MAY 7, 2021 | NATIONAL SPACE DAY | NATIONAL PROVIDER APPRECIATION DAY | SCHOOL LUNCH HERO DAY | NATIONAL MILITARY SPOUSE APPRECIATION DAY | NATIONAL BARRIER AWARENESS DAY | NATIONAL PASTE UP DAY | NATIONAL PACKAGING DESIGN DAY | NATIONAL ROAST LEG OF LAMB DAY
NATIONAL SPACE DAY
National Space Day dedicates the first Friday in May to the extraordinary achievements, benefits, and opportunities in the exploration and use of space. The goal of the observance is to promote math, science, technology, and engineering education in young people, The hope is to inspire them to pursue a career in science, especially a career in space-related jobs.
Careers in space involve a wide range of specialties. Going to space requires many working parts, and that’s not just the parts that go into space. All kinds of engineers build the equipment, computers and make the computations.
Accountants and public relations manage the books and the press. Meteorologists, chemists, physicists, and biologists analyze data and doctors monitor the health of the astronauts. As preparations are underway, photographers and writers record the events.
While we’ve only been exploring space for less than 60 years, we continue to learn so much. Imagine all the roles in space you can fill. While we’ve named a few here, how many more careers can you name? Do you know which one is yours?
HOW TO OBSERVE #NationalSpaceDay
Teachers, students, space-related organizations, groups, and agencies hold celebrations, demonstrations, and educational programs each year. The day has grown rapidly in recent years and is celebrated worldwide as International Space Day. Join an event near you. Other ways to celebrate include:
- Build a model rocket and launch it.
- Watch your favorite launch. Is it the Hubble Space Telescope, Apollo 11, or SpaceX Falcon 9?
- Look for the International Space Station as it orbits the Earth.
Get involved by sharing your knowledge and skills, too! Host an event and share your experiences. Share your favorite space pictures using #NationalSpaceDay
NATIONAL SPACE DAY HISTORY
In 1997, Lockheed Martin Corporation created National Space Day as a one-day event. In 2001, due to its extreme popularity, former astronaut and senator John Glenn expanded Space Day to International Space Day.
NATIONAL PROVIDER APPRECIATION DAY
National Provider Appreciation Day, also known as National Child Care Provider Day, is annually celebrated on the Friday before Mother’s Day. The special day recognizes child care providers, teachers, and other educators of young children everywhere.
Child care providers deserve a big “Thank you” for their dedication, commitment, and compassion. Less than one-third of the children in America have a full-time stay-at-home parent. Since the child care provider is a partner in raising children, parents carefully choose their child care provider. It may be a private home daycare, a daycare center, an in-home provider, or a live-in nanny. Parents put their trust in their childcare providers as they share child-rearing responsibilities with them.
HOW TO OBSERVE #ProviderAppreciationDay
Let your child care provider know how much you appreciate all they do. Use #ProviderAppreciationDay to post on social media.
Download and print this postcard to color and give it to your daycare provider. It’s also teacher, nurses, and Mother’s Day week. Print out multiple and send them to all those who deserve some appreciation. Print one side or print both sides on 5.5 inch by 4.5 inch card stock.
NATIONAL PROVIDER APPRECIATION DAY HISTORY
National Provider Appreciation Day, was started in 1996 by a group of volunteers in New Jersey. This group saw the need to recognize the tireless efforts of providers who care for children of working parents. Each year since momentum and support have grown, and recognition currently includes individual and government organizations throughout the United States. A proclamation is signed each year by many of the State Governors. For more information on National Provider Appreciation Day visit www.providerappreciationday.org.
SCHOOL LUNCH HERO DAY
The first Friday in May is School Lunch Hero Day, dedicated to those men and women who make the cafeterias and the schools a better place to be! What was your favorite school lunch? Do you remember the smiling face who served it to you?
For many children, the cafeteria is the first place they enter on a school day. From the first time through the cafeteria line, the lunch hero has more than nutrition on their minds. The well-being of every child is important to them. Keeping them safe, happy, and providing them with good and delicious food is also a priority.
