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- Asian Pacific American Heritage Month.
Presidential Proclamation issued honoring Asian
Pacific Americans each year since 1979. Public
Law 102-450 of Oct 28, 1992, designated the
observance for the month of May each year.
- Get Caught Reading Month. Celebrities
appear in ads appealing to young people to remind
them of the joys of reading. For more info:
Assn of America Publishers, 71 Fifth Ave, New
York, NY 10003. Phone: (212) 255-0200. Web:
- National Mental Health Month. For info:
Natl Mental Health Assn, 1021 Prince St, Alexandria,
VA 22314-2971. Phone: (800) 969-6642 or (703)
684-7722. E-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org. Web: www.nmha.org.
- Older Americans Month. Presidential
Proclamation; from 1963 through 1973 this called
"Senior Citizens Month." In May 1974 it became
Older Americans Month. In 1980 the title included
Senior Citizens Day, which was observed May
8, 1980. Always has been issued since 1963.
Labor Day. In 76 countries, May 1 is observed
as a worker's holiday. When it falls on a Saturday
or Sunday, the following Monday is observed
as a holiday. Bermuda, Canada and the US are
the only countries that observe Labor Day in
- 1: Law Day.
Presidential Proclamation issued each year for
May 1 since 1958 at request. (PL87-20 of Apr
- 3: "CBS Evening
News" TV Premiere: Anniversary (1948). This
news program began as a 15-minute telecast with
Douglas Edwards as anchor. Walter Cronkite succeeded
him in 1962 and expanded the show to 30 minutes;
Eric Sevareid served as commentator. Dan Rather
anchored the newscast upon Cronkite's retirement
in 1981. At one point, to boost sagging ratings,
Connie Chung was added to the newscast as Rather's
coanchor, but she left in 1995 in a well-publicized
dispute. Rather remains solo, and, as Cronkite
would say, "And that's the way it is…"
- May 4-12:
Feminist Bookstore Week. For info: Feminist
Bookstore News, PO Box 882554, San Francisco,
CA 94188. Phone: (415) 642-9993. Fax: (415)
642-9995. E-mail: carol@FemBkNews.com.
- May 6-12:
Public Service Recognition Week. For info:
Nick Nolan, Exec Dir, Public Employees Roundtable,
PO Box 44801, Washington, DC 20026-4801. Phone:
(202) 401-4344. E-mail: email@example.com.
- 7: Childhood Depression Awareness Day.
Also known as Green Ribbon Day. Annually, the
first Tuesday in the first full week in May.
For info: Natl Mental Health Assn, 1021 Prince
St, Alexandria, VA 22314-2917. Phone: (800)
969-6642 or (703) 648-7722. Web: www.nmha.org.
- 7: National
Teacher Day. For info: Natl Education Assn
(NEA), 1201 16th St NW, Washington, DC 20036.
Phone: (202) 833-4000. Web: www.nea.org.
- 8: The Day
of the Teacher (El Dia del Maestro). For
info: California Teachers Assn, PO Box 921,
Burlingame, CA 94010. Phone: (650) 697-1400.
Fax: (650) 697-0786. Web: www.cta.org.
- 8: V-E Day:
Anniversary (1945). Victory in Europe Day
commemorates the unconditional surrender of
Germany to Allied Forces. The surrender document
was signed be German representatives at General
Dwight D. Eisenhower's headquarters at Reims
to become effective, and hostilities to end,
at one minute past midnight on May 9, 1945,
which was 9:01 p.m., EDT, on May 8 in the US.
President Harry S Truman on May 8 declared May
9, 1945, to be "V-E Day," but it later came
to be observed on May 8 in the US. A separate
German surrender to the USSR was signed at Karlshorst,
near Berlin, May 8.
- May 12-18:
National Alcohol and Other Drug-Related Birth
Defects Week. For info: Natl Council on
Alcoholism and Drug Dependence, 12 W 21st St,
New York, NY 10010. Phone: (212) 206-6770.
- May 12: National
Family Month (May 12-June 16). For info:
Paula Knouse, KidsPeace, 5300 Kidspeace Dr,
Orefield, PA 18069. Phone: (610) 799-8325. Web:
- May 12-18:
National Police Week. For info: American
Police Hall of Fame and Museum, 3801 Biscayne
Blvd, Miami, FL 33137. Phone: (305) 573-0070.
- 14: Million
Mom March: Anniversary. For info: Million
Mom March, PO Box 762, Washington, DC 20044-0762.
Phone: (888) 989-MOMS. Web: www.millionmommarch.com.
- 19: Malcolm
X: Birth Anniversary (1925). Browse the
pages- his life and legacy search ... A photo
gallery of book covers and said April 8, 1964:
MALCOLM X SPEAKS ON THE BLACK REVOLUTION, MILITANT
LABOR FORUM, NEW YORK http://www.brothermalcolm.net/
- May 19-25:
National Emergency Medical Services (EMS) Week.
For info: American college of Emergency Physicians,
PO Box 619911, Dallas, TX 75261-9911. Phone:
(800) 798-1822. Web: www.acep.org.
- 19: Twenty-seventh
Amendment Ratified: 10th Anniversary (1992).
The 27th amendment to the Constitution was ratified,
prohibiting Congress from giving itself immediate
- 25: Constitutional
Convention: Anniversary (1787). At Philadelphia,
PA, the delegates from seven states, forming
a quorum, opened the Constitutional Convention,
which had been proposed by the Annapolis Convention,
Sept 11-14, 1786. Among those who were in attendance:
George Washington, Benjamin Franklin, James
Madison, Alexander Hamilton and Elbridge Gerry.
First American Daily Newspaper Published: Anniversary
(1783). The Pennsylvania Evening Post became
the first daily newspaper published in the US.
The paper was published at Philadelphia, PA,
by Benjamin Towne.
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