Born On This Day:
- Pope Innocent XI, 1611
- William H. Seward, 1801
- Elizabeth Peabody, 1804
- Margaret Sullavan, 1896
- Henry Fonda, 1905
- Studs Terkel, 1912
- Woody Herman, 1913
- Liberace, 1917
- Billy Martin, 1928
- Lainie Kazan, 1940
- Pierce Brosnan, 1953
- Debra Winger, 1955
- Jack Morris, 1955
- Olga Korbut, 1965
- Janet Jackson, 1966
- Gabriela Sabatini, 1970
- Tori Spelling, 1973
Died On This Day:
- Joselito (bullfighter), 1920
- George Ade, 1944
- James Agee, 1955
- Michael X, 1975
- Andy Kaufman, 1984
- Irwin Shaw, 1984
- Margaret Hamilton, 1985
- Jim Henson, 1990
- Sammy Davis Jr., 1990
- Robert Mondavi, 2008
- I. M. Pei, 2019
- 1633 - Charles I crowned King of Scotland at Edinburgh.
- 1691 - America's first accused spy, Jacob Leisler, hanged for treason after unfair trial.
- 1763 - James Boswell meets Samuel Johnson in London - biographer meets biographee.
- 1770 - Dauphin of France marries 14 year old Marie Antoinette; panic after fireworks display kills 800.
- 1791 - James Boswell's 'Life of Samuel Johnson' published.
- 1804 - French Senate petitions Napoleon Bonaparte to establish a hereditary dynasty
- 1811 - British defeat French in Battle of Albuera (Peninsular War).
- 1817 - First steamboat on the Mississippi, The 'Washington' goes into service.
- 1866 - U.S. Mint authorized to begin making nickels, 5˘ coins.
- 1868 - President Andrew Johnson acquitted by Senate over impeachment by one vote.
- 1893 - Visible typewriter patented; machine allows user to see words as they enter page.
- 1920 - 464 years after Joan of Arc was declared innocent of crimes for which she was burnt at the stake, Catholic Church officially canonizes her.
- 1929 - 200 attend quiet banquet for first Academy Awards (Oscars). Silent movie 'Wings' best picture.
- 1943 - After Warsaw Ghetto destroyed and Jewish uprising crushed - Nazis dynamite Tlomackie Synagogue.
- 1943 - Barnes Wallis's 'bouncing bombs' first dropped by Britain on Ruhr Valley dams at Mohne and Eder.
- 1946 - Irving Berlin's 'Annie Get Your Gun' starring Ethel Merman premieres on Broadway.
- 1975 - Junko Tabei, 35, of Japan becomes first woman to conquer Mt. Everest; reaches summit at 12:30.
- 1991 - Queen Elizabeth II addresses U.S. Congress, the first British monarch to do so.
Feast Day of Saint:
- Brendan the Voyager
- Honorius of Amiens
- Simon Stock
- John of Nepomuk
- Fructuosus of Braga
- Andrew Bobola
- Flag Day of the Army in Finland
- 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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