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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 Earnings grow tax-free on the federal level, and in most states, if savings are withdrawn to pay for qualified tuition and other expenses.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.

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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 (CFS) 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.



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.

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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:

  • Mousse Day
  • Julienne Fries Day
  • Bouillabaisse Day
  • Filet Mignon Day
  • Bastille DayNATIONAL PAPERCLIP DAY – May 29


    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

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    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:

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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.

Recipe of the Day

Cherry Cheesecake Dip
Prep:  5 minutes
Total Prep:  5 minutes


1 – 8 oz block cream cheese softened
1 – 7 oz jar marshmallow cream
1 – 8 oz tub whipped topping
1 – 21 oz can cherry pie filling
Graham crackers, vanilla wafers, or animal crackers


In a medium bowl, mix cream cheese and marshmallow cream together until well combined.

Add whipped topping and mix until just incorporated.

Pour the mixture into a 9-10 inch pie plate or a serving dish the same diameter.

Spread the cherry pie filling over the cheesecake mixture evenly.

Chill until served.

Dip with animal crackers, graham crackers or vanilla wafers.

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 song 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.

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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