Category: May 12



    National Sapphire Segulah Day on May 12 is a day of gratitude for single parents of special needs children to remind them their service and sacrifices of love are seen, appreciated, and not in vain.


    Single parents of special needs children deserve a day especially for them to celebrate the sacrifice they make every day caring for their child. The job is stressful, to say the least. Their days are busy, and so are their nights. Many go days with very little sleep, or no sleep at all. In addition, there is the endless advocating to make sure their child has access to services and support to help them live their best quality of life. Today, let’s show our gratitude for those single parents and let them know just how much we appreciate them.

    What does Sapphire Segulah Mean? 

    In the Hebrew language “Sapphire” means “Precious” and “Segulah” means “Peculiar Treasure.” While we refer to children that are born with disabilities as “special needs,” they are so much more. They are a combination of special, some peculiar, but all are a treasure. A Precious Peculiar Treasure.

    Most parents of special needs children don’t start out being single. In fact, many were in long-term marriages or relationships. Unfortunately, the new and unknown challenges of caring for a child with special needs often tests the strength and bonds of marriage and relationships. As a result, separation or divorce leaves one parent to care for a child with special needs. However, single parents have the strength to continue parenting alone because they know their Precious Peculiar Treasure is the most rewarding gift they will receive.

    Tips for Single Parents 

    Caring for children with a disability can be challenging, but very rewarding, too. By simply showing love and providing a positive environment, they are encouraging their child to thrive. Single parents can raise their treasure successfully.

    • Set up a routine for your child, including bedtime, meals, chores, homework, and quiet time.
    • Practice self-care to avoid additional stress, anger, or depression.
    • Encourage your child by supporting positive reinforcement and praise.
    • Keep your child’s environment full of structure, including a set of rules for reinforcement.
    • Be helpful, loving, and compassionate to your child, especially during times change.

    To be trusted with such a precious commodity, is indeed the highest honor, and one that is truly special. I wouldn’t change it for the world. ~La Dana Lucious on being a parent to her Precious Peculiar Treasure

    Words of Encouragement

    Being a single parent is a hard job. Being a single parent to a child with disabilities is a harder job. Sometimes, it may seem like nothing is going as planned. Remember, you are one of many navigating this adventure. In fact, you are a superstar to your child!

    You manage the life of a peculiar treasure normal parents could never imagine. You are a therapist, a doctor, a nurse, and friend to your child. You are appreciated and admired by those in your life who see you going above and beyond to provide care and comfort to your little treasure. The next time you feel overwhelmed, upset, or confused, think about the wonderful life you are providing your child.

    Today, we celebrate you! We want you to brag about the accomplishments you and your child have reached together. Share your passion to provide a stable and productive life for your child. You deserve to let the world know that even though you get tired, frustrated, and maybe upset, there is not a single mountain you wouldn’t climb to help your peculiar treasure feel love.


    • Learn about resources through your local social service agency to help with your child’s needs.
    • Join an organization that supports single parents raising children with disabilities.
    • Accept help from family members when they offer.
    • Take time for yourself when possible to decompress and reset your mind.
    • Offer to clean, run errands, shop, or babysit to give single parents a break.
    • Get active in your local education system by volunteering your time.
    • Volunteer for your local Special Olympics or other activities that support disabled children in your community.
    • Send a note of gratitude to a single parent who cares for their special needs child.
    • Buy a gift card and offer to babysit for a single parent to allow them time away from the home.
    • Visit to learn more about the non-profit organization that is going the extra mile to support single parents of children with disabilities.
    • Share your story and photos of you and your special needs child on social media using #SapphireSegulahDay.


    In 2022, National Day Calendar and La Dana Lucious of Great Exploit Ministries began working together to create National Sapphire Segulah Day. Each year on May 12, we use the entire day to show gratitude for the single parents of special needs children.

    Great Exploit Ministries is a non-profit organization offering ministry and advocacy resources to an ever-increasing population of single parents caring for their special needs children.



    Every year on May 12th, International ME/CFS Awareness Day spreads awareness for a condition called myalgic encephalomyelitis/chronic fatigue syndrome. It’s also a day to draw attention to other chronic immunological and neurological diseases (CIND).

    Myalgic encephalomyelitis/chronic fatigue syndrome (ME/CFS) is a debilitating and complex disease. Overwhelming fatigue is one of the primary symptoms of ME/CFS. This fatigue can prevent those with the disease from doing their normal everyday activities. It can also prevent people from doing simple tasks, such as taking a shower. Severe cases cause people to be bedridden for long periods of time. Those with ME/CFS cannot just rest to feel better. The fatigue is usually worse after any kind of physical or mental activity. For some people, ME/CFS affects every area of life, which includes school and work. Their social life is affected as well.

