Archive | May, 2013

Elizabeth’s Birthday

Happy birthday to an important member of the Calendars.com team, Elizabeth!

Elizabeth has been with Calendars.com for nearly six years and runs the Facebook page and blog for DogBreedStore.com, our sister site. She also manages the Calendars Ebay store and comparison shopping engines.

I love Calendars, canines, caffeine and my Mac – not necessarily in that order.  I balance work with volunteering, training dogs, gardening and cooking. My favorite travel destination is home, where I am surrounded by ten beautiful acres of wildflowers and two adorable and adoring (mainly at dinner time) Bulldogs who think I am an absurdly good cook.

Here are a few of her staff picks, but see Elizabeth’s complete selection on our Staff Picks Page!

Someecards 2014 Desk Calendar

Extraordinary Chickens 2014 Wall Calendar

Yoga Dogs 2014 Wall Calendar

Cowboy Boots 2014 Wall Calendar

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George Lucas’ Birthday

American filmmaker, producer, and screenwriter George Lucas was born in Modesto, California on May 14, 1944.  He is most famous for the creation of the Star Wars saga and the Indiana Jones adventure series.  Lucas has become one of the most successful filmmakers within the American film industry.

George Lucas attended the University of Southern California School of Cinematic Arts and was a member of the “Dirty Dozen” clique of film school students that would go on to make it big in Hollywood.  In 1973, Lucas found success with the release of his low-budget film, American Graffiti, which cost under $800,000 to make but garnered over $50 million at the box office.

Star Wars came next in 1977, and with the release of The Empire Strikes Back in 1980 and The Return of the Jedi in 1983, the saga began to attract quite the cult following.  Indiana Jones was also the brainchild of George Lucas, but he enlisted Steven Spielberg to direct the films while he wrote the screenplays.  After Indiana Jones, Lucas returned his attention back to Star Wars and created three more “episodes” which were hugely popular.  Both Hollywood franchises achieved momentous success, and in 2012, Lucas announced he would be retiring from major blockbuster films to focus on smaller, independent features.

Happy 69th Birthday George Lucas!

Sources: Wikipedia, Biography

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Top Gun Day

May 13 is Top Gun Day!

Top Gun Day has been celebrated every year on May 13 since its introduction in 2009.  It is a day to commemorate and honor the 1986 Tom Cruise flick Top Gun.

There are many different ways to celebrate Top Gun Day, depending on how far your love for the classic movie extends.  You can walk around in Aviators and a bomber jacket, spend the day quoting your favorite lines to unsuspecting strangers, or play volleyball in jeans – the possibilities are endless!

In honor of Top Gun Day, a few of our employees channeled their inner Maverick and shared their favorite lines from this iconic 1986 film.

Sources: Top Gun Day, WikiHow

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Shavuot

What is Shavuot?

Shavuot is the second of three major Jewish holidays that occurs 50 days after Passover, another major Jewish holiday. Originally a historical and agricultural festival that marked the end of the seven weeks of the Passover barley harvest and the beginning of the wheat harvest, Shavuot is also a religious observance of God’s presenting Moses with the Torah, or the Ten Commandments, at Mount Sinai 50 days after the Israelites left Egypt.

Shavuot is similar to the Christian holy day Pentecost, which falls 49 days after Easter  Sunday and celebrates the descent of the Holy Spirit upon Christ’s followers.

When is Shavuot?

Shavuot is celebrated 50 days after Passover each year. Like Passover, Shavuot falls on a different day each year. This year, Shavuot falls on May 15.

How do people celebrate Shavuot?

Jewish people celebrate Shavuot by studying the Torah, reading the Akdamot and the Book of Ruth, decorating their homes with plants, flowers and leafy branches, and eating dairy products. In the U.S., synagogues often hold Jewish confirmation ceremonies on Shavuot. Although Shavuot is not a federal holiday in the U.S., many Jewish businesses and organizations close or limit their hours on Shavuot while Jewish people may choose to take their annual vacation around this time of year so that they have the day off.

