Archive for May 30th, 2010

Did You Know? Countdown to Memorial Day (05/30)

Sunday, May 30th, 2010


Did You Know?
Facts, Figures & Folklore
About Memorial Day

May 30 : 1 day to Memorial Day

Did you know that the first state to officially recognize the observance of Memorial Day was New York, in 1873?

Over the next decade, May 30th was adopted by other northern states as their official Memorial Day as well. The southern states, however, honored their Civil War casualties on a different date. The nation did not finally unite behind one Memorial Day until after World War I.

Memorial Day is America’s day to remember those who have died serving our nation, and to honor their families. We’ll be presenting a new “Did You Know?” fact each day as we countdown to Memorial Day (05/31)! So stop by again tomorrow.

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(May 30) Today we're celebrating . . .  Loomis Day

Sunday, May 30th, 2010

Loomis Day
Pay tribute to the inventor of wireless telegraphy, Mahlom Loomis, a Washington DC dentist, who received his patent for wire-free telegraphing on May 30, 1872.

photo credit: via flickr

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