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May is the fifth month of the year in the Julian and Gregorian calendars. Its length is 31 days.
May is a month of spring in the Northern Hemisphere, and autumn in the Southern Hemisphere. Therefore, May in the Southern Hemisphere is the seasonal equivalent of November in the Northern Hemisphere and vice versa. Late May typically marks the start of the summer vacation season in the United States (Memorial Day) and Canada (Victoria Day) that ends on Labour Day, the first Monday of September.
May (in Latin, Maius) was named for the Greek goddess Maia, who was identified with the Roman era goddess of fertility, Bona Dea, whose festival was held in May. Conversely, the Roman poet Ovid provides a second etymology, in which he says that the month of May is named for the maiores, Latin for "elders," and that the following month (June) is named for the iuniores, or "young people" (Fasti VI.88).

Eta Aquariids meteor shower appears in May. It is visible from about April 21 to about May 20 each year with peak activity on or around May 6. The Arietids shower from May 22 – July 2, and peaks on June 7. The Virginids also shower at various dates in May.

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  1. Pete

    May 31, 1982: “Eye of the Tiger” by Survivor was Released Today

    On this day, May 31, 1982, “Eye of the Tiger” by Survivor was released. It became the number one song in America from July 24 to September 3. The song also reached number one in the UK, Canada, Ireland, Norway, Finland, Australia, South Africa, and Japan. “Eye of the Tiger” served as the theme...
  2. Pete

    May 31, 1983: Agnetha Fältskog Releases “Wrap Your Arms Around Me”

    On this day, May 31, 1983, Agnetha Fältskog released her first English-language solo album, “Wrap Your Arms Around Me.” The album reached number 102 on the Billboard charts and hit number one in Sweden, Norway, Belgium, Finland, and Denmark. Fun Fact! Agnetha Fältskog was the lead singer for...
  3. Pete

    Released Today May 31, 1988: Boogie Down Productions Releases “By All Means Necessary”

    On this day, May 31, 1988, Boogie Down Productions released their second album, “By All Means Necessary.” The album reached number 75 on the Billboard charts.
  4. Pete

    May 31, 1985: Final Episode of “AfterMASH” Aired

    On this day, May 31, 1985, the final episode of “AfterMASH” aired. The show, a spinoff from MAS*H, ran for 2 seasons with a total of 31 episodes on CBS.
  5. Pete

    Today May 31, 1985: “Fletch” Premiered in Theaters

    On this day, May 31, 1985, “Fletch” premiered in theaters, starring Chevy Chase. In 1985, Chevy Chase appeared in three movies that reached the top 15 at the box office: “Spies Like Us,” “Fletch,” and “European Vacation.”
  6. Pete

    On This Day May 31, 1980: “Funkytown” by Lipps Inc. Becomes the #1 Song in America

    On this day, May 31, 1980, “Funkytown” by Lipps Inc. reached the number one spot in America, holding the position from May 31 to June 27. The song also topped the charts in Canada, France, Spain, the Netherlands, Belgium, Austria, Norway, Switzerland, Australia, New Zealand, and Israel, selling...
  7. Pete

    On This Day May 30, 1983: Elton John Releases “Too Low for Zero”

    On this day, May 30, 1983, Elton John released his 17th album, “Too Low for Zero.” The album reached number 25 on the Billboard charts and peaked at number 7 in the UK. It features the hit songs “I Guess That’s Why They Call It the Blues” and “I’m Still Standing.”
  8. Pete

    May 30, 1987: Final Episode of “Silver Spoons” Aired

    On this day, May 30, 1987, the final episode of “Silver Spoons” aired. The show ran for five seasons, totaling 116 episodes. It was broadcast on ABC for the first four seasons and in syndication for the fifth season.
  9. Pete

    Released Today May 29, 1982: “Eye of the Tiger” by Survivor

    On this day, May 29, 1982, “Eye of the Tiger” by Survivor was released. It became the number one song in America from July 24 to September 3 and also topped the charts in the UK, Canada, Ireland, Norway, Finland, Australia, South Africa, and Japan. The song gained widespread popularity from its...
  10. Pete

    On This Day May 29, 1987: L.L. Cool J Releases His 2nd Album “Bigger and Deffer”

    On this day, May 29, 1987, L.L. Cool J released his second album, “Bigger and Deffer.” The album reached number three on the Billboard 200 charts and topped the R&B/Hip-Hop charts. It features the hit song “I Need Love.”
  11. Pete

    Today May 29, 1984: The Fat Boys Release Their Debut Album

    On this day, May 29, 1984, The Fat Boys released their self-titled debut album. The album reached number 48 on the US Billboard 200 charts.
  12. Pete

    May 29, 1984: Tina Turner Releases Her 5th Album, “Private Dancer”

    On this day, May 29, 1984, Tina Turner released her fifth album, “Private Dancer.” The album reached number three on the US Billboard charts and topped the R&B charts. It also hit number one in Canada and Austria, selling over 10 million copies worldwide. The album features the hit song “What’s...
  13. Pete

    May 28, 1986: Final Episode of “T.J. Hooker” Made Its Final Airing

    On this day, May 28, 1986, the final episode of “T.J. Hooker” aired. The show ran for 5 seasons, totaling 91 episodes. It was broadcast on ABC from 1982 to 1985, and on CBS from 1985 to 1986. The series starred William Shatner, with Heather Locklear joining the cast in season 2.
  14. Pete

    “One More Try” by George Michael Becomes the #1 Song in America Today May 28, 1988

    On this day, May 28, 1988, “One More Try” by George Michael reached the number one spot in America, holding the position from May 28 to June 17. The song also hit number one in Canada and Ireland.
  15. Pete

    On This Day May 28, 1984: Final Episode of “One Day at a Time” Aired

    On this day, May 28, 1984, the final episode of “One Day at a Time” was broadcast. The show ran for 9 seasons, totaling 209 episodes, on the CBS network. Fun Fact! Valerie Bertinelli won back-to-back Emmy Awards for Best Supporting Actress in a Comedy Series for her role as Barbara Cooper in...
  16. Pete

    Today On May 28, 1983: “Flashdance… What a Feeling” by Michael Sembello Becomes the #1 Song in America

    On this day, May 28, 1983, “Flashdance… What a Feeling” by Michael Sembello reached the number one spot in America, holding the position from May 28 to July 8. The song also topped the charts in Spain, Norway, Sweden, Switzerland, Denmark, Australia, New Zealand, and South Africa.
  17. Pete

    May 28, 1982: “Rocky III” Premiered in Theaters

    On this day, May 28, 1982, “Rocky III” premiered in theaters. Starring Sylvester Stallone and Mr. T, it became the 4th highest-grossing movie of 1982.
  18. Pete

    May 27, 1986: Cameo Releases Word Up

    On this day, May 27, 1986, Cameo released “Word Up.” The song reached number six on the US Billboard charts and topped the Hot Dance chart. It also hit number one in New Zealand.
  19. Pete

    Debuted Today May 27, 1983: Donna Summer's She Works Hard for the Money

    On this day, May 27, 1983, Donna Summer released “She Works Hard for the Money.” The song reached number three on the US Billboard charts.
  20. Pete

    Today May 27, 1988: Killer Klowns from Outer Space Released

    On this day, May 27, 1988, “Killer Klowns from Outer Space” was released. Directed by Stephen Chiodo, the film starred Grant Cramer, Suzanne Snyder, John Allen Nelson, Royal Dano, Michael Siegel, Peter Licassi, and John Vernon. The movie had a budget of $1.8 million.
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