May 5, 2012: Cinco De Mayo, Hoagie Day, Oyster Day, Homebrew Day

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May 5, 2012

★~ Today’s Quote: He was a bold man that first eat an oyster. ~ Jonathan Swift

★~ Super Moon:

Tonight’s full moon will be the biggest one of the year, maxing out at 10:35 p.m. — is known in Indian lore as the Full Flower Moon because by this time of year, flowers are everywhere. A supermoon occurs when a full moon coincides with the moon’s perigee (the point at which it is closest to Earth), making it appear especially big and bright in the sky

★~ Happy Cinco de Mayo:

On May 5, 1862, the Mexican army defeated the French army at the Battle of Puebla. A single military battle signified the defeat of a European colonial power and a victory for the Mexican people. In the battle lie the roots of Cinco de Mayo.

On Cinco de Mayo,  celebrate the anniversary of the 1862 Battle of Puebla with a nice cold margarita, shot of tequila or a siesta.

★~ Hoagie Day!

The Hoagie was originally created in Philadelphia, and was declared the “Official Sandwich of Philadelphia” in 1992. If you want to keep with the Cinco de Mayo theme, order your Hoagie with a little chorizo, salsa, jalapeño, cilantro, and lime!

If you want a genuine Italian Hoagie, build it with Italian ham, prosciutto, salami, provolone cheese, and the works. Wondering how Hoagie got its name? The most widely accepted story centers on an area of Philadelphia known as Hog Island, which was home to a shipyard during World War I (1914-1918). The Italian immigrants working there would bring giant sandwiches made with cold cuts, spices, oil, lettuce, tomatoes, onions, and peppers for their lunches. These workers were nicknamed “hoggies.” Over the years, the name was attached to the sandwiches, but under a different spelling.

★~ Oyster Day:

Now, I know this is really odd but before or after your Hoagie, you must have an oyster. Or just wear your pearls in honor of Oyster Day. Seattle, Washington is the world’s largest producer of cultivated pearls. The city is known as the “Oyster Capital of the World.”

★~ National Homebrew Day:

National Homebrew Day started in 1988 as an opportunity for homebrewing enthusiasts to share their hobby with family and friends. Held annually on the first Saturday of May, it’s a rallying point for the nation’s estimated 750,000 homebrewers.

Up until early 1979, homebrewing was illegal in the United States. California senator Alan Cranston’s proposed amendment number 3534 authorized the production of beer for personal use, and was signed into law by President Jimmy Carter as part of a federal transportation bill in 1978. This ability for artisanal brewers to hone their craft at home has played an immense part in the larger craft-beer movement. If you are interested in finding out more about homebrewing visit the American Homebrews Association.

★~ Today in History;

♥~ 1958 – On the cover of LIFE magazine: “Fresh Hope on Cancer”. A 2,000,000-volt radiation machine was pictured.

♥~ 1961 – Astronaut Alan B. Shepard Jr. became the first U.S. space traveler as he rode a Redstone rocket on a 15-minute, suborbital flight that took him and his Freedom 7 Mercury capsule 116.5 miles high and 302 miles downrange from Cape Canaveral, FL.

♥~ 1973 – 56,800 fans paid $309,000 to see Led Zeppelin at Tampa Stadium. This was the largest, paid crowd ever assembled in the U.S. to see a single musical act. The concert topped The Beatles 55,000-person audience at Shea Stadium in New York ($301,000).

♥~ 1985 – The first husband and wife team to win a major marathon,Ken and Lisa Martin, won over $50,000 for their first-place finishes in the Pittsburgh Marathon. Interesting also, because they had never run in the same race before.

♥~ 2004 – A 1905 painting by Pablo Picasso titled Garcon a la pipe(Boy with a Pipe) sold for a record $104 million at Sotheby’s in New York City.

★~Born Today:

♥~ 1927 – Pat Carroll Emmy Award-winning comedienne, actress: Caesar’s Hour [1956], The Ted Knight Show, With Six You Get Eggroll, Brothers O’Toole

♥~ 1942 – Tammy Wynette (Virginia Wynette Pugh) Grammy Award-winning country singer: I Don’t Wanna Play House [1967], Stand By Your Man [1969]; D-I-V-O-R-C-E, Near You, Apartment #9;died Apr 6, 1998

♥~ 1944 – John Rhys-Davies actor: Sliders, Lord of the Ringsseries, Helen of Troy, The Gold Cross, Au Pair, Marquis de Sade, The Untouchables, The Lost World, War and Remembrance, Raiders of the Lost Ark

♥~ 1973 – Tina Yothers actress: Family Ties, Laker Girls, Spunk: The Tonya Harding Story

♥~ 1979- Vincent Kartheiser – Mad Men

★~ Did You Know:

♥~ Cinco de Mayo is not Mexican Independence Day. The date — May 5 — actually commemorates a battle in 1862 between the Mexican and the French forces.

♥~ The official name of Mexico is Estados Únidos Mexicanos (United Mexican States).

♥~ Only ten countries in the world have a larger population than Mexico’s 109,955,400 million people.

♥~ Mexico introduced chocolate, corn, and chilies to the world

♥~ At the beginning of the 21st century Mexico’s population was over 100 million!

♥~ Mexico is the largest salt producers in the world. Along with that petroleum is their major export.

♥~ Hot chocolate is the sacred drink of the Aztecs.

♥~ Tequila is Mexico’s national drink.

Cole and I are heading up to the Indian Dunes to take a look at the Supermoon from the beach.

Hope you have a great Saturday. Leave a comment if you have an EL Morno moment–Odd Loves Company.



3 thoughts on “May 5, 2012: Cinco De Mayo, Hoagie Day, Oyster Day, Homebrew Day

  1. Playing golf and afterwards I will have a siesta and then a Margarita to toast Mexico.

    Enjoy your Saturday.

  2. Ola,
    My husband has always wanted to try homebrewing-his birthday is in August so maybe we can get him a starters kit and he can give it a try.
    Margarita for the cocktail hour and who knows maybe I will even throw out some chips and dip.
    Hope you have a great day!

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