Sunday, May 5, 2013

Celebrate National Nurses' Day on May 6

Most of the Usual Suspects and one of our favorite online destinations, Mental Floss, concur on this: Monday, May 6 is National Nurses' Day, the festive start of National Nurses Week.

Monday will also be the anniversary (May 6, 1954) of the day Roger Bannister became the first man to run a mile in under four minutes.

The crash of the Hindenburg, May 6, 1937.
The German airship Hindenburg exploded and crashed on May 6, 1937 as it tried to dock with its mooring mast in Lakehurst, New Jersey. Thirty five of the 97 people on board perished; another person was killed on the ground. Herbert Morrison's famous live narrative of the disaster (for WLS Radio in Chicago) is accessible from the linked Wikipedia account. You can hear the sob in his voice as he shouts, "Oh, the humanity!"

We mentioned the 1941 premiere of Citizen Kane here just the other day. Kane's creator, Orson Welles, was born on May 6, 1915.

Monday is also No Diet Day -- not a day to surrender to flabbiness, but a day to cultivate a healthy relationship with food, without the ups and downs that come from dieting.

Usual Suspect also says that Monday is No Homework Day. Kids are of course welcome to try this one out on their teachers -- nothing ventured, nothing gained -- but The Blog of Days accepts no responsibility for any adverse consequences that may result from the attempt.

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