May 5, 2021
National Teacher Appreciation Day
National Teacher Appreciation Day is observed on the Tuesday of the first full week in May. This day is part of Teacher Appreciation Week, which is the first full week in May of each year. On National Teacher Appreciation Day and during National Teacher Appreciation Week, we show our educators how much we value their service in the classroom, how much we appreciate all they do for our students and families, and how thankful we are for their contributions to our national progress.
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.
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.