Saturday, May 28, 2011

Slugs Return from Capistrano Day, Jazz Day, Julia Pierpont Day, more

May 28th, 2011 is Slugs Return from Capistrano Day, Gone-ta-Pott Day, International Jazz Day, Amateur Radio Military Appreciation Day, Julia Pierpont Day, Amnesty International Day, Derg Downfall Day (Ethiopia), Republic Day (Armenia, Azerbaijan), and National Multiple Births Awareness Day. 

For some crazy reason, today is Slugs Return from Capistrano Day. Not as glamorous as the swallows' return to Capistrano, but feel free to send an e-card. If you're actually in San Juan Capistrano, California, maybe you want to get rid of the slimy creatures.

The 28th of every month is Gone-ta-Pott Day, as proclaimed by the gang at the website by the same name. They say this day is meant for "seeing the humor in a bad day." Nice sentiment.

The Saturday before Memorial Day is known as International Jazz Day. Take some time to kick back and enjoy some genuinely American jazz.

The Saturday before Memorial Day is also known as ARMAD - Amateur Radio Military Appreciation Day. Amateur radio operators all over the world work together in a show of support for members of the armed forces, past and present.

Julia Pierpont Day honors a woman believed to be one of the founders of Decoration Day, now known as Memorial Day in the United States.

AI@50. Image: Amnesty International
This Amnesty International Day marks the 50th anniversary of Amnesty International. Their global call to action: "tip the scales against repression and injustice."

Derg Downfall Day is celebrated in Ethiopia as the end of the Derg regime, a junta that ruled the country from 1974 to 1987.

Armenians celebrate Republic Day today by decorating their streets in the national colors of red, blue, and orange. People enjoy khash, a dish made from the hooves, shin bone, and stomach of a cow. Armenia declared its independence in 1918.

May 28th is also Republic Day in Azerbaijan. The country declared its independence most recently in 1991. Their national flag features blue for "Turkic," red for "modern, progressive," and green for "Islam."

Today is National Multiple Births Awareness Day, established by Multiple Births Canada in 2005. May 28th is the birth date of the Dionne quintuplets - Annette, Emilie, Yvonne, Cecile, and Marie - born in Quebec in 1934.

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