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1st of May 0305 EVENT Diocletian and Maximian retire from the office of Roman Emperor.
1st of May 0880 EVENT The Nea Ekklesia is inaugurated in Constantinople, setting the model for all later cross-in-square Orthodox churches.
1st of May 1328 EVENT Wars of Scottish Independence end: Treaty of Edinburgh-Northampton : the Kingdom of England recognises the Kingdom of Scotland as an independent state.
1st of May 1576 EVENT Stefan Batory, the reigning Prince of Transylvania, marries Anna Jagiellon and they become the co-rulers of the Polish-Lithuanian Commonwealth.
1st of May 1707 EVENT The Act of Union joins the Kingdom of England and Kingdom of Scotland to form the Kingdom of Great Britain.
1st of May 1751 EVENT The first cricket match is played in America.
1st of May 1753 EVENT Publication of Species Plantarum by Linnaeus, and the formal start date of plant taxonomy adopted by the International Code of Botanical Nomenclature.
1st of May 1759 EVENT Josiah Wedgwood founds the Wedgwood pottery company in Great Britain.
1st of May 1776 EVENT Establishment of the Illuminati in Ingolstadt (Upper Bavaria), by Jesuit-taught Adam Weishaupt.
1st of May 1778 EVENT American Revolution: The Battle of Crooked Billet begins in Hatboro, Pennsylvania.
1st of May 1785 EVENT Kamehameha I, the king of Hawai?i, defeats Kalanikupule and establishes the Kingdom of Hawai?i.
1st of May 1786 EVENT Opening night of the opera The Marriage of Figaro by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart in Vienna, Austria.
1st of May 1794 EVENT War of the Pyrenees: The Battle of Boulou ends, in which French forces defeat the Spanish and regain nearly all the land they lost to Spain in 1793.
1st of May 1840 EVENT The Penny Black, the first official adhesive postage stamp, is issued in the United Kingdom.
1st of May 1844 EVENT Hong Kong Police Force, the world's second, Asia's first modern police force is established.
1st of May 1846 EVENT The few remaining Mormons left in Nauvoo, Illinois, formally dedicate the Nauvoo Temple.
1st of May 1851 EVENT Queen Victoria opens the Great Exhibition in London.
1st of May 1852 EVENT The Philippine peso is introduced into circulation.
1st of May 1862 EVENT American Civil War: The Union Army completes the Capture of New Orleans.
1st of May 1863 EVENT American Civil War: The Battle of Chancellorsville begins.
1st of May 1865 EVENT The Empire of Brazil, Argentina and Uruguay sign the Treaty of the Triple Alliance
1st of May 1869 EVENT The Folies Bergere opens in Paris.
1st of May 1875 EVENT Alexandra Palace reopens after the 1873 fire burnt it down.
1st of May 1884 EVENT Moses Fleetwood Walker became the first black person to play in a professional baseball game in the United States.
1st of May 1884 EVENT Proclamation of the demand for eight-hour workday in the United States.
1st of May 1885 EVENT The original Chicago Board of Trade Building opened for business.
1st of May 1886 EVENT Rallies are held throughout the United States demanding the eight-hour work day culminating in the Haymarket Affair.
1st of May 1893 EVENT The World's Columbian Exposition opens in Chicago.
1st of May 1894 EVENT Coxey's Army, the first significant American protest march, arrives in Washington, D.C.
1st of May 1898 EVENT Spanish-American War: The Battle of Manila Bay : the United States Navy destroys the Spanish Pacific fleet in the first battle of the war.
1st of May 1900 EVENT The Scofield mine disaster kills over 200 men in Scofield, Utah in what is to date the fifth-worst mining accident in United States history.
1st of May 1901 EVENT The Pan-American Exposition opens in Buffalo, New York.
1st of May 1915 EVENT The RMS Lusitania departs from New York City on her two hundred and second, and final, crossing of the North Atlantic. Six days later, the ship is torpedoed off the coast of Ireland with the loss of 1,198 lives, including 128 Americans, rousing American sentiment against Germany.
