Thursday, the 7th of May, 2015 is the 127th day in 2015 and in the 19th calendar week.
General Events:
Lag BaOmer
May 7, 2015 in the World
Lag BaOmer, the 33rd day of the Omer count—this year, May 7, 2015—is a festive day on the Jewish calendar. It is celebrated with outings (on which the children traditionally play with bows and arrows), bonfires, and other joyous events.
This day marks the hillula (celebration, interpreted by some as anniversary of death) of Rabbi Shimon bar Yochai, a Mishnaic sage and leading disciple of Rabbi Akiva in the 2nd century, and the day on which he revealed the deepest secrets of kabbalah in the form of the Zohar (Book of Splendor), a landmark text of Jewish mysticism. This association has spawned several well-known customs and practices on Lag BaOmer, including the lighting of bonfires, pilgrimages to the tomb of Bar Yochai in the northern Israeli town of Meron, and various customs at the tomb itself.
The chassidic masters explain that the final day of a righteous person’s earthly life marks the point at which “all his deeds, teachings and work” achieve their culminating perfection and the zenith of their impact upon our lives. So each Lag BaOmer, we celebrate Rabbi Shimon’s life and the revelation of the esoteric soul of Torah.
Lag BaOmer also commemorates another joyous event. The Talmud relates that in the weeks between the Jewish holidays of Passover and Shavuot, a plague raged amongst the disciples of the great sage Rabbi Akiva, “because they did not act respectfully towards each other.” These weeks are therefore observed as a period of mourning, with various joyous activities proscribed by law and custom. On Lag BaOmer the deaths ceased. Thus, Lag BaOmer also carries the theme of the imperative to love and respect one’s fellow (ahavat yisrael).
Where is Lag BaOmer?
Worldwide
National Day of Prayer
May 7, 2015 in the USA
National Day of Prayer is observed on May 07, 2015. The National Day of Prayer is an annual day of observance held on the first Thursday of May, designated by the United States Congress, when people are asked “to turn to God in prayer and meditation”. Each year, the president signs a proclamation, encouraging all Americans to pray on this day. The modern law formalizing its annual observance was enacted in 1952, although it has historical origins to a mandate by George Washington, the first president of the United States.
Where is the event?
Nationwide USA
National Day of Reason
May 7, 2015 in the USA
National Day of Reason is celebrated on May 07, 2015. The National Day of Reason is a secular celebration for humanists, atheists, and other secularists and freethinkers in response to the National Day of Prayer, a legal holiday in the United States. The day is celebrated on the first Thursdayin May of every year, to coincide with the National Day of Prayer, which many atheist and secular groups view to be unconstitutional.
Where is the event?
Nationwide USA
National Children’s Mental Health Awareness Day
May 7, 2015 in the USA
National Children’s Mental Health Awareness Day draws nationwide attention to the issue of children’s mental health, as well as the systemic changes being made to transform mental health delivery systems so they are more effective for children, youth, and their families.
Where is the event?
Nationwide USA
Historical Events on 7th May:
1429 – English siege of Orleans broken by Joan of Arc and the French army
1579 – Congress of Cologne forms in Netherlands
1660 – Isaack B Fubine of Savoy, in The Hague, patents macaroni
1697 – Stockholm’s royal castle (dating back to medieval times) is destroyed by fire (in the 18th century, it is replaced by the current Royal Palace).
1700 – William Penn began monthly meetings for blacks advocating emancipation
1765 – HMS Victory (Admiral Nelson’s flagship at Trafalgar, 40 years later) launched
1832 – Greece becomes independent, Otto of Bavaria is chosen as king
1862 – Much of Enschede, Netherlands, destroyed by fire
1873 – US marines attack Panama
1888 – George Eastman patents “Kodak box camera”
1895 – In Saint Petersburg, Russian scientist Alexander Stepanovich Popov demonstrates to the Russian Physical and Chemical Society his invention – the world’s first radio receiver. In the former Soviet Union the anniversary of this day is celebrated as Radio Day
1913 – British House of Commons rejects women’s right to vote
1919 – A draft of the Versailles Treaty is shown to Germans
1924 – Peruvian Torre forms APRA, Alianza Popular Revolutionaria Americana
1927 – Angelos Sikelianos organizes the first Delphic Festival in Delphi to celebrate the ancient Greek Delphic ideal
1939 – Germany & Italy announced an alliance known as the Rome-Berlin Axis
1946 – Tokyo Telecommunications Engineering (later renamed Sony) is founded with around 20 employees
1952 – The concept of the integrated circuit, the basis for all modern computers, is first published by Geoffrey Dummer
1954 – French surrender to Vietminh after 55-day siege at Dien Bien Phu
1955 – West European Union established
1975 – Pres Ford declares an end to “Vietnam Era”
1980 – Josip Tito, Yugoslav president, buried
1984 – $180m out-of-court settlement reached in Agent Orange suit
1993 – South Africa agrees to multi-racial elections
1998 – Mercedes-Benz buys Chrysler for $40 billion USD and forms DaimlerChrysler in the largest industrial merger in history