May 5, 2018
National Astronaut Day
In 2016, the United States celebrated the first National Astronaut Day. The day is meant to pay tribute to the daring souls who risked everything to expand the horizon of mankind's knowledge and prowess. On May 5, 1961, Alan Shepard, aided by Gunter Wendt and the rest of the launch pad crew, became America's first astronaut crossing into the new frontier of space. The entire sub-orbital trip lasted just 15 minutes.
International Midwives Day
May 5 is the internationally recognized day for celebrating the work of midwives. The idea of having a day to recognize and honor midwives came out of the 1987 International Confederation of Midwives conference in the Netherlands. A midwife is a person trained to assist women in childbirth.
Join Hands Day
Join Hands Day is a national volunteer day sponsored by America's fraternal benefit societies. This annual event, held on the first Saturday in May, generates awareness about what grassroots volunteerism can do in communities across the nation, while also bringing youth and adults together to build lasting friendships across generations.
National Train Day
National Train Day was a holiday started by Amtrak in 2008 as a method to spread information to the general public about the advantages of railway travel and the history of trains in the United States. It was held each year on the Saturday closest to May 10, the anniversary of the pounding of the Golden spike in Promontory, Utah which marked the completion of the first transcontinental railroad in the U.S.