A new month.
May holds nothing spectacular for me except that my mother was born on May 20th and my granddaughter, Izzy, was born on the 13th.
But here are some facts about the fifth month of our calendar year that may interest you:
1. In the United States, Mother's Day is celebrated on the second Sunday of May. This year, it is on May 11th.
2. The birthstone for May is the emerald which represents success or love.
3. The zodiac sign for May are Taurus (April 20 - May 20) and Gemini (May 21 - June 20)
4. The birth flower for May is the Crataegus monogyna and the Lily of the Valley.
5. On May 1, 1931, the Empire State Building was officially opened.
6. Armed Forces Day - celebrated the third Saturday of May.
7. Memorial Day - celebrated on the last Monday in May.
8. May 5 - Cinco De Mayo.
9. On the first Saturday in May, the Kentucky Derby takes place.
10. On May 11, 1858, Minnesota was admitted to the Union.
11. On May 14, 1804, Lewis and Clark, the great explorers began their trip up the Missouri River.
12. On May 14, 1948, the last British troops left Palestine which led to Israel becoming an independent country.
13. On May 15, 1918, the first regular airmail service began in the United States.
14. On May 20, 1862, Abraham Lincoln signed the Homestead Act.
15. On May 20, 1932, the first solo flight by a woman across the Atlantic Ocean was made by Amelia Earhart.
16. On May 23, 1788, South Carolina became the eighth state.
17. On May 24, 1607, the first permanent English settlement in America was established in Jamestown, VA.
18. On May 27, 1937, the Golden Gate Bridge was opened in San Francisco.
19. On May 29, 1790, Rhode Island became the 13th state.
20. On May 29, 1848, Wisconsin became the 30th state.