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Happy May! 15 cool things that happened in May

It’s May already? Celebrate the month with these awesome historical days and quirky holidays.

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Mmm… May. It just sounds nice, doesn’t it? It’s the promise of warmth and sunshine. The flower for May, lily of the valley, promises a return of happiness. That’s exactly what May feels like after a long, cold winter. Aside from the sunshine and pretty flowers, May has also served as host to some other great events and special holidays. You know, like these cool historical events…

May 1 – Mary “Mother” Jones was born. Get back to work!

May 5 – Thank your lucky stars. In 1962, Alan Shepard became the first American in space.

May 10 – Golden Spike Day: The first transcontinental railroad was completed.

May 11 – Irving Berlin’s birthday is today. Sing anything but “White Christmas.” How about “Puttin’ on the Ritz” instead?

May 18 – Napoleon literally crowned himself emperor of France in 1804, when he snatched the crown from the Pope and put it on his own head. Nice work, Bonaparte.

May 20 – Amelia Earhart became the first woman to fly solo across the Atlantic. Do something for yourself today.

May 25 – Start your engines! The Indianapolis 500 is always on the Friday before Memorial Day.

May 27 – 200,000 people walked across the Golden Gate Bridge to celebrate its opening.

May 29 – Crosby, Stills and Nash released their very first album in 1969. What’s your favorite jam?

May 31 – Walt Whitman was born. Pick up a new copy of Leaves of Grass.

Some holidays worth celebrating

May 2 – International Tuba Day

Sound like a completely fake holiday? We thought so, too. It’s a real holiday, though. So celebrate accordingly by finding some uplifting tuba music for your morning commute.

May 5 – Cinco de Mayo

Hola, amigas! After a tragically cold winter, grab your girlfriends, your sombrero and some tequila, and celebrate Mexican heritage how it was meant to be celebrated… by Americans.

May 15 – National Hug Your Cat Day

Fake? Maybe. Useless? Certainly not. Nothing is more fun than hugging a cat… who most assuredly does not want to be snuggled. (Except by his mama.)

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May 18 – National Museum Day

Take your Friday off, let the kids play hooky and go visit your favorite local museum. Better yet, go crazy and spend a three-day weekend in Washington, D.C., where you could visit three museums a day and still not see all the museums in our country’s capital.

May 30 – Memorial Day

Barbecues are great and everything, but Memorial Day is supposed to be a day of remembrance for those who have fallen in battle. Raise your flag high and proud.

Have fun this May, and we’ll see you in June.

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