Category: May 29

  • NATIONAL 529 DAY – May 29


    May 29th is National 529 Day – reminding families and friends that it has never been easier to help save for a child’s future. By contributing to a 529 savings plan, you help prepare a child for whatever path they choose. Earnings grow tax-free on the federal level, and in most states, if savings are withdrawn to pay for qualified tuition and other expenses.


    Here’s why 529s are one of the more flexible and attractive ways to save:

    • 529s can be used for 4-year or community colleges, career and technical schools, and registered apprenticeships. In addition to tuition and fees, they can cover those expenses that add up, such as room and board, fees, books, computers. And they can be used for qualified institutions abroad.
    • 529 savings can also be used by another family member – or even yourself – for retraining or getting a new certification.
    • If your child does incur debt, 529 account funds can be used to pay up to $10,000 in qualified student loans per beneficiary.
    • And, it’s easy: grandparents, friends, and other family members can contribute as little as $10 to a child’s account through online gifting tools, crowdfunding platforms, or E-gift cards.

    HOW TO OBSERVE National 529 Day

    Go to “Open a 529” to get more information about saving. See a broad array of available programs either directly to you or with the guidance of a financial advisor.

    Explore the #529 tax-advantaged plan that’s right for you! Share your experiences with a 529 plan by using #National529Day on social media.


    The College Savings Foundation (CSF) founded National 529 Day to remind everyone of the benefits of 529 higher education savings plans – an integral part of its mission to help American families achieve their education savings goals.

    The Registrar at National Day Calendar proclaimed National 529 Day to be observed on May 29 in 2021 and annually thereafter.



    The International Day of United Nations Peacekeepers, May 29, is “a day to pay tribute to all the men and women who have served and continue to serve in United Nations peacekeeping operations and to honor the memory of those who have lost their lives in the cause of peace

    The United Nations says Peacekeepers are not a military branch of the UN. They include civilian, police, and military personnel from 122 UN members. As of April 2014, more than 115,000 peacekeepers serving in 16 UN peacekeeping missions around the world. In 1988, UN Peacekeeping Forces won the Nobel Peace Prize.


    Learn more about the UN Peacekeeping Force by visiting the official website.


    It was so designated by United Nations General Assembly Resolution 57/129, on December 11, 2002, after an official request of the Ukrainian Peacekeepers Association and the Government of Ukraine to the UN General Assembly and first celebrated in 2003. The date, May 29, marks the anniversary of the creation of the United Nations Truce Supervision Organization (UNTSO) in 1948 to monitor the ceasefire after the 1948 Arab-Israeli War, which was the first ever UN peacekeeping mission.




    Each year on May 29th, National Coq Au Vin Day celebrates a delicious French dish. Coq au vin is French braise of chicken, cooked with wine, lardons (salt pork), mushrooms, and garlic.


    A French staple, Coq au vin translates to “rooster with wine.” It’s a rustic, peasant-style dish that is easy to serve when entertaining because a lot of the work can be done in advance. And since we all celebrated National Wine Day just a few days ago, you might be prepared and have an extra bottle on hand just for this recipe.

    Different legends tell of Coq au vin back in the days of Gaul and Julius Caesar. However, the first documented recipe was in the early 20th century.  There was a somewhat similar recipe, poulet au vin blanc, that appeared in an 1864 cookbook.

    HOW TO OBSERVE National Coq Au Vin Day

    Whether you make the dish at home or order it from your favorite restaurant, this holiday is worth savoring. We even have a recipe for you to try. Enjoy this Coq Au Vin recipe. You can also learn about the 7 Mother Sauces for this celebration to expand your cooking know-how.

    Use #NationalCoqAuVinDay to post on social media.


    National Day Calendar continues researching the origins of this French cuisine holiday. However, we also have other French holidays for you to explore:


    May 29th Celebrated (and Not So Celebrated) History


    The Atlanta Journal publishes the first advertisement for Coca-Cola.


    Bing Crosby records “White Christmas” and the Irving Berlin song becomes a perennial hit.