Often they see entire families grow up, and sometimes, they are family. The celebration provides students and communities an opportunity to create ways to recognize their school heroes.HOW TO OBSERVE #SchoolLunchHeroDay
Organize a lunch for your lunch hero! Make a card or bring a flower. Decorate a banner telling your heroes all the ways they are super! Tell your hero, thank you. Visit www.schoollunchheroday.com for more great ideas and use #SchoolLunchHeroDay to share on social media.
SCHOOL LUNCH HERO DAY HISTORY
Inspired by children’s author and illustrator, Jarrett Krosoczka created School Lunch Hero Day to honor the foodservice employees after returning to his old school, and finding his childhood lunch lady remained and remembered him.
NATIONAL MILITARY SPOUSE APPRECIATION DAY
Always the Friday before Mother’s Day, National Military Spouse Appreciation Day recognizes the significant contributions, support, and sacrifices of the spouses of the Armed Forces. National Military Spouse Appreciation Day is also sometimes known as Military Spouse Day.
Along with the tremendous strength and patriotism they have, military spouses endure frequent change and unexpected developments in their lives. They prepare for many unknowns during military life, often unable to make a plan for more than a few days in advance. The hold down the home front during deployments, training, and many other circumstances while their husband or wife serve their country. Depending on the length of service, they may move many times and often all over the world. Military spouses also spend many months apart during stressful deployments with limited communication or for training.
But they bear these responsibilities by caring for and relying on family. With every move, they find a new job, help their children adjust to new schools and friends. They learn about a new community and its culture. During separations, they celebrate holidays at unusual times or host long-distance birthday parties. By supporting our service members and ensuring a sound home, our military is stronger and more prepared.
Thank a military spouse. Recognize the burdens they carry and support them throughout the year. You may not understand their struggles, but you can offer a friendly ear or helpful hand when they move to your city. Use #MilitarySpouseAppreciationDay to post on social media.
NATIONAL MILITARY SPOUSE APPRECIATION DAY HISTORY
On May 23, 1984, President Ronald Reagan declared the first Military Spouse Day with Proclamation 5184, dated April 17, 1984. He recognized the profound importance of spouse commitment to the readiness and well-being of military members. Caspar Weinberger, US Secretary of Defense, standardized the date by declaring the Friday preceding Mother’s Day as Military Spouse Day. Each year, the United States President regularly commemorates this day with a formal speech and proclamation.
NATIONAL BARRIER AWARENESS DAY
On May 7th each year, we are charged with breaking down obstacles on National Barrier Awareness Day. We are responsible for dissolving stigmas keeping people with disabilities from advancing in education. It’s an opportunity to tear down walls and build ramps that providing access. When we have misunderstandings, see the potential for the development of new technology to bridge the gap. Eliminate antiquated policies preventing those with disabilities from accessing their full potential. If there was ever a time to speak up about the questionable treatment of a human being, National Barrier Awareness Day encourages us to do so now.
“Today some 36 million Americans suffer from some form of handicap. Eighty percent of Americans will experience some disability in their lifetime. That makes it necessary for all of us to understand and appreciate both the barriers they must surmount and the contributions that they can make to our society.
Many disabled people face financial, cultural, and physical barriers because of a lack of public understanding of their needs. We must become more aware of the barriers that prevent or inhibit so many of our fellow Americans from participating fully in the life of our society, and how much more they could contribute if those obstacles were removed….”
Visible and invisible barriers are equally difficult to overcome. With advocacy, education, and awareness these obstacles can be lifted, empowering people with disabilities to live more independent fulfilled lives.
HOW TO OBSERVE #BarrierAwarenessDay
Break the barriers and work toward eliminating all of the cultural, employment, legal, and physical obstacles that confront individuals with disabilities! How do you participate?
- Write to your Congressperson.
- Offer solutions, not only complaints.
- Volunteer to make a difference.
Share your support using #BarrierAwarenessDay.
NATIONAL BARRIER AWARENESS DAY HISTORY
In 1986, Congress designated May 7, 1986, as National Barrier Awareness Day by a House Joint Resolution (544). It authorized the President to issue a proclamation recognizing the day. On May 7, 1986, President Ronald Reagan issued proclamation 5472 and called for Americans to recognize the day with events and programs that would contribute to removing the obstacles facing those with disabilities
NATIONAL PASTE-UP DAY
National Paste Up Day on May 7th each year remembers the time before desktop publishing and computerized digital imaging when many publications were completed by hand. The day also remembers those who worked so tediously in their positions.
