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31st of May 0526 EVENT A devastating earthquake strikes Antioch, Turkey, killing 250,000.
31st of May 1223 EVENT Mongol invasion of the Cumans: Battle of the Kalka River : Mongol armies of Genghis Khan led by Subutai defeat Kievan Rus and Cumans.
31st of May 1578 EVENT Martin Frobisher sails from Harwich, England to Frobisher Bay, Canada, eventually to mine fool's gold, used to pave streets in London.
31st of May 1578 EVENT King Henri III lays the first stone of the Pont Neuf (New Bridge), the oldest bridge of Paris.
31st of May 1669 EVENT Citing poor eyesight, Samuel Pepys records the last event in his diary.
31st of May 1678 EVENT The Godiva procession through Coventry begins.
31st of May 1759 EVENT The Province of Pennsylvania bans all theater productions.
31st of May 1775 EVENT American Revolution: The Mecklenburg Resolutions adopted in the Province of North Carolina
31st of May 1790 EVENT The United States enacts its first copyright statute, the Copyright Act of 1790.
31st of May 1790 EVENT French Revolution: the Revolutionary Tribunal is suppressed.
31st of May 1790 EVENT Alferez Manuel Quimper explores the Strait of Juan de Fuca.
31st of May 1805 EVENT French and Spanish forces begin the assault against British forces occupying Diamond Rock
31st of May 1813 EVENT In Australia, Lawson, Blaxland and Wentworth, reached Mount Blaxland, effectively marking the end of a route across the Blue Mountains.
31st of May 1854 EVENT The civil death procedure is abolished in France.
31st of May 1859 EVENT The clock tower at the Houses of Parliament, which houses Big Ben, starts keeping time.
31st of May 1862 EVENT American Civil War Peninsula Campaign: Battle of Seven Pines or (Battle of Fair Oaks) : Confederate forces under Joseph E. Johnston & G. W. Smith engage Union forces under George B. McClellan outside Richmond, Virginia.
31st of May 1864 EVENT American Civil War Overland Campaign: Battle of Cold Harbor : The Army of Northern Virginia under Robert E. Lee engages the Army of the Potomac under Ulysses S. Grant & George G. Meade.
31st of May 1866 EVENT In the Fenian Invasion of Canada, John O'Neill leads 850 Fenian raiders across the Niagara River at Buffalo, New York/Fort Erie, Ontario, as part of an effort to free Ireland from the United Kingdom. Canadian militia and British regulars repulse the invaders in over the next three days, at a cost of 9 dead and 38 wounded to the Fenian's 19 dead and about 17 wounded.
31st of May 1884 EVENT Arrival at Plymouth of Tawhiao, King of Maoris, to claim protection of Queen Victoria
31st of May 1889 EVENT Johnstown Flood: Over 2,200 people die after a dam break sends a 60-foot (18-meter) wall of water over the town of Johnstown, Pennsylvania.
31st of May 1902 EVENT Second Boer War: The Treaty of Vereeniging ends the war and ensures British control of South Africa.
31st of May 1910 EVENT Creation of the Union of South Africa.
31st of May 1911 EVENT The ocean liner R.M.S. Titanic is launched.
31st of May 1916 EVENT World War I: Battle of Jutland : The British Grand Fleet under the command of Sir John Jellicoe & Sir David Beatty engage the Kaiserliche Marine under the command of Reinhard Scheer & Franz von Hipper in the largest naval battle of the war, which proves indecisive.
31st of May 1921 EVENT Tulsa Race Riot: A civil unrest in Tulsa, Oklahoma, United States, the official death toll is 39, but recent investigations suggest the actual toll may be much higher.
31st of May 1924 EVENT The Soviet Union signs an agreement with the Peking government, referring to Outer Mongolia as an "integral part of the Republic of China", whose "sovereignty" therein the Soviet Union promises to respect.
31st of May 1927 EVENT The last Ford Model T rolls off the assembly line after a production run of 15,007,003 vehicles.
31st of May 1929 EVENT The first talking cartoon of Mickey Mouse, "The Karnival Kid", is released.
31st of May 1935 EVENT A 7.7 Mw earthquake destroys Quetta in modern-day Pakistan: 40,000 dead.
31st of May 1941 EVENT A Luftwaffe air raid in Dublin, Ireland claims 38 lives.
