Born On This Day:
- Joseph Ignace Guillotin, 1738
- William Pitt the Younger, 1759
- Thomas Moore, 1779
- Tony Pastor, 1837
- Jim Thorpe, 1886
- Ian Fleming, 1908
- Walker Percy, 1916
- Stephen Birmingham, 1931
- Dionne Quintuplets, 1934
- Caroll Baker, 1935
- Gladys Knight, 1944
- Rudolph Giuliani, 1944
- John Fogerty, 1945
- Sondra Locke, 1947
- David Baddiel, 1964
- Kylie Minogue, 1968
- Carrie Mulligan, 1985
Died On This Day:
- Luigi Boccherini, 1805
- Noah Webster, 1843
- Anne Bronte, 1849
- Audie Murphy, 1971
- Edward VIII Duke of Windsor, 1972
- Eric Morecambe, 1984
- Anthony 'Big Tuna' Accardo, 1992
- Julius Boros, 1994
- Phil Hartman shot dead, 1998
- Beryl Cook, 2008
- Gary Coleman, 2010
- Maya Angelou, 2014
- 585 BC - Traditional date of cease fire between Lydians and Medes when total eclipse of sun occurred.
- 1742 - First indoor swimming pool opens in London.
- 1754 - George Washington and troops capture French east of Uniontown, PA (French & Indian War).
- 1804 - First Republic of France ends; Era of Napoleon begins.
- 1870 - First stamp auction in America held in New York City.
- 1892 - Famed naturalist John Muir founds the Sierra Club.
- 1900 - Solar eclipse darkens much of Northern hemisphere.
- 1902 - Thomas A. Edison announces his invention of the alkaline storage battery.
- 1922 - Detroit News Orchestra becomes first to broadcast on radio on station WWJ.
- 1928 - Chrysler and Dodge merge in biggest auto industry merger in history.
- 1929 - First Technicolor film, 'On With the Show' opens at Winter Garden Theatre, N.Y.
- 1937 - Neville Chamberlain appointed Prime Minister of England.
- 1940 - Belgian army surrenders to Germans.
- 1951 - Goon Show (Crazy People Featuring the Goons) broadcast in UK with Sellers, Secombe & Milligan.
- 1961 - Observer article about prisoners by Brit lawyer Peter Benenson leads to founding of Amnesty Intl.
- 1967 - British yachtsman Sir Francis Chicester sails into Plymouth, England after circumnavigation of globe.
- 2008 - King Gyanendra of Nepal, revered as a living god, stripped of power as Assembly in Nepal abolishes monarchy.
- 2011 - £1.15 million paid by anonymous Asian for the world's most expensive camera - a Leica 0 series from 1923 - at Vienna's WestLicht Gallery.
Feast Day of Saint:
- Germanus of Paris
- Bernard of Montjoux
- St. Augustine
- Public Holiday in Jamaica
- Armenian Independence Day (1918)
- 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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