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Batman Day and Other Unusual Holidays Celebrated in May

Ms. Inglish has 30 years experience in medicine, psychology, STEM instruction, history, and aerospace education for USAF Civil Air Patrol.

Batman Day is celebrated on the first of May.

Batman Day is celebrated on the first of May.

Happy Batman Day!

To start the month off right, May 1st is Batman Day! If you saw The Lego Movie, a popular animated film, then you met Lego Batman. In 2016, he had his own movie. Why not rewatch it—or marathon all the Batman films—in May?

Superhero films are constantly crowding the box office—people love them! Have a superhero party on May 1st if you don't have a maypole for dancing around.

Month-Long National Celebrations in May

May is, among other remembrances, National Photograph Month. We will likely see selfies hit a new high, then overflow, and then flood our cities.

Also, remember heritage celebrations:

  • Asian Americans' & Pacific Islanders' Heritage
  • Jewish Heritage
  • Latino Books

May is also a month to remember:

  • High Blood Pressure Awareness
  • Homeschooling
  • Inventors
  • Motorcycle Safety
  • Scurvy Awareness
  • Senor Citizens
  • Spiritual Literacy
Left to right: The Penguin, Burgess Meredith; The Riddler, Frank Gorshin; and The Joker. Cesar Romero

Left to right: The Penguin, Burgess Meredith; The Riddler, Frank Gorshin; and The Joker. Cesar Romero

May 1: May Day and Batman Day

Some observe May Day as a religious holiday, and it is celebrated by others as a Communist or workers' holiday. In Russia, it is Spring and Labor Day, with a celebration that occurs from May 1 to May 4.

Over a radio at sea or in the air, May Day is a distress call.

For anyone not into any of the holidays already mentioned, May 1 is also Batman Day. Adam West, who voiced himself on The Simpsons, became the Caped Crusader in the popular 1960s TV series, beating out Lyle Waggoner. The first appearance of the hero in a comic book is celebrated later in the month.

May 2: Take Me Out to the Ball Game Day

Baseball season is here! The famous baseball song Take Me Out to the Ball Game was registered on May 2, 1844, by Albert von Tilzer (1878–1956), a member of the Songwriters Hall of Fame. Broadway enjoyed many of his songs, arrangements, and productions for several years. One of his most fun arrangements is the pseudo-Hawaiian Oh, How She Could Yacki Hacki Wicki Wacki Woo. He and Bela Lugosi died in the same year.

May 3: Martin Z. Mollusk Day

In Ocean City, NJ, find out of summer will be early or late this year on Martin Z. Mollusk Day, a new take on Groundhog Day. At 11 AM, if Martin sees his shadow, summer will come one week early. Get to the 9th Street Beach early to save yourself a place to watch. In some places, this day is Free Comic Book Day, so check with your local comic book stores.

May 4: Respect a Chicken Day and the Start of Raisin Week

May 4 is Respect a Chicken Day and also begins National Raisin Week (which lasts through May 10).

May 5: First Day of Spring Astronomy Week.

Look for Spring Constellations at your local observatory or planetarium. May 5th will see a Heroes Are Human celebration of war veterans and all the protective services, especially those needing support for PTSD, in St. John's, Newfoundland.

May 6: Eiffel Tower Day

The tower was opened to the public on this day in 1899. On this date, 2004, the last episode of TV's long-running Friends was aired.

May 7: iMac Day

On May 7th, 1998, the Apple company presented the iMac.



May 8: Bob Clampett's Birthday

Birthday of Bob Clampett, who designed the Bugs Bunny cartoon character.

May 9 to May 12: World War II Victory Day Celebration in Russia

These days commemorate Germany's surrender to Russia in 1945. TV stations run WWII-related films and parades march for spectators who usually wear red carnations. Veterans wear carnations, and people give out red carnations to any veterans they see in the streets—they are easy to recognize because they are wearing their medals during the days of this holiday.

A large meal is prepared in homes, and anyone still living from the WWII years shares their memories. One might also see the St. George Ribbon tied on car antennas or worn on clothing as a symbol of respect for those who died in and survived WWII.

May 10: National Mini-Golf Day

There are unusual golf courses you can visit throughout the country!

