Born On This Day:
- Catherine II (the Great) of Russia , 1729
- Jerome K. Jerome, 1859
- Theodore Herzl, 1860
- Manfred von Richthofen the Red Baron, 1892
- Lorenz Hart, 1895
- Bing Crosby, 1901
- Dr. Benjamin Spock, 1903
- Philippe Halsman, 1906
- Alex Springer, 1912
- Satyajit Ray, 1921
- Theodore Bikel, 1924
- King Faisal II Iraq, 1935
- Vitaly Yurchenko, 1936
- Larry Gatlin, 1944
- Bianca Jagger, 1945
- Lesley Gore, 1946
- David Suchet, 1946
- Christine Baranski, 1952
- David Beckham, 1975
- Princess Charlotte of Cambridge, 2015
Died On This Day:
- Leonardo Da Vinci, 1519
- Senator Joseph McCarthy, 1957
- Caryl Chessman executed, 1960
- Lady Nancy Astor, 1964
- J. Edgar Hoover, 1972
- Norm Van Brocklin, 1983
- Julio Gallo, 1993
- Oliver Reed, 1999
- Louis Rukeyser, 2006
- Lynn Redgrave, 2010
- Osama bin Laden killed, 2011
- Deanna Durbin, 2013
- 1536 - Anne Boleyn taken to Tower of London accused of incest and adultery; executed 17 days later.
- 1611 - New English translation of the King James Bible (after King James I) published in England.
- 1670 - Hudson Bay Company chartered by King Charles II.
- 1808 - Citizens of Madrid, Spain begin war of independence by revolting against French general Murat.
- 1829 - One foot of hail falls on Tuscaloosa, AL.
- 1863 - General Stonewall Jackson mistakenly shot by own soldiers. Dies 8 days later.
- 1877 - Porfirio Diaz becomes President of Mexico.
- 1885 - Congo free state founded by Leopold II Belgium.
- 1895 - Rhodesia organized from British South Africa company territory South of Zambesi.
- 1902 - Early 14-minute silent film
- 1936 - Sergei Prokofiev's 'Peter and the Wolf' premieres in Moscow conducted by the maestro himself.
- 1939 - 'Iron Horse' Lou Gehrig plays in record 2,130th consecutive game at first base for NY Yankees.
- 1945 - Berlin surrenders to allies WWII.
- 1953 - King Faisal II ascends throne of Iraq; Hussein ascends throne of Jordan.
- 1957 - Attempted murder of Mafia Don Frank Costello by Vincent the Chin Gigante shifts balance of power.
- 1968 - Student riots in Paris begin; Left Bank occupied; in following 3 weeks,10 million workers go on strike
- 1997 - Following a landslide victory for his New Labour party, Tony Blair becomes Prime Minister of England.
- 2008 - Cyclone Nargis strikes Burma; 134,000 dead or missing; 2.4 million homeless and destitute.
- 2011 - World rejoices to reports of US Navy Seals' assassination of Osama bin Laden in Pakistan.
- 2012 - Edvard Munch's iconic 'The Scream' sold for world record $199.9 million at Sotherby's, New York.
- 2014 - Massive landslide of mud and rock crashes down on Abi Barak, Afghanistan killing 2,100.
Feast Day of Saint:
- Nativity of Gautama Buddha
- Day of Maya mother of Buddha.
- Second of May celebration in Madrid, Spain
- 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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