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Holidays and observances

  • Mother's Day in Indonesia

Events

  • 2010 – The repeal of the Don't ask, don't tell policy, the 17-year-old policy banning homosexuals serving openly in the United States military, is signed into law by President Barack Obama.
  • 2001 – Richard Reid attempts to destroy a passenger airliner by igniting explosives hidden in his shoes aboard American Airlines Flight 63.
  • 1997 – Hussein Farrah Aidid relinquishes the disputed title of President of Somalia by signing the Cairo Declaration, in Cairo, Egypt. It is the first major step towards reconciliation in Somalia since 1991.
  • 1965 – In the United Kingdom, a 70 mph speed limit is applied to all rural roads including motorways for the first time.
  • 1964 – The first test flight of the SR-71 (Blackbird) took place at Air Force Plant 42 in Palmdale, California.
  • 1951 – The Selangor Labour Party is founded in Selangor, Malaya.
  • 1944 – World War II: Battle of the Bulge: German troops demand the surrender of United States troops at Bastogne, Belgium, prompting the famous one word reply by General Anthony McAuliffe: "Nuts!"
  • 1891 – Asteroid 323 Brucia becomes the first asteroid discovered using photography.
  • 1885 – Itō Hirobumi, a samurai, became the first Prime Minister of Japan.
  • 1851 – India's first freight train is operated in Roorkee, India.
  • 1622 – Bucaramanga, Colombia is founded.
  • 609 – Muhammad claims to receive his first revelation.

Births

  • 1998 – G Hannelius, American actress and singer
  • 1993 – Meghan Trainor, American singer-songwriter and producer
  • 1990 – Josef Newgarden, American race car driver
  • 1989 – Jordin Sparks, American singer-songwriter and actress
  • 1983 – Drew Hankinson, American wrestler
  • 1982 – Rodney Martin, American sprinter
  • 1976 – Jason Lane, American baseball player and coach
  • 1970 – Ted Cruz, American lawyer and politician
  • 1968 – Dina Meyer, American actress
  • 1965 – David S. Goyer, American screenwriter
  • 1964 – Mike Jackson, American baseball player
  • 1963 – Luna H. Mitani, Japanese-American painter and illustrator
  • 1961 – Andrew Fastow, American businessman
  • 1960 – Jean-Michel Basquiat, American painter and poet (d. 1988)
  • 1960 – Luther Campbell, American rapper and actor
  • 1958 – David Heavener, American singer-songwriter, producer, actor, and director
  • 1955 – Lonnie Smith, American baseball player
  • 1955 – Thomas C. Südhof, German-American biochemist and academic, Nobel Prize laureate
  • 1953 – Tom Underwood, American baseball player (d. 2010)
  • 1949 – Ray Guy, American football player
  • 1948 – Don Kardong, American runner, journalist, and author
  • 1948 – Lynne Thigpen, American actress and singer (d. 2003)
  • 1948 – Rick Nielsen, American singer-songwriter and guitarist
  • 1948 – Steve Garvey, American baseball player and sportscaster
  • 1947 – Brian Daley, American author and screenwriter (d. 1996)
  • 1946 – C. Eugene Steuerle, American economist and author
  • 1945 – Diane Sawyer, American journalist
  • 1944 – Steve Carlton, American baseball player
  • 1943 – Paul Wolfowitz, American banker and politician, 25th United States Deputy Secretary of Defense
  • 1942 – Jerry Koosman, American baseball player
  • 1938 – Matty Alou, Dominican-American baseball player and scout (d. 2011)
  • 1938 – Red Steagall, American singer-songwriter, guitarist, actor, and poet
  • 1936 – Héctor Elizondo, American actor and director
  • 1934 – David Pearson, American race car driver
  • 1925 – Lewis Glucksman, American businessman and philanthropist (d. 2006)
  • 1924 – Frank Corsaro, American actor and director
  • 1922 – Jim Wright, American soldier, lawyer, and politician, 56th Speaker of the United States House of Representatives (d. 2015)
  • 1922 – Ruth Roman, American actress (d. 1999)
  • 1921 – Hawkshaw Hawkins, American singer-songwriter and guitarist (d. 1963)
  • 1917 – Gene Rayburn, American game show host and actor (d. 1999)
  • 1915 – Barbara Billingsley, American actress (d. 2010)
  • 1912 – Lady Bird Johnson, American beautification activist; 38th First Lady of the United States (d. 2007)
  • 1905 – Kenneth Rexroth, American poet, translator, and academic (d. 1982)
  • 1903 – Haldan Keffer Hartline, American physiologist and academic, Nobel Prize laureate (d. 1983)
  • 1901 – Andre Kostelanetz, Russian-American conductor and composer (d. 1980)
  • 1888 – J. Arthur Rank, 1st Baron Rank, English businessman, founded Rank Organisation (d. 1972)
  • 1885 – Deems Taylor, American conductor and critic (d. 1966)
  • 1884 – St. Elmo Brady, African American chemist and educator (d. 1966)
  • 1883 – Edgard Varèse, French-American composer (d. 1965)
  • 1883 – Marcus Hurley, American cyclist (d. 1941)
  • 1878 – Myer Prinstein, Polish-American jumper (d. 1925)
  • 1869 – Edwin Arlington Robinson, American poet and playwright (d. 1935)
  • 1865 – Charles Sands, American golfer and tennis player (d. 1945)
  • 1862 – Connie Mack, American baseball player and manager (d. 1956)
  • 1856 – Frank B. Kellogg, American lawyer and politician, 45th United States Secretary of State, Nobel Prize laureate (d. 1937)
  • 1853 – Teresa Carreño, Venezuelan-American singer-songwriter and pianist (d. 1917)

