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Holidays and observances

Events

  • 2002 – Russia and the United States sign the Moscow Treaty.
  • 1981 – Ecuadorian president Jaime Roldós Aguilera, his wife, and his presidential committee die in an aircraft accident while travelling from Quito to Zapotillo minutes after the president gave a famous speech regarding the 24 de mayo anniversary of the Battle of Pichincha.
  • 1962 – Project Mercury: American astronaut Scott Carpenter orbits the Earth three times in the Aurora 7 space capsule.
  • 1961 – American civil rights movement: Freedom Riders are arrested in Jackson, Mississippi, for "disturbing the peace" after disembarking from their bus.
  • 1956 – The first Eurovision Song Contest is held in Lugano, Switzerland.
  • 1940 – Igor Sikorsky performs the first successful single-rotor helicopter flight.
  • 1935 – The first night game in Major League Baseball history is played in Cincinnati, Ohio, with the Cincinnati Reds beating the Philadelphia Phillies 2–1 at Crosley Field.
  • 1930 – Amy Johnson lands in Darwin, Northern Territory, becoming the first woman to fly solo from England to Australia (she left on May 5 for the 11,000 mile flight).
  • 1861 – American Civil War: Union troops occupy Alexandria, Virginia.
  • 1844 – Samuel Morse sends the message "What hath God wrought" (a biblical quotation, Numbers 23:23) from the Old Supreme Court Chamber in the United States Capitol to his assistant, Alfred Vail, in Baltimore, Maryland, to inaugurate a commercial telegraph line between Baltimore and Washington D.C.
  • 1832 – The First Kingdom of Greece is declared in the London Conference.
  • 1813 – South American independence leader Simón Bolívar enters Mérida, leading the invasion of Venezuela, and is proclaimed El Libertador ("The Liberator").
  • 1683 – The Ashmolean Museum in Oxford, England, opens as the world's first university museum.
  • 1607 – 100 English settlers disembark in Jamestown, the first English colony in America.
  • 1595 – Nomenclator of Leiden University Library appears, the first printed catalog of an institutional library.

Births

  • 1988 – Billy Gilman, American singer-songwriter
  • 1988 – Lucian Wintrich, American political artist and White House correspondent
  • 1988 – Monica Lin Brown, American sergeant
  • 1986 – Mark Ballas, American singer-songwriter, guitarist, dancer, and actor
  • 1984 – Sarah Hagan, American actress
  • 1983 – Pedram Javaheri, Iranian-American meteorologist and journalist
  • 1982 – Rian Wallace, American football player
  • 1980 – Jason Babin, American football player
  • 1979 – Kareem McKenzie, American football player
  • 1979 – Tracy McGrady, American basketball player
  • 1978 – Brad Penny, American baseball player
  • 1978 – Elijah Burke, American wrestler
  • 1976 – Alessandro Cortini, Italian-American singer and keyboard player
  • 1973 – Bartolo Colón, Dominican-American baseball player
  • 1972 – Greg Berlanti, American director, producer, and screenwriter
  • 1969 – Rich Robinson, American guitarist and songwriter
  • 1967 – Carlos Hernández, Venezuelan-American baseball player and manager
  • 1967 – Eric Close, American actor
  • 1967 – Heavy D, Jamaican-American rapper, producer, and actor (d. 2011)
  • 1966 – Ricky Craven, American race car driver and sportscaster
  • 1965 – John C. Reilly, American actor
  • 1963 – Joe Dumars, American basketball player
  • 1963 – Michael Chabon, American novelist, short story writer, and screenwriter
  • 1963 – Rich Rodriguez, American football player and coach
  • 1963 – Valerie Taylor, American computer scientist and educator
  • 1962 – Gene Anthony Ray, American actor, dancer, and choreographer (d. 2003)
  • 1962 – Héctor Camacho, Puerto Rican-American boxer (d. 2012)
  • 1961 – Alain Lemieux, Canadian-American ice hockey player and coach
  • 1959 – Pelle Lindbergh, Swedish-American ice hockey player (d. 1985)
  • 1958 – Chip Ganassi, American race car driver, team owner and businessman
  • 1956 – Larry Blackmon, American singer-songwriter and producer
  • 1955 – David Leonard, American singer-songwriter and guitarist
  • 1955 – Rosanne Cash, American singer-songwriter and guitarist
  • 1947 – Albert Bouchard, American singer-songwriter, guitarist, and drummer
  • 1947 – Mike Reid, American singer-songwriter, pianist, and retired American football player
  • 1947 – Waddy Wachtel, American guitarist, singer-songwriter, and record producer
  • 1945 – Priscilla Presley, American actress and businesswoman
  • 1945 – Terry Callier, American singer-songwriter and guitarist (d. 2012)
  • 1944 – Patti LaBelle, American singer-songwriter and actress
  • 1943 – Gary Burghoff, American actor
  • 1941 – Bob Dylan, American singer-songwriter, guitarist, artist, writer, and producer; Nobel Prize laureate
  • 1940 – Joseph Brodsky, Russian-American poet and essayist, Nobel Prize laureate (d. 1996)
  • 1938 – Tommy Chong, Canadian-American actor, director, producer, and screenwriter
  • 1937 – Archie Shepp, American saxophonist and composer
  • 1936 – Harold Budd, American composer and poet
  • 1935 – Joan Micklin Silver, American director and screenwriter
  • 1933 – Jane Byrne, American lawyer and politician, 50th Mayor of Chicago (d. 2014)
  • 1925 – Carmine Infantino, American illustrator and educator (d. 2013)
  • 1924 – Philip Pearlstein, American soldier and painter
  • 1914 – Lilli Palmer, German-American actress (d. 1986)
  • 1913 – Joe Abreu, American baseball player and soldier (d. 1993)
  • 1910 – Jimmy Demaret, American golfer (d. 1983)
  • 1909 – Wilbur Mills, American banker and politician (d. 1992)
  • 1895 – Samuel Irving Newhouse Sr., American publisher, founded Advance Publications (d. 1979)
  • 1891 – William F. Albright, American archaeologist, philologist, and scholar (d. 1971)
  • 1879 – H. B. Reese, American candy maker, created Reese's Peanut Butter Cups (d. 1956)
  • 1878 – Lillian Moller Gilbreth, American psychologist and engineer (d. 1972)
  • 1875 – Robert Garrett, American discus thrower and shot putter (d. 1961)
  • 1870 – Benjamin N. Cardozo, American lawyer and judge (d. 1938)
  • 1868 – Charlie Taylor, American engineer and mechanic (d. 1956)
  • 1863 – George Grey Barnard, American sculptor (d. 1938)
  • 1816 – Emanuel Leutze, German-American painter (d. 1868)

