Category: May 07



    National Packaging Design Day on May 7th each year celebrates the art of packaging design as well as design professionals. The global design community and those appreciative of beautiful, well-crafted packaging commemorate the day by sharing inspiring designs and exchanging ideas. The day also encourages an awareness of the craftsmanship behind the package.

    Living in the golden age of packaging, the packaging is now much more than a means to protect a product or display a name. Packaging is the physical representation of a brand to the consumer. The packaging is compelling. It’s not just what’s on the shelf that matters, but the unveiling process as well. The layers, the textures, the moment of anticipation before seeing the product. People may not think of the packaging designers when purchasing a product or while opening a gift, but they exist, orchestrating the process from sketch to shelf.

    HOW TO OBSERVE #PackagingDesignDay

    Check out Design Packaging’s Top 10 Ways to Celebrate the day and share the packaging you love. Here are other ways to celebrate the day:

    • Judge a book by its cover. Packaging design goes into publishing, too. What makes you pick up a certain book?
    • Study a creative packaging design. What caught your eye?
    • Practice what you see. Incorporate elements of packaging design into your own design practices.

    Give a shout-out to an inspiring designer with #PackagingDesignDay.


    Design Packaging founded National Packaging Design Day in 2015 to shine a spotlight on package design, presentation, and its role in a product’s brand.  

    The Registrar at National Day Calendar proclaimed the day on April 22, 2015, to be observed on May 7th, annually. 


    May 7th Celebrated (and Not So Celebrated) History


    The American Medical Association is founded in Philadelphia, PA. The founding members elect Dr. Nathaniel Chapman as the first president of the new organization.


    Akio Morita and Masaru Ibuka found Tokyo Telecommunication Engineering Corporation. The company is later named Sony.


    Construction begins on the world’s longest suspension bridge. The Mackinac Bridge opened to traffic three years later in November 1957, connecting the upper and lower peninsulas of Michigan for the first time.


    Michigan’s legislature became the 38th state to ratified a constitutional amendment proposed in 1789. The 203-year-old legislation limits mid-term salary increases and requires an election before raises can take effect. In essence, voters have the opportunity to elect new representation before raises take place. College student, Gregory Watson’s paper for his government class proposed the amendment was still eligible for ratification. After receiving a poor grade from a doubting teaching assistant, the topic became a rallying point. Two states vied to be the 38th states to ratify the amendment, Michigan and New Jersey. Don W. Wilson, U.S. Archivist, certified 27th Amendment on May 18th. At the time, one state was unaware they had already ratified the amendment. Kentucky’s ratification took place in 1792 and as a result, the honor of being the 38th state actually belongs to Alabama which ratified the amendment on May 5, 1992.

    May 7th Celebrated (and Not So Celebrated) Birthdays

    Mary Mahoney – 1845

    In 1879, Mary Mahoney became the first African American professional nurse when she graduated from the New England Hospital’s nursing school. She also formed the National Association of Colored Graduate Nurses after the Nurses Associated Alumnae of the United States demonstrated a slow response to accepting black nurses.

    Gary Cooper – 1901

    Gary Cooper appeared in more than 80 films during a career that lept from silent movies to sound almost effortlessly. He was nominated for his first Academy Award in 1937 for his role in  Mr. Deeds Goes to Town. Cooper would go on to earn two Best Actor Academy Awards for  Sergeant York  (1942) and  High Noon  (1953). In 1961, the Academy presented him with an honorary award for his career achievements.

    Eva Peron – 1919

    The Argentine actress became the first lady of Argentina in 1946. Peron became a powerful political figure, advocating for women’s suffrage and the rights of the poor.

    Ishiro Honda – 1911

    The Japanese filmmaker is best known for co-creating the Godzilla film franchise.

    Michael P. Murphy – 1976

    The U.S. Navy SEAL officer served during the War in Afghanistan and for his actions received the military’s highest decoration, the Medal of Honor. Murphy was killed by enemy forces during Operation Red Wing near Asadabad, Afghanistan on June 28, 2005.



    On May 7th each year, we are charged with breaking down obstacles on National Barrier Awareness Day.  We are responsible for dissolving stigmas keeping people with disabilities from advancing in education. It’s an opportunity to tear down walls and build ramps that providing access. When we have misunderstandings, see the potential for the development of new technology to bridge the gap. Eliminate antiquated policies preventing those with disabilities from accessing their full potential. If there was ever a time to speak up about the questionable treatment of a human being, National Barrier Awareness Day encourages us to do so now.

    “Today some 36 million Americans suffer from some form of handicap. Eighty percent of Americans will experience some disability in their lifetime. That makes it necessary for all of us to understand and appreciate both the barriers they must surmount and the contributions that they can make to our society.

    Many disabled people face financial, cultural, and physical barriers because of a lack of public understanding of their needs. We must become more aware of the barriers that prevent or inhibit so many of our fellow Americans from participating fully in the life of our society, and how much more they could contribute if those obstacles were removed….”

    Visible and invisible barriers are equally difficult to overcome. With advocacy, education, and awareness these obstacles can be lifted, empowering people with disabilities to live more independent fulfilled lives.

    HOW TO OBSERVE #BarrierAwarenessDay

    Break the barriers and work toward eliminating all of the cultural, employment, legal, and physical obstacles that confront individuals with disabilities! How do you participate?

    • Write to your Congressperson.
    • Offer solutions, not only complaints.
    • Volunteer to make a difference. 

    Share your support using #BarrierAwarenessDay.


    In 1986, Congress designated May 7, 1986, as National Barrier Awareness Day by a House Joint Resolution (544). It authorized the President to issue a proclamation recognizing the day. On May 7, 1986, President Ronald Reagan issued proclamation 5472 and called for Americans to recognize the day with events and programs that would contribute to removing the obstacles facing those with disabilities.


