Happy May Day

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In my humble opinion, May is a great month.

Here are some of the great things that have happened in May:

  • The opera “The Marriage of Figaro,” by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, premiered in Vienna, 1786
  • The first United States Postal Card was issued, 1873
  • The first inaugural ball was held in New York to honor President and Mrs. George Washington, 1789
  • First transatlantic flight, 1919
  • The Transcontinental Railroad was completed, 1869
  • Walt Whitman was born in West Hill, New York, 1819
  • The first Mother’s Day observance took place in West Virginia and Pennsylvania, 1908
  • The first vaccination against smallpox was administered by English doctor Edward Jenner, 1796
  • Lewis & Clark’s expedition began, 1804
  • Clara Barton founded the American Red Cross, 1881
  • Charles Lindbergh arrived in Paris, 1927
  • The first passenger railroad in the United States began service in Maryland, between Baltimore & Elliott’s Mills, 1830
  • Samuel F.B. Morse transmitted the first message as America’s first telegraph line was opened, 1844
  • Patrick Henry denounced the Stamp Act, 1765

Of course, nobody’s perfect – and, historically speaking, May is no exception:

  • Artist Leonardo da Vinci died at Cloux, France, 1519
  • Captain John Smith landed at Jamestown, 1607
  • Napoleon Bonaparte died in exile on St. Helena, 1821
  • John T. Scopes was arrested in Tennessee for teaching Darwin’s theory of evolution, 1925
  • The Hindenburg crashed in Lakehurst, N.J., 1937
  • Paul Revere died in Boston, 1818
  • The New York Stock Exchange was established, 1792 (I have mixed feelings about this one.)
  • Alexander the Great died, 323 BC
  • Anne Boleyn, the second wife of England’s King Henry VIII was beheaded, 1536
  • Christopher Columbus died in poverty in Spain, 1506
  • First Lady Martha Washington died, 1802
  • Joan of Arc was captured by the Burgundians, 1430
  • Joan of Arc was burned at the stake in France, 1431
  • The first recorded American execution of a witch took place in Massachusetts, 1647

But I still love May. Spring is finally here, the birds are drunk with sunshine and singing non-stop, the flowers are blooming as if it were their last chance on earth, and I couldn’t be happier.

Tomorrow we’ll catch up on the sewing news.

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