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May
5
Mon
Cartoonists Day
May 5 all-day

Cartoonists Day honors all cartoonists in the industry.

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Cinco de Mayo
May 5 all-day

Cinco de Mayo is a Mexican national holiday recognizing the anniversary of the Battle of Puebla in 1862. Anniversary is observed by Mexicans everywhere with parades, festivals, dances and speeches.

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Liberation Day (Netherlands)
May 5 all-day

May 5 – Liberation Day in the Netherlands is celebrated to mark the end of World War II and the end of the Nazi occupation.

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Stock Market Crash of 1893 – Anniversary
May 5 all-day

On 5 May 1893, Wall Street stock prices took a sudden drop. By the end of the year, 600 banks had closed. The Philadelphia and Reading,the Erie, the Northern Pacific, the Union Pacific and the Atchison, Topeka and Santa Fe railroads had gone into receivership; 15,000 other businesses went into bankruptcy. Other than the Great Depression of the 1930s, this was the worst economic crisis in US history; 15 20 percent of the workforce was unemployed.

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May
6
Tue
Bannister Breaks Four-Minute Mile – Anniversary
May 6 all-day

On 6 May 1954, running for the British Amateur Athletic Association in a meet at Oxford University, Roger Bannister broke the four-minute barrier with a time of 3:59.4. Four minutes for a mile at the time was considered not only a physical barrier but also a psychological one.

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Hindenburg Disaster – Anniversary
May 6 all-day

On 6 May 1937 at 7:20 PM, the dirigible Hindenburg exploded as it approached the mooring mast at Lakehurst, NJ, after a transatlantic voyage. Of its 97 passengers and crew, 36 died in the accident, which ended the dream of mass transportation via dirigible.

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Joseph Brackett Day
May 6 all-day
Joseph Brackett Day @ http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Joseph_Brackett

On 6 May, Joseph Brackett Day honors the Shaker religious leader, born 6 May 1797, at Cumberland, ME. In 1848 he composed the popular Shaker song Simple Gifts (also known as Tis the Gift to Be Simple) while at the Shaker community in Alfred, ME. This Shaker dance song became known worldwide after Aaron Copland used it in his score for the ballet Appalachian Spring in 1944. Elder Joseph Brackett died at New Gloucester, ME, 4July 1882.

National Nurses Week begins
May 6 all-day

May 6 12. National Nurses Week is a week to honor the outstanding efforts of nurses everywhere to strengthen the health of the nation. Annually, beginning May 6, National Nurses Day, and ending May 12, Florence Nightingales birthday.

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No Diet Day
May 6 all-day

A day to stop dieting and/ or stop hazardous weight-loss attempts. No Diet Day celebrates a paradigm shift to the diet-free healthy-living approach to health and well-being, to acceptance and respect for oneself and others.

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Orson Welles’ Birthday – Anniversary
May 6 all-day

On 6 May 1915, actor and director Orson Welles was born at Kenosha, WI. Citizen Kane, which he directed and in which he played the title role, is one of the most influential films ever made. Other films in which he had a role include The Third Man and The Magnificent Ambersons. Welles died at Los Angeles, CA, 10 Oct 1985.

Sigmund Freud’s Birthday – Anniversary
May 6 all-day

6 May 1856, the Austrian physician Sigmund Freud was born at Freiberg, Moravia. Founder of psychoanalysis, Freud died at London, England, 23 Sept 1939.

May
7
Wed
Beethoven’s Ninth Symphony Premieres – Anniversary
May 7 all-day
Beethoven's Ninth Symphony Premieres - Anniversary @ http://www.thenation.com/blog/177182/bill-moyers-explores-amazing-lessons-beethovens-ninth-symphony-our-dark-time

On 7 May 1824, Beethoven’s Ninth Symphony in D Minor was performed for the first time at Vienna, Austria. Known as the Choral because of his use of voices in symphonic form for the first time, the Ninth was his musical interpretation of Schiller’s Ode to Joy. Beethoven was completely deaf when he composed it, and it was said a soloist had to tug on his sleeve when the performance was over to get him to turn around and see the enthusiastic response he could not hear.

Lusitania Sinking – Anniversary
May 7 all-day

On 7 May 1915, the British passenger liner Lusitania, on its return trip from New York to Liverpool, carrying nearly 2,000 passengers, was torpedoed by a German submarine off the coast of Ireland, sinking within minutes; 1,198 lives were lost. US president Woodrow Wilson sent a note of protest to Berlin on May 13, but Germany, which had issued a warning in advance, pointed to Lusitania’s cargo of ammunition for Britain. The US maintained its neutrality for the time being.

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May
8
Thu
National Teachers Day (USA)
May 8 all-day

To pay tribute to American educators, sponsored by the National Education Association, Teacher Day falls during the National PTAs Teacher Appreciation Week. Local communities and organizations are encouraged to use this opportunity to honor those who influence and inspire the next generation through their work. Annually, the Tuesday of the first full week in May.