    The St. Roch becomes the first ship to sail around North America when it arrives in Halifax, Nova Scotia. The accomplishment was made possible via the Panama Canal which opened in 1914. It wasn’t the first time the Royal Canadian Mounted Police schooner found itself in the record books; in 1940-1942, the vessel became the first to sail through the Northwest Passage.


    Mountaineers Edmund Hillary (New Zealand) and Tenzing Norgay (Tibet) became the first climbers to reach the summit of Mount Everest.


    The United States Supreme Court rules 7-2 that the Professional Golfer’s Association (PGA) Tour must accommodate golfers with disabilities according to the Americans with Disabilities Act. Disabled golfer Casey Martin brought the suit against the PGA’s no cart rule.

    May 29th Celebrated (and Not So Celebrated) Birthdays

    Bob Hope – 1903

    In 1908, Bob Hope emigrated to America with his mother and five of his brothers via Ellis Island. Hope became one of the most famous entertainers in America. He was an author, dancer, athlete, singer, actor, and humanitarian. He was also a stand-up comedian. One of his most famous lines is, “Though I was born in England, I left at the age of four…actually the minute I started to talk, they deported me.”

    John F. Kennedy – 1917

    John F. Kennedy’s  life was cut short when he was assassinated in  Dallas, Texas in 1963.   His life up until then was considered by many to be out of the realms of Camelot, and the world had high hopes for his presidency.

    Pepper Paire Davis – 1924

    The American catcher and infielder played 10 seasons in the All American Girls Professional Baseball League and 9 of those were on championship teams. She also co-wrote the AAGPBL son with Nalda Bird Phillips.

    Al Unser – 1939

    Al Unser’s racing career spanned 37 years. During those years, Unser took on a variety of races, sports cars, stock cars, and tracks. He endured the death of his brother Jerry and was challenged through sibling rivalry.

    Melissa Etheridge – 1961

    Grammy-winning artist, Melissa Etheridge built a solo career from the moment she broke onto the rock & roll scene. With a raspy blend of soulful folk-rock and edgy blues, Etheridge continues to tour and create new powerful music.



    National Paperclip Day on May 29th each year celebrates a small but handy invention. Yes, even the paperclip has its own day of honor. The day celebrates the well-known piece of curved wire that keeps our papers together and helps us stay organized.


    While many may have claimed earlier invention of the paperclip, according to the Early Office Museum, Samuel B. Fay received the first patent for a “bent wire paper clip” in the United States in 1867. The original intention of Fay’s clip was to attach tickets to fabric. However, U.S. patent 64,088 recognized that paperclips could also hold papers together.

    As many as 50 others received patents for similar designs before 1899. One other notable name receiving a patent for his paperclip design in the United States was Erlman J. Wright in 1877. At that time, he advertised his clip for use in fastening newspapers.

    The Gem paperclip, which was most likely in production in Britain in the early 1870s by The Gem Manufacturing Company, was never patented. It is the most common type of wire paperclip and is still in use today.  It was introduced to the United States around 1892, and in 1904, Cushman & Denison registered a trademark for the “Gem” name in connection with paperclips. Paperclips are still sometimes called Gem clips.

    Today, paperclips come in various sizes, shapes, and colors and can make your paperwork look more fun and lively.

    Paperclips are not just for holding papers together. There are many other things that you can do with them!

    • Replace a zipper tab
    • Unclog a spray bottle
    • Unclog a single-serve coffee maker
    • Hem holder
    • Emergency hooks for broken necklaces
    The Paper Clip Project

    During World War II, this small, universal office supply provided a visual method of protest when any outward signs of objection could be dangerous, even in familiar company.

    Early in the war, Norwegians were particularly persistent in their development of symbols. The paperclip represented “sticking together” until the Nazis caught on and banned the wearing of paperclips.

    According to a March 5, 1941, Provo, Utah newspaper article (The Daily Herald), the Norwegians switched to new symbols quickly as the bans could be issued.

