Born On This Day:
- Charles, Duc d’Orleans, 1391
- John Churchill, 1st Duke of Marlborough, 1650
- Queen Mary (George V), 1867
- Al Jolson, 1886
- Norma Talmadge, 1897
- John Wayne, 1907
- Robert Morley, 1908
- Peter Cushing, 1913
- Peggy Lee, 1920
- Jay Silverheels, 1922
- James Arness, 1923
- Alex McCowen, 1926
- Jack Kevorkian, 1928
- Brent Musberger, 1939
- Teresa Stratas, 1939
- Stevie Nicks, 1948
- Philip Michael Thomas, 1949
- Pamela Grier, 1949
- Hank Williams Jr., 1949
- Sally Ride, 1951
- Helena Bonham-Carter, 1966
Died On This Day:
- Saint Philip Neri, 1595
- Samuel Pepys, 1703
- Victor Herbert, 1924
- Jimmy Rodgers, 1933
- Charles Mayo, 1939
- Jacques Lipchitz, 1973
- George W. Ball, 1994
- Friz Freleng, 1995
- Kathleen Winsor, 2003
- Eddie Albert, 2005
- Sydney Pollack, 2008
- Art Linklater, 2010
- 1805 - Lewis and Clark expedition first sights Rocky Mountains.
- 1805 - Napoleon crowned King of Italy in Milan Cathedral.
- 1864 - Montana territory organized by taking piece from Territory of Idaho.
- 1865 - Surrender of last Confederate army at Shreveport ends U.S. Civil War. Total dead 498,432.
- 1868 - Last public execution in England; Michael Barrett hanged outside Newgate Prison for bombing.
- 1887 - British East Africa Company chartered.
- 1894 - Dr. Emanuel Lasker of Germany beats Wilhelm Steinitz (Czech) for world chess championship.
- 1896 - Dow Jones Industrial Average is published for the first time in the Wall Street Journal.
- 1897 - Bram Stoker's "Dracula" published in hardcover by Archibald Constable and Co. in London to excellent critical reviews.
- 1913 - Actor's Equity Association organized.
- 1913 - First British woman magistrate appointed-Emily Duncan.
- 1923 - First Le Mans car race begins in France.
- 1927 - Ford Motor Company ceases production of Model T 'Tin Lizzie' after 19 years and 15 million cars.
- 1938 - House Un-American Activities Committee set up to investigate dissenters.
- 1943 - At Auschwitz Concentration Camp 1,042 Gypsies executed in gas chamber after typhoid breaks out.
- 1946 - Patent for fusion of H. Bomb filed.
- 1994 - Lisa Marie Presley marries Michael Jackson.
- 2011 - After 16 years on the run, Ratko Mladic, the Butcher of Bosnia, is captured in a Serbian village.
Feast Day of Saint:
- Mariana of Quito
- Philip Neri (died today 1595)
- Lambert of Venice
- Prix of Auxerre
- Quadratus of Athens
- Augustine (or Austin) of Canterbury (died today A.D. 604)
- Independence Day Guyana (1966)
- 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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