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Events

  • 1985 – United States–Canada tornado outbreak: Forty-one tornadoes hit Ohio, Pennsylvania, New York, and Ontario, leaving 76 dead.
  • 1973 – The United States Senate votes to cut off funding for the bombing of Khmer Rouge targets within Cambodia, hastening the end of the Cambodian Civil War.
  • 1971 – In accordance with the Uniform Monday Holiday Act passed by the U.S. Congress in 1968, observation of Memorial Day occurs on the last Monday in May for the first time, rather than on the traditional Memorial Day of May 30.
  • 1958 – Feijenoord Rotterdam wins the first edition of the Benelux Cup
  • 1909 – The National Negro Committee, forerunner to the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP), convenes for the first time.
  • 1864 – American Civil War: Overland Campaign: Battle of Cold Harbor: The Army of Northern Virginia under Robert E. Lee engages the Army of the Potomac under Ulysses S. Grant and George Meade.
  • 1862 – American Civil War: Peninsula Campaign: Battle of Seven Pines, also known as the "Battle of Fair Oaks": Confederate forces under Joseph E. Johnston and G.W. Smith engage Union forces under George B. McClellan outside Richmond, Virginia.
  • 1790 – The United States enacts its first copyright statute, the Copyright Act of 1790.
  • 1775 – American Revolution: The Mecklenburg Resolves are adopted in the Province of North Carolina.
  • 1578 – King Henry III lays the first stone of the Pont Neuf (New Bridge), the oldest bridge of Paris, France.

Births

  • 1991 – Azealia Banks, American rapper
  • 1989 – Lauren Barnes, American soccer player
  • 1989 – Noah Gundersen, American singer-songwriter and guitarist
  • 1985 – Jordy Nelson, American football player
  • 1984 – Andrew Bailey, American baseball player
  • 1984 – Nate Robinson, American basketball player
  • 1983 – David Hernandez, American singer and reality television star
  • 1981 – Andy Hurley, American musician
  • 1981 – Jake Peavy, American baseball player
  • 1977 – Eric Christian Olsen, American actor
  • 1977 – Scott Klopfenstein, American singer-songwriter and trumpet player
  • 1976 – Matt Harpring, American basketball player and sportscaster
  • 1974 – Chad Campbell, American golfer
  • 1972 – Dave Roberts, American baseball player and coach
  • 1967 – Kenny Lofton, American baseball player, coach, and sportscaster
  • 1965 – Brooke Shields, American model, actress, and producer
  • 1964 – Darryl "D.M.C." McDaniels, American rapper and producer
  • 1963 – Wesley Willis, American singer-songwriter and keyboard player (d. 2003)
  • 1961 – Lea Thompson, American actress, director, and producer
  • 1960 – Chris Elliott, American actor, comedian, and screenwriter
  • 1957 – Jim Craig, American ice hockey player
  • 1955 – Bruce Adolphe, American pianist, composer, and scholar
  • 1955 – Susie Essman, American actress, comedian, and screenwriter
  • 1954 – Vicki Sue Robinson, American actress and singer (d. 2000)
  • 1950 – Gregory Harrison, American actor
  • 1950 – Jean Chalopin, French director, producer, and screenwriter, founded DIC Entertainment
  • 1949 – Tom Berenger, American actor
  • 1948 – Duncan Hunter, American lieutenant, lawyer, and politician
  • 1946 – Ted Baehr, American publisher and critic
  • 1945 – Bernard Goldberg, American journalist and author
  • 1943 – Joe Namath, American football player, sportscaster, and actor
  • 1943 – Sharon Gless, American actress
  • 1941 – Louis Ignarro, American pharmacologist and academic, Nobel Prize laureate
  • 1940 – Augie Meyers, American musician and singer-songwriter
  • 1940 – Gilbert Shelton, American illustrator
  • 1938 – Johnny Paycheck, American singer-songwriter and guitarist (d. 2003)
  • 1938 – Peter Yarrow, American singer-songwriter, guitarist, and producer
  • 1934 – Jim Hutton, American actor (d. 1979)
  • 1933 – Henry B. Eyring, American religious leader, educator, and author
  • 1932 – Jay Miner, American computer scientist and engineer (d. 1994)
  • 1931 – John Robert Schrieffer, American physicist and academic, Nobel Prize laureate
  • 1931 – Shirley Verrett, American soprano and actress (d. 2010)
  • 1930 – Clint Eastwood, American actor, director, musician, and producer
  • 1925 – Julian Beck, American actor and director (d. 1986)
  • 1923 – Ellsworth Kelly, American painter and sculptor (d. 2015)
  • 1921 – Howard Reig, American radio and television announcer (d. 2008)
  • 1919 – Robie Macauley, American editor, novelist and critic (d. 1995)
  • 1918 – Lloyd Quarterman, African American chemist (d. 1982)
  • 1916 – Bernard Lewis, English-American historian and author
  • 1912 – Chien-Shiung Wu, Chinese-American experimental physicist (d. 1997)
  • 1909 – Art Coulter, Canadian-American ice hockey player (d. 2000)
  • 1908 – Don Ameche, American actor (d. 1993)
  • 1901 – Alfredo Antonini, Italian-American conductor and composer (d. 1983)
  • 1898 – Norman Vincent Peale, American minister and author (d. 1993)
  • 1894 – Fred Allen, American comedian, radio host, game show panelist, and author (d. 1956)
  • 1866 – John Ringling, American entrepreneur; one of the founders of the Ringling Brothers Circus (d. 1936)
  • 1852 – Julius Richard Petri, German microbiologist, invented the Petri dish (d. 1921)
  • 1819 – Walt Whitman, American poet, essayist, and journalist (d. 1892)
  • 1818 – John Albion Andrew, American lawyer and politician, 25th Governor of Massachusetts (d. 1867)
  • 1683 – Jean-Pierre Christin, French physicist, mathematician, and astronomer, invented the Celsius thermometer (d. 1755)

