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May Trivia and Unusual Facts

Published by desertsister in History
April 28th, 2009

Really interesting article about the month of May. Some weird stuff and some interesting hsitory about inventions and people.

How much do you know about the lusty, blustery and many times rainy month of May? It is an interesting month when spring begins to turn to summer across America and other parts of the world. Want to know more?

Read on fellow trivia pursuit fans.

The origin of the name May for this month is said to come from the name of the Roman Goddess “Maiesta”, also called the fertility Goddess Bona Dea, who was honored with a festival in May. She was the Goddess of honor and reverence. Some believe it could have come from the Greek Goddess Maia, who was closely associated with the Roman fertility goddess.

The flower associated with May is the Lily of The Valley and the birth gem stone is an Emerald. If you were born at the beginning of the month your star sign is Taurus, but born toward the end of the month and you are a Gemini.

In Ireland May 1st is Beltane Day, the first day of Summer.

Mother’s Day is celebrated in many countries on the second Sunday in May: USA, Canada, Brazil and Australia for example.

Charles Lindberg made the first historic solo Trans Atlantic airplane flight in May of 1927, in his plane “The Spirit of Saint Louis”.

Amelia Earhart is credited as being the first woman to fly a plane solo and nonstop across the Atlantic, on May 21, 1932. Her flight path was from Newfoundland to Ireland.

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The Act of Union in 1707, joined Scotland and England into one country making what we today call Great Britain.

Did you know on May 14, 1796 the first smallpox vaccine was given by Dr. Edward Jenner.

The famous American Poet Walt Whitman was born on May 31, 1819.

Interesting facts most Americans do not know is: on May 18, 1652 the State of Rhode Island passed a law banning slavery. History seems to record that is was, barely recognized by the officials of Rhode Island and was not strictly (if ever in those days) enforced.

Sports and horse racing fans should know that the first Kentucky Derby Race was run in 1875.

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Karl Marx, writer of the “Communist Manifesto” was born May 5, 1818 and his political work would change the world.

The “Miracle and Vision of The Virgin Mary” at Fatima, Portugal took place on May 13, 1917. Three young children saw a vision and received a message from the “Holy Mother” on that day. Soon after the news of the event pilgrimages began and millions have visited Fatima, seeking a miracle.

May 8, 1945 was V.E. day, as Germany surrended to the allies ending the war on the western front: of World War II. [V. E. stands for Victory in Europe]

In the glorious state of Hawaii, every May 1st they celebrate Lei Day.

On May 10, 1872 the first woman was nominated for President of the U.S.A. even though women could not vote. Her name was Virginia Woodhull.

Something we take for granted in our everyday life was patented on May 1st. Nikola Testa for developing the “electrical transmission of power” was issued Patent # 382,280 in 1888.

On May 5, 1851 ~ believe it or not! ~ a patent was issued for an ice making machine.

On May 14th, 1853 Gail Borden received a patent for condensed milk.

Bet you did not know this month is celebrated as:

National Salad Month   ~~ National Egg Month ~~ National Barbecue Month ~~ 

National Hamburger Month ~~ Better Sleep Month and National Photo Month

MAY 12TH is Nurses Day.

AND “No Pants Day” is celebrated on the 1st Friday of May.

Okay, enough…..enough ~~ hope these interesting bits of info have wet your appetite for more? This is an interesting month and many historical events share various dates during this time span. Do some searching and learn or wait for Part II of my Monthly Trivia Series.

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