May 30th, 2023

Mint Julep Day

Were you desperately hoping for a refreshing bourbon cocktail but frustrated that you didn’t have a good enough excuse? Thankfully for you, Mint Julep Day is here to pander to your wildest fantasies… just as long as those fantasies involved sipping this classic cocktail.

Mint julep originates in the southern USA and still counts this area as its heartland. This is especially true of Kentucky where the annual Kentucky Derby horse race sees around 120,000 juleps served each year. Premium versions of the drink are served in gold-plated cups with silver straws at a cost of $1000, but you don’t need to spend quite as much as that to enjoy the day. The ingredients are simple: bourbon, mint leaf, sugar and water. However, no two bartenders seem to make the drink in the same way, which is all the more reason to sample a few before this special day is over!

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Helicopter Day

Learn alit about the helicopter today, you'll be glad you did.

Water a Flower Day

If it hadnâ??t been for coffee, cocoa, vanilla, lavender, camomile, marijuana, and many other flowering plants and trees, our world would have been a barren, dismal place. So Water a Flower Day is that yearly reminder to show our flowers how much we appreciate them for their sumptuous colours, their fragrant blossoms and their medicinal, or sometimes lethal, properties.

The best way to celebrate Water a Flower Day is by giving all of your household and garden plants an aquatic treat. Also, studies show that gently caressing them in the way that a diaphanous zephyr would in their natural habitat promotes growth, so donâ??t be shy, give their leaves a tender squeeze. Unless you own a Rafflesia Arnoldii, the largest flower on the planet, which doesnâ??t have any leaves and is also known as the â??corpse flowerâ?? due to the odour it oozes when disturbed. Thatâ??s one plant we wouldnâ??t mind forgetting to water, isn’t it? Best stick to roses and lilies, I say, and water them, stroke and sing to them like you would to a child. Youâ??ll be a better person for it and youâ??d make the world a brighter, sweeter and more colourful place.

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Ronnie James Dio Day

The Los Angeles City Council has officially declared May 30 Ronnie James Dio Day. The announcement was made at Sunday's public memorial service for the recently deceased, eternally awesome metal singer.

Event MC Eddie Trunk, the host of VH1 Classic's That Metal Show, announced the news to those 1200 mourners gathered inside of Forest Lawn's Hall of Liberty as well as the hundreds more who crowded the courtyards of the Griffith Park cemetery.

Naturally, the prepared statement from councilman Paul Koretz was greeted with rabid cheers and a strong showing of devil horns. Dio died of stomach cancer on May 16, and was active up until his death in Los Angeles non-profit Children of the Night, which sought to free children from forced prostitution.

Numerous metal icons showed up at the service to share stories and perform. Among them were members of Asia, Anthrax, Deep Purple, Queensrÿche, and Quiet Riot, and of course Dio's former bandmates from Elf, Rainbow, Black Sabbath, Dio, and Heaven and Hell.

Here's the official statement from Koretz (posted on Trunk's website):

""I would like to adjourn in memory of Ronnie James Dio. Born Ronald James Padavona, in Portsmouth New Hampshire in 1942. He had an amazing career in music, marked by tremendous successes with heavy metal bands Elf, Rainbow, Black Sabbath, and Dio. He began his career playing with Rockabilly bands in the late 1950s, and gained wide exposure in 1972 while his band, Elf, as the opening act for Deep Purple. In 1979, he replaced Ozzy Osbourne as the front man of Black Sabbath. He toured with Black Sabbath until 1982, by then he had formed his own group, Dio.

Ronnie's charisma on stage was complemented by his compassion offstage. As an organizer for the non-profit organization Children of the Night, he was dedicated to the cause of assisting children who were forcefully subjected to prostitute themselves on the streets. Since 1979, this organization has provided victims of forced prostitution with intervention and counseling, as well as a roof over their heads and a place to sleep.

He is survived by his wife, Wendy, who is chair of Children of the Night, and his son, Daniel, his father, Pat Padavona, and two grandchildren.

For his countless fans and admirers, there will be a public memorial service this Sunday, May 30th at 2:00 PM at Forest Lawn Hollywood Hills.

Councilmember Paul Koretz""

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Loomis Day

Loomis Day commemorates Mahlom Loomis, who patented his wireless telegraphing inventions on May 30, 1872 (whilst working as a dentist in Washington DC).

He had actually claimed to have succeeded in wireless telegraphy some 6 years earlier, though with no witnesses present to see this, May 30th is one of the earliest official recognitions of his triumph.

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