MAY 8, 2021 | NATIONAL DOG MOM’S DAY | NATIONAL HAVE A COKE DAY | NATIONAL BIRTH MOTHER’S DAY | NATIONAL ARCHERY DAY | STAMP OUT HUNGER FOOD DRIVE DAY | NATIONAL STUDENT NURSE DAY | NATIONAL TRAIN DAY | CORNELIA DE LANGE SYNDROME AWARENESS DAY | NATIONAL COCONUT CREAM PIE DAY | NATIONAL MINIATURE GOLF DAY | NATIONAL BABYSITTER’S DAY
NATIONAL DOG MOM’S DAY
During the second Saturday in May, National Dog Mom’s Day sends out a chorus of yips, barks, and howls of praise for all the dog mommas!
Our dogs are our family members, whether they came into our lives unexpectedly or as carefully planned additions. We adopt them as puppies, adolescents, or fully mature animals with a bit of baggage, and yet, we find common ground, a connection, and bond like families do. They know our moods, and we know theirs. We care for them, shelter them, and share an immeasurable loyalty with them.
National Dog Mom’s Day recognizes the bond women share with their fur kids. When they humor us, charm us or even when they are naughty, they are like any other child to us.
Celebrate by making sure to get some extra cuddles. Bake up some yummy homemade puppy treats. Plan for some double pampering – a pedicure for you and paws for the puppers. Then take an extra special selfie with fur baby to mark the occasion.
Use #DogMomsDay to share on social media.
NATIONAL DOG MOM’S DAY HISTORY
Dig – The Dog Person’s Dating App founded National Dog Mom’s Day to celebrate and thank the dog moms who dedicate their love and support every day to their dogs. It’s a different, special and visceral love that deserves its own day to be recognized and appreciated.
The Registrar at National Day Calendar proclaimed National Dog Mom’s Day to be observed the second Saturday of May beginning in 2018.
About Dig – The Dog Person’s Dating App
Dog people are always looking for ways to get dogs in their lives. You’ll linger near the dog park’s fence, you’ll repeatedly offer to dog-sit while your friends are away, and you’ll scan every dating app for photos of potential matches with dogs at their sides. If you’re lucky enough to own a pup, you know that things never work out with someone if they’re not as into your dog as you are. So Dig founders Casey and Leigh Isaacson built a dating app that connects dog people based on what’s most important to them. Dig is the best way for dog lovers and dog owners to find a compatible date.
NATIONAL HAVE A COKE DAY
Each year on May 8th, millions of people across the country celebrate National Have a Coke Day. Coca-Cola, often referred to as Coke, is a carbonated soft drink produced by The Coca-Cola Company.
The original filing date for Coke as a registered trademark of the Coca-Cola Company in the United States is March 27, 1944. As of 2013, Coke distributes products in over 200 countries around the world as consumers down more than 1.8 million company beverage servings each day.
While the holiday focuses on the bubbly, carbonated beverage, the drink and its associated memorabilia inspire collectors across generations. From sign art to vintage soda fountain glassware, collectors love to replicate classic flavors with authentic style.
HOW TO OBSERVE #NationalHaveACokeDay
There are so many ways to celebrate this day. While enjoying your favorite Coca-Cola product, you can explore the company’s history. You can also discover which collectibles are truly valuable and which ones just tug at our heartstrings. While you share an icy cold beverage with a friend, watch old Coke commercials. You can also enjoy a float or a frozen Coke. Don’t forget to debate diet vs. original, too. Another way to celebrate is by exploring the world of vintage soda fountains. Step back in time and savor a delicious ice cream soda. For the adults, share your favorite mixed beverage or a flavored variety of this iconic soft drink. While you celebrate, don’t forget to use #NationalHaveACokeDay to share on social media.
NATIONAL HAVE A COKE DAY HISTORY
In the late 19th century, John Pemberton invented Coca-Cola, at Pemberton’s Eagle Drug and Chemical House in Columbus, Georgia. He intended to patent the beverage as medicine. However, Asa Griggs Candler bought out the business. Candler’s marketing tactics led Coke to its dominance of the world soft-drink market throughout the 20th century.
May 8, 1886 – Coco-Cola goes on sale for the first time as a tonic during the temperance movement.
1891 – Bottling of Coco-Cola begins for the first time at the Biedenharn Candy Company in Vicksburg, Mississippi.
