Special Days in May, 2016

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May is full of holidays, observances, food themes, awareness days, historic figures, artists and authors birthdays, science and historic based anniversaries, and more!  Whether you are looking for something special to celebrate, observe, learn about, or a food to add to the menu, this Special Days in May 2016 list gives you an awesome variety of choices!

May’s Themes, Awareness, and Observances

  • Asian American & Pacific Islander Heritage
  • Better Hearing and Speech
  • Better Sleep
  • Bikes
  • Civility Awareness
  • Clean Air
  • Creative Beginnings
  • Date Your Mate
  • Eco Driving
  • Electrical Safety
  • Family
  • Foster Care
  • Get Caught Reading
  • Gifts From the Garden
  • Good Car Keeping
  • Haitian Heritage
  • Heal the Children
  • Healthy Vision
  • Inventors
  • Jewish-American Heritage
  • Military Appreciation
  • Older Americans
  • Photograph
  • Physical Fitness and Sports
  • Preservation
  • Recommitment
  • Revise Your Work Schedule
  • Smile
  • Teen CEO
  • Tennis
  • Ultra-violet Awareness
  • Victorious Woman
  • Wetlands
  • Youth Traffic Safety

Mays Food Themes

  • Asparagus
  • Barbecue
  • Beef
  • Cauliflower
  • Carrots
  • Celiac Awareness
  • Egg
  • Grapefruit
  • Hamburger
  • Kiwi
  • Mediterranean Diet
  • Salad
  • Salsa
  • Strawberry
  • Vidalia Onions
  • Vinegar

Daily Specials For May 2016   (the * means that the date may not be the same each year)

May 1

  • Batman Day
  • Be Kind to Animals week begins *(1st full week)
  • Cartoon Appreciation Week begins
  • Cheerios Cereal introduced 1941
  • Choose Privacy Week begins
  • Empire State Building dedicated 1931
  • Activist Mary Harris Jones born 1830
  • Hawaiian Lei Day
  • Herb Week begins
  • Loyalty Day
  • May Day
  • Mother Goose Day
  • Pen-Friends Week begins
  • Postcard Week begins ( 1st full week)
  • Principal’s Day *
  • Save the Rhino Day
  • Smithsonian Institute dedicated 1847
  • Teacher Appreciation Week begins * (1st full week)
  • Update Your References Week begins *(1st full week)

May 2

  • Baby Day
  • Brothers and Sisters Days
  • Children’s Book Week begins * (1st Mon.)
  • Kids Win Week  *(Mon. of 1st full week)
  • Magician Doug Henning born 1947
  • Louisiana  Purchase 1803
  • Inventor Elijah McCoy (“the real McCoy”) born 1844
  • Play Your Ukulele Day
  • Public Service Recognition Week*(1st Mon.)
  • Teacher Appreciation Day * (Mon. of 1st full week)
  • Walking Week begins *(1st Mon.)
  • Wildflower Week begins *(Mon. of 1st full week)
  • World Laughter Day *(1st Mon.)

May 3

  • Asthma Day *(1st Tues.)
  • 1st Comic Book (Famous Funnies) published 1934
  • Garden Meditation Day
  • Lumpy Rug Day
  • Paranormal Day
  • Teacher Day *(Tues.of 1st full week)
  • Two Different Colored Shoes Day
  • World Press Freedom Day

May 4

  • Bird Day
  • 1st Colony (Rhode Island)  to declare independence from Great Britain 1776
  • Columbus reached Jamaica 1494
  • Great American Grump Out *(1st Wed.)
  • Green Peace launched 1971
  • Intergalactic Star Wars Day (May the Fourth Be With You)
  • Kent State University Vietnam War Protest 1970
  • Educator Horace Mann born 1796
  • Orange Juice Day
  • Renewal Day
  • Respect for Chickens Day