31st of May 1941 EVENT Anglo-Iraqi War: The United Kingdom completes the re-occupation of Iraq and returns 'Abd al-Ilah to power as regent for Faisal II.
31st of May 1942 EVENT World War II: Imperial Japanese Navy midget submarines begin a series of attacks on Sydney, Australia.
31st of May 1943 EVENT Zoot Suit Riots begin
31st of May 1961 EVENT Republic of South Africa created.
31st of May 1962 EVENT The West Indies Federation dissolves.
31st of May 1962 EVENT Adolf Eichmann is hanged in Israel.
31st of May 1970 EVENT The Ancash earthquake causes a landslide that buries the town of Yungay, Peru; more than 47,000 people are killed.
31st of May 1971 EVENT In accordance with the Uniform Monday Holiday Act passed by the U.S. Congress in 1968, observation of Memorial Day occurs on the last Monday in May for the first time, rather than on the traditional Memorial Day of May 30.
31st of May 1973 EVENT The United States Senate votes to cut off funding for the bombing of Khmer Rouge targets within Cambodia, hastening the end of the Cambodian Civil War.
31st of May 1977 EVENT The Trans-Alaska Pipeline System completed.
31st of May 1981 EVENT Burning of Jaffna library, Sri Lanka, It is one of the violent examples of ethnic biblioclasm of the twentieth century.
31st of May 1985 EVENT 1985 United States-Canadian tornado outbreak: Forty-one tornadoes hit Ohio, Pennsylvania, New York, and Ontario, leaving 76 dead.
31st of May 1991 EVENT Bicesse Accords in Angola lay out a transition to multi-party democracy under the supervision of the United Nations' UNAVEM II mission.
31st of May 2005 EVENT Vanity Fair reveals that Mark Felt was Deep Throat.
31st of May 2010 EVENT In the international waters, Shayetet 13 soldiers attacked with firearms to flotilla that wanted to break the blockade on Gaza Strip. During the armed aggression on the MV Mavi Marmara ship, a violent attack had started. 9 activists killed by soldiers on board, and lots of activist injured.
31st of May 1443 BIRTHDAY Lady Margaret Beaufort, mother of Henry VII of England (d. 1509)
31st of May 1469 BIRTHDAY Manuel I of Portugal (d. 1521)
31st of May 1535 BIRTHDAY Alessandro Allori, Italian painter (d. 1607)
31st of May 1557 BIRTHDAY Feodor I of Russia (d. 1598)
31st of May 1613 BIRTHDAY John George II, Elector of Saxony (d. 1680)
31st of May 1640 BIRTHDAY Michael of Poland (d. 1673)
31st of May 1641 BIRTHDAY Dositheos, Greek Orthodox Patriarch of Jerusalem (d. 1707)
31st of May 1656 BIRTHDAY Marin Marais, French composer (d. 1728)
31st of May 1732 BIRTHDAY Count Hieronymus von Colloredo, Austrian Roman Catholic Archbishop (d. 1812)
31st of May 1753 BIRTHDAY Pierre Victurnien Vergniaud, French statesman (d. 1793)
31st of May 1754 BIRTHDAY Andrea Appiani, Italian painter (d. 1817)
31st of May 1773 BIRTHDAY Ludwig Tieck, German writer (d. 1853)
31st of May 1801 BIRTHDAY Johann Georg Baiter, Swiss philologist (d. 1887)
31st of May 1818 BIRTHDAY John Albion Andrew, American politician (d. 1867)
31st of May 1819 BIRTHDAY Walt Whitman, American poet (d. 1892)
31st of May 1835 BIRTHDAY Hijikata Toshizo, Japanese military leader (d. 1869)
31st of May 1838 BIRTHDAY Henry Sidgwick, English philosopher (d. 1900)
31st of May 1852 BIRTHDAY Francisco Moreno, Argentine explorer (d. 1919)
31st of May 1857 BIRTHDAY Pope Pius XI (d. 1939)
31st of May 1860 BIRTHDAY Walter Sickert, English painter (d. 1942)
31st of May 1863 BIRTHDAY Francis Younghusband, British explorer (d. 1942)
31st of May 1872 BIRTHDAY Heath Robinson, English cartoonist (d. 1944)
31st of May 1882 BIRTHDAY Sandor Graf Festetics, Hungarian politician (d. 1956)
31st of May 1883 BIRTHDAY Lauri Kristian Relander, Finnish politician (d. 1942)
31st of May 1885 BIRTHDAY Alois Hudal, Austrian Roman Catholic bishop (d. 1963)
31st of May 1887 BIRTHDAY Saint-John Perse, French diplomat, Nobel Prize laureate (d. 1975)
31st of May 1892 BIRTHDAY Michel Kikoine, Belarusian painter (d. 1968)
31st of May 1892 BIRTHDAY Erich Neumann, German Nazi politician (d. 1951)
31st of May 1892 BIRTHDAY Konstantin Paustovsky, Russian writer (d. 1968)
31st of May 1892 BIRTHDAY Gregor Strasser, German Nazi politician (d. 1934)
31st of May 1894 BIRTHDAY Fred Allen, American comedian (d. 1956)
31st of May 1898 BIRTHDAY Dr. Norman Vincent Peale, American clergyman (d. 1993)
31st of May 1901 BIRTHDAY Alfredo Antonini, American conductor and composer (d. 1983)
31st of May 1902 BIRTHDAY Billy Mayerl, English pianist and composer.
