May 19

May 19 Information from the Holidays and Observances Website

 Holidays and Observances
(Alphabetical Order)

2024 Daily Holidays that fall on May 19, include:

  • Boys Club Day 
  • Celebrate Your Elected Officials Day 
  • 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 Ride a Unicycle Day - May 19, 2024 (Sunday of the 3rd Full Week in May)
  • Pentecost (also known as Whitsunday or Whit Sunday) - May 19, 2024
  • Plant Something Day 
  • Stepmother's Day - May 19, 2024 (The Sunday after Mother's Day)
  • Whit Sunday (also known as Pentecost or Whitsunday) - May 19, 2024
  • World Baking Day - May 19, 2024 (Third Sunday in May)
  • World IBD Day 

2024 Weekly Holidays that include May 19, are:

  • American Craft Beer Week - May 13-19, 2024
  • Emergency Medical Services Week (EMS) - May 19-25, 2024 (Third Full Week in May)
  • Frog Jumping Jubilee Day (Calaveras County, CA) - May 16-19, 2024
  • Healthcare Documentation Integrity Week - May 19-25, 2024
  • International Coaching Week - May 13-19, 2024
  • International Heritage Breeds Week - May 19-25, 2024 (Third Week of May)
  • Medical Transcriptionist Week - May 19-25, 2024 (Third Week in May)
  • National Backyard Games Week - May 19-25, 2024 (Week before Memorial Day)
  • National Bike to Work Week - May 13-19, 2024 
  • National Eosinophil Awareness Week - May 19-25, 2024 (Third Week in May)
  • National Etiquette Week - May 13-19, 2024 (Begins Second Monday of Full Week in May)
  • National Foul Ball Week - May 16-21
  • National Healthcare Documentation Integrity Week - May 19-25, 2024
  • National Heritage Breeds Week - May 19-25, 2024 (Third Full Week in May)
  • National New Friends, Old Friends - May 19-25, 2024 (Third Week in May)
  • National Public Gardens Week - May 10-19, 2024 (Friday before to the Sunday after Mother's Day)
  • National Safe Boating Week - May 18-24, 2024 (Week Before Memorial Day)
  • National Salvation Army Week - May 13-19, 2024
  • National Stationary Week - May 13-19, 2024
  • National Transportation Week - May 16-22, 2024 (Always has Third Friday in May)
  • National Travel & Tourism Week - May 19-25, 2024
  • National Unicycle Week - May 19-25, 2024 (Begins on Third Sunday in May)
  • Older Americans Mental Health Week - May 19-25, 2024 (Last Full Week in May) 
  • Prepare Tomorrow's Parents Month - May 12 - June 16, 2024 (Mother's Day to Father's Day)
  • World Schizophrenia Awareness Week - May 19-25, 2024 (? on Date)

2024 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.


  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.

World Festivals and Events
(Date Order)

  • PGA Championship - May 13-19, 2024
  • Cannes International Film Festival - May 14-25, 2024 in Cannes, France is the most prestigious and most publicized film festival in the World.
  • National Morel Mushroom Festival - May 16-19, 2024 (Weekend after Mother's Day)
  • Bay to Breakers Race in San Francisco, CA - May 19, 2024.

Astrological Sign

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
  • Hawthorn


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

  • 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)

Famous Deaths

  • 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
  • 2018 - Prince Harry marries Meghan Markle at St. George's Chapel at Windsor Castle

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!

Healthy Diet Habit Tip of the Day 
or a Recipe 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!

Tips on Setting 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

Led Zeppelin's classic, Stairway to Heaven, is such a great song!

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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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