Born On This Day:
- Horace Mann, 1796
- T. H. Huxley, 1825
- Francis Cardinal Spellman, 1889
- Luther Adler, 1903
- Howard Da Silva, 1909
- Hosni Mubarak, 1928
- Maynard Ferguson, 1928
- Audrey Hepburn, 1929
- Roberta Peters, 1930
- El Cordobés, 1936
- Nick Ashford, 1942
- Pia Zadora, 1956
- Keith Haring, 1958
- Randy Travis, 1959
- Rory McIlroy, 1989
Died On This Day:
- Edward Plantagenet, Prince of Wales, 1471
- Sherlock Holmes (fiction), 1891
- Sir Osbert Sitwell, 1969
- Marshall Josip Broz Tito, 1980
- Diana Dors, 1984
- Paul Butterfield, 1987
- Dom DeLuise, 2009
- 1494 - Discovery of the Island of Jamaica by Christopher Columbus on his second voyage.
- 1626 - Peter Minuit lands on Manhattan Island to take charge of Dutch settlement-New Amsterdam.
- 1702 - Queen Anne's War (War of Spanish Succession) begins.
- 1776 - Rhode Island declares independence from England.
- 1780 - The Derby first run in England.
- 1780 - American Academy of Arts and Sciences founded in Boston led by James Bowdoin .
- 1839 - Cunard cruise ship company founded.
- 1843 - Natal proclaimed a British Colony.
- 1846 - Michigan becomes first U.S. State to abolish capital punishment.
- 1869 - The offshore oil drilling rig patented by Thomas F. Rowland of Greenpoint, N.Y.
- 1884 - First photograph taken of a flash of lightning by W.C. Gurley in Marietta, OH.
- 1886 - Haymarket riot-Workers gather in Haymarket Square, Chicago to fight for 8-hour day; bomb kills 8 police.
- 1896 - Britain's first halfpenny newspaper, the Daily Mail, published by Lord Northcliffe
- 1926 - United Kingdom General Strike begins, called by miners; 1.5 million people involved.
- 1927 - Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences formed in Hollywood.
- 1932 - Al Capone goes to the federal pen in Atlanta for, hmmmm, tax evasion.
- 1942 - Battle of Coral Sea begins; Japan loses 39 ships in first set back; Largest naval battle ever. WWII
- 1945 - Surrender of German armies in Holland Denmark and NW Germany-WWII.
- 1959 - First Grammy Awards; 'Volare' is record of the year, Mancini's 'Peter Gunn' best album.
- 1970 - Kent State massacre, National Guard opens fire killing four students protesting Vietnam war.
- 1971 - Avalanche buries Canadian village of Saint Jean Vianney, 31 dead, $1 million damage.
- 2003 - First cloned equine animal, a mule named Idaho Gem is born at the University of Idaho.
- 2010 - Picasso's 'Nude, Green Leaves and Bust' sold for world record $106.5 million at Christie's, New York; (see Munch 2012)
Feast Day of Saint:
- Gotthard (d. 1038), Monica, Pelagia of Tarsus
- Rhode Island Independence Day celebrated
- Youth Day in China
- Constitution Memorial Day in Japan
- Sherlock Holmes Society celebrates today in 1891, the date Holmes met and fought Moriarty above Reichenbach Falls.
- 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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