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This day marks the approximate midpoint of spring in the Northern Hemisphere and of autumn in the Southern Hemisphere (starting the season at the March equinox).

Events

  • 0553 – The Second Council of Constantinople begins.[1]
  • 1215 – Rebel barons renounce their allegiance to King John of England — part of a chain of events leading to the signing of the Magna Carta.
  • 1260Kublai Khan becomes ruler of the Mongol Empire.[2]
  • 1494Christopher Columbus lands on the island of Jamaica and claims it for Spain.[3]
  • 1640 – King Charles I of England dissolves the Short Parliament.[4]
  • 1654Cromwell's Act of Grace, aimed at reconciliation with the Scots, proclaimed in Edinburgh.
  • 1672 – In preparation for the Franco-Dutch War, Louis XIV of France personally inspects his troops at Charleroi in one of the most magnificent displays of military power in the seventeenth century.[5]
  • 1762Russia and Prussia sign the Treaty of St. Petersburg.
  • 1789 – In France, the Estates-General convenes for the first time since 1614.
  • 1809Mary Kies becomes the first woman awarded a U.S. patent, for a technique of weaving straw with silk and thread.
  • 1809 – The Swiss canton of Aargau allows citizenship to Jews.
  • 1811 – Peninsular War: In the Battle of Fuentes de Oñoro, the British-Portuguese Army repels an attempt by the French Army of Portugal to relieve the besieged city of Almeida.
  • 1821 – Emperor Napoleon dies in exile on the island of Saint Helena in the South Atlantic Ocean.
  • 1835 – The first railway in continental Europe opens between Brussels and Mechelen.
  • 1860Giuseppe Garibaldi sets sail from Genoa, leading the expedition of the Thousand to conquer the Kingdom of the Two Sicilies and giving birth to the Kingdom of Italy.
  • 1862Cinco de Mayo: Troops led by Ignacio Zaragoza halt a French invasion in the Battle of Puebla in Mexico.
  • 1864American Civil War: The Battle of the Wilderness begins in Spotsylvania County.
  • 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.
  • 1866Memorial Day first celebrated in United States at Waterloo, New York.
  • 1877American Indian Wars: Sitting Bull leads his band of Lakota into Canada to avoid harassment by the United States Army under Colonel Nelson Miles.
  • 1886 – The Bay View massacre: A militia fires into a crowd of protesters in Milwaukee, killing seven.
  • 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.
  • 1904Pitching 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.
  • 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.
  • 1912Pravda, the "voice" of the Communist Party of the Soviet Union, begins publication in Saint Petersburg.
  • 1920 – Authorities arrest Nicola Sacco and Bartolomeo Vanzetti for alleged robbery and murder.
  • 1925Scopes Trial: Serving of an arrest warrant on John T. Scopes for teaching evolution in violation of the Butler Act.
  • 1927To the Lighthouse by Virginia Woolf is first published.
  • 1936 – Italian troops occupy Addis Ababa, Ethiopia.
  • 1940World War II: Norwegian refugees form a government-in-exile in London.
  • 1940 – World War II: Norwegian Campaign: Norwegian squads in Hegra Fortress and Vinjesvingen capitulate to German forces after all other Norwegian forces in southern Norway had laid down their arms.
  • 1941 – Emperor Haile Selassie returns to Addis Ababa; the country commemorates the date as Liberation Day or Patriots' Victory Day.
  • 1945 – World War II: The German surrender at Lüneburg Heath becomes effective, encompassing all German armed forces opposing the 21st Army Group in northwestern Germany, Denmark, and the Netherlands.
  • 1945 – World War II: Dönitz gives Löhr permission to seek an armistice with the Western Allies to preserve a communist free Austria and recognising first, from a German standpoint, the separation of Austria from Germany undoing the Anschluss.
  • 1945 – World War II: The Prague uprising begins as an attempt by the Czech resistance to free the city from German occupation.
  • 1945 – World War II: A Fu-Go balloon bomb launched by the Japanese Army kills six people near Bly, Oregon.
  • 1945 – World War II: Battle of Castle Itter, the only battle in which American and German troops fought cooperatively.
  • 1946 – The International Military Tribunal for the Far East begins in Tokyo with twenty-eight Japanese military and government officials accused of war crimes and crimes against humanity.