  • NATIONAL LEMONADE DAY – First Sunday in May


    National Lemonade Day on the first Sunday in May encourages the entrepreneurial spirit in young people all across the country. 

    Not only is the celebration a time to enjoy a refreshing glass of lemonade, but more importantly, it is a day to give youth an opportunity to experience the taste of success.

    Through, millions of kids around the nation learn what it takes to run a business in a fun and constructive way.

    The days leading up to Lemonade Day are full of preparation by small but budding entrepreneurs. They attend workshops, check their stock, and scout out their locations. On Lemonade Day, they will be ready to set up shop and sell the freshest, coolest lemonade their side of the block!

    HOW TO OBSERVE #NationalLemonadeDay

    What better way for kids to learn about running a small business than by starting one? For ages, children have set up small stands on the sidewalk. But now, we need to take them seriously. Cash in hand, consumers, come to the counter, and get your lemonade by the glassful.

    Businesses face challenges, too. If they’re given lemons, well they make a different sort of lemonade. Check out our Mom and Pop Day activity to help inspire your budding entrepreneurs. Use the ledger to create other business scenarios around your home. You can also find more ideas at Frequent your favorite lemonade stand and use #NationalLemonadeDay to post on social media.


    Michael Holthouse founded National Lemonade Day in 2007 in his hometown of Houston, Texas to allow youth to sample running small businesses – like a lemonade stand. Today he and are partnered with Google to continue to bring the entrepreneurial spirit to the youth of America.






    Each year on May 7th, National Roast Leg of Lamb Day makes a menu suggestion worthy of a celebration.  The leg of lamb is a mild and tender cut of meat that, when roasted, is a unique and tasty dish to many.  A typical preparation involves covering the leg of lamb with butter, rosemary sprigs pushed inside incisions cut in the leg, and rosemary leaves sprinkled on top. The lamb is then roasted for two hours at 360 degrees.

    Lamb is a lean red meat loaded with nutrition. Of course, it’s going to deliver the protein at 25 grams per 3 ounce serving. But it also provides potassium and vitamin B-12. Another good reason to eat lamb is the iron, magnesium, and omega-3 fatty acids.

    Roasted or grilled vegetables pair well with roast leg of lamb. Consider asparagus, roast cauliflower, or tomatoes. Mix up a spring salad or for a touch of acid, a coleslaw. Rice complements lamb, too, as do mashed or baked potatoes. Add your favorite gravy or herb sauce. Finish the meal with a chocolate souffle or lemon tarts.  

    HOW TO OBSERVE #RoastLegOfLambDay

    Find a recipe and make a Roast Leg of Lamb today! Use #RoastLegOfLamb to share on social media.


    National Day Calendar continues researching the origins of this tasty food celebration.



    National Paste Up Day on May 7th each year remembers the time before desktop publishing and computerized digital imaging when many publications were completed by hand. The day also remembers those who worked so tediously in their positions.

    Paste-up refers to a method of preparing and laying out pages of a publication. A paste-up artist was also known as a layout artist, mechanical artist, production artist, or compositor.  Part of the daily duties of the paste-up artist would be to cut the type into sections and arrange it carefully across multiple columns. They were also responsible for placing the headlines and other typographical elements. These elements were supplied separately. 

    They worked for newspapers, magazines, catalogs, and other publishers. Paste-up artists used x-acto knives and focused on precision. While a journalist may have written an article with detail and gusto, if the 327-word article didn’t fit the column space, the paste-up artist would remove a line or two to make it fit. Ad space paid for salaries and photos often required cropping. Since the position required an eye for detail, paste-up artists were in high demand in the publishing arena, and they could face the high pressure of deadlines, too. Nevertheless, they kept their alleys straight and prepared their mechanicals on time for the presses. 

    HOW TO OBSERVE #NationalPasteUp

    From small presses evening papers to university presses, paste-up artists gained experience in a variety of ways.  While word processing technology today seems to have eliminated the art of paste-up, the eye for precision and organization still persists in the printing world. Share how paste-up artists have influenced the art of printing today using #NationalPasteUp on social media. 


    National Day Calendar continues researching the origins of this publishing holiday. 

  • NATIONAL INFERTILITY SURVIVAL DAY – Sunday before Mother’s Day


    Each year on Sunday before Mother’s Day, National Infertility Survival Day remembers those struggling with infertility.

    This day was intentionally placed before Mother’s Day to finally put those coping with infertility first in the order of things. Many keep their struggle private. However, others choose to bring the issue out in the open and share it with family and friends. The day encourages individuals and couples coping with infertility to share, bond, band together, and celebrate the significant triumphs and small daily efforts.

    When celebrations that include parenthood creep up, those struggling with infertility find it to be an especially difficult time. While their grief in no way intends to deny their continued hope or any celebration of parenthood, only those who’ve faced the pain of infertility truly understand the loss that often comes with it.

    HOW TO OBSERVE #InfertilitySurvivalDay

    If you know someone who is struggling with infertility, be sensitive to their needs on this day and around Mother’s Day and Father’s Day. Refrain from asking couples when they are going to have children. It’s a private experience. And sometimes, the process can be personally, emotionally, and physically painful. Sharing the experience with even close family and friends can be difficult.

    However, if a friend or family member brings up their experience, listen. Sometimes sharing their fears or being able to unburden their sadness and grief to a friendly face helps.

    Use #InfertilitySurvivalDay to post on social media.


    Beverly Barna founded National Infertility Survival Day in 2004. She conceived the day as a way to give those struggling with infertility their own special day. Barna is also the author of Infertility Sucks! (Keeping It All Together When Sperm and Egg Remain Stubbornly Apart.)