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The GeneaBloggersTRIBE leadership team compiled this calendar of ideas with the help of Chase’s Calendar of Events. As you look at the listings, think how they might relate to your genealogical research, stories of handed down the family tree, historical context for you ancestors, or your own memories.

May
21
Sat
American Red Cross Founded – Anniversary
May 21 all-day

21 May 1881 marks the founding of the American Red Cross by Clara Barton, its first president. The Red Cross had been founded in Switzerland in 1864 by representatives from 16 European nations. It is a not-for-profit organization governed and directed by volunteers and provides disaster relief at home and abroad. Its 1.1 million volunteers are involved in community services such as collecting and distributing donated blood and blood products, teaching health and safety classes and acting as a medium for emergency communication between Americans and their armed forces.

Armed Forces Day
May 21 all-day

Originally proclaimed as Army Day for 6 April, beginning in 1936.  Always the third Saturday in May since 1950.

Image courtesy of Pixabay.com

National Learn to Swim Day
May 21 all-day

National Learn to Swim Day is a nationwide campaign designed to raise awareness about the importance of teaching children to swim. It takes place annually on the Saturday the week before the unofficial start of summer: Memorial Day weekend. Families nationwide are invited to participate by attending a local event, teaching their children to swim with at-home instruction, visiting a community pool as a family or enrolling children in swim lessons at a local facility.

Image courtesy of Pixabay.com

National Waitstaff Day
May 21 all-day

National Waitstaff Day recognizes all waiters and waitresses in the food service industry.

Image courtesy of Pixabay.com

Sister Maria Innocentia Hummel’s Birthday – Anniversary
May 21 all-day

Born 21 May 1909 at Massing, Bavaria, Sister Maria Innocentia Hummel attended Munich’s Academy of Fine Arts. She entered Siessen Convent, run by the Sisters of the Third Order of St. Francis, and began teaching art to kindergarten children. In 1934 Franz Goebel obtained an exclusive license to translate her drawings into three-dimensional figurines. The first M.I. Hummel figurines were displayed at the Leipzig Trade Fair in 1935;they made their first appearance in the American market in May 1935. She died 6 November 1946, at Siessen, Germany. Many M.I. Hummel Clubs across the country commemorate her birth date with special events and fund-raisers for local charities.

May
22
Sun
Harvey Milk Day
May 22 all-day

Photo by Daniel Nicoletta
Harvey Milk as Mayor for a Day
March 7, 1978
When Harvey was acting mayor for one of the days that Mayor George Moscone had to be out of town, it was like the marx brothers in the mayors office.. when I can in to photograph harvey that day i was greeted by harvey with an option of recieving any commission my heart desired, and in the background Jim Rivaldo some other friends Harvey’s were having fun playing with the mayors paper shredding machine which was built into his huge wooden desk.

Day celebrating the life story, message and legacy of civil rights leader Harvey Milk (1930 78). Annually, May 22.

Image by Daniel Nicoletta, CC 3.0

Mister Rogers’ Neighborhood TV Premiere – Anniversary
May 22 all-day

On 22 May 1967, Presbyterian minister Fred Rogers began hosting this long-running PBS children’s program. Puppets and human characters interacted in the Neighborhood of Make-Believe. Rogers voiced many of the puppets and educated young viewers on a variety of important subjects. The last episodes of the program were made in 2001. Almost 1,000 episodes were produced over the shows history. Rogers died in 2003.

Image: Fair Use, Wikimedia Commons

National Hurricane Preparedness Week
May 22 all-day

May 22 28. History teaches that a lack of hurricane awareness and preparation are common threads among all major hurricane disasters. By knowing your vulnerability and what actions you should take, you can reduce the effects of a hurricane disaster. Hurricane hazards come in many forms, including storm surge, heavy rainfall, inland flooding, high winds, tornadoes and rip currents. The National Weather Service is responsible for protecting life and property through issuance of timely watches and warnings, but it is essential that everyone be ready before a storm approaches. Furthermore, mariners should be aware of special safety precautions when confronted with a hurricane. Preparedness guide available at the website.

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National Maritime Day
May 22 all-day

National Maritime Day celebrates all things nautical. The anniversary of the first transatlantic steamship crossing with departure on May 22, 1819 from Savannah, Georgia to Liverpool, England.

Image: Wikimedia Commons, NARA Commons License

US Colored Troops Founders Day
May 22 all-day

May 22. African American Civil War Memorial Freedom Foundation and Museum, Washington, DC. On May 22, 1863, Congress established the Bureau of United States Colored Troops with the express purpose of providing uniforms and training to and deploying soldiers of African descent. By the end of the Civil War the United States Colored Troops (USCT) had more than200,000 soldiers of African descent, but also employed Native Americans, Hawaiians, Latinos and Anglos. While most of the USCT officers were white, there were more than 120 African-American officers and some of Latino descent. Each year the African American Civil War Memorial Freedom Foundation and Museum commemorates the founding of the Bureau of United States Colored Troops with public and educational programming.

