MAY 31, 2020 | NATIONAL AUTONOMOUS VEHICLE DAY | NATIONAL SMILE DAY | NATIONAL MACAROON DAY | NECROTIZING FASCIITIS AWARENESS DAY | NATIONAL SPEAK IN COMPLETE SENTENCES DAY | NATIONAL UTAH DAY | NATIONAL SAVE YOUR HEARING DAY
NATIONAL AUTONOMOUS VEHICLE DAY
Observe the future on May 31st with National Autonomous Vehicle Day and experience the realization of science and technology merging like never before.
An autonomous vehicle, including self-driving cars (both manned and unmanned) and unmanned aerial vehicles, may seem like something out of science fiction movie. Still, these cutting edge technologies have placed a variety of industries at a precipice of change. Cars that take us from point A to point B without having to touch the wheel are already a reality in some states. Autonomous Friendly Corridors, like one proposed in North Dakota, could boost commerce and become centers of more innovation. Pilot programs around the country test a variety of formats.
The year 2017 proved to be a big year for the Autonomous Vehicle. The first ten testing sites dedicated to developing autonomous vehicles were announced by the US Department of Transportation. While some states grapple with how this new technology affects current laws and what changes may need to be made, others addressed those questions paving the way (or the skies) for autonomous vehicles to make their debut in their own states.
Driverless cars in test areas continue to expand. Not only do these small samplings provide an opportunity for communities to see how they perform, but they also give the industry a chance to show how their safety technology works, one community at a time.
Additionally, advancements in technology are propelling industry and infrastructure to keep pace. Proposals range far and wide, influencing agriculture, commerce, medicine, and transportation.
According to the Brookings Institution, one-quarter of all cars will be autonomous by 2040. National Autonomous Vehicle Day recognizes that the future is here. And that future is in the form of a self-driving car that gets us safely from here to there.
HOW TO OBSERVE #AutonomousVehicleDay
It’s not just a question of how will we travel. But it is how will the autonomous vehicles change the world? Find out more about the changing world of autonomous transportation and vehicles. If you’ve ridden in an autonomous vehicle, share your experience. What are your thoughts on autonomous vehicles? Let us know using #AutonomousVehicleDay on social media.
NATIONAL AUTONOMOUS VEHICLE DAY HISTORY
Emerging Prairie and Marlo Anderson founded National Autonomous Vehicle Day to celebrate the advances in the Autonomous Vehicle industry and the potential opportunities for business and technology growth related to this phenomenal concept. The Registrar at National Day Calendar proclaimed the day in 2017 to be observed annually.
NATIONAL SMILE DAY
On May 31st, National Smile Day encourages everyone to wear their best smile!
The first recorded smile on record took place on 126 B.C. Okay, we made that up. But did you smile? Joking aside, we generate a smile when funny things happen or find pleasure in the things we do. Someone we love or enjoy spending time with may be the cause of a grin or beaming look of joy.
Smiles are powerful! They not only create engagement between two people but the more a person smiles, the healthier their brain can be. Smiling has a direct link to our brain and can help to reduce stress.
There is so much a smile can do. Just one smile can brighten someone’s day. It can also improve your day. Smiles are infectious. A healthy smile can develop confidence and generate a new outlook on the world.
HOW TO OBSERVE #NationalSmileDay
Share your smile and how a smile improves your day. Use #NationalSmileDay to share on social media.
NATIONAL SMILE DAY HISTORY
Dr. Tim Stirneman and Jim Wojdyla from Compassionate Dentalcare founded National Smile Day to share with the world what the power of a healthy smile can do. Confidence, health, and quality of life aren’t just for the person smiling.
NATIONAL MACAROON DAY
Each year on May 31st, National Macaroon Day the small coconut cookie that’s full of flavor and variety, too. Don’t mistake these with the delicate sandwich cookies called macarons. No, these small, but substantial cookies hold their own despite the sometimes mistaken identity. For coconut lovers, this day is a little bit of bliss.
The Italians receive credit for creating these sweet morsels sometime around the 8th or 9th century. The recipes later traveled to France. However, in other parts of the world, the once flourless cookie served its purpose during religious observances.
