Born On This Day:
- King Rupert Germany, 1352
- Emperor Leopold II, 1747
- Søren Kierkegaard, 1813
- Karl Marx, 1818
- Nellie Bly, 1867
- Christopher Morley, 1890
- James Beard, 1903
- Tyrone Power, 1914
- Alice Faye, 1915
- Tammy Wynette, 1942
- Michael Palin, 1943
- Roger Rees, 1944
- Annette Bening, 1959
- Tina Yothers, 1973
- Adele (Laurie Blue Adkins), 1988
Died On This Day:
- Emperor Leopold I, 1705
- Napoleon Bonaparte, 1821
- Bret Harte, 1902
- Rene Lalique, 1945
- Eliot Ness, 1957
- James Branch Cabell, 1958
- Ludwig Erhard, 1977
- Bobby Sands (Hunger Strike), 1981
- George Rose, 1988
- Mikhail Botvinnik, 1995
- Dana Wynter, 2011
- 1847 - American Medical Association founded in Philly.
- 1860 - Giuseppe Garibaldi and the Thousand Redshirts sail for Sicily.
- 1862 - French forces of Napoleon III defeated by Mexican troops outnumbered 3-1.
- 1864 - Ulysses S. Grant holds ground against General Lee in First Battle of the Wilderness, VA.
- 1864 - General William Tecumseh Sherman starts march through Georgia.
- 1865 - First train robbery in the USA carried out near North Bend Ohio; derailed train robbed by looters.
- 1891 - Carnegie Hall, (called The Music Hall) opens; first concert performed under conductor Tchaikovsky.
- 1893 - Wall Street Stocks plunge triggering crash of '93; 600 banks to close within one year.
- 1895 - New York World newspaper publishes first comic strip "Down Hogan's Alley."
- 1904 - Cy Young of Boston Americans pitches first perfect major league baseball game against Philadelphia.
- 1912 - Communist party newspaper Pravda, founded by Lenin, first published.
- 1925 - Biology teacher John Scopes arrested in Tennessee for teaching Darwin's theory of evolution.
- 1930 - Amy Johnson begins first solo flight by a woman from U.K. to Australia in the Gypsy Moth 'Jason.'
- 1936 - Italian troops capture Addis Ababa.
- 1955 - Federal Republic of Germany becomes a sovereign independent country.
- 1955 - 'Damn Yankees' musical comedy starts 1,019 performance run in New York.
- 1961 - Alan B. Shepard becomes first American into space when he is launched from Cape Canaveral.
- 2000 - Mercury, Venus, Mars, Jupiter, Saturn and our Sun and moon line up on one side of the earth.
Feast Day of Saint:
- Pius V
- Hilary of Galeata
- John Haile
- Hilary of Arles
- Cinco de Mayo
- Children's Day in Korea and Japan
- Liberation Day in Netherlands
- Feast of Flags (Japan)
- Tango-No-Sekku (Boys' Festival) in Japan
- Day of Ananda-Chief deciple of Buddha
- 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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