Friday, May 10, 2013
Clean Up Your Room Day
When: Always on May 10th
Clean Up Your Room Day is a day parents eagerly await........... and kids dread!
If you've got kids, it is very possible that their rooms are a vast wasteland, completely filled with "good stuff". "Messy" is too kind of an adjective to describe the conditions. Its impossible to walk through the room. Every dresser and shelf (and under the bed), is packed with everything imaginable. Dust has been piling up as long as your child has been around. Comfy, cozy, and quite livable to the child, its an everyday source of frustration for the "folks".
To mom and dad's delight, and every child's chagrin, Clean Up Your Room Day arrives every May 10th. Get out the shovels. Call in an industrial sized dumpster. Its time for everyone to clean your rooms!
Note to Kids: Clean Up Your Room Day also applies to your parents. You may want to inspect to assure that mom and dad practice what they preach!
Origin of Clean Up Your Room Day:
Our research did not find the creator, or the origin of this day.
There is an occasional reference to this as a "National" day. However, we found no documentation supporting the claim, and only a couple of references. We do see two opposing camps: Parents, who are overwhelmingly in favor of making this a national day. And kids, who are united against any efforts to make this a national day or any kind of local event.
This Day in History May 10
Amerigo Vespucci allegedly leaves Cádiz for his first voyage to the New World. (1497)
Christopher Columbus visits the Cayman Islands and names them Las Tortugas after the numerous turtles there. (1503)
Jacques Cartier visits Newfoundland. (1534)
England, with troops under the command of Admiral William Penn and General Robert Venables, annexes Jamaica from Spain. (1655)
John Wilkes is imprisoned for writing an article for The North Briton severely criticizing King George III. This action provokes rioting in London. (1768)
The Parliament of Great Britain passes the Tea Act, designed to save the British East India Company by granting it a monopoly on the North American tea trade. (1773)
Louis XVI and Marie Antoinette become King and Queen of France. (1774)
American Revolutionary War: A small Colonial militia led by Ethan Allen and Colonel Benedict Arnold captures Fort Ticonderoga. (1775)
American Revolutionary War: Representatives from the Thirteen Colonies begin the Second Continental Congress in Philadelphia. (1775)
First Barbary War: The Barbary pirates of Tripoli declare war on the United States of America. (1801)
Panic of 1837: New York City banks fail, and unemployment reaches record levels. (1837)
Astor Place Riot: A riot breaks out at the Astor Opera House in Manhattan, New York City over a dispute between actors Edwin Forrest and William Charles Macready, killing at least 25 and injuring over 120. (1849)
American Civil War: Confederate General Stonewall Jackson dies eight days after he is accidentally shot by his own troops. (1863)
American Civil War: Colonel Emory Upton leads a 10-regiment "Attack-in-depth" assault against the Confederate works at The Battle of Spotsylvania, which, though ultimately unsuccessful, would provide the idea for the massive assault against the Bloody Angle on May 12. Upton is slightly wounded but is immediately promoted to Brigadier general. (1864)
American Civil War: Jefferson Davis is captured by Union troops near Irwinville, Georgia. (1865)
American Civil War: In Kentucky, Union soldiers ambush and mortally wound Confederate raider William Quantrill, who lingers until his death on June 6. (1865)
The First Transcontinental Railroad, linking the eastern and western United States, is completed at Promontory Summit, Utah (not Promontory Point, Utah) with the golden spike. (1869)
Victoria Woodhull becomes the first woman nominated for President of the United States. (1872)
The Supreme Court of the United States rules in Nix v. Hedden that a tomato is a vegetable, not a fruit, under the Tariff Act of 1883. (1893)
The Horch & Cir. Motorwagenwerke AG was founded. Horch was a car brand manufactured in Germany, which mergered into the Auto Union corporation (Audi) (1904)
Mother's Day is observed for the first time in the United States, in Grafton, West Virginia. (1908)
Sailing in the lifeboat James Caird, Ernest Shackleton arrives at South Georgia after a journey of 800 nautical miles from Elephant Island. (1916)
J. Edgar Hoover is appointed the Director of the United States' Federal Bureau of Investigation, and remains so until his death in 1972. (1924)
Censorship: In Germany, the Nazis stage massive public book burnings. (1933)
World War II: The first German bombs of the war fall on England at Chilham and Petham, in Kent. (1940)
World War II: Winston Churchill is appointed Prime Minister of the United Kingdom. (1940)
First successful launch of an American V-2 rocket at White Sands Proving Ground. (1946)
Bill Haley & His Comets release "Rock Around the Clock", the first rock and roll record to reach number one on the Billboard charts. (1954)
Marvel Comics publishes the first issue of The Incredible Hulk. (1962)
The first color pictures of Earth from space are sent back from Apollo 10. (1969)
Vietnam War: The Battle of Dong Ap Bia begins with an assault on Hill 937. It will ultimately become known as Hamburger Hill. (1969)
Sony introduces the Betamax videocassette recorder in Japan. (1975)
Nelson Mandela is inaugurated as South Africa's first black president. (1994)
F.B.I. agent Robert Hanssen is sentenced to life imprisonment without the possibility of parole for selling United States secrets to Moscow for $1.4 million in cash and diamonds. (2002)
A hand grenade thrown by Vladimir Arutinian lands about 65 feet (20 metres) from U.S. President George W. Bush while he is giving a speech to a crowd in Tbilisi, Georgia, but it malfunctions and does not detonate. (2005)