Born On This Day:
- Sir Henry Percy (Hotspur), 1364
- Dolly Madison, 1768
- Honoré de Balzac, 1799
- John Stuart Mill, 1806
- Henri Rousseau, 1844
- John Jacob Astor (Baron Astor), 1886
- Adela Rogers St. Johns, 1894
- Jimmy Stewart, 1908
- Moshe Dayan, 1915
- Lord Harlech, 1918
- George Gobel, 1919
- Constance Towers, 1933
- Joe Cocker, 1944
- Cher, 1946
- Ronald Prescott Reagan, 1958
- Bronson Pinchot, 1959
Died On This Day:
- Christopher Columbus, 1506
- Marquis de Lafayette, 1834
- John Clare, 1864
- Sir Max Beerbohm, 1956
- Dame Barbara Hepworth, 1975
- Gilda Radner, 1989
- Jean-Pierre Rampal, 2000
- Stephen Jay Gould, 2002
- Robin Gibb, 2012
- 1498 - Vasco da Gama and his Voyage of Discovery reaches India at the Port of Calicut.
- 1862 - Homestead Act passed; any head of family can win 160 acres public land by working it for 5 years.
- 1867 - Foundation stone at Royal Albert Hall, London, laid by Queen Victoria.
- 1895 - U.S. income tax declared unconstitutional. Would that it were.
- 1899 - First driver convicted of speeding down Lexington Avenue in N.Y. He was going 12 m.p.h.
- 1910 - World's record of nine reigning monarchs join parade in London at funeral procession of Edward VII.
- 1919 - Volcano eruption in central Java kills over 16,000.
- 1925 - HQ for the Chamber of Commerce of the United States dedicated in Washington D.C.
- 1927 - Charles Lindbergh, 25, takes off in first solo non-stop flight to Paris from Long Island, N.Y.
- 1939 - Airmail transatlantic service inaugurated by Pan Am's Yankee Clipper, NY-Lisbon.
- 1956 - Americans drop hydrogen bomb over Bikini atoll.
- 1961 - White mob attacks busload of Freedom Fighters in Montgomery AL; US marshals sent to restore order.
- 1969 - In bloodiest battle of Vietnam War, US and South Vietnamese capture Hamburger Hill (Mount Apbia).
- 1977 - Original Orient Express makes its last journey between Paris and Istanbul.
- 1990 - Hubble Space Telescope sends first photos back to earth.
- 1993 - 93 million tune in as TV Series 'Cheers' plays last episode on NBC Television after 11 seasons.
- 1995 - President Clinton bans traffic on Pennsylvania Ave in front of White House after incidents.
Feast Day of Saint:
- Ethelbert of the East Angles
- Bernardine of Siena
- Independence Day Cuba (1902)
- Day of Manjrishri
- 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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