Read more about Shavuot and its symbols and traditions.

 

Sources: timeanddate.com

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National Odometer Day

May 12 is National Odometer Day!

An odometer is an apparatus built into your vehicle (whether it be a car, truck, etc.) that records and displays how many miles it has been driven. This number can be important, especially when selling or reselling your car, or for insurance purposes.

May 12 was deemed National Odometer Day because on this day in 1847, William Clayton invented the first odometer (called the “roadometer” back then), however variations existed prior to this day.

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Bob Marley Dies at 36

Jamaican musician and singer/songwriter Bob Marley was born Nesta Robert Marley on February 6, 1945 in the village of Nine Mile. He went on to become the single most well-known and highest selling Reggae performer of all time, and the first international superstar to come from a third-world country.

Bob Marley and a group of friends came together to form The Wailers in 1963 and signed with major record label, Island Records, in 1972. Marley gave a voice to the social issues that were plaguing Jamaica and helped to broaden the reach of Jamaican music across the globe.

Selling over 20 Million records worldwide, some of Bob Marley’s most popular hits include: “I Shot the Sheriff”, “Could You Be Loved”, “Stir it Up”, “Get Up, Stand Up”, “One Love”, “Redemption Song”, and “Jammin”. He died at Cedars of Lebanon Hospital in Miami, Florida on May 11, 1981 after melanoma spread to his lungs and brain. His message of love and peace has touched people in all corners of the globe, and his music continues to be cherished decades after his passing.

“One good thing about music, when it hits you, you feel no pain.”

- Bob Marley

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When is Victoria Day in 2013?

May 20, 2013

Learn more about Victoria Day.

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Fred Astaire’s Birthday

Dancer, choreographer, singer, and actor Fred Astaire was born on May 10, 1899. He was credited by many as the greatest popular music dancer of all time, and is acknowledged as a main influence by scores of professional dancers. Fred Astaire’s stage and film career lasted for 76 years, during which time he starred in 31 musical films.

After achieving roles in many Broadway productions, Fred Astaire received his big break when he landed a small role in the Joan Crawford film, Dancing Lady. He went on to become one half of American film’s most beloved dance team alongside Ginger Rogers. The pair starred in ten films together, including: The Gay Divorcee (1934), Top Hat (1935), and Follow the Fleet (1936).

Fred Astaire died of pneumonia on June 22, 1987 at the age of 88 in Los Angeles, California, leaving behind his legacy of one of Hollywood’s greatest talents.

Sources: Wikipedia, Biography

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National Moscato Day

National Moscato Day is observed on May 9!

National Moscato Day was established by Gallo Family Vineyards in 2012 to encourage people to taste the fruity wine and open the conversation about Moscato. This wine is popular among wine newbies and aficionados alike, as it is refreshing and complements a variety of foods.

The Moscato grape (Muscat Blanc) originates from Piedmont, a northwestern region of Italy. Moscato is known in wine circles for its beautiful fragrance, light body, fruitful taste, and low alcohol content. Moscato pairs well with a variety of fruits and fruity desserts, summer salads, soft and hard cheeses, and pasta dishes.

Celebrate National Moscato Day by having a wine sampling party centered on the fruity wine. However you enjoy National Moscato Day, please remember to celebrate responsibly.

Sources: Examiner, About.com

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Victory in Europe Day

May 8, 1945 was declared Victory in Europe Day (or VE Day), marking the end of World War II with the surrender of the German troops.

For years the Axis powers, specifically Germany, terrorized many countries and were responsible for the loss of countless lives.  Adolf Hitler, the leader of the Nazi troops and Third Reich, committed suicide on April 30, 1945 during the Battle of Berlin, just days before the formal surrender occurred.

Joyous celebrations took place all over Great Britain and the United States on May 8, with people putting out flags and banners commemorating the conclusion of the brutal war and the end of the Nazi Reign of Terror.

Sources: History, Wikipedia

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