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May 21, 2021 - NATIONAL PIZZA PARTY DAY – NATIONAL ENDANGERED SPECIES DAY – NATIONAL BIKE TO WORK DAY – NATIONAL STRAWBERRIES AND CREAM DAY – NATIONAL MEMO DAY – NATIONAL WAITSTAFF DAY – NATIONAL AMERICAN RED CROSS FOUNDER’S DAY – NASCAR DAY – NATIONAL DEFENSE TRANSPORTATION DAY

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MAY 21, 2021 | NATIONAL PIZZA PARTY DAY | NATIONAL ENDANGERED SPECIES DAY | NATIONAL BIKE TO WORK DAY | NATIONAL STRAWBERRIES AND CREAM DAY | NATIONAL MEMO DAY | NATIONAL WAITSTAFF DAY | NATIONAL AMERICAN RED CROSS FOUNDER’S DAY | NASCAR DAY | NATIONAL DEFENSE TRANSPORTATION DAY

NATIONAL PIZZA PARTY DAY – Third Friday in May

NATIONAL PIZZA PARTY DAY

Each year on the third Friday in May, millions of pizza lovers across the nation join in extolling the qualities of pizza on National Pizza Party Day.

Since pizza is one of America’s favorite foods, it comes as no surprise we would celebrate a day that features a pizza party. Pizza parties bring friends together. They’re also an excellent way to reward a team or group for a job well done. Birthdays and some minor achievements are also celebrated with pizza parties, too. Although, just about any excuse can be used for a good pizza party.

  • In ancient Greece, the Greeks covered their bread with oils, herbs, and cheese, which some attribute to the beginning of the pizza.
  • In Byzantine Greek, the word was spelled “πίτα,” pita, meaning pie.
  • The Romans developed a pastry with a sheet of dough topped with cheese and honey, then flavored with bay leaves.
  • Our modern pizza had its beginning in Italy as the Neapolitan flatbread.
  • The original pizza used only mozzarella cheese, mainly the highest quality buffalo mozzarella variant. It was produced in the surroundings of Naples.
  • An estimated 2 billion pounds of pizza cheese was produced in the United States in 1997.
  • The first United States pizza establishment opened in New York’s Little Italy in 1905.
  • The largest pizza ever made, according to Guinness World Records, weighed 26,883 pounds. It was made in Norwood, South Africa, on December 8, 1990.
  • As far as pizza eating contests go, the winner goes to Kelvin Medina, who ate a 12-inch pizza in 23.62 seconds on April 12, 2015.
HOW TO OBSERVE #NationalPizzaPartyDay

Come up with a reason for a pizza party and start ordering! We’ll give you a few ideas:

  • It’s someone’s half birthday.
  • Your car hit 84,324 miles.
  • Your best friend found out he likes raisins.
  • A bee flew by, and you didn’t gasp.
  • The sun came out.
  • Someone correctly used the word “literally” in a sentence.
  • You woke up.
  • 10 days without road rage.
  • You went to the beach and your toddler didn’t eat sand.
  • In a conversation with Snoop, he wasn’t a smarty pants.
  • You have a conversation with Amy where she doesn’t cuss like a trucker.
  • You write a sentence that Michele doesn’t correct the grammar.
  • Laura asks, “Did someone say Nacho Pizza?”

Celebrate by inviting friends and family to share a night of fun at your favorite pizzeria.  Another way to celebrate is with a homemade pizza with fresh toppings or by having one delivered. Make individual pizzas so everyone can enjoy their favorite pizza. Order gift cards for future pizza parties to support local businesses.

Share photos of your pizza party on your favorite social media and include #PizzaPartyDay.

Educators and families, visit the National Day Calendar Classroom for projects and ideas to #CelebrateEveryDay!

NATIONAL PIZZA PARTY DAY HISTORY

Our research has not determined the origins of National Pizza Party Day.

NATIONAL ENDANGERED SPECIES DAY – Third Friday in May

NATIONAL ENDANGERED SPECIES DAY

Each year on the third Friday in May, National Endangered Species Day offers an opportunity for everyone to learn about the importance of protecting endangered species. The observance also encourages learning about wildlife habitats and the actions necessary to protect them. Every year you can participate along with thousands of others at events hosted by wildlife refuges, zoos, parks, community centers, aquariums, botanical gardens, libraries, and schools.

