Monday, April 30, 2012

Fun Facts about May

May, named for the Greek goddess Maia, is the fifth month of the year, and one of seven months that contains 31 days.  I found this tidbit interesting--No other month begins or ends on the same day of the week as May!

May's birthstone is the emerald, which means love or success. The birth flower is the Lily of the Valley. Those born before May 20th fall under the zodiac sign of Taurus, and those born after, are considered Gemini.

Holidays and Events:

April 29-May 5--Known as 'Golden Week' in Japan. A combination of 4 national holidays gives workers up to 10 days off.
May 1--Feast of St. Joseph
            May Day
May 3--Lumpy Rug Day (Why you would celebrate this? I do not know.)
First Saturday--The annual Kentucky Derby, the most famous horse race in the US is held.
May 5--Cinco de Mayo is celebrated in honor of Mexican heritage and pride. (This is also my hubby's birthday. Feliz Cumpleanos, Juan!)
May 6--Finally seeing The Wizarding World of Harry Potter. Oops! That's just me. :)
May 10--Clean Up Your Room Day (Children, this can coincide with the holiday that lands on the Second Sunday!)
May 12--International Nurses Day. (Thank a nurse!)
Second Sunday--Mother's Day in many countries. (Don't forget to honor your Mother!)
Last Sunday--The Indianapolis 500 race.
Last Monday--Memorial Day commemorates the fallen service members of the United States.
Second Week--Bicycle Week, a yearly international event advocates bicycling as a means of transportation.
May 25--Towel Day, in tribute to Douglas Adams, author of The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy.

National Month For:

The Incredible Edible Egg
Brain Tumor Awareness
Military Appreciation
Skin Cancer Awareness
Correct Posture
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Famous Birthdates:

02 May 1903—Dr. Benjamin Spock (108) Author of parenting books.
05 May        ---Courtney Rene (none of your business) Author of Shadow Dancer and Shadow Warrior.
06 May 1868---Gaston Leroux (143) Wrote Phantom of the Opera.
08 May 1940---Peter Benchley (71) Author of “Jaws
09 May 1873---Howard Carter (138) Uncovered the secrets of King Tut's Tomb
21 May 1916---Harold Robbins (95) Steamy novelist.
22 May 1859---Sir Arthur Conan Doyle (152) Author of Sherlock Holmes novels.
25 May 1927---Robert Ludlum (84) Wrote “The Bourne Identity”
27 May 1894---Dashiell Hammett (117) Wrote “The Maltese Falcon
28 May 1908—Ian Fleming (103) Wrote 14 James Bond novels.
30 May 1908---Mel Blanc (103) Voice of Bugs Bunny.

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