  • 1950Bhumibol Adulyadej is crowned as King of Thailand.
  • 1955 – The General Treaty, by which France, Britain and the United States recognize the sovereignty of West Germany, comes into effect.
  • 1961Alan Shepard becomes the first American to travel into outer space, on a sub-orbital flight.
  • 1964 – The Council of Europe declares May 5 as Europe Day.
  • 1972Alitalia Flight 112 crashes into Mount Longa near Palermo, Sicily, killing all 115 aboard, making it the deadliest single-aircraft disaster in Italy.
  • 1973Secretariat wins the 1973 Kentucky Derby in 1:59​25, an as-yet unbeaten record.
  • 1980Operation Nimrod: The British Special Air Service storms the Iranian embassy in London after a six-day siege.
  • 1981Bobby Sands dies in the Long Kesh prison hospital after 66 days of hunger-striking, aged 27.
  • 1985Ronald Reagan visits the military cemetery at Bitburg and the site of the Bergen-Belsen concentration camp, where he makes a speech.
  • 1987Iran–Contra affair: Start of Congressional televised hearings in the United States of America
  • 1991 – A riot breaks out in the Mt. Pleasant section of Washington, D.C. after police shoot a Salvadoran man.
  • 1992Armand Césari Stadium disaster in Bastia (Corsica): Eighteen people are killed and 2,300 are injured when one of the terraces collapses before a football match between SC Bastia and Olympique de Marseille.
  • 1993 – Three eight-year-old boys are murdered in West Memphis, Arkansas, Ultimately leading to the conviction of the West Memphis Three.
  • 1994 – The signing of the Bishkek Protocol between Armenia and Azerbaijan effectively freezes the Nagorno-Karabakh conflict.
  • 1994 – American teenager Michael P. Fay is caned in Singapore for theft and vandalism.
  • 1998 – A Peruvian Air Force Boeing 737 operating for Occidental Petroleum crashes on approach to Alférez FAP Alfredo Vladimir Sara Bauer Airport in Andoas, Peru, killing 75 people.[6]
  • 2006 – The government of Sudan signs an accord with the Sudan Liberation Army.
  • 2007Kenya Airways Flight 507 crashes after takeoff from Douala International Airport in Douala, Cameroon, killing all 114 aboard, making it the deadliest aircraft disaster in Cameroon.[7]
  • 2010Mass protests in Greece erupt in response to austerity measures imposed by the government as a result of the Greek government-debt crisis.
  • 2014 – Eleven people are missing after a Chinese cargo ship collides with a Marshall Islands registered container ship off the coast of Hong Kong.
  • 2014 – Twenty-two people die after two boats carrying refugees collide in the Aegean Sea off the coast of Greece.
  • 2019 – A Russian jet plane burst into flames while attempting an emergency landing at Sheremetyevo Airport in Moscow killing at least 41 people.[8]
  • 2020 – The National Telecommunications Commission issued a Cease and desist order to ABS-CBN Corporation to stop the operation of its free TV and radio stations one day after their 25-year Congressional franchise was expired.

