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Historical Events for May
May 1, 1873: The first United States Postal Card was issued.
May 2, 1780: William Herschel discovered first binary star (Xi Ursae Majoris).
May 3, 1802: Washington, D.C. was incorporated as a city.
May 4, 1780: American Academy of Arts & Science founded.
May 5, 1961: Astronaut Alan Shepard went on the first manned space flight.
May 6, 1915: Babe Ruth hit his first home run as a player for the Boston Red Sox.
May 7, 1952: The concept of the integrated circuit published by Geoffrey W.A. Drummer.
May 8, 1970: The Beatles UK album Let It Be, was released.
May 9, 1754: First United States newspaper cartoon published in Benjamin Franklin's Pennsylvania Gazette.
May 10, 1908: The first Mother's Day observance took place in West Virginia and Pennsylvania.
May 11, 1947: B.F. Goodrich Company developed the tubeless tire.
May 12, 1777: The first ice cream advertisement (Philip Lenzi-New York Gazette).
May 13, 1884: Institute for Electrical & Electronics Engineers (IEEE)formed.
May 14, 1796: The first vaccination against smallpox was administered by English doctor Edward Jenner.
May 15, 1672: First copyright law enacted by Massachusetts.
May 16, 1929: The first Academy Awards were held at the Hollywood Roosevelt Hotel.
May 17, 1792: The New York Stock Exchange was established.
May 18, 1927: Grauman’s Chinese Theater opened in Hollywood
May 19, 1994: Final Episode of LA Law after 8 year run.
May 20, 1609: Shakespeare’s Sonnets first published in London.
May 21, 1881: Clara Barton founded the American Red Cross.
May 22, 1761: The first life insurance policy in the United States was issued, in Philadelphia.
May 23, 1900: The Associated Press News Service forms in New York.
May 24, 1883: The Brooklyn Bridge, linking Brooklyn and Manhattan, opened to traffic.
May 25, 1937: First airmail letter to circle the globe returned to New York.
May 26, 1978: The first legal casino opened in Atlantic City, New Jersey.
May 27, 1937: The Golden Gate Bridge was opened to the public.
May 28, 1926: United States Customs Court created.
May 29, 1977: Janet Guthrie became first woman to drive in the Indy 500.
May 30, 1901: Memorial Day first observed in the United States.
May 31, 1927: The last Ford Model T automobile was made.
May Food Holidays
Why celebrate May with great food? Because May is:
- National Asparagus Month
- National Barbecue Month
- National Chocolate CustardMonth
- National Egg Month
- National Gazpacho Aficionado Month
- National Hamburger Month
- National Mediterranean Diet Month
- National Salad Month
- National Salsa Month
- National Strawberry Month
Enjoy these fun May Recipes:
- May 1: National Chocolate Parfait Day
- May 2: National Truffles Day
- May 3: National Raspberry Tart Day
- May 4: National Homebrew Day
- May 4: National Orange Juice Day
- May 4: National Candied Orange Peel Day
- May 5: National Chocolate Custard Day
- May 5: Cinco de Mayo
- May 5: National Hoagie Day
- May 6: National Crêpes Suzette Day
- May 6: International No Diet Day
- May 7: National Roast Leg of Lamb Day
- May 8 National Coconut Cream Pie Day
- May 8: National Empanada Day
- May 8: Have A Coke Day
- May 9: National Butterscotch Brownie Day
- May 10: National Shrimp Day
- May 11: Eat What You Want Day
- May 12: National Nutty Fudge Day
- May 13 National Apple Pie Day
- May 13: National Fruit Cocktail Day
- May 14: National Buttermilk Biscuit Day
- May 15: National Chocolate Chip Day
- May 16: National Coquilles St. Jacques Day
- May 17: National Cherry Cobbler Day
- May 18: National Cheese Soufflé Day
- May 19: National Devil’s Food Cake Day
- May 20: National Quiche Lorraine Day
- May 20: Pick Strawberries Day
- May 21: National Strawberries and Cream Day
- May 22: National Vanilla Pudding Day
- May 23: National Taffy Day
- May 24: National Escargot Day
- May 25: National Brown-Bag-It Day
- May 25: National Wine Day
- May 26: National Blueberry Cheesecake Day
- May 26: National Cherry Dessert Day
- May 27: National Grape Popsicle Day
- May 28: National Brisket Day
- May 29: National Coq Au Vin Day
- May 30: National Mint Julep Day
- May 31: National Macaroon Day