Deaths

  • 2014 – John Vasconcellos, American lieutenant, lawyer, and politician (b. 1932)
  • 2013 – Haynes Johnson, American journalist and author (b. 1931)
  • 2013 – Helmut Braunlich, German-American violinist and composer (b. 1929)
  • 2012 – Kathi Kamen Goldmark, American journalist and author (b. 1948)
  • 2012 – Lee Rich, American production manager and producer (b. 1918)
  • 2011 – Huguette Clark, American heiress, painter, and philanthropist (b. 1906)
  • 2010 – Paul Gray, American bass player and songwriter (b. 1972)
  • 2010 – Raymond V. Haysbert, American businessman and activist (b. 1920)
  • 2009 – Jay Bennett, American singer-songwriter, guitarist, and producer (b. 1963)
  • 2008 – Dick Martin, American actor, comedian, and director (b. 1922)
  • 2008 – Jimmy McGriff, American organist and bandleader (b. 1936)
  • 2006 – Henry Bumstead, American art director and production designer (b. 1915)
  • 2004 – Edward Wagenknecht, American critic and educator (b. 1900)
  • 2004 – Henry Ries, German-American photographer (b. 1917)
  • 2002 – Wallace Markfield, American author (b. 1926)
  • 2000 – Kurt Schork, American journalist and scholar (b. 1947)
  • 1996 – Joseph Mitchell, American journalist and author (b. 1908)
  • 1991 – Gene Clark, American singer-songwriter and guitarist (b. 1944)
  • 1984 – Vince McMahon Sr., American wrestling promoter and businessman, founded WWE (b. 1914)
  • 1974 – Duke Ellington, American pianist and composer (b. 1899)
  • 1965 – Sonny Boy Williamson II, American singer-songwriter and harmonica player (b. 1908)
  • 1963 – Elmore James, American singer-songwriter and guitarist (b. 1918)
  • 1959 – John Foster Dulles, American soldier, lawyer, and politician, 52nd United States Secretary of State (b. 1888)
  • 1951 – Thomas N. Heffron, American actor, director, screenwriter (b. 1872)
  • 1949 – Alexey Shchusev, Russian architect, designed Lenin's Mausoleum and Moscow Kazanskaya railway station (b. 1873)
  • 1879 – William Lloyd Garrison, American journalist and activist (b. 1805)
  • 1861 – Elmer E. Ellsworth, American colonel (b. 1837)
  • 1136 – Hugues de Payens, first Grand Master of the Knights Templar (b. c. 1070)
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