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On May 26th each year, National Paper Airplane Day honors the simple aeronautical toy that has been around for thousands of years.

National Paper Airplane Day provides an excuse to play! This inexpensive, healthy, and stimulating form of entertainment brings lots of joy, too. In other words, put down your smartphones and get outside for some primitive fun!

Did you know?
  • Many believe the use of paper airplanes originated 2,000 years ago in China.
  • The earliest known date of the creation of modern paper planes was said to have been 1909.
  • The largest paper aircraft had a wingspan of 59.74 ft. Students and employees from Germany created it on 28th September 2013.
  • Joe Ayoob recorded the longest distance flown by a paper airplane in February 2012. His plane flew 226 feet, 10 inches.
  • The longest-lasting paper airplane flight flew 29.2 seconds.

There is more than one way to fold paper for a test flight. Find tips for designs at

HOW TO OBSERVE #PaperAirplaneDay

You can celebrate in a variety of ways. From challenges to creating new designs, paper airplane making is for everyone! Whether you play all day or just a few minutes, invite someone to join you. It is a great way to share the fun.

  • Test your paper airplane-making skills!
  • Like the paper airplane day Facebook page to join in on the festivities.
  • Watch flights on YouTube.
  • Use #PaperAirplaneDay to share on social media.

Educators and families, visit the National Day Classroom to discover fun ways to Celebrate Every Day!

Q: The four forces that influence the flight of a paper airplane are thrust, lift, gravity, and drag.
How do these forces impact your paper airplane?

When you throw the plane forward, this is called thrust.
Lift is a force that acts on the wings and helps the plane to move up. Big wings increase lift.
Gravity pulls the plane down. The right materials create a lighter aircraft that stays up for longer.
The tail of the plane causes drag. It is the opposite of thrust, and it makes the plane slow down.

Q: Paper airplane contests compete for the top place in what two categories?

A: Distance and Time to float.

How did you do?


We were unable to determine the origin of National Paper Airplane Day.



Put on your sneakers for National Senior Health & Fitness Day.  On the last Wednesday in May each year, approximately 100,000 senior adults will participate in activities across the United States for this national observance.

Many organizations offer special events especially for seniors:

  • Banks
  • Health Clubs
  • Area Agencies on Aging
  • Houses of Worship
  • Hospitals
  • Malls/Shopping Centers
  • Park & Recreation Departments
  • Retirement Committees
  • Senior Centers
  • State/Local/Aging Departments

Seniors benefit in numerous ways from physical activity. Exercises can be done at home, a community pool or a local center. And seniors aren’t limited to just one type of exercise either. There are many to choose from. And many activities can be modified to fit any limitations. Yoga, walking and swimming are all low impact routines that offer a range of benefits late in life and for all abilities. Some of the benefits include:

  • reduce fall risk and increase the ability to live independently
  • maintain strength, healthy joints and muscles
  • helps reduce or control blood pressure
  • reduce the risk of colon cancer and diabetes
  • ease symptoms of anxiety
  • offer community and companionship when done in groups
  • reduces and prevents arthritis joint swelling and pain

HOW TO OBSERVE #SeniorHealthFitnessDay

Find an event near you. You can even explore options online and start a fitness routine at home. Pick one that fits your needs. Do you currently have a fitness routine that keeps you going strong? Share it using #SeniorHealthFitnessDay to post on social media.


The Mature Market Resource Center, a national information clearinghouse for the older adult market, organizes National Senior Health & Fitness Day as a public-private partnership.


On May 26th, two of the calendar’s favorite foods come together on National Blueberry Cheesecake Day. We’ve scattered blueberries and cheesecakes throughout these pages in scrumptious celebration. But one day a year they join forces in perfect, delicious harmony.

History of Blueberries and Cream Cheese

There was a time when people only gathered blueberries from the wild. It wasn’t until the early 1900s through the observations of Elizabeth Coleman White and the research of Dr. Frederick V. Coville that successful transplanting and domestication of the blueberry became possible. It wasn’t long after that commercial production of the blueberry began. 

Combine the history of the blueberry with the development of cream cheese, some might consider the blueberry cheesecake to be a truly American dessert. While recipes for cheesecake served athletes in ancient Greece, cream cheese has been a part of American’s dessert making since about the 1820s. However, after the advent of pasteurization, mass production became possible. One dairy farmer from Chester, New York, decided to be the first. William A. Lawrence purchased a Neufchatel factory to begin his production and in 1873 the first mass-produced cream cheese became a reality.

Types of Cheesecakes

Either way, this smooth dessert hits the spot when dessert time rolls around. While most cakes have a crumb, cheesecake’s texture is nothing like cake. Indeed, its creamy, thick pudding-like character comes from the soft cheese used as the main ingredient. Depending on the recipe, bakers use either cream cheese or cottage cheese. When the cheese is mixed with sugar, eggs, and other ingredients, the batter is added to a crust. Either add the blueberries now or save them for a beautifully fresh and vibrant topping.

