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The Month of May in History - Each Date Illustrated

Updated on March 4, 2016

May 01, this day is the beginning of National Bike Month. This month promotes the various aspects of bicycling, including bike safety. Quick tips to remember: Wear brightly colored, close-fitting clothing. Tie your shoes and secure long laces and loose pant legs. Do not wear headphones. Always wear a properly fitted helmet. Ride a bicycle that fits. Be safe!

May 02, this day is the anniversary of the Loch Ness Monster legend. Although accounts of an aquatic beast living in Scotland's Loch Ness date back 1,500 years, the modern legend was born when a sighting made local news on May 2, 1933. The Inverness Courier related an
account of a local couple who claimed to have seen "an enormous animal rolling and plunging on the surface." The story became a media phenomenon.

May 03, this day is Primal Teachers Day. Our parents are our first and best teachers. In India, they say that a guru is worth 10 teachers, a father is worth a 100 gurus, and a mother is worth 100 fathers. We don't necessarily agree, but we do like the idea of celebrating your parents today.

May 04, this day is Public Enemy Number One Day. In 1932, Chicago mobster Al Capone was finally arrested -- for tax evasion! While seemingly an innoculous charge, it was enough to put him in jail and break his hold on the Chicago mob.

May 05, this day is the anniversary of the Fastest Kentucky Derby. In 1973, Secretariat, the greatest race horse ever, ran the Derby in one minute, 59.4 seconds, the fastest Derby ever. Sham, the second horse in that race, would have won every Derby up to that time (based on his time in the race.

May 06, this day is $7 Million Woman Golfer Day. In 2001, Swedish golfer Annika Sorenstam became the first female golfer to win more than $7 million in her career when she won the Chick-fil-A Charity Championship in Stockbridge, Georgia.

May 07, this day is the birthday of Robert Browning (1812). Robert Browning was an English poet and playwright whose mastery of dramatic verse, especially dramatic monologues, made him one of the foremost Victorian poets. Trivia buffs: Browning was a good student, and by the age of fourteen he was fluent in French, Greek, Italian and Latin.

May 08, this day is the birthday of the Dacron Suit. Dacron men's suits were introduced in 1951. It was the first polyester fiber to reach the consumer market. One test customer of a Dacron suit had supposedly fallen out of canoe in his suit, and after hanging it up to dry, it came out wrinkle-free and with a sharp crease. As to why the gentleman was wearing a suit in a canoe, who knows.

May 09, this day is Moon Burial Day. In 2000, Celestis announced a new service: burial on the surface of the moon. A small portion - 1 gram - of the encapsulated cremated remains of one person can be sent to the moon for $9,995. The price includes the option of watching
the launch, an inscription of the deceased's name on an accompanying plaque, and complimentary scattering of the remainder of the remains at sea near the launch site. What a bargain!

May 10, this day is Mandela Inauguration Day. On May 10, 1994, Nelson Mandela, a long-time political prisoner, was inaugurated as president of South Africa after winning the first free election in South Africa's history. Trivia fans: In South Africa he is often known as Madiba, an honorary title adopted by elders of Mandela's clan.

May 11, this day is the birthday of Glacier National Park. Glacier National Park in Montana was established on May 11, 1910. The park encompasses over 1,000,000 acres and includes parts of two mountain ranges, over 130 named lakes, more than 1,000 different species of plants and hundreds of species of animals.

May 12, this day is Women's Hurricane Liberation Day. In 1978, the Department of Commerce officially announced that hurricanes would no longer be named after women only. Trivia fans: The word "hurricane" is generally used for tropical cyclones that occur over the N.
Atlantic Ocean; the same storm over the Pacific Ocean would be called a "typhoon."

May 13, this day is Mount Everest 25 Day. In 1999, Japanese student Ken Noguchi, age 25, became the youngest person to reach the top of Mount Everest, the highest peak in the world. In 2001, a 15-year-old sherpa exceeded the record by also climbing Mount Everest.

May 14, this day is No Siesta Day. On May 14, 2001, the Nicaraguan government announced that it was abolishing the siesta time for government workers. The former work
day in many South American countries ran from 8:00 a.m. to Noon and from 2:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m., with a two-hour siesta in-between.

May 15, this day is Nylons Day. Nylon stockings went on sale nationally in 1940. Five million pairs were sold out within hours. Because nylons then commanded a higher price, hucksters would pass off silk stockings as the real thing. Now, of course, it's the other way around!

