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Calendar for May 13th, 2012

Mother's Day

Although the custom of setting aside a day to honor mothers has ancient roots, our observance of Mother's Day originated in 1907 with the efforts of a devoted daughter, Anna M. Jarvis of Philadelphia, who conceived the idea of an annual nationwide celebration. The public and the press quickly embraced the idea, and villages, towns, cities, and states soon began unofficial Mother's Day observances. On May 8, 1914, President Woodrow Wilson signed a proclamation designating the second Sunday in May Mother's Day, and within a few years, the idea gained worldwide prominence. The day is now characterized by gift giving, sending greeting cards and flowers, and giving mother a "day off" by taking the family out to eat.


  • 1740: Apple trees in bloom, R.I.

  • 1850s

  • Born 1857: Sir Ronald Ross (bacteriologist)

  • 1880s

  • Died 1884: Cyrus Hall McCormick (inventor)

  • 1910s

  • Born 1914: Joe Louis (boxer)

  • 1940s

  • Born 1941: Ritchie Valens (singer)

  • 1950s

  • Born 1950: Stevie Wonder (musician)

  • 1958: Velcro trademark was registered in the United States

  • 1960s

  • Died 1961: Gary Cooper (actor)

  • Born 1966: Darius Rucker (musician)

  • 1970s

  • Born 1978: Barry Zito (baseball player)

  • Born 1979: Prince Carl Philip of Sweden

  • 1980s

  • 1981: Pope John Paul II was shot

  • 1983: A New Brunswick earthquake measured 3.9 on the Richter scale

  • Born 1986: Robert Pattinson (actor)

  • 2010s

  • Died 2011: Derek Boogaard (hockey player)

  • Died 2013: Dr. Joyce Brothers (psychologist)

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