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May 1: Beltane in Ireland and Scotland; Maharashtra Day in Maharashtra, India

Empire State Building
Empire State Building

Franciscus Junius the Elder (b. 1545) · Arthur Wellesley, 1st Duke of Wellington (b. 1769) · Eldridge Cleaver (d. 1998)

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May 2: Yom HaShoah in Israel (2019); Flag Day in Poland; National Day of Prayer in the United States (2019)

Mireya Moscoso
Mireya Moscoso

Leonardo da Vinci (d. 1519) · Mary Moser (d. 1819) · Dwayne Johnson (b. 1972)

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May 3: World Press Freedom Day; Constitution Day in Japan (1947) and Poland (1791)

Erich Honecker
Erich Honecker

Catherine of St. Augustine (b. 1632) · Jacob Riis (b. 1849) · John O'Connor (d. 2000)

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May 4: Star Wars Day

Margaret Thatcher
Margaret Thatcher

Richard Graves (b. 1715) · Audrey Hepburn (b. 1929) · Lillian Estelle Fisher (d. 1988)

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May 5: Children's Day in Japan; Cinco de Mayo (dancers pictured) in Mexico and the United States

Cinco de Mayo dancers
Cinco de Mayo dancers

Samuel Cooper (d. 1672) · Hubert Howe Bancroft (b. 1832) · Irene Gut Opdyke (b. 1922)

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May 6: Ramadan begins (Islam, 2019)

Roger Bannister
Roger Bannister

James Tyrrell (d. 1502) · Ernst Ludwig Kirchner (b. 1880) · Grant McLennan (d. 2006)

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May 7

Sony headquarters, Tokyo
Sony headquarters, Tokyo

Ladislaus III of Hungary (d. 1205) · Tom Norman (b. 1860) · Deborah Butterfield (b. 1949)

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May 8: World Red Cross and Red Crescent Day; Yom HaZikaron in Israel (2019); Miguel Hidalgo's Birthday in Mexico; Parents' Day in South Korea

Sketch of the Versailles rail accident
Sketch of the Versailles rail accident

Edward Foxe (d. 1538) · Jacques Heim (b. 1899) · Ethel D. Allen (b. 1929)

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May 9: Europe Day / Schuman Day in the European Union; Liberation Day in the Channel Islands (1945); Independence Day in Israel (2019)

Jim Henson
Jim Henson

William Bradford (d. 1657) · John Dalrymple, 2nd Earl of Stair (d. 1747) · Yukiya Amano (b. 1947)

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May 10

Launch of the James Caird lifeboat
Launch of the James Caird lifeboat

Theingapati (d. 1299) · Claude Joseph Rouget de Lisle (b. 1760) · Joan Crawford (d. 1977)

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May 11

Frontispiece of the Diamond Sutra
Frontispiece of the Diamond Sutra

Johann Friedrich Blumenbach (b. 1752) · Juliette Récamier (d. 1849) · Zenna Henderson (d. 1983)

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May 12

Z3 computer (replica)
Z3 computer (replica)

Æthelhard (d. 805) · Justus von Liebig (b. 1803) · Maryam Mirzakhani (b. 1977)

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May 13

Great Comet of 1861
Great Comet of 1861

Kate Marsden (b. 1859) · Inge Lehmann (b. 1888) · Jagdish Mali (d. 2013)

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May 14: Feast day of Saint Matthias

Skylab
Skylab

William Walcher (d. 1080) · Fanny Mendelssohn (d. 1847) · George Lucas (b. 1944)

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May 15: Feast day of Saint Mo Chutu (Irish Catholicism); Nakba Day in Palestinian communities

Elizabeth Cady Stanton and Susan B. Anthony
Elizabeth Cady Stanton
and Susan B. Anthony

Élie Metchnikoff (b. 1845) · Jakucho Setouchi (b. 1922) · Elisabeth Bing (d. 2015)

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May 16

Theodore Maiman's laser
Theodore Maiman's laser

John Komnenos Vatatzes (d. 1182) · Pierre Gilliard (b. 1879) · Tucker Carlson (b. 1969)

