May 8

May 8 Information from the Holidays and Observances Website

 Holidays and Observances
(Alphabetical Order)

2021 Daily Holidays that fall on May 8, include:

  • American Indian Day - May 8, 2021 (Second Saturday in May)
  • Bereaved Mother's Day - May 8, 2021 (Second Saturday in May)
  • Birthmother's Day - May 8, 2021 (Saturday before Mother's Day)
  • Brunch for Lunch Day - May 8, 2021 (Day Before Mother's Day)
  • Cornelia de Lange Syndrome Awareness Day - (CdLS) May 8, 2021 (Second Saturday in May)
  • Emancipation Day - (Columbus, Mississippi) 
  • Free Trade Day 
  • International Migratory Bird Day - May 8, 2021 (Second Saturday in May)
  • Iris Day 
  • Jamestown Day - May 8, 2021
  • Letter Carrier's Stamp Out Hunger Food Drive Day - May 8, 2021 (Second Saturday in May)
  • Martin Z. Mollusk Day - May 8, 2021 (Saturday of First Full Week in May)
  • Mother Ocean Day - May 8, 2021 (Saturday before Mother's Day)
  • National Animal Disaster Preparedness Day - May 8, 2021
  • National Archery Day - May 8, 2021 (Second Saturday in May)
  • National Babysitters Day - May 8, 2021 (Saturday before Mother's Day)
  • National Coconut Cream Pie Day
  • National Dog Mom's Day - May 8, 2021 (Saturday before Mother's Day)
  • National Empanada Day 
  • National Give Someone a Cupcake Day -
  • National Have a Coke Day 
  • National Miniature Golf Day - May 8, 2021 (Second Saturday in May)
  • National Student Nurses Day 
  • National Train Day - May 8, 2021 (Held on the Saturday closest to May 10th)
  • National Windmill Day - May 8, 2021 (Second Saturday in May)
  • No Socks Day 
  • Stay Up All Night - May 8, 2021 (Second Saturday in May)
  • Sun Awareness Day - May 8, 2021 (Second Saturday in May)
  • Truman Day - May 8, 2021 but Observed on May 7, 2021 (On or around May 8)
  • V-E Day 
  • White Lotus Day 
  • World Belly Dance Day - May 8, 2021 (Second Saturday in May)
  • World Buckfast Day - May 8, 2021 (Second Saturday in May)
  • World Fair Trade Day - May 8, 2021 (Second Saturday in May)
  • World Ovarian Cancer Day 
  • World Red Cross Day 

2021 Weekly Holidays that include May 8, are:

  • Arson Awareness Week - May 2-8, 2021 (First Full Week in May)
  • Be Kind to Animals Week - May 2-8, 2021 (First Full Week in May)
  • Dating and Life Coach Recognition Week - May 2-8, 2021 (First Full Week in May)
  • Drinking Water Week - May 2-8, 2021 (First Full Week in May)
  • Economic Development Week - May 4-8, 2021
  • Flexible Work Arrangement Week - May 2-8, 2021 (First Full Week in May) 
  • Goodwill Industries Week - May 2-8, 2021 (First Full Week in May)
  • International Building Safety Week - May 2-8, 2021 (First Full Week in May)
  • International Clitoris Awareness Week - May 2-8, 2021 (First Full Week in May)
  • International Coaching Week - May 3-9, 2021
  • International Wildlife Film Week - April 17 - May 15, 2021
  • Kids Win Week - May 2-8, 2021 (First Full Week in May)
  • National Alcohol & Other Drug-Related Birth Defects Week - May 2-8, 2021 (First Full Week in May)
  • National Anxiety & Depression Awareness Week - May 2-8, 2021
  • National Children's Book Week - May 3-9, 2021 and also November 9-15, 2020
  • National Children's Mental Health Week - May 2-8, 2021 and also February 8-13, 2021
  • National Correctional Officer's Week - May 2-8, 2021 (First Full Week in May)
  • National Family Week - May 2-8, 2021 (First Full Week in May)
  • National Herb Week - May 2-8, 2021 (Week Prior to Mother's Day)
  • National Hug Holiday Week - May 2-8, 2021
  • National Hurricane Preparedness Week - May 2-8, 2021 (First Full Week in May)
  • National Neuropathy Awareness Week - May 3-9, 2021
  • National Nurses Week - May 6-12
  • National Pet Week - May 2-8, 2021 (First Full Week in May)
  • National Postcard Week - May 2-8, 2021 (First Full Week in May)
  • National Public Gardens Week - May 7-16, 2021
  • National Raisin Week - May 2-8, 2021 (First Full Week in May)
  • National Small Business Week - May 2-8, 2021
  • National Sun Safety Week - May 3-9, 2021
  • National Tourism Week - May 2-8, 2021 (First Full Week in May)
  • National Wildflower Week - May 3-9, 2021
  • North American Occupational Safety and Health Week (NAOSH) - May 2-8, 2021 (First Full Week in May)
  • Peripheral Neuropathy Awareness Week - May 3-9, 2021
  • Public Service Recognition Week - May 2-8, 2021 (First Full Week in May)
  • Puppy Mill Action Week - May 3-9, 2021 (Begins the Monday before Mother's Day)
  • Ramadan - Evening of April 12, 2021 - Evening of May 11, 2021
  • Screen-Free Week (Digital Detox Week - Formerly TV Turnoff Week) - May 3-9, 2021
  • The Biggest Week in American Birding - May 6-10, 2021
  • Time of Remembrance and Reconciliation for those who Lost their Lives during the Second World War - May 8-9
  • Update Your References Week - May 2-8, 2021
  • Week of the Classroom Teacher - May 2-8, 2021 (First Full Week in May)
  • World Cocktail Week - May 6-13
  • World Dystonia Awareness Week - May 3-11