31st of May 1905 BIRTHDAY Florence Desmond, English actress and comedian (d. 1993)
31st of May 1908 BIRTHDAY Nils Poppe, Swedish actor (d. 2000)
31st of May 1908 BIRTHDAY Don Ameche, American actor (d. 1993)
31st of May 1909 BIRTHDAY Aurore Gagnon, French Canadian child abuse victim (d. 1920)
31st of May 1911 BIRTHDAY Maurice Allais, French economist, Nobel Prize laureate (d. 2010)
31st of May 1912 BIRTHDAY Alfred Deller, English countertenor (d. 1979)
31st of May 1914 BIRTHDAY Akira Ifukube, Japanese composer (d. 2006)
31st of May 1916 BIRTHDAY Bert Haanstra, Dutch filmmaker (d. 1997)
31st of May 1919 BIRTHDAY Robie Macauley, American novelist and literary critic (d. 1995)
31st of May 1921 BIRTHDAY Alida Valli, Italian actress (d. 2006)
31st of May 1921 BIRTHDAY Howard Reig, American radio and television announcer (d. 2008)
31st of May 1922 BIRTHDAY Denholm Elliott, English actor (d. 1992)
31st of May 1923 BIRTHDAY Rainier III, Prince of Monaco (d. 2005)
31st of May 1930 BIRTHDAY Clint Eastwood, American film director and actor
31st of May 1931 BIRTHDAY John Robert Schrieffer, American physicist, Nobel Prize laureate
31st of May 1931 BIRTHDAY Shirley Verrett, American soprano (d. 2010)
31st of May 1932 BIRTHDAY Ed Lincoln, Brazilian musician and album producer
31st of May 1932 BIRTHDAY Jay Miner, American microchip designer (d. 1994)
31st of May 1933 BIRTHDAY Henry B. Eyring, American religious figure; son of Henry Eyring
31st of May 1935 BIRTHDAY Jim Bolger, 35th Prime Minister of New Zealand
31st of May 1938 BIRTHDAY John Prescott, English politician
31st of May 1938 BIRTHDAY Peter Yarrow, American folk singer (Peter, Paul and Mary)
31st of May 1938 BIRTHDAY Johnny Paycheck, American singer (d. 2003)
31st of May 1939 BIRTHDAY Terry Waite, British humanitarian
31st of May 1940 BIRTHDAY Gilbert Shelton, American underground comics illustrator
31st of May 1941 BIRTHDAY Louis J. Ignarro, American pharmacologist, Nobel Prize laureate
31st of May 1943 BIRTHDAY Sharon Gless, American actress
31st of May 1943 BIRTHDAY Joe Namath, American football player
31st of May 1945 BIRTHDAY Laurent Gbagbo, Fourth President of Cote d'Ivoire
31st of May 1945 BIRTHDAY Rainer Werner Fassbinder, German film director (d. 1982)
31st of May 1945 BIRTHDAY Bernard Goldberg?, American journalist
31st of May 1946 BIRTHDAY Steve Bucknor, West Indian Cricket Umpire
31st of May 1946 BIRTHDAY Ted Baehr, American media critic
31st of May 1947 BIRTHDAY Junior Campbell, British musician and songwriter (The Marmalade)
31st of May 1948 BIRTHDAY John Bonham, British musician (Led Zeppelin) (d. 1980)
31st of May 1948 BIRTHDAY Duncan Hunter, American politician
31st of May 1949 BIRTHDAY Tom Berenger, American actor
31st of May 1949 BIRTHDAY Nancy Shade, American opera singer
31st of May 1950 BIRTHDAY Gregory Harrison, American actor
31st of May 1952 BIRTHDAY Karl Bartos, German musician (Kraftwerk, Electronic)
31st of May 1953 BIRTHDAY Pirkka-Pekka Petelius, Finnish actor
31st of May 1954 BIRTHDAY Vicki Sue Robinson, American singer (d. 2000)
31st of May 1954 BIRTHDAY Thomas Mavros, Greek footballer
31st of May 1955 BIRTHDAY Susie Essman, American actress
