MAY 31, 2022 | NATIONAL SMILE DAY | NATIONAL AUTONOMOUS VEHICLE DAY | NATIONAL MACAROON DAY | NATIONAL SPEAK IN COMPLETE SENTENCES DAY | NATIONAL SAVE YOUR HEARING DAY | NECROTIZING FASCIITIS AWARENESS DAY | NATIONAL UTAH DAY
NATIONAL SMILE DAY | MAY 31
On May 31st, National Smile Day encourages everyone to wear their best smile! Read more…
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. Read more…
NATIONAL MACAROON DAY | MAY 31
Each year on May 31st, National Macaroon Day celebrates the small coconut cookie that is full of flavor and variety, too. Do not 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 summons up a little bit of bliss. Read more…
NATIONAL SPEAK IN COMPLETE SENTENCES DAY | MAY 31
National Speak in Complete Sentences Day is observed annually on May 31st. This day is dedicated to using proper sentence structure while speaking. Read more…
NATIONAL SAVE YOUR HEARING DAY | MAY 31
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. Read more…
NECROTIZING FASCIITIS AWARENESS DAY | MAY 31
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. Read more…
NATIONAL UTAH DAY | MAY 31
On May 31st, we celebrate The Beehive State on National Utah Day! Read more…
- National Go Barefoot Day
- National Hazelnut Cake Day
- National Heimlich Maneuver Day
- National Nail Polish Day
- National Olive Day
- National Penpal Day
- National Say Something Nice Day
- World Reef Awareness Day
- National Running Day – First Wednesday in June
Recipe of the Day
Black Forest Cake
Prep: 30 minutes
Cook: 35 minutes
Total Prep: 65 minutes
2 – 1/8 cups all-purpose flour
2 cups sugar
3/4 cup unsweetened cocoa powder
1 – 1/2 teaspoons baking powder
3/4 teaspoon baking soda
3/4 teaspoon salt
1 cup milk
1/2 cup vegetable oil
1 tablespoon vanilla extract
2 – 20 oz cans pitted sour cherries
1 cup sugar
1/4 cup cornstarch
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
3 cups heavy whipping cream
1/3 cup confectioners’ sugar
- Preheat oven to 350 degrees F
- Prepare two 9 inch, round cake pans by greasing and flouring, then layer the bottoms with wax paper.
- In a large bowl, mix flour, 2 cups sugar, cocoa, baking powder, soda, and salt.
- Add eggs, milk, oil, and 1 tablespoon vanilla and beat until well.
- Pour into cake pans.
- Bake in 350°F oven for 35 minutes or until a toothpick inserted into the center of the cake comes out clean.
- Cool the cakes on wire racks for 10 minutes.
- Loosen edges, remove from pans and allow to cool completely on racks.
- Drain cherries and reserve 1/2 cup of juice.
- Combined cherries, 1/2 cup juice, 1 cup sugar, and starch in a saucepan.
- Over low heat, cook until thickened, stirring constantly.
- Add 1 teaspoon vanilla.
- Let cool.
- In a chilled medium bowl, combine whipping cream and confectioners’ sugar.
- Using an electric mixer, beat on high speed until stiff peaks form.
- Split each cake layer with a long serrated knife in half.
- Set aside 1 1/2 cups of frosting for decorating the cake.
- rush crumbs off the top of each layer of the cake.
- Set aside one split layer to tear into crumbs.
- Place bottom layer on a cake plate and spread with 1 cup of frosting.
- Add 3/4 cup cherry topping.
- Add the second cake layer.
- Repeat frosting and cherry layers.
- Top with the third cake layer and frost the side of the cake.
- Pat reserved crumbs onto the cake.
- Fit a star decorator tip onto a pastry bag and spoon reserve frosting into the bag.
- Pipe frosting around the edges of the cake.
- Spoon the remaining cherry topping around the top of the cake.
May 31st Celebrated (and Not So Celebrated) History
The first New York Taxicab Company cabs arrive in New York City. Owner Harry N. Allen imported 65 of the red and green cars from France. However, they weren’t the first taxicabs to operate in the United States. In 1897, Samuel’s Electric Carriage and Wagon Company launched in New York City. The company’s electric vehicles grew to 100 by 1889 with a new name – Electric Vehicle Company. By the turn of the century, they operated 1,000 cabs. After fire destroyed almost a third of its cabs and financial crisis struck the country in 1907, Electric Vehicle Company shuttered its doors.
The Titanic launches from Belfast, Northern Ireland.
The State of Israel hangs World War II official Adolf Eichmann for his role in the Holocaust.
Memorial Day is celebrated on the last Monday in May for the first time. In 1968, Congress passed the Uniform Monday Holiday Act giving the country five federal three-day weekends a year. The other four holidays include Washington’s Birthday (Presidents’ Day), Labor Day, Columbus Day and Veterans Day.
In a Vanity Fair article, John D. O’Connor reveals the name of Deep Throat. FBI official Mark Felt confided in O’Connor, family friend and attorney, in 2002.
May 31st Celebrated (and Not So Celebrated) Birthdays
Walt Whitman – 1819
The transcendentalist and prolific poet, Walt Whitman began his career as a printer and journalist. Author of Leaves of Grass, he published the volume of poems himself.
Chien-Shiung Wu – 1912
In 1936, the Chinese physicist emigrated to the United States. She would become instrumental to the Manhattan Project through her pioneering contributions to particle physics.
Clint Eastwood – 1930
“Go ahead, make my day.” Harry Callahan (AKA Dirty Harry) in Sudden Impact
Clint Eastwood is equally recognized for his acting, directing, and producing abilities. His credits include a long list of award nominations and wins, including Unforgiven, Million Dollar Baby, and American Sniper.
Joe Namath – 1943
The American quarterback played professional football for 13 seasons. In 1969, Namath helped secure a Super Bowl win for the New York Jets.
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