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  • The Legacy of Sergeant Carney
  • Loyalty Day
  • May Day
  • Memorial Day 2014
  • Migratory Bird Day 2014
  • Military Spouses Day 2014
  • Mother Goose Day
  • Mother's Day 2014
  • Mr. Bojangles
  • National Day of Prayer 2014
  • No Pants Day 2014
  • International Nurses Day
  • National Nurses Day
  • The Orteig Prize
  • Peace Officers Memorial Day
  • The Peace Palace
  • The Pop-Up Toaster
  • World Press Freedom Day
  • Saint Joan of Arc Feast Day
  • The Sinking of the Robin Moor
  • Space Day 2014
  • Star Wars Day
  • Student Memorial Day
  • National Teachers Day 2014
  • The Thing About Evel
  • VE Day
  • What Hath God Wrought
  • Woman on Top of the World
  • World Fair Trade Day 2014
  • The World's Oldest Computer
  • Yosuke Come Home
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    Across the millineums, celebrations honoring the emergence of spring and the planting season continued through the month of May, given the name Maius in the Ancient Roman calendar, honoring Maia Maiestas, an Earth Goddess associated with the Bona Dea, whose festival began on the first of May.
         The Bona Dea is believed to protect women through all life stages, ruling over matters of fertility, as well as herbal healing, and served as an Oracle who spoke exclusively to women. Men were forbidden to speak her name, or attend her secret festivals, taking place on the 3rd and 4th of May, when women gathered into seclusion to honor the goddess, and partake of sacred wine and ritual dance. Farmers were cautioned not to sow grain before the time of her setting, and urban legend grew that May be an unlucky month for men to begin marriages. The festival of Maius Calends on the first of May, ranks "May Day" as one of the oldest of continuing holidays.
         Long before the Romans, it is speculated by some the name originated with the Greek goddess Maia. The eldest and most beautiful of the seven daughters of Atlas and Pleione, known as the Pleiades, her role in mythology places her as mistress to Zeus, and foster-mother to his son. Following the War of the Titans, Atlas was forced to carry the heavens on his shoulders as a celestial safe-guard for peace. In his absence, the hunter Orion began to pursue all his daughters. Some myths claim Zeus sent them into the heavens for their safety, and the Pleiades (the Seven Sisters star cluster), can still be seen in the Mediterranean at night during the summer, from the middle of May until the beginning of November. One of the most stunning deep-sky objects, this open star cluster can be seen without a telescope in northern hemisphere autumn and winter skies, and has been used as a navigational guide for over 3 thousand years. Maia, characterized with intense and expansive molecular clouds, is the 3rd brightest.
         The month of May still honors women through the observance of Mother's Day on the 2nd Sunday in May, a coincidental (but appropriate) tradition began by Anna Marie Jarvis commemorating the death of her mother in mid-May of 1905.

     

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    OBSERVANCES
    • Asian Pacific American Heritage Month
    • Better Hearing and Speech Month
    • Better Sleep Month
    • Bike Month
    • Historic Preservation Month
    • Mental Health Awareness Month
    • Military Appreciation Month
    • Older Americans Month
    • Pet Cancer Awareness Month
    • Physical Fitness & Sports Month
    • Teacher Appreciation Month
    • Tennis Month

    STATEHOOD DAYS
    05/11 Minnesota 1858
    05/23 South Carolina 1788
    05/29 Rhode Island 1790
    05/29 Wisconsin 1848
    REMEMBERING
    05/30 Benny Goodman
    05/25 Bill "Bojangles" Robinson
    05/03 Bing Crosby
    05/29 Bob Hope
    05/10 Bono
    05/01 Calamity Jane
    05/20 Dolley Madison
    05/12 Florence Nightengale
    05/11 Harriet Quimby
    05/08 Harry S.Truman
    05/02 Hedda Hopper
    05/16 Henry Fonda
    05/27 Henry Kissinger
    05/20 James Stewart
    05/28 Jim Thorpe
    05/29 John F Kennedy
    05/26 John Wayne
    05/15 L Frank Baum
    05/22 Laurence Olivier
    05/19 Malcolm X
    05/05 Nellie Bly
    05/18 Omar Khayyám
    05/06 Orson Welles
    05/21 Plato
    05/24 Queen Victoria
    05/06 Robert Peary
    05/06 Sigmund Freud
    05/22 Sir Arthur Conan Doyle
    05/13 Stevie Wonder
    05/07 Tim Russert
    05/27 Wild Bill Hickok

     

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    Memorial Day
    26 May 2014


    On the last Monday of May, the United States recognizes Memorial Day as a federal holiday, observed to commemorate the men and women who have died in military service to their country.

    Following the end of the Civil War, many communities set aside a day to mark the end of the war or as a memorial to those who had died. Celebrated on different days in different areas of the country, it was decided in 1868 that "Decoration Day" would be annually observed nationwide on 30 May. Although the date had been chosen because it was not the anniversary of any battle, lingering hostilities allowed some communities to continue their own memorial dates.

    The suggestion to name it "Memorial Day" occurred in 1882, but did not become common until after World War II, and was not declared the official name by Federal law until 1967. In June of 1968, Congress passed the Uniform Holidays Bill, which moved three holidays from their traditional dates to a specified Monday in order to create a convenient three-day weekend. When the law took effect at the federal level in 1971, it became permanently set on the last Monday in May (always between the 25th and 31st).