31st of May 1955 BIRTHDAY Tommy Emmanuel, Australian Guitarist CGP
31st of May 1956 BIRTHDAY Fritz Hilpert, German musician and sound engineer (Kraftwerk)
31st of May 1957 BIRTHDAY Jim Craig, American hockey player
31st of May 1959 BIRTHDAY Andrea de Cesaris, Italian racing driver
31st of May 1960 BIRTHDAY Greg Adams, Canadian ice hockey player
31st of May 1960 BIRTHDAY Chris Elliott, American comedian
31st of May 1961 BIRTHDAY Ray Cote, Canadian ice hockey player
31st of May 1961 BIRTHDAY Justin Madden, Australian politician and footballer
31st of May 1961 BIRTHDAY Lea Thompson, American actress
31st of May 1962 BIRTHDAY Corey Hart, Canadian musician
31st of May 1962 BIRTHDAY Sebastian Koch, German actor
31st of May 1963 BIRTHDAY Hugh Dillon, Canadian musician and actor
31st of May 1963 BIRTHDAY Viktor Orban, Hungarian politician
31st of May 1963 BIRTHDAY Wesley Willis, American musician (d. 2003)
31st of May 1964 BIRTHDAY Leonard Asper, Canadian businessman
31st of May 1964 BIRTHDAY Scotti Hill, American rock guitarist
31st of May 1964 BIRTHDAY Darryl McDaniels, American musician (Run-D.M.C.)
31st of May 1965 BIRTHDAY Giorgos Gasparis, Greek basketball player
31st of May 1965 BIRTHDAY Brooke Shields, American actress and supermodel
31st of May 1966 BIRTHDAY Nick Scotti, American actor and singer
31st of May 1966 BIRTHDAY Jeremy Hotz, Canadian stand-up comedian
31st of May 1967 BIRTHDAY Sandrine Bonnaire, French actress
31st of May 1967 BIRTHDAY Vampiro, Canadian professional wrestler
31st of May 1967 BIRTHDAY Phil Keoghan, New Zealand television personality
31st of May 1967 BIRTHDAY Kenny Lofton, American baseball player
31st of May 1968 BIRTHDAY John Connolly, Irish author
31st of May 1969 BIRTHDAY Mindi Abair, American smooth jazz saxophonist
31st of May 1971 BIRTHDAY Diana Damrau, German soprano
31st of May 1972 BIRTHDAY Karl Geary, Irish actor
31st of May 1972 BIRTHDAY Frode Estil, Norwegian cross-country skier
31st of May 1972 BIRTHDAY Archie Panjabi, English actress
31st of May 1972 BIRTHDAY Dave Roberts, American baseball player
31st of May 1972 BIRTHDAY Sarah Murdoch, Australian model
31st of May 1972 BIRTHDAY Antti Niemi, Finnish footballer
31st of May 1973 BIRTHDAY Dominique Van Roost, Belgian tennis player
31st of May 1974 BIRTHDAY Chad Campbell, American golfer
31st of May 1974 BIRTHDAY Zsolt Erdei, Hungarian light heavyweight boxer
31st of May 1974 BIRTHDAY Adrian Tomine, American cartoonist
31st of May 1974 BIRTHDAY Sean Kent, American stand-up comedian, actor and writer
31st of May 1975 BIRTHDAY Yiasoumis Yiasoumi, Greek-Cypriot footballer
31st of May 1976 BIRTHDAY Matt Harpring, American basketball player
31st of May 1976 BIRTHDAY Tonka Tomicic, Chilean model and television presenter
31st of May 1976 BIRTHDAY Colin Farrell, Irish actor
31st of May 1977 BIRTHDAY Eric Christian Olsen, American actor
31st of May 1977 BIRTHDAY Theodoros Baev, Bulgarian-born Greek volleyball player
31st of May 1977 BIRTHDAY Scott Klopfenstein, American musician (Reel Big Fish)
31st of May 1977 BIRTHDAY Phil Devey, Canadian baseball player
31st of May 1977 BIRTHDAY Debbie King, English TV presenter
