May 28 is International Hamburger Day! Even though hamburgers originated in Hamburg, Germany, eating a burger on a bun is an American tradition. This type of fast food is an integral part of American culture and a staple part of the diet of Americans. There are also chances that the hamburger as we know it was invented in Seymour, Wisconsin. Every year, the city hosts a hamburger festival called Burger Fest. That is where the world’s largest hamburger – weighing 8266 pounds – made its debut in 2001. Statistics show that Americans eat nearly 60 billion burgers a year – roughly four burgers a week for every person in the United States!
May 28 is also Amnesty International Day. Amnesty International was founded in 1961. The organisation works on a number of human rights causes including ending the capital punishment, ensuring free trials and for the release of political prisoners and prisoners of conscience.
German NGO WASH United initiated the Menstrual Hygiene Day in 2014; the day is celebrated to break taboos and raise awareness about the importance of good menstrual hygiene management (MHM) for women and adolescent girls the world over. This specific date was chosen because of its symbolism – May is the 5th month of the year and most women average five days every month and their cycle is approximately 28 days.
Some significant events that happened on May 28 in history are:
• 1937 – President Franklin D. Roosevelt inaugurated the famous Golden Gate Bridge in Washington D.C.
• 1951 –The Goon Show – a very popular comedy program was broadcast on the BBC for the first time.
• 1952 – Grecian women were granted plebiscite – the right to vote.
• 1964 – The PLO or the Palestine Liberation Organization was formed.
• 1988 – The first Cultural Exchange Programme was signed between India and China.
• 1999 – The Last Supper, Leonardo da Vinci’s visceral masterpiece was put back on display after undergoing restoration for 22 long years in Milan, Italy.
• 2002 – After the skyline of New York was changed in the 9/11 attacks, the last steel girder from the debris of the World Trade Centre was removed from the rubble. Cleanup services officially ended and were marked by poignant closing ceremonies at Ground Zero in Manhattan, New York City.
• 2002 – A crucial space mission, the Mars Odyssey discovers large ice deposits on the surface of Mars.
Text by Aarti Kapur Singh