Born On This Day:
- Carl Linnaeus, 1707
- Franz Anton Mesmer, 1734
- Douglas Fairbanks, 1882
- Scatman Crothers, 1910
- Artie Shaw, 1910
- Rosemary Clooney, 1928
- Barbara Barrie, 1931
- Joan Collins, 1933
- Seabiscuit (race horse), 1934
- Robert A. Moog, 1934
- Larry Belling, 1939
- John Newcombe, 1944
- Anatoliy Karpov, 1951
- Marvelous Marvin Hagler, 1952
- Michel Roux, 1960
Died On This Day:
- Girolamo Savonarola burned, 1498
- Captain Kidd hanged, 1701
- Kit Carson, 1868
- Bonnie and Clyde (Parker/Barrow), 1934
- John D. Rockefeller, 1937
- Heinrich Himmler suicide, 1945
- Moms Mabley, 1975
- Sterling Hayden, 1986
- Harold Wilson, 1995
- Sam Snead, 2002
- Sen. Lloyd Bentsen, 2006
- Roger Moore, 2017
- 1430 - Joan of Arc captured by Burgundians who would sell her to the English.
- 1431 - Joan of Arc's trial ends on 12 charges of sorcery, wantonness and blasphemous pride. Guilty as charged!
- 1533 - Archbishop of Canterbury declares Henry VIII marriage to Catherine void, but he's already married to Anne Boleyn.
- 1618 - 2nd Defenestration of Prague precipitates 30 Years War; 3 thrown from window of Hradcany Castle.
- 1785 - Benjamin Franklin invents bifocals.
- 1788 - South Carolina admitted to Union
- 1827 - America's first nursery school opens in New York.
- 1873 - Canada establishes the Mounties (Northwest Mounted Police).
- 1903 - Paris and Rome linked by telephone for the first time.
- 1915 - Italy declares war against Austria/Hungary abandoning WW1 neutrality.
- 1927 - After his triumphant solo flight across Atlantic, Charles Lindbergh awarded French Legion of Honor.
- 1934 - Bank robbers Bonnie Parker and Clyde Barrow shot in police ambush in Ford Deluxe in Bienville Parish, LA.
- 1935 - Young track athlete Jesse Owens of Ohio State University breaks five world records and ties a sixth.
- 1987 - Soviets announce they are giving up commercial whaling and sending fleet home.
- 2015 - Ireland becomes the first country in the world to legalize same-sex marriage.
Feast Day of Saint:
- Euphrosyne of Polotsk
- Ivo of Chartres
- William of Rochester
- 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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