31st of May 1977 BIRTHDAY Domenico Fioravanti, Italian swimmer
31st of May 1977 BIRTHDAY Greg Leeb, Canadian ice hockey player
31st of May 1977 BIRTHDAY June Sarpong, British television presenter
31st of May 1977 BIRTHDAY Moses Sichone, Zambian footballer
31st of May 1977 BIRTHDAY Joachim Olsen, Danish athlete
31st of May 1977 BIRTHDAY Petr Tenkrat, Czech ice hockey player
31st of May 1977 BIRTHDAY Joel Ross, British disc jockey
31st of May 1980 BIRTHDAY Craig Bolton, Australian rules footballer
31st of May 1980 BIRTHDAY Andy Hurley, American musician (Fall Out Boy)
31st of May 1981 BIRTHDAY Jake Peavy, American baseball player
31st of May 1981 BIRTHDAY Tasha Reid, Korean rapper
31st of May 1982 BIRTHDAY Jonathan Tucker, American actor
31st of May 1983 BIRTHDAY David Hernandez, American singer
31st of May 1983 BIRTHDAY Reggie Yates, English television presenter
31st of May 1983 BIRTHDAY Dustin Wells, New Zealand footballer
31st of May 1984 BIRTHDAY Nate Robinson, American basketball player
31st of May 1984 BIRTHDAY Milorad Cavic, Serbian swimmer
31st of May 1984 BIRTHDAY Jason Smith, Australian actor
31st of May 1985 BIRTHDAY Ian Vougioukas, Greek basketball player
31st of May 1986 BIRTHDAY Waka Flocka Flame, American rapper
31st of May 1989 BIRTHDAY Marco Reus, German footballer
31st of May 1162 DEATH Geza II of Hungary (Born 1130)
31st of May 1246 DEATH Isabella of Angouleme, queen of John of England (Born 1188)
31st of May 1349 DEATH Thomas Wake, English politician (Born 1297)
31st of May 1408 DEATH Ashikaga Yoshimitsu, Japanese shogun (Born 1358)
31st of May 1410 DEATH King Martin I of Aragon (Born 1356)
31st of May 1495 DEATH Cecily Neville, Duchess of York, mother of Edward IV of England and Richard III of England (Born 1415)
31st of May 1558 DEATH Philip Hoby, English politician (Born 1505)
31st of May 1567 DEATH Guido de Bres, Belgian theologian (Born 1522)
31st of May 1594 DEATH Tintoretto, Italian painter (Born 1518)
31st of May 1680 DEATH Joachim Neander, German clergyman (Born 1650)
31st of May 1740 DEATH King Friedrich Wilhelm I of Prussia (Born 1688)
31st of May 1747 DEATH Andrei Osterman, Russian statesman (Born 1686)
31st of May 1799 DEATH Pierre Lemonnier, French astronomer (Born 1715)
31st of May 1809 DEATH Jean Lannes, French marshal (Born 1769)
31st of May 1809 DEATH Joseph Haydn, Austrian composer (Born 1732)
31st of May 1831 DEATH Samuel Bentham, British mechanical engineer (Born 1757)
31st of May 1832 DEATH Evariste Galois, French mathematician (Born 1811)
31st of May 1837 DEATH Joseph Grimaldi, British clown (Born 1779)
31st of May 1846 DEATH Philip Marheineke, German clergyman (Born 1780)
31st of May 1847 DEATH Thomas Chalmers, Scottish pastor (Born 1780)
31st of May 1848 DEATH Eugenie de Guerin, French writer (Born 1805)
31st of May 1908 DEATH Louis-Honore Frechette, French Canadian poet (Born 1839)
31st of May 1910 DEATH Elizabeth Blackwell, American physician (Born 1821)
31st of May 1931 DEATH Felix-Raymond-Marie Rouleau, French Canadian cardinal (Born 1866)
31st of May 1945 DEATH Odilo Globocnik, Austrian Nazi officer (Born 1904)
31st of May 1954 DEATH Antonis Benakis, Greek politician and art collector (Born 1873)