1894 – The first outdoor wall advertisement promoting the Coca-Cola drink was painted in Cartersville, Georgia
1914 – Atlanta’s Fleeman’s Pharmacy opens its doors. The longest-running commercial Coca-Cola soda fountain anywhere became a historic landmark of Atlanta and Coca-Cola. The pharmacy closed its doors in 1995 after 81 years.
1944 – The Coca-Cola Company manufactures its one-billionth gallon of Coca-Cola syrup on July 12th.
1955 – The company produces its first cans of Coke.
National Day Calendar continues researching the origins of this iconic beverage holiday.
NATIONAL BIRTH MOTHER’S DAY
National Birth Mother’s Day on the Saturday before Mother’s Day honors birth mothers and offers a show of support. It is a day to recognize the biological mothers of adopted children.
Each birth mother’s experience is personal. While the day originated as a day of solidarity, education, and compassion, it has evolved and may be received with a mixture of emotions. It may also be viewed as a celebration of the life a birth mother has brought into the world and has chosen to share with another family. Children of adoption may even also participate in the day, celebrating their birth mothers and the life they gave them.
Approach National Birth Mother’s Day with gentleness and love. Everyone’s experience is different. It may be a day to learn about the adoption process. Understand that each birth mother comes to adoptions for different and very personal reasons. Families and birth mothers will experience this day differently from family to family. For some, it may be a quiet and solemn day spent bonding with other birth mothers. For others, the adoptive families and children may spend the day celebrating birth mothers with cards and gifts similar to Mother’s Day.
Life can only be understood backwards; but it must be lived forwards ~ Soren Kierkegaard
Use #NationalBirthMothersDay to share on social media.
NATIONAL BIRTH MOTHER’S DAY HISTORY
Mary Jean Wolch-Marsh established National Birth Mother’s Day in 1990 to show support for birth mothers like herself.
NATIONAL ARCHERY DAY
National Archery Day on the second Saturday in May recognizes one of the oldest sports still in existence. Archery has been around since before 2800 BC when bows were being used for hunting and battle.
In 1900, the modern Olympic games introduced archery as an official event. However, it only appeared again in 1904, 1908 and 1920. Then once again after a long absence, archery returned in 1972.
In recent years, archery’s growing popularity is piquing people’s interest. One supporting reason points to the National Archery in the Schools Program (NASP) that began in Kentucky in 2002. Since then, the program expanded to 47 states and 10 countries, with over 2.1 million kids participating each year.
Archery has benefits, too. Did you know that besides improving upper body strength, archery improves mental focus? Other benefits of archery include:
- The sport (like many do) develops confidence.
- Archery creates a sense of accomplishment.
- It’s social! At events, people get to know one another and exchange tips, resources, and encouragement.
- Archery can be practiced all year long.
- Participants learn a lifelong respect for safety.
HOW TO OBSERVE #NationalArcheryDay
Celebrate National Archery in the Schools Program by sharing your archery activities using #NationalArcherySchoolsProgram on Social Media.
NATIONAL ARCHERY DAY HISTORY
National Archery Day was submitted by the National Archery in the Schools Program in March 2015. The second Saturday in May is generally the time the NASP tournament is held. This is the largest archery tournament in the world. Each year kids from all over the U.S. look forward to traveling to Louisville, Kentucky, for this culminating event to end their school archery year. The event draws over 11,500 students participating in NASP.
The Registrar at National Day Calendar proclaimed National Archery Day in March 2015 to be observed on the 2nd Saturday of May, annually.
STAMP OUT HUNGER FOOD DRIVE DAY
The second Saturday in May is the largest one-day food drive in the nation named Stamp Out Hunger Food Drive Day. How is it possible? It occurs in more than 10,000 cities and towns, and the food is collected by those men and women carrying our mail across the country.
As they deliver to you mail order parts, bills, and postcards, you get to do your part by filling their mailbag with non-perishable food donations.
Over the last 20 years, one billion pounds of food has been delivered by this drive which is sponsored by the National Association of Letter Carriers. The letter carriers representing the NALC receive help from rural letter carriers, other postal employees, and other volunteers. The Stamp Out Hunger Food Drive has received a number of accolades over the years, including two Presidential Certificates of Achievement.