2021 Monthly Holidays that include May 8, 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.

NOTE:

  1. A page on each holiday will be coming soon and linked above.
  2. 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.

Astrological Sign

The Astrological Sign for May 8 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
  • Hawthorn


Birthstone

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.


Famous Birthdays

  • 1884 - Harry S. Truman, American colonel and politician, 33rd President of the United States from 1945-1953 (d.1972)
  • 1926 - Don Rickles, American comedian and actor (Don Rickles Show)
  • 1935 - Princess Elisabeth of Denmark
  • 1940 - Peter Benchley, American author and screenwriter (Jaws, The Deep) (d. 2006)
  • 1940 - Ricky Nelson, American singer, songwriter, guitarist and actor (Garden Party) (d. 1985)
  • 1940 - Toni Tennille, American singer, songwriter (Captain & Tennille)
  • 1964 - Melissa Gilbert, American actress and director (Little House on the Prairie)
  • 1972 - Darren Hayes, Australian singer, songwriter (Savage Garden)
  • 1975 - Enrique Iglesias, Spanish singer, songwriter, producer, actor (Hero)


Famous Deaths

  • 1967 - LaVerne Andrews, American singer (The Andrews Sisters (b. 1911) (See our January 2 page for their "Boogie Woogie Bugle Boy" song)
  • 1994 - George Peppard, American actor and producer (The A-Team) (b. 1928)
  • 1999 - Dana Plato, American actress (Different Strokes) (b. 1964)


Famous Weddings and Divorces

  • 1783 - Betsy Ross, the seamstress for the first American flag marries John Claypoole
  • 1967 - Actress Ann-Margaret marries actor and screenwriter Roger Smith
  • 1978 - Singer Donny Osmond marries Debra Glenn
  • 1981 - Author John Grisham marries Renee Jones


Quote of the Day

Recipe of the Day or a
Healthy Diet Habit Tip of the Day

The month of May is Gifts From the Garden Month. Our Healthy Diet Habit Tip of the Day for May 8th, is to look at the Vegetable Guidelines that are recommended for a Healthy Diet

The month of May is Gifts From the Garden Month. Our Healthy Diet Habit Tip of the Day for May 8th, is to look at the Vegetable Guidelines that are recommended for a Healthy Diet, and some tips from Kerry of Healthy Diet Habits on how to meet the Vegetable Guidelines daily and enjoy eating healthy! (link goes to her website)


This Day in History

  • 1877 - The 1st Westminster Dog Show is held at Gilmore's Gardens in New York City
  • 1886 - Pharmacist John Pemberton sells Coca-Cola for the 1st time as a patent medicine. The first coke recipe contained cocaine.
  • 1901 - The Australian Labour Party is is formed
  • 1902 - On Martinique, an island in the Caribbean Sea, Mount Pelee erups and destroys the town of Saint Pierre and kills over 30,000 people
  • 1912 - Parmount Pictures is founded
  • 1942 - U.S. Navy aircraft carrier USS Lexington is attacked and sunk by the Japanese Imperial Navy
  • 1945 - V-E Day - World War II ends in Europe with Germany signing an unconditional surrender
  • 1952 - Mad Magazine debuts
  • 1976 - The first steel roller coaster with a vertical loop, called the Revolution opens at Six Flags Magic Mountain in Santa Clarita, CA


This Day in Music

  • 1969 - 'Aquarius/Let the Sunshine In' from the 5th Dimension hits #1
  • 1970 - The Beatles release their 'Let It Be' album
  • 1988 - 'Anything For You' from Gloria Estefan & Miami Sound Machine hits #1
  • 1993 - Aerosmith's 'Get a Grip' album debuts at #1 and goes on to sell over 20 million copies worldwide. Aerosmith wins two Grammy awards for the album
  • 1999 - 'Livin La Vida Loca' by Ricky Martin hits #1 and stays on top for 5 weeks

Happy Birthday, Enrique Iglesias - with his song, Hero above, featuring Jennifer Love Hewitt!


This Day in Sports

  • 1898 - The first games of the Italian football league are played
  • 1946 - Johnny Pesky, of the Red Sox scores 6 runs in 1 game
  • 1984 - USSR announces that it will boycott eh 1984 Summer Olympics in Los Angeles
  • 1994 - The first all female pro baseball team, the Colorado Silver Bullets play their 1st game


Word of the Day from Wiktionary

Adversity (noun)

1. (uncountable) The state of adverse conditions; state of misfortune or calamity
2. (countable) An event that is adverse; calamity.

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