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May Fun Facts

The 5th month of the year brings us Memorial Day, Mother’s Day, and the last full month of Spring.

According to the early Roman calendar, May was the third month. Later, the ancient Romans used January as the first month and therefore, became the fifth month and it always had 31 days. May was first named for Maia, the Roman goddess of spring and growth. In the North Temperate Zone, may is one of the most beautiful months of the year. Usually, the snow and ice are gone by this time but the hot temperature hasn’t arrived yet. In May, the first garden begins to sprout and the wild flowers start to bloom and the trees and grasses turn green. Wild flowers such as forsythia, dogwood, violets, and jack-in-the-box bloom and many birds build their nests to sit on the eggs that will soon hatch.

Below are some fun facts about May:

  1. The birthstone for May is the emerald which represents success or love.
  2. The zodiac sign for May are Taurus (April 20 – May 20) and Gemini (May 21 – June 20)
  3. The birth flower for May is the Crataegus monogyna and the Lily of the Valley.
  4. On May 1, 1931, the Empire State Building was officially opened.
  5. Armed Forces Day – celebrated the third Saturday of May
  6. Mother’s Day – celebrated on the second Sunday of May
  7. Memorial Day – celebrated on the last Monday in May.
  8. May 5 – Cinco De Mayo
  9. On the first Saturday in May, the Kentucky Derby takes place.
  10. On May 11, 1858, Minnesota was admitted to the Union.
  11. On May 14, 1804, Lewis and Clark, the great explorers began their trip up the Missouri River.
  12. On May 14, 1948, the last British troops left Palestine which led to Israel becoming an independent country.
  13. On May 15, 1918, the first regular airmail service began in the United States.
  14. On May 20, 1862, Abraham Lincoln signed the Homestead Act.
  15. On May 20, 1932, the first solo flight by a woman across the Atlantic Ocean was made by Amelia Earhart.
  16. On May 23, 1788, South Carolina became the eighth state.
  17. On May 24, 1607, the first permanent English settlement in America was established in Jamestown, VA.
  18. On May 27, 1937, the Golden Gate Bridge was opened in San Francisco.
  19. On May 29, 1790, Rhode Island became the 13th state.
  20. On May 29, 1848, Wisconsin became the 30th state.

April Fun Facts

The 4th month of the year brings us April Fools’ Day, Earth Day, and the chance for some rain.

According to early Roman calendar, April was the second month but became fourth when they started to use January as the first month. The name originally came from Aprilis, meaning ‘to open’. In April, small animals that were hibernating usually come out and the birds fly back northward to settle, bees and butterflies begin to gather nectar. In some parts of the world, April is planting time but in other parts, it’s the harvest season. Because of the nice warm weather of April, amateur athletes begin to go outside while the professional baseball begins. People usually do huge spring cleaning and mowing. The first day of April begins with April fool’s day.

Below are some fun facts about April:

  1. The birthstone for April is the diamond.
  2. The zodiac signs for April are Aries (March 21 – April 19) and Taurus (April 20 – May 20).
  3. The birth flower of April is typically the Sweet Pea or the Daisy.
  4. Global Child Nutrition Month
  5. Humor Month
  6. Mathematics Awareness Month
  7. The Revolutionary War in America began on April 19, 1775.
  8. April 23rd is known as the Feast day of the Patron Saint of England.
  9. On April 30, 1975, General Duong Vanh Minh surrendered and the Communist forces captured Saigon which led to the end of the Vietnam War.
  10. On April 4, 1818, a flag that contained 1 star for each state and 13 stripes was adopted by Congress.
  11. In Fayette, N.Y. on April 6, 1830, the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints was founded by Joseph Smith.
  12. On April 6, 1917 the United States declared war on Germany in World War I.
  13. On April 4, 1949, the North Atlantic Treaty was signed.
  14. On April 11, 1814, Napoleon Bonaparte was exiled to the island of Elba and he was abdicated as Emperor of the French.
  15. Good Friday – Friday before Easter Sunday
  16. April 1 – April Fools’ Day
  17. April 5 – Arbor Day
  18. April 22 – Earth Day
  19. Thai New Year in Thailand
  20. Khmer New Year in Cambodia

April is Autism Month

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American Heart Month

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For years it was thought that heart disease was for men. But 1 in 3 women die of heart disease and stroke. But it can be prevented. It’s the No. 1 killer of women and is more deadly than all forms of cancer.

Ten years ago I received a telephone call at about 4 am and the call changed my life. My mother had just fell over and had a massive heart attack and died right there. My sister found her on the floor and my father and brother-in-law tried to do CPR but it was too late. My sister’s children were there and saw the whole thing. Not only was it traumatic for us but it was even worse for my sisters three children. We all knew my mother had some health issues but we never knew about her heart problems. To this day we all wonder if she had told us would she be here today. So this is a topic that I want all Women and Men to read and understand. This month is for everyone not just for women.

I will be giving out information all month on this topic. If I can help just one person than it is all worth it.

Go Red for Women this month and learn your risk factors.

Core Cardiology Heart disease is the leading cause of death in U.S. women. Since 1984, cardiovascular disease (CVD) – including heart attack, stroke, heart failure and high blood pressure – has killed more women than men each year. In 2010, more than 400,000 women died of CVD, representing 51 percent of all CVD deaths. CVD kills far more women each year than breast or any other form of cancer. More than 1 in 3 women are living with some form of CVD. Over 6.6 million women alive today have survived a heart attack, and 3.8 million women have survived a stroke. Although CVD death rates have been decreasing for both women and men, there is more work to be done. CVD can be prevented.

Please check this out for more information also.

https://www.goredforwomen.org/

National Disability Employment Awareness Month

National Disability Employment Awareness Month is an annual designation observed in October.
OBSERVE

Use #DisabilityEmploymentAwarenessMonth to post on social media.


HISTORY

National Employ the Physically Handicapped Week was established in 1945 by Congress for the first week in October. In 1998 it was renamed National Disability Employment Awareness Month and extended to the entire month of October. In 2001 the Office of Disability Employment Policy took over promoting and maintaining National Disability Employment Awareness Month.

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