On this day
Yay for Moms!
On May 9th, 1914, US President Woodrow Wilson officially announced May’s second Sunday was to become known as Mother's Day! This national holiday was created to celebrate mothers and their contributions to society. Today, Mother's Day is celebrated in many countries around the world with gifts, flowers, and other special gestures of appreciation - but it doesn’t always take place on May 9th!
We started understanding the stars a little better.
On this day in 1922, the International Astronomical Union (IAU) formally adopted a superb stellar classification system created by American astronomer Annie Jump Cannon. The system classifies stars based on characteristics including temperature, color, and luminosity. With just a few minor modifications, modern astronomers still use this system as an essential tool for studying and understanding the properties of stars!
The Enigma Code was finally cracked!
On May 9th 1941, British intelligence at Bletchley Park successfully broke German spy codes using captured Enigma machines from the weather ship Muenchen. This allowed the Allies to decrypt crucial German communications, which greatly aided their war efforts - millions of lives were potentially saved!
May 9th 1992, the Salem Village Witchcraft Victims' Memorial was dedicated in Danvers, formerly known as Salem Village, to commemorate the 300th anniversary of the infamous witch trials. The memorial pays important tribute to the innocent victims who were accused, tried, and executed for witchcraft during the hysteria that swept through Salem in 1692.
The Huffington Post, a news and opinion website, was launched on May 9th, 2005. Founded by Arianna Huffington, the website covered a wide range of topics, including politics, entertainment, and lifestyle. It quickly gained a large following and became one of the most popular news portals in the world.
Special Days Falling on May 9thWe gather today to mourn our lost socks, and munch on delicious chocolatey goodness! Here’s what to look out for today.
Europe Day is celebrated on May 9th to mark the anniversary of the historical "Schuman Declaration" from 1950, which proposed the creation of the European Coal and Steel Community, the predecessor to the European Union. The day aims to promote unity and peace among European countries and to celebrate their cultural diversity.
National Lost Sock Memorial Day
We’ve all lost a sock or two over the years, right? Today is a lighthearted day dedicated to mourning the loss of missing socks and celebrating the ones that remain. The day encourages people to let go of the frustration of lost socks and embrace the joy of the ones that are still around!