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Loyalty Day

Thursday, May 01, 2014

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When: Always on May 1st

Loyalty Day is an opportunity to express and reaffirm our loyalty to our country. In proclaiming this day, President George W. Bush wrote: "We express allegiance to our Nation and its founding ideals, we resolve to ensure that the blessings of liberty endure and extend for generations to come."

But, this day did not start with George Bush' proclamation. It dates back to the 1920's.

On Loyalty Day, we reaffirm our allegiance to our country and resolve to uphold the vision of our Forefathers. We should also take a moment to appreciate the members of our armed forces who are displaying the ultimate in loyalty and service to protect our freedoms, and liberty, and our way of life.

Origin of Loyalty Day:
Loyalty Day was first celebrated in the 1920's. Communisim was on the rise, and feared in America. At the time, May Day (May 1st) was percieved by some as a Communist holiday. In a sense, Loyalty Day was intended to counter this.

The U.S. Congress made ths an official holiday on July 18, 1958 with the signing of Public Law 85-529. Then President Dwight D. Eisenhower, proclaimed May 1, 1959 the first official observance of Loyalty Day.

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This Day in History May 1st

The Act of Union joins the Kingdom of England and Kingdom of Scotland to form the Kingdom of Great Britain. (1707)

American Revolution: The Battle of Crooked Billet begins in Hatboro, Pennsylvania. (1778)

In Vienna, Austria, Mozart's the opera The Marriage of Figaro is performed for the first time. (1786)

The Penny Black, the first official adhesive postage stamp, is issued in the United Kingdom. (1840)

The first wagon train 1841 1st wagon train leaves Independence, Mo for California (1841)

The few remaining Mormons left in Nauvoo, Illinois, formally dedicate the Nauvoo Temple. (1846)

American Civil War: The Union Army completes the Capture of New Orleans. (1862)

American Civil War: The Battle of Chancellorsville begins. (1863)

"Buffalo Bill" Cody's first Wild West Show (1883)

Proclamation of the demand for eight-hour workday in the United States. (1884)

Moses Fleetwood Walker becomes the first black person to play in a professional baseball game in the United States. (1884)

Rallies are held throughout the United States demanding the eight-hour work day, culminating in the Haymarket Affair in Chicago, in commemoration of which May 1 is celebrated as International Workers' Day in many countries. (1886)

Spanish-American War: The Battle of Manila Bay – the United States Navy destroys the Spanish Pacific fleet in the first battle of the war. (1898)

The Scofield mine disaster kills over 200 men in Scofield, Utah in what is to date the fifth-worst mining accident in United States history. (1900)

The RMS Lusitania departs from New York City on her two hundred and second, and final, crossing of the North Atlantic. Six days later, the ship is torpedoed off the coast of Ireland with the loss of 1,198 lives, including 128 Americans, rousing American sentiment against Germany. (1915)

The All-China Federation of Trade Unions is officially founded. Today it is the largest trade union in the world, with 134 million members. (1925)

The first cooked meals on a scheduled flight are introduced on an Imperial Airways flight from London to Paris. (1927)

The dwarf planet Pluto is officially named. (1930)

The Empire State Building is dedicated in New York City. (1931)

The 1940 Summer Olympics are cancelled due to war. (1940)

Cereal food "Cheerios" hits store shelves. (1941)

World War II: German forces launch a major attack on Tobruk. (1941)

200 Communist prisoners are shot by the Germans at Kaisariani in Athens in reprisal for the killing of General Franz Krech by partisans at Molaoi (1944)

World War II: A German newsreader officially announces that Adolf Hitler has "fallen at his command post in the Reich Chancellery fighting to the last breath against Bolshevism and for Germany". The Soviet flag is raised over the Reich Chancellery, by order of Stalin. (1945)

World War II: Joseph Goebbels and his wife Magda commit suicide in the Reich Garden outside the Führerbunker. Their children are murdered by Magda by having cyanide pills inserted into their mouths. (1945)

The Democratic People's Republic of Korea (North Korea) is established, with Kim Il-sung as leader. (1948)

Guam is organized as a United States commonwealth. (1950)

Slugger Mickey Mantle hits his first home run (1951)

Mr. Potato Head is introduced. (1952)

The polio vaccine developed by Jonas Salk is made available to the public. (1956)

A doctor in Japan reports an "epidemic of an unknown disease of the central nervous system", marking the official discovery of Minamata disease. (1956)

Cold War: U-2 incident – Francis Gary Powers, in a Lockheed U-2 spyplane, is shot down over the Soviet Union, sparking a diplomatic crisis. (1960)

The Prime Minister of Cuba, Fidel Castro, proclaims Cuba a socialist nation and abolishes elections. (1961)

Protests erupt in Seattle, Washington, following the announcement by U.S. President Richard Nixon that U.S. Forces in Vietnam would pursue enemy troops into Cambodia, a neutral country. (1970)

Amtrak (the National Railroad Passenger Corporation) takes over operation of U.S. passenger rail service. (1971)

Japan's Naomi Uemura, travelling by dog sled, becomes the first person to reach the North Pole alone. (1978)

The 1982 World's Fair opens in Knoxville, Tennessee. (1982)

Pope John Paul II beatifies Edith Stein, a Jewish-born Carmelite nun who was gassed in the Nazi concentration camp at Auschwitz. (1987)

Disney-MGM Studios opens at Walt Disney World near Orlando, Florida, United States. (1989)

Rickey Henderson of the Oakland Athletics steals his 939th base, making him the all-time leader in this category. However, his accomplishment is overshadowed later that evening by Nolan Ryan of the Texas Rangers, when he pitches his seventh career no-hitter, breaking his own record. (1991)

Three-time Formula One world champion Ayrton Senna is killed in an accident during the San Marino Grand Prix at Imola. (1994)

Croatian forces launch Operation Flash during the Croatian War of Independence. (1995)

The body of British climber George Mallory is found on Mount Everest, 75 years after his disappearance in 1924. (1999)

Philippine President Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo declares the existence of "a state of rebellion", hours after thousands of supporters of her arrested predecessor, Joseph Estrada, storm towards the presidential palace at the height of the EDSA III rebellion. (2001)

2003 invasion of Iraq: In what becomes known as the "Mission Accomplished" speech, on board the USS Abraham Lincoln (off the coast of California), U.S. President George W. Bush declares that "major combat operations in Iraq have ended". (2003)

The Puerto Rican government closes the Department of Education and 42 other government agencies due to significant shortages in cash flow. (2006)

The Los Angeles May Day mêlée occurs, in which the Los Angeles Police Department's response to a May Day pro-immigration rally become a matter of controversy. (2007)

Pope John Paul II is beatified by his successor, Pope Benedict XVI. (2011)

Barack Obama announces that Osama bin Laden, the suspected mastermind behind the September 11 attacks has been killed by United States special forces in Abbottabad, Pakistan. Due to the time difference between the United States and Pakistan, bin Laden was actually killed on May 2. (2011)
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