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May 25, 2021 - NATIONAL WINE DAY – TOWEL DAY – NATIONAL BROWN-BAG-IT DAY – NATIONAL TAP DANCE DAY – NATIONAL MISSING CHILDREN’S DAY

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MAY 25, 2021 | NATIONAL WINE DAY | TOWEL DAY | NATIONAL BROWN-BAG-IT DAY | NATIONAL TAP DANCE DAY | NATIONAL MISSING CHILDREN’S DAY

NATIONAL WINE DAY – May 25

NATIONAL WINE DAY

On May 25th each year, wine lovers everywhere pour a glass of their favorite wine to celebrate National Wine Day.

Made from fermented grapes or other fruits, wine is an alcoholic beverage. During the fermentation processes, yeast consumes the sugars in the grapes converting it into alcohol.  Different grapes produce different wines.  Winemakers will combine different wines to create more complex flavors.  Wines made from fruit or honey are often named according to the variety of fruit used.

Red wine varietals produce deep ruby reds as well as subtle ambers and browns. Their beautiful colors hint at the coming change in the season. With that, we can look for delicious menu changes, too. Besides, what better way to enjoy a great bottle of wine than by pairing it with excellent company and food.

Winemakers produce white wines from grapes with light yellow-green skins or light red skins. However, it’s not the color of the grapes that give the wine its color. It’s the tannins in the grape skins that color wine red and also the flavor. White wines are generally sweeter than red wines and are best served chilled. Most red wines are served at room temperature. However, a sweet red should also be chilled for the best flavor.

HOW TO OBSERVE #NationalWineDay

Reminisce with family and friends over a glass of wine.  Enjoy wine with a favorite meal.  And just a little tip, in a couple of days we celebrate National Coq Au Vin Day which includes red wine as an ingredient. Pick up an extra bottle to prepare. Post photos using #NationalWineDay on social media.

If you’re looking for more wine days to celebrate Check out these 9 Wine Celebrations.

Get your National Wine Day socks here!

NATIONAL WINE DAY HISTORY

National Day Calendar continues researching the origins of this fermenting holiday. However, if you’re looking for other juicy holidays, check these out:

  • Bubbly Day
  • Prosecco Day
  • Red Wine Day
  • Orange Wine Day
  • Drink Local Wine Week
  • Mimosa Day
  • Moscato Day

    TOWEL DAY – May 25TOWEL DAY

    Observed annually by fans of Douglas Adams, Towel Day commemorates the work of the author most known for his series The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy.

    First and foremost, it’s important to note for those who are unfamiliar with Douglas Adams, according to The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy, “A towel is about the most massively useful thing an interstellar hitchhiker can have.”

    And that’s mighty important. Even we mere Earthly hitchhikers require towels for many immensely useful purposes. We dry our furry pets and roll towels neatly into coordinated rows. On long trips, they ease the kinks in our necks. Even our tiny humans use them to dry off after taking a swim. Though, perhaps not very effectively. It can also offer shade on a sunny day.

    We’ve found that towels in small forms are effective for sport, too. Golfers and bowlers use them. Add a small towel to a footballer’s hip and call it a flag or wave a white one in a battle to surrender.

    In an emergency, a towel can stop bleeding or can carry the wounded. It also can cool a fever. Wrap it around you on a cool day. Wash a car or wipe up the oil. A really large towel might suffice for a toga party. However, in reality, it probably wouldn’t.

    The list of options goes on both here on Earth and beyond in every galaxy. The important lesson of the day is, don’t leave home without your towel.

    HOW TO OBSERVE #TowelDay

    Pack your towel to celebrate the day. And when you do, be sure to share all the ways to use your towel. Join the conversation using #TowelDay on social media.

    For more tips and reading pleasure, check out these 7 Essential Ways to Use Towels.

    NATIONAL TOWEL DAY HISTORY

    Towel Day was created in 2001 by Douglas Adams’ fans as a tribute to the author two weeks after his death on May 11th of that year.

    NATIONAL BROWN-BAG-IT DAY – May 25

    NATIONAL BROWN-BAG-IT DAY

    National Brown-Bag-It-Day on May 25th each year recognizes the benefits of packing your lunch for work or school. Taking your lunch to work or school is an effective way to save money and to ensure you and your family are eating healthy.

    If you work where a refrigerator and microwave are available, the options are nearly endless. Insulated lunchboxes with an icepack fill the gap where modern conveniences are lacking. When neither is an option, there are still many health choices such as peanut butter, fresh fruits and vegetables, and protein bars. A thermos is also a good source for taking warm food with you for your lunch.