Births

  • 1210Afonso III of Portugal (d. 1279)[9]
  • 1282Juan Manuel, Prince of Villena (d. 1322)[10]
  • 1310Preczlaw of Pogarell, Cardinal and Bishop of Wrocław (d. 1376)
  • 1352Rupert of Germany, Count Palatine of the Rhine (d. 1410)
  • 1479Guru Amar Das, Indian 3rd Sikh Guru (d. 1574)
  • 1504Stanislaus Hosius, Polish cardinal (d. 1579)
  • 1530Gabriel, comte de Montgomery, French nobleman (d. 1574)
  • 1542Thomas Cecil, 1st Earl of Exeter, English soldier and politician, Lord Lieutenant of Northamptonshire (d. 1623)
  • 1582John Frederick, Duke of Württemberg (d. 1628)
  • 1684Françoise Charlotte d'Aubigné, French wife of Adrien Maurice de Noailles (d. 1739)
  • 1747Leopold II, Holy Roman Emperor (d. 1792)
  • 1749Jean-Frédéric Edelmann, French pianist and composer (d. 1794)
  • 1764Robert Craufurd, Scottish general and politician (d. 1812)
  • 1800Louis Christophe François Hachette, French publisher (d. 1864)
  • 1813Søren Kierkegaard, Danish philosopher and author (d. 1855)
  • 1818Karl Marx, German philosopher, sociologist, and journalist (d. 1883)
  • 1826Eugénie de Montijo, French wife of Napoleon III (d. 1920)[11]
  • 1830John Batterson Stetson, American businessman, founded the John B. Stetson Company (d. 1906)
  • 1832Hubert Howe Bancroft, American ethnologist and historian (d. 1918)
  • 1833Ferdinand von Richthofen, German geographer and academic (d. 1905)
  • 1834Viktor Hartmann, Russian painter and architect (d. 1873)
  • 1843William George Beers, Canadian dentist and patriot (d. 1900)
  • 1846Henryk Sienkiewicz, Polish journalist and author, Nobel Prize laureate (d. 1916)
  • 1858John L. Leal, American physician (d. 1914)
  • 1859Charles B. Hanford, American Shakespearean actor (d. 1926)[12]
  • 1864Nellie Bly, American journalist and author (d. 1922)
  • 1865Helen Maud Merrill, American litterateur and poet (d. 1943)
  • 1866Thomas B. Thrige, Danish businessman (d. 1938)
  • 1869Fabián de la Rosa, Filipino painter and educator (d. 1937)
  • 1869 – Hans Pfitzner, German composer and conductor (d. 1949)
  • 1874Thomas Bavin, New Zealand-Australian politician, 24th Premier of New South Wales (d. 1941)
  • 1882Sylvia Pankhurst, English women's suffrage movement leader and socialist activist (d. 1960)
  • 1883Archibald Wavell, 1st Earl Wavell, English general and politician, 43rd Governor-General of India (d. 1950)
  • 1883 – Anna Johnson Pell Wheeler, American mathematician (d. 1966)[13]
  • 1884Chief Bender, American baseball player and coach (d. 1954)
  • 1885Kingsley Fairbridge, South African-Australian scholar and politician (d. 1924)
  • 1887Mervyn S. Bennion, American captain, Medal of Honor recipient (d. 1941)
  • 1889Herbie Taylor, South African cricketer and soldier (d. 1973)
  • 1890Christopher Morley, American journalist and author (d. 1957)
  • 1892Dorothy Garrod, British archaeologist (d. 1968)[14]
  • 1898Elsie Eaves, American engineer (d. 1983)[15]
  • 1898 – Blind Willie McTell, American Piedmont blues singer and guitar player (d. 1959)
  • 1899Freeman Gosden, American actor and screenwriter (d. 1982)
  • 1900Helen Redfield, American geneticist (d. 1988)[16]
  • 1903James Beard, American chef and author (d. 1985)
  • 1905Floyd Gottfredson, American author and illustrator (d. 1986)
  • 1906Charles Exbrayat, French author and screenwriter (d. 1989)
  • 1907Daryna Dmytrivna Polotniuk, Bukovinian (Ukrainian) journalist and author (d. 1982)[17]
  • 1908Kurt Böhme, German opera singer (d. 1989)
  • 1909Miklós Radnóti, Hungarian poet and author (d. 1944)
  • 1910Leo Lionni, American author and illustrator (d. 1999)
  • 1911Gilles Grangier, French director and screenwriter (d. 1996)
  • 1911 – Andor Lilienthal, Russian-Hungarian chess player (d. 2010)
