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May
26
Tue
Dunkirk Evacuated – Anniversary
May 26 all-day

May 26, 1940. The British Expeditionary Force had become trapped by advancing German armies near this port on the northern coast of France. On this date the evacuation of 200,000 British and 140,000 French and Belgian soldiers began. Sailing on every kind of transport available, including fishing boats and recreational craft, these men were safely brought across the English Channel by June 2.

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World Lindy Hop Day
May 26 all-day

World Lindy Hop Day welcomes people from all walks of life, of all ages and from around the world to experience this exuberant African-American social dance. Originating at the Savoy Ballroom at Harlem, New York City, in the 1920s and 1930s, the Lindy hop (aka swing dancing or jitterbug) is usually danced to the big band jazz of the era. Lindy hop features creative and exhilarating movements that allow partners to connect in a way that uplifts the spirit, promotes human connection and develops generosity. It allows dancers to meet in a positive environment that supports the building of bridges on personal, community and global levels. Annually, May26 the birth anniversary of Frankie Manning (1914 2009), one of the most important ambassadors and innovators of the Lindy hop.

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May
27
Wed
Cellophane Tape patented – Anniversary
May 27 all-day

May 27, 1930. Richard Gurley Drew received a patent for his adhesive tape, later manufactured by 3M as Scotch tape.

Golden Gate Bridge Opening – Anniversary
May 27 all-day

The Golden Gate Bridge in San Francisco, was officially opened on 27 May 1937.

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May
28
Thu
Amnesty International Day
May 28 all-day

May 28, 1961. This Nobel Prize winning human rights organization was founded by London lawyer Peter Benenson after he read about two Portuguese students arrested simply for drinking a toast to freedom. He realized that people around the world were at risk daily for peacefully expressing their views. AI currently has more than 3 million members in every corner of the world. Its mission is to undertake research and action focused on preventing and ending grave abuses of the rights of physical and mental integrity, freedom of conscience and expression and freedom from discrimination, within the context of its work to promote all human rights.

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Dionne Quintuplets born – Anniversary
May 28 all-day

May 28, 1934. Five daughters (Marie, Cecile, Yvonne, Emilieand Annette) were born to Oliva and Elzire Dionne, near Callander, Ontario, Canada. They were the first quints known to have lived for more than a few hours after birth. Emilie died in 1954, Marie in 1970, Yvonne in 2001. The other two sisters are still living.

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Jim Thorpe’s Birthday – Anniversary
May 28 all-day

May 28, 1888. Olympic gold medal track athlete, baseball player and football player, born at Prague, OK. Thorpe, a Native American, won the pentathlon and the decathlon at the 1912 Olympic Games but later lost his medals when Olympic officials declared that an earlier stint as a minor-league baseball player besmirched his amateur standing. He later played professional baseball and football and was acclaimed the greatest male athlete of the first half of the 20th century. Died at Lomita, California, Mar 28, 1953. (Thorpes medals were returned to his family many years after his death when the earlier decision was reversed.)

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Sierra Club Founded – Anniversary
May 28 all-day

28 May 1892. Founded by famed naturalist John Muir, the Sierra Club promotes conservation of the natural environment by influencing public policy. It has been especially important in the founding and protection of our national parks.

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May
29
Fri
Amnesty Issued for Southern Rebels – Anniversary
May 29 all-day

May 29, 1865. President Andrew Johnson issued a proclamation giving a general amnesty to all who participated in the rebellion against the US. High-ranking members of the Confederate government and military and those who owned more than $ 20,000 worth of property were excepted and had to apply individually to the president for a pardon. Once an oath of allegiance was taken, all former property rights, except those in slaves, were returned to the former owners.

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Hug Your Cat Day
May 29 all-day

May 29. Cats act as if they don’t want or need attention but they do. Apricat, the pampered star of her own book series, has created a special day for humans to hug their cats without fear of scratches or hisses.

Mount Everest Summit Reached – Anniversary
May 29 all-day

On May 29, 1953, Sir Edmund Hillary of New Zealand, became the first person to reach the summit of Mount Everest in Nepal.

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Sojourner Truth’s ‘Ain’t I a Woman’ Speech – Anniversary
May 29 all-day

29 May 1851. During the Women’s Rights Convention held at Akron, OH, from May 28 to May 29, 1851, former slave Sojourner Truth delivered an impassioned speech that is now titled after its common refrain:

I have ploughed, and planted, and gathered into barns, and no man could head me! And ain’t I a woman? I could work as much and eat as much as a man when I could get it and bear the lash as well! And ain’t I a woman? And when I cried out with my mothers grief, none but Jesus heard me. And ain’t I a woman?

