MAY 8, 2023 | WORLD RED CROSS DAY | NATIONAL HAVE A COKE DAY | INTERNATIONAL THALASSAEMIA DAY | TIME OF REMEMBRANCE AND RECONCILIATION | NATIONAL STUDENT NURSE DAY | WORLD OVARIAN CANCER DAY | NATIONAL COCONUT CREAM PIE DAY | NATIONAL WOMEN’S CHECKUP DAY
WORLD RED CROSS DAY
Every year May 8 is celebrated as World Red Cross Day to honor the International Red Cross and Red Crescent Movement founder Henry Dunant, who was born on this day in 1828. The day aims to broaden the public’s understanding of the International Red Cross and Red Crescent Movement. Read more…
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. Read more…
INTERNATIONAL THALASSAEMIA DAY
Every year on May 8th, International Thalassaemia Day commemorates thalassaemia patients who are no longer with us. It’s also a day to celebrate the patients that are alive and fighting for a better quality of life. Read more…
TIME OF REMEMBRANCE AND RECONCILIATION
On May 8th and 9th, the day is set aside as “The Time of Remembrance and Reconciliation for Those Who Lost Their Lives during the Second World War.” These two days recognize the sacrifices and loss of military and civilians during the second global war. As an observance, non-governmental organizations and individuals are urged to pay tribute to the victims of World War II. On May 8, 1945, World War II Allies accepted the unconditional surrender Nazi Germany. The anniversary is also known as Victory in Europe or VE Day. Read more…
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. Read more…
WORLD OVARIAN CANCER DAY
Every year on May 8th, World Ovarian Cancer Day increases global awareness for this deadly disease. The day also unites those living with ovarian cancer, as well as survivors and their families. Read more…
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. Read more…
NATIONAL WOMEN’S CHECKUP DAY
National Women’s Checkup Day on the second Monday in May each year focuses on the importance of regular routine visits for women. Read more…
On Deck for May 9, 2023
National Home Front Heroes Day
National Alphabet Magnet Day
National Sleepover Day
National Butterscotch Brownie Day
National Moscato Day
National Lost Sock Memorial Day
Recipe of the Day
Unbelievably Easy Ham and Cheese Sliders
Prep time: 5 minutes
Cook time: 25 minutes
Total: 30 minutes
Makes: 12 sliders
12 Hawaiian sweet rolls
3/4 pound sliced deli ham
3/4 pound sliced Swiss cheese
1/2 cup unsalted butter, melted
1 tablespoon dijon mustard
1 tablespoon poppy seeds
2 teaspoons Worcestershire sauce
Salt and Pepper to taste
Heat oven to 350°F. Line a 9×9 inch pan with parchment paper coated with cooking spray.
Keep rolls connected and with a serrated knife, slice the buns in half, separating the tops from the bottoms. Place the bottom half into the baking pan.
Layer the ham and cheese over the bottom half of the buns. Place the top half of the buns on top.
Mix mustard, poppy seeds, Worcestershire sauce, and butter in a small bowl.
Using a pastry brush, evenly spread the mixture over the top of the rolls. Once the rolls are completely coated, pour any remaining mixture evenly over the rolls.
Cover with foil and bake for about 20 minutes.
Remove foil and bake an additional 3-4 minutes or until cooked through.
Slice sliders apart and serve.
May 8th 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.
May 8th Celebrated Birthdays
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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