  • 1911 – Pritilata Waddedar, Indian educator and activist (d. 1932)[18]
  • 1913Duane Carter, American race car driver (d. 1993)
  • 1914Tyrone Power, American actor (d. 1958)
  • 1915Alice Faye, American actress and singer (d. 1998)
  • 1916Zail Singh, Indian politician, 7th President of India (d. 1994)
  • 1917Pío Leyva, Cuban singer-songwriter (d. 2006)
  • 1918Egidio Galea, Maltese Roman Catholic priest (d. 2005)
  • 1919Georgios Papadopoulos, Greek colonel and politician, 169th Prime Minister of Greece (d. 1999)
  • 1921Arthur Leonard Schawlow, American physicist and academic, Nobel Prize laureate (d. 1999)
  • 1922Irene Gut Opdyke, Polish nurse and humanitarian (d. 2003)
  • 1923William C. Campbell, American golfer (d. 2013)
  • 1923 – James Gilbert, Scottish television producer and director (d. 2016)
  • 1923 – Cathleen Synge Morawetz, Canadian mathematician (d. 2017)[19]
  • 1923 – Richard Wollheim, English philosopher and academic (d. 2003)
  • 1925Leo Ryan, American soldier, educator, and politician (d. 1978)
  • 1927Pat Carroll, American actress
  • 1929Ilene Woods, American actress (d. 2010)
  • 1930Hans Abramson, Swedish director, producer, and screenwriter (d. 2012)
  • 1931Greg, Belgian author and illustrator (d. 1999)
  • 1932Stan Goldberg, American illustrator (d. 2014)
  • 1932 – Bob Said, American race car driver and bobsled racer (d. 2002)
  • 1933Igor Kashkarov, Russian high jumper
  • 1933 – Collie Smith, Jamaican cricketer (d. 1959)
  • 1934Henri Konan Bédié, Ivorian politician, 2nd President of Côte d'Ivoire[20]
  • 1934 – Victor Garland, Australian accountant and politician, 26th Australian Minister for Veterans' Affairs
  • 1935Eddie Linden, Scottish poet and magazine editor
  • 1935 – Bernard Pivot, French journalist, talk show host, and producer
  • 1935 – Robert Rehme, American film producer
  • 1936Sandy Baron, American actor and comedian (d. 2001)
  • 1936 – Patrick Gowers, English composer and educator (d. 2014)
  • 1936 – Ervin Lázár, Hungarian author (d. 2006)
  • 1937Delia Derbyshire, English musician, arranger and composer (d. 2001)[21]
  • 1938Michael Murphy, American actor
  • 1938 – Barbara Wagner, Canadian figure skater and coach
  • 1939Ray Gosling, English journalist, author, and activist (d. 2013)
  • 1940Lance Henriksen, American actor
  • 1940 – Michael Lindsay-Hogg, American director and producer
  • 1941Alexander Ragulin, Russian ice hockey player (d. 2004)
  • 1942István Bujtor, Hungarian actor, director, producer, and screenwriter (d. 2009)
  • 1942 – Jean Corston, Baroness Corston, English lawyer and politician
  • 1942 – Hugh Courtenay, 18th Earl of Devon, English politician (d. 2015)
  • 1942 – Tammy Wynette, American singer-songwriter and guitarist (d. 1998)
  • 1943Michael Palin, English actor and screenwriter
  • 1943 – Ignacio Ramonet, Spanish journalist and author
  • 1944Bo Larsson, Swedish footballer
  • 1944 – John Rhys-Davies, Welsh actor and screenwriter
  • 1944 – Roger Rees, Welsh-American actor and director (d. 2015)
  • 1945Kurt Loder, American journalist, author, and critic
  • 1945 – Dianne Willcocks, English sociologist and academic
  • 1946 – Jim Kelly, American actor, athlete, and martial artist
  • 1946Aydın Menderes, Turkish politician (d. 2011)
  • 1948Bella van der Spiegel-Hage, Dutch cyclist
  • 1948 – Bill Ward, English drummer and songwriter
  • 1949Eppie Bleeker, Dutch speed skater
  • 1950Rex Caldwell, American golfer
  • 1950 – Maggie MacNeal, Dutch singer
  • 1951Rudolf Finsterer, German rugby player and coach
  • 1951 – Toomas Vilosius, Estonian physician and politician, 2nd Minister of Social Affairs of Estonia
  • 1952Ed Lee, American politician and attorney, 43rd Mayor of San Francisco (d. 2017)
  • 1952 – Jorge Llopart, Spanish race walker