Coconut is one of those love-hate ingredients. ~Chef Marcus Samuelsson
Eventually, the cookie made its way to the United States, where the coconut macaroon takes only a few ingredients to make. The main ingredient is always shredded coconut, usually sweetened and sometimes toasted. Other ingredients include flour, sugar or sweetened condensed milk, and egg whites and flavoring. Once the ingredients are combined, the mixture is dropped by spoonfuls onto baking sheets and baked. Most varieties of coconut macaroons are dipped in milk chocolate, dark chocolate or white chocolate. Almonds, pecans, cashews, or other nuts are sometimes added to the cookie.
This cookie is easy to make, even a beginner can succeed with the simple recipe.
HOW TO OBSERVE #NationalMacaroonDay
While you celebrate the day, jump into baking with a macaroon recipe! Make a variety, too. Add nuts or chocolate or both. You can also visit your favorite bakery and pick up a dozen to share. Give them a shout out, too! The following are two macaroon recipes for you to try and enjoy!
Use #NationalMacaroonDay to post on social media.
NATIONAL MACAROON DAY HISTORY
National Day Calendar continues researching the origins of this cookie holiday. As we do, take some time to explore these other cookie celebrations:
- Sugar Cookie Day
- Peanut Butter Cookie Day
- Pecan Sandies Day
- Ginger Snaps Day
- Homemade Cookies Day
- Pecan Cookies Day
NECROTIZING FASCIITIS AWARENESS DAY
On May 31st, Necrotizing Fasciitis Awareness Day shines a light on this rare disease, which affects the soft tissues of the skin, and if not appropriately treated, can spread quickly.
The observance offers more than information to help prevent the infection. It encourages support and provides resources to those who have been affected by the disease.
It’s important to note that necrotizing fasciitis is rare and rare still in healthy people. However, even a small cut can become infected with this bacteria. It is most commonly believed to be caused by group A Streptococcus, and recognizing the symptoms and quickly getting treatment can mean the difference between life and death.
The bacteria can enter the body through other wounds, too. Burns, bites, punctures, and even surgical incisions may be areas of entry for the bacteria.
Like many skin infections, necrotizing fasciitis may start off seemingly minor. The skin might be warm to the touch near the injury. It might even be tender. The rest of your body may ache with symptoms similar to the flu, including a fever.
However, minor symptoms can develop and change quickly. Fatigue, changes in the color of your skin, dizziness, and oozing from the infected area are just a few of the symptoms to watch for.
It’s important to contact your physician any time you have a concerning injury. Follow your doctor’s instructions after surgery, too. They provide contact information for follow up care, including any risk of infection.
HOW TO OBSERVE #NecrotizingFasciitisAwarenessDay
Visit necfasc.org for valuable information, donate and help save lives from this devastating condition. Use #NecrotizingFasciitisAwarenessDay to share on social media.
NECROTIZING FASCIITIS AWARENESS DAY HISTORY
Necrotizing Fasciitis Awareness Day has been observed on May 31st since 2017.
NATIONAL SPEAK IN COMPLETE SENTENCES DAY
National Speak in Complete Sentences Day is observed annually on May 31st. This day is dedicated to using proper sentence structure while speaking.
It’s quite possible to celebrate the day while texting as well. So no LOL or ASAP on May 31st. So if you must Laugh Out Loud As Soon As Possible, you will need to say or type it completely and be sure to include a subject and verb that agree. Oh, and you will also want to be sure to punctuate those sentences properly. At the very minimum, your sentence will need a tiny little period at the end. Though, do you think it will require any other kind of punctuation? It just might!
HOW TO OBSERVE #SpeakInCompleteSentencesDay
Use #SpeakInCompleteSentencesDay to post on social media.
