Born On This Day:
- Edward Gibbon, 1737
- Harry S. Truman, 1884
- Edmund Wilson, 1895
- Bishop Fulton J. Sheen, 1895
- Fernandel, 1903
- Roberto Rossellini, 1906
- Romain Gary, 1914
- Sonny Liston, 1917
- David Attenborough, 1926
- Don Rickles, 1926
- Ted Sorensen, 1928
- Thomas Pynchon, 1937
- Peter Benchley, 1940
- Rick Nelson, 1940
- Toni Tenille, 1943
- Gary Glitter, 1944
- Beth Henley, 1952
- Melissa Gilbert, 1964
- Akebono (Chadwick Haheo Rowan), 1969
- Enrique Iglesias, 1975
Died On This Day:
- Antoine Lavoisier guillotined, 1794
- King Kamehameha I, 1819
- John Stuart Mill, 1873
- Gustave Flaubert, 1880
- Paul Gauguin, 1903
- Harry Gordon Selfridge, 1947
- Norman Bel Geddes, 1958
- Elmer Rice, 1967
- Robert Heinlein, 1988
- Rudolf Serkin, 1991
- Alwin Nicolais, 1993
- George Peppard, 1994
- Dirk Bogarde, 1999
- Eddy Arnold, 2008
- Maurice Sendak, 2012
- 1429 - Joan of Arc raises siege of Orleans.
- 1541 - First Europeans reach Mississippi River; members of Hernando de Soto expedition.
- 1784 - First recorded hailstorm in America at Winnsborough, S.C.
- 1792 - Conscription authorized by act to draft white males 18 to 45 into the militia.
- 1823 - Song 'Home Sweet Home,' popular song by American John H. Paine first performed - in London.
- 1840 - Alexander S. Wolcott gets first photographic patent for method of taking photos with plates.
- 1840 - Twopenny Blue postage stamp goes on sale in England.
- 1862 - America's first dog show held at Barnum's American Museum, New York City.
- 1886 - Coca-Cola first put on sale at Jacob's Pharmacy, Atlanta, GA. by pharmacist John Pemberton.
- 1895 - America's first cat show at Madison Square Garden, N.Y.
- 1902 - Mount Pelée volcano erupts killing 25,400 in Martinique; Saint-Pierre, largest town, destroyed.
- 1914 - President Woodrow Wilson signs proclamation designating second Sunday in May as Mother's Day.
- 1924 - Afrikaans becomes official language of South Africa.
- 1945 - V-E DAY! Truman announces end of World War II in Europe; German surrender ratified in Berlin.
- 1951 - Hart, Shaffner & Marx Co. first introduces the Dacron suit.
- 1956 - 'Look Back in Anger' opens at Royal Court Theatre, London.
- 1956 - Mascot/model Alfred E. Neuman first appears in Mad Magazine.
- 1958 - U.S. VP Richard Nixon stoned and spit upon by anti-American protestors in Lima, Peru.
- 1973 - Militant American Indians surrender at Wounded Knee, SD, after ten weeks of holding town hostage
- 1980 - The disease of smallpox officially certified as obsolete, two years after last known death.
- 1999 - NATO missiles accidentally strike Chinese embassy in Belgrade; riots start against West in China.
Feast Day of Saint:
- Peter of Tarentaise
- Furry Festival in Wales
- V-E Day celebrating Germany's European surrender in WWII
- 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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