    Some of the benefits to brown-bagging-it include:

    • Money savings – For every meal you make at home, you can save several dollars a day. This is especially true if you are normally prone to eating meals out or ordering in from restaurants. And if you’re eating out of the vending matching, the savings add up there, too.
    • Improved health choices – Will power and peer pressure don’t go well together. And when time is in short supply, we continue our poor decision-making patterns. At home, we can plan our meals, and our choices are limited to the items we place in our fridge and cupboards. With practice, those items will be healthy ones, too.
    • Controlled portions – Even though we try to control our portions while eating out, we know the serving size just keep getting bigger and bigger. When we brown-bag-it, we maintain that control.
    • Better for the environment – When we re-use the same containers and recycle, we have more control over what is wasted. We also choose where our food is sourced.

    HOW TO OBSERVE #BrownBagItDay

    Pack up your lunch in a brown paper bag. Or a white one for that matter. Pick your favorite foods and enjoy a homemade lunch.

    For more Brown-Bag-It ideas, check out these other holidays that celebrate in a similar style.

    Use #BrownBagItDay to post on social media.

    NATIONAL BROWN-BAG-IT DAY HISTORY

    National Day Calendar continues researching the origins of this portable holiday.

    NATIONAL TAP DANCE DAY – May 25

    NATIONAL TAP DANCE DAY

    National Tap Dance Day on May 25th pays tribute to one of America’s original art forms.   

    Tap dance is a percussive dance dating back to the early 1800s developed primarily from African and Irish influences.

    Incorporating complex rhythmic step combinations, performers often expressed enormous amounts of character through sound and bodily movement. From clogging to buck and wing styles, soft-shoe to the sand step, and a little bit of jazz, tap dancing evolved from a stiff Irish jig to the bodily Cakewalk and vocal Ring-shout.

    Some of the art form’s most talented dancers included Bill “Bojangles” Robinson, Fred Astaire, Gregory Hines, and Ginger Rogers. But they are just the tip of a long list of performers who added their own flair to a dance style that continues to influence film, music, and stage. Another dance similar to tap dance is called soft-shoe. While still rhythmic, the sound is muffled since tap shoes are not necessary to perform the steps. Many of the dance steps in tap transfer to soft-shoe making the two very compatible.

    The popular Shim Sham of the vaudeville era became a line dance in the 1980s.

    HOW TO OBSERVE #NationalTapDanceDay

    Get your toes tapping and share your favorite tap dance experiences. There are so many ways to celebrate your appreciation of this entertaining art form.

    • Give a shoutout to your favorite tap dancer.
    • Attend a performance. Tap dance is included in theatre productions, recitals, and spur-of-the-moment events.
    • Perform! Put your tap shoes on and show off your talent. Create a video and share it on social media.
    • Take a class. Tap dance offers great exercise and creates an opportunity to share experiences with others.
    • Teach someone. Share your tapping talent with others who want to learn.
    • Read about tap dance. Three terrific places to start include:
      • Beginning Tap Dance by Lisa Lewis
      • Tap Roots: The Early History of Tap Dancing by Mark A. Knowles
      • The Souls of Your Feet: A Tap Dance Guide for Rhythm Explorers by Acia Gray
    • Watch movies that include tap dancing. We like these:
      • Tap starring Gregory Hines and directed by Nick Castle.
      • Swing Time starring Fred Astaire and Ginger Rogers. Directed by George Stevens.
      • La La Land starring Ryan Gosling and Emma Stone. Directed by Damien Chazelle.

    Let us know how you celebrate by using #NationalTapDanceDay to post on social media.

    NATIONAL TAP DANCE DAY HISTORY

    On February 7, 1989, Congress reviewed a request for National Tap Dance Day. Carol Vaughn, Nicola Daval and Linda Christensen, all tap dancers and enthusiasts, brainstormed the idea for legislation while Christensen attended George Washington University. The bill came to fruition when President George H.W. Busch signed it into law on November 8, 1989. The law created a one-time official observance on May 25, 1989, the anniversary of Bill “Bojangles” Robinson, a significant contributor to tap dance born in 1878. The observance has continued to be celebrated each year on May 25t

NATIONAL MISSING CHILDREN’S DAY – May 25

NATIONAL MISSING CHILDREN’S DAY

National Missing Children’s Day on May 25th each year shines a spotlight on child safety. The observance also honors the professionals dedicated to protecting children around the country.

Most children who go missing do come home. Whether they’ve wandered off or there was a misunderstanding, many find their way back to their family. According to the Polly Klaas Foundation, 99.8 percent come home. Of those who are abducted, 9 percent are kidnapped by family. Only a small fraction are stranger abductions. But the fact remains, if it happens to any child, it happens to too many.

