Born On This Day:
- Claude-Joseph Rouget de Lisle, 1760
- John Wilkes Booth, 1838
- Sir Thomas Lipton, 1850
- Dimitri Tiomkin, 1894
- Fred Astaire, 1899
- David O. Selznick, 1902
- Milton Babbitt, 1916
- Bert Wheeden, 1921
- Nancy Walker, 1922
- Gary Owens, 1936
- Arthur L. Kopit, 1937
- Mark David Chapman, 1955
- Paul 'Bono' Hewson, 1960
Died On This Day:
- King Louis XV France, 1774
- Paul Revere, 1818
- General Stonewall Jackson, 1863
- Jack E. Leonard, 1973
- Bruce Lee, 1973
- Joan Crawford, 1977
- Peter Weiss, 1982
- Walker Percy, 1990
- 28 BC - Eight centuries before Galileo, first recorded observation of sunspots in official history of China.
- 1774 - Accession of Louis XVI of France.
- 1775 - Fort Ticonderoga, NY, captured by Americans under Col. Ethan Allen; Brits lose 273, Yanks 93.
- 1775 - 2nd Continental Congress meets at Philly with newcomers Ben Franklin, John Hancock and Jefferson.
- 1796 - Battle of Lodi near Milan; Napoleon's first Italian campaign vs. Austria-153 dead,1700 prisoners.
- 1849 - 20 die in Astor Place Theatre riot caused by William Macready's (Macbeth) anti-U.S. statements.
- 1865 - Jefferson Davis, Pres of Confederacy, captured near Florida and imprisoned.
- 1869 - Union Pacific and Central Pacific railways linked in Golden Spike ceremony; U.S. is covered by rail.
- 1871 - Treaty of Frankfurt dictated by Bismarck ends Franco-Prussian War.
- 1893 - Natal granted self government.
- 1902 - Biggest swindle of the century! $12 m. stolen from Paris safe hiding Henry Crawford's fortune.
- 1908 - First Mother's Day observed in Grafton, West VA; Miss Anna Jarvis, schoolteacher, initiated idea.
- 1910 - W. E. B. DuBois' National Negro Committee founded in June 1909 changes name to NAACP.
- 1922 - First woman called to the English bar - Ivy Williams of the Inner Temple.
- 1933 - German university students gather in Berlin to burn books with 'unGerman' ideas including Gorki, Einstein, Hemingway, Proust, H.G.Wells, Zola, Marx, and more; led by Goebbels.
- 1940 - Winston Churchill begins term as Prime Minister on resignation of Neville Chamberlain.
- 1941 - Nazi bombs fall on London; 1,436 civilians to die in next two days. WWII
- 1941 - Nazi Party Deputy Leader Rudolf Hess parachutes into Scotland in attempt to negotiate peace deal; arrested and imprisoned.
- 1960 - Nuclear Submarine USS Triton returns to Connecticut having circumnavigated the earth underwater for the first time.
- 1993 - Largest factory fire in history kills 200 injures 500 in Thailand doll factory.
- 1994 - Nelson Mandela sworn in as South Africa's first Black president at 12:17 p.m.; apartheid official end.
- 1998 - Sinn Fein, political wing of the IRA votes to accept the Good Friday peace agreement signed 4/10/98.
- 1999 - Cézanne's 'Still Life With Curtain, Pitcher and Bowl of Fruit' reaps $60.5 million at Sotheby's.
Feast Day of Saint:
- Isidore the Farm-Servant
- VESAK (Commemoration of birth, enlightenment and death of Buddha) celebrated Southeast Asia.
- MOTHER'S DAY (U.S.), second Sunday in May
- FESTIVAL OF JOAN OF ARC in France, second Sunday in May
- MEMORIAL DAY (U.S.), Last Monday in May
- PROCESSION OF THE HOLY BLOOD in Belgium on first Monday after May 2.
- TANO FESTIVAL (Korea) on 5th day of 5th lunar month.
- TUAN WU CHIEH or Dragon Boat Festival (China) 5th day of 5th lunar month.
- ASCENSION DAY (Christian) 40th day after Easter.
- PENTACOST (Christian) or Whitsunday (Anglican) 50 days after Easter.
- TRINITY SUNDAY (Christian), Sunday after Pentecost.
- CORPUS CHRISTI (Christian), Thursday after Trinity Sunday.
- I'D AL-HAJJ, Muslim Festival
- ARANYA SHASHTI, Hindu Festival honoring god of the forest
- BUDDHA PURNIMA, Hindu Festival, celebrated early May
- GANGA DASSHERA, Hindu Festival, celebrated end of May
- ARMED FORCES DAY in US - third Saturday in May
- NATIONAL DAY OF PRAYER in US - first Thursday in May
- NATIONAL DEFENSE TRANSPORTATION DAY - third Friday in May in US
- NATIONAL TEACHER'S DAY - Tuesday in the first full week in May in US
- VICTORIA DAY - first Monday before May 25, celebrating Queen Victoria's birthday in Canada
- WESAK FESTIVAL celebrated in the eastern hemisphere at the Taurus full moon, beginning of May
- GOODWILL FESTIVAL celebrated at the Gemini full moon, end of May
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