NATIONAL MAY RAY DAY
On May 19th, if your name is Ray (or Rae) give everyone permission to call you…well…Ray. It is National May Ray Day.
The idea is, everyone may call you Ray on this day instead of “Hey you!” Or maybe Rays sometimes get called “Sweetheart” or not so nice things. The holiday is all about getting out into the sunshine and saying, “You can call me Ray.”
There are many ways to enjoy the outdoors and the warmer days as summer approaches. Whether your place under the sun is at the park, a rooftop or your own back yard find a way to enjoy the nicer weather. If mother nature isn’t cooperating, there are several days in May remaining. National May Ray Day can be used to plan a day outside.
HOW TO OBSERVE #NationalMayRayDay
Find a spot under the sun, soak up some warmth, and be sure to say, “Hi Ray!” Use #NationalMayRayDay to post on social media. You can also download and print this May Ray Day color page.
NATIONAL MAY RAY DAY HISTORY
The Broadway Fun Spot (a nickname for a residence on Broadway) of St. Joseph, Michigan founded this celebration in 1977. Richard Ankli, also the creator of You’re Welcomegiving Day in November, came up with the idea in honor of his brother Ray who was born on May 19th.
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May 19th Celebrated (and Not So Celebrated) History
The Ringling Brothers stage their first circus.
A month after Halley’s Comet reached perihelion, the Earth passes through the comet’s tail. Indecently, author Mark Twain was born during the comet’s previous visit in 1835. The author predicted he would die during the comet’s 1910 visit. He died on April 21, 1910, one day following the comet’s perihelion.
Calaveras County, California hosts their first Frog Jumping Jubilee.
Marilyn Monroe sings “Happy Birthday” to President John F. Kennedy at his New York birthday celebration.
May 19th Celebrated (and Not So Celebrated) Birthdays
John Hopkins – 1795
Born to Quakers Samuel Hopkins and Hannah Janney, Johns Hopkins became a successful businessman and philanthropist. Hopkins’ forward-thinking provided for the development of Johns Hopkins University, Johns Hopkins Hospital and Johns Hopkins School of Medicine among others. As a result, these facilities contribute to the advanced research into disease and healthcare.
Henry G. Ginaca – 1876
Through Henry Gabriel Ginaca, the pineapple is more readily packaged, shipped, and consumed. Ginaca engineered the machine that automatically peeled and cored the Hawaiian fruit for the Dole Packaged Foods Company in 1911.
Frank Luke – 1897
During World War I, Frank Luke became known as the second-ranked American fighting ace after Eddie Rickenbacker. He would be shot down after on September 29, 1918, after a string of victories. Luke was awarded the Congressional Medal of Honor posthumously.
Malcolm X – 1925
The one-time minister of the Nation of Islam, Malcolm X played a pivotal counterpoint to Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.’s peaceful activism the Civil Rights Movement, and racism. In later years, the eloquent orator found a renewed hope after divesting himself from the Nation of Islam. He was assassinated in 1965.
Loraine Hansberry – 1930
Lorraine Hansberry wrote the award-winning Broadway play A Raisin in the Sun.
Mario Chalmers – 1986
Mario Chalmers is a point guard for the Memphis Grizzlies. He was drafted as the 34th pick overall in the 2008 NBA draft by the Minnesota Timberwolves.