week

    EMERGENCY MEDICAL SERVICES FOR CHILDREN DAY

    The Federal EMSC Program partners each year with the American College of Emergency Physicians to honor Emergency Medical Services (EMS) Week.  As part of the week, Emergency Medical Services for Children Day (also known as EMSC Day) is celebrated on Wednesday. EMS providers respond to the needs of millions of Americans every year.

    Across the country, hundreds of activities take place on EMS for Children Day and throughout the week.  On EMS for Children Day, communities and medical personnel are encouraged to focus their EMS Week activities on raising public awareness about the need for specialized emergency care for children.

    The day raises awareness of the need for improved and expanded 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. 

    HOW TO OBSERVE #EMSForChildrenDay

    Support EMS personnel and first responders in bringing quality EMS services to children no matter the setting they are in.

    • EMS personnel attend webinars and review fact sheets and fliers
    • Review the latest information and resources regarding the specialized needs of children
    • Advocate for federal action and contact your Congress members regarding support of the EMSC program

    Use #EMSForChildrenDay to post on social media.

    NATIONAL EMERGENCY MEDICAL SERVICES FOR CHILDREN DAY HISTORY

    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.


On Deck for May 20, 2021

National Days

International Days

May 19th Celebrated (and Not So Celebrated) History
1884

The Ringling Brothers stage their first circus.

1910

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.

1928

Calaveras County, California hosts their first Frog Jumping Jubilee.

1962

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

Recipe of the Day

Strawberry Shortcake
Prep: 15 minutes
Cook: 25 minutes
Total Prep: 40 minutes
Serves 8-9

Ingredients:

6 cups fresh strawberries, sliced
1/2 cup sugar + 3 tablespoons
3 cups all purpose flour
1 1/2 tablespoon baking powder
3/4 teaspoon salt
3/4 cup unsalted butter, cubed
1 cup milk
1/4 cup heavy cream
1 1/2 teaspoons vanilla
16 ounces whipped cream

Instructions:

Placed sliced strawberries in a bowl with 1/2 cup of sugar.

In a large bowl, mix flour, sugar, baking powder, and salt. Cut in the butter until dough forms small pea-sized pieces. Add milk, cream, and vanilla. Stir until just blended.

Heat oven to 425°F. Drop large spoonfuls of dough onto a baking sheet about 2 inches apart. Bake for 18 to 20 minutes until the shortcakes are golden brown.

Let cool slightly. Place each shortcake onto a serving plate. Slice the top off of each shortcake, dividing the cake in half. Place spoonfuls of strawberries on the bottom layer and top with whipped cream. Add the second layer of shortcake and top with remaining strawberries. Add a final dollop of whipped cream and serve.

May 19th Celebrated (and Not So 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 the 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.

Loraine 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.

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