  • 1952 – Willem Witteveen, Dutch scholar and politician (d. 2014)
  • 1955Jon Butcher, American singer-songwriter, guitarist, and freelance multimedia producer
  • 1956Steve Scott, American runner and coach
  • 1957Richard E. Grant, Swazi-English actor, director, and screenwriter
  • 1957 – Peter Howitt, English actor, director, and screenwriter
  • 1957 – Aad van Mil, Dutch water polo player
  • 1958Ron Arad, Israeli colonel and pilot (d. 1986)
  • 1958 – Robert DiPierdomenico, Australian footballer and sportscaster
  • 1958 – Vanessa Downing, Australian actress
  • 1958 – Jack Wishna, American businessman, co-founded Rockcityclub (d. 2012)
  • 1959Bobby Ellsworth, American singer and bass player
  • 1959 – Ian McCulloch, English singer-songwriter and guitarist
  • 1959 – Steve Stevens, American guitarist and songwriter
  • 1959 – Brian Williams, American journalist
  • 1960Doug Hawkins, Australian footballer and sportscaster
  • 1961Marg Downey, Australian actress
  • 1961 – Hiroshi Hase, Japanese wrestler and politician
  • 1961 – Rob Williams, American basketball player (d. 2014)
  • 1962Kaoru Wada, Japanese composer and conductor
  • 1963James LaBrie, Canadian singer-songwriter
  • 1963 – Simon Rimmer, English chef and author
  • 1963 – Scott Westerfeld, American author and composer
  • 1964Jean-François Copé, French politician, French Minister of Budget
  • 1964 – Heike Henkel, German high jumper
  • 1964 – Don Payne, American screenwriter and producer (d. 2013)
  • 1964 – Minami Takayama, Japanese voice actress and singer
  • 1964 – Efrat Mishori, Israeli poet and filmmaker
  • 1965Glenn Seton, Australian race car driver
  • 1966Shawn Drover, Canadian drummer
  • 1966 – Sergei Stanishev, Bulgarian politician, 46th Prime Minister of Bulgaria[22]
  • 1966 – Josh Weinstein, American screenwriter and producer
  • 1967Adam Hughes, American author and illustrator
  • 1967 – Alexis Sinduhije, Burundian journalist and politician
  • 1969Pieter Muller, South African rugby player
  • 1970Kyan Douglas, American television host and author
  • 1970 – Todd Newton, American game show host
  • 1971Harold Miner, American basketball player
  • 1971 – Mike Redmond, American baseball player and manager
  • 1972James Cracknell, English rower
  • 1972 – Žigmund Pálffy, Slovakian ice hockey player
  • 1972 – Mikael Renberg, Swedish ice hockey player
  • 1975Meb Keflezighi, American runner
  • 1976Dieter Brummer, Australian actor
  • 1976 – Jean-François Dumoulin, Canadian race car driver
  • 1976 – Anastasios Pantos, Greek footballer
  • 1976 – Juan Pablo Sorín, Argentinian footballer and sportscaster
  • 1978Morgan Pehme, American director, producer, and screenwriter
  • 1979Vincent Kartheiser, American actor
  • 1980Yossi Benayoun, Israeli footballer
  • 1980 – Hank Green, American entrepreneur, educator, and vlogger
  • 1980 – DerMarr Johnson, American basketball player
  • 1981Craig David, English singer-songwriter, musician and producer
  • 1981 – Danielle Fishel, American actress
  • 1982Ferrie Bodde, Dutch footballer
  • 1982 – Wouter D'Haene, Belgian sprinter
  • 1982 – Randall Gay, American football player
  • 1982 – Corey Parker, Australian rugby league footballer
  • 1983James Anyon, English cricketer
  • 1983 – Henry Cavill, English actor
  • 1983 – Mabel Gay, Cuban triple jumper
  • 1983 – Annie Villeneuve, Canadian singer-songwriter
  • 1983 – Scott Ware, American football player
  • 1984Johanna Hedva, Korean-American artist and genderqueer activist[23]
  • 1984 – Wade MacNeil, Canadian singer-songwriter and guitarist
  • 1984 – Christian Valdez, Mexican footballer
  • 1985Shoko Nakagawa, Japanese actress and singer
  • 1985 – Emanuele Giaccherini, Italian footballer
  • 1985 – Tsepo Masilela, South African footballer
