Holidays and Observances
2018 Daily Holidays that fall on May 19, include:
- Armed Forces Day - May 19, 2018 (Third Saturday in May)
- Boys Club Day
- Do Dah Day (Salute to Silliness) - May 19, 2018
- Hepatitis Testing Day
- Malcolm X Day
- May Ray Day
- National Asian and Pacific Islander HIV/AIDS Awareness Day
- National Devil's Food Cake Day
- National Learn to Swim Day - May 19, 2018 (Third Saturday of May - week before Memorial Day)
- O. Henry Pun-Off Day - May 19, 2018 (Third Saturday in May)
- Plant Something Day
- Preakness - May 19, 2018 (Third Saturday in May)
2018 Weekly Holidays that include May 19, are:
- American Craft Beer Week - May 14-20, 2018
- Armed Forces Week - May 12-20, 2018 (Second Saturday through Third Sunday in May)
- Food Allergy Awareness Week - May 13-19, 2018
- Frog Jumping Jubilee Day (Calaveras County, CA) - May 17-20, 2018
- Medical Transcriptionist Week - May 13-19, 2018 (Third Week in May)
- National Morel Mushroom Festival - May 17-20, 2018 (Weekend after Mother's Day)
- National Nursing Home Week - May 13-20, 2018 (Starts on Mother's Day to Following Saturday)
- National Police Week - May 13-19, 2018 (Second Full Week in May)
- National Return to Work Week - May 13-19, 2018
- National Safe Boating Week - May 19-25, 2018 (Week Before Memorial Day)
- National Stuttering Awareness Week - May 14-20, 2018 (Second Full Week in May)
- National Transportation Week - May 13-19, 2018 (Always has Third Friday in May)
- National Vegetarian Awareness Week - May 14-20, 2018
- National Women's Health Week - May 13-19, 2018
- Ramadan - Evening of May 15, 2018 to Evening of June 14, 2018 (Dates may vary depending on location) - (Muslim Holiday)
- Reading is Fun Week - May 13-19, 2018 (Second Full Week in May)
- Salute to Moms 35+ Week - May 13-19, 2018 (Starts on Mother's Day)
- Salvation Army Week - May 13-19, 2018 (Second Week in May)
- Shavuot - Evening of May 19, 2018 - Evening of May 20, 2018 (Jewish Holiday)
- Work at Home Mom's Week - May 13-19, 2018
2018 Monthly Holidays that include May 19, are:
There are too many monthly holidays to include here, so please check out our May Holidays page to see all of the holidays that are celebrated the entire month of May.
- A page on each holiday will be coming soon and linked above.
- If a date is a movable holiday, that is different every year, I'll include the year as well as the date rule above. Otherwise, the holiday falls on the same date each year.
World Festivals and Events
- Cannes International Film Festival - May 9-20, 2018 in Cannes, France is the most prestigious and most publicized film festival in the World.
- Preakness Stakes - May 19, 2018 at Pimlico Race Course in Baltimore, MD.
The Astrological Sign for May 19 is Taurus.
Birth Flower of the Month
The Birth Flower(s) for the Month for May are:
- The Lily of the Valley - Humility, Chastity and Sweetness - signifies a return to happiness
The Birthstone(s) for May is the Emerald which is a symbol of rebirth and is believed to grant the owner foresight, good fortune, and youth.