May 5

  • Ascension Day * (40 days after Easter)
  • Cartoonist Day
  • Children’s Day (Japan)
  • Cinco de Mayo
  • Hoagie Day
  • International Midwives’ Day
  • Isra Al Mi’Raj *
  • Oyster Day
  • National Day of Prayer (US) * (1st Thurs.)
  • Totally Chipotle Day
  • Office Fax introduced 1964

May 6

  • Beverage Day
  • Child Care Provider Day *(Fri. before Mother’s Day)
  • English Channel Tunnel opened 1994
  • Fire Escape patented 1878
  • Psychiatrist Sigmund Freud born 1856
  • Hindenburg exploded 1937
  • Military Spouses Day *(Fri. before Mother’s Day)
  • No Diet Day
  • No Homework Day
  • Nurses Day
  • Tourist Appreciation Day

May 7

  • Babysitter’s Day *(Sat. before Mother’s Day)
  • Birth Mother’s Day *(Sat. before Mother’s Day)
  • Composer Johannes Brahms born 1833
  • Lusitania anniversary 1915
  • Composer Tchaikovsky born 1840
  • Tourism Day

May 8

  • Food Allergy Week begins *
  • Iris Day
  • Mother’s Day *
  • Salute to Moms 35+ Week begins *(on Mother’s Day)
  • No Socks Day
  • Reading is Fun Week begins *(2nd full week)
  • President Harry Truman born 1884
  • VE Day 1945
  • World Red Cross Day

May 9

  • Author Eleanor Estes born 1906
  • Etiquette Week begins *(2nd Mon.)
  • Lost Sock Memorial Day
  • Migratory Bird Day *(2nd Sat)
  • Miniature Golf Day *(2nd Sat.)
  • Missionary Andrew Murray born 1828
  • Windmill Day *(2nd Sat.)

May 10

  • Clean Up Your Room Day
  • Shrimp Day

May 11

  • Song Writer Irving Berlin born 1888
  • Missionary Andy van der Bijl born 1928
  • Bike to Work Week begins
  • Artist Salvador Dali born 1909
  • Donate A Day’s Wages to Charity *(2nd Wed.)
  • Eat What You Want Day
  • Poet Edward Lear born 1812
  • Minnesota Statehood 1858
  • Twilight Zone Day

May 12

  • Limerick Day
  • Florence Nightingale born 1820
  • International Nurses Day
  • Nutty Fudge Day
  • Odometer Day

May 13

  • 1st Settlers arrived at Jamestown 1607
  • Frog Jumping Day
  • Leprechaun Day

May 14

  • Belly Dance Day *(2nd Sat.)
  • Chicken Dance Day
  • Scientist Gabriel Daniel Fahrenheit born 1686
  • Fair Trade Day *(2nd Sat.)
  • Artist Thomas Gainsborough born 1727
  • Israel became an independent state 1948
  • Lewis and Clarke’s Expedition began 1804
  • Migratory Bird Day *(2nd Sat)
  • Miniature Golf Day *(2nd Sat.)
  • Skylab Space Station launched 1973
  • Underground America Day
  • 1st Webster’s Dictionary Published 1847
  • Windmill Day *(2nd Sat.)

May 15

  • Backyard Games Week begins *(3rd week)
  • Author L.F. Baum born 1856
  • Bike Week begins *(3rd week)
  • Chocolate Chip Day
  • Day of Families
  • International Pickle Week begins *(3rd week)
  • New Friends, Old Friends Week begins *(3rd week)
  • Pentecost *
  • Police Officer Memorial Day
  • Stepmother’s Day *(Sun. after Mother’s Day)
  • Straw Hat Day
  • Transportation Week begins *(week with 3rd Fri.)
  • World Trade Week begins * (3rd full week)

May 16

  • 1st Academy Awards 1929
  • Biographer’s Day
  • Drawing Day
  • Love a Tree Day
  • Pencil Day
  • Sea Monkey Day
  • Wear Purple for Peace Day

May 17

  • Physician Edward Jenner born 1749)
  • New York Stock Exchange begins 1792
  • Pack Rat Day
  • World Telecommunications Day