    Besides chronic fatigue, other symptoms of ME/CFS include:

    • Muscle or joint pain
    • Headaches
    • Sore throat
    • Brain fog
    • Dizziness
    • Irregular heartbeats
    • Flu-like symptoms

    Some of these symptoms are similar to that of autoimmune diseases. However, researchers don’t exactly know what causes ME/CFS.

    An estimated 17 million people around the world suffer from ME/CFS. This number includes up to 2.5 million Americans. A high percentage of those who have it do not have a proper diagnosis. Many people go undiagnosed due to the complex nature of the illness. ME/CFS affects more women than men. This disease usually develops between the ages of 20 and 40. Most people with ME/CFS will improve over time. However, some will never make a full recovery. Much work and research need to be done to properly diagnose and treat this complex disease.

    HOW TO OBSERVE #InternationalMECFSAwarenessDay

    On this day, healthcare providers are encouraged to learn more about ME/CFS. Those who know someone with ME/CFS can also learn more about the disease, take the time to listen, and speak up for those who have this complex illness.

    Other ways to participate in this day include:

    • Wear blue to show your support of those with ME/CFS
    • Read about famous people who have had this disease, like Cher, Stevie Nicks, Morgan Fairchild, Marie Curie, and Elizabeth Barrett Browning.
    • Watch the documentary called, Unrest.

    Share this day on social media with InternationalMECFSAwarenessDay


    Action CIND in Canada founded ME/CFS Awareness Day in 1993. This Canadian nonprofit supports people with chronic immunological and neurological diseases. They chose May 12th in honor of Florence Nightingale’s birthday. She is known as the founder of modern nursing. Many believe that she struggled with ME/CFS long before there was a diagnosis for it.






    International Nurses Day (IND) is observed around the world May 12 (the anniversary of Florence Nightingale’s birth in 1820). The day is set aside to honor and note the many contributions nurses make to society. Nurses care for our loved ones at some of the most challenging times of their lives. They may run short of time, but not compassion.

    In Australia, Canada, the United States, and other countries, International Nurses Day often is part of a week-long celebration, usually referred to as National Nurses Week.


    Do you personally know a nurse? Send a letter of appreciation.

    Invite a nurse to make a presentation about the profession at retirement homes, school, businesses.

    Use #InternationalNursesDay or #VoiceToLead to share on social media.

    Learn more by visiting the International Council of Nurses website.


    The International Council of Nurses (ICN) has celebrated this day since 1965.

    Florence Nightingale became an essential figure in nursing in the 1850s during the Crimean War. She was stationed at a hospital where she headed a group of nurses who cared for injured British soldiers. When she first arrived at the hospital, she was struck by the desperate condition of the facilities. So, she imposed strict standards of care and ensured that the wards were kept clean and well stocked with food and medical supplies. Nightingale’s experiences led her to campaign for reform in health care and nursing. In 1860 she opened the Nightingale School of Nursing at St. Thomas’ Hospital in London.





    Each year on May 12th, millions of people observe National Fibromyalgia Awareness Day.  This day shares the spotlight with other May 12th awareness days such as International Fibromyalgia Awareness Day, Fibromyalgia Awareness Day, International Awareness Day for Chronic Immunological and Neurological Diseases or International Awareness Day for MCS, ME/CFS and FM, which are observed globally.

    Fibromyalgia affects more than 12 million Americans.  It is a musculoskeletal syndrome and causes a variety of symptoms. Some of them include:

    • widespread pain
    • tender points
    • incapacitating fatigue
    • anxiety
    • depression
    • migraines/chronic headaches
    • irritable bowel syndrome
    • irritable bladder
    • insomnia
    • hypersensitivity to cold/hot
    • swelling
    • fibro fog (inability to concentrate/focus)
    • difficulty remembering
    • numbness
    • stiffness
    • decreased energy
    • noise, light and odor sensitivity
    • skin sensitivity

    Symptoms may come and go, lasting a few minutes, an hour, a day, a week, a month, or a year. While there is no cure for fibromyalgia, a variety of treatments and therapies focus on reducing the amount and frequency of pain. They also aim to improve sleep. Therapies such as exercise, massage, acupuncture, and chiropractic care aim to manage symptoms without pharmacological interventions. Prescriptions manage pain, improve sleep, and combat depression, too.

    HOW TO OBSERVE #FibromyalgiaAwarenessDay

    Learn more about fibromyalgia. Support those who have been diagnosed with the condition. If you have symptoms described above, seek medical attention from your physician for a referral or diagnosis. If you’ve been diagnosed with fibromyalgia, continue to seek treatment or share the treatments that have worked for you. Use #FibromyalgiaAwarenessDay to post on social media.


