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Calendar for May 12th, 2013

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.


  • 1364: The oldest university in Poland, Jagiellonian University, was founded

  • 1820s

  • Born 1820: Florence Nightingale (nurse)

  • 1870s

  • 1870: Manitoba Act passed, approving Manitoba to become a Canadian province

  • 1880s

  • 1888: Charles Sherrill first demonstrated a crouching start for sprinters

  • Died 1889: John Cadbury (chocolate manufacturer)

  • 1900s

  • Born 1907: Katharine Hepburn (actress)

  • 1920s

  • Born 1925: Yogi Berra (baseball player)

  • 1930s

  • 1930: Adler Planetarium, first in U.S., opened

  • Died 1934: Winnie (the bear Christopher Robin Milne named his toy bear after)

  • 1935: Alcoholics Anonymous founded

  • Born 1937: George Carlin (comedian; first to host Saturday Night Live)

  • 1960s

  • Born 1962: Emilio Estevez (actor)

  • 1966: Manitoba’s flag officially adopted

  • Born 1968: Tony Hawk (skateboarder)

  • Born 1969: Kim Fields (actress)

  • 1970s

  • 1970: Montreal was chosen as the site for the 1976 Summer Olympics

  • 1978: U.S. Commerce Department announced hurricanes would no longer be named solely after women

  • 1980s

  • Born 1986: Emily VanCamp (actress)

  • 1990s

  • Died 1992: Robert Reed (actor)

  • Born 1992: Malcolm David Kelley (actor)

  • Born 1995: Sawyer and Sullivan Sweeten (actors who played Geoffrey and Michael Barone on Everybody Loves Raymond)

  • 1997: Susie Maroney swam from Cuba to Florida in 24.5 hours

  • 2000s

  • Died 2000: Adam Petty (race car driver)

  • Died 2001: Perry Como (singer)

  • Died 2005: Emanuel Gluck (Yankee Stadium's longest-working vendor; wore badge No. 1)

  • 2006: American sprinter Justin Gatlin, Olympic champion, broke the 100-meter world record with a time of 9.76 seconds at the Qatar Grand Prix in Doha, Qatar. Previous record was 9.77 seconds by Jamaica's Asafa Powell on June 14, 2005, in Athens, Greece.

  • 2008: 7.8-magnitude earthquake, Sichuan province, China

  • 2010s

  • 2015: A 7.3-magnitude earthquake struck Nepal less than 3 weeks after a 7.8-magnitude quake

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