Born On This Day:
- William II, Prince of Orange, 1626
- Richard Wagner, 1813
- Mary Cassatt, 1844
- Sir Arthur Conan Doyle, 1859
- Tarzan (fiction), 1888
- Lord Laurence Olivier, 1907
- Vance Packard, 1914
- Irene Pappas, 1919
- Charles Aznavour, 1924
- T. Boone Pickens, 1928
- Robert Byrne, 1930
- Susan Strasberg, 1938
- Richard Benjamin, 1938
- Paul Winfield, 1941
- George Best, 1946
- Bernie Taupin, 1950
- Morrissey, 1959
- Naomi Campbell, 1970
Died On This Day:
- Constantine the Great, AD 337
- Martha Washington, 1802
- Victor Hugo, 1885
- Jules Renard, 1910
- James Forrestal, 1949
- Langston Hughes, 1967
- Joseph Wood Krutch, 1970
- Cecil Day-Lewis, 1972
- Dame Margaret Rutherford, 1972
- Rocky Graziano, 1990
- Elizabeth David, 1992
- John Derek, 1998
- Philip Roth, 2018
- 334 BC - Alexander the Great beats Persian King Darius III at Granicus, Turkey.
- 1216 - Louis VIII of France invades England.
- 1455 - Triumph of Richard, Duke of York over Somerset in first Battle of St. Albans. War of the Roses.
- 1849 - Abraham Lincoln receives patent on device to buoy vessels over shoals with inflatable cylinders.
- 1861 - Confederate States of America open Patent Office in Mississippi with Rufus Rhodes as Commissioner.
- 1891 - Thomas Edison shows first movie - a kinetoscope really invented by employee Wm. Dickson.
- 1892 - Dr. Sheffield invents the toothpaste tube (according to the Old Farmer's Almanac).
- 1906 - Orville and Wilbur Wright receive patent on their airplane. Patent no. 821,393 for 'flying machines.'
- 1922 - Canned rattlesnake meat first marketed in America.
- 1939 - Adolf Hitler and Benito Mussolini sign Italo-German alliance, "the Pact of Steel," in Berlin.
- 1960 - Largest ever earthquake, magnitude 9.5, in Valdivia, Southern Chile sparks Pacific-wide tsunami affecting New Zealand, Hawaii and Japan.
- 1967 - International Herald Tribune with NY Times and Washington Post content first published in Paris.
- 1972 - Richard Nixon becomes first U.S. President to visit Moscow.
- 1972 - Ceylon renamed Sri Lanka as it becomes a republic.
- 1987 - $4,394,500 paid for a Mozart manuscript of nine symphonies at Sotheby's, London.
- 1992 - After thirty years, Johnny Carson leaves NBC's 'The Tonight Show;' Jay Leno replaces him 5/25.
- 2015 - Ireland becomes the first country in the world to legalise same-sex marriage through a popular vote.
Feast Day of Saint:
- Slavery Abolition Day in French West Indies
- National Heroes Day in Sri Lanka
- National Maritime Day in U.S.
- 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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