HOW TO OBSERVE #StampOutHungerFoodDriveDay
Volunteer your time at your local post office to sort food gathered for the largest one-day food drive. Visit either of the following sites for more information on how to participate: www.nalc.org or www.usps.com. Leave non-perishable food items for your postal carrier to collect and deliver to food pantries as part of the drive. Drop off items at your local post office. Use #StampOutHungerFoodDrive to show your support for this worthy cause!
NATIONAL STAMP OUT HUNGER FOOD DRIVE DAY HISTORY
The Stamp out Hunger Food Drive started in October 1991 as a pilot program. After the initial success of the drive that took place in ten cities across the country, the program was moved to the spring. Food banks during this time of year struggle to meet demand as contributions dwindle after the holiday season.
NATIONAL STUDENT NURSE DAY
National Student Nurse Day takes part in National Nurses Week on May 8th. The day honors student nurses as they pursue a career in medicine.
Student Nurses are at the cutting edge of technology, learning the latest life-saving techniques. At the same time, they are practicing skills in programs that have been built upon medical science. Each year, the demand for nurses grows. Now more than ever, the nursing field needs more people dedicated to the field of medicine. Their drive to care, learn, and specialize in nursing will make a difference in the lives of millions of individuals and the families who love them each year.
A registered nurse (RN) will attend four years of nursing school to attain a bachelor’s degree in nursing. Nurses also branch out into specialties advancing their careers into other areas of medicine.
National Student Nurses Day celebrates these students and their achievements.
HOW TO OBSERVE #NationalStudentNursesDay
Encourage a student nurse you know. As they pursue their career, it can be a challenging time. It’s an overwhelming undertaking and one that friends, family, and peers should support in every way possible. If you’re in the nursing profession, offer words of wisdom and support. Families and friends show your support, too, and let them know how proud you are of their direction and focus. Use #NationalStudentNurseDay to share on social media to give a student nurse you know a shout-out.
NATIONAL STUDENT NURSES DAY HISTORY
In 1953, Dorothy Sutherland of the U.S. Department of Health proposed a Nurse Day observance. While a proclamation never came, National Nurse Week was observed the following year. The American Nurses Association established National Student Nurse Day to recognizes student nurses in 1998.
NATIONAL TRAIN DAY
Each year, National Train Day was observed annually on the Saturday closest to May 10th.
Trains revolutionized the world. The first railroad developed in Great Britain and initially used horses as power. These routes hauled limestone, coal, and other heavy materials long distances. Steam engines and the railroad were instrumental in westward expansion in the United States. Not only did it bring settlers West but they also brought the necessary supplies for them to start new lives.
Trains have several different distinct categories that are separated by how their locomotives are powered, their use, and the design of their tracks. A train is a form of rail transport consisting of a series of “cars” that usually run along a rail track. Trains transport cargo and passengers. A train’s speed can reach up to 350 mph.
HOW TO OBSERVE #NationalTrainDay
While Amtrak discontinued the observance in 2016, we can still celebrate trains, their history, and our fascination with them. Visit a train museum or take a trip by train. Learn how steam power moved the country westward. If you like to read, your library might have The Railways: Nation, Network and People by Simon Bradley or America’s Great Railroad Stations by Roger Straus, Hugh Van Dusen, Ed Breslin. Use #NationalTrainDay to share your experiences on social media.
NATIONAL TRAIN DAY HISTORY
Amtrak created National Train Day in 2008 as a method of spreading information to the general public about rail travel and the history of trains in the United States. Amtrak discontinued the day in 2016.
CORNELIA DE LANGE SYNDROME AWARENESS DAY
Observed annually on the second Saturday in May, Cornelia de Lange Syndrome Awareness Day sheds light on this often misdiagnosed, little-known syndrome.
Cornelia de Lange Syndrome (CdLS) causes a range of physical, cognitive, and medical challenges. It is a genetic disorder that even though present at birth, it is not always diagnosed at birth. Affecting the physical and intellectual development of a child, CdLS is often known as Bushy Syndrome or Amsterdam dwarfism. CdLS can lead to severe developmental abnormalities affecting an estimated 1 in 10,000 to 30,000.