1st of May 1925 EVENT The All-China Federation of Trade Unions is officially founded. Today it is the largest trade union in the world, with 134 million members.
1st of May 1925 EVENT The first Ritual of the Calling of an Engineer is held at the University of Toronto, Canada.
1st of May 1927 EVENT The Union Labor Life Insurance Company is founded by the American Federation of Labor.
1st of May 1927 EVENT The first cooked meals on a scheduled flight are introduced on an Imperial Airways flight from London to Paris.
1st of May 1930 EVENT The dwarf planet Pluto is officially named.
1st of May 1931 EVENT The Empire State Building is dedicated in New York City.
1st of May 1933 EVENT The Roca-Runciman Treaty between Argentina and Great Britain is signed by Julio Argentino Roca, Jr., and Sir Walter Runciman.
1st of May 1940 EVENT The 1940 Summer Olympics are cancelled due to war.
1st of May 1941 EVENT World War II: German forces launch a major attack on Tobruk.
1st of May 1945 EVENT World War II: A German newsreader officially announces that Adolf Hitler has "fallen at his command post in the Reich Chancellery fighting to the last breath against Bolshevism and for Germany".
1st of May 1945 EVENT The Yugoslav partisans free Trieste.
1st of May 1946 EVENT Start of 3 year Pilbara strike of Indigenous Australians.
1st of May 1946 EVENT The Paris Peace Conference concludes that the islands of the Dodecanese should be returned to Greece by Italy.
1st of May 1947 EVENT Portella della Ginestra massacre against May Day celebrations in Sicily by the bandit and separatist leader Salvatore Giuliano; 11 persons are killed and 33 wounded.
1st of May 1948 EVENT The Democratic People's Republic of Korea (North Korea) is established, with Kim Il-sung as leader.
1st of May 1950 EVENT Guam is organized as a United States commonwealth.
1st of May 1956 EVENT A doctor in Japan reports an "epidemic of an unknown disease of the central nervous system", marking the official discovery of Minamata disease.
1st of May 1956 EVENT The polio vaccine developed by Jonas Salk is made available to the public.
1st of May 1957 EVENT 34 of 35 people aboard are killed when a Vickers Viking airliner crashed in Hampshire England.
1st of May 1960 EVENT Formation of the western Indian states of Gujarat and Maharashtra.
1st of May 1960 EVENT Cold War: U-2 incident : Francis Gary Powers, in a Lockheed U-2 spyplane, is shot down over the Soviet Union, sparking a diplomatic crisis.
1st of May 1961 EVENT The Prime Minister of Cuba, Fidel Castro, proclaims Cuba a socialist nation and abolishes elections.
1st of May 1965 EVENT Battle of Dong-Yin, a naval conflict between ROC and PRC, takes place.
1st of May 1970 EVENT Protests erupt in Seattle, Washington, following the announcement by U.S. President Richard Nixon that U.S. Forces in Vietnam would pursue enemy troops into Cambodia, a neutral country.
1st of May 1971 EVENT Amtrak (the National Railroad Passenger Corporation) takes over operation of U.S. passenger rail service.
1st of May 1977 EVENT 36 people are killed in Taksim Square, Istanbul, during the Labour Day celebrations.
1st of May 1978 EVENT Japan's Naomi Uemura, travelling by dog sled, becomes the first person to reach the North Pole alone.
1st of May 1982 EVENT The 1982 World's Fair opens in Knoxville, Tennessee.
1st of May 1982 EVENT Operation Black Buck: The Royal Air Force attacks the Argentine Air Force during Falklands War.
1st of May 1983 EVENT Greek composer Mikis Theodorakis is awarded the Lenin Peace Prize.
1st of May 1987 EVENT Pope John Paul II beatifies Edith Stein, a Jewish-born Carmelite nun who was gassed in the Nazi concentration camp at Auschwitz.