    The first National Fibromyalgia Awareness Day was observed in 1992 in honor of the birthday of Florence Nightingale. Historical documentation suggests Nightingale may have suffered from symptoms similar to fibromyalgia and chronic fatigue.  For more information visit



    Each year on May 12th, National Nutty Fudge Day tempts you to indulge in smooth chocolate fudge filled with crunchy nuts.

    A Western confection, fudge is usually sweet and delicious. It consists of combining sugar, butter, and milk, heating it to the correct temperature, and then mixing it while it cools to a smooth, creamy consistency. There are many varieties and flavors of fudge, with chocolate being the most popular.

    In 1886, a letter was found written by Emelyn Bettersby Hartridge a Vassar College student in Poughkeepsie, NY about her Baltimore, MD cousin. It referred to a fudge her cousin had made and sold for 40 cents per pound. Hartridge obtained the recipe, and in 1888, she made 30 pounds of fudge for the Vassar College Senior Auction.

    Late in the 19th century, some shops on Mackinac Island, Michigan, began to produce similar products as the Vassar College fudge and sold it to summer vacationers. Fudge is still made in some of the original shops there today.

    Many candy makers include pecans and walnuts when they prepare their fudge. As a celebratory treat, fudge makes a delicious gift. It packages well and recipients are often overjoyed to receive homemade fudge.

    HOW TO OBSERVE #NationalNuttyFudgeDay

    Make a special batch of nutty fudge to share. Keep some for later and give some as a gift. If you’re looking for a recipe, we even have a recipe to share: Chocolate Nut Fudge.

    Use #NationalNuttyFudgeDay to post on social media.


    While National Day Calendar continues researching the origins of this confectionary holiday, we’ll also pursue new recipes to share, too.



    National Odometer Day on May 12th each year provides an opportunity to learn a little bit about the odometer.

    An odometer is an instrument that indicates the distance traveled by a vehicle. It may be electronic, mechanical or a combination of both. The word odometer comes from the Greek words hodos meaning path or gateway and metron, meaning measure. In some countries, an odometer is called a mileometer, kilometer, or tripometer.

    Odometers were first developed in the 1600s for wagons and other horse-drawn vehicles to measure distances traveled. Arthur P. and Charles H. Warner of Beloit, Wisconsin developed the first odometer for the automobile which appeared in 1903 and was patented as the Auto-Meter.

    The brothers would also patent other items including a tachometer, paper making machine, electric brake, and power clutch. At one point their business, Stewart-Warner Speedometer corporation developed a thermometer for the motor. However, they faced a lawsuit for patent infringement which they ultimately lost.

    Arthur Warner was one of the earliest pilots in America. His engineering curiosity led him to assemble and eventually fly a Curtiss Pusher airplane.

    While technology has changed greatly since 1903, the odometer continues to track how far we have traveled. It also tells us how far we go in a single trip. Other gauges monitor fuel consumption and oil pressure, speed, and RPMs.

    HOW TO OBSERVE #NationalOdometerDay

    Whether your odometer is at 0 or 999,999, this day is for new and classic car enthusiasts, too. Use #NationalOdometerDay to post on social media.


    While National Day Calendar continues to research this technology related holiday, we’ll check the tires and look under the hood for more information to share.


    May 12th Celebrated (and Not So Celebrated) History


    The infant son of Charles and Anne Lindbergh is found dead ten weeks after being abducted from his home.


    The United States Patent Office issued patent No. 2,040,248 for the Dvorak typewriter keyboard. According to its inventors, August Dvorak and William Dealey, the arrangement of the keys allowed for an increase in efficiency over the QWERTY keyboard design. However, the Dvorak keyboard never replaced the QWERTY keyboard despite many studies that support an increase (if minimal) in speed and efficiency.


    King George VI’s coronation took place at Westminster Abbey, London.


    Former President Jimmy Carter visited Cuba. He was the first U.S. president in or out of office to visit the Caribbean country since the 1959 revolution.

    May 12th Celebrated (and Not So Celebrated) History

    Florence Nightingale – 1820

    Florence Nightingale was a celebrated English, social reformer, statistician, and the founder of modern nursing. She became well-known while taking care of the wounded soldiers during the Crimean War. Nightingale was dubbed “The Lady with the Lamp” because of her habit of making rounds at night.

    Baron Clemens von Pirquet – 1874

    In 1908, the Austrian physician published his diagnostic skin test for identifying the presence of tuberculosis.

    Katherine Hepburn – 1907

    Katharine Hepburn shunned the traditional starlet roles of Hollywood. Her bold attitude and strong will stole the stage. At a time when women rarely held the reins in Hollywood, Hepburn steered a prolific career with twelve Academy Award nominations and four wins.

