Born On This Day:
- Baron Munchhausen, 1720
- Chang and Eng (Siamese Twins), 1811
- Irving Berlin, 1888
- Henry Morgenthau, 1891
- Dame Margaret Rutherford, 1892
- Martha Graham, 1894
- Salvador Dalí, 1904
- Phil Silvers, 1911
- Doodles Weaver, 1911
- Richard Feynman, 1918
- Jack Paar, 1918
- Denver Pyle, 1920
- Mort Sahl, 1927
- Louis Farrakkan, 1933
- Eric Burdon, 1941
- Robert Jarvik, 1946
- Faith Popcorn, 1947
- Natasha Richardson, 1963
Died On This Day:
- Jean de La Bruyere, 1696
- William Pitt the elder, Earl of Chatham, 1778
- Spencer Perceval assassinated, 1812
- Sir John Herschel, 1871
- Max Reger, 1916
- William Dean Howells, 1920
- Barbara Hutton, 1979
- Bob Marley, 1981
- Chester Gould, 1985
- Kim Philby, 1988
- Gene Fowler, Jr., 1998
- Douglas Adams, 2001
- Joe Bonanno, 2002
- Floyd Patterson, 2006
- AD 330 - Constantinople founded; Roman emperor Constantine dedicates city as his capital.
- 1745 - Victory of French over British at Battle of Fontenoy.
- 1812 - British Prime Minister Spencer Perceval shot and killed in the house of commons by John Bellingham.
- 1858 - Minnesota becomes 32nd state admitted to Union.
- 1866 - 'Black Friday' in London causes commercial panic.
- 1876 - First polo match played in America at Jerome Park, Westchester, NY.
- 1900 - James Jeffries knocks out James J. Corbett in 23rd round; retains world heavyweight championship.
- 1920 - Oxford University begins admitting women.
- 1946 - First CARE packages delivered in Europe (Cooperative for American Relief Everywhere).
- 1947 - B.F. Goodrich Co. announces the development of the tubeless tire.
- 1949 - Siam changes name to Thailand.
- 1950 - Kefauver Committee into Interstate dealings of Mafia convenes; 600 witnesses to be heard in first year.
- 1960 - Israeli Secret Service agents kidnap Nazi killer Adolf Eichmann from Argentina.
- 1978 - Margaret Ann Brewer sworn in as first woman Brigadier General in the U.S. Marines.
- 1979 - First computer 'killer app' unveiled by Dan Bricklin and Bob Franston - VisiCalc, the first spreadsheet.
- 1981 - First recorded Usenet posting by Mark from Arpavax who inquires about changing 'the .ng file'
- 1993 - Cézanne's 'Still Life With Apples' sells for record $28.6 million at Sotheby's auction in New York.
- 1996 - Valuejet airplane crash kills 109 in Florida Everglades including first female captain, Candalyn Kubeck.
- 1997 - Deeper Blue becomes first chess computer to beat world champ; Kasparov accuses IBM of cheating.
- 2015 - A half hour after Picasso record sale, Giacometti's L'homme au Doight sells for $141.3 million, world record price for a sculpture at auction.
- 2015 - Picasso's 1955 painting "Les Femmes d'Alger - Version 'O'" sells at Christie's for record $179.4 million, highest ever price for a painting.
Feast Day of Saint:
- Asaph, Comgall, Francis de Girolamo, Illuminatus,
- James the Less and Philip, Mayeul
- 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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