The 40th anniversary of the Federal Endangered Species Act was observed in 2013.

The observance is designed to protect critically imperiled species from extinction as a “consequence of economic growth and development untempered by adequate concern and conservation.” On December 28, 1973, President Richard Nixon signed the Federal Endangered Species Act into law.

The Act is administered by two federal agencies, the United States Fish and Wildlife Service (FWS) and the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA). The FWS maintains a list of all the endangered species, which includes birds, insects, fish, reptiles, mammals, crustaceans, flowers, grasses, and trees. In late 2019, President Trump announced a major overhaul to the law that would reduce regulations. Because of this, it’s more important than ever to support the ESA.

HOW TO OBSERVE #EndangeredSpeciesDay

Many conservation groups, zoos, and wildlife organizations hold a variety of events. These events focus on saving endangered species, improving conservation and education. They host seminars and exhibits aimed at raising awareness across the nation. They also offer discounted or free passes to their facilities. Some ways to participate in the day include:

  • Don’t buy illegal wildlife products, such as ivory
  • Avoid unsustainable food products, such as palm oil
  • Donate to a conservation group or wildlife organization
  • Educate yourself on endangered species
  • Learn more about the Endangered Species Act

Use #EndangeredSpeciesDay to post on social media.

NATIONAL ENDANGERED SPECIES DAY HISTORY

In 2006, the United States Senate enacted Our research found the National Endangered Species Day was enacted in 2006 by the United States Senate.

NATIONAL BIKE TO WORK DAY – Third Friday in May

NATIONAL BIKE TO WORK DAY

National Bike to Work Day takes place on the third Friday in May, right in the middle of National Bike Month. The observance encourages us to bike to work, but it also raises awareness of cyclists as they commute to and from work each day.

As more and more people take to bicycles for transportation to and from work, it’s important for both cyclists and drivers to share the road safely. Both must be aware of the traffic laws and follow them. More and more communities are adding bike lanes to improve safety. In the United States, from the year 2000 to 2011, the number of bicycle commuters grew by more than 47 percent.

Some of the benefits of commuting to work by bicycle include:

  • Physical fitness – Cyclists get an aerobic workout before and after work. It’s also low impact exercise that is easy on the joints, unlike jogging.
  • Fuel savings – They save fuel costs which in turn puts more money back in their pockets.
  • Smaller carbon footprint – By cycling, they reduce carbon emissions resulting in cleaner air.
  • Automobile longevity – Get more life out of their motor vehicle by using it for more necessary trips.

National Bike to Work Day promotes the bicycle as a healthy and safe alternative for commuting to work.

HOW TO OBSERVE #BikeToWorkDay

A growing number of various bicycle-related events will be held in communities nationwide. Join them in the celebration by biking to work. If you have a bit of distance to cover, consider these bike-to-work tips to break into the bike-to-work crowd. Use #BikeToWorkDay to post on social media.

NATIONAL BIKE TO WORK DAY HISTORY

National Bike to Work Day originated in 1955 by the League of American Bicyclists and is endorsed by the American Medical Association.

NATIONAL STRAWBERRIES AND CREAM DAY – May 21

NATIONAL STRAWBERRIES AND CREAM DAY

Each year on May 21st, we combine two favorites for a celebration on National Strawberries and Cream Day. Fresh strawberries and homemade whipped cream is a must when strawberries are in season. They are the perfect, refreshing, light snack on a beautifully warm day!

With these bright red berries in season, it should be no surprise that it’s also National Strawberry Month. Strawberries are a very healthy snack as they are low-fat, low in calories, and an excellent source of vitamin C, fiber, folic acid, and potassium.

Strawberries grow all over the world. Not only are they delicious, but they are also fragrant. With over 600 varieties, we have quite a few to choose from, too.

While strawberries and cream make a great dessert, it can also be eaten for breakfast or a snack. You can also add a little granola for texture. If you enjoy chocolate, drizzle a little on top. No matter how you enjoy your strawberries, you just cannot go wrong with this treat.

