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Events


Pre-1600

* 305 – Diocletian and Maximian retire from the office of Roman emperor. *880 – The Nea Ekklesia is inaugurated in Constantinople, setting the model for all later cross-in-square Orthodox churches. *1169 – Normans, Norman mercenaries land at Bannow, Bannow Bay in Leinster, marking the beginning of the Norman invasion of Ireland. *1328 – Wars of Scottish Independence end: By the Treaty of Edinburgh–Northampton, Kingdom of England, England recognises Kingdom of Scotland, Scotland as an Independence, independent state. *1486 – Christopher Columbus presents his plans discovering a western route to the Indies to the Spanish Queen Isabella I of Castile.


1601–1900

*1707 – The Act of Union 1707, Act of Union joining England and Scotland to form the Kingdom of Great Britain takes effect. *1753 – Publication of ''Species Plantarum'' by Carl Linnaeus, Linnaeus, and the formal start date of plant taxonomy adopted by the International Code of Botanical Nomenclature. *1807 – The Slave Trade Act 1807 takes effect, abolishing the slave trade within the British Empire. *1820 – Execution of the Cato Street Conspiracy, Cato Street Conspirators, who plotted to kill the United Kingdom, British Cabinet of the United Kingdom, Cabinet and Prime Minister of the United Kingdom, Prime Minister Robert Jenkinson, 2nd Earl of Liverpool, Lord Liverpool. *1840 – The Penny Black, the first official adhesive postage stamp, is issued in the United Kingdom. *1844 – Hong Kong Police Force, the world's second modern Police, police force and Asia's first, is established. *1846 – The few remaining Mormons left in Nauvoo, Illinois, formally dedicate the Nauvoo Temple. *1851 – Queen Victoria opens The Great Exhibition at The Crystal Palace in London. *1863 – American Civil War: The Battle of Chancellorsville begins. *1865 – The Empire of Brazil, Argentina, and Uruguay sign the Treaty of the Triple Alliance. *1866 – The Memphis riots of 1866, Memphis Race Riots begin. In three days time, 46 blacks and two whites were killed. Reports of the atrocities influenced passage of the Fourteenth Amendment to the United States Constitution. *1885 – The original Chicago Board of Trade Building opens for business. *1886 – Rallies are held throughout the United States demanding the eight-hour work day, culminating in the Haymarket affair in Chicago, in commemoration of which May 1 is celebrated as International Workers' Day in many countries. *1894 – Coxey's Army, the first significant American Demonstration (protest), protest march, arrives in Washington, D.C., Washington, D.C. *1898 – Spanish–American War: Battle of Manila Bay: The Asiatic Squadron of the United States Navy destroys the Pacific Squadron of the Spanish Navy after a seven-hour battle. Spain loses all seven of its ships, and 381 Spanish sailors die. There are no American vessel losses or combat deaths. *1900 – The Scofield Mine disaster kills over 200 men in Scofield, Utah in what is to date the fifth-worst mining accident in United States history.


