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Monday 14 May 2018 Calendar with holidays, observances and special days

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Holidays and observances

  • Earliest day on which the first day of Sanja Matsuri can fall, while May 21 is the latest; celebrated on the third weekend of May. (Sensō-ji, Tokyo)
  • Engineer's Day (Chile)
  • The first day of Izumo-taisha Shrine Grand Festival. (Izumo-taisha)

Events

  • 1988 – Carrollton bus collision: A drunk driver traveling the wrong way on Interstate 71 near Carrollton, Kentucky, United States hits a converted school bus carrying a church youth group. Twenty-seven die in the crash and ensuing fire.
  • 1973 – Skylab, the United States' first space station, is launched.
  • 1951 – Trains run on the Talyllyn Railway in Wales for the first time since preservation, making it the first railway in the world to be operated by volunteers.
  • 1879 – The first group of 463 Indian indentured laborers arrives in Fiji aboard the Leonidas.
  • 1878 – The last witchcraft trial held in the United States begins in Salem, Massachusetts, after Lucretia Brown, an adherent of Christian Science, accused Daniel Spofford of attempting to harm her through his mental powers.
  • 1870 – The first game of rugby in New Zealand is played in Nelson between Nelson College and the Nelson Rugby Football Club.
  • 1863 – American Civil War: The Battle of Jackson takes place.
  • 1800 – The process of the U.S. Government moving the United States capital city from Philadelphia to Washington, D.C. begins.
  • 1796 – Edward Jenner administers the first smallpox inoculation.
  • 1787 – In Philadelphia, delegates convene a Constitutional Convention to write a new Constitution for the United States; George Washington presides.
  • 1747 – War of the Austrian Succession: A British fleet under Admiral George Anson defeats the French at the First Battle of Cape Finisterre.
  • 1608 – The Protestant Union is founded in Auhausen.

Births

  • 1993 – Miranda Cosgrove, American actress and singer
  • 1989 – Rob Gronkowski, American football player
  • 1988 – Jayne Appel, American basketball player
  • 1986 – Clay Matthews III, American football player
  • 1985 – Dustin Lynch, American singer-songwriter
  • 1985 – Zack Ryder, American wrestler
  • 1984 – Luke Gregerson, American baseball player
  • 1984 – Mark Zuckerberg, American computer programmer and businessman, co-founded Facebook
  • 1983 – Amber Tamblyn, American actress, author, model, director
  • 1983 – Frank Gore, American football player
  • 1981 – Pranav Mistry, Indian computer scientist, invented SixthSense
  • 1979 – Dan Auerbach, American singer-songwriter, guitarist, and producer
  • 1978 – Eddie House, American basketball player
  • 1977 – Roy Halladay, American baseball player and coach
  • 1976 – Brian Lawrence, American baseball player and coach
  • 1976 – Hunter Burgan, American bass player
  • 1974 – Krister Axel, American singer-songwriter and guitarist
  • 1973 – Voshon Lenard, American basketball player
  • 1971 – Deanne Bray, American actress
  • 1971 – Sofia Coppola, American director, producer, and screenwriter
  • 1969 – Danny Wood, American singer-songwriter, record producer, and choreographer
  • 1967 – Natasha Kaiser-Brown, American sprinter and coach
  • 1967 – Tony Siragusa, American football player and journalist
  • 1966 – Mike Inez, American rock bass player and songwriter (Alice In Chains)
  • 1966 – Raphael Saadiq, American singer-songwriter, guitarist, and producer
  • 1964 – Eric Peterson (musician), American guitarist and songwriter (Testament (band))
  • 1964 – James M. Kelly, American colonel, pilot, and astronaut
  • 1964 – Suzy Kolber, American sportscaster and producer
  • 1963 – Pat Borders, American baseball player and coach
  • 1962 – C.C. DeVille, American guitarist, songwriter, and actor
  • 1962 – Danny Huston, Italian-American actor and director
  • 1961 – Tommy Rogers, American wrestler (d. 2015)
  • 1959 – John Holt, American football player (d. 2013)
  • 1959 – Robert Greene, American author and translator
  • 1958 – Christine Brennan, American journalist and author
  • 1952 – Donald R. McMonagle, American colonel, pilot, and astronaut
  • 1952 – Robert Zemeckis, American director, producer, and screenwriter
  • 1951 – Jay Beckenstein, American saxophonist
  • 1949 – Walter Day, American game designer and businessman, founded Twin Galaxies
  • 1947 – Al Ciner, American pop-rock guitarist (The American Breed)
  • 1944 – Gene Cornish, Canadian-American guitarist
  • 1944 – George Lucas, American director, producer, and screenwriter, founded Lucasfilm
  • 1942 – Byron Dorgan, American lawyer and politician
  • 1942 – Tony Pérez, Cuban-American baseball player and manager
  • 1939 – Troy Shondell, American singer-songwriter (d. 2016)
  • 1936 – Bobby Darin, American singer-songwriter and actor (d. 1973)
  • 1936 – Dick Howser, American baseball player, coach, and manager (d. 1987)
  • 1932 – Robert Bechtle, American lithographer and painter
  • 1931 – Alvin Lucier, American composer and academic
  • 1929 – Barbara Branden, Canadian-American author (d. 2013)
  • 1928 – Dub Jones, American R&B bass singer (The Coasters) (d. 2000)
  • 1925 – Al Porcino, American trumpet player (d. 2013)
  • 1925 – Patrice Munsel, American soprano and actress (d. 2016)
  • 1925 – Sophie Kurys, American baseball player (d. 2013)
  • 1921 – Richard Deacon, American actor and singer (d. 1984)
  • 1919 – John Hope, American soldier and meteorologist (d. 2002)
  • 1917 – Lou Harrison, American composer and critic (d. 2003)
  • 1917 – Norman Luboff, American composer and conductor (d. 1987)
  • 1916 – Robert F. Christy, Canadian-American physicist and astronomer (d. 2012)
  • 1905 – Herbert Morrison, American soldier and journalist (d. 1989)
  • 1904 – Hans Albert Einstein, Swiss-American engineer and educator (d. 1973)
  • 1903 – Billie Dove, American actress (d. 1997)
  • 1900 – Hal Borland, American journalist and author (d. 1978)
  • 1899 – Earle Combs, American baseball player and coach (d. 1976)
  • 1897 – Ed Ricketts, American biologist and ecologist (d. 1948)
  • 1897 – Sidney Bechet, American saxophonist, clarinet player, and composer (d. 1959)
  • 1888 – Archie Alexander, African-American mathematician and engineer (d. 1958)
  • 1881 – George Murray Hulbert, American judge and politician (d. 1950)
  • 1879 – Fred Englehardt, American jumper (d. 1942)
  • 1878 – J. L. Wilkinson, American baseball player and manager (d. 1964)
  • 1851 – Anna Laurens Dawes, American author and suffragist (d. 1938)
  • 1814 – Charles Beyer, German-English engineer, co-founded Beyer, Peacock and Company (d. 1876)
  • 1761 – Samuel Dexter, American lawyer and politician, 4th United States Secretary of War, 3rd United States Secretary of the Treasury (d. 1816)
  • 1752 – Timothy Dwight IV, American minister, theologian, and academic (d. 1817)