NATIONAL SPEAK IN COMPLETE SENTENCES DAY HISTORY
National Day Calendar continues researching the origins of this grammar-focused holiday. While we do, check out these other grammar and reading days:
- Random Acts of Poetry Day
- National Novel Writing Month
- Universal Letter Writing Week
- National Reading Group Month
- World Braille Day
- National Proofreading Day
- National Grammar Day
In 2017, National Day Calendar® began celebrating each state in the order they entered the union starting the week of Independence Day and ending with Hawaii. We highlight a small part of each states’ history, foods and the people who make up the state. Many states have their own state celebrations, and National Day Calendar’s observances in no way replace them. There’s so much more to explore, we can’t help but celebrate our beautiful country even more!
NATIONAL UTAH DAY
The Beehive State is recognized during National Utah Day on May 31.
As the 45th state to gain statehood, Utah is home to The Great Salt Lake, a deeply rooted Native American heritage, and a far-reaching desert history.
Travel in the footsteps of Utah’s namesake, the Utes, or the Shoshone, Navajo or Goshute. Follow the trails of early explorers or Mormon settlers. They all lived among the natural arches and bridges formed long ago. These architectural wonders of nature are a cornerstone of Utah.
Find treasure everywhere you look. From the sunrise to the spiraling cliffs and the bejeweled night sky. Catch an unobstructed view of the Milky Way for miles or schedule a trip just in time for a meteor shower. Utah significantly less light pollution to make viewing spectacular!
Discover why some still believe the world flat by visiting Bonneville Salt Flats. Home of land speed records and a barren environment, the salt flats were once part of a much larger lake. The Great Salt Lake is one of its remnants.
HOW TO OBSERVE #NationalUtahDay
Join National Day Calendar as we celebrate the 45th state to join the union. Explore the history and people of Utah. Follow the trails of the pioneers and discover a wealth of heritage in one place. Use #NationalUtahDay to share on social media.
NATIONAL SAVE YOUR HEARING DAY
Each May 31st, National Save Your Hearing Day recognizes the importance of preserving our hearing. It is important to take some time to learn ways to protect your hearing and that of your family. Our hearing is vital, and there are ways that hearing loss can be avoidable.
There are various reasons from which hearing loss can be the result, some of which include:
- Neurological Disorders
- Physical Trauma
- Neurobiological Factors
It is estimated half of the cases of hearing impairment and deafness are preventable. There are many effective, preventative strategies including immunization against rubella to reduce congenital infections, immunization against H. influenza and S. pneumonia to reduce cases of middle ear infections, and avoiding or protecting against excessive noise exposure.
For more information, visit http://www.betterhearing.org/
Always be alert to hazardous noise and wear proper hearing protection when needed!
HOW TO OBSERVE #SaveYourHearingDay
Learn more about how to protect your hearing. If you think your hearing has declined, schedule a hearing screening with your primary care physician. From there your physician can refer you to an audiologist if more testing is required. Your primary care physician can also guide you through proper cleaning and care of your ears and the type of protection you should be using.
Some hearing and audiology locations may offer free screenings on May 31st. Check locally for opportunities near you.
Use #SaveYourHearingDay to post on social media.
NATIONAL SAVE YOUR HEARING DAY HISTORY
National Day Calendar continues researching the origins of this health holiday.
On Deck for June 1, 2020
- World Reef Awareness Day
- National Olive Day
- National Heimlich Maneuver Day
- National Go Barefoot Day
- National Nail Polish Day
- National Say Something Nice Day
- National Penpal Day
- National Hazelnut Cake Day
- World Reef Awareness Day
- World Narcissistic Abuse Awareness Day
- Global Day of Parents
- World Milk Day
- International Tabletop Day – Changes Annually
Recipe of the Day
Prep: 10 minutes
Cook: 15 minutes
Total Prep: 25 minutes
1 teaspoon cinnamon
1 teaspoon sugar
1/2 teaspoon nutmeg
4 scoops vanilla ice cream
2 cups apple cider
In a saucer, mix spices and sugar.
Dampen the corner of a paper towel or the tip of your clean finger with apple cider.
Rub along the rim of each serving glass.
Dip each glass into the sugar and spice mixture to coat the edge.
Place two scoops of ice cream into each glass.
Sprinkle the remaining sugar and spice mixture over the top of the ice cream.
Pour the apple cider over the top of the ice cream.
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