1st of May 1989 EVENT Disney-MGM Studios opens at Walt Disney World near Orlando, Florida, United States.
1st of May 1990 EVENT The former Philippine Episcopal Church (supervised by the Episcopal Church of the United States of America) is granted full autonomy and raised to the status of an Autocephalous Anglican Province and renamed the Episcopal Church of the Philippines.
1st of May 1991 EVENT Rickey Henderson of the Oakland Athletics steals his 939th base, making him the all-time leader in this category. However, his accomplishment is overshadowed later that evening by Nolan Ryan of the Texas Rangers, when he pitches his seventh career no-hitter, breaking his own record.
1st of May 1994 EVENT Three-time Formula One world champion Ayrton Senna is killed in an accident during the San Marino Grand Prix at Imola.
1st of May 1995 EVENT Croatian forces launch Operation Flash during the Croatian War of Independence.
1st of May 2001 EVENT Philippine President Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo declares the existence of "a state of rebellion", hours after thousands of supporters of her arrested predecessor, Joseph Estrada, storm towards the presidential palace at the height of the EDSA III rebellion.
1st of May 2003 EVENT 2003 invasion of Iraq: In what becomes known as the "Mission Accomplished" speech, on board the USS Abraham Lincoln (off the coast of California), U.S. President George W. Bush declares that "major combat operations in Iraq have ended".
1st of May 2004 EVENT Cyprus, Czech Republic, Estonia, Hungary, Latvia, Lithuania, Malta, Poland, Slovakia, and Slovenia join the European Union, celebrated at the residence of the Irish President in Dublin.
1st of May 2006 EVENT The Puerto Rican government closes the Department of Education and 42 other government agencies due to significant shortages in cash flow.
1st of May 2007 EVENT the Los Angeles May Day melee occurs, in which the Los Angeles Police Department's response to a May Day pro-immigration rally become a matter of controversy.
1st of May 2008 EVENT The London Agreement on translation of European patents, concluded in 2000, enters into force in 14 of the 34 Contracting States to the European Patent Convention.
1st of May 2009 EVENT Same-sex marriage is legalized in Sweden.
1st of May 2011 EVENT Pope John Paul II is beatified.
1st of May 2011 EVENT United States President Barack Obama announces that U.S. forces have killed Al-Qaeda leader Osama bin Laden.
1st of May 1218 BIRTHDAY John I, Count of Hainaut (d. 1257)
1st of May 1218 BIRTHDAY Rudolph I of Germany, Emperor of the Holy Roman Empire (d. 1291)
1st of May 1225 BIRTHDAY Jean de Joinville, French writer (d. 1317)
1st of May 1285 BIRTHDAY Edmund FitzAlan, 9th Earl of Arundel, English politician (d. 1326)
1st of May 1582 BIRTHDAY Marco da Gagliano, Italian composer (d. 1643)
1st of May 1585 BIRTHDAY Sophia Olelkovich Radziwill, Belarusian saint (d. 1612)
1st of May 1591 BIRTHDAY Johann Adam Schall von Bell, German Jesuit missionary (d. 1666)
1st of May 1594 BIRTHDAY John Haynes, Massachusetts colonial magistrate
