Born On This Day:
- Robert Browning, 1812
- Johannes Brahms, 1833
- Peter I. Tchaikovsky, 1840
- Marcus Loew, 1870
- Gabby Hayes, 1885
- Archibald MacLeish, 1892
- Gary Cooper, 1901
- Edwin Land, 1909
- Evita Peron, 1919
- Darren McGavin, 1922
- Anne Baxter, 1923
- Ruth Prawer Jhabvala, 1927
- Marvin Mitchelson, 1928
- Teresa Brewer, 1931
- Johnny Unitas, 1933
- Peter Carey, 1943
- Amy Heckerling, 1954
- Tracy Lords, 1968
Died On This Day:
- Saint John of Beverley, AD 721
- Emperor Otto the Great, AD 973
- King William the Bad of Sicily, 1166
- Antonio Salieri, 1825
- Elbert Hubbard, 1915
- John Henry Patterson, 1922
- Monty Woolley, 1963
- Stanislaw Lec, 1966
- Douglas Fairbanks, Jr., 2000
- Ming Ming (China's oldest living panda, 34), 2011
- Ray Harryhausen, 2013
- 1663 - The first of a series of playhouses called 'Theatre Royal' opens in Drury Lane, Covent Garden, London.
- 1763 - Uprising of the Indians under Ottawa Indian Chief Pontiac near Detroit against British.
- 1789 - First inaugural ball in America honoring President George Washington held in New York.
- 1821 - Sierra Leone, Gambia & Gold Coast taken over by British forming British West Africa.
- 1824 - Beethoven's Ninth Symphony ('The Choral') with famous tune 'Ode to Joy' premieres in Vienna
- 1832 - Greece proclaimed an independent kingdom.
- 1915 - Passenger ship Lusitania torpedoed by Germans-1,198 die, cost $10M; brings U.S. to brink of war.
- 1918 - Rumania forced to sign humiliating Treaty of Bucharest with Germans.
- 1934 - Pearl of Allah, 9.5 inches long, 5.5 inches in diameter found in shell of giant clam in Philippines.
- 1943 - 'The Fountainhead' by Ayn Rand published.
- 1945 - Germany surrenders unconditionally in Reims, France, ending World War II in Europe. (see tomorrow)
- 1953 - World record swordfish weighing 1,182 lbs caught off Iquique, Chile by L. Marron.
- 1954 - Dien Bien Phu falls to the Viet Minh ending French attempt to hold Vietnam & despite U.S. aid.
- 1992 - Hank Ferguson catches world record striped bass weighing 67 lbs 8 oz in O'Neill Forebay, San Luis, CA.
- 2004 - 51 million viewers tune in for the final episode of 10-year run of "Friends" on NBC.
Feast Day of Saint:
- Evita's birthday celebrated as Peronist Day in Argentina
- 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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