May 16, this day is the birthday of the Nickel. The U.S. nickel was first authorized by Congress in 1866 to replace the smaller silver half-dime. The first nickel bore a Federal shield on the obverse. This was changed to a head of Liberty in 1883, the Buffalo-Indian design in 1913 and, finally, the Jefferson head in use today.

May 17, this day is Norway Independence Day. In 1814, Norway separated from Denmark. The day is still the most celebrated in the nation. But it is not celebrated, as independence is in other nations, with large military parades and displays of arms and weapons. Norway's birthday is celebrated with party-clothed children and adults who walk in a parade singing.

May 18, this day is the birthday of the Lawn Mower. Edwin Budding built the first lawn mower. On May 18, 1831, the first ad appeared for that lawn mover. One of the first machines was used in Regent's Park Zoological Gardens in London.

May 19, this day is Youth and Sports Day in Turkey. Turkey celebrates the historic arrival of Ataturk at Samsun - marking the beginning of the 1919 War of Independence. Athletes carry the Turkish flag ashore at the Samsun harbor, while memorial wreaths are laid in Anitkabir.

May 20, this day is Show Your Navel Day. Celebrate Cher's birthday by showing your navel. Cherilyn Sarkisian was born on Mary 20, 1946, at El Centro, California. Trivia fans: Cher was considered for the role of Morticia Addams in The Addams Family as well as for the role of Francesca Johnson in The Bridges of Madison County.

May 21, this day is the birthday of Horror Movies. In 1908, the first horror movie, "Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde," premiered in Chicago, Illinois. Celebrate by shutting the lights off and watching your favorite horror movie!

May 22, this day is the birthday of the Top of the Needle (1961). The Top of the Needle restaurant in the Space Needle of Seattle, Washington, was the first revolving restaurant. There are 848 steps from the bottom of the basement to the top of the observation deck. The elevator ride takes 41 seconds. Which would you rather take.

May 23, this day is Roller Coaster Day. The fastest roller coaster in the world, Kingda Ka, opened at Six Flags Great Adventure in 2005. Kingda Ka is launched by a hydraulic launch mechanism to 128 miles per hour in 3.5 seconds. At the end of the launch track, it climbs the main tower, reaching a height of 456 feet. Gulp!

May 24, this day is the birthday of the Native American Music Awards. In 1998, the first Native American Music Awards, commonly known as the Nammys, was held at the Fox Theater in Mashantucket, Connecticut. Robbie Robertson and Frederick Whiteface received lifetime
achievement awards at the event.

May 25, this day is Gateway Arch Dedication Day. In 1968, the Gateway Arch was dedicated in Saint Louis, Missouri. The Arch, which is this nation's tallest monument, is as tall as it is wide. Trivia fans: The Arch has foundations 60 feet into the ground, and is built to withstand earthquakes and high winds. It sways up to one inch in a 20 mph wind, and is built to sway
up to 18 inches.

May 26, this day is Cat in the Hat Stamp Day. In 1999, the U.S. Postal Service issued the first stamp bearing the likeness of Dr. Seuss' Cat in the Hat character. The stamp was one of fifteen stamps commemorating the 1950s.

May 27, this day is 500 in 3 Hours Day. In 1990, Arie Luyendyk became the first driver to finish the Indianapolis 500 in under 3 hours.

May 28, this day is Athlete of the Century Day. James Thorpe was one of America's greatest athletes. Besides winning the pentathlon and decathlon at the 1912 Olympics, he also played professional baseball and football. Thorpe, a Native American, was born on May 28, 1888, near Prague, Oklahoma.

May 29, this day is Rosie the Riveter Day. In 1943, the Saturday Evening Post featured Norman Rockwell's painting of Rosie the Riveter on its front cover. The painting represented all the women who went to work in factories to help the war effort.

May 30, this day is Charlie Brown Name Day. In 1948, Charlie Brown is first mentioned by name in the comic strip, Lil Folks, the precurser to the Peanuts comic strip.

May 31, this day is Make My Day Day. Celebrate the birthday of Clint Eastwood, star of the Dirty Harry movies, many spaghetti westerns, and "Unforgiven." He was also mayor of Carmel, California. Eastwood was born on May 31, 1930, at San Francisco, California. Happy birthday, Clint!

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