Deaths

  • 2016 – Jan Crouch, American televangelist, co-founder of the Trinity Broadcasting Network (b. 1938)
  • 2014 – Hoss Ellington, American race car driver (b. 1935)
  • 2014 – Lewis Katz, American businessman and philanthropist (b. 1942)
  • 2014 – Marilyn Beck, American journalist (b. 1928)
  • 2014 – Martha Hyer, American actress (b. 1924)
  • 2013 – Gerald E. Brown, American physicist and academic (b. 1926)
  • 2013 – Jean Stapleton, American actress (b. 1923)
  • 2013 – Miguel Méndez, American author and poet (b. 1930)
  • 2013 – Tim Samaras, American engineer and storm chaser (b. 1957)
  • 2012 – Orlando Woolridge, American basketball player and coach (b. 1959)
  • 2012 – Randall B. Kester, American lawyer and judge (b. 1916)
  • 2011 – Andy Robustelli, American football player and manager (b. 1925)
  • 2011 – Derek Hodge, Virgin Islander lawyer and politician, Lieutenant Governor of the United States Virgin Islands (b. 1941)
  • 2011 – Jonas Bevacqua, American fashion designer, co-founded the Lifted Research Group (b. 1977)
  • 2011 – Pauline Betz, American tennis player (b. 1919)
  • 2010 – Louise Bourgeois, French-American sculptor and painter (b. 1911)
  • 2010 – William A. Fraker, American director, producer, and cinematographer (b. 1923)
  • 2009 – George Tiller, American physician (b. 1941)
  • 2006 – Raymond Davis, Jr., American physicist and chemist, Nobel Prize laureate (b. 1914)
  • 2006 – Ryan Bennett, American sportscaster (b. 1970)
  • 2004 – Robert Quine, American guitarist (b. 1941)
  • 2001 – Arlene Francis, American actress, talk show host, game show panelist, and television personality (b. 1907)
  • 2000 – Tito Puente, American jazz musician (b. 1923)
  • 1998 – Charles Van Acker, Belgian-American race car driver (b. 1912)
  • 1996 – Timothy Leary, American psychologist and author (b. 1920)
  • 1995 – Stanley Elkin, American novelist, short story writer, and essayist (b. 1930)
  • 1994 – Herva Nelli, Italian-American soprano (b. 1909)
  • 1989 – Owen Lattimore, American author and academic (b. 1900)
  • 1986 – James Rainwater, American physicist and academic, Nobel Prize laureate (b. 1917)
  • 1986 – Jane Frank, American painter and sculptor (b. 1918)
  • 1983 – Jack Dempsey, American boxer and lieutenant (b. 1895)
  • 1977 – William Castle, American actor, director, producer, and screenwriter (b. 1914)
  • 1970 – Terry Sawchuk, Canadian-American ice hockey player (b. 1929)
  • 1967 – Billy Strayhorn, American pianist and composer (b. 1915)
  • 1962 – Henry F. Ashurst, American lawyer and politician (b. 1874)
  • 1954 – Antonis Benakis, Greek art collector and philanthropist, founded the Benaki Museum (b. 1873)
  • 1910 – Elizabeth Blackwell, English-American physician and educator (b. 1821)
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