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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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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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National Tourism Day

May 7 is National Tourism Day!

National Tourism Day falls in the middle of National Travel and Tourism Week, and is a holiday that cities and destinations use to promote tourism within their region. The best part about National Tourism Day is that many places offer deals and discounts to get you to come in and visit!

Tourism benefits both the destination as well as the traveler(s), and helps to stimulate the economy. Celebrate National Tourism Day by learning how to be a better tourism ambassador to your city by checking out all the local hot spots and community offerings. Or, use today to book a trip to a place you have always wanted to go. Safe travels!

Sources: Holiday Insights, Holidays Central

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Melanoma Monday

The American Academy of Dermatology has designated the first Monday in May as Melanoma Monday. In 2013, Melanoma Monday is on May 6.

Melanoma Monday is part of a national effort to raise skin cancer awareness among Americans. People are encouraged to get an examination of their skin to screen for cancer, as early detection has been instrumental in saving lives. Wear orange on Melanoma Monday to help spread skin cancer awareness.

The scary, but true reality is that 1 in 5 Americans will be diagnosed with a form of skin cancer at some point in their life. Skin cancer is the most common cancer in America, and melanoma (the deadliest form) is most often found in 25 to 29 year olds.

Despite these frightening statistics, there are steps you can take to protect yourself against skin cancer. If you have to be outside between the hours of 10 am and 2 pm (the time of day when the sun is strongest), seek out shade when available and wear a hat and sunglasses to protect your face and the top of your head. Wear a broad-spectrum, waterproof sunblock that contains an SPF of 30 or more, and be sure to reapply every two hours.

Sources: AAD, Altius Directory

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National Hoagie Day

May 5 is National Hoagie Day!

The hoagie originated in the Philadelphia area, although there is some speculation surrounding its precise origin. One popular explanation is that the Italians that were working in the “HogIsland” WWI shipyard in Philadelphia started putting meats, cheeses, and lettuce on slices of bread. At first, this concoction was called the “Hog Island Sandwich,” then was shortened to “Hoggies” and then finally, the “Hoagie.”

Hoagies are so popular because of their versatility; there’s no end to the variety of meats, cheeses, vegetables, and condiments you can arrange to make any kind of hoagie you want. Celebrate National Hoagie Day by putting together the craziest hoagie you can imagine – be adventurous!

Sources: Holiday Insights, Wikipedia

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