1901–present

*1915 – The departs from New York City on her 202nd, and final, crossing of the North Atlantic. Six days later, the ship is torpedoed off the coast of Ireland with the loss of 1,198 lives. *1919 – German troops enter Munich to suppress the Bavarian Soviet Republic. *1925 – The All-China Federation of Trade Unions is officially founded. Today it is the largest trade union in the world, with 134 million members. *1929 – The 7.2 1929 Kopet Dag earthquake, Kopet Dag earthquake shakes the Iran–Turkmenistan border region with a maximum Mercalli intensity scale, Mercalli intensity of IX (''Violent''), killing up to 3,800 and injuring 1,121. *1930 – "Pluto" is officially proposed for the name of the newly discovered dwarf planet Pluto by Vesto Slipher in the ''Lowell Observatory Observation Circular''. The name quickly catches on. *1931 – The Empire State Building is dedicated in New York City. *1945 – World War II: A German newsreader officially announces that Adolf Hitler has "fallen at his command post in the Reich Chancellery fighting to the last breath against Bolshevism and for Germany". The Flag of the Soviet Union, Soviet flag is raised over the Reich Chancellery, by order of Stalin. * 1945 – World War II: Up to 2,500 people die in a mass suicide in Demmin following the advance of the Red Army. *1946 – Start of three-year 1946 Pilbara strike, Pilbara strike of Indigenous Australians. *1947 – Portella della Ginestra massacre against May Day celebrations in Sicily by the bandit and separatist leader Salvatore Giuliano where 11 persons are killed and 33 wounded. *1956 – The polio vaccine developed by Jonas Salk is made available to the public. *1960 – Cold War: 1960 U-2 incident, U-2 incident: Francis Gary Powers, in a Lockheed U-2 spyplane, is shot down over the Sverdlovsk Oblast, Soviet Union, sparking a diplomatic crisis. *1961 – The Prime Minister of Cuba, Fidel Castro, proclaims Cuba a Socialism, socialist nation and abolishes elections. *1970 – Vietnam War: Protests erupt following the announcement by Richard Nixon that the U.S. and South Vietnamese forces would attack Communist Party of Vietnam, Vietnamese communists in a Cambodian Campaign. *1971 – Amtrak (the National Railroad Passenger Corporation) takes over operation of Rail transportation in the United States#Passenger railroads, U.S. passenger rail service. *1975 – The Särkänniemi Amusement Park was opened in Tampere, Finland. *1978 – Japan's Naomi Uemura, travelling by dog sled, becomes the first person to reach the North Pole alone. *1982 – Operation Black Buck: The Royal Air Force attacks the Argentine Air Force during Falklands War. *1994 –Three-time Formula One List of Formula One World Drivers' Champions, champion Ayrton Senna Death of Ayrton Senna, dies from an accident during the 1994 San Marino Grand Prix, San Marino Grand Prix. *1999 – The body of British climber George Mallory is found on Mount Everest, 75 years after his disappearance in 1924. *2003 – 2003 invasion of Iraq, Invasion of Iraq: In what becomes known as the "Mission Accomplished speech, Mission Accomplished" speech, on board the (off the coast of California), U.S. President George W. Bush declares that "major combat operations in Iraq have ended". *2004 – Cyprus, Czech Republic, Estonia, Hungary, Latvia, Lithuania, Malta, Poland, Slovakia, and Slovenia join the European Union, celebrated at the residence of the President of Ireland, Irish President in Dublin. *2009 – Same-sex marriage in Sweden, Same-sex marriage is legalized in Sweden. *2011 – Pope John Paul II is Beatification, beatified by his successor, Pope Benedict XVI. *2018 – Syrian civil war: The Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) resumes the Deir ez-Zor campaign (2017–2019), Deir ez-Zor campaign in order to clear the remnants of the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL) from the Iraq–Syria border. *2019 – Naxalite attack in Gadchiroli district of India: Sixteen army soldiers, including a driver, 2019 Gadchiroli Naxal Attack, killed in an IED blast. Naxals targeted an anti-Naxal operations team.


Births


Pre-1600

*1218 – John I, Count of Hainaut (d. 1257) * 1218 – Rudolf I of Germany (d. 1291) *1285 – Edmund FitzAlan, 9th Earl of Arundel, English politician (d. 1326) *1326 – Rinchinbal Khan, Mongolian emperor (d. 1332) *1488 – Sidonie of Bavaria, eldest daughter of Duke Albrecht IV of Bavaria-Munich (d. 1505) *1527 – Johannes Stadius, German astronomer, astrologer, mathematician (d. 1579) *1545 – Franciscus Junius (the elder), Franciscus Junius, French theologian (d. 1602) *1579 – Wolphert Gerretse, Dutch-American farmer, co-founded New Netherland (d. 1662) *1582 – Marco da Gagliano, Italian composer (d. 1643) *1585 – Sophia Olelkovich Radziwill, Belarusian saint (d. 1612) *1591 – Johann Adam Schall von Bell, German missionary and astronomer (d. 1666) *1594 – John Haynes (governor), John Haynes, English-American politician, 1st Governor of the Colony of Connecticut (d. 1653)


