Born On This Day:
- Walt Whitman, 1819
- Pope Pius XI, 1857
- W. Heath Robinson, 1872
- Fred Allen, 1894
- Norman Vincent Peale, 1898
- Don Ameche, 1908
- Edward Bennett Williams, 1920
- Denholm Elliott, 1922
- Prince Rainier of Monaco, 1923
- Clint Eastwood, 1931
- Peter Yarrow, 1938
- Terry Waite, 1939
- Johnny Paycheck, 1941
- Joe Namath, 1943
- Sharon Gless, 1943
- Rainer Werner Fassbinder, 1946
- Tom Berenger, 1950
- Brooke Shields, 1965
- Colin Farrell, 1976
Died On This Day:
- Tintoretto, 1594
- Frederick William I, King of Prussia , 1740
- Franz Joseph Haydn, 1809
- Joseph Grimaldi (Joey the Clown), 1837
- Adolf Eichmann executed, 1962
- Martha Mitchell, 1976
- Jack Dempsey, 1983
- Timothy Leary, 1996
- Arlene Francis, 2001
- Danny La Rue, 2009
- Jean Stapleton, 2013
- 1669 - Samuel Pepys ends his diary after 9 1/2 years.
- 1790 - First U.S. Copyright law enacted seeking to protect ownership of literary compositions, plays & maps
- 1836 - Astor Hotel, later Waldorf-Astoria, opens in N.Y.
- 1859 - Chimes of Big Ben first heard from the belfry of the Clock Tower at the Palace of Westminster, London.
- 1868 - First recorded bicycle race at Parc de St. Cloud, Paris won by Dr. James Moore on a velocipede.
- 1889 - America's worst damn dam accident. Johnstown Flood (PA)-2,300 killed, $10 million damage.
- 1900 - Boxer Rebellion begins; discontented Chinese riot in Nanking and Canton murdering missionaries.
- 1902 - Peace of Vereeniging ends Boer War; Boars accept British sovereignty for $3 million.
- 1910 - Colony of Natal merged into the Union of South Africa.
- 1915 - New War Horror!! Bombs first dropped from the sky on a city; 3,000 lbs. of bombs fall on London.
- 1916 - Battle of Jutland in North Sea between British and German fleets, only WW1 major sea battle.
- 1924 - Rich Chicago students Leopold and Loeb confess to thrill murder; Clarence Darrow to defend.
- 1929 - First reindeer born in the United States at North Beverly, Mass.
- 1938 - NBC is first network to televise feature film, 'Return of the Scarlet Pimpernel.'
- 1943 - Construction begins on the ENIAC computer at the Moore School of Electrical Engineering in Philly.
- 1970 - Earthquake in Yungay, Peru kills 70,000, leaves 800,000 homeless with $billions in damage.
- 1990 - Premiere of TV show Seinfeld, starring Jerry; landmark comedy runs eight years til May 14,1998.
- Independence Day (Union Day) South Africa (1910)
- Republic Day South Africa (1961)
- 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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