While the observance honors those who’ve gone above and beyond to protect children, it also offers resources to continue protecting them further. Here are ways to keep your children safe every day.

It’s important to:

  • maintain custody documents
  • keep recent photos of children handy
  • also, keep medical and dental records up to date

Protect your children by:

  • making online safety a priority
  • complete background checks on caregivers and check references
  • never leave young children unattended in strollers and car seats
  • whenever possible, don’t dress children in clothing with their names on it
  • teach them their address and phone number as young as possible
HOW TO OBSERVE #MissingChildrensDay

Other ways to get involved include recognizing someone dedicated to protecting children and to bringing missing children home. Attend a ceremony honoring law enforcement and private citizens alike. You can also:

  • volunteer in your community
  • share a safety presentation
  • visit www.ojdp.gov to enter their poster contest

Use #MissingChildrensDay to post on social media.

NATIONAL MISSING CHILDREN’S DAY HISTORY

In 1983, President Ronald Reagan proclaimed National Missing Children’s Day recognizing the hundreds of thousands of children who went missing each year. Just a few short years before, six-year-old Etan Patz disappeared from his New York City home on his way from the bus to school on May 25, 1979. The observance commemorated the date of Etan’s disappearance and honored missing children everywhere. During the time of his disappearance, cases of missing children rarely gained national media attention. However, Etan’s case quickly received much coverage. Etan’s father, who was a professional photographer, distributed black-and-white photographs of his son to find him. The result was a massive search and media attention that focused the public’s attention on the problem of child abductions and the lack of plans to address them.


On Deck for May 26, 2021
May 25th Celebrated (and Not So Celebrated) History
1935

Babe Ruth hits the final home run of his career. At 714 home runs, Ruth’s career record stood until April 8, 1974, when Hank Aaron hit his 715th home run.

1940

Howard Florey, Ernst Chain, and Norman Heatley conducted a test of Alexander Fleming’s “mold juice.” The three scientists injected eight mice with a deadly dose of streptococci. Four of the mice received an injection of penicillin. The four mice that received the penicillin were alive the next day. In 1945, Alexander Fleming, the microbiologist who discovered penicillin, Howard Florey and Ernst Chain equally shared the Nobel Prize for Physiology or Medicine “for the discovery of penicillin and its curative effect in various infections diseases.

1977

The George Lucas-directed film, Star Wars, opens in U.S. theatres.

1986

Ken Kragen, the USA for Africa president in 1986, held a nationwide fundraiser for hunger called Hands Across America. From Battery Park in Manhattan and stretch across the Heartland to Long Beach, California. Participants held hands for 15 minutes and sang “We Are The World,” “America the Beautiful,” and the event’s song, “Hand’s Across America.” The event raised $15 million for hunger after many expenses. In 2021, the event was revived again as a virtual event to raise funds for hunger and celebrating the 30th anniversary of the original event while bringing the country together again. The virtual event takes place on Tuesday, May 25, 2021.

Recipe of the Day

Name: Blueberry Pie
Prep: 15 minutes
Servings: 8

NATIONAL BLUEBERRY PIE DAY – April 28

Ingredients:

3/4 cup sugar
3 tablespoons cornstarch
1/8 teaspoon salt
1/4 cup cold water
5 cups fresh blueberries, divided
1 tablespoon butter
1 tablespoon lemon juice
1 refrigerated pie crust (9 inches), baked

Instructions:

Combine sugar, cornstarch, salt, and water in a saucepan over medium heat until smooth. Add 3 cups of blueberries and bring to a boil. Cook for 2 minutes until thick and bubbly stirring frequently.

Remove from the heat and add butter. Stir until butter is melted. Add lemon juice and remaining blueberries. Let cool, then pour into prepared pie crust.

Recommended Side Dishes:

Old Fashioned Vanilla Ice Cream

May 25th Celebrated (and Not So Celebrated) Birthdays
Ralph Waldo Emerson – 1803

The American poet, essayist, and Transcendentalist published his first book, Nature, in 1836 where he expressed his philosophy.

Bill “Bojangles” Robinson – 1878

The legendary American tap dancer and entertainer began his career in vaudeville but in the 1920s, Robinson found his way to Broadway and a huge success. In the 1930s, his star value grew on the silver screen.

Caro Crawford Brown – 1908

Caro Crawford Brown’s investigative reporting is credited with helping to end boss rule controlled by Archer Parr in Duval County and surrounding counties in Texas. In 1955, Caro earned a Pulitzer Prize for local reporting.

Frank Oz – 1944

The talented performer brought to life some of the most lovable fictional characters in television and film. From the Muppet show to Sesame Street and the Dark Crystal, Oz earned numerous awards for his work.

About National Day Calendar

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