May is bang in the middle or almost in the middle of the year. Although not the most unique of months, it does have quite a few distinctions of its own. Maybe the ones who named it didn't like it that much or got bored or whatever, and when they sat down to decide a name for this month, they probably said, "Hey what should we name the fifth month?" "Meh!" 'cause it's the month with the shortest name! Anyway, let's go on and talk about the specialties of the month of May.
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1. Named after…
The month of May might have been named after the Greek goddess Maia & Roman goddess of fertility Bona Dea, according to some or it could have been named after the term maiores which is Latin for "elders" as cited by the roman poet Ovid.
2. Birthstone is…
Emerald is the birthstone of people that are born in this month, and emerald is a gemstone that signifies love and success.
3. Not a single US-prez has died!
May has the distinction of being the only month where not even a single US president has died. Nope, not one!
4. Star Wars day!
May 4th is celebrated as Star Wars Day, as it is pretty close in pronunciation to the phrase "May the force (fourth) be with you". This phrase is used extensively by the Jedi knights in the Star Wars movies & is a favorite amongst fans.
5. Zodiac Signs
The Zodiac signs for May are:
- Taurus (April 20th – May 20th)
- Gemini (May 21st – June 20th)
6. Mother's day
Mother's day is celebrated all over the world on the second Sunday of every May. This is to express gratitude for the unconditional love that mothers show to their children. This year it's on May 17 (2017).
7. Bob Marley died!
On May 11, 1981, Music legend, Bob Marley died due to a rare form of skin cancer, called acral melanoma. Something that started on his toe and took his life in just 4 years. His final words were, "Money can't buy life."
8. Osama Bin Laden was killed!
The most feared terrorist in the world & the leader of the Al-Qaeda group, Osama Bin Laden is killed by US special forces on May 2, 2011, in an Abbottabad, Pakistan raid.
9. The first same-sex marriage was performed!
The first, legal homosexual marriage in the US was performed to Marcia Kadish, 56, and Tanya McCloskey, 52, the couple from Massachusetts.
10. The SF Golden Gate bridge is opened
On May 27, 1937, the Golden Gate Bridge that connects the channel between San Francisco Bay and the Pacific Ocean.
11. Mayday! Mayday! Mayday!
The distress signal has nothing to do what so ever with the month of May. It is just a stylized version of the french word, venez m'aider which means "come, help me"!
12. Another May day or the next Monday!
In most of the countries, the 1st of May is celebrated as Labour day or International Workers' Day, honoring the laborers and the working class of people. It is either on the 1st or the nearest Monday in the UK.
13. Interesting traits of May borns
The ones born in the month of May are said to be true lovers. They are also known to be down-to-earth, stubborn and also practical. These people do not give up easily but are prone to jealousy, insecurity and authoritarian ways, all of which if kept under control will surely lead to immense success.
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