When making cheesecake, one of the most common crusts used is a graham cracker crust. Other options include a cookie crust, pastry or sponge cake. However, some cheesecakes are crustless. Depending on the recipe, cheesecakes may be prepared baked or unbaked. 

HOW TO OBSERVE #BlueberryCheesecakeDay

Enjoy a slice of blueberry cheesecake. You can even pick one up from your favorite bakery. Be sure to give them a shout-out, too!

Do you want to bake one at home? Try one of these delicious recipes:

The Best Blueberry Cheesecake
Blueberry Cheesecake
No-Bake Blueberry Cheesecake with Graham Cracker Crust
Blueberry Cheesecake Cupcakes

Post photos of your celebration on social media using #BlueberryCheesecakeDay.


National Day Calendar continues researching the origins of this sweet dessert holiday. If you enjoy cheesecakes or blueberries, check out these other holidays:

On Deck for May 27, 2021
May 26th Celebrated (and Not So Celebrated) History

American Civil War officially ends when General Simon Bolivar Buckner of the Army of Trans-Mississippi enters terms of surrender.


Author Bram Stoker publishes Dracula. The book launches Gothic Fiction as a genre and stirred the world’s fascination with vampires.


Congressman Martin Dies Jr. establishes the House Un-American Activities Committee to investigate Americans’ communist activities.


A full supermoon and lunar eclipse displays during the early morning hours across the western United States.

Recipe of the Day

Crispy Fried Chicken
Prep: 30 minutes
Cook: 20 minutes
Total Prep:
 50 minutes
Servings: 6


3 cups all-purpose flour
1 1/2 tablespoons garlic salt
1 tablespoon black pepper
1 tablespoon paprika
1/2 teaspoon poultry seasoning
1 1/3 cups all-purpose flour
1 teaspoon salt
1/4 teaspoon black pepper
2 egg yolks, beaten
1 1/2 cups beer or water
1-quart vegetable oil for frying
1 three pounds whole chicken, cut up


In a medium bowl, mix 3 cups flour, garlic salt, 1 tablespoon pepper, paprika and poultry seasoning.

Using a separate bowl, mix 1 1/3 cups flour, salt, 1/4 teaspoon pepper, yolks, and beer or water. Thin the batter with additional beer if it is too thick.

Heat oil in a deep-fryer to 350 degrees.

Dampen chicken with water, then coat with dry mix. Tap off the excess and dip into the batter. Coat with dry ingredients once more.

Place chicken gently into the hot oil.

Fry 15-20 minutes, or until golden brown. Cooking time will vary depending on the size of the pieces. Remove fried chicken from the oil to drain on paper towels.

Serve warm with potato salad, watermelon or your favorite side dishes!

May 26th Celebrated (and Not So Celebrated) Birthdays
Dorothea Lange – 1895

The American photographer and photojournalist documented The Great Depression in the United States with photography. One of her most iconic images is Migrant Mother, a photo of Florence Owens Thompson, a young mother facing a stark reality that defined the era.

Aaron Douglas – 1899

A prominent artist during the Harlem Renaissance, Aaron Douglas illustrated several novels, Harper’s and Vanity Fair. He also created several murals around the country including Fisk University in Nashville and Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture in New York. Visit to view Into Bondage (1936).

Marion Mitchell Morrison – 1907

Marion Mitchell Morrison, otherwise known as John Wayne, began his acting career under the guidance of director John Ford. Noted for his Westerns, John Wayne also took on war and political dramas. Nominated for three Academy Awards, The Duke would earn Best Actor for the Western True Grit in 1969.

Peggy Lee – 1920

Jazz singer, Peggy Lee, shared her Fever for music and got her big break when she began to sing for Benny Goodman. Nominated for 12 Grammys, Lee won for Best Contemporary Vocal Performance for “Is That All There Is?” in 1969. In 1999, Lee was inducted into the Songwriters Hall of Fame.

Miles Davis – 1926

The award-winning American jazz musician gained recognition in the 1970s for his performances and recordings. His innovative style gained him respect, and his music still influences artists today.

Stevie Nicks – 1948

Solo artist, Stevie Nicks, is best known for her vocals with the band Fleetwood Mac.

Sally Ride – 1951

In June 1983, Sally Ride became the first American woman in space. Aboard the space shuttle Challenger, Ride completed a week-long mission launching communication satellites. She later would become a champion of science education.

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.

There’s a celebration for everyone. While National Road Trip Day satisfies the itch to wander, many pet days let us share our love of animals. National 3-D Day and National Astronaut Day honor the advancement of technology, too. Every food day you can imagine (National Avocado Day, for example), will keep you celebrating, also!

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