Born On This Day:
- William Lilly, 1602
- Queen Mary II, 1662
- Franz Lehar, 1870
- Alice B. Toklas, 1877
- Joan Miro, 1893
- Joachim von Ribbentrop, 1893
- Queen Juliana Netherlands, 1909
- Eve Arden, 1912
- Dr. Ernst Wynder, 1922
- Sheldon Harnick, 1924
- Corinne Calvet, 1925
- Cloris Leachman, 1926
- Willie Nelson, 1933
- Burt Young, 1940
- Jill Clayburgh, 1944
- King Carl Gustav XVI Sweden, 1946
- Jane Campion, 1954
- Isiah Thomas, 1961
- Kirsten Dunst, 1982
Died On This Day:
- Count Peter Zrinski executed, 1671
- John Montague, 4th Earl of Sandwich, 1792
- Edouard Manet, 1883
- Casey Jones killed, 1900
- A. E. Housman, 1936
- Adolf Hitler suicide & Eva Braun, 1945
- Alben Barcley, 1956
- Richard Farina, 1966
- Inger Stevens OD, 1970
- Agnes Moorehead , 1974
- Louis Kronenberger, 1980
- George Balanchine, 1983
- Muddy Waters, 1983
- Sergio Leone, 1989
- Richard Scarry, 1994
- Tom Poston, 2007
- AD 311 - Roman Emperor Galerius permits Christians to practice religion with no persecution.
- 1006 - Chinese and Arab astronomers note new star; Supernova, explosion of massive star lasted 3 months.
- 1112 - Afonso I Henrigues of Portugal ascends throne; to reign over 73 years.
- 1562 - Huguenots led by Jean Ribaut become first French colonizers of U.S. with founding of Port Royal, SC.
- 1563 - Jews expelled from France by order of King Charles VI.
- 1598 - First theatrical performance in North America - a Spanish comedy performed on the Rio Grande.
- 1789 - George Washington inaugurated as first U.S. president in NY at Federal Hall, Wall and Broad Street.
- 1796 - Samuel Lee Jr. of Conn. patents the pill-Lee's New London Bilious Pills.
- 1803 - U.S. doubles land area by buying Louisiana territory from Napoleon for 3¢ per acre ($15 million).
- 1812 - Louisiana is 18th state admitted to Union.
- 1897 - J.J. Thomson proclaims discovery of particles he called 'corpuscles,' later named electrons.
- 1900 - Hawaii organized a territory of U.S.; Sanford B. Dole becomes first Governor.
- 1904 - Louisiana Purchase Exposition opens in St. Louis; Autos & new confection, ice cream cone, revealed.
- 1939 - Franklin Delano Roosevelt becomes first president to appear on television-NBC.
- 1948 - Creation of the State of Israel in the Hebrew calendar (May 14 in the Gregorian).
- 1948 - First Land Rover car exhibited at the Amsterdam Motor Show.
- 1967 - Muhammad Ali stripped of world heavyweight boxing championship for refusing to serve in military.
- 1973 - Johns Ehrlichman and Dean and Bob Haldeman resign in Watergate scandal.
- 1975 - Communist troops occupy Saigon ending Vietnam War; Viet Cong flag raised over palace; city renamed Ho Chi Minh City.
- 1991 - Devastating cyclone with 146 mph winds hits Bangladesh; 138,000 dead; entire villages wiped out.
- 1992 - Rioting and looting spread from L.A. to Seattle, San Francisco and Atlanta as blacks protest injustice.
- 2009 - Chrysler Corp. files for bankruptcy with $39.3 billion in pre-bankruptcy assets.
- 2013 - King Willem-Alexander becomes first King of the Netherlands since 1890 on abdication of his mother Queen Beatrix.
Feast Day of Saint:
- Erconwald, Joseph Cottolengo, Catherine of Siena, Marian and James, Donat (Aidoneus)
- Japanese Spring Festival
- Queen's Day in the Netherlands
- Walpurgis Night (Swedish coming of spring)
- Burning of the Witches
- May Day Eve in Czechoslovakia
- PESACH or Passover (Jewish), begins 15th day of lunar month Nisan thru 22nd
- PALM SUNDAY, Sunday before Easter and first day of Holy Week.
- MAUNDY THURSDAY, Thursday before Easter
- GOOD FRIDAY, Friday before Easter
- EASTER (SUNDAY) (March to May) the first Sunday after the first full moon after the veral equinox (March 22-April 25) in Western churches;
- EASTER MONDAY, Monday after Easter.
- CH'ING MING, Festival of Pure Brightness in China (Beginning of second moon (about March 21)
- NAEFELSERFAHRT, Swiss pilgrimage the first Thursday in April to Näfels
- BAISAKHI (in India) or VOISHU (in Kerala) or BOHAG BIHU (in Assam) - (Hindu New Year Festival)
- 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
- MAHAVIR JAYANTI, Indian festival celebrating birth of Lord Mahavira, celebrated early April
- AKSHAYA TRITIYA, Hindu Festival, celebrated late April
- DAYLIGHT SAVINGS TIME - begins first Sunday in April - clocks forward
- Arbor Day - last Friday in April
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