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May 21, 2022 - ARMED FORCES DAY – NATIONAL STRAWBERRIES AND CREAM DAY – NATIONAL WAITSTAFF DAY – NATIONAL AMERICAN RED CROSS FOUNDER’S DAY – NATIONAL LEARN TO SWIM DAY – NATIONAL MEMO DAY

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MAY 21, 2022 | ARMED FORCES DAY | NATIONAL STRAWBERRIES AND CREAM DAY | NATIONAL WAITSTAFF DAY | NATIONAL AMERICAN RED CROSS FOUNDER’S DAY | NATIONAL LEARN TO SWIM DAY | NATIONAL MEMO DAY

Armed Forces Day | Third Saturday in May
Armed Forces Day | Third Saturday in May

ARMED FORCES DAY | THIRD SATURDAY IN MAY

Armed Forces Day on the third Saturday in May pays tribute to the military personnel serving in the United States Armed Forces. The celebration takes place each year during Armed Forces Week. Read more…

Strawberries and Cream Day | May 21
Strawberries and Cream Day | May 21

NATIONAL STRAWBERRIES AND CREAM DAY | May 21

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! Read more…

National Waitstaff Day | May 21
National Waitstaff Day | May 21

NATIONAL WAITSTAFF DAY | MAY 21

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

American Red Cross Founder’s Day | May 21
American Red Cross Founder’s Day | May 21

NATIONAL AMERICAN RED CROSS FOUNDER’S DAY | MAY 21

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. Read more…

National Learn to Swim Day | Third Saturday in May
National Learn to Swim Day | Third Saturday in May

NATIONAL LEARN TO SWIM DAY | THIRD SATURDAY IN MAY

National Learn to Swim Day on the third Saturday in May is dedicated to educating parents and children about water safety. Before Memorial Day Weekend and the start of summer, it is an annual opportunity for families to learn the importance and benefits of learning to swim. Read more…

NATIONAL MEMO DAY | May 21
NATIONAL MEMO DAY | May 21

NATIONAL MEMO DAY | May 21

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


On Deck for May 22, 2022

National Days

International Days

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 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.

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.

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