May 11: Twilight Zone Day

The Twilight Zone is a regular presence on the MeTV Network. It is a good night for an eerie party.

May 12: Limerick Day

The Limerick is a poetry type popularized by Englishman Edward Lear, rather than an Irishman. On this day, some American groups of children and youth who are home-schooled dress as the main characters in Edward Lear's poems for a Limerick Party, and they compose their own limericks.

May 12 is the poet and artist's birthday and has been named "International Owl and Pussycat Day" after one of his poems.

There was an Old Man with a beard,

Who said, 'It is just as I feared!

Two Owls and a Hen,

Four Larks and a Wren,

Have all built their nests in my beard!'

— Edward Lear

“There Was an Old Man With a Beard”

“There Was an Old Man With a Beard”

May 13: Leprechaun Day

I do not know why this is Leprechaun Day but 'tis a fine day to try some Irish-inspired recipes.

May 14: National Underground America Day

This holiday commemorates all those who live in houses underground. Add people who work in underground businesses, too.

Third Week in May: National Bicycle and Bike to Work Week

Wilbur and Orville Wright started businesses as bicycle producers and salesmen on the east side of Dayton, Ohio, and founded the Aircraft and Aerospace Industry that is now planning its Mission to Mars. Flying their funny airplane in North Carolina successfully in 1903, they, unfortunately, did not live to see Apollo 11 land on the moon just 66 years later in 1969.

By 2010, the entire western half of Ohio had been developed into the Aviation Heritage Area, and much of it became the Ohio Space Corridor, extending from Cincinnati up I-75 and from Dayton eastward to encompass some of Columbus's aerospace manufacturing and test facilities.

Note: The third week in May is also National Backyard Games Week!

May 15: Mickey and Minnie Mouse Day

Mickey and Minnie Mouse made their debut on this day in 1928.

May 16: O'Henry National Pun-Off Day

In addition, each spring, an anthology of stories is selected by an organization linked with the O'Henry legacy to find and reward modern writers who can write in his style - short stories that end with a twist.

May 17: Adolphe Sax Day

The saxophone was invented in 1826 by a man whose last name was Sax—Adolphe Sax. The varieties of saxophones include sopranissimo (tiny), sopranino, soprano, alto, tenor, bass, contrabass, subcontrabass, and Yakety (from Boots Randolph).

May 18: International Museum Day

Get out there and check out your local museums! If that's not your thing, you could also celebrate actress Tina Fey's birthday.

May 19: Circus Day

It's also the day in 1999 and 2005 on which Star Wars Episode I: The Phantom Menace and Star Wars Episode III: Revenge of the Sith were released.

May 20: Levi's Day

In 1873, Levi Strauss was awarded a patent for its blue jeans with copper rivets.

May 21: Patch Your Bicycle Tires Day

The Wright Brothers would enjoy this day since they began their careers with a bicycle shop on the east side of Dayton, Ohio.

May 22: World Goth Day

However, Wilbur and Orville's patent for a flying machine came through today in 1906. A flying goth might be fun.

May 23: The Who Day

The Who released the rock number Tommy in 1969. it is also the birthday of Drew Carey.

May 24: Mary Had a Little Lamb Day

The poem Mary Had a Little Lamb was published today in 1830 by the woman who invented the ideas and presentation of the Thanksgiving celebration we have today in America. The Saints and Strangers of Plymouth should have been so lucky!

In addition, Star Wars (now called Star Wars: A New Hope and available in 3D) was released in 1977, two years ahead of the first Star Trek film. It was on this day in 1961 that JFK said that America would land on the moon and return safely by the end of the 1960s.

May 26: Sally Ride Day

Celebrate the birthday of America's first woman in space.

May 27: Batman Day (Round 2!)

Batman appears for the first time, in 1929, in a DC comic book.

May 28: Slug Day

According to a modern myth, not only do the swallows return to Capistrano, California, but slugs return everywhere else from there after wintering in that city on vacation. Slugs aerate the earth, which helps gardens to grow, so that is something to celebrate!

