Europe Day (is the name of two annual observance days, 5 May by the Council of Europe and 9 May by the European Union, which recognize the peace and prosperity within Europe that both have achieved since their formation)
Victory Day in Armenia (commemorates both the victory of the Allies in 1945 and the capture of the city of Shushi in 1992. One of the first hot spots created with the active support of the Russian aggressor in the post-Soviet space)
1974 – Watergate scandal: The United States House Committee on the Judiciary opens formal and public impeachment hearings against President Richard Nixon.
1969 – Carlos Lamarca leads the first urban guerrilla action against the military dictatorship of Brazil in São Paulo, by robbing two banks.
1960 – The Food and Drug Administration announces it will approve birth control as an additional indication for Searle's Enovid, making Enovid the world's first approved oral contraceptive pill.
1926 – Admiral Richard E. Byrd and Floyd Bennett claim to have flown over the North Pole (later discovery of Byrd's diary appears to cast some doubt on the claim.)
1904 – The steam locomotive City of Truro becomes the first steam engine in Europe to exceed 100 mph (160 km/h).
1901 – Australia opens its first parliament in Melbourne.
1874 – The first horse-drawn bus makes its début in the city of Mumbai, traveling two routes.
1865 – American Civil War: Nathan Bedford Forrest surrenders his forces at Gainesville, Alabama.
1865 – American Civil War: President Andrew Johnson issues a proclamation ending belligerent rights of the rebels and enjoining foreign nations to intern or expel Confederate ships.
1662 – The figure who later became Mr. Punch made his first recorded appearance in England.
1985 – Jake Long, American football player. He also played for the St.
1984 – Chase Headley, American baseball player. A switch-hitter, Headley made his Major League Baseball (MLB) debut with the San Diego Padres in 2007, and has also played for the New York Yankees.
1984 – Prince Fielder, American baseball player. Prince Semien Fielder (born May 9, 1984) is an American former professional baseball first baseman and designated hitter, who played in Major League Baseball (MLB) for the Milwaukee Brewers, Detroit Tigers, and Texas Rangers.
1983 – Tyler Lumsden, American baseball player. Tyler Ryan Lumsden (born May 9, 1983) is a Chinese Professional Baseball League pitcher for the Brother Elephants organization.
1980 – Angela Nikodinov, American figure skater. Angela Nikodinov (born May 9, 1980), is an American figure skater. She is the 2000 Four Continents champion and won four medals on the Grand Prix series, including gold at the 2004 Skate America
1979 – Andrew W.K., American singer-songwriter, multi-instrumentalist, motivational speaker, and music producer. Raised in Michigan, Wilkes-Krier began his musical career in the mid-1990s performing in a number of local bands before eventually moving to New York, where he produced his first recordings under the Andrew W.K. moniker.
1979 – Rosario Dawson, American actress. Her subsequent film roles include He Got Game (1998), Josie and the Pussycats (2001), Men in Black II (2002), Rent (2005), Sin City (2005), Clerks II (2006), Death Proof (2007), Unstoppable (2010), and Top Five (2014).
1978 – Aaron Harang, American baseball player. He played in Major League Baseball (MLB) for the Oakland Athletics, Cincinnati Reds, San Diego Padres, Los Angeles Dodgers, Seattle Mariners, New York Mets, Philadelphia Phillies, and Atlanta Braves.
1975 – Brian Deegan, American motocross rider. Brian Deegan is the name of:
1971 – Dan Chiasson, American poet and critic. Wang Professor of English Literature at Wellesley College.
1970 – Doug Christie, American basketball player. Douglas Dale Christie (born May 9, 1970) is an American retired professional basketball player who played 15 seasons in the National Basketball Association (NBA).
1970 – Ghostface Killah, American rapper and actor. Ghostface Killah debuted his solo-career with Ironman in 1996, which was well received by music critics.
1968 – Graham Harman, American philosopher and academic. Graham Harman (born May 9, 1968) is Distinguished Professor of Philosophy at SCI-Arc in Los Angeles.
1961 – John Corbett, American actor. He reprised the latter role for the film sequel Sex and the City 2 (2010).
1961 – Sean Altman, American singer-songwriter and guitarist. He was a member of Rockapella from its inception in 1986 until he left the group in 1997 to launch a solo career.
1960 – Tony Gwynn, American baseball player and coach (d. 2014). Anthony Keith Gwynn Sr. (May 9, 1960 – June 16, 2014), nicknamed "Mr.
