Born On This Day:
- Gabriel Daniel Fahrenheit, 1686
- Jean-Paul Marat, 1743
- Queen Victoria, 1819
- Arthur Pinero, 1855
- Jan Smuts, 1870
- Harry Emerson Fosdick, 1878
- Elsa Maxwell, 1883
- S. I. Newhouse, 1895
- Suzanne Lenglen, 1899
- Lilli Palmer, 1914
- Coleman Young, 1918
- Siobhan McKenna, 1923
- Mai Zetterling, 1925
- Arnold Wesker, 1932
- Jane Byrne, 1934
- Tommy Chong, 1938
- Gary Burghoff, 1940
- Bob Dylan, 1941
- Patti Labelle, 1944
- Frank Oz, 1944
- Priscilla Presley, 1946
- Leo Sayer, 1948
- Rosanne Cash, 1955
- Kristen Scott Thomas, 1960
- Hector 'Macho' Camacho, 1962
- Eric Cantona, 1966
Died On This Day:
- Nicolaus Copernicus, 1543
- Empress Josephine, 1814
- James Peale, 1831
- John Foster Dulles, 1959
- Duke Ellington, 1974
- George Jessel, 1981
- Hermione Gingold, 1987
- 1543 - On the day of his death, Copernicus's 'On the Revolution of the Celestial Spheres' published.
- 1738 - Methodism born when reading Martin Luther's 'Preface to Epistle to Romans' converts John Wesley.
- 1844 - First telegraph message sent by Samuel Morse from Washington to Baltimore: 'What hath God wrought.'
- 1878 - First American bicycle race held at Beacon Park, Boston; C.A. Parker of Harvard U. wins.
- 1883 - Brooklyn Bridge opened to traffic spanning East River between Brooklyn and New York City.
- 1899 - First public garage opens in Boston, 'a stable for renting, sale, storage and repair of motor vehicles.'
- 1935 - First major-league night baseball game played at Crosley Field, Cincinatti. Reds beat Phillies 2-1.
- 1954 - International Business Machines Corp (IBM) announces development of 'electronic brain.'
- 1962 - Scott Carpenter flies second manned orbital flight in Aurora 7 at 164 miles high for almost 5 hours.
- 1966 - 'Mame' opens on Broadway at the ANTA Theatre.
- 1976 - Supersonic Concorde flights begin to the U.S. from France; first flight from Washington takes 4 hrs.
- 1976 - At a blind Paris wine tasting nine judges choose California wines over French - horrors of horrors.
- 1979 - Single bottle of 1806 Chateau Lafitte claret auctioned for $28,000.
- 1982 - South African woman, Christina Samane, gives birth to world's heftiest infant - 22 lbs 8 oz.
- 1999 - US Department of Justice accuses BASF of price fixing of vitamins and fines company $225 million.
- 1999 - In Dallas, TX, F. Hoffmann-La Roche Ltd. fined the world record $500 million for leading worldwide conspiracy to fix prices for vitamins sold in US and elsewhere.
Feast Day of Saint:
- Simeon Stylites the Younger
- David of Scotland
- Independence Day Ecuador (1822)
- Commonwealth Day
- Day of Hermes Trismegistus
- Feast of the Holy Maries in France
- 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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