Born On This Day:
- Peter Carl Fabergé, 1846
- Howard Hawks, 1896
- Irving Thalberg, 1899
- Cornelia Otis Skinner, 1901
- Stepin Fetchit, 1902
- Mel Blanc, 1908
- Benny Goodman, 1909
- Christine Jorgensen (born George), 1926
- Clint Walker, 1927
- Aleksey Leonov, 1934
- Keir Dullea, 1936
- Michael J. Pollard, 1939
- Meredith MacRae, 1944
- Harry Enfield, 1951
- Wynonna Judd, 1964
- Manny Ramirez, 1972
Died On This Day:
- St. Joan of Arc burnt at stake, 1431
- Christopher Marlowe, 1593
- Peter Paul Rubens, 1640
- Alexander Pope, 1744
- Voltaire, 1778
- Wilbur Wright, 1912
- Dooley Wilson, 1953
- Boris Pasternak, 1960
- Rafael Trujillo assassinated, 1961
- Claude Rains, 1967
- Paul Desmond, 1977
- Perry Ellis, 1986
- Claude Pepper, 1989
- 1431 - In Rouen, France, Joan of Arc, age 19, is burned at the stake for her 'crimes'; cleared of all charges 25 years later.
- 1498 - Christopher Columbus sets sail with six ships from Spain on 3rd voyage to discover South Americas.
- 1536 - Henry VIII marries his third wife, Jane Seymour 11 days after Anne Boleyn got the chop.
- 1539 - Fernando de Soto lands in Florida to begin Spanish dominion.
- 1783 - Benjamin Towne publishes the first daily newspaper in the U.S. - Pennsylvania Evening Post in Philly.
- 1806 - Andrew Jackson, 'Old Hickory,' wounded in duel in which he killed Charlie Dickinson in Kentucky.
- 1814 - First treaty of Paris. Russia, Prussia, Austria & Britain happy with Napoleon's exile.
- 1868 - First major Memorial Day (Decoration Day) observance held to honor Civil War dead.
- 1876 - The Truss patented by inventor Harvey A. Stephenson.
- 1894 - Robert Lowe of Boston becomes first major league baseball player to hit four homers in one game.
- 1896 - World's first automobile accident in New York. Duryea car collides with bicycle.
- 1898 - Scottish chemist Sir William Ramsay and English chemist Morris Travers discover Krypton, atomic number 36.
- 1911 - First Indianapolis 500-mile race run; winner is Ray Hourroun with average speed of 74.6 mph.
- 1913 - First Balkan War ends after 8 months with signing of Treaty of London; Turkey abandons Crete.
- 1922 - Lincoln Memorial dedicated in Washington D.C.
- 1972 - Japanese Red Army massacre-25 dead 76 wounded at Lod Airport, Tel Aviv.
- 1977 - George Lucas and Steven Spielberg conceive idea for Indiana Jones trilogy on a beach in Hawaii.
Feast Day of Saint:
- Ferdinand III of Castile
- Joan of Arc
- Memorial Day or Decoration Day in U.S. (first observed 1868)
- 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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