May 22, 2018

National Maritime Day


Each year the United States celebrates National Maritime Day to recognize the maritime industry. It is observed on May 22, the date in 1819 that the American steamship Savannah set sail from Savannah, Georgia on the first ever transoceanic voyage under steam power.

National Buy a Musical Instrument Day


On National Buy a Musical Instrument Day, people are encouraged to purchase an instrument to take lessons, to replace an existing instrument, or to donate to someone in need.

National Vanilla Pudding Day


To make vanilla pudding, mix sugar, cornstarch, and salt. Then whisk in milk and egg yolks. Cook over medium heat, until thickened. Then stir in butter and vanilla extract or vanilla beans.

International Day for Biological Diversity


The United Nations has proclaimed May 22 The International Day for Biological Diversity to increase understanding and awareness of biodiversity issues. Biodiversity is the foundation for life and for the essential services provided by ecosystems. It therefore underpins peoples' livelihoods and sustainable development in all areas of activity, including economic sectors such as agriculture, forestry, fisheries and tourism, among others.