HOW TO OBSERVE #StrawberriesAndCreamDay

Pick up some strawberries and whipping cream to celebrate the day. Enjoy this  Strawberries and Cream recipe.

Use #StrawberriesAndCreamDay to post on social media.

NATIONAL STRAWBERRIES AND CREAM DAY HISTORY

National Day Calendar continues researching the origins of this sweet berry holiday.

NATIONAL MEMO DAY – May 21

NATIONAL MEMO DAY

Each year on May 21st, we recognize National Memo Day. We will send you a reminder, just in case you forget.

A memo, short for a memorandum, is a document or other communication, intended to inform a group of people about a specific topic. Usually used in an office setting, memos serve a variety of purposes. A memo may be a note, email, or other record made for future use. It is produced as a written message, especially in business or diplomacy.

These missives also have gained a bad reputation by slipping into the wrong hands. In the modern world, that means shared infinitely on social media. When the messages contain proprietary business information, state secrets, or passionate opinions, memos are usually best kept out of print.

The observance aims to reduce the number of memos issued in the workplace. It also hopes that memo writers keep their messages brief and to the point.

HOW TO OBSERVE #NationalMemoDay

To: National Day Calendar Audience

From: National Day Calendar

Develop your memo-writing skills. Reduce the number of memos you send. If you never send memos, maybe send a memo to celebrate the day with tips and suggestions.

  • Know your audience
  • Keep them short and to the point
  • Date them
  • Proofread them

Don’t forget to summarize your message and share your memos using #NationalMemoDay on social media.

Educators and Families, visit the National Day Calendar Classroom for projects and ideas designed to #CelebrateEveryDay. This week we include a time capsule project perfect for sending a memo to yourself.

NATIONAL MEMO DAY HISTORY HISTORY

In 1989, KMJI Majic Radio 100 FM out of Denver, Colorado, created the observance to shine a spotlight on the mountain of memos flooding the American workplace.

NATIONAL WAITSTAFF DAY – May 21

NATIONAL WAITSTAFF DAY

On May 21st, National Waitstaff Day recognizes the dedicated and often talented waitstaff. We are encouraged to shows appreciation to all waitstaff for making our dining experiences enjoyable ones. At the same time, restaurant owners and managers also recognize and express their appreciation to their team of waitstaff. They help restaurants thrive.

Waitstaff, servers, are a big determining factor in the quality of your dining encounter. They serve as the communicator between the diner and the kitchen. While meeting the needs of several tables at once, they also represent the restaurant. Seasoned waitstaff are knowledgeable and efficient. They also sh They are key to creating an extraordinary dining experience. The food may be delicious, but their attentiveness and attitude can make or change the whole experience.

Most waitstaff go out of their way to ensure you receive excellent service and ensure that you have the best time possible. They fill your drinks before you ask, bring extra bread, rolls or chips, give honest recommendations on food choices when asked, and are a valuable asset to any restaurant.  Excellent servers turn diners into regulars who are known by name.

HOW TO OBSERVE #NationalWaitstaffDay

We recognize our servers each time we enjoy a restaurant meal by leaving them a tip. If you receive stellar service, tell them you appreciate the excellent service they provided and leave a more generous tip. Continue to frequent the restaurant and don’t hesitate to let the manager know just how well the waitstaff treated you. It doesn’t matter if you’re visiting a chain restaurant or a local favorite. Waitstaff deserve recognition for their stellar service, long hours on their feet, and smiling faces. Every restaurant owner knows their waitstaff are the face of their businesses.

Have you received out-of-this-world service? Give the restaurant and the server a shout-out. Use #NationalWaitstaffDay to post on social media.

NATIONAL WAITSTAFF DAY HISTORY

Gaylord Ward founded the holiday to create an opportunity for restaurant owners and patrons to recognize excellence in their waitstaff.

NATIONAL AMERICAN RED CROSS FOUNDER’S DAY – May 21

NATIONAL AMERICAN RED CROSS FOUNDER’S DAY

On May 21st, National American Red Cross Founder’s Day marks the anniversary of the American Red Cross. Clara Barton founded the American Red Cross in 1881 and became the first president of the organization. She led the organization for the next twenty-three years.

