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Holidays and observances

  • Cinco de Mayo (Mexico and the United States)

Events

  • 1994 – American teenager Michael P. Fay is caned in Singapore for theft and vandalism.
  • 1987 – Iran–Contra affair: Start of Congressional televised hearings in the United States of America
  • 1961 – The Mercury program: Mercury-Redstone 3: Alan Shepard becomes the first American to travel into outer space, on a sub-orbital flight.
  • 1945 – World War II: Six people are killed when a Japanese fire balloon explodes near Bly, Oregon. They are the only Americans killed in the continental US during the war.
  • 1927 – To the Lighthouse by Virginia Woolf is first published.
  • 1905 – The trial in the Stratton Brothers case begins in London, England; it marks the first time that fingerprint evidence is used to gain a conviction for murder.
  • 1904 – Pitching against the Philadelphia Athletics at the Huntington Avenue Grounds, Cy Young of the Boston Americans throws the first perfect game in the modern era of baseball.
  • 1891 – The Music Hall in New York City (later known as Carnegie Hall) has its grand opening and first public performance, with Tchaikovsky as the guest conductor.
  • 1877 – American Indian Wars: Sitting Bull leads his band of Lakota into Canada to avoid harassment by the United States Army under Colonel Nelson Miles.
  • 1866 – Memorial Day first celebrated in United States at Waterloo, New York.
  • 1865 – American Civil War: The Confederate District of the Gulf surrenders about 4,000 men at Citronelle, Alabama.
  • 1865 – American Civil War: The Confederate government was declared dissolved at Washington, Georgia.
  • 1864 – American Civil War: The Battle of the Wilderness begins in Spotsylvania County.
  • 1835 – The first railway in continental Europe opens between Brussels and Mechelen.
  • 1809 – Mary Kies becomes the first woman awarded a U.S. patent, for a technique of weaving straw with silk and thread.
  • 1789 – In France, the Estates-General convenes for the first time since 1614.