May
30
Sat
Benny Goodman’s Birthday – Anniversary
May 30 all-day

May 30, 1909. Jazz clarinetist and bandleader, born Benjamin David Goodman at Chicago, IL. The King of Swing reigned in popularity, especially in the 1930s and 1940s. His band was the first to play jazz at New Yorks Carnegie Hall. He died June 13, 1986, at New York, NY.

First American Daily Newspaper published – Anniversary
May 30 all-day

On May 30, 1783, The Pennsylvania Evening Post was first published in Philadelphia.

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Gloucestershire Cheese Rolling
May 30 all-day

May 30. Coopers Hill, near Gloucester, Stroud and Cheltenhamin the Cotswolds. Ancient tradition dating to pre-Roman times. Held continuously for the last 200 years, an event in which contestants race down a steep 300-yard hill after a seven-to-nine-pound wheel of double Gloucester cheese. The races (four in total, with 1015 participants) begin at noon, with a top-hatted master of ceremonies beginning the countdown: One to be ready, two to be steady, three to prepare and four to be off! Spectators lining the hill chant, “Roll that cheese!” The unusual festival is marked by many injuries of racers and spectators. The winner gets the cheese.

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Loomis Day
May 30 all-day

May 30. To honor Mahlon Loomis, a Washington, DC, dentist who received a US patent on wireless telegraphy in 1872 (before Marconi was born). Titled An Improvement in Telegraphing, the patent described how to do without wires; this patent was backed up by experiment on the Massanutten Mountains of Virginia.

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May
31
Sun
Battle of Jutland – 100th Anniversary
May 31 all-day

May 31 June 1, 1916. The largest naval battle of WWI involving 250 ships, including battleships took place in the North Sea near Jutland, Denmark. The combatants were Britain’s Grand Fleet and Germany’s High Seas Fleet. The outcome was inconclusive, but the cost was great: 8,600 lives were lost and 25 ships sunk.

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Copyright Law Passed – Anniversary
May 31 all-day

On 31 May 1790, President George Washington signed the first US copyright law. It gave protection for 14 years to books written by US citizens. In 1891 the law was extended to cover books by foreign authors as well.

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Johnstown Flood – Anniversary
May 31 all-day

May 31, 1889. Heavy rains caused the Connemaugh River Dam to burst. At nearby Johnstown, Pennsylvania, the resulting flood killed more than 2,300 people and destroyed the homes of thousands more. Nearly 800 unidentified drowning victims were buried in a common grave at Johnstowns Grandview Cemetery. So devastating was the flood and so widespread the sorrow for its victims that Johnstown Flood entered the language as a phrase to describe a disastrous event. The valley city of Johnstown, in the Allegheny Mountains, has been damaged repeatedly by floods. Floods in 1936 (25 deaths) and 1977 (85 deaths) were the next most destructive.

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Pentecost
May 31 all-day

May 15. The Christian feast of Pentecost commemorates the descent of the Holy Spirit unto the Apostles, 50 days after Easter. Observed on the seventh Sunday after Easter. Recognized since the third century.

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Jun
1
Mon
Atlantic, Caribbean and Gulf Hurricane Season Begins
Jun 1 all-day

Hurricane season in the US is June 1st through October 31st each year. Are you prepared in case of a hurricane?

Brigham Young’s Birthday – Anniversary
Jun 1 all-day

June 1, 1801. Mormon church leader born at Whittingham, VT. Known as the American Moses, having led thousands of religious followers across 1,000 miles of wilderness to settle more than 300 towns in the West. He died at Salt Lake City, UT, Aug 29, 1877, and was survived by 17 wives and 47 children. Utah observes, as a state holiday, the anniversary of his entrance into the Salt Lake Valley, July 24, 1847.

Data Backup Day
Jun 1 all-day

Data Backup Day On the first day of each month, the genealogy community is urged to back up their genealogy data and all computer data.

 

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Heimlich Maneuver Introduced – Anniversary
Jun 1 all-day

June 1, 1974. The June issue of the journal Emergency Medicinepublished an article by Dr. Henry Heimlich outlining a better method for aiding choking victims. Instead of the prevailing method of backslaps (whichmerely pushed foreign objects farther into the airways), Dr. Heimlich advocated subdiaphragmatic pressure to force objects out. Three months later, the method was dubbed the Heimlich Maneuver by the Journal of the American Medical Association.

LGBT Pride Month begins
Jun 1 all-day

LGBT Pride Month is observed in June; on June 28, 1969, the clientele of a gay bar at New York City rioted after the club was raided bythe police.

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