May 18

  • Mt. St. Helen Eruption Anniversary 1980
  • Museum Day
  • No Dirty Dishes Day
  • Visit Your Relatives Day

May 19

  • Boy’s Club Day
  • Activist Malcolm X born 1925
  • May Ray Day
  • Queen Anne beheaded 1536

May 20

  • Be a Millionaire Day
  • Bike to Work Day *(3rd Fri.)
  • Eliza Doolittle Day
  • Endangered Species Day *(3rd Fri.)
  • Dolly Madison born 1768
  • NASCAR Day *(3rd Fri.)
  • Pick Strawberries Day
  • Pizza Party Day
  • Quiche Lorraine Day
  • Weights and Measures Day

May 21

  • Fossil Hunter Mary Anning born 1799
  • American Red Cross Founders Day
  • End of the World/Rapture Party Day
  • Artist, Henri Rousseau born 1844
  • Missionary James Hudson Taylor born 1832
  • Waiters and Waitresses Day
  • World Day for Cultural Diversity for Dialogue and Development

May 22

  • 1st Atlas published 1570
  • Biological Diversity Day
  • Buy a Musical Instrument Day
  • Artist Mary Cassatt born 1844
  • Frozen Yogurt Week *(4th week)
  • Maritime Day
  • Toothpaste Tube invented 1892

May 23

  • Feminist Margaret Fuller born 1810
  • Lucky Penny Day
  • Shavuot
  • South Carolina Statehood 1788
  • Taffy Day
  • Victoria Day *(Mon. before May 25)
  • World Turtle Day

May 24

  • Brooklyn Bridge opened 1883
  • Hurricane Preparedness Week begins
  • Indianapolis 500
  • 1st Morse Code Message Sent 1844
  • Puppeteer Frank Oz born 1944
  • Tiara Day

May 25

  • Brown Bag It Day
  • Poet Ralph Waldo Emerson born 1803
  • Missing Children’s Day
  • Nerd Pride Day or Geek Pride Day
  • Dancer Bill “Bojangles” Robinson born 1878
  • Star Wars premiered 1977
  • Tap Dance Day
  • Towel Day

May 26

  • Blueberry Cheesecake Day
  • Indian Removal Act signed into law 1830
  • Astronaut Sally Ride born 1951
  • Tiananmen Square Protest 1989
  • Actor John Wayne born 1907

May 27

  • Activist Amelia Jenks Bloomer born 1818
  • Conservationist Rachel Carson born 1907
  • Cellophane Tape introduced 1930
  • Golden Gate Bridge opened 1964
  • Sunscreen Day
  • Wig Out Day *(Fri. before Memorial Day)

May 28

  • Amnesty International Day
  • Big Ben arrived in Westminster 1859
  • Poet May Swenson born 1913

May 29

  • Patriot Patrick Henry born 1736
  • Paperclip patented 1867
  • President John Kennedy born  1917
  • Learn About Composting Day
  • Rhode Island Statehood 1790
  • Wisconsin Statehood 1848

May 30

  • Compact Disc introduced 1981
  • International Jazz Day
  • Lincoln Memorial dedicated 1922
  • Civil Rights Leader Clara Luper born 1923
  • Mariner launched 1971
  • Memorial Day *(last Mon.)
  • Queen of England Jane Seymour born 1508
  • Water a Flower Day
  • Wireless Telegraph patented 1872

May 31

  • Macaroon Day
  • Poet Walt Whitman born 1819
  • What You Think Upon Grows Day
  • World No Tobacco Day

I make my monthly special days lists by using several sources including old calendars, holiday books, newspapers, and the web. If you know of a special day that I do not have listed, please comment and let me know what it is so I can add it in. Below are the links to my favorite online calendars.

Se7en’s May…

http://www.apples4theteacher.com/holidays/

http://food.unl.edu/fnh/may

http://holidayinsights.com/moreholidays/may.htm

Happy May!

betty jo

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