World Red Cross Day and World Red Crescent Day
When: May 8
World Red Cross Day remembers and recognizes the efforts of National Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies worldwide. According to the Red Cross website, this day recognizes:
"Worldwide efforts to advocate for the relief of human suffering, whether from disease, famine, disaster, or war. On May 8, the American Red Cross puts special focus on our programs that keep children healthy and safe around the globe."
The Red Cross provides humanitarian efforts and disaster relief around the world, wherever it is needed. There are millions of Red Cross volunteers.
You can celebrate World Red Cross Day and World Red Crescent Day in a variety of ways:
Learn more about the Red Cross
Support Red Cross programs and efforts
Send a donation to the Red Cross
Donate blood today
Become a Red Cross volunteer
Thank Red Cross volunteers for their service.
Origin of World Red Cross Day:
World Red Cross and Red Crescent Day dates back to1922. At that time, the Czechoslovakia Red Cross National Society proclaimed a three-day truce at Easter to promote peace. The goal is to recognize one day every year to advocate for the relief of human suffering from disease, and the humanity of seeing a world free from suffering due to war.
May 8th was chosen, as it is the birthday of Henry Dunant, the founder of the Red Cross.
Source: American Red Cross website.
This Day in History May 8
Hernando de Soto reaches the Mississippi River and names it Río de Espíritu Santo. (1541)
The U.S. Post Office is established. (1794)
Mexican–American War: The Battle of Palo Alto – Zachary Taylor defeats a Mexican force north of the Rio Grande in the first major battle of the war. (1846)
At Gilmore's Gardens in New York City, the first Westminster Kennel Club Dog Show opens. (1877)
Pharmacist John Pemberton first sells a carbonated beverage named "Coca-Cola" as a patent medicine. (1886)
Paramount Pictures is founded. (1912)
Edward George Honey first proposes the idea of a moment of silence to commemorate The Armistice of World War I, which later results in the creation of Remembrance Day. In the United States it was called Armistice Day and is now Veterans Day. (1919)
Mohandas Gandhi begins a 21-day fast in protest against the British rule in India. (1933)
World War II: V-E Day, combat ends in Europe. German forces agree in Rheims, France, to an unconditional surrender. (1945)
Mad Magazine hits the newsstands. (1952)
The Hard Hat Riot occurs in the Wall Street area of New York City as blue-collar construction workers clash with demonstrators protesting the Vietnam War. (1970)
Vietnam War – U.S. President Richard Nixon announces his order to place mines in major North Vietnamese ports in order to stem the flow of weapons and other goods to that nation. (1972)
A 71-day standoff between federal authorities and the American Indian Movement members occupying the Pine Ridge Reservation at Wounded Knee, South Dakota ends with the surrender of the militants. (1973)
The rollercoaster Revolution, the first steel coaster with a vertical loop, opens at Six Flags Magic Mountain. (1976)
The eradication of smallpox is endorsed by the World Health Organization. (1980)
A fire at Illinois Bell's Hinsdale Central Office triggers an extended 1AESS network outage once considered the 'worst telecommunications disaster in US telephone industry history' and still the worst to occur on Mother's Day. (1988)