MAY 5, 2022 | NATIONAL DAY OF PRAYER | CINCO DE MAYO | NATIONAL ASTRONAUT DAY | WORLD PASSWORD DAY | NATIONAL TOTALLY CHIPOTLE DAY | NATIONAL SILENCE THE SHAME DAY | NATIONAL HOAGIE DAY | NATIONAL CARTOONISTS DAY | NATIONAL DAY OF REASON
NATIONAL DAY OF PRAYER
The National Day of Prayer is observed annually on the first Thursday in May. This day observance, designated by the United States Congress, asks people “to turn to God in prayer and meditation.” Read more…
CINCO DE MAYO
Cinco De Mayo’s deeply rooted history in the Franco-Mexican War influenced Mexican-Mexican American communities in the early years of the American Civil War. In the early 1860s, as the Civil War erupted, these communities took up the banner of the Cinco De Mayo celebration as a way to commemorate the cause of freedom and democracy. Today, in the United States, Americans celebrate Mexican-American heritage and pride annually on May 5th. Read more…
NATIONAL ASTRONAUT DAY
National Astronaut Day on May 5th each year celebrates Astronauts as true heroes. The day’s mission is to inspire ALL to “reach for the stars” by sharing “out of this world” Astronaut stories and experiences. Read more…
WORLD PASSWORD DAY
Each year on the first Thursday in May, World Password Day promotes better password habits. Passwords are critical gatekeepers to our digital identities, allowing us to access online shopping, dating, banking, social media, private work, and life communications. Read more…
NATIONAL TOTALLY CHIPOTLE DAY
Each year on May 5th, National Totally Chipotle Day celebrates right alongside Cinco de Mayo and is dedicated to the chipotle, a smoked, dried jalapeno pepper. Read more…
NATIONAL SILENCE THE SHAME DAY
On May 5th, National Silence the Shame Day brings an opportunity to continue the conversation about mental health and wellness and erase the stigma associated with mental illness. Read more…
NATIONAL HOAGIE DAY
It may go by many names, but on May 5th, National Hoagie Day celebrates a hero of a sandwich! Read more…
NATIONAL CARTOONISTS DAY
Observed on May 5th each year, National Cartoonists day honors all those creative ink-stained artists, past and present, and the fascinating pieces they have created. Throughout the years, their talents bring humor, entertainment into our lives while provoking thought and debate, too. Read more…
NATIONAL DAY OF REASON
National Day of Reason is observed each year on the first Thursday in the month of May. The observance originated in 2003 in response to the perceived unconstitutional National Day of Prayer. According to the organizers of the day, the National Day of Prayer, “violates the First Amendment of The United States Constitution because it asks federal, state and local government entities to set aside tax dollar supported time and space to engage in religious ceremonies.” Read more…
- National Beverage Day
- National Crepe Suzette Day
- National Nurses Day
- National Military Spouse Appreciation Day – Friday Before Mother’s Day
- National Provider Appreciation Day – Friday Before Mother’s Day
- National Space Day – First Friday in May
- School Lunch Hero Day – First Friday in May
Recipe of the Day
Prep: 30 minutes
Chill: 1 hours
4 Ripe avocados, halved, pealed and pitted
1 cup of yellow or white onion, chopped
1 Roma tomato, chopped
1 Teaspoon of fresh cilantro, chopped
½ Clove of minced garlic (fresh or jar)
1 green or red bell pepper, chopped
1 whole jalapeno, remove seeds and chop (Use the seeds for additional heat)
1 whole lime cut in half
Salt to taste
In a medium bowl combine onions, tomatoes, cilantro, garlic, jalapeno and pepper and mix until blended evenly. Set aside.
Slice avocados in half using a circular pattern. Split a part and remove the pit using a spoon.
Using a spoon, scrape and scoop each avocado from the outer skin. Add to medium mixing bowl. Gently mash the avocados. Consistency depends on how you like your dip—chunky or smooth.
Add the onions, tomatoes, cilantro, garlic, jalapeno and pepper mixture to the avocados. Stir gently until completely combined.
Slice the lime in half. Using one hand, squeeze one half of lime over your hand into the avocado mixture (catching any seeds that may fall). Repeat process with other the other half of the lime. Stir gently until lime juice is combined.
Add salt to taste.
May 5th Celebrated (and Not So Celebrated) History
Pitching for the Boston Americans, Cy Young completed the first perfect game in modern baseball history. He also pitched a no-hitter, leading the Americans to a 3-0 Boston win.
Aboard the Freedom 7, astronaut Alan Shepard became the first American in space. He was selected from among seven men in the Mercury space program for the mission.
Moneta Sleet Jr. was awarded the Pulitzer Prize for his photo of Coretta Scott King during the funeral of her husband, Martin Luther King Jr., the assassinated civil rights activist. Moneta Sleet Jr. was the first African American photographer awarded the prize.
Secretariat breaks a racing record at Kentucky Derby with a winning time of 1:29 2/5. In the coming months, Jockey Ron Turcotte would ride Secretariat to Triple Crown history, winning the Preakness Stakes and the Belmont Stakes.
May 5th Celebrated (and Not So Celebrated) Birthdays
Nellie Bly – 1864
Born Elizabeth Cochran in Cochran Mills, Bly made a name for herself when she went undercover as a mental patient on Blackwell’s Island as an investigative journalist for the New York World. The exposè led to real change in the New York City mental health system. The World also sent Bly on a Jules Verne-style journey around the world, inspired by the author’s novel Around the World in Eighty Days.
Charles Albert Chief Bender – 1884
In 1903, the right-handed pitcher out-pitched Boston’s Cy Young for the Philadelphia Athletics wins. He would bring home three World Series Championships and in the 1911 World Series, Bender pitched three complete games.
Blind Willie McTell – 1889
The talented guitarist, blues singer, and composer was an enigma until after his death in 1959. Recording under different names and labels with a variety of artists, Willie Samuel McTell never saw much success during his lifetime. However, he produced assorted sessions across several labels and he performed with unquestionably gifted talent in each genre.
Dorothy Annie Elizabeth Garrod – 1892
The pioneering archaeologist is most noted for her work during the 1930s including excavations in Mount Carmel, Palestine. One important discovery included the first-ever female Neanderthal skeleton outside of Europe.
James Beard – 1903
Had James Beard been a better actor, the face of American cuisine might have an entirely different quality. Beard’s call to the culinary world led to more than a dozen cookbooks, The James Beard Cooking School, cooking shows and inspired chefs and amateur cooks.
Adele Laurie Blue Adkins – 1988
The award-winning British singer-songwriter gained prominence in the 2000s with hits like “Chasing Pavements” and “Someone Like You.”
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