1st of May 1672 BIRTHDAY Joseph Addison, English politician and writer (d. 1719)
1st of May 1730 BIRTHDAY Sir Joshua Rowley, 1st Baronet, Royal Navy admiral (d. 1790)
1st of May 1738 BIRTHDAY King Kamehameha I, King of Hawaii (d. 1819)
1st of May 1764 BIRTHDAY Benjamin Henry Latrobe, English born American architect (d. 1820)
1st of May 1769 BIRTHDAY Arthur Wellesley, 1st Duke of Wellington, Anglo-Irish statesman (d. 1852)
1st of May 1803 BIRTHDAY James Clarence Mangan, Irish poet (d. 1849)
1st of May 1804 BIRTHDAY Aleksey Khomyakov, Russian poet (d. 1860)
1st of May 1824 BIRTHDAY Alexander William Williamson, English chemist (d. 1904)
1st of May 1825 BIRTHDAY George Inness, American painter (d. 1894)
1st of May 1827 BIRTHDAY Jules Breton, French painter (d. 1906)
1st of May 1829 BIRTHDAY Jose de Alencar, Brazilian novelist (d. 1877)
1st of May 1829 BIRTHDAY Anthony Frederick Augustus Sandys, English Pre-Raphaelite painter (d. 1904)
1st of May 1831 BIRTHDAY Emily Stowe, Canadian physician and suffragist (d. 1903)
1st of May 1847 BIRTHDAY Henry Demarest Lloyd, American journalist (d. 1903)
1st of May 1848 BIRTHDAY Adelsteen Normann, Norwegian painter (d. 1919)
1st of May 1850 BIRTHDAY Prince Arthur, Duke of Connaught and Strathearn, Governor General of Canada (d. 1942)
1st of May 1851 BIRTHDAY Laza Lazarevic, Serbian writer and psychiatrist (d. 1891)
1st of May 1852 BIRTHDAY Calamity Jane, American Wild West performer (d. 1903)
1st of May 1852 BIRTHDAY Santiago Ramon y Cajal, Spanish neuroscientist, Nobel laureate (d. 1934)
1st of May 1857 BIRTHDAY Theo Van Gogh, Dutch art dealer (d. 1891)
1st of May 1864 BIRTHDAY Anna Jarvis, American founder of Mother's Day (d. 1948)
1st of May 1872 BIRTHDAY Sidonio Pais, Portuguese military and politician (d. 1918)
1st of May 1872 BIRTHDAY Harry Leon Wilson, American novelist (d. 1939)
1st of May 1881 BIRTHDAY Pierre Teilhard de Chardin, French palaeontologist and philosopher (d. 1955)
1st of May 1884 BIRTHDAY Francis Curzon, 5th Earl Howe, British politician, naval officer and racing driver (d. 1964)
1st of May 1885 BIRTHDAY Ralph Stackpole, American sculptor, painter (d. 1973)
1st of May 1887 BIRTHDAY Alan Gordon Cunningham, British army officer (d. 1983)
1st of May 1896 BIRTHDAY Mark Wayne Clark, American general (d. 1984)
1st of May 1896 BIRTHDAY J. Lawton Collins, American general (d. 1987)
1st of May 1896 BIRTHDAY Herbert Backe, German Nazi politician (d. 1947)
1st of May 1900 BIRTHDAY Ignazio Silone, Italian author and Politician (d. 1978)
1st of May 1901 BIRTHDAY Antal Szerb, Hungarian author and historian (d. 1945)
1st of May 1901 BIRTHDAY Heinz Eric Roemheld, American film composer (d. 1985)
1st of May 1905 BIRTHDAY Henry Koster, German film director (d. 1988)
1st of May 1905 BIRTHDAY Paul Desruisseaux, French Canadian lawyer, businessman and politician (d. 1982)
1st of May 1906 BIRTHDAY Horst Schumann, Nazi physician (d. 1983)
1st of May 1907 BIRTHDAY Kate Smith, American singer (d. 1986)
1st of May 1907 BIRTHDAY Oliver Hill, civil rights attorney (d. 2007)
1st of May 1908 BIRTHDAY Giovanni Guareschi, Italian journalist (d. 1968)
1st of May 1908 BIRTHDAY Morris Kline, American mathematician (d. 1992)
