Batman Day and Other Unusual Holidays Celebrated in 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
- Motorcycle Safety
- Scurvy Awareness
- Senor Citizens
- Spiritual Literacy
May 1: Remember the Foes of Batman
May 1: May Day and Batman Day
May Day is observed by some as a religious holiday and celebrated by others as a Communist or workers' holiday. In Russia, it is Spring and Labor Day, with a celebration that occurs May 1-4.
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.
The first and second weeks in May are National Nurse's Week. The second week is National Wildflower Week. The fourth week in May is Emergency Medical Services Week.
Yacki hacki wicki wacki woo on Broadway: Ida Adams
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 9–12: 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 the 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 his or her 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 presentation of 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
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.
3rd Week in May: National Bicycle and Bike to Work Week
Wilbur and Orville Wright started business 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 inn 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!
May 25: Cookie Monster Day
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 this day in 1961 that JFK said that America would land on the moon and return safely by the end of the 1960s.
May 25. Share It Maybe: Cookie Monster
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
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.
Sketch of Loomis's Two Mountains
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
The Karnival Kid
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© 2014 Patty Inglish MS