Deaths

  • 2017 – Powers Boothe, American actor (b. 1948)
  • 2016 – Darwyn Cooke, American comic book writer and artist (b. 1962)
  • 2015 – B.B. King, American singer-songwriter, guitarist, and producer (b. 1925)
  • 2015 – Franz Wright, Austrian-American poet and translator (b. 1953)
  • 2015 – Stanton J. Peale, American astrophysicist and academic (b. 1937)
  • 2014 – Emanuel Raymond Lewis, American librarian and author (b. 1928)
  • 2014 – Jeffrey Kruger, English-American businessman (b. 1931)
  • 2013 – Wayne Brown, American accountant and politician, 14th Mayor of Mesa (b. 1936)
  • 2010 – Frank J. Dodd, American businessman and politician, president of the New Jersey Senate (b. 1938)
  • 2010 – Norman Hand, American football player (b. 1972)
  • 2008 – Will Elder, American illustrator (b. 1921)
  • 2007 – Mary Scheier, American sculptor and educator (b. 1908)
  • 2006 – Lew Anderson, American actor and saxophonist (b. 1922)
  • 2006 – Stanley Kunitz, American poet and translator (b. 1905)
  • 2004 – Anna Lee, English-American actress (b. 1913)
  • 2003 – Dave DeBusschere, American basketball player and coach (b. 1940)
  • 2003 – Robert Stack, American actor and producer (b. 1919)
  • 1998 – Frank Sinatra, American singer and actor (b. 1915)
  • 1998 – Marjory Stoneman Douglas, American journalist and environmentalist (b. 1890)
  • 1997 – Harry Blackstone Jr., American magician and author (b. 1934)
  • 1995 – Christian B. Anfinsen, American biochemist and academic, Nobel Prize laureate (b. 1916)
  • 1994 – W. Graham Claytor Jr., American businessman, lieutenant, and politician, 15th United States Secretary of the Navy (b. 1914)
  • 1993 – William Randolph Hearst, Jr., American journalist and publisher (b. 1908)
  • 1987 – Rita Hayworth, American actress and dancer (b. 1918)
  • 1983 – Roger J. Traynor, American academic and jurist, 23rd Chief Justice of California (b. 1900)
  • 1982 – Hugh Beaumont, American actor (b. 1909)
  • 1970 – Billie Burke, American actress and singer (b. 1884)
  • 1969 – Enid Bennett, Australian-American actress (b. 1893)
  • 1968 – Husband E. Kimmel, American admiral (b. 1882)
  • 1962 – Florence Auer, American actress and screenwriter (b. 1880)
  • 1959 – Sidney Bechet, American saxophonist, clarinet player, and composer (b. 1897)
  • 1953 – Yasuo Kuniyoshi, American painter and photographer (b. 1893)
  • 1945 – Heber J. Grant, American religious leader, 7th President of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints (b. 1856)
  • 1934 – Lou Criger, American baseball player and manager (b. 1872)
  • 1931 – David Belasco, American director, producer, and playwright (b. 1853)
  • 1919 – Henry J. Heinz, American businessman, founded the H. J. Heinz Company (b. 1844)
  • 1918 – James Gordon Bennett, Jr., American journalist and publisher (b. 1841)
  • 1906 – Carl Schurz, German-American general, journalist, and politician, 13th United States Secretary of the Interior (b. 1829)
  • 1889 – Volney Howard, American lawyer, jurist, and politician (b. 1809)
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