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MAY 16, 2019 | NATIONAL LOVE A TREE DAY | NATIONAL DO SOMETHING GOOD FOR YOUR NEIGHBOR DAY | NATIONAL SEA MONKEY DAY | NATIONAL PIERCING DAY | NATIONAL COQUILLES SAINT JACQUES DAY | NATIONAL BIOGRAPHER’S DAY | HONOR OUR LGBT ELDERS DAY

NATIONAL LOVE A TREE DAY

May 16 of each year honors National Love a Tree Day.  On this day, trees are celebrated and recognized for the wonderful gift that they are to us. National Love a Tree Day is in the middle of Garden for Wildlife Month.

Most species of trees tend to be long-lived. There are some trees live to be several thousand years old.

The tallest known tree is 379 ft. tall.  

Trees provide more than just beautiful landscapes and a shady canopy on a sunny day.  They play a significant role in reducing erosion and moderating the climate as well as give us oxygen. Large quantities of carbon are stored in their tissues as trees remove carbon dioxide from the atmosphere.

HOW TO OBSERVE

Trees are a vital part of nature.  This is a good day to plant a new tree or spend some time enjoying the beauty of the trees that are all around you. Use #LoveATreeDay to post on social media.

HISTORY

Within our research, we were unable to find the origin of National Love a Tree Day.  National Love a Tree Day is a relative of Arbor Day.

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NATIONAL DO SOMETHING GOOD FOR YOUR NEIGHBOR DAY

National Do Something Good For Your Neighbor Day is observed annually on May 16th. 

A neighbor is defined as: 

  1. person who lives near another.
  2. person or thing that is near another.
  3. one’s fellow human being.

Our neighbor’s our precious, and it is important to show them gratitude at every opportunity.  This day is a reminder that we are all neighbors, and that we should treat each other with love and respect.

HOW TO OBSERVE

Celebrate National Do Something Good For Your Neighbor Day by displaying acts of kindness to your neighbors, friends and anyone who crosses in your path.  Use #NationalDoSomethingGoodForYourNeighborDay on Social Media.

HISTORY

Starr Valentino founded Do Something Good For Your Neighbor day in 2009.  Mr. Valentino has worked tirelessly and to date has over 500 proclamations for Do Something Good For Your Neighbor Day from villages, towns and cities across the USA and Canada.  National Day Calendar recognized this achievement in 2018 and added the day to its calendar.

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NATIONAL SEA MONKEY DAY

National Sea Monkey Day is observed each year on May 16.  Most of us have memories of waiting for our mail order shipment of these magical creatures. The delivery usually contained the small “aquarium-like” hatching kit for them to live and grow in.

Sea Monkeys are a type of  “Artemia” (brine shrimp).  They got their name because of their monkey-tail look.

Following the popularity of the ant farms, Harold von Braunhut invented the “Sea Monkeys” and hatching kits in 1957.  He did most of his advertising through comic books.  He once said, “I think I bought something like 3.2 million pages of comic book advertising a year. It worked beautifully.”

These little crustaceans have made their appearances on television shows including Spin City, Roseanne, Night Court, South Park, The Simpsons, It’s Garry Shandling’s Show and Desperate Housewives. 

Sea Monkeys went into space with astronaut John Glenn on October 29, 1998, aboard Space Shuttle Discovery.  They returned to Earth after spending nine days in space and the eggs hatched eight weeks later, apparently unaffected by their travels.

HOW TO OBSERVE

Use #NationalSeaMonkeyDay to post on social media.

HISTORY

Our research was unable to find the origin of National Sea Monkey Day.

NATIONAL PIERCING DAY

National Piercing Day, which is observed each year on May 16, was created simply to promote piercing.  Stores, shops, boutiques and salons across the country offer piercing specials and other promotions on National Piercing Day.

Since ancient times, body piercings have been used for artistic expression, medical treatment and religious ceremony.

HOW TO OBSERVE

Use #NationalPiercingDay to post on social media.

HISTORY

Within our research, we were unable to find the creator of National Piercing Day.

NATIONAL COQUILLES SAINT JACQUES DAY

National Coquilles Saint Jacques Day is observed annually on May 16th. This day is dedicated to the delicious Coquilles Saint Jacques dish, a dish usually consisting of scallops combined with a mixture of butter, cream, mushrooms and cheese, baked in a scallop shell.

HOW TO OBSERVE

Enjoy this Delicious Coquilles St. Jacques recipe. Use #CoquillesSaintJacquesDay to post on social media.

HISTORY

Our research was unable to find the creator of Coquilles Saint Jacques Day.

NATIONAL BIOGRAPHER’S DAY

National Biographer’s Day commemorates the anniversary of the first meeting of Samuel Johnson and his biographer James Boswell in London, England on May 16, 1763, and honors all biographers.

A biography is a written account of another person’s life.

Famous poet, essayist, literary critic, editor and lexicographer, Johnson was also a biographer. According to Johnson, the best biographers were those who ate, drank and “lived in social intercourse” with those about whom they wrote. If that were true, his best biography would be An Account of the Life of Mr. Richard Savage, Son of the Earl Rivers which was published in 1744.

Applying this same rule, Scots-born James Boswell met his friend Samuel Johnson at a bookshop near Covent Garden. Nearly 30 years later he publishes The Life of Johnson, which becomes the most celebrated English biography.

HOW TO OBSERVE

Use #NationalBiographersDay to post on social media.

HISTORY

Within our research, we were unable to find the creator of National Biographer’s Day.

HONOR OUR LGBT ELDERS DAY

Honor Our LGBT Elders Day is observed annually on May 16.

The rights and acceptance that LGBTQ individuals have today did not occur in a vacuum or happen by accident.  Our LGBT elders worked hard to gain rights and social acceptance.

Honor Our LGBT Elders Day is an opportunity for community centers, faith organizations, educational institutions and aging service providers to recognize the lives of LGBT older adults and honor their contributions to history.

HOW TO OBSERVE

Use #HonorOurLBGTEldersDay to post on social media.

HISTORY

Honor Our LGBT Elders Day was submitted by Nate Sweeney in 2015 and declared by the Registrar at National Day Calendar.

About National Day Calendar

National Day Calendar™ is the authoritative source for fun, unusual and unique National Days! Since our humble beginnings on National Popcorn Day in 2013, we now track nearly 1,500 National Days, National Weeks and National Months.  In addition, our research team continues to uncover the origins of existing National Days as well as discover new, exciting days for everyone to celebrate.
 
Whether you want to celebrate your favorite mail carrier and flip flops, share your joy for bacon and chocolate cake or enjoy popcorn (our office favorite) on National Popcorn Day, stay in-the-know by signing-up for our e-mail updates, and follow us on Facebook and Twitter. Don’t find yourself unprepared on Talk Like a Pirate Day or Answer the Phone Like Buddy the Elf Day – join us as we #CelebrateEveryDay!

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