Paste-up refers to a method of preparing and laying out pages of a publication. A paste-up artist was also known as a layout artist, mechanical artist, production artist, or compositor. Part of the daily duties of the paste-up artist would be to cut the type into sections and arrange it carefully across multiple columns. They were also responsible for placing the headlines and other typographical elements. These elements were supplied separately.
They worked for newspapers, magazines, catalogs, and other publishers. Paste-up artists used x-acto knives and focused on precision. While a journalist may have written an article with detail and gusto, if the 327-word article didn’t fit the column space, the paste-up artist would remove a line or two to make it fit. Ad space paid for salaries and photos often required cropping. Since the position required an eye for detail, paste-up artists were in high demand in the publishing arena, and they could face the high pressure of deadlines, too. Nevertheless, they kept their alleys straight and prepared their mechanicals on time for the presses.
From small presses evening papers to university presses, paste-up artists gained experience in a variety of ways. While word processing technology today seems to have eliminated the art of paste-up, the eye for precision and organization still persists in the printing world. Share how paste-up artists have influenced the art of printing today using #NationalPasteUp on social media.
NATIONAL PASTE-UP DAY HISTORY
National Day Calendar continues researching the origins of this publishing holiday.
NATIONAL PACKAGING DESIGN DAY
National Packaging Design Day on May 7th each year celebrates the art of packaging design as well as design professionals. The global design community and those appreciative of beautiful, well-crafted packaging commemorate the day by sharing inspiring designs and exchanging ideas. The day also encourages an awareness of the craftsmanship behind the package.
Living in the golden age of packaging, the packaging is now much more than a means to protect a product or display a name. Packaging is the physical representation of a brand to the consumer. The packaging is compelling. It’s not just what’s on the shelf that matters, but the unveiling process as well. The layers, the textures, the moment of anticipation before seeing the product. People may not think of the packaging designers when purchasing a product or while opening a gift, but they exist, orchestrating the process from sketch to shelf.
HOW TO OBSERVE #PackagingDesignDay
Check out Design Packaging’s Top 10 Ways to Celebrate the day and share the packaging you love. Here are other ways to celebrate the day:
- Judge a book by its cover. Packaging design goes into publishing, too. What makes you pick up a certain book?
- Study a creative packaging design. What caught your eye?
- Practice what you see. Incorporate elements of packaging design into your own design practices.
Give a shout-out to an inspiring designer with #PackagingDesignDay.
NATIONAL PACKAGING DESIGN DAY HISTORY
Design Packaging founded National Packaging Design Day in 2015 to shine a spotlight on package design, presentation, and its role in a product’s brand.
The Registrar at National Day Calendar proclaimed the day on April 22, 2015, to be observed on May 7th, annually.
NATIONAL ROAST LEG OF LAMB DAY
Each year on May 7th, National Roast Leg of Lamb Day makes a menu suggestion worthy of a celebration. The leg of lamb is a mild and tender cut of meat that, when roasted, is a unique and tasty dish to many. A typical preparation involves covering the leg of lamb with butter, rosemary sprigs pushed inside incisions cut in the leg, and rosemary leaves sprinkled on top. The lamb is then roasted for two hours at 360 degrees.
Lamb is a lean red meat loaded with nutrition. Of course, it’s going to deliver the protein at 25 grams per 3 ounce serving. But it also provides potassium and vitamin B-12. Another good reason to eat lamb is the iron, magnesium, and omega-3 fatty acids.
Roasted or grilled vegetables pair well with roast leg of lamb. Consider asparagus, roast cauliflower, or tomatoes. Mix up a spring salad or for a touch of acid, a coleslaw. Rice complements lamb, too, as do mashed or baked potatoes. Add your favorite gravy or herb sauce. Finish the meal with a chocolate souffle or lemon tarts.
HOW TO OBSERVE #RoastLegOfLambDay
Find a recipe and make a Roast Leg of Lamb today! Use #RoastLegOfLamb to share on social media.
NATIONAL ROAST LEG OF LAMB DAY HISTORY
National Day Calendar continues researching the origins of this tasty food celebration.