1st of May 1909 BIRTHDAY Yiannis Ritsos, Greek poet, winner of the Lenin Peace Prize, 9 times nominee for the Nobel Prize (d. 1990)
1st of May 1910 BIRTHDAY Dr. J. Allen Hynek, Astronomer/astro-physicist; noted UFO investigator (d. 1986)
1st of May 1912 BIRTHDAY Otto Kretschmer, German U-Boat commander (d. 1998)
1st of May 1913 BIRTHDAY Louis Nye, American comedian and actor (d. 2005)
1st of May 1913 BIRTHDAY Walter Susskind, Czech conductor (d. 1980)
1st of May 1915 BIRTHDAY Archie Williams, American athlete (d. 1993)
1st of May 1916 BIRTHDAY Glenn Ford, Canadian actor (d. 2006)
1st of May 1917 BIRTHDAY Danielle Darrieux, French singer and actress
1st of May 1917 BIRTHDAY John Beradino, American actor and baseball player (d. 1996)
1st of May 1917 BIRTHDAY Ahron Soloveichik, Orthodox Jewish rabbi (d. 2001)
1st of May 1918 BIRTHDAY Gersh Budker, Russian physicist (d. 1977)
1st of May 1918 BIRTHDAY Jack Paar, American television host (d. 2004)
1st of May 1919 BIRTHDAY Manna Dey, Indian singer
1st of May 1919 BIRTHDAY Dan O'Herlihy, Irish film actor (d. 2005)
1st of May 1919 BIRTHDAY Mohammed Karim Lamrani, Prime Minister of Morocco
1st of May 1919 BIRTHDAY Lewis Hill, American pacifist and founder of Pacifica Radio (d. 1957)
1st of May 1923 BIRTHDAY Joseph Heller, American novelist (d. 1999)
1st of May 1924 BIRTHDAY Art Fleming, American game show host (d. 1995)
1st of May 1924 BIRTHDAY Karel Kachyna, Czech film director (d. 2004)
1st of May 1924 BIRTHDAY Terry Southern, American screenwriter (d. 1995)
1st of May 1925 BIRTHDAY Chuck Bednarik, American football player
1st of May 1925 BIRTHDAY Scott Carpenter, American astronaut
1st of May 1926 BIRTHDAY Peter Lax, Hungarian mathematician
1st of May 1928 BIRTHDAY Desmond Titterington, Northern Irish racer (d. 2002)
1st of May 1929 BIRTHDAY Ralf Dahrendorf, German-born sociologist and politician (d. 2009)
1st of May 1929 BIRTHDAY Sonny James, American country music singer and songwriter
1st of May 1930 BIRTHDAY Richard Riordan, American politician, former mayor of Los Angeles
1st of May 1930 BIRTHDAY Little Walter, American blues singer (d. 1968)
1st of May 1934 BIRTHDAY Cuauhtemoc Cardenas, Mexican politician
1st of May 1934 BIRTHDAY Shirley Horn, American jazz singer and pianist (d. 2005)
1st of May 1934 BIRTHDAY Joan Hackett, American actress (d. 1983)
1st of May 1935 BIRTHDAY Ann Robinson, American actress
1st of May 1937 BIRTHDAY Una Stubbs, English actress
1st of May 1939 BIRTHDAY Judy Collins, American folk singer
1st of May 1939 BIRTHDAY Victor Davies, Canadian composer
1st of May 1939 BIRTHDAY Max Robinson, American broadcast journalist (d. 1988)
1st of May 1940 BIRTHDAY Bobbie Ann Mason, American novelist and literary critic
1st of May 1940 BIRTHDAY Elsa Peretti, Italian jewelry designer
1st of May 1943 BIRTHDAY Vassal Gadoengin, Nauruan politician (d. 2004)
1st of May 1944 BIRTHDAY Suresh Kalmadi, Indian politician
1st of May 1945 BIRTHDAY Rita Coolidge, American singer
1st of May 1946 BIRTHDAY Joanna Lumley, English actress
1st of May 1946 BIRTHDAY John Woo, Hong Kong director