1601–1900

*1602 – William Lilly, English astrologer (d. 1681) *1672 – Joseph Addison, English essayist, poet, playwright, and politician (d. 1719) *1730 – Joshua Rowley, English admiral (d. 1790) *1735 – Jan Hendrik van Kinsbergen, Dutch admiral and philanthropist (d. 1819) *1751 – Judith Sargent Murray, American poet and playwright (d. 1820) *1764 – Benjamin Henry Latrobe, English-American architect, designed the United States Capitol (d. 1820) *1769 – Arthur Wellesley, 1st Duke of Wellington, Irish-English field marshal and politician, Prime Minister of the United Kingdom (d. 1852) *1783 – Phoebe Hinsdale Brown, American hymnwriter (d. 1861) *1803 – James Clarence Mangan, Irish poet and author (d. 1849) *1821 – Henry Ayers, English-Australian politician, 8th Premier of South Australia (d. 1897) *1824 – Alexander William Williamson, English chemist and academic (d. 1904) *1825 – Johann Jakob Balmer, Swiss mathematician and physicist (d. 1898) * 1825 – George Inness, American painter and educator (d. 1894) *1827 – Jules Breton, French painter (d. 1906) *1829 – José de Alencar, Brazilian author and playwright (d. 1877) * 1829 – Frederick Sandys, English painter and illustrator (d. 1904) *1830 – Guido Gezelle, Belgian priest and poet (d. 1899) *1831 – Emily Stowe, Canadian physician and activist (d. 1903) *1847 – Henry Demarest Lloyd, American journalist and politician (d. 1903) *1848 – Adelsteen Normann, Norwegian painter (d. 1919) *1850 – Prince Arthur, Duke of Connaught and Strathearn (d. 1942) *1851 – Laza Lazarević, Serbian psychiatrist and neurologist (d. 1891) *1852 – Calamity Jane, American frontierswoman and professional scout (d. 1903) * 1852 – Santiago Ramón y Cajal, Spanish neuroscientist and pathologist, Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine, Nobel Prize laureate (d. 1934) *1853 – Jacob Mikhailovich Gordin, Ukrainian-American journalist, actor, and playwright (d. 1909) *1855 – Cecilia Beaux, American painter and academic (d. 1942) *1857 – Theo van Gogh (art dealer), Theo van Gogh, Dutch art dealer (d. 1891) *1859 – Jacqueline Comerre-Paton, French painter and sculptor (d. 1955) *1862 – Marcel Prévost, French novelist and playwright (d. 1941) *1864 – Anna Jarvis, American founder of Mother's Day (d. 1948) *1871 – Seakle Greijdanus, Dutch theologian and scholar (d. 1948) * 1871 – Emiliano Chamorro Vargas, President of Nicaragua (d. 1966) *1872 – Hugo Alfvén, Swedish composer, conductor, violinist, and painter (d. 1960) * 1872 – Sidónio Pais, Portuguese soldier and politician, 4th President of Portugal (d. 1918) *1874 – Romaine Brooks, American-French painter and illustrator (d. 1970) * 1874 – Paul Van Asbroeck, Belgian target shooter (d. 1959) *1875 – David Hall (athlete), Dave Hall, American runner (d. 1972) *1881 – Pierre Teilhard de Chardin, French priest, palaeontologist, and philosopher (d. 1955) *1884 – Francis Curzon, 5th Earl Howe, English race car driver and politician (d. 1964) *1885 – Clément Pansaers, Belgian poet (d. 1922) * 1885 – Ralph Stackpole, American sculptor and painter (d. 1973) *1887 – Alan Cunningham, Anglo-Irish general and diplomat, High Commissioners for Palestine and Transjordan (d. 1983) *1890 – Clelia Lollini, Italian physician (d. 1963 or 1964) *1891 – Lillian Estelle Fisher, American historian of Spanish America (d. 1988) *1895 – Nikolai Yezhov, Soviet Union, Soviet secret police official, head of the NKVD (d. 1940) * 1895 – May Hollinworth, Australian theatre producer and director (d. 1968) *1896 – Herbert Backe, German agronomist and politician (d. 1947) * 1896 – Mark W. Clark, American general (d. 1984) * 1896 – J. Lawton Collins, American general (d. 1987) *1898 – Alfred Schmidt (weightlifter), Alfred Schmidt, Estonian weightlifter (d. 1972) *1900 – Ignazio Silone, Italian journalist and politician (d. 1978) * 1900 – Aleksander Wat, Polish poet and writer (d. 1967)