The American Red Cross is a humanitarian organization that provides assistance in the United States. It is the designated affiliate of the International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies.

Headquartered in Washington D.C., the American Red Cross is governed by volunteers. In addition to domestic disaster relief, the American Red Cross also offers services in five other areas:

  • Community services to help the needy
  • Communications services and comfort for military members and their families
  • The collection, processing, and distribution of blood and blood products
  • Educational programs on preparedness, health, and safety
  • International relief and development programs

Like many women during the American Civil War, Clara Barton (1821-1912) rolled up her sleeves, bandaging, and nursing wounded soldiers. Following the war in 1869, she traveled to Europe, and for several years Barton volunteered her time working with the International Red Cross during the Franco-Prussian War. Upon returning to the United States, she was determined to bring the Red Cross to America.

HOW TO OBSERVE #AmericanReodCrossFoundersDay

Learn more about the American Red Cross, its founder, and its volunteers. Discover local Red Cross history and its impact in your community. Following are a few sites to help you get started:

  • A Story of the Red Cross by Clara Barton
  • Clara Barton by Elizabeth Brown Pryor
  • Blood, Sweat, and Tears: An Oral History of the American Red Cross by Michele Turk
  • www.redcross.org/

Use #AmericanRedCrossFoundersDay to post on social media.

NATIONAL AMERICAN RED CROSS FOUNDER’S DAY HISTORY

National Day Calendar continues researching the origins of this Red Cross holiday.

NASCAR DAY - Third Friday in May

NASCAR DAY

Each year on the third Friday in May, NASCAR Day recognizes the drivers, celebrities, corporate partners, media, and millions of fans. They all come together to raise funds for charitable causes across the nation.

“We believe our greatest asset is the power and passion of our NASCAR fans: passion both for the sport and for giving back. NASCAR Day is an annual celebration of this NASCAR spirit.”

The observance kicks off a fundraising event dedicated to making a difference in the lives of children.

HOW TO OBSERVE #NASCARDay

Learn more about the foundation and how it makes a difference in the lives of children. Donate to the cause and make a difference, too. Use #NASCARDay to post on social media.

NASCAR DAY HISTORY

Founded by the NASCAR Foundation in 2003 as a way to bring NASCAR family together to support the health and lives of children across the country.

The National Association of Stock Car Auto Racing NASCAR) hosted its first race on February 15, 1948, in Daytona Beach. Since then, NASCAR’s deep roots have raised it to the highest class of stock car auto racing in the United States. For 10 months each year, NASCAR hosts a series of races that culminate in the chairman of NASCAR awarding the most successful racing car driver of the season the NASCAR Cup Series Drivers’ Championship. The winner is determined according to a point system.

NATIONAL DEFENSE TRANSPORTATION DAY- Third Friday in May

NATIONAL DEFENSE TRANSPORTATION DAY

National Defense Transportation Day is a United States Federal Observance Day held on the third Friday in May.

A significant part of the U.S. economy is the vast network of transportation infrastructure. The cost of maintaining and investing in expansion is a constant balancing act.

The first federally funded road in United States history is called National Road. Built between 1811 and 1834, it connected eastern Maryland and Pennsylvania to the western states, Ohio, Indiana, and Illinois. The National Road terminated at the Mississippi River and brought goods from the east, allowing them to be carried north and south along the river.

The railroad pushed transportation westward from there. The first transcontinental railroad came to completion in 1869 when a rail worker drove the Golden Spike into place in the Utah territory. It would join the Union Pacific and Central Railroads.

Aviation brought an exhilarating turn to transportation in the early 20th century. With the birth of air travel, commercial and cargo flights became necessary parts of the transportation system, too. Added to ocean-going freight, airliners brought a whole new dimension to transportation.

From our bridges and interstate highways, public transportation to our waterways, and air travel, transportation is a vital part of our economy and livelihood. #DefenseTransportationDay recognizes the importance of transportation and the people who support and protect the system in this modern era.