1st of May 1947 BIRTHDAY Sergio Infante, Chilean poet and writer
1st of May 1948 BIRTHDAY Patricia Hill Collins, American black-feminist and scholar
1st of May 1949 BIRTHDAY Tim Hodgkinson, English composer and musician (Henry Cow)
1st of May 1949 BIRTHDAY Paul Teutul, Sr., founder of Orange County Choppers
1st of May 1949 BIRTHDAY Jim Clench, Canadian bassist (April Wine and Bachman : Turner Overdrive) (d. 2010)
1st of May 1950 BIRTHDAY Dann Florek, American actor
1st of May 1950 BIRTHDAY Danny McGrain, Scottish footballer
1st of May 1951 BIRTHDAY Antony Worrall Thompson, English celebrity chef
1st of May 1953 BIRTHDAY Glen Ballard, American songwriter and record producer
1st of May 1954 BIRTHDAY Ray Parker Jr., American singer and songwriter
1st of May 1954 BIRTHDAY Joel Rosenberg, science fiction author
1st of May 1955 BIRTHDAY Martin O'Donnell, American composer
1st of May 1955 BIRTHDAY Nick Feldman, English musician
1st of May 1956 BIRTHDAY Catherine Frot, French actress
1st of May 1956 BIRTHDAY Phil Foglio, American cartoonist and comic book artist
1st of May 1957 BIRTHDAY Kow Otani, Japanese composer
1st of May 1959 BIRTHDAY Lawrence Seeff, South African cricketer
1st of May 1960 BIRTHDAY Steve Cauthen, American jockey
1st of May 1961 BIRTHDAY Marilyn Milian, current judge on The People's Court
1st of May 1962 BIRTHDAY Ted Sundquist, General Manager of the Denver Broncos
1st of May 1962 BIRTHDAY Maia Morgenstern, Romanian actress
1st of May 1964 BIRTHDAY Yvonne van Gennip, Dutch speed skater
1st of May 1964 BIRTHDAY Lady Sarah Chatto, daughter of Princess Margaret
1st of May 1966 BIRTHDAY Olaf Thon, German football player
1st of May 1966 BIRTHDAY Charlie Schlatter, American actor
1st of May 1967 BIRTHDAY Tim McGraw, American musician
1st of May 1968 BIRTHDAY Sol Kyung-gu, South Korean actor
1st of May 1968 BIRTHDAY D'arcy Wretzky, American musician (The Smashing Pumpkins)
1st of May 1968 BIRTHDAY Denise Masino, American Female bodybuilder
1st of May 1968 BIRTHDAY Oliver Bierhoff, German footballer
1st of May 1969 BIRTHDAY Billy Owens, American basketball player
1st of May 1969 BIRTHDAY Wes Anderson, American director and writer
1st of May 1971 BIRTHDAY Ethan Albright, American football player
1st of May 1971 BIRTHDAY Ajith Kumar, Indian film actor
1st of May 1972 BIRTHDAY Julie Benz, American actress
1st of May 1972 BIRTHDAY Earl Va'a, Samoan rugby player
1st of May 1973 BIRTHDAY Mike Jesse, German footballer
1st of May 1973 BIRTHDAY Curtis Martin, American football player
1st of May 1973 BIRTHDAY Oliver Neuville, German footballer
1st of May 1974 BIRTHDAY Kellie Crawford, Australian singer (Hi-5)
1st of May 1975 BIRTHDAY Alexey Smertin, Russian footballer
1st of May 1975 BIRTHDAY Marc-Vivien Foe, Cameroonian footballer (d. 2003)
1st of May 1975 BIRTHDAY Jodhi May, British actress
1st of May 1975 BIRTHDAY Austin Croshere, American basketball player
1st of May 1976 BIRTHDAY Darius McCrary, American actor
1st of May 1977 BIRTHDAY Vera Lischka, Austrian swimmer, politician
1st of May 1978 BIRTHDAY Nick Traina, American singer (Link 80) (d. 1997)
1st of May 1978 BIRTHDAY Sachie Hara, Japanese actress
