31 MAY
   
 

Born On This Day:

  • Walt Whitman, 1819
  • Pope Pius XI, 1857
  • W. Heath Robinson, 1872
  • Fred Allen, 1894
  • Norman Vincent Peale, 1898
  • Don Ameche, 1908
  • Edward Bennett Williams, 1920
  • Denholm Elliott, 1922
  • Prince Rainier of Monaco, 1923
  • Clint Eastwood, 1931
  • Peter Yarrow, 1938
  • Terry Waite, 1939
  • Johnny Paycheck, 1941
  • Joe Namath, 1943
  • Sharon Gless, 1943
  • Rainer Werner Fassbinder, 1946
  • Tom Berenger, 1950
  • Brooke Shields, 1965
  • Colin Farrell, 1976

Died On This Day:

  • Tintoretto, 1594
  • Frederick William I, King of Prussia , 1740
  • Franz Joseph Haydn, 1809
  • Joseph Grimaldi (Joey the Clown), 1837
  • Adolf Eichmann executed, 1962
  • Martha Mitchell, 1976
  • Jack Dempsey, 1983
  • Timothy Leary, 1996
  • Arlene Francis, 2001
  • Danny La Rue, 2009
  • Jean Stapleton, 2013

Today's Events:

  • 1669 - Samuel Pepys ends his diary after 9 1/2 years.
  • 1790 - First U.S. Copyright law enacted seeking to protect ownership of literary compositions, plays & maps
  • 1836 - Astor Hotel, later Waldorf-Astoria, opens in N.Y.
  • 1859 - Chimes of Big Ben first heard from the belfry of the Clock Tower at the Palace of Westminster, London.
  • 1868 - First recorded bicycle race at Parc de St. Cloud, Paris won by Dr. James Moore on a velocipede.
  • 1889 - America's worst damn dam accident. Johnstown Flood (PA)-2,300 killed, $10 million damage.
  • 1900 - Boxer Rebellion begins; discontented Chinese riot in Nanking and Canton murdering missionaries.
  • 1902 - Peace of Vereeniging ends Boer War; Boars accept British sovereignty for $3 million.
  • 1910 - Colony of Natal merged into the Union of South Africa.
  • 1915 - New War Horror!! Bombs first dropped from the sky on a city; 3,000 lbs. of bombs fall on London.
  • 1916 - Battle of Jutland in North Sea between British and German fleets, only WW1 major sea battle.
  • 1924 - Rich Chicago students Leopold and Loeb confess to thrill murder; Clarence Darrow to defend.
  • 1929 - First reindeer born in the United States at North Beverly, Mass.
  • 1938 - NBC is first network to televise feature film, 'Return of the Scarlet Pimpernel.'
  • 1943 - Construction begins on the ENIAC computer at the Moore School of Electrical Engineering in Philly.
  • 1970 - Earthquake in Yungay, Peru kills 70,000, leaves 800,000 homeless with $billions in damage.
  • 1990 - Premiere of TV show Seinfeld, starring Jerry; landmark comedy runs eight years til May 14,1998.

Holiday:

  • Independence Day (Union Day) South Africa (1910)
  • Republic Day South Africa (1961)

Non-Specific Holiday:

  • 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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