Memorial Day, an American holiday observed on the last Monday of May, honors men and women who died while serving in the U.S. military. Originally known as Decoration Day, it originated in the years following the Civil War and became an official federal holiday in 1971.
While the weather is warming up beautifully, and spring is definitely in the air, most of America recognizes Memorial Weekend, May 25th, as the official start of spring. Though, honestly, in West Texas, it's the beginning of a very long, very hot summer...
Here’s a look at some interesting events that took place on this day in history:
1790 – Rhode Island becomes the last of the original US colonies to ratify the Constitution and is admitted as the 13th state (More info)
1942 – Bing Crosby records Irving Berlin’s ‘White Christmas,’ the best-selling Christmas single in history (More info)