Born On This Day:
- Niccolo Machiavelli, 1469
- Richard D'Oyly Carte, 1844
- E.W. Howe, 1853
- Dodie Smith, 1896
- Golda Meir, 1898
- Walter Slezak, 1902
- Mary Astor, 1906
- Earl Wilson, 1907
- William Inge, 1913
- Betty Comden, 1915
- Pete Seeger, 1919
- Sugar Ray Robinson, 1921
- Mel Lazarus, 1927
- James Brown, 1928
- Henry Cooper, 1934
- Englebert Humperdinck, 1936
- Frankie Valli, 1937
- Doug Henning, 1947
- Christopher Cross, 1951
Died On This Day:
- Wilson Mizner, 1933
- Robert Alda, 1986
- Christine Jorgensen, 1989
- Jerzy Kosinski suicide, 1991
- Suzy Parker, 2003
- Wally Schirra, 2007
- Jackie Cooper, 2011
- AD 326 - Saint Helena, mother of Constantine the Great, discovers the 'true cross.'
- 1654 - America's first toll bridge opens-river at Rowley, MA; humans cross free, animals pay.
- 1765 - College of Philadelphia opens first medical school in America under Drs. John Morgan & Wm. Shippen.
- 1791 - Polish constitution, the second in the world after America and the first in Europe, comes into force establishing a constitutional monarchy.
- 1798 - Navy department created in U.S. to attack French ships in West Indies.
- 1802 - Washington D.C. incorporated as a city.
- 1841 - New Zealand formally proclaimed British Colony.
- 1859 - France declares war on Austria.
- 1921 - West Virginia becomes first State to impose sales tax.
- 1945 - Rangoon captured from Japanese by British forces under Lord Mountbatten.
- 1951 - Festival of Britain opens in Battersea Park by King George VI and Queen Elizabeth (at St. Pauls).
- 1960 - 'The Fantasticks' opens at Sullivan Street playhouse, New York. Closed 1/13/2002.
- 1966 - The Times of London first prints actual news on its front page instead of advertisements.
- 1971 - National Public Radio (NPR) goes on the air.
- 1973 - Chicago's Sears Tower topped out; now world's tallest building at 1450 feet.
- 1979 - Margaret Thatcher becomes the first woman British Prime Minister in history.
- 1991 - Swiss Banking Commission announces end to secret numbered bank accounts.
- 1999 - Just five weeks after hitting 10,000, the Dow Jones climbs briefly over 11,000 for the first time.
- 2013 - Dow Jones Industrial Average slips over 15,000 for the first time and the S&P 500 exceeds 1600-points.
Feast Day of Saint:
- Day of Chunti, Chinese form of Draga
- Day of the Holy Cross in Mexico
- Discovery of the Cross in Greek and Latin Churches
- Constitution Day in Poland
- Constitution Memorial Day in Japan
- 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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