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Calendar for May 11th, 2014

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.

Every Year

  • Three Chilly Saints

  • 1810s

  • Born 1811: Chang and Eng Bunker (original "Siamese" twins)

  • 1812: A new dance called The Waltz arrived in English ballrooms

  • 1812: Prime Minister Spencer Perceval assassinated by John Bellingham in the lobby of the British House of Commons

  • 1819: President James Monroe rode on The Savannah to inspect the harbor defenses of Savannah, Georgia, making him the first president to ride on a steamboat

  • 1850s

  • 1858: Minnesota admitted as the 32nd state

  • 1870s

  • Died 1871: Sir John Herschel (astronomer)

  • 1880s

  • Born 1888: Irving Berlin (composer)

  • 1890s

  • Born 1892: Margaret Rutherford (actress)

  • 1894: Pullman strike ended in defeat for organized labor

  • Born 1894: Martha Graham (dancer)

  • 1900s

  • Born 1904: Salvador Dali (artist)

  • 1910s

  • 1910: Glacier National Park in Montana established

  • Born 1918: Richard Feynman (physicist)

  • Born 1918: Sheila Burnford (author of The Incredible Journey)

  • 1920s

  • Born 1927: Bernard Fox (actor)

  • 1930s

  • Born 1935: Doug McClure (actor)

  • 1940s

  • 1949: Siam changed its name to Thailand

  • 1950s

  • Born 1953: Boyd Gaines (actor)

  • 1960s

  • Born 1963: Natasha Richardson (actress)

  • 1968: Linda McCartney became the first woman photographer to shoot a Rolling Stone cover

  • 1970s

  • Died 1973: Lex Barker (actor)

  • Died 1979: Lester Flatt (musician)

  • 1980s

  • Died 1981: Bob Marley (Reggae musician, founding member of The Wailers)

  • Born 1982: Jonathan Jackson (actor)

  • Born 1982: Cory Monteith (actor)

  • Born 1983: Matt Leinart (football player)

  • 1987: The first heart-lung transplant took place in Baltimore, Maryland

  • 1990s

  • 1996: After taking off from Miami, FL, a fire started by improperly-handled oxygen canisters in the cargo hold of Atlanta-bound ValuJet Flight 592, and caused the Douglas DC-9 to crash in the Florida Everglades killing all 110 on board

  • 2000s

  • Died 2001: Douglas Adams (science fiction author)

  • Died 2002: Joseph Bonanno (gangster)

  • 2010s

  • Died 2010: Doris Eaton Travis (last of the Ziegfeld Follies chorus girls)

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