1st of May 1979 BIRTHDAY Mauro Bergamasco, Italian rugby player
1st of May 1979 BIRTHDAY Ben Easter, American actor
1st of May 1979 BIRTHDAY Michael Harvey, British musical artist
1st of May 1980 BIRTHDAY Jan Heylen, Belgian racing driver
1st of May 1980 BIRTHDAY Jay Reatard, American musician (d. 2010)
1st of May 1980 BIRTHDAY Ana Claudia Talancon, Mexican actress
1st of May 1981 BIRTHDAY Alexander Hleb, Belarusian footballer
1st of May 1981 BIRTHDAY Derek Asamoah, Ghanaian footballer
1st of May 1981 BIRTHDAY Wes Welker, American football player
1st of May 1982 BIRTHDAY Tommy Robredo, Spanish tennis player
1st of May 1982 BIRTHDAY Darijo Srna, Croatian football player
1st of May 1983 BIRTHDAY The Human Tornado (Craig Williams), American professional wrestler
1st of May 1983 BIRTHDAY Alain Bernard, French swimmer
1st of May 1984 BIRTHDAY Patrick Eaves, American ice hockey player
1st of May 1984 BIRTHDAY David Backes, American ice hockey player
1st of May 1984 BIRTHDAY Keiichiro Koyama, Japanese musician (NEWS)
1st of May 1984 BIRTHDAY Farah Fath, American actress
1st of May 1984 BIRTHDAY Alexander Farnerud, Swedish footballer
1st of May 1984 BIRTHDAY Mark Seaby, Australian Rules footballer
1st of May 1985 BIRTHDAY Drew Sidora, American actress
1st of May 1986 BIRTHDAY Christian Benitez, Ecuadorian footballer
1st of May 1986 BIRTHDAY Adam Casey, Australian footballer
1st of May 1986 BIRTHDAY Brent Stanton, Australian rules footballer
1st of May 1987 BIRTHDAY Shahar Pe'er, Israeli tennis player
1st of May 1987 BIRTHDAY Glen Coffee, American football player
1st of May 1987 BIRTHDAY Marcus Drum, Australian Rules Football
1st of May 1987 BIRTHDAY Matt Di Angelo, English actor
1st of May 1988 BIRTHDAY Anushka Sharma, Indian actress and model
1st of May 1988 BIRTHDAY Nicholas Braun, American actor
1st of May 1989 BIRTHDAY Tim Urban, American singer
1st of May 1991 BIRTHDAY Creagen Dow, American actor
1st of May 1997 BIRTHDAY Ariel Gade, American actress
1st of May 0408 DEATH Arcadius, Eastern Roman emperor (Born 337/338)
1st of May 1118 DEATH Edith of Scotland, first wife of Henry I of England (Born c.1080)
1st of May 1308 DEATH Albert I of Habsburg (Born 1255)
1st of May 1539 DEATH Isabella of Portugal, queen of Spain and empress of Germany (Born 1503)
1st of May 1555 DEATH Pope Marcellus II (Born 1501)
1st of May 1572 DEATH Saint Pope Pius V (Born 1504)
1st of May 1731 DEATH Johann Ludwig Bach, German composer (Born 1677)
1st of May 1738 DEATH Charles Howard, 3rd Earl of Carlisle, English statesman (Born c.1669)
1st of May 1772 DEATH Gottfried Achenwall, German statistician (Born 1719)
1st of May 1813 DEATH Jean-Baptiste Bessieres, French marshal (killed in combat) (Born 1768)
1st of May 1873 DEATH David Livingstone, Scottish missionary (Born 1813)
1st of May 1899 DEATH Ludwig Buchner, German philosopher and physician (Born 1824)
1st of May 1904 DEATH Antonin Dvorak, Czech composer (Born 1841)
1st of May 1913 DEATH John Barclay Armstrong, Texas Ranger and U.S. Marshal (Born 1850)
1st of May 1920 DEATH Princess Margaret of Connaught (Born 1882)
1st of May 1935 DEATH Henri Pelissier, French cyclist (Born 1889)
