NATIONAL LEMONADE DAY
National Lemonade Day on the first Sunday in May encourages the entrepreneurial spirit in young people all across the country.
Not only is the celebration a time to enjoy a refreshing glass of lemonade, but more importantly, it is a day to give youth an opportunity to experience the taste of success.
Through LemonadeDay.org, millions of kids around the nation learn what it takes to run a business in a fun and constructive way.
The days leading up to Lemonade Day are full of preparation by small but budding entrepreneurs. They attend workshops, check their stock, and scout out their locations. On Lemonade Day, they will be ready to set up shop and sell the freshest, coolest lemonade their side of the block!
What better way for kids to learn about running a small business than by starting one? For ages, children have set up small stands on the sidewalk. But now, we need to take them seriously. Cash in hand, consumers, come to the counter, and get your lemonade by the glassful.
Businesses face challenges, too. If they’re given lemons, well they make a different sort of lemonade. Check out our Mom and Pop Day activity to help inspire your budding entrepreneurs. Use the ledger to create other business scenarios around your home. You can also find more ideas at www.lemonadeday.org. Frequent your favorite lemonade stand and use #NationalLemonadeDay to post on social media.
NATIONAL LEMONADE DAY HISTORY
Michael Holthouse founded National Lemonade Day in 2007 in his hometown of Houston, Texas to allow youth to sample running small businesses – like a lemonade stand. Today he and LemonadeDay.org are partnered with Google to continue to bring the entrepreneurial spirit to the youth of America.
NATIONAL TRUFFLE DAY
On May 2nd, National Truffle Day serves up a deliciously sweet treat and places the chocolate truffle in the spotlight.
Traditionally, chocolatiers make this sweet confection with a chocolate ganache center coated in chocolate, icing, cocoa powder, chopped nuts, or coconut. They may fill the truffle with other yummy surprises. For example, some candy makers include cream, melted chocolate, caramel, nuts, fruit, nougat, fudge, toffee, mint, marshmallow, or liqueur.
N. Petruccelli of Chambery, France is believed to be the inventor of the chocolate truffle in December 1895. Truffles became much more prevalent in 1902 when the Prestat Chocolate Shop opened in London. Prestat still sells “Napoleon III” truffles made to the original recipe.
This indulgent holiday gives you permission to sample and taste. It’s also an excellent day to give a truffle gift. Even a small box for four truffles create a wow factor! Is there someone you need to thank? Stop by your favorite chocolate shop and wrap up a box or two. Don’t forget, Mother’s Day is coming! Moms and mothers-in-law love truffles, too.
You can also celebrate the day by making truffles. We even have a few recipes for you to try! While you’re at it, be sure to share some with friends and neighbors. Do you have a favorite truffle combination?
Use #NationalTruffleDay to post on social media.
NATIONAL TRUFFLE DAY HISTORY
National Day Calendar continues to research the origins of this indulgently sweet holiday.
NATIONAL LIFE INSURANCE DAY
National Life Insurance Day each year on May 2nd marks the anniversary of the first day that life insurance became available in the United States. The observance also brings awareness of the benefits of life insurance.
The sale of life insurance in the U.S. began in the late 1760s. The Presbyterian Synods in Philadelphia and New York City created the Corporation for Relief of Poor and Distressed Widows and Children of Presbyterian Ministers in 1759.
On May 2, 1759, the charter recorded for the Corporation for Relief of Poor and Distressed Widows and Children of Presbyterian Ministers. Episcopalian priests created a comparable relief fund in 1769. Between 1787 and 1837, more than two dozen life insurance companies were started, but fewer than half a dozen survived.
Life insurance can do some pretty amazing things for people. It can buy loved one’s time to grieve. It can also pay off debts and loans, providing surviving family members with the chance to move on with a clean slate. Life insurance allows families to remain in their homes and pre-fund a child’s college education. When families own a business, life insurance will enable them to keep the business in the event of an untimely death. It also provides a stream of income for a family to live on for a period of time.
Learn more about the different types of life insurance policies available today. Educate yourself and your family to determine your needs. If you have a life insurance policy, needs change as we age, and our children grow older and more independent. Use #LifeInsuranceDay to post on social media.
NATIONAL LIFE INSURANCE DAY HISTORY
In 2014, Liran Hirschkorn, an Independent Insurance Agent at Best Life Quote, submitted National Life Insurance Day to commemorate the anniversary of life insurance becoming available in the United States.