Births

  • 1999 – Nathan Chen, American figure skater
  • 1989 – Chris Brown, American singer-songwriter, dancer, and actor
  • 1985 – Terrence Wheatley, American football player
  • 1983 – Scott Ware, American football player
  • 1982 – Randall Gay, American football player
  • 1980 – DerMarr Johnson, American basketball player
  • 1980 – Hank Green, American entrepreneur, educator, and vlogger
  • 1978 – Morgan Pehme, American director, producer, and screenwriter
  • 1976 – Sage Stallone, American actor (d. 2012)
  • 1975 – Meb Keflezighi, American runner
  • 1971 – Harold Miner, American basketball player
  • 1971 – Mike Redmond, American baseball player and manager
  • 1970 – Kyan Douglas, American television host and author
  • 1970 – LaPhonso Ellis, American basketball player
  • 1970 – Todd Newton, American Game Show Host
  • 1967 – Adam Hughes, American author and illustrator
  • 1966 – Josh Weinstein, American screenwriter and producer
  • 1964 – Don Payne, American screenwriter and producer (d. 2013)
  • 1963 – Scott Westerfeld, American author and composer
  • 1961 – Rob Williams, American basketball player (d. 2014)
  • 1959 – Bobby Ellsworth, American singer and bass player
  • 1959 – Brian Williams, American journalist
  • 1959 – Steve Stevens, American guitarist and songwriter
  • 1958 – Jack Wishna, American businessman, co-founded Rockcityclub (d. 2012)
  • 1956 – Steve Scott, American runner and coach
  • 1955 – Jon Butcher, American singer-songwriter, guitarist, and freelance multimedia producer
  • 1950 – Rex Caldwell, American golfer
  • 1945 – Kurt Loder, American journalist, author, and critic
  • 1944 – Roger Rees, Welsh-American actor and director (d. 2015)
  • 1942 – Tammy Wynette, American singer-songwriter and guitarist (d. 1998)
  • 1940 – Lance Henriksen, American actor
  • 1940 – Michael Lindsay-Hogg, American director and producer
  • 1938 – Bill Robertson, American businessman and politician (d. 2013)
  • 1938 – Michael Murphy, American actor
  • 1936 – Sandy Baron, American actor and comedian (d. 2001)
  • 1935 – Robert Rehme, American film producer
  • 1934 – Ace Cannon, American saxophonist
  • 1934 – Johnnie Taylor, American vocalist (d. 2000)
  • 1932 – Bob Said, American race car driver and bobsled racer (d. 2002)
  • 1932 – Stan Goldberg, American illustrator (d. 2014)
  • 1927 – Pat Carroll, American actress
  • 1926 – Ann B. Davis, American actress (d. 2014)
  • 1925 – Leo Ryan, American soldier, educator, and politician (d. 1978)
  • 1923 – William C. Campbell, American golfer (d. 2013)
  • 1921 – Arthur Leonard Schawlow, American physicist and academic, Nobel Prize laureate (d. 1999)
  • 1915 – Alice Faye, American actress and singer (d. 1998)
  • 1914 – Tyrone Power, American actor (d. 1958)
  • 1913 – Duane Carter, American racing driver (d. 1993)
  • 1910 – Leo Lionni, American author and illustrator (d. 1999)
  • 1905 – Floyd Gottfredson, American author and illustrator (d. 1986)
  • 1903 – James Beard, American chef and author (d. 1985)
  • 1899 – Freeman Gosden, American actor and screenwriter (d. 1982)
  • 1898 – Blind Willie McTell, American Piedmont blues singer and guitar player (d. 1959)
  • 1898 – Elsie Eaves, American engineer (d. 1983)
  • 1890 – Christopher Morley, American journalist and author (d. 1957)
  • 1887 – Mervyn S. Bennion, American captain, Medal of Honor recipient (d. 1941)
  • 1884 – Chief Bender, American baseball player and coach (d. 1954)
  • 1865 – Helen Maud Merrill, American litterateur and poet (d. 1943)
  • 1864 – Nellie Bly, American journalist and author (d. 1922)
  • 1858 – John L. Leal, American physician (d. 1914)
  • 1832 – Hubert Howe Bancroft, American ethnologist and historian (d. 1918)
  • 1830 – John Batterson Stetson, American businessman, founded the John B. Stetson Company (d. 1906)

Deaths

  • 2015 – Jobst Brandt, American cyclist, engineer, and author (b. 1935)
  • 2013 – Robert Ressler, American FBI agent and author (b. 1937)
  • 2008 – Irv Robbins, Canadian-American businessman, co-founded Baskin-Robbins (b. 1917)
  • 2008 – Jerry Wallace, American singer and guitarist (b. 1928)
  • 2007 – Theodore Harold Maiman, American-Canadian physicist and engineer, created the laser (b. 1927)
  • 2002 – George Sidney, American director and producer (b. 1916)
  • 2002 – Paul Wilbur Klipsch, American engineer, founded Klipsch Audio Technologies (b. 1904)
  • 2001 – Clifton Hillegass, American publisher, created CliffsNotes (b. 1918)
  • 2001 – Morris Graves, American painter and educator (b. 1910)
  • 2000 – Bill Musselman, American basketball player and coach (b. 1940)
  • 1993 – Irving Howe, American literary and social critic (b. 1920)
  • 1988 – Michael Shaara, American author and academic (b. 1928)
  • 1985 – Donald Bailey, English engineer, designed the Bailey bridge (b. 1901)
  • 1983 – John Williams, English-American actor (b. 1903)
  • 1965 – John Waters, American director and screenwriter (b. 1893)
  • 1947 – Ty LaForest, Canadian-American baseball player (b. 1917)
  • 1902 – Bret Harte, American short story writer and poet (b. 1836)
  • 1896 – Silas Adams, American lawyer and politician (b. 1839)
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