May 29: Put a Pillow on Top of Your Refrigerator Day

May 29: Put a Pillow on Top of Your Refrigerator Day

May 29: Put a Pillow on Top of Your Refrigerator Day

You do this for the same reason you make new pillowcases on New Year's Day, for good luck and fortune. We wonder if Einstein placed a pillow on top of the refrigerator that he invented himself.

May 30: Denture Day

Today in 1872, the dentist who invented a type of prosthetic teeth or dentures, Dr. Mahlom Loomis, invented the wireless telegraph using two kites and some copper wire mesh. Witnesses saw him do it in 1872, but he stated that he had done it before, in 1866.

On February 20, 1864, Loomis wrote (Reference: Library Of Congress; the link in the picture below leads to a page on the dentist and his wireless invention):

"I have been for years trying to study out a process by which telegraphic communications may be made across the ocean without any wires, and also from point to point on the earth, dispensing with wires."

In 1866, Dr. Loomis succeeded, using two mountaintops in Loudoun County, Virginia.

May 31: Lady Godiva Day

In 1678, Lady Godiva began her nude parade on horseback through Coventry. Currently, Lady GaGa would be the most likely person to do this.

On May 31, 1929, America saw its first talking Mickey Mouse cartoon in theaters—"The Karnival Kid" (see it below in a video).

Have fun with all of these holidays and still others in the USA and worldwide that you can find by viewing lists at :

  • Information Please Almanac online
  • The History Place online
  • This Day in History online

© 2014 Patty Inglish MS


Patty Inglish MS (author) from USA and Asgardia, the First Space Nation on May 05, 2014:

May 5th -- It's Spring Astronomy Week and Heroes are Human Day! it is also Cartoonist's Day as well as Cinco de Mayo. Ole!

Patty Inglish MS (author) from USA and Asgardia, the First Space Nation on May 04, 2014:

Have fun with mini-golf on your holiday escapades! I might celebrate that one - we have a couple of new mini golf courses here. What fun!

Dianna Mendez on May 04, 2014:

I just missed some of the early holidays, wish I would have celebrated BatMan day! I am going to celebrate mini-golf day. I love that game! Thanks for the list and the fun.

Patty Inglish MS (author) from USA and Asgardia, the First Space Nation on April 24, 2014:

@pstraubie48 - One of my favorites, too! I could watch all the episodes a 100 times. And I have a good time with odd facts and celebrations. Happy May Holidays!

@Maren Morgan M-T - Thanks! I think GaGa could do it and make it humorous and over-the-top fashionable as well. I don't know what the government in Coventry would say...

Maren Elizabeth Morgan from Pennsylvania on April 23, 2014:

Liked your Lady Gaga comment!

Patricia Scott from North Central Florida on April 23, 2014:

Twilight Zone Day....alright... have been a huge fan since back in the day.

This was a great is always fun to me to find the little known or at least, little known to me, events worthy of note.

Thanks for sharing, Patty

Angels are on the way to you ps

Patty Inglish MS (author) from USA and Asgardia, the First Space Nation on April 23, 2014:

@MG Singh - As history moves forward, we gain new holidays for new events! Thanks for reading.

@The Examiner-1: The commemorations fascinate me, but I also do not understand the pillow - except there was once a tradition of placing some sort of natural cloth (cotton, wool, etc.) into the pantry for good luck.

@Kathleen Odenthal - Batman! Maybe kids will dress as this hero on that day.

Kathleen Odenthal from Bridgewater on April 23, 2014:

I had no idea there was a such thing as Batman Day! Very interesting!

The Examiner-1 on April 23, 2014:

That was...different, Patty. I know that there are varied holidays/celebrations for many unknown things each month. The only one which I could really not understand was "Put a Pillow on Top of Your Refrigerator Day" (May 29). I wondered who would do that?!


MG Singh from UAE on April 22, 2014:

Very interesting post. These days there is a day for all events and subjects

Patty Inglish MS (author) from USA and Asgardia, the First Space Nation on April 22, 2014:

Mother's Month - how wonderful for your mom. Reminds me of a gentleman of my past acquaintance who told others that Valentine's Day is also only for mothers. People are interesting.

Eric Dierker from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A. on April 22, 2014:

Very Interesting thank you. My mom had her birthday and Mothers day this month, I was twelve before I found out it was not mother's month ;-)