NATIONAL TRUFFLE DAY
On May 2nd, National Truffle Day serves up a deliciously sweet treat and places the chocolate truffle in the spotlight. Read more…
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. Read more…
Melanoma Monday on the first Monday in May is an awareness campaign during National Melanoma Month. The American Academy of Dermatology has set aside this day to raise awareness about skin cancer. Read more…
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- National Garden Meditation Day
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- National Two Different Colored Shoes Day
- National Foster Care Day – First Tuesday in May
- National Teacher Appreciation Day – Tuesday of the First Full Week in May
Recipe of the Day
Italian Noodle Soup
Prep time: 10 minutes
Cook time: 35 minutes
Total: 45 minutes
1 tablespoon olive oil
2 cloves garlic, minced
1/2 onion, diced
2 cups button mushrooms, sliced
2 cups vegetable broth
2 14.5-ounce cans diced tomatoes (do not drain)
1 8-ounce can tomato sauce
1 teaspoon crushed rosemary
1 teaspoon oregano
1 teaspoon basil
4 cups cooked rotini pasta
fresh basil for garnish
In a large pot or Dutch oven, heat olive oil over medium-high heat. Add garlic, onions, and mushrooms. Cook until onions and mushrooms are tender. Add broth, tomatoes, sauce, and seasonings. Bring to a boil and then reduce heat. Allow to simmer for 30 minutes. Add cooked noodles. Serve with sour cream and basil for garnish.
May 2nd Celebrated (and Not So Celebrated) History
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.
The Negro National League debuted with a doubleheader in Indianapolis, Indiana between C.I. Taylor’s Indianapolis ABCs and the Chicago Giants. Taking place at Washington Park, the game hosted 6,000 fans. The home team didn’t disappoint, delivering two wins 4-2 and 11-4.
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.
At just before 3 AM EST, the space capsule Resilience returned to Earth with four astronauts on board. Resilience splashed down in the Gulf of Mexico near Panama City, Florida. It was the first nighttime splashdown with astronauts since the 1968 splashdown of Apollo 8 astronauts Bill Anders, Frank Borman, and Jim Lovell. The NASA mission led by SpaceX began in November 2020 to take crew members to and from the International Space Station.
May 2nd Celebrated (and Not So Celebrated) Birthdays
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 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 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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