While the condition may be visually present at birth, it often goes undiagnosed without the correct testing. Some testing via ultrasound exam can occur before birth. However, most testing takes place after birth. Part of the diagnosis process includes a careful examination of the infant. They will measure limbs, head, and face as well as check for cleft palate, diaphragmatic hernia, congenital heart disease, and gastrointestinal abnormalities. For those who present with mild symptoms, genetic testing may be necessary to identify if the gene mutations specific to CdLS have been impacted.
A Dutch physician by the name of Dr. Cornelia de Lange first described two patients with similar characteristics and symptoms in 1933. She is credited as being one of the first physicians to document the medical condition, its features, and the associated symptoms.
Many who have CdLS are unaware they even have it. The day aims to support research and better forms of diagnosis. For more information regarding CdLS day visit the CdLS Awareness Day website.
HOW TO OBSERVE #CorneliaDeLangeSyndromeAwarenessDay
Learn more about CdLS and support research into its prevention and treatment. Host a fundraiser or an awareness event to support those with CdLS. Use #CorneliaDeLangeSyndromeAwarenessDay to post on social media.
CORNELIA DE LANGE SYNDROME AWARENESS DAY HISTORY
The observance was founded in 1989 as an opportunity to educate everyone about this often misdiagnosed condition. For more information on CdLS visit www.cdlsusa.org.
NATIONAL COCONUT CREAM PIE DAY
National Coconut Cream Pie Day on May 8th celebrates its own slice of deliciousness. This delicious pie is made with a sweet coconut cream filling. Pie lovers know a thick layer of real whipped cream topped with toasted coconut make this pie irresistible.
There are plenty of pie holidays on the National Day Calendar. In fact, every month includes at least one. The last pie holiday we celebrated was National Blueberry Pie Day, kicking off the blueberry season. However, unlike blueberries, coconut trees produce their fruit all year long. And the milk and meat are processed for canning and drying, making it easily accessible for year-round baking.
HOW TO OBSERVE #CoconutCreamPieDay
If you save your celebrating for the pie holidays, this is the only one in May. The next one doesn’t come along until June 9th on National Strawberry Rhubarb Pie Day, and for pie lovers, that’s a bit of a wait. Bake up a coconut cream pie. It won’t take long, and you won’t be disappointed. If you need a recipe, we found one for you to try. Share your favorite recipes, too!
Share your slice using #CoconutCreamPieDay on social media.
NATIONAL COCONUT CREAM PIE DAY HISTORY
National Day Calendar continues researching the origins of this baking holiday.
NATIONAL MINIATURE GOLF DAY
Annually the second Saturday in May recognizes National Miniature Golf Day. This day is separate from Miniature Golf Day, which is celebrated worldwide on September 21.
Similar to the sport of golf, but as the name suggests it is a miniature version of the game. While still played with a series of 9 or 18 holes, miniature golf courses are shorter, usually themed, and have a variety of obstacles that add to the difficulty of the game.
There also isn’t any need to call “FOUR” since only putters are used in this version. The distances are too short (usually about 10 yards) to use any of the other clubs in golf. Most courses consist of concrete or artificial turf so don’t worry about replacing any divots, either! The game also goes by the names mini-golf, midget golf, putt-putt, and peewee golf.
Some of the more challenging miniature golf courses have waterfalls, caverns, and castles with drawbridges as part of their obstacle course.
Watch out for the water hazards and the windmill! Meet your friends at your local miniature golf course and have a fun-filled day. While you’re out putting, share your photos using #NationalMiniGolfDay.
NATIONAL MINIATURE GOLF DAY HISTORY
The Illustrated London News had mention of the earliest documented minigolf course in its June 8, 1912, edition. The first standardized minigolf courses to enter into commercial mass-production were the Thistle Dhu course in 1916 in Pinehurst, North Carolina, and the Tom Thumb patent of Garnet Carter from Lookout Mountain, Tennessee in 1927.
National Day Calendar continues researching the origins of this miniature sport holiday.
NATIONAL BABYSITTER’S DAY
National Babysitter’s Day on Saturday before Mother’s Day honors the reliable babysitters across the country. On this day, we show babysitters appreciation and special recognition for their quality child care.
Babysitting is not what it used to be. In certain parts of the country, babysitters earn a good chunk of the mighty dollar. Their skills factor into their hourly rates, too. Depending on the area of the country, sitters can demand anywhere from $12 to $20 an hour.
