May 21st Holidays, Observances and Awareness Days
Here is a list of today’s holidays, celebrations and awareness observances. See if there is something you feel you want to celebrate or support.
- American Red Cross Founder’s Day
Clara Barton presided over the first official meeting of the American Red Cross in Washington, D.C., on May 21, 1881. Founder’s Day is celebrated every year on May 21 to commemorate our history and mission. Their mission is with providing services to members of the American armed forces and their families as well as providing disaster relief in the United States and around the world.
- I Need a Patch for That Day
Yet another holiday created by Thomas and Ruth Roy from wellcat.com. May21st is the day to celebrate the word patch, and all the meanings behind it and the the ways we use them whether is be a nicotine patch or a patch to fix a raft.
- National Memo Day
In 1989, KMJI Majic Radio 100 FM out of Denver, Colorado, created the observance to shine a spotlight on the mountain of memos floating around the American workplace.
- National Strawberries and Cream Day
There are so many strawberry holidays in May as it’s National Strawberry Month. Today’s is National Strawberry and Cream Day! Yummy, who does not want to celebrate this one?
- National Waiters and Waitresses Day
May 21st is National Waiters and Waitresses Day in the United States, and is a day for recognizing, “the value and importance of a good waiter or waitress”. We all know waitresses and waiters work hard and have to put up with a lot of (fill in the blank). So today be extra nice, tip more and just appreciate that you are being waited on.
- Rapture Party Day
Christian radio host and then-president of the Family Radio Christian network, Harold Camping, announced that he had calculated the exact dates on which both the Rapture and Judgement Day would take place: May 11th and October 11th, respectively. Camping claimed that between those two dates would be a time of destruction, whereupon those who had not been saved would be subjected to fire, brimstone and plagues that would kill millions daily, culminating in the complete and utter destruction of our planet. It did not happen of course and now people like to celebrate the “non-happening” by having a party.
- Sister Maria Hummel Day
Remember those little figurines that every grandma had a collection of? They are called Hummels. Well the lady behind them was Sister Maria. Sister Maria was a famous artist in Germany and made her little figurines based off her paintings. She was born on May 21st in 1909, so today honors her on her birthday. Read more about her story on living in the Catholic convent and how the Nazi’s controlled her art and commissions.
- World Day for Cultural Diversity for Dialogue and Development
The World Day for Cultural Diversity for Dialogue and Development is a United Nations–sanctioned international holiday for the promotion of diversity issues.
May 21st Zodiac Sign is Taurus
Taurus is the second astrological sign in the present zodiac. The Sun is in the sign of Taurus.
Ruling planet: Venus
Zodiac quality: Fixed
Birthstones: Emerald, Diamond, Sapphire, Garnet, Rose quartz
Famous Tauruses: Dwayne Johnson, Queen Elizabeth II, Megan Fox, George Clooney, Adele, Mark Zuckerberg, Shakespeare, David Beckham, Princess Charlotte of Cambridge.
And Sometimes.. It is Gemini
Gemini is the third astrological sign in the zodiac, originating from the constellation of Gemini.
Time period: May 21 – June 21
Ruling planet: Mercury
Zodiac quality: Mutable
Color: Light-Green, Yellow
Lucky Numbers: 5, 7, 14, 23
Strengths: Gentle, affectionate, curious, adaptable, ability to learn quickly and exchange ideas. Artists, creative, and witty.
Geminis like books and talking a lot and going on trips.
Weaknesses: Geminis have a nervous energy, they can be inconsistent and have a hard time making up their mind. They don’t like routines, they get bored easy and they love being spontaneous.
May 21st Trivia
- 1527 – Philip II of Spain is born.
- 1554 – Queen Mary I grants a royal charter to Derby School, as a grammar school for boys in Derby, England.
- 1602 – Martha’s Vineyard 1st sighted by Captain Bartholomew Gosnold.
- 1758 – Twelve -year-old Mary Campbell is abducted in Pennsylvania by Lenape during the French and Indian War. She is returned six and a half years later.
- 1819 – The first bicycles in the US, called the swift walkers were introduced in NYC.
- 1851 – Slavery is abolished in Colombia, South America.
- 1881 – The American Red Cross is established by Clara Barton in Washington, D.C.
- 1908 – The first horror movie, Dr Jekyll & Mr Hyde, premieres in Chicago.
- 1932 – After flying for 17 hours from Newfoundland, Amelia Earhart lands near Londonderry, Northern Ireland, becoming the 1st transatlantic solo flight by a woman.
- 1935 – The #1 movie was, “The Informer” starring Victor McLaglen, Heather Angel and Preston Foster.
- 1935 – Jane Addams, American activist and author, co-founded Hull House, Nobel Prize laureate passes away.
- 1945 – Nazi SS-Reichsfuehrer Heinrich Himmler was captured by British forces.
- 1952 – The #1 movie was, “Singin’ in the Rain,” starring Gene Kelly and Debbie Reynolds.
- 1961 – The #1 song on the Hot Country Songs Billboard was, “Hello Walls,” by Faron Young.
- 1952 – Mr. T, American actor was born in Chicago, IL.
- 1962 – The #1 movie was, “Lonely Are the Brave.”
- 1966 – Lisa Edelstein, American actress was born in Boston, MA.
- 1969 – Robert F. Kennedy’s murderer Sirhan Sirhan sentenced to death, but was later commuted to life imprisonment.
- 1974 – The #1 movie was “Thunderbolt and Lightfoot,” starring Clint Eastwood.
- 1980 – “Star Wars Episode V – Empire Strikes Back”, produced by George Lucas opens in cinemas in UK and North America.
- 1981 – Francois Mitterrand becomes president of France.
- 1981 – Reggae musician Bob Marley receives a Jamaican state funeral.
- 1982 – The #1 song on the Hot 100 Billboard was, “Ebony And Ivory,” by Paul McCartney And Stevie Wonder.
- 1983 – David Bowie’s song “Let’s Dance” single hits #1.
- 1988 – The #1 movie was, “Willow.”
- 1992 – After 30 seasons Johnny Carson hosted his penultimate episode and last featuring guests (Robin Williams and Bette Midler) of The Tonight Show.
- 1996 – The ferry MV Bukoba sinks in Tanzanian waters on Lake Victoria, killing nearly 1,000.
- 1997 – The Notorious B.I.G., American rapper was born in New York, NY.
- 1999 – Soap Opera, All My Children star Susan Lucci finally wins a Daytime Emmy after being nominated 19 times.
- 2012 – The #1 movie was, “Men in Black 3,” starring Will Smith.
- 2015 – The #1 song on the Hot 100 Billboard was, “See You Again.
by Wiz Khalifa Featuring Charlie Puth.
- 2017 – Barnum & Bailey Circus performs for the last time at the Nassau Coliseum in NYC after 146 years.
- 2018 – Germany set a world record for solar power production with 28.5 GW produced at midday on May 21, 2018.
- 2018 – US Justice Department announces it is expanding its internal investigation into whether FBI infiltrated Donald Trump’s 2016 campaign.
- 2019 – Lori Lightfoot made history when she was sworn in as Chicago’s first openly gay mayor.
- 2019 – Billionaire Robert F. Smith pledges to pay off student loans for every member of Morehouse College’s graduating class.