1901–present

*1901 – Sterling Allen Brown, American poet, academic, and critic (d. 1989) * 1901 – Heinz Eric Roemheld, American pianist, composer, and conductor (d. 1985) * 1901 – Antal Szerb, Hungarian scholar and author (d. 1945) *1905 – Henry Koster, German-American director, producer, and screenwriter (d. 1988) *1906 – Horst Schumann, German SS officer and physician (d. 1983) *1907 – Hayes Alvis, American bassist (d. 1972) * 1907 – Kate Smith, American singer and actress (d. 1986) *1908 – Giovannino Guareschi, Italian journalist and author (d. 1968) * 1908 – Morris Kline, American mathematician and academic (d. 1992) *1909 – Endel Puusepp, Estonian-Soviet military pilot and politician (d. 1996) * 1909 – Yiannis Ritsos, Greek poet and playwright (d. 1990) *1910 – Behice Boran, Turkish sociologist and politician (d. 1987) * 1910 – Raya Dunayevskaya, Ukrainian-American philosopher and activist (d. 1987) * 1910 – Dirk Andries Flentrop, Dutch organ builder (d. 2003) * 1910 – J. Allen Hynek, American astronomer and ufologist (d. 1986) * 1910 – Nejdet Sançar, Turkish literature teacher (d. 1975) *1911 – Wilfred Watson, English-Canadian poet, playwright and educator (d. 1998) *1912 – Otto Kretschmer, German admiral (d. 1998) *1913 – Louis Nye, American actor (d. 2005) * 1913 – Walter Susskind, Czech-English pianist, conductor, and educator (d. 1980) *1914 – Jaap van der Poll, Dutch javelin thrower (d. 2010) *1915 – Hanns Martin Schleyer, German businessman (d. 1977) *1916 – Antoni Bazaniak, Polish sprint canoeist (d. 1979) * 1916 – Glenn Ford, Canadian-American actor and producer (d. 2006) *1917 – John Beradino, American baseball player and actor (d. 1996) * 1917 – Ulric Cross, Trinidadian navigator, judge, and diplomat (d. 2013) * 1917 – Danielle Darrieux, French actress and singer (d. 2017) * 1917 – Ahron Soloveichik, Russian rabbi and scholar (d. 2001) *1918 – Gersh Budker, Ukrainian-Russian physicist and academic (d. 1977) * 1918 – Jack Paar, American comedian, author and talk show host (d. 2004) *1919 – Manna Dey, Indian singer and composer (d. 2013) * 1919 – Mohammed Karim Lamrani, Moroccan businessman and politician, 7th Prime Minister of Morocco (d. 2018) * 1919 – Dan O'Herlihy, Irish-American actor (d. 2005) *1921 – Vladimir Colin, Romanian journalist and author (d. 1991) *1922 – Alastair Gillespie, Canadian scholar and politician (d. 2018) *1923 – Joseph Heller, American novelist, short story writer, and playwright (d. 1999) * 1923 – Antônio Maria Mucciolo, Italian-Brazilian archbishop (d. 2012) * 1923 – Marcel Rayman, Polish soldier (d. 1944) *1924 – Evelyn Boyd Granville, American mathematician, computer scientist, and academic * 1924 – Karel Kachyňa, Czech director and screenwriter (d. 2004) * 1924 – Terry Southern, American novelist, essayist, and screenwriter (d. 1995) *1925 – Chuck Bednarik, American lieutenant and football player (d. 2015) * 1925 – Scott Carpenter, American commander, pilot, and astronaut (d. 2013) * 1925 – Sardar Fazlul Karim, Bangladeshi philosopher, scholar, and academic (d. 2014) *1926 – Peter Lax, Hungarian-American mathematician and academic *1927 – Gary Bertini, Israeli conductor and composer (d. 2005) * 1927 – Laura Betti, Italian actress (d. 2004) * 1927 – Albert Zafy, Malagasy politician, 3rd President of Madagascar (d. 2017) * 1927 – Bernard Vukas, Yugoslav-Croatian footballer (d. 1983) *1928 – Sonny James, American singer-songwriter and guitarist (d. 2016) * 1928 – Delfim Netto, Brazilian economist *1929 – Ralf Dahrendorf, German-English sociologist and politician (d. 2009) * 1929 – Sonny Ramadhin, Trinidadian cricketer *1930 – Ollie Matson, American sprinter and football player (d. 2011) * 1930 – Richard Riordan, American lieutenant and politician, 39th Mayor of Los Angeles and publisher * 1930 – Little Walter Jacobs, American blues harp player and singer (d. 1968) *1931 – Naim Attallah, Palestinian author (d. 2021) *1932 – Sandy Woodward, English admiral (d. 2013) * 1932 – Tabibar Rahman Sarder, Bangladeshi politician. (d. 2010) *1934 – Cuauhtémoc Cárdenas, Mexican politician * 1934 – Tang Chang, Thai artist (d. 1990) * 1934 – Shirley Horn, American singer and pianist (d. 2005) * 1934 – Phillip King (sculptor), Phillip King, Tunisian-English sculptor * 1934 – John Meillon, Australian actor (d. 1989) *1936 – Straub-Huillet, Danièle Huillet, French filmmaker (d. 2006) * 1936 – Hans E. Wallman, Swedish director, producer, and composer (d. 2014) *1937 – Una Stubbs, English actress and dancer (d. 2021) *1939 – Judy Collins, American singer-songwriter and guitarist * 1939 – Wilhelmina Cooper, Dutch model (d. 1980) * 1939 – Victor Davies, Canadian pianist, composer, and conductor *1943 – Vassal Gadoengin, Nauruan politician (d. 2004) * 1943 – Joe Walsh (Irish politician), Joe Walsh, Irish politician, Minister for Agriculture, Food and the Marine (d. 2014) *1945 – Rita Coolidge, American singer-songwriter * 1945 – Carson Whitsett, American keyboard player, songwriter, and producer (d. 2007) *1946 – Joanna Lumley, English actress, voice-over artist, author, and activist * 1946 – John Woo, Hong Kong director, producer, and screenwriter *1947 – Jacob Bekenstein, Mexican-born Israeli-American theoretical physicist (d. 2015) * 1947 – Sergio Infante, Chilean-Swedish poet and author *1948 – Györgyi Balogh, Hungarian sprinter * 1948 – Patricia Hill Collins, American sociologist and scholar *1949 – Jim Clench, Canadian bass player (d. 2010) * 1949 – Tim Hodgkinson, English saxophonist, clarinet player, and composer * 1949 – Paul Teutul Sr., American motorcycle designer, co-founded Orange County Choppers *1950 – Dann Florek, American actor and director * 1950 – Danny McGrain, Scottish footballer and coach *1951 – Gordon Greenidge, Barbadian cricketer and coach * 1951 – Geoff Lees (racing driver), Geoff Lees, English race car driver * 1951 – Sally Mann, American photographer *1952 – Richard Blundell, English economist and academic * 1952 – Kim Lewison, English lawyer and judge * 1952 – Peter Smith (judge), Peter Smith, Malaysian-born English academic and judge *1953 – Glen Ballard, American songwriter and producer *1954 – Ray Parker Jr., American singer-songwriter, guitarist, and producer * 1954 – Joel Rosenberg (science fiction author), Joel Rosenberg, Canadian-American author and activist (d. 2011) *1955 – Alex Cunningham, Scottish politician * 1955 – Martin O'Donnell, American composer * 1955 – Ray Searage, American baseball player and coach *1956 – Catherine Frot, French actress * 1956 – Phil Foglio, American illustrator *1957 – Rick Darling, Australian cricketer * 1957 – Uberto Pasolini, Italian banker, director, and producer *1959 – Yasmina Reza, French actress and playwright * 1959 – Lawrence Seeff, South African cricketer and basket weaver *1960 – Steve Cauthen, American jockey and sportscaster *1961 – Sultan Günal-Gezer, Dutch politician * 1961 – Clint Malarchuk, Canadian ice hockey player and coach * 1961 – Marilyn Milian, American judge * 1961 – Vasiliy Sidorenko, Russian hammer thrower *1962 – Maia Morgenstern, Romanian actress * 1962 – Ted Sundquist, American football player, coach, and manager *1964 – Yvonne van Gennip, Dutch speed skater *1966 – Olaf Thon, German footballer and manager *1967 – Tim McGraw, American singer-songwriter and actor *1968 – Oliver Bierhoff, German footballer and manager * 1968 – D'arcy Wretzky, American bass player and singer *1969 – Wes Anderson, American director, producer, and screenwriter * 1969 – Mary Lou McDonald, Irish politician * 1969 – Billy Owens, American basketball player *1970 – Bernard Butler, English singer-songwriter, guitarist, and producer * 1970 – Sacha Perry, American jazz pianist and composer *1971 – Ethan Albright, American football player * 1971 – Stuart Appleby, Australian golfer * 1971 – Kim Grant (tennis), Kim Grant, South African tennis player * 1971 – Artur Kohutek, Polish hurdler and soldier * 1971 – Ajith Kumar, Indian film actor in Tamil cinema and race car driver *1972 – Ramzi bin al-Shibh, Yemeni terrorist * 1972 – Julie Benz, American actress * 1972 – Yoon Hae-young, South Korean actress *1973 – Peter Baah, English footballer and manager * 1973 – Mike Jesse, German footballer * 1973 – Curtis Martin, American football player * 1973 – Oliver Neuville, German footballer *1975 – Austin Croshere, American basketball player and sportscaster * 1975 – Marc-Vivien Foé, Cameroonian footballer (d. 2003) * 1975 – Nina Hossain, English journalist * 1975 – Alexey Smertin, Russian international footballer *1976 – Patricia Stokkers, Dutch swimmer *1977 – Vera Lischka, Austrian swimmer and politician *1978