The Registrar at National Day Calendar proclaimed the day to be observed on May 2nd, annually.
NATIONAL INFERTILITY SURVIVAL DAY
Each year on Sunday before Mother’s Day, National Infertility Survival Day remembers those struggling with infertility.
This day was intentionally placed before Mother’s Day to finally put those coping with infertility first in the order of things. Many keep their struggle private. However, others choose to bring the issue out in the open and share it with family and friends. The day encourages individuals and couples coping with infertility to share, bond, band together, and celebrate the significant triumphs and small daily efforts.
When celebrations that include parenthood creep up, those struggling with infertility find it to be an especially difficult time. While their grief in no way intends to deny their continued hope or any celebration of parenthood, only those who’ve faced the pain of infertility truly understand the loss that often comes with it.
If you know someone who is struggling with infertility, be sensitive to their needs on this day and around Mother’s Day and Father’s Day. Refrain from asking couples when they are going to have children. It’s a private experience. And sometimes, the process can be personally, emotionally, and physically painful. Sharing the experience with even close family and friends can be difficult.
However, if a friend or family member brings up their experience, listen. Sometimes sharing their fears or being able to unburden their sadness and grief to a friendly face helps.
Use #InfertilitySurvivalDay to post on social media.
NATIONAL INFERTILITY SURVIVAL DAY HISTORY
Beverly Barna founded National Infertility Survival Day in 2004. She conceived the day as a way to give those struggling with infertility their own special day. Barna is also the author of Infertility Sucks! (Keeping It All Together When Sperm and Egg Remain Stubbornly Apart.)
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The popular periodical Good Housekeeping makes its publishing debut. Its full title was Good Housekeeping Conducted in the Interests of the Higher Life of the Household. (You think some of today’s books have long titles!) For the price of $2.50, the advice and scholarly information of Good Housekeeping experts were delivered to households across the country every two weeks. The magazine later changed to a monthly publication.
Albert Von Tilzer and Jack Norworth register a copyright for “Take Me Out to the Ball Game,” a catchy tune that continues to be a tradition during summer baseball games.
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After nearly 5 years, construction on Boulder Dam is complete. Twelve years later it was renamed Hoover Dam in honor of Herbert Hoover, the nation’s 31st president and the secretary of commerce who helped make the project possible.
Recipe of the Day
Basic Truffle Recipe
Prep: 1 hour
Total Prep: 1 hour
1 8 ounce package cream cheese, softened
3 cups confectioners’ sugar, sifted
3 cups semisweet chocolate chips, melted
1 1/2 teaspoons vanilla (may substitute orange, almond, maple, or coffee liqueur)
various toppings (chopped nuts, shredded coconut, sprinkles, cocoa, shaved chocolate)
Beat cream cheese in a large bowl until smooth.
Add the confectioner’s sugar one cup at a time until well blended.
Stir in chocolate and vanilla until well incorporated.
(If using a liqueur flavoring, divide the mixture into thirds and add 1 tablespoon of the preferred liqueur to each prepared mixture.)
Chill for 1 hour.
Shape into 1 inch balls. Roll in your favorite toppings.
Mary Bowersock Mendenhall – 1813
Born in Adams County, Pennsylvania, Mariah Mendenhall delivered 980 babies in Northern Indiana and never lost a mother in her care. She nursed the people in her communities for more than 40 years. Mendenhall lived a long 98 years and was an asset to those to whom she provided her care.
Elijah McCoy – 1844
The prolific inventor patented more than 50 of his inventions during his lifetime. Born in Canada, McCoy focused his efforts on lubricants for steam engines. His life is the focus of Andrew Moodie’s play “The Real McCoy” which illustrates how the son of runaway slaves develops a product that no knockoff could replace.
Nannie Helen Boroughs – 1879
An early African American suffragist, Boroughs also believed in the power of education. In 1909, she helped the National Baptist Convention to open the National Training School for Women and Girls.
Dr. Benjamin Spock – 1903
The American pediatrician wrote the indispensable book of the Baby Boom era. The best-selling Baby and Child Care helped raise generations of children, many of whom are great-grandparents today.
Gray Baker – 1925
Known for his UFO investigations, Gray Barker published the Mothman mystery The Silver Bridge. Barker is best known for his book The Men in Black: The Secret Terror Among Us.
Engelbert Humperdinck – 1936
Another unforgettable singer, (and it’s not just because of his name) Humperdinck’s ballads have been touching hearts for generations.
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