31st of May 1957 DEATH Stefanos Sarafis, Greek Greek Resistance figure (Born 1890)
31st of May 1957 DEATH Leopold Staff, Polish poet (Born 1878)
31st of May 1960 DEATH Willem Elsschot, Flemish writer (Born 1882)
31st of May 1960 DEATH Walther Funk, Nazi leader (Born 1890)
31st of May 1961 DEATH Walter Little, Canadian politician (Born 1877)
31st of May 1962 DEATH Henry Fountain Ashurst, American politician (Born 1874)
31st of May 1962 DEATH Adolf Eichmann, German Nazi official (Born 1906)
31st of May 1967 DEATH Billy Strayhorn, American composer, pianist and arranger (Born 1915)
31st of May 1970 DEATH Terry Sawchuk, Canadian hockey player (Born 1929)
31st of May 1972 DEATH Walter Freeman, American physician (Born 1895)
31st of May 1976 DEATH Jacques Monod, French biologist, Nobel laureate (Born 1910)
31st of May 1977 DEATH William Castle, American film director (Born 1914)
31st of May 1978 DEATH Jozsef Bozsik, Hungarian footballer (Born 1925)
31st of May 1983 DEATH Jack Dempsey, American boxer (Born 1895)
31st of May 1985 DEATH Gaston Rebuffat, French mountaineer (Born 1921)
31st of May 1986 DEATH Jane Frank (Jane Schenthal Frank), American artist (Born 1918)
31st of May 1986 DEATH James Rainwater, American physicist, Nobel laureate (Born 1917)
31st of May 1987 DEATH John Abraham (director), Indian film director (Born 1937)
31st of May 1993 DEATH Francis Lynch, American state legislator (Born 1920)
31st of May 1994 DEATH Herva Nelli, Italian-born soprano (Born 1909)
31st of May 1996 DEATH Timothy Leary, American professor and LSD advocate (Born 1920)
31st of May 1997 DEATH James Bennett Griffin, American archaeologist (Born 1905)
31st of May 1998 DEATH Charles Van Acker, Belgian racing driver (Born 1912)
31st of May 2000 DEATH Tito Puente, American musician (Born 1923)
31st of May 2000 DEATH Johnnie Taylor, American singer (Born 1938)
31st of May 2001 DEATH Arlene Francis, American television personality (Born 1907)
31st of May 2004 DEATH Robert Quine, American guitarist (Born 1941)
31st of May 2004 DEATH Etienne Roda-Gil, French songwriter and screenwriter (Born 1941)
31st of May 2006 DEATH Ryan Bennett, American sportscaster (Born 1970)
31st of May 2006 DEATH Raymond Davis Jr., American physicist, Nobel Prize laureate (Born 1914)
31st of May 2006 DEATH Miguel Berrocal, Spanish sculptor (Born 1933)
31st of May 2006 DEATH Lula Mae Hardaway, American songwriter, mother of singer Stevie Wonder (Born 1930)
31st of May 2009 DEATH George Tiller, American abortion doctor (Born 1941)
31st of May 2009 DEATH Millvina Dean, British survivor of the RMS Titanic sinking (Born 1912)
31st of May 2009 DEATH Danny La Rue, British entertainer (Born 1927)
31st of May 2010 DEATH Brian Duffy, British photographer and film producer (Born 1933)
31st of May 2010 DEATH Louise Bourgeois, French-born American sculptor (Born 1911)
31st of May 2010 DEATH William A. Fraker, American cinematographer (Born 1923)
31st of May 2010 DEATH Ruben Juarez, Argentine bandoneonist (Born 1947)
31st of May 2010 DEATH Benjamin Lees, American composer (Born 1924)
31st of May 2010 DEATH Merata Mita, New Zealander filmmaker (Born 1942)