1951 – Alley Mills, American actress. Allison "Alley" Mills (born May 9, 1951), also known as Alley Bean, is an American actress best known for her role as Norma Arnold, the mother in the coming-of-age series The Wonder Years, and her current role as Pamela Douglas, the sister of the late Forrester matriarch Stephanie Forrester (Susan Flannery), on the soap opera The Bold and the Beautiful.
1950 – James Butts, American triple jumper. He was inducted into the UCLA Athletics Hall of Fame in 2014.
1950 – Tom Petersson, American bass player and songwriter. Thomas John Peterson (born May 9, 1950), better known as Tom Petersson, is an American musician who is best known for being the bass guitar player for the rock band Cheap Trick.
1949 – Billy Joel, American singer-songwriter and pianist. He is one of the best-selling music artists of all time, as well as the sixth best-selling recording artist and the third best-selling solo artist in the United States, with over 150 million records sold worldwide.
1949 – Richard S. Williamson, American lawyer and diplomat, 17th Assistant Secretary of State for International Organization Affairs (d. 2013), was an American lawyer, diplomat and political advisor. He previously served as Special Envoy to Sudan under George W.
1948 – Calvin Murphy, American basketball player and radio host. Calvin Jerome Murphy (born May 9, 1948) is an American retired professional basketball player who played as a guard for the NBA's San Diego/Houston Rockets from 1970 to 1983, and is a current member of the Houston Rockets' AT&T Sportsnet TV broadcast team.
1948 – John Mahaffey, American golfer. John Drayton Mahaffey Jr. (born May 9, 1948) is an American professional golfer who has won numerous tournaments including 10 PGA Tour events.
1948 – Steven W. Mosher, American social scientist and author. Steven Westley Mosher (born May 9, 1948) is an American social scientist, anti-abortion activist and author who specializes in anthropology, demography and Chinese population control.
1946 – Candice Bergen, American actress and producer. She is also known for her role as Shirley Schmidt on the ABC drama Boston Legal (2005–2008).
1944 – Richie Furay, American singer-songwriter and guitarist. His best known song (originally written during his tenure in Buffalo Springfield, but eventually performed by Poco, as well) was Kind Woman, which he wrote for his wife, Nancy.
1942 – John Ashcroft, American lawyer and politician, 79th United States Attorney General. Bush Administration.
1942 – Tommy Roe, American singer-songwriter and guitarist. Thomas David "Tommy" Roe (born May 9, 1942) is an American rock and pop singer-songwriter.
1941 – Danny Rapp, American rock & roll singer (Danny & the Juniors) (d. 1983), was an American musician and the frontman for the group Danny & the Juniors. The group is best known for their 1958 hit "At the Hop".
1940 – James L. Brooks, American director, producer, and screenwriter. James Lawrence Brooks (born May 9, 1940) is an American director, producer and screenwriter, who helped create a string of acclaimed productions in television and the movies, including The Mary Tyler Moore Show, The Simpsons, Broadcast News, and Terms of Endearment.
1939 – John Ogbu, Nigerian-American anthropologist and professor (d. 2003), was a Nigerian-American anthropologist and professor known for his theories on observed phenomena involving race and intelligence, especially how race and ethnic differences played out in educational and economic achievement. He suggested that being a "caste-like minority" affects motivation and achievement, depressing IQ scores.
1939 – Ralph Boston, American long jumper, was the first person to break the 27 feet (8.2 m) barrier.
1938 – Charles Simic, Serbian-American poet and editor. He was appointed the fifteenth Poet Laureate Consultant in Poetry to the Library of Congress in 2007.
1937 – Dave Prater, American singer (d. 1988), was an American Southern soul and rhythm & blues singer and musician, who was the deeper baritone/tenor vocalist of the soul vocal duo Sam & Dave from 1961 until his death in 1988. He is a member of the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame (1992), the Grammy Hall of Fame (1999, for the song "Soul Man"), the Vocal Group Hall of Fame, and the Georgia Music Hall of Fame (1997), and he was a Grammy Award–winning (1967) and multiple Gold Record award-winning recording artist.
1937 – Rafael Moneo, Spanish architect, designed the Cathedral of Our Lady of the Angels and Valladolid Science Museum. José Rafael Moneo Vallés (born 9 May 1937) is a Spanish architect.
