Born On This Day:
- Albrecht Durer, 1471
- King Philip II Spain, 1527
- Alexander Pope, 1688
- Armand Hammer, 1898
- Horace Heidt, 1901
- Robert Montgomery, 1904
- Fats Waller, 1904
- Harold Robbins, 1916
- Raymond Burr, 1917
- Dennis Day, 1917
- Andrei Sakharov, 1921
- Peggy Cass, 1925
- Andrew Neil, 1949
- Al Franken, 1951
- Mr. T, 1952
- Judge Reinhold, 1957
Died On This Day:
- King Henry VI of England murdered, 1471
- Hernando de Soto, 1542
- John Garfield, 1952
- Kenneth Clark, 1983
- Rajiv Gandhi assassinated, 1991
- Lash LaRue, 1996
- Dame Barbara Cartland, 2000
- Sir John Gielgud, 2000
- 1420 - Treaty of Troyes tries unsuccessfully to end the Hundred years' War.
- 1502 - Uninhabited St. Helena Island discovered by Portuguese navigator João da Nova
- 1553 - Lady Jane Grey forced to marry Lord Guildford Dudley.
- 1634 - First production of Oberammergau Passion Play in Bavaria.
- 1832 - First Democratic convention in Baltimore nominates Andrew Jackson/Martin van Buren.
- 1863 - First general conference of Seventh Day Adventists in Washington Center, NH.
- 1881 - American Red Cross organized by Clara Barton in Washington, D.C.
- 1892 - 'I Pagliacci' opera by Ruggero Leoncavallo first performed at Teatro dal Verme in Milan.
- 1901 - Connecticut enacts first speed limit law-12 miles per hour in country, 8 in city.
- 1904 - F.I.F.A. (Fédération Internationale de Football) founded in Paris.
- 1927 - Charles Lindbergh lands in Paris at 10:22 p.m. after 33 1/2 hours flight across Atlantic.
- 1932 - Amelia Earhart becomes first woman, and second person, to make nonstop solo flight across Atlantic.
- 1945 - Humphrey Bogart marries Lauren Bacall.
- 1959 - Ethel Merman returns to Broadway in Jule Styne's 'Gypsy' with new lyricist Stephen Sondheim.
- 1972 - Michelangelo's sculpture 'Pieta' victim of knife attack severing arm by mad Hungarian Lazlo Toth.
Feast Day of Saint:
- Feasts of St. Helen and St. Constantine
- Zodiac: Taurus ends, Gemini begins
- 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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