May 8, 1945 was the end of WWII in Europe. Known as "VE Day," which stands for Victory in Europe Day, we still celebrate May 8 as a way to honor those who gave their lives for our freedom.
The Germans' unconditional surrender was actually signed on May 7, after five years, eight months and six days of brutal fighting. But since President Truman did not make the official announcement until a radio broadcast at 9:00 the following morning, May 8 is recognized as VE Day.
Here are some other interesting facts about WWII:
* Russia had the most WWII casualties, with more than 21 million.
* Anne Frank died in March of 1945, one month before her prison camp was liberated.
* During WWII in America, hamburgers were renamed "Liberty Steaks" so as not to sound like we were eating German food.
* John Wayne starred in 14 WWII movies but never actually served in the war.
To celebrate this momentous day, why not watch the 1998 action drama, "Saving Private Ryan" starring Tom Hanks and Tom Sizemore? You can check out the trailers on Yahoo! Movies.
Whether it's by phone or in person, a company's receptionist is often the one who makes the first impression about that business. In addition, a receptionist serves as the gatekeeper for the entire office. They say who enters and who does not, whose call goes through and whose does not, and can arguably set the tone or mood for a company's work day.
The second Wednesday in May is "Receptionists Day." You can celebrate by honoring your receptionist with a friendly smile and well-deserved "thank you!"
No Socks Day
Liberate your toes and prepare to go all "Miami Vice" because today is "No Socks Day!" It's a wonderful feeling of independence to just leave your socks in the drawer and let your soles be free!
Here are some great sock facts to help you celebrate:
* Eighth century Greeks wore socks made from matted animal hair.
* Socks help to absorb sweat and move it to parts of the foot where it can evaporate easier.
* Proper sock etiquette requires the sock color to match the color of the shoes and/or pants. They should be at least one shade darker than the pants and one shade lighter than the shoes.
* In Japan a special kind of sock called tabi was created so they could wear socks with their thonged footwear.
- Victory in Europe Day