Money aside, they do provide fun and safe care so parents can have some time for some rest, a dinner, and maybe a movie. The youngest of babysitters take part in childcare classes that include child and infant CPR and first aid. No matter what age, babysitters provide care to children, but babysitters also involve the children in activities, games, and help with homework. Many babysitters leave a lasting and inspiring impact on our children. Much like teachers, they are included in the set of role models children begin to collect from an early age.
HOW TO OBSERVE #NationalBabysittersDay
Take advantage of the opportunity to show your appreciation for your babysitter. Send them a special thank you gift of flowers, candy or a handmade thank you card from your little munchkins! Other ways to show your babysitter appreciation include:
- create a video message to send to your babysitter
- tell others how amazing your babysitter is – get caught praising them, too!
- give a gift card to their favorite restaurant
- create a small scrapbook of memories
Some of us even remember the babysitters we had as children. Send those special people a message, too. While they likely don’t provide childcare any longer, they still hold a special place in our hearts. Share your appreciation on Social Media using #NationalBabysittersDay.
NATIONAL BABYSITTER’S DAY HISTORY
Safetywhys.com founded National Babysitter’s Day in 2003 to promote national appreciation and recognition of quality child care.
May 8th Celebrated (and Not So Celebrated) History
The first Westminster Kennel Club Dog Show opens at Gilmore’s Gardens in New York City. Thirty-five breeds were represented by approximately 1,200 dogs.
In Atlanta, Ga, Dr. John Pemberton launched his altered, alcohol-free tonic called Coca-Cola. In face of prohibition, Pemberton’s elixir sold as a temperance drink, though another ingredient contained a form of cocaine (the coca plant is a source). Eventually, a process removing the cocaine from the coca leaves left Coca-Cola free of the schedule II drug.
World War II in Europe officially comes to an end with the unconditional surrender of Germany. Victory in Japan would come three months later.
Nancy Mace graduates from The Citadel in Charleston, South Carolina. She is the first woman to graduate from the military college.
Recipe of the Day
Prep: 5 minutes
Cook: 15 minutes
Total Prep: 20 minutes
8 ounces fettuccine
1 pound large shrimp, de-shelled and de-veined
1 tablespoon Cajun seasoning
2 tablespoons all-purpose flour
2 tablespoons butter
2 tablespoons olive oil
1 cup chicken broth
1 cup heavy cream
salt and pepper for taste
1/2 cup grated Parmesan cheese
1 tablespoon fresh chopped parsley
Cook your pasta according to the directions on the package.
Place uncooked shrimp in bowl and sprinkle shrimp with the entire tablespoon of cajun spice, and toss well.
Next, sprinkle all-purpose flour on top of the seasoned shrimp and toss well. Coat well.
Put butter and oil in a deep skillet and cook on high heat.
Add your shrimp to skillet and cook for about 2 minutes on each side.
Remove shrimp from skillet and set aside.
Add chicken broth and heavy cream to the same skillet, whisking continuously until remaining ingredients are added.
Season with salt and pepper (or additional cajun spice if you prefer!)
Still whisking, bring mixture to a boil.
Add Parmesan cheese.
Add fettuccine and shrimp back into the pot and toss.
Garnish with additional Parmesan cheese and parsley on top.
(Note to chef: try to buy a Cajun seasoning without salt to avoid making this recipe too salty.)
Phillis Wheatley – 1753
While the exact date of her birth is uncertain, history records Phillis Wheatley as the first African American woman to publish a book of poems. She was educated by her Boston slave-holders and soon after the publication of her first book Poems on Various Subjects, Religious and Moral, was emancipated.
Henry Dunant – 1828
In 1863, the Swiss businessman co-founded the International Committee for Relief to the Wounded. The organization is known today as the International Federation of the Red Cross.
Harry S. Truman – 1884
Harry S. Truman took office after the death of President Franklin D. Roosevelt in 1945. Within a few months, the war in Germany ended, atomic bombs ended the war in Japan, and the Cold War began.
In 1948, Truman famously defeated Thomas Dewey by a narrow margin for reelection. He set out to create social reform with his New Deal and supported the North Atlantic Treaty Organization.
Akebono Taro – 1969
The American-born sumo wrestler emigrated to Japan. In 1993, he became the first non-Japanese-born sumo wrestler to earn the rank of Yokozuna – the highest rank in Japan’s national sport.
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