V-E Day – Anniversary
May 8 all-day

8 May 1945. Victory in Europe Day commemorates unconditional surrender of Germany to Allied forces. The surrender document was signed by German representatives at General Dwight D. Eisenhower’s headquarters at Reims to become effective, and hostilities to end, at one minute past midnight May 9, 1945, which was 9: 01 PM, EDT, on May 8 in the US. President Harry S Truman on May 8 declared May 9, 1945, to be V-E Day, but it later came to be observed on May 8. A separate German surrender to the USSR was signed at Karlshorst, near Berlin, May 8.

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May
9
Fri
British Capture Enigma Machine – Anniversary
May 9 all-day

9 May 1941. During WWII, when a German U-110 submarine attacked a British convoy, two British vessels, the Bulldog and Aubretia, were able to retaliate so quickly with depth charges that the submarine was disabled and unable to dive. With the submarine captured, British sailors investigated the radio room and discovered the typewriter-like Enigma, a ciphering machine that enabled safe German communication, and documents of tables that helped explain how it worked. The U-110 s capture was kept secret, and British cryptographers used this break to begin unraveling German code during the war.

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Europe Day
May 9 all-day

Anniversary of the founding of the European Union

9 May 1950: Member countries of the European Union commemorate the announcement by French statesman Robert Schuman of the Schuman Plan for establishing a single authority for production of coal, iron and steel in France and Germany. The European Coal and Steel Community was founded in1952. This organization was a forerunner of the European Economic Community, founded in 1958, which later became the European Union. At the European Summit at Milan in 1985, this day was proclaimed the Day of Europe.

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Jamestown Day
May 9 all-day

Jamestown Day marks the anniversary of the founding of America’s first permanent English colony at Jamestown, Virginia.

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John Brown’s Birthday – Anniversary
May 9 all-day

On 9 May 1800, the abolitionist leader John Brown was born at Torrington, Connecticut  and hanged 2 Dec 1859, at Charles Town, West Virginia.  He was the leader of attack on Harpers Ferry, VA, 16 Oct 1859, which was intended to give impetus to the movement for escape and freedom for slaves. His aim was frustrated and in fact resulted in increased polarization and sectional animosity. Legendary martyr of the abolitionist movement.

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National Third Shift Workers Day
May 9 all-day

May 9 – National Third Shift Workers Day celebrates those workers who keep businesses and services running 24-hours a day. Read more at https://www.daysoftheyear.com/days/third-shift-workers-day/.

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William Moulton Marston’s Birthday – Anniversary
May 9 all-day

9 May 1893. Born at Cliftondale, Massachusetts, psychologist and author William Marston’s legacy continues to have a profound impact on contemporary criminal science and popular culture. While an undergraduate at Harvard he created the Marston Deception Test now known as the lie detector and was its most ardent advocate. Marston was also a prolific writer, penning many academic and popular texts, although his most well-known work, the Wonder Woman comic book series, which depicted the first female superhero, was written under the pseudonym Charles Moulton. Ahead of his time, Marston foresaw the increasing empowerment of women in the future, famously writing, “I fully believe I am hitting a great movement now under way, the growth in power of women.” He died of cancer 2 May 1947, at Rye, NY.

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May
10
Sat
National Train Day – Golden Spike Driving Anniversary
May 10 all-day

On May 10, 1869, at Promontory Summit, UT, the golden spike was driven into the final tie that joined 1,776 miles of the Central Pacific and Union Pacific railways, ceremonially creating the nations first transcontinental railroad.

And America was transformed. Now, there has never been a better time to take the train. Trains are a more energy-efficient mode of travel than either autos or airplanes. Riding the rails is a perfect way to reduce your carbon footprint. Not to mention meet interesting people and see breathtaking scenery. National Train Day celebrates the way trains connect people and places with events from coast to coast.

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May
11
Sun
Irving Berlin’s Birthday
May 11 all-day

On 11 May 1888, the songwriter Irving Berlin was born Israel Isidore Baline at Tyumen, Russia.

Irving Berlin moved to New York, NY, with his family when he was four years old. After the death of his father, he began singing in saloons and on street corners in order to help his family and worked as a singing waiter as a teenager. Berlin became one of Americas most prolific songwriters, authoring such songs as Alexanders Ragtime Band, White Christmas, God Bless America, Theres No Business like Show Business, Doin What Comes Naturally, Puttin on the Ritz, Blue Skies and Oh! How I Hate to Get Up in the Morning, among others.

He could neither read nor write musical notation. Berlin died Sept 22, 1989, at New York.

May
12
Mon
Limerick Day
May 12 all-day

Observed on the birthday of one of its champions, Edward Lear.The limerick, which dates from the early 18th century, has been described as the only fixed verse form indigenous to the English language. It gained its greatest popularity following the publication of Edward Lear’s Book of Nonsense (and its sequels).

Example:

There was a young poet named Lear
Who said, it is just as I fear
Five lines are enough
For this kind of stuff
Make a limerick each day of the year.

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Odometer Invented – Anniversary
May 12 all-day

12 May 1847. Anniversary of the invention of the odometer by Mormon pioneer William Clayton while crossing the plains in a covered wagon. Previous to this, mileage was calculated by counting the revolutions of a rag tied to a spoke of a wagon wheel.

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