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Friday 11 May 2018 Calendar with holidays, observances and special days

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Holidays and observances

  • Azores Day (Azores)
  • Christian feast day: - Mamertus, the first of the Ice Saints
  • National Technology Day in India
  • Nisga'a Day (celebration of the effective date of the Nisga'a Final Agreement. Nisga'a Nation)
  • Statehood Day (Minnesota, 1858)

Events

  • 1997 – Deep Blue, a chess-playing supercomputer, defeats Garry Kasparov in the last game of the rematch, becoming the first computer to beat a world-champion chess player in a classic match format.
  • 1972 – The United States performs a nuclear test at Nevada Test Site, which was part of the series Operation Grommet and Operation Toggle.
  • 1943 – World War II: American troops invade Attu Island in the Aleutian Islands in an attempt to expel occupying Japanese forces.
  • 1927 – The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences is founded.
  • 1862 – American Civil War: The ironclad CSS Virginia is scuttled in the James River northwest of Norfolk, Virginia.
  • 1846 – President James K. Polk asked for a Declaration of War against Mexico, starting the Mexican–American War. It is approved on May 13.
  • 1792 – Captain Robert Gray becomes the first documented white person to sail into the Columbia River.

Births

  • 1999 – Sabrina Carpenter, American actress
  • 1993 – Maurice Harkless, American-Puerto Rican basketball player
  • 1989 – Cam Newton, American football player
  • 1988 – Jeremy Maclin, American football player
  • 1983 – Matt Leinart, American football player
  • 1983 – Steven Sotloff, American-Israeli journalist (d. 2014)
  • 1980 – Kulap Vilaysack, American actress, comedian, and writer
  • 1975 – Francisco Cordero, Dominican-American baseball player
  • 1970 – Harold Ford, Jr., American lawyer and politician
  • 1968 – Jeffrey Donovan, American actor
  • 1965 – Greg Dulli, American singer-songwriter and guitarist
  • 1964 – Bobby Witt, American baseball player
  • 1964 – Floyd Youmans, American baseball player, coach, and manager
  • 1964 – Tim Blake Nelson, American actor, director, and screenwriter
  • 1963 – Natasha Richardson, English-American actress (d. 2009)
  • 1963 – Roark Critchlow, Canadian-American actor
  • 1962 – Steve Bono, American football player
  • 1961 – Luis Felipe, Cuban gang leader, founded the Latin Kings
  • 1959 – Martha Quinn, American radio and television host
  • 1958 – Dan Ireland, American director and producer (d. 2016)
  • 1958 – Walt Terrell, American baseball player
  • 1955 – John DeStefano, Jr., American politician, 49th Mayor of New Haven
  • 1954 – John Clayton, American journalist
  • 1952 – Frances Fisher, English-American actress
  • 1952 – Mike Lupica, American sports journalist
  • 1952 – Shohreh Aghdashloo, Iranian-American actress
  • 1952 – Warren Littlefield, American businessman
  • 1947 – Butch Trucks, American drummer (d. 2017)
  • 1946 – Robert Jarvik, American cardiologist, developed the Artificial heart
  • 1945 – Floyd Adams Jr., American publisher and politician, 63rd Mayor of Savannah, Georgia (d. 2014)
  • 1943 – Clarence Ellis, American computer scientist and academic (d. 2014)
  • 1936 – Carla Bley, American pianist, composer, and bandleader
  • 1934 – Jim Jeffords, American captain, lawyer, and politician (d. 2014)
  • 1933 – Louis Farrakhan, American religious leader
  • 1932 – Valentino Garavani, Italian fashion designer, founded Valentino SpA
  • 1930 – Stanley Elkin, American novelist, short story writer, and essayist (d. 1995)
  • 1927 – Gene Savoy, American explorer, author, and scholar (d. 2007)
  • 1927 – Mort Sahl, Canadian-American comedian and actor
  • 1925 – Edward J. King, American football player and politician, 66th Governor of Massachusetts (d. 2006)
  • 1924 – Eugene Dynkin, Russian-American mathematician and theorist (d. 2014)
  • 1920 – Denver Pyle, American actor and director (d. 1997)
  • 1918 – Richard Feynman, American physicist and engineer, Nobel Prize laureate (d. 1988)
  • 1912 – Foster Brooks, American actor and comedian (d. 2001)
  • 1911 – Phil Silvers, American actor and comedian (d. 1985)
  • 1909 – Ellis R. Dungan, American director and producer (d. 2001)
  • 1907 – Rip Sewell, American baseball player and coach (d. 1989)
  • 1903 – Charlie Gehringer, American baseball player and manager (d. 1993)
  • 1901 – Gladys Rockmore Davis, American painter (d. 1967)
  • 1897 – Robert E. Gross, American businessman (d. 1961)
  • 1895 – William Grant Still, American composer and conductor (d. 1978)
  • 1894 – Martha Graham, American dancer and choreographer (d. 1991)
  • 1890 – Willie Applegarth, English-American sprinter (d. 1958)
  • 1888 – Irving Berlin, Belarusian-American pianist and composer (d. 1989)
  • 1888 – Willis Augustus Lee, American admiral (d. 1945)
  • 1881 – Theodore von Kármán, Hungarian-American mathematician, physicist, and engineer (d. 1963)
  • 1875 – Harriet Quimby, American pilot and screenwriter (d. 1912)
  • 1871 – Frank Schlesinger, American astronomer and author (d. 1943)
  • 1861 – Frederick Russell Burnham, American soldier and adventurer (d. 1947)
  • 1852 – Charles W. Fairbanks, American journalist and politician, 26th United States Vice President (d. 1918)
  • 1811 – Chang and Eng Bunker, Thai-American conjoined twins (d. 1874)
  • 1801 – Henri Labrouste, French architect and academic, designed the Sainte-Geneviève Library (d. 1875)
  • 1799 – John Lowell, Jr., American businessman and philanthropist, founded Lowell Institute (d. 1836)

