Born On This Day:
- Pope Innocent X, 1574
- Robespierre, 1758
- Robert Edwin Peary, 1856
- Sigmund Freud, 1856
- Czar Nicholas II Russia, 1868
- Christian Morgenstern, 1871
- Rudolph Valentino, 1895
- Max Ophuls, 1902
- Harry Golden, 1902
- Toots Shor, 1905
- Stewart Granger, 1913
- Theodore White, 1915
- Orson Welles, 1915
- Willie Mays, 1931
- Bob Seger, 1945
- Tony Blair, 1953
- George Clooney, 1961
Died On This Day:
- Henry David Thoreau, 1862
- King Edward VII, 1910
- L. Frank Baum, 1919
- Maurice Maeterlinck, 1949
- Maria Montessori, 1952
- William Casey, 1987
- Wilfrid Hyde-White, 1991
- Marlene Dietrich, 1992
- Pim Fortuyn assassinated, 2002
- 1527 - Rome sacked by Emperor Charles V; Pope Clement VII captured, 4,000 killed, artworks looted.
- 1536 - King Henry VIII orders bibles to be placed in every English church.
- 1626 - Manhattan bought from Indians by Peter Minuit for $24 bucks.
- 1732 - Benjamin Franklin publishes German newspaper in Philadelphia - Philadelphische Zeitung.
- 1794 - Haitians revolt against France under Toussant L'Ouverture and Jean Jacques Dessalines.
- 1806 - First published reference to the drink we call a cocktail in The Balance and Columbian Repository of Hudson, NY.
- 1851 - Linus Yale of Newport, N.Y. obtains patent on a lock and key.
- 1882 - Congress passes law to bar Chinese immigrants from the U.S. for ten years.
- 1896 - S.P. Langley's flying machine makes first successful flight.
- 1910 - George V ascends to British throne.
- 1915 - Babe Ruth hits first major league home run playing for Boston Red Sox against NY Yankees at NY.
- 1937 - Zeppelin Hindenburg explodes at Lakehurst, New Jersey; 36 dead in dreadful dirigible disaster.
- 1942 - U.S. General Wainwright surrenders Corregidor to Japanese. WWII
- 1949 - Pioneering British computer Edsac runs first program at Cambridge University.
- 1953 - Dr. John H. Gibbons, inventor of the heart-lung machine, performs his first successful artificial circulation in humans on an 18 year-old girl at Jefferson Medical College, Philadelphia.
- 1954 - Medical student Roger Bannister runs world's first 4 minute mile at Oxford University Iffley Rd.
- 1957 - Eugene O'Neill becomes first to win 4 Pulitzer Prizes for drama for 'Long Day's Journey Into Night.'
- 1994 - Channel Tunnel between Britain and France opened by Queen Elizabeth and François Mitterrand.
- 2004 - Picasso's 'Garcon a la pipe' sold for world record $104 million at Sotheby's New York to unknown buyer. (Record broken see 6/19/06)
- 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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