    National Moment of Remembrance
    While a number of organizations across the country, from race tracks to ball parks to picnic gatherings, participate in Memorial Day festivities, all Americans are encouraged to observe the National Moment of Remembrance at 3pm EST, to promote a spirit of national unity, remembering and honoring the sacrifices made by those who gave their lives for their country from the Revolutionary War to the present.

     

      01


    "Poor people have more fun than rich people, they say;
    and I notice it's the rich people who keep saying it."
    ~ Jack Paar (born 1918)

    02


    "I can wear a hat or take it off, but either way it's a conversation piece."
    ~ Hedda Hopper (born 1885)


    03


    "Do you know the difference between education and experience? Education is when you read the fine print; experience is what you get when you don't."
    ~ Pete Seeger (born 1919)


    04


    "Living is like tearing through a museum. Not until later do you really start absorbing what you saw, thinking about it, looking it up in a book, and remembering.”
    ~ Audrey Hepburn (born 1929)


    05


    "It is only after one is in trouble that one realizes
    how little sympathy and kindness there are in the world."
    ~Nellie Bly (born 1864)


    06


    "If there hadn't been women we'd still be squatting in a cave eating raw meat,
    because we made civilization in order to impress our girlfriends."
    ~ Orson Welles (born 1915)


    07


    "The best exercise for the human heart is reaching down to lift someone else up."
    ~ Tim Russert (born 1950)


    08


    "We must build a new world, a far better world -- one in which the eternal
    dignity of man is respected." ~ President Harry Truman (born 1884)


    09


    "Retiring is one thing. Being retired is something else altogether."
    ~ Mike Wallace (born 1918)


    10


    "We can be the generation that no longer accepts that an accident of latitude determines whether a child lives or dies. But will we be that generation?" ~ Bono (born 1960)

    11


    "I was annoyed from the start by the attitude of doubt on the part of the
    spectators that I would never really make the flight. This attitude
    made me more determined than ever to succeed."
    ~ Harriet Quimby (born 1875)


    12


    "Were there none who were discontented with what they have, the world would never reach anything better." ~ Florence Nightingale (born 1820)

    13


    "Just because a man lacks the use of his eyes doesn't mean he lacks vision."
    ~ Stevie Wonder (born 1950


    14


    "Everybody has talent, it's just a matter of moving around until you've discovered what it is." ~ George Lucas (born 1944)

    15


    "I can't give you a brain, but I can give you a diploma."
    ~ from The Wizard of Oz by L Frank Baum (born 1856)


    16


    "We owe it to our children to be better stewards of the environment."
    ~ Pierce Brosnan (born 1953)


    17


    "As with anything creative, change is inevitable." ~ Enya (born 1961)

    18


    "Living Life Tomorrow's fate, though thou be wise, Thou canst not tell nor yet surmise; Pass, therefore, not today in vain, For it will never come again."
    ~ Omar Khayyam (born 1048)


    19


    "You can't separate peace from freedom, because no one can be at peace
    unless he has his freedom." ~ Malcolm X (born 1925)


    20


    "You have to develop a style that suits you and pursue it, not just develop a bag of tricks. Always be yourself." ~ James Stewart (born 1908)

    21


    "Watch a man at play for an hour and you can learn more about him
    than in talking to him for a year." ~ Plato (born 424BC


    22


    "I take a simple view of life: keep your eyes open and get on with it."
    ~ Laurence Olivier (born 1907)


    23


    "Nevada's one of the most conservative states in the Union, but you can do what you want in Vegas and nobody judges you." ~ Drew Carey (born 1958)

    24


    "I've had 60 years of ups and downs, and all of the downs that I've had, I'm happy that I've had them because it's taught me to appreciate all the ups." ~ Patti LaBelle (born 1944)

    25


    "What success I achieved in the theater is due to the fact that I have always worked
    just as hard when there were ten people in the house as when there were thousands."
    ~ Bill Robinson (born 1878)


    26


    "Courage is being scared to death...and saddling up anyway." ~ John Wayne (born 1907)

    27


    "A leader does not deserve the name unless he is willing occasionally to stand alone." ~Henry Kissinger (born 1923)

    28


    "Older women are best, because they always think they may be doing it for the last time."
    ~ Ian Fleming (born 1908)


    29


    "I do benefits for all religions -- I'd hate to blow the hereafter on a technicality."
    ~ Bob Hope (born 1903)


    30


    "Sometimes when you start losing detail, whether it's in music or in life, something as small as failing to be polite, you start to lose substance." ~ Benny Goodman (born 1909)

    31


    "We women who were pioneers in radio and TV like to think that we made it possible for others to join media in the years that followed." ~ Ellen Kimball (born 1939)


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    International Council of Nurses
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    Join Hands Day
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    Kentucky Derby
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    Law Day
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    MEXonline
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    Migratory Bird Day, US Fish and Wildlife Service
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    Mythography
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    National Law Enforcement Officers Memorial Fund
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    National Education Association (NEA)
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    Official Home of the Mother Goose Society, The
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    Official Site of the Indianapolis 500
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    Origins and Traditions of Mayday, The
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    Peace Palace, The
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    Promontory Summit, May 10, 1869
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    Provider Appreciation Day
    http://www.providersfirst.com

    space@about.co
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    Team Miura's website
    http://www.snowdolphins.com

    Theoi Greek mythology
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    United Poultry Concerns
    http://www.upc-online.org/respect/

    US Department of Defense
    http://www.defense.gov/afd

    Utah State Quarter
    http://www.theus50.com/utah/quarter.php

    World Fair Trade Day
    http://www.wftday.org

    Worthy Wage Day
    worthywageday.org


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