May 22: National Maritime Day, Goth Day, National Vanilla Pudding Day

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National Maritime Day

On May 22, 1819, the steamship Savannah set sail from Savannah, Georgia, on the first transoceanic voyage fueled by steam. It reached Liverpool in 29 days and four hours, and made way for efficient oceanic travel which boosted our economy and strengthened our national security.

On May 20, 1933, Congress declared May 22 to be "National Maritime Day." Three years later the U.S. adopted the Merchant Marine Act of 1936, declaring that "It is necessary for the national defense... that the United States shall have a merchant marine of the best equipped and most suitable types of vessels sufficient to carry the greater portion of its commerce and serve as a naval or military auxiliary in time of war or national emergency..."

To observe this day, everyone is encouraged to display the American flag at their homes and businesses.

Goth Day

The Goth subculture sprang up after the release of the band Bauhaus' song, "Bela Lugosi's Dead" in 1979. The movement most likely began in the United Kingdom and was gaining ground by the early 1980s. Initially the movement was mainly underground, but today's Goth followers commonly appear in the mainstream.

Due to their less than typical physical appearance - particularly their attire and makeup - Goths have been surrounded by a plethora of mystery and myths. Here are just a few myth busters about Goths:

* Goths are not satanic.

* Goths are not obsessed with death.

* Goths are not suicidal.

* Goths are just like you and me, except for the music they listen to, the clothing they wear and a few other minor differences that are neither evil nor morbid.

Today is "Goth Day." To celebrate, why not watch the 1990 drama-romance-fantasy "Edward Scissorhands" starring Johnny Depp and Winona Ryder? You can check out the details on Yahoo! Movies.

National Vanilla Pudding Day

Pudding has an interesting history in that it originally contained meat. In Britain the word has many meanings, and is used to refer to sausages, any sweet or savory steamed dish made with flour, and all types of desserts.

In the U.S. things are a lot less confusing. When we refer to pudding we are talking about a creamy, sweet relative of custard.

Today is "National Vanilla Pudding Day." Since (American) pudding is so easy to make, why not check out your skill by whipping up one of these delightful vanilla-pudding-based recipes from Yahoo! Shine?

Vanilla Pudding Pops

Rum-Raisin Vanilla Pudding

Boston Cream Pie

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