1. Kentucky Derby Day—celebrating the “The Greatest Two Minutes in Sports (or used to be until Secretariat broke the two minute barrier by .6 seconds in 1973),” the 141st running of the Kentucky Derby, first race of the Triple Crown, at approximately 6:42 p.m. EDT, so you have plenty of time to check the recipe for a mint julep and invite friends over to watch the race and enjoy a chocolate truffle.
2. National Homebrew Day— celebrating not the gatherings of the Homebrew Computer Club whose members included Steve Wozniak and Al Osborne and numerous others instrumental to the creation of the personal computer industry but rather the art of home brewing beer, one of the great ways to create a fresh, drinkable beer and avoid the taxes the brewers and microbrewers have to pay.
3. 1984 Number One Song—celebrating the number one song in 1984 on a three week run Against All Odds (Take a Look at Me Now) by Phil Collins, lead singer with the band Genesis and great career as a soloist who along with Michael Jackson and Paul McCartney are the only singers to have sold over 100 million albums both with a band and as a solo. Here is a link to a music video of Phil Collins Against All Odds (Take a Look at Me Now): https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uVjEcIANv1o
4. National Truffle Day—celebrating treat that will knock your taste buds off into ecstasy which according to legend was invented by Louis Dufour in Chambery, France in 1895. Nothing like a chocolate with a creamy gancache filing topped with drizzled chocolate, coconut or cocoa. Take a long bike ride or go jogging so you can with a clear conscience if on a diet enjoy one or more of these tasty morsels.
5. It’s the Real McCoy Day—celebrating the birthday on this day in 1844 of Elijah McCoy, an African American inventor of an oil drip cup for mechanical lubrication of steam engines and the holder of 57 other patents. If you have ever wondered where the phrase “the real McCoy (the real thing) came from, you now know.
On this day in
a. 1863 in a friendly fire incident that helped doom the Confederacy to defeat, especially later at Gettysburg, General Stonewall Jackson was shot by a Confederate sentry at Chancellorsville and died 8 days later.b. 1885 Good Housekeeping went on sale for the first time.
c. 1887 Hannibal Goodwin applied for a patent for celluloid film which until the advent of digital cinema photography was the medium which was used to show motion pictures in theaters.
d. 1941 the FCC agreed to allow regularly scheduled TV broadcasting to begin on July 1, 1941
e. 2000 in a blow against the clutter in one’s car and a death knell to map books like Thompson Brothers, President Clinton announced that GPS would no longer be restricted to the military
Reflections on the Sport of Kings on this Kentucky Derby Day: “Desire is the most important factor of success in any athlete. If Jack Nicklaus can win the Masters at 46, I can win the Kentucky Derby at 54.” Willie Shoemaker the most successful jockey of all time until his record was broken by Laffite Pincay, Jr. in 1999. In case you are wondering if he won the Derby at 54, the answer is yes in 1986 on Ferdinand, an 18-1 long shot.
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