- National Coconut Cream Pie Day
- National Have A Coke Day
- National Student Nurse Day
- National Birth Mother’s Day – Saturday before Mother’s Day
- National Babysitter’s Day – Saturday before Mother’s Day
- National Dog Mom’s Day – Second Saturday in May
- National Train Day – Saturday Closest to May 10
- National Archery Day – Second Saturday in May
- National Miniature Golf Day – Second Saturday in May
- Cornelia De Lange Syndrome Awareness Day – Second Saturday in May
- Stamp Out Hunger Food Drive Day – Second Saturday in May
The American Medical Association is founded in Philadelphia, PA. The founding members elect Dr. Nathaniel Chapman as the first president of the new organization.
Akio Morita and Masaru Ibuka found Tokyo Telecommunication Engineering Corporation. The company is later named Sony.
Construction begins on the world’s longest suspension bridge. The Mackinac Bridge opened to traffic three years later in November 1957, connecting the upper and lower peninsulas of Michigan for the first time.
Michigan’s legislature became the 38th state to ratified a constitutional amendment proposed in 1789. The 203-year-old legislation limits mid-term salary increases and requires an election before raises can take effect. In essence, voters have the opportunity to elect new representation before raises take place. College student, Gregory Watson’s paper for his government class proposed the amendment was still eligible for ratification. After receiving a poor grade from a doubting teaching assistant, the topic became a rallying point. Two states vied to be the 38th states to ratify the amendment, Michigan and New Jersey. Don W. Wilson, U.S. Archivist, certified 27th Amendment on May 18th. At the time, one state was unaware they had already ratified the amendment. Kentucky’s ratification took place in 1792 and as a result, the honor of being the 38th state actually belongs to Alabama which ratified the amendment on May 5, 1992.
Recipe of the Day
Prep: 30 minutes
Cook: 30 minutes
Total Prep: 60 minutes
1/2 cup small pearl tapioca
3/4 cup water
2 – 1/4 cups 2% milk
1/4 teaspoon salt
1/2 cup sugar divided
2 eggs separated
1/2 teaspoon vanilla
Soak the tapioca in water for 30 minutes in a 1-1/2 quart saucepan.
Do not drain any remaining liquid from the tapioca.
Lightly beat egg yolks and add to tapioca along with milk, salt and 1/4 cup of sugar.
Simmer over low heat for 10-15 minutes and stir frequently.
Beat together egg whites and remaining sugar until soft peaks form.
Fold in a portion of the hot tapioca into the egg whites, then carefully fold the mixture back into the saucepan.
Continue to stir over low heat for approximately 3 minutes.
Allow the tapioca to cool for 15 minutes, then add the vanilla.
Serve the tapioca warm or chilled.
As an added treat, top with fruit, nuts, whipped cream, cinnamon or other seasonal favorites.
- National Etiquette Week – Begins the Monday of the Second Full Week
- National Salvation Army Week – Second Full Week
- Bike to Work Week – Week of National Bike to Work Day
- National Police Week: Week of May 15th
- American Craft Beer Week – Second Full Week in May
- Public Works Week: Week of May 15th
In the Classroom
Mary Mahoney – 1845
In 1879, Mary Mahoney became the first African American professional nurse when she graduated from the New England Hospital’s nursing school. She also formed the National Association of Colored Graduate Nurses after the Nurses Associated Alumnae of the United States demonstrated a slow response to accepting black nurses.
Gary Cooper – 1901
Gary Cooper appeared in more than 80 films during a career that lept from silent movies to sound almost effortlessly. He was nominated for his first Academy Award in 1937 for his role in Mr. Deeds Goes to Town. Cooper would go on to earn two Best Actor Academy Awards for Sergeant York (1942) and High Noon (1953). In 1961, the Academy presented him with an honorary award for his career achievements.
Eva Peron – 1919
The Argentine actress became the first lady of Argentina in 1946. Peron became a powerful political figure, advocating for women’s suffrage and the rights of the poor.
Ishiro Honda – 1911
The Japanese filmmaker is best known for co-creating the Godzilla film franchise.
Michael P. Murphy – 1976
The U.S. Navy SEAL officer served during the War in Afghanistan and for his actions received the military’s highest decoration, the Medal of Honor. Murphy was killed by enemy forces during Operation Red Wing near Asadabad, Afghanistan on June 28, 2005.
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