1937 – Sonny Curtis, American singer-songwriter and guitarist. He was a teenage friend and band member with Buddy Holly in Lubbock, Texas.
1935 – Nokie Edwards, American guitarist, was an American musician and member of the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. He was primarily a guitarist, best known for his work with The Ventures, and was known in Japan as the 'King of Guitars'.
1931 – Vance D. Brand, American pilot, engineer, and astronaut. He served as command module pilot during the first U.S.-Soviet joint spaceflight in 1975, and as commander of three Space Shuttle missions.
1928 – Pancho Gonzales, American tennis player (d. 1995), was an American tennis player who has been rated one of the greatest in the history of the sport. He won 14 major singles titles (12 Pro Slam, 2 Grand Slam) and was the dominant professional of the 1950s, winning seven professional tours between 1954 and 1961; he still holds the men's all-time record of being ranked world No. 1 for eight years.
1928 – Ralph Goings, American painter, was an American painter closely associated with the Photorealism movement of the late 1960s and early 1970s. He was best known for his highly detailed paintings of hamburger stands, pick-up trucks, and California banks, portrayed in a deliberately objective manner.
1921 – Daniel Berrigan, American priest, poet, and activist (d. 2016), was an American Jesuit priest, anti-war activist, Christian pacifist, playwright, poet, and author.
1921 – Mona Van Duyn, American poet and academic (d. 2004). She was appointed United States Poet Laureate in 1992.
1920 – William Tenn, English-American author and academic (d. 2010), was the pseudonym of Philip Klass (May 9, 1920 – February 7, 2010), a British-born American science fiction author, notable for many stories with satirical elements.
1918 – Mike Wallace, American journalist, media personality and one-time game show host (d. 2012), was an American journalist, game show host, actor, and media personality. He interviewed a wide range of prominent newsmakers during his seven-decade career.
1918 – Orville Freeman, American soldier and politician, 16th United States Secretary of Agriculture (d. 2003), was an American Democratic politician who served as the 29th Governor of Minnesota from January 5, 1955, to January 2, 1961, and as the U.S. Secretary of Agriculture from 1961 to 1969 under Presidents John F.
1917 – Fay Kanin, American screenwriter and producer (d. 2013), was an American screenwriter, playwright and producer. Kanin was President of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences from 1979 to 1983.
1916 – William Pène du Bois, American author and illustrator (d. 1993), was an American writer and illustrator of books for young readers. He is best known for The Twenty-One Balloons, published in April 1947 by Viking Press, for which he won the 1948 Newbery Medal.
1914 – Denham Fouts, American prostitute (d. 1948), was an American male prostitute, socialite and literary muse. He served as the inspiration for characters by Truman Capote, Gore Vidal, Christopher Isherwood and Gavin Lambert.
1914 – Hank Snow, American country music singer-songwriter and guitarist (d. 1999), was a Canadian-American country music artist. Most popular in the 1950s, he had a career that spanned more than 50 years, he recorded 140 albums and charted more than 85 singles on the Billboard country charts from 1950 until 1980.
1912 – Pedro Armendáriz, Mexican-American actor (d. 1963), was a Mexican film actor who made films in both Mexico and the United States. With Dolores del Río and María Félix, he was one of the best-known Latin American movie stars of the 1940s and 1950s.
1911 – Harry Simeone, American music arranger, conductor, and composer (d. 2005), was an American music arranger, conductor and composer, best known for arranging the famous Christmas song "The Little Drummer Boy", for which he received co-writing credit.
1909 – Gordon Bunshaft, American architect, designed the Solow Building (d. 1990), was an American architect, a leading proponent of modern design in the mid-twentieth century. A partner in the architectural firm Skidmore, Owings & Merrill (SOM), Bunshaft joined in 1937 and remained for more than 40 years.
1907 – Kathryn Kuhlman, American evangelist and author (d. 1976), was an American evangelist known for hosting healing services.
1906 – Eleanor Estes, American librarian, author, and illustrator (d. 1988), was an American children's author and a children's librarian. Her book, Ginger Pye, which she also created illustrations for, won the Newbery Medal.
1904 – Conrad Bernier, Canadian-American organist, composer, and educator (d. 1988), was a French-Canadian organist, composer, conductor and teacher. For many years he was a professor at the Catholic University of America in Washington, D.C.
1895 – Richard Barthelmess, American actor (d. 1963), was an American film actor, principally of the Hollywood silent era. He starred opposite Lillian Gish in D.