Deaths

  • 2014 – Bernard Stone, American lawyer and politician (b. 1927)
  • 2014 – Christine Cavanaugh, American actress (b. 1963)
  • 2014 – John Robert Beyster, American physicist and academic (b. 1924)
  • 2013 – Ed Herrmann, American baseball player, coach, and manager (b. 1946)
  • 2012 – Chuck Cherundolo, American football player and coach (b. 1916)
  • 2012 – Cliff Osmond, American actor, director, producer, and screenwriter (b. 1937)
  • 2012 – Ryan Freel, American baseball player (b. 1976)
  • 2010 – Fred Foy, American soldier and announcer (b. 1921)
  • 2004 – Doug Ault, American baseball player and manager (b. 1950)
  • 2001 – Walter Newton Read, American lawyer and second chairman of the New Jersey Casino Control Commission (b. 1918)
  • 1997 – Sebastian Arcos Bergnes, Cuban-American dentist and activist (b. 1931)
  • 1996 – Jack Hamm, American cartoonist and television host (b. 1916)
  • 1995 – Butterfly McQueen, American actress and dancer (b. 1911)
  • 1993 – Don DeFore, American actor (b. 1913)
  • 1992 – Frederick William Franz, American religious leader (b. 1893)
  • 1979 – Darryl F. Zanuck, American director and producer (b. 1902)
  • 1974 – Sterling North, American author and critic (b. 1906)
  • 1968 – Raymond Gram Swing, American journalist (b. 1887)
  • 1959 – Gilda Gray, Polish-American actress and dancer (b. 1901)
  • 1944 – Harry Langdon, American actor, comedian, and vaudevillian (b. 1884)
  • 1942 – Franz Boas, German-American anthropologist and linguist (b. 1858)
  • 1940 – Nathanael West, American author and screenwriter (b. 1903)
  • 1939 – Ma Rainey, American singer (b. 1886)
  • 1917 – Frances Xavier Cabrini, Italian-American nun and saint (b. 1850)
  • 1915 – Rose Talbot Bullard, American medical doctor and professor (b. 1864)
  • 1899 – Dwight L. Moody, American evangelist and publisher, founded Moody Publishers (b. 1837)
  • 1806 – William Vernon, English-American merchant (b. 1719)
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