1st of May 1937 DEATH Snitz Edwards, American actor (Born 1868)
1st of May 1943 DEATH Johan Oscar Smith, Norweigian Christian leader and founder of Brunstad Christian Church (Born 1871)
1st of May 1945 DEATH Joseph Goebbels, Nazi Minister of Propaganda (Born 1897)
1st of May 1963 DEATH Lope K. Santos, Filipino writer, father of the Filipino language (Born 1879)
1st of May 1965 DEATH Spike Jones, American band leader, musician, and comedian (Born 1911)
1st of May 1968 DEATH Harold Nicolson, British diplomat, author and politician (Born 1886)
1st of May 1968 DEATH Jack Adams, Canadian ice hockey player, coach and general manager (Born 1895)
1st of May 1970 DEATH Crown Prince Euimin, Crown Prince of Korea (Born 1897)
1st of May 1973 DEATH Asger Jorn, Danish painter (Born 1914)
1st of May 1976 DEATH T.R.M. Howard, civil rights leader, entrepreneur, surgeon (Born 1908)
1st of May 1976 DEATH Alexandros Panagoulis, Greek poet who fought the military junta in Greece (Born 1939)
1st of May 1978 DEATH Aram Khachaturian, Armenian composer (Born 1903)
1st of May 1982 DEATH William Primrose, Scottish violist (Born 1903)
1st of May 1985 DEATH Denise Robins (aka Francesca Wright, Ashley French, Harriet Gray, Julia Kane) British romance novelist (Born 1897)
1st of May 1986 DEATH Hylda Baker, English comedy actress (Born 1905)
1st of May 1986 DEATH Hugo Peretti, American songwriter and record producer (Born 1916)
1st of May 1989 DEATH Sally Kirkland, fashion editor at LIFE (Born 1912)
1st of May 1989 DEATH Douglass Watson, American actor (Born 1921)
1st of May 1990 DEATH Sergio Franchi, Italian tenor (Born 1926)
1st of May 1992 DEATH Sharon Redd, American house music and urban contemporary singer (Born 1945)
1st of May 1993 DEATH Pierre Beregovoy, French Prime Minister (Born 1925)
1st of May 1993 DEATH Ranasinghe Premadasa, President of Sri Lanka (Born 1924)
1st of May 1994 DEATH Ayrton Senna, Brazilian race car driver (Born 1960)
1st of May 1996 DEATH Luana Patten, American actress (Born 1938)
1st of May 1998 DEATH Eldridge Cleaver, American activist (Born 1935)
1st of May 2000 DEATH Steve Reeves, American actor (Born 1926)
1st of May 2003 DEATH Miss Elizabeth, American wrestler (Born 1960)
1st of May 2006 DEATH Rob Lacey, Christian author (Born 1962)
1st of May 2006 DEATH Big Hawk, American rapper (Born 1969)
1st of May 2006 DEATH Johnny Paris, American saxophonist (Johnny and the Hurricanes) (Born 1940)
1st of May 2008 DEATH Anthony Mamo, Malta's first President (Born 1909)
1st of May 2008 DEATH Deborah Jeane Palfrey, Washington, D.C. prostitution service owner (Born 1956)
1st of May 2008 DEATH Philipp Freiherr von Boeselager, last surviving member of the 20 July Plot to assassinate Adolf Hitler in 1944 (Born 1917)
1st of May 2009 DEATH Danny Gans, American entertainer (Born 1956)
1st of May 2010 DEATH Rob McConnell, Canadian jazz composer/arranger and valve trombonist (Born 1935)
1st of May 2010 DEATH Helen Wagner, American Actress (Born 1918)
1st of May 2011 DEATH Ted Lowe, English snooker commentator (Born 1920)

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