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May 17: Galician Literature Day in Galicia, Spain; Sanja Matsuri begins in Tokyo (2019)

Dalia Grybauskaitė
Dalia Grybauskaitė

Seth Warner (b. 1743) · Sebastian Kneipp (b. 1821) · Dorothy Levitt (d. 1922)

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May 18: Flag and Universities Day in Haiti; Day of Revival, Unity, and the Poetry of Magtymguly in Turkmenistan

Sada Abe
Sada Abe

Guido Luca Ferrero (b. 1537) · Elijah Craig (d. 1808) · Jean-François Théodore (d. 2015)

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May 19: Pesach Sheni (Judaism, 2019); Pontian Greek Genocide Remembrance Day in Greece; Commemoration of Atatürk, Youth and Sports Day in Turkey; Ho Chi Minh's birthday in Vietnam

John Franklin
John Franklin

Dunstan (d. 988) · George Washington Whistler (b. 1800) · John Gorton (d. 2002)

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May 20: Day of Remembrance in Cambodia; National Day in Cameroon (1972); Victoria Day in Canada (2019)

Abraham Ortelius' world map
Abraham Ortelius' world map

Thado Minsaw of Ava (b. 1531) · Hieronymus von Colloredo (d. 1812) · Šárka Kašpárková (b. 1971)

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May 21

Kingda Ka roller coaster
Kingda Ka roller coaster

Olaf the Black (d. 1237) · Rudolf Koller (b. 1828) · Nadine Dorries (b. 1957)

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May 22

Earthquake damage in Valdivia
Earthquake damage in Valdivia

John Forest (d. 1538) · Rita Cetina Gutiérrez (b. 1846) · Laurence Olivier (b. 1907)

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May 23: Lag BaOmer (Judaism, 2019)

New York Public Library in 1908
New York Public Library in 1908

William Bradford (d. 1752) · Franz Xaver von Baader (d. 1841) · Ruth Fernández (b. 1919)

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May 24: Aldersgate Day (Methodism)

Princess Victoria Louise of Prussia
Princess Victoria Louise of Prussia

Marek Sobieski (b. 1628) · Queen Victoria (b. 1819) · Stormé DeLarverie (d. 2014)

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May 25: Africa Day (1963); First National Government in Argentina (1810); Independence Day in Jordan (1946)

The Great Wall of China
The Great Wall of China

Mary Magdalene de' Pazzi (d. 1607) · Günther Lütjens (b. 1889) · Ian McKellen (b. 1939)

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May 26: Independence Day in Georgia (1918)

Troops evacuated from Dunkirk on a destroyer
Troops evacuated from Dunkirk on a destroyer

Yuan Xingqin (d. 926) · Mamie Smith (b. 1891) · Mamo Wolde (d. 2002)

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May 27: Memorial Day in the United States (2019)

Manchu Prince Dorgon
Manchu Prince Dorgon

Antoine Daniel (b. 1601) · Julia Ward Howe (b. 1819) · Gérard Jean-Juste (d. 2009)

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May 28: Night of Decree (Shia Islam, 2019)

Claudio Monteverdi
Claudio Monteverdi

Germain of Paris (d. 576) · Louis Agassiz (b. 1807) · Kylie Minogue (b. 1968)

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May 29

Jenny Lind
Jenny Lind

Winfield Scott (d. 1866) · Hubert Opperman (b. 1904) · Ana Beatriz Barros (b. 1982)

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May 30: Lod Massacre Remembrance Day in Puerto Rico

Joan of Arc
Joan of Arc

Étienne Marie Antoine Champion de Nansouty (b. 1768) · Charles Dickinson (d. 1806) · Marie Fredriksson (b. 1958)

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May 31: World No Tobacco Day; Feast of the Visitation (Roman Catholicism and Anglicanism); International Quds Day (2019)

Revolutionary Tribunal
Revolutionary Tribunal

Pierre Victurnien Vergniaud (b. 1753) · Joseph Grimaldi (d. 1837) · Jan Crouch (d. 2016)

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