Deaths

  • 2012 – Jack Benaroya, American businessman and philanthropist (b. 1921)
  • 2011 – Maurice Goldhaber, Ukrainian-American physicist and academic (b. 1911)
  • 2011 – Robert Traylor, American basketball player (b. 1977)
  • 2010 – Doris Eaton Travis, American dancer and vaudevillian (b. 1904)
  • 2006 – Floyd Patterson, American boxer and actor (b. 1935)
  • 2002 – Bill Peet, American animator and screenwriter (b. 1915)
  • 2002 – Joseph Bonanno, Italian-American mob boss (b. 1905)
  • 1994 – Timothy Carey, American actor, director, and producer (b. 1928)
  • 1986 – Fritz Pollard, American football player and coach (b. 1894)
  • 1985 – Chester Gould, American cartoonist, created Dick Tracy (b. 1900)
  • 1979 – Lester Flatt, American singer-songwriter and guitarist (b. 1914)
  • 1976 – Alvar Aalto, Finnish architect, designed Finlandia Hall and Paimio Sanatorium (b. 1898)
  • 1967 – James E. Brewton, American painter (b. 1930)
  • 1963 – Herbert Spencer Gasser, American physiologist and academic, Nobel Prize laureate (b. 1888)
  • 1960 – John D. Rockefeller Jr., American businessman and philanthropist (b. 1874)
  • 1929 – Jozef Murgaš, Slovak-American priest, architect, botanist, and painter (b. 1864)
  • 1920 – James Colosimo, Italian-American mob boss (b. 1878)
  • 1920 – William Dean Howells, American novelist, literary critic, and playwright (b. 1837)
  • 1889 – John Cadbury, English businessman and philanthropist, founded the Cadbury Company (b. 1801)
  • 1779 – John Hart, American lawyer and politician (b. 1711)
  • 1708 – Jules Hardouin-Mansart, French architect, designed the Château de Dampierre and Grand Trianon (b. 1646)
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