1893 – William Moulton Marston, American psychologist and author (d. 1947), was an American psychologist, inventor of an early prototype of the lie detector, self-help author, and comic book writer who created the character Wonder Woman.
1882 – Henry J. Kaiser, American shipbuilder and businessman, founded Kaiser Shipyards (d. 1967), was an American industrialist who became known as the father of modern American shipbuilding. He established the Kaiser Shipyards, which built Liberty ships during World War II, after which he formed Kaiser Aluminum and Kaiser Steel.
1873 – Anton Cermak, Czech-American captain and politician, 44th Mayor of Chicago (d. 1933), was an American politician who served as the 44th mayor of Chicago, Illinois from April 7, 1931 until his death on March 6, 1933.
1850 – Edward Weston (chemist), English-American chemist (d. 1936), was an English-born American chemist noted for his achievements in electroplating and his development of the electrochemical cell, named the Weston cell, for the voltage standard. Weston was a competitor of Thomas Edison in the early days of electricity generation and distribution.
1837 – Adam Opel, German engineer, founded the Opel Company (d. 1895), was the founder of the German automobile company Adam Opel AG.
1836 – Ferdinand Monoyer, French ophthalmologist, invented the Monoyer chart (d. 1912), was a French ophthalmologist, known for introducing the dioptre in 1872.
1814 – John Brougham, Irish-American actor and playwright (d. 1880), was an Irish-American actor and dramatist.
1801 – Peter Hesketh-Fleetwood, English politician, founded the town of Fleetwood (d. 1866), was an English landowner, developer and Member of Parliament, who founded the town of Fleetwood, in Lancashire, England. Born Peter Hesketh, he changed his name by Royal assent to Hesketh-Fleetwood, incorporating the name of his ancestors, and was later created Baronet Fleetwood.
1800 – John Brown, American activist (d. 1859). John Brown most often refers to:
1555 – Jerónima de la Asunción, Catholic nun and founder of the first monastery in Manila (d. 1630), was a Catholic nun who founded the Real Monasterio de Santa Clara (Royal Monastery of Saint Clare) in Intramuros, Philippines.
2015 – Edward W. Estlow, American football player and journalist (b. 1920)
2015 – Elizabeth Wilson, American actress (b. 1921)
2014 – Harlan Mathews, American lawyer and politician (b. 1927)
2013 – George M. Leader, American soldier and politician, 36th Governor of Pennsylvania (b. 1918)
2013 – Ottavio Missoni, Italian hurdler and fashion designer, founded Missoni (b. 1921)
2012 – Bertram Cohler, American psychologist, psychoanalyst, and academic (b. 1938)
2012 – Vidal Sassoon, English-American hairdresser and businessman (b. 1928)
2010 – Lena Horne, American singer, actress, and activist (b. 1917)
2009 – Chuck Daly, American basketball player and coach (b. 1930)
2008 – Baptiste Manzini, American football player (b. 1920)
2004 – Alan King, American actor, producer, and screenwriter (b. 1927)
2003 – Russell B. Long, American lieutenant, lawyer, and politician (b. 1918)
1998 – Alice Faye, American actress and singer (b. 1915)
1985 – Edmond O'Brien, American actor and director (b. 1915)
1981 – Nelson Algren, American novelist and short story writer (b. 1909)
1979 – Cyrus S. Eaton, Canadian-American banker, businessman, and philanthropist (b. 1883)
1979 – Eddie Jefferson, American singer and lyricist (b. 1918)
1976 – Ulrike Meinhof, German militant, co-founded the Red Army Faction (b. 1934)
1970 – Walter Reuther, American union leader (b. 1907)
1968 – Harold Gray, American cartoonist, created Little Orphan Annie (b. 1894)
1968 – Marion Lorne, American actress (b. 1883)
1968 – Mercedes de Acosta, American author, poet, and playwright (b. 1893)
1931 – Albert Abraham Michelson, German-American physicist and academic, Nobel Prize laureate (b. 1852)
1914 – C. W. Post, American businessman, founded Post Foods (b. 1854)
1889 – William S. Harney, American general (b. 1800)
1864 – John Sedgwick, American general and educator (b. 1813)
1791 – Francis Hopkinson, American judge and politician (b. 1737)
1790 – William Clingan, American politician (b. 1721)
1657 – William Bradford, English-American politician, 2nd Governor of Plymouth Colony (b. 1590)