May 15: Over the Rainbow Day, Nylon Stockings Anniversary, Chocolate Chip Day, Peace Officer Memorial Day

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Over the Rainbow Day

Self-publishing authors, take note. Frank Lyman Baum, born May 15, 1856, published a book about "little Dorothy from Kansas who is transported with her dog Toto by a 'twister' to a magical realm" at his own expense, according to The Free Library. W.W. Denslow illustrated the book and Edgar Y. Harburg wrote the lyrics to "Over the Rainbow." In its first two years, Baum sold 90,000 copies of the "The Wizard of Oz."

Nylon Stockings Anniversary

Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge, aka Kate Middleton, has been credited with bringing back nylons. The bare legged look may be over for those who want to emulate the royal style. W.H. Carothers developed Polymer 66, the material we call nylon, in 1935. The development was significant because it was the first completely man-made fiber. DuPont started selling nylon hose on May 15, 1940, in Wilmington, Del. "Four million pairs were sold in several hours," according to Today in Science.

Chocolate Chip Day

Before they were available in the baking aisle of the grocery store, bakers had to cut their own chocolate for baking. One early recipe instructs the home cook to cut the semi-sweet chocolates "in pieces the size of a pea," according to Food Timeline. Nestle Toll House introduced the first packaged chocolate morsels in 1939, after Ruth Wakefield's cookies baked with bits of chocolate became popular. If you want to enjoy the gooey goodness of a homemade chocolate chip cookie all you need to do is find the type of chocolate chip you want on the shelf: semi-sweet, milk chocolate, dark chocolate or mini chips.

* Chocolate chip pecan cookies

* Healthier chocolate chip cookies

* Chocolate chip banana bread

Peace Officer Memorial Day

The solemn observance "honors all officers who lost their lives in the line of duty," according to the American Police Hall of Fame and Museum. President John F. Kennedy signed Proclamation 3537, Peace Officers Memorial Day and Police Week, on May 4, 1963. The day is observed on May 15 annually.

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