May 1st, 2020 – National Mother Goose Day |National Space Day

Transcript for May 1st

Welcome to May 1st, 2020 as we bridge the social distance on the National Day Calendar.  Today we celebrate cows jumping over the moon and other heavenly inspirations. More after the break from Anna Devere.

“Hey diddle diddle.” Bet you know the rest of that poem like the back of your hand. We all grew up learning rhymes about a cat playing a fiddle and little piggies going to the market, but probably never questioned where they came from. To be honest, the origin of nursery rhymes aren’t really clear, but they have been passed down by word of mouth for centuries, being attributed to an author we call Mother Goose—the most beloved poet who never existed. So if you see cows jumping over the moon or find that your flatware ran off with your plates, don’t worry! It’s just National Mother Goose Day!

Space, the final frontier…  Few other days can get me excited as National Space Day, and apparently I am not alone.  Lockheed Martin Corporation created this celebration as a one-day event in 1997 but by 2001, former astronaut and senator John Glenn expanded it to International Space Day, due to its extreme popularity.  While we have only been able to physically reach the stars in the last 60 years, the cosmos has been inspiring mankind for as long as we have been looking “up.”  On National Space Day celebrate this playground for the imagination and dare to boldly go where no one has gone before. 

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