- Events:

  • 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: Web:
  • 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.
  • 1: 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 September.
  • 1: Law Day. Presidential Proclamation issued each year for May 1 since 1958 at request. (PL87-20 of Apr 7,1961).
  • 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:
  • 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: Web:
  • 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:
  • 7: National Teacher Day. For info: Natl Education Assn (NEA), 1201 16th St NW, Washington, DC 20036. Phone: (202) 833-4000. Web:
  • 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:
  • 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:
  • 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
  • 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:
  • 19: Twenty-seventh Amendment Ratified: 10th Anniversary (1992). The 27th amendment to the Constitution was ratified, prohibiting Congress from giving itself immediate pay raises.
  • 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.
  • 30: 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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