  • 1985 – Marcos Rogério Oliveira Duarte, Brazilian footballer
  • 1985 – Terrence Wheatley, American football player
  • 1987Graham Dorrans, Scottish footballer
  • 1988Adele, English singer-songwriter
  • 1988 – Mervyn Westfield, English cricketer
  • 1989Chris Brown, American singer-songwriter, dancer, and actor
  • 1991Xenofon Fetsis, Greek footballer
  • 1991 – Raúl Jiménez, Mexican footballer
  • 1992Loïck Landre, French footballer
  • 1994Celeste, English singer
  • 1998Aryna Sabalenka, Belarusian tennis player
  • 1999Nathan Chen, American figure skater
  • 1999 – Justin Kluivert, Dutch footballer

Deaths

  • 465Gerontius, Archbishop of Milan
  • 1194Casimir II the Just, Polish son of Bolesław III Wrymouth (b. 1138)
  • 1243Hubert de Burgh, 1st Earl of Kent, English justiciar (b. c. 1160)
  • 1306Constantine Palaiologos, Byzantine general (b. 1261)
  • 1309Charles II of Naples (b. 1254)
  • 1316Elizabeth of Rhuddlan, daughter of King Edward I of England (b. 1282)
  • 1338Prince Tsunenaga, son of the Japanese Emperor (b. 1324)
  • 1380Saint Philotheos, Coptic martyr[24]
  • 1432Francesco Bussone da Carmagnola, Italian adventurer
  • 1525Frederick III, Elector of Saxony (b. 1463)
  • 1582Charlotte of Bourbon, Princess consort of Orange, married to William I of Orange (b. 1547)
  • 1586Henry Sidney, Irish politician, Lord Deputy of Ireland (b. 1529)
  • 1671Edward Montagu, 2nd Earl of Manchester, English general and politician, Lord Chamberlain of the United Kingdom (b. 1602)
  • 1672Samuel Cooper, English painter and linguist (b. 1609)
  • 1700Angelo Italia, Italian architect (b. 1628)
  • 1705Leopold I, Holy Roman Emperor (b. 1640)
  • 1760Laurence Shirley, 4th Earl Ferrers, English politician (b. 1720)
  • 1766Jean Astruc, French physician and scholar (b. 1684)
  • 1808Pierre Jean George Cabanis, French physiologist and philosopher (b. 1757)
  • 1821Napoleon, French general and emperor (b. 1769)
  • 1827Frederick Augustus I of Saxony (b. 1750)
  • 1833Sophia Campbell, English-Australian painter (b. 1777)
  • 1855Sir Robert Inglis, 2nd Baronet, English politician (b. 1786)
  • 1859Peter Gustav Lejeune Dirichlet, German mathematician and academic (b. 1805)
  • 1860Jean-Charles Prince, Canadian bishop (b. 1804)
  • 1883John O'Shanassy, Irish-Australian politician, 2nd Premier of Victoria (b. 1818)
  • 1892August Wilhelm von Hofmann, German chemist and academic (b. 1818)
  • 1896Silas Adams, American lawyer and politician (b. 1839)
  • 1902Bret Harte, American short story writer and poet (b. 1836)[25]
  • 1907Şeker Ahmed Pasha, Turkish soldier and painter (b. 1841)
  • 1913Henry Moret, French painter (b. 1856)
  • 1916John MacBride, Irish soldier and rebel (b. 1865)
  • 1916 – Maurice Raoul-Duval, French polo player (b. 1866)
  • 1921Alfred Hermann Fried, Austrian journalist and publicist, Nobel Prize laureate (b. 1864)
  • 1924A. Sabapathy, Sri Lankan journalist and politician (b. 1853)
  • 1931Glen Kidston, English pilot and race car driver (b. 1899)
  • 1942Qemal Stafa, Albanian politician (b. 1920)
  • 1947Ty LaForest, Canadian-American baseball player (b. 1917)
  • 1957Leopold Löwenheim, German mathematician and logician (b. 1878)
  • 1959Carlos Saavedra Lamas, Argentinian academic and politician, Nobel Prize laureate (b. 1878)
  • 1962Ernest Tyldesley, English cricketer (b. 1889)
  • 1965Nikos Gounaris, Greek tenor and composer (b. 1915)
  • 1965 – John Waters, American director and screenwriter (b. 1893)
  • 1971Violet Jessop, Argentinean-English nurse (b. 1887)
  • 1973Zekai Özger, Turkish poet and academic (b. 1948)
  • 1977Ludwig Erhard, German economist and politician, Chancellor of Germany (b. 1897)
  • 1981Bobby Sands, PIRA volunteer and hunger striker (b. 1954)[26]
  • 1983Horst Schumann, German physician (b. 1901)