- 1795 - Johns Hopkins, American businessman and philanthropist who founded Johns Hopkins University (d. 1873)
- 1890 - Ho chi Minh, 1st President of Vietnam (d. 1969)
- 1897 - Frank Luke - American lieutenant and World War I pilot (fighter ace) who was the first airman to receive the Medal of Honor
- 1925 - Malcolm X, American minister, human rights activist (d. 1965)
- 1939 - Dick Scobee, American colonel, pilot, and astronaut (d. 1986 - He was killed commanding the Space Shuttle Challenger, which suffered a booster failure during launch)
- 1945 - Pete Townshend, English singer, songwriter, and guitarist (The Who)
- 1951 - Joey Ramone, American singer and songwriter (Ramones) (d. 2001)
- 1864 - Nathaniel Hawthorne, American author (The Scarlett Letter) (b. 1804)
- 1898 - William Ewart Gladstone, Prime Minister of the United Kingdom(b. 1809)
- 1994 - Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis, American journalist and 37th First Lady of the United States from 1961-1963
Famous Weddings and Divorces
- 1880 - Novelist Robert Louis Stevenson marries Fanny Van de Grift Osbourne
- 1979 - Musician and singer Eric Clapton marries Patti Boyd
- 1997 - Actress Sarah Jessica Parker (Sex and the City) marries actor Matthew Broderick
- 2008 - Actress & businesswoman Jessica Alba marries producer Cash Warren
Quote of the Day
"There are many little ways to enlarge your child's world. Love of Books is the best of all" ~Jacqueline Kennedy
Great Quote! I love to read myself! I grew up going to the Library constantly, and checking out books all the time. The first personal computer came out after I had graduated from college, so growing up, we played outside after school, did our homework, and reading was one of my favorite things to do. I still read all the time! I never experience boredom, because there is always another book to read, and something new to learn!
Recipe of the Day or a
Healthy Diet Habit Tip of the Day
Our Healthy Diet Habit of the Day of May 19th from Kerry, of Healthy Diet Habits, is to set up a Dinner Club!
A Dinner Club should be the frugal persons way to socialize, because it's awesome! The idea is to choose a group of friends, choose an evening a month, or more, to get together for a homemade delicious meal, centered on a theme, where everyone helps out. Maybe you rotate homes each month, or travel from home to home for your different courses, but everyone shares in the meal preparation. Find out more.....
This Day in History
- 1568 - English Queen Elizabeth orders the arrest of Scottish Queen Mary
- 1802 - Napoleon Bonaparte founds the Legion of Honour
- 1828 - The Tariff of 1828 which protected wool manufacturers in the U.S. was signed by U.S. President John Quincy Adams
- 1848 - The Mexican-American War is ended when Mexico ratifies the Treaty of Guadalupe Hidalgo by ceding California, Nevada, Utah parts of four other U.S. States to the U.S. for $15 million
- 1884 - The Ringling Brothers Circus premieres
- 1906 - Federated Boys' Club (Boys' Club of America) is formed
- 1921 - The U.S. Congress passes the Emergency Quota Act which sets national quotas on immigration
- 1950 - Egypt announces that the Suez Canal is closed to Israeli ships and commerce
- 1958 - U.S. and Canada form the North American Air Defense Command (NORAD)
- 1967 - U.S. bombs Hanoi, Vietnam
- 1974 - The Rubik's Cube, a 3-D combination puzzle was invented by Erno Rubik, a Hungarian sculptor, and professor of architecture.
- 1986 - U.S. President Ronald Reagan signs into law the Firearm Owners Protection Act
- 2016 - EgyptAir Flight 804 from Paris to Cairo crashed into the Mediterranean Sea with no survivors
This Day in Music
- 1958 - The South Pacific soundtrack album hits #1 and stays on top for 31 weeks. The film was based on the musical South Pacific by Rodgers and Hammerstein.
- 1965 - Ticket to Ride by the Beatles hits #1
- 1970 - In the Navy, by the Village people hits #3
- 1990 - Vogue by Madonna hits #1. It had hit #1 in the UK on April 14th, and is our Song Pick of the Day for April 14.
- 2010 - Stairway to Heaven, by Led Zeppelin was named the favorite rock song in a survey by the Absolute Classic Rock radio station in the UK
Long video, of Led Zeppelin's classic, Stairway to Heaven, but such a great song!
Please check out our Music Holidays page!
This Day in Sports
- 1985 - Nancy Lopez wins the LPGA Chrysler-Plymouth Golf Classic
- 1988 - The Boston Red Sox retired Bobby Doerr's #1
- 2013 - Swed wins the 2013 World Ice Hockey Championship by defeating Switzerland
Word of the Day from Wiktionary
Front Runner (noun)
1. (idiomatic) The most likely winners in a contest, election, etc.
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