Born On This Day:
- Pope Pius III, 1439
- John Brown, 1800
- J. M. Barrie, 1860
- Howard Carter, 1873
- Henry Kaiser, 1882
- Barbara Woodhouse, 1910
- Mike Wallace, 1918
- Pancho Gonzales, 1928
- Joan Sims, 1930
- Alan Bennett, 1934
- Albert Finney, 1936
- Glenda Jackson, 1936
- James L. Brooks, 1940
- Candice Bergen, 1946
- Billy Joel, 1951
Died On This Day:
- Friedrich von Schiller, 1805
- Sir Henry Morton Stanley, 1904
- Cyrus Eaton, 1929
- Prince Louis II Monaco, 1949
- Ezio Pinza, 1957
- Walter Reuther, 1970
- James Jones, 1977
- Nelson Algren, 1981
- Edmund O'Brien, 1985
- Sherpa Tenzing Norgay, 1986
- Herschel Bernardi, 1986
- Penelope Gilliatt, 1993
- Alice Faye, 1998
- Jack Gelber, 2003
- Alan King, 2004
- Lena Horne, 2010
- Vidal Sassoon, 2012
- 1607 - First Protestant religious service celebrated in America at Cape Henry, VA.
- 1662 - Punch and Judy show first performed at Covent Garden according to Samuel Pepys's diary.
- 1671 - Irish adventurer Colonel Thomas Blood attempts to steal the crown jewels of England.
- 1754 - Benjamin Franklin publishes first newspaper cartoon in Pennsylvania Gazette-'Join or Die.'
- 1901 - Stocks plunge in largest single-day break on Wall Street since 1803.
- 1918 - Lytton Strachey publishes his new-style biography, "Eminent Victorians."
- 1926 - Richard E. Byrd & Floyd Bennett claim first flight to North Pole; Byrd diary revealed 1996 says no.
- 1933 - Nazi bonfire in Berlin burns 25,000 books including the Holy Bible.
- 1936 - Ethiopia annexed by Italy under Mussolini; King Victor Emmanuel proclaimed emperor of Ethiopia.
- 1937 - Edgar Bergen and Charlie McCarthy first broadcast on radio.
- 1945 - Britain's Channel Islands liberated from German occupation.
- 1946 - King Vittorio Emanuele III abdicates.
- 1949 - Britain's first launderette opens in Queensway, Bayswater, London W2.
- 1962 - Beatles sign recording contract with Parlophone Records.
- 1962 - First James Bond film, 'Dr. No' starring Scotsman Sean Connery as 007 opens in the US and goes on to gross $60 million worldwide.
- 1970 - Four years after 10,000 antiwar protestors descend on Washington, D.C., 100,000 do so today.
- 1989 - Paul Gauguin's 'Mata Mua' (In Olden Times) sold for $24.2 million at Sotheby's New York.
- 1989 - Sotheby's also reaps $47.85 million for 'Yo Picasso' self-portrait of Pablo.
- 1994 - South Africa's newly elected parliament choose Nelson Mandela as first black president of country.
Feast Day of Saint:
- Day of Remus
- First day of Remuria
- Liberation Day in Czechoslovakia
- 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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