  • 1983 – John Williams, English-American actor (b. 1903)
  • 1985Donald Bailey, English engineer, designed the Bailey bridge (b. 1901)
  • 1988Michael Shaara, American author and academic (b. 1928)
  • 1993Irving Howe, American literary and social critic (b. 1920)
  • 1994Mário Quintana, Brazilian poet and translator (b. 1906)
  • 1995Mikhail Botvinnik, Russian chess player and coach (b. 1911)
  • 1999Vasilis Diamantopoulos, Greek actor, director, and screenwriter (b. 1920)
  • 2000Gino Bartali, Italian cyclist (b. 1914)
  • 2000 – Bill Musselman, American basketball player and coach (b. 1940)
  • 2001Morris Graves, American painter and educator (b. 1910)
  • 2001 – Clifton Hillegass, American publisher, created CliffsNotes (b. 1918)
  • 2002Hugo Banzer, Bolivian general and politician, 62nd President of Bolivia (b. 1926)
  • 2002 – Paul Wilbur Klipsch, American engineer, founded Klipsch Audio Technologies (b. 1904)[27]
  • 2002 – George Sidney, American director and producer (b. 1916)
  • 2003Sam Bockarie, Sierra Leonean commander (b. 1964)
  • 2003 – Walter Sisulu, South African activist and politician (b. 1912)
  • 2006Naushad Ali, Indian composer and producer (b. 1919)
  • 2006 – Atıf Yılmaz, Turkish director, producer, and screenwriter (b. 1925)
  • 2007Theodore Harold Maiman, American-Canadian physicist and engineer, created the laser (b. 1927)
  • 2008Irv Robbins, Canadian-American businessman, co-founded Baskin-Robbins (b. 1917)
  • 2008 – Jerry Wallace, American singer and guitarist (b. 1928)
  • 2010Giulietta Simionato, Italian soprano (b. 1910)
  • 2010 – Umaru Musa Yar'Adua, Nigerian academic and politician, 13th President of Nigeria (b. 1951)
  • 2011Claude Choules, English-Australian soldier (b. 1901)
  • 2011 – Yosef Merimovich, Israeli footballer and manager (b. 1924)
  • 2011 – Dana Wynter, British actress (b. 1931)
  • 2012Surendranath, Indian cricketer (b. 1937)
  • 2012 – Carl Johan Bernadotte, Count of Wisborg (b. 1916)
  • 2012 – Aatos Erkko, Finnish journalist and publisher (b. 1932)
  • 2012 – George Knobel, Dutch footballer, coach, and manager (b. 1922)
  • 2012 – Roy Padayachie, South African lawyer and politician, South African Minister of Communications (b. 1950)
  • 2013Sarah Kirsch, German poet and author (b. 1935)
  • 2013 – Robert Ressler, American FBI agent and author (b. 1937)
  • 2014Michael Otedola, Nigerian journalist and politician, 9th Governor of Lagos State (b. 1926)
  • 2015Jobst Brandt, American cyclist, engineer, and author (b. 1935)
  • 2015 – Hans Jansen, Dutch linguist, academic, and politician (b. 1942)
  • 2017Binyamin Elon, Israeli Orthodox rabbi and politician (b. 1954)
  • 2017 – Ely Ould Mohamed Vall, Mauritanian politician (b. 1953)

Holidays and observances

  • Children's Day (Japan, South Korea)
  • Christian feast day:
    • Angelus of Jerusalem
    • Aventinus of Tours
    • Blessed Edmund Ignatius Rice
    • Frederick the Wise (Lutheran Church–Missouri Synod)
    • Hilary of Arles
    • Jutta of Kulmsee
    • Stanisław Kazimierczyk
    • May 5 (Eastern Orthodox liturgics)
  • Cinco de Mayo (Mexico, United States)
  • Constitution Day (Kyrgyzstan)
  • Europe Day (Council of Europe)
  • Feast of al-Khadr or Saint George (Palestinian)
  • Indian Arrival Day (Guyana)
  • International Midwives' Day (International)
  • Liberation Day (Denmark, Netherlands)
  • Lusophone Culture Day (Community of Portuguese Language Countries)
  • World Portuguese language day (International)[28]
  • Martyrs' Day (Albania)
  • Patriots' Victory Day (Ethiopia)
  • Senior Citizens Day (Palau)
  • Tango no sekku (Japan)

References

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External links

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