Born On This Day:
- Dante Alighieri, 1265
- L. Frank Baum, 1856
- Pierre Curie, 1859
- Arthur Schnitzler, 1862
- Katherine Anne Porter, 1890
- Richard Daley, 1902
- Joseph Cotten, 1905
- James Mason, 1909
- Constance Cummings, 1910
- Max Frisch, 1911
- Eddy Arnold, 1918
- Richard Avedon, 1923
- Peter and Anthony Shaffer, 1926
- Jasper Johns, 1930
- Anna Maria Alberghetti, 1936
- Paul Zindel, 1936
- Trini Lopez, 1937
- Madeleine Albright, 1937
- David Cronenberg, 1943
- Brian Eno, 1948
- Chazz Palminteri, 1951
- David Byrne, 1952
- George Brett, 1953
- Mike Oldfield, 1953
Died On This Day:
- Edmund Kean, 1833
- Emily Dickinson, 1886
- Father Flanagan , 1948
- Edward Hopper, 1967
- Tyrone Guthrie, 1971
- Sir Robert Menzies, 1978
- Theodore H. White, 1986
- Gilbert Roland, 1994
- June Carter Cash, 2003
- Rev. Jerry Falwell, 2007
- 1479 BC - Egyptian King Thutmose III marches into Megiddo, Palestine to put down Syrian revolt.
- 1475 - Richard, Duke of York becomes youngest Knight of the British Empire at age 2 years 9 months.
- 1536 - Trial of Anne Boleyn in England; accused of sleeping with 4 men + assassination plot. Guilty!
- 1602 - First Caucasian, English Captain Bartholomew Gosnold, sets foot in New England at Cape Cod.
- 1672 - Massachusetts becomes first State to pass copyright law in Boston.
- 1718 - Machine gun patented by London lawyer James Puckle.
- 1862 - U.S. Department of Agriculture created.
- 1902 - Portugal goes bankrupt.
- 1911 - US Supreme Court orders dissolution of Standard Oil Company, in violation of Sherman Antitrust.
- 1918 - USA inaugurates first regular air mail service in the world from New York to Washington.
- 1930 - First airline stewardess, Ellen Church, serves on United Airlines flight -Oakland to Chicago.
- 1935 - First radio quiz program in history airs in Canada.
- 1940 - Nylon Day in U.S.; DuPont causes shopping hysteria and riots when nylon stockings go on sale.
- 1948 - Syria, Egypt, Jordan, Lebanon, and Iraq attack Israel the day after State of Israel proclaimed.
- 1960 - Sputnik IV, world's first space ship is launched.
- 1966 - 10,000 march on White House to protest Vietnam war.
- 1972 - Governor George Wallace target of unsuccessful assassination attempt but crippled by bullet.
- 1990 - Van Gogh's 'Portrait of Dr. Gachet' sold at Christies NY for record $82.5 million to Tokyo Gallery.
- 1997 - Amazon.com goes public; issues 3m shares at $118. Stock opens at $27 closes at $23.
- 2008 - Sotheby's New York sells Francis Bacon's Triptych, 1976 for $86.3 million, the world record sale of a contemporary art work.
Feast Day of Saint:
- John-Baptist de la Salle
- San Isidro Day in Mexico, Spain
- Japanese Festival of the Hollyhock
- Peace Officers Memorial Day in the USA
- 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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