    In 1998, a group of middle school students led by language arts teacher Sandra Roberts and associate principal David Smith began a project through a Holocaust education class. The voluntary after-school class, Whitwell Middle School principal Linda Hooper’s idea, would be the foundation for developing tolerance and diversity.

    Inspired by the story of the protesting Norwegians and their paperclips, the students began to collect six million paperclips – one paper clip representing one Jew who perished during the Holocaust. Adults today still wrestle with how the Holocaust could even happen. Imagine middle-school students trying to understand the magnitude of such an event on humanity.

    The Paper Clip Project gained international attention, and by 2001 the students collected more than 30 million paperclips. The school dedicated a Children’s Holocaust Memorial, which displays an authentic German railcar filled with a portion of the paperclips.

    For more information on this inspiring story, the book, and the film that followed, visit

    HOW TO OBSERVE National Paperclip Day

    How many paperclips do you use in a day? Share your favorite paperclip tips and ideas using #NationalPaperclipDay to post on social media.

    Are you looking for more useful paperclip tips? Check out these 17 Fun and Helpful Ways to Use Paperclips.


    National Day Calendar continues researching the origins of this paper fastener celebration. While you’re waiting, check out these other uniting celebrations:

  • MEMORIAL DAY – Last Monday in May


    Each year in the United States, Americans observe the Federal holiday, Memorial Day, the last Monday in May. It honors and remembers all men and women who have died while serving in the United States Armed Forces. Memorial Day is also a day to remember all loved ones who have passed away.


    Traditionally on Memorial Day, the flag of the United States of America is raised briskly to the top of the staff then solemnly lowered to the half-staff position where it remains until noon. At noon, it is then raised to full-staff for the remainder of the day.

    When the flag is at half-staff, the position is in remembrance of the more than one million men and women who gave their lives for their country. Raising the flag at noon signifies the nation lives, that the country is resolved not to let their sacrifice be in vain but to rise up in their honor and continue to fight for liberty and justice for all.

    In the United States, Memorial Day also traditionally marks the beginning of summer.

    HOW TO OBSERVE Memorial Day

    Attend Memorial Day services in your community. In your own way, pay tribute in remembrance of service members who have died while serving. Visit a veterans’ cemetery to honor those who’ve impacted your life. Use #MemorialDay to post on social media.


    Honoring the men and women who have died while serving in the military, communities, individuals, and organizations have kept Memorial Day in various forms in the United States since the end of the Civil War. General John Logan first called for a nationwide day of remembrance on May 5, 1868. The observance was called Decoration Day, and it was observed on May 30th, 1868.

    Decoration Day

    General James Garfield spoke at Arlington National Cemetery with Generals Grant, Howard, Logan, Pane, Wool, and Hancock in attendance. Volunteers also decorated the graves of 20,000 Union and Confederate soldiers.

    Across the country, humble tributes occurred on that first Decoration Day. Just outside Fort Stevens near Washington, D.C., there was a small cemetery where 40 soldiers were buried, one of whom belonged to a widow from Northern Vermont. He was one of three sons she lost to the war. On Decoration Day, she went to the cemetery carrying 40 wreaths for 40 graves.

    Someone placed a laurel wreath upon the head of a Lincoln statue at City Hall, Washington, D.C.

    In Cincinnati, Hamilton and Dayton Railroads transported passengers to the Spring Grove Cemetery.  As a tribute, communities displayed flags at half-mast along the routes. More volunteers placed floral wreaths on the soldiers’ graves, and speeches were made. Many of the first Decoration Days recognized only the Union soldiers. However, other events included the Confederate soldiers as well. Over time, the day grew to include all those soldiers lost during the conflict.

    Decoration Day gradually became known as Memorial Day and now honors all U.S. service members who have died during a military conflict. Memorial Day continued to be observed on May 30th for many years. Then, in 1968, Congress passed the Uniform Monday Holiday Act of 1968. Since 1971, Memorial Day has been observed the last Monday of May.