Image: Public Domain, Wikimedia Commons

May
23
Mon
Bonnie and Clyde Death Anniversary
May 23 all-day

On 23 May 1934, the two-year crime spree of Bonnie Parker and Clyde Barrow, bank robbers accused of at least 12 murders, came to an end when a law enforcement posse led by Frank Hamer opened fire on the couple in an ambush at Gibsland, Louisiana. The couple had operated in Texas, Oklahoma, Missouri, Louisiana and other states, and had sent ballads to local newspapers chronicling their exploits, making them two of the most notorious and romanticized of many Depression-era gangsters. Some 20,000 people lined up to see the body of Clyde Barrow put on display in a mortuary in downtown Dallas, Texas.

Image: Public Domain, Wikimedia Commons

May
24
Tue
Brooklyn Bridge Opening – Anniversary
May 24 all-day

May 24, 1883. Nearly 14 years in construction, the $16 million Brooklyn Bridge over the East River opened. Designed by John A. Roebling, the steel suspension bridge has a span of 1,595 feet.

Image: Public Domain, Wikimedia Commons

Brother’s Day
May 24 all-day

Celebration of brotherhood for biological brothers, fraternity brothers and brothers bonded by union affiliation or lifetime experiences.

Image courtesy of Pixabay.com

First Night Game in Baseball Played – Anniversary
May 24 all-day

The first game under lights” was played in Cincinnati

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First Telegraph Line Opened – Anniversary
May 24 all-day

May 24, 1844. The first US telegraph line was formally opened between Baltimore, Maryland, and Washington, DC. Samuel F.B. Morse sent the first officially telegraphed words What hath God wrought? from the Capitol building to Baltimore. Earlier messages had been sent along the historic line during testing, and one, sent May 1 from a meeting in Baltimore, contained the news that Henry Clay had been nominated as president by the Whig Party. This message reached Washington one hour prior to a train carrying the same news.

Image: Public domain, wikimedia commons

International Tiara Day
May 24 all-day

International Tiara Day is a day for all women to embrace and celebrate their powers of leadership.

May
25
Wed
Constitutional Convention – Anniversary
May 25 all-day

25 May 1787. At Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, delegates from seven states, forming a quorum, opened the Constitutional Convention, which had been proposed by the Annapolis Convention Sept 11 14, 1786. Among those who were in attendance: George Washington, Benjamin Franklin, James Madison, Alexander Hamilton and Elbridge Gerry.

Image: Public domain

National Missing Children Day
May 25 all-day

National Missing Children’s Day was created to promote awareness of the problem of missing children, to offer a forum for change and to offer safety information for children in school and the community. Annually, May 25.

National Tap Dance Day
May 25 all-day

To celebrate this unique American art form that represents a fusion of African and European cultures and to transmit tap to succeeding generations through documentation and archival and performance support. Held on the anniversary of the birth of Bill Bojangles Robinson to honor his outstanding contribution to the art of tap dancing on stage and in films through the unification of diverse stylistic and racial elements.

Image: Public domain, wikimedia commons

Towel Day
May 25 all-day

In honor of Douglas Adams, the author of Hitchhikers Guide to the Galaxy, carry a towel on this day and make sure that it is conspicuous. Wrap it around your head, use it as a weapon or sleep on it beneath the stars.

May
26
Thu
Ascension Day
May 26 all-day

May 10 – Ascension Day is observed by Christians throughout the world celebrating Jesus’s ascent into heaven after his death on the cross. In some countries it is a public holiday, normally celebrated on the fortieth day of Easter.

Image: Public Domain, Wikimedia Commons

 

Dunkirk Evacuated – Anniversary
May 26 all-day

May 26, 1940. The British Expeditionary Force had become trapped by advancing German armies near this port on the northern coast of France. On this date the evacuation of 200,000 British and 140,000 French and Belgian soldiers began. Sailing on every kind of transport available, including fishing boats and recreational craft, these men were safely brought across the English Channel by June 2.

Image: Public Domain, Wikimedia Commons

World Lindy Hop Day
May 26 all-day

World Lindy Hop Day welcomes people from all walks of life, of all ages and from around the world to experience this exuberant African-American social dance. Originating at the Savoy Ballroom at Harlem, New York City, in the 1920s and 1930s, the Lindy hop (aka swing dancing or jitterbug) is usually danced to the big band jazz of the era. Lindy hop features creative and exhilarating movements that allow partners to connect in a way that uplifts the spirit, promotes human connection and develops generosity. It allows dancers to meet in a positive environment that supports the building of bridges on personal, community and global levels. Annually, May26 the birth anniversary of Frankie Manning (1914 2009), one of the most important ambassadors and innovators of the Lindy hop.

Image: Elvert Barnes, CC 2.0 via Flickr

May
27
Fri
Amelia Bloomer’s Birthday – Anniversary
May 27 all-day

American social reformer and women’s rights advocate, born 27 May 1818 at Homer, NY. Her name is remembered especially because of her work for more sensible dress for women and her recommendation of a costume that had been introduced about 1849 by Elizabeth Smith Miller, but came to be known as the Bloomer Costume or bloomers. Amelia Bloomer died at Council Bluffs, IA, 30 December 1894.

Cellophane Tape patented – Anniversary
May 27 all-day

May 27, 1930. Richard Gurley Drew received a patent for his adhesive tape, later manufactured by 3M as Scotch tape.

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