Although the custom of setting aside a day to honor mothers has ancient roots, our observance of Mother’s Day originated in 1907 with the efforts of a devoted daughter, Anna M. Jarvis of Philadelphia, who conceived the idea of an annual nationwide celebration. The public and the press quickly embraced the idea, and villages, towns, cities, and states soon began unofficial Mother’s Day observances. On May 8, 1914, President Woodrow Wilson signed a proclamation designating the second Sunday in May Mother’s Day, and within a few years, the idea gained worldwide prominence. The day is now characterized by gift giving, sending greeting cards and flowers, and giving mother a “day off” by taking the family out to eat.
- 1992: 40-POUND 4-OUNCE BROWN TROUT CAUGHT IN LITTLE RED RIVER, ARKANSAS
- DIED 1998: ALICE FAYE (ACTRESS)
- DIED 2010: LENA HORNE (ACTRESS & SINGER)
- DIED 2012: VIDAL SASSOON (HAIRSTYLIST, CREDITED WITH CREATING THE MODERN “BOB”)
- 2013: ANNULAR ECLIPSE OF THE SUN.