    Yogi Berra – 1925

    “A nickel ain’t worth a dime anymore.” ~ Yogi Berra

    Born Lawrence Peter Berra, the American professional catcher played 19 seasons in Major League Baseball. As a player, Berra spent most of his career with the New York Yankees shifting into a management position. In 1965, he joined the Mets, temporarily coming out of retirement to play once more. His phenomenal career is highlight by 13 World Series championships as a player, manager, and coach.





    Observed annually on May 12th, National Limerick Day celebrates the birthday of English artist, illustrator, author, and poet Edward Lear (May 12, 1812 – Jan. 29, 1888).  Lear is known mostly for his literary nonsense in poetry, prose, and limericks.

    The day also celebrates the limerick poem. Limerick poems were popularized by Edward Lear’s book “Book of Nonsense” in 1846. A limerick is a very short, humorous, nonsense poem. Within a limerick, there are five lines. The first two lines rhyme with the fifth line and the third and fourth line rhyme together.

    The Limerick also has a particular rhythm which is officially described as anapestic trimeter. 

    By Edward Lear

    There was a Young Lady whose chin
    Resembled the point of a pin;
    So she had it made sharp, and purchased a harp,
    And played several tunes with her chin.

    While Lear is credited with popularizing the Limerick, the poetry style existed long before the publication of his book. Even so, the Limerick celebrates fun turns of phrase, rhythm, and humor in short form. It also plays with words and peoples’ expectations.

    HOW TO OBSERVE #NationalLimerickDay

    Enter a Limerick contest with a poem of your own. Read and share your favorite Limericks using #NationalLimerickDay to post on social media. If you don’t have a favorite, try reading Looney Limericks compiled by Frank Jacobs.

    You can also visit the National Day Calendar Classroom for projects to help you Celebrate Every Day!


    Within our research, we were unable to find the creator of this poetry day. However, the day has been observed since at least 1984.

    Relevant Observances

    National Military Spouse Appreciation Day


    Always the Friday before Mother’s Day, National Military Spouse Appreciation Day recognizes the significant contributions, support, and sacrifices of the spouses of the Armed Forces. National Military Spouse Appreciation Day is also sometimes known as Military Spouse Day.

    Along with the tremendous strength and patriotism they have, military spouses endure frequent change and unexpected developments in their lives. They prepare for many unknowns during military life, often unable to make a plan for more than a few days in advance. The hold down the home front during deployments, training, and many other circumstances while their husband or wife serve their country. Depending on the length of service, they may move many times and often all over the world. Military spouses also spend many months apart during stressful deployments with limited communication or for training. 

    But they bear these responsibilities by caring for and relying on family. With every move, they find a new job, help their children adjust to new schools and friends. They learn about a new community and its culture. During separations, they celebrate holidays at unusual times or host long-distance birthday parties. By supporting our service members and ensuring a sound home, our military is stronger and more prepared.  

    HOW TO OBSERVE #MilitarySpouseAppreciationDay

    Thank a military spouse. Recognize the burdens they carry and support them throughout the year. You may not understand their struggles, but you can offer a friendly ear or helpful hand when they move to your city. Use #MilitarySpouseAppreciationDay to post on social media.


    On May 23, 1984, President Ronald Reagan declared the first Military Spouse Day with Proclamation 5184, dated April 17, 1984. He recognized the profound importance of spouse commitment to the readiness and well-being of military members. Caspar Weinberger, US Secretary of Defense, standardized the date by declaring the Friday preceding Mother’s Day as Military Spouse Day.  Each year, the United States President regularly commemorates this day with a formal speech and proclamation.

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    National Provider Appreciation Day, also known as National Child Care Provider Day, is annually celebrated on the Friday before Mother’s Day.  The special day recognizes child care providers, teachers, and other educators of young children everywhere.

    Child care providers deserve a big “Thank you” for their dedication, commitment, and compassion. Less than one-third of the children in America have a full-time stay-at-home parent. Since the child care provider is a partner in raising children, parents carefully choose their child care provider. It may be a private home daycare, a daycare center, an in-home provider, or a live-in nanny. Parents put their trust in their childcare providers as they share child-rearing responsibilities with them.

    HOW TO OBSERVE #ProviderAppreciationDay

    Let your child care provider know how much you appreciate all they do. Use #ProviderAppreciationDay to post on social media.

    Download and print this postcard to color and give it to your daycare provider. It’s also teacher, nurses, and Mother’s Day week. Print out multiple and send them to all those who deserve some appreciation. Print one side or print both sides on 5.5 inch by 4.5 inch card stock.


    National Provider Appreciation Day, was started in 1996 by a group of volunteers in New Jersey.  This group saw the need to recognize the tireless efforts of providers who care for children of working parents. Each year since momentum and support have grown, and recognition currently includes individual and government organizations throughout the United States. A proclamation is signed each year by many of the State Governors. For more information on National Provider Appreciation Day visit

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