HOW TO OBSERVE #DefenseTransportationDay

While we use some sort of transportation almost every day, it’s easy to take for granted. Learn more about each part of the infrastructure. Celebrate the people who keep it running, the engineers, pilots, inventors, skilled workers, and safety personnel. Consider the hundreds of thousands of people employed in each market and what it takes to perform their job. Join events and ceremonies across the country celebrating the enormous endeavor that is transportation. Use #DefenseTransportationDay to post on social media.

NATIONAL DEFENSE TRANSPORTATION DAY HISTORY

On May 16, 1957, Congress designated the third Friday of May each year as National Defense Transportation Day. In 1962, Congress included the whole week within which the Friday falls as National Transportation Week. A proclamation is signed each year by the current President of the United States.


May 21st Celebrated (and Not So Celebrated) History
1819

The Evening Post reports that the velocipede made its appearance in New York City with the inventor Karl Drais. According to the article, these two-wheeled machines (known as bicycles today) seemingly caused the price of a horse to drop!

1881

Following her experiences with the International Red Cross in Europe, Clara Barton brought the knowledge home to the United States and established the American Association of the Red Cross. Today, the organization is the American Red Cross.

1901

Connecticut passes the first speed limit legislation. Motor vehicles were restricted to a maximum of 12 mph in cities and 15 mph in the country.

1929

Sutro and Company of New York City and a member of the New York Stock Exchange became the first company to install the first automatic electric stock quotation board. Despite the advent of an electronic ticker, the ticker tape machine remained in use for more than 30 years.

Recipe of the Day

Chocolate Pudding
Prep:  10 minutes
Cook:  12 minutes
Total Prep:  22 minutes
Servings:  4

Ingredients:

2 large egg yolks
2 Tablespoons cornstarch
2 cups whole milk, divided
1/2 cup sugar
1/4 cup unsweetened cocoa powder
1/4 teaspoon salt
2 teaspoons pure vanilla extract

Instructions:

Whisk egg yolks in a medium bowl until light yellow and they increase in volume. Whisk in cornstarch and 1 cup of milk. When the mixture is smooth, set aside.

In a medium saucepan, bring sugar, cocoa, salt, remaining 1 cup of milk just to a simmer over medium-high heat while whisking.

Remove from the heat.

Add small amounts of the cocoa mixture to the egg mixture while whisking constantly.

Once both mixtures have been combined, pour back into the saucepan and heat over medium-high while whisking constantly.

Bring to a full boil.

Reduce to a simmer and continue to whisk until the pudding thickens.

Remove from heat and stir in vanilla extract.

Pour into a bowl and cover with plastic wrap, allowing it to come into complete contact with the pudding’s surface.

Chill for one to two hours.

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May 21st Celebrated (and Not So Celebrated) Birthdays
Mary Anning – 1799

In 1821, the fossil hunter found a complete Ichthyosaurus. Two years later she became the first person to discover a complete Plesiosaurus skeleton.

Glenn Curtiss – 1878

The American aviation pioneer advanced aircraft development throughout his lifetime. As an innovator, Curtiss built motorcycles, planes, and several other machines including bicycles. Much like the Wright brothers, it was the bicycle that propelled the inventor toward flight.

Regina Anderson – 1901

A librarian for the New York Public Library, Anderson became an essential member of the Harlem Renaissance. She wrote plays and co-founded the Harlem Experimental Theatre.

John C. Allen – 1907

The American engineer gained recognition in the 1960s for his wooden roller coaster designs.

Mr. T – 1952

“I pity the fool!” ~ Mr. T

Born Lawrence Tureaud, the American actor and professional wrestler came to prominence during the 1980s. Known for his role as B.A. Baracus in the A-Team, he also appeared in several films.

About National Day Calendar

National Day Calendar® is the authoritative source for fun, unusual and unique National Days! Since our humble beginnings on National Popcorn Day in 2013, we now track nearly 1,500 National Days, National Weeks and National Months. In addition, our research team continues to uncover the origins of existing National Days as well as discover new, exciting days for everyone to celebrate.

There’s a celebration for everyone. While National Road Trip Day satisfies the itch to wander, many pet days let us share our love of animals. National 3-D Day and National Astronaut Day honor the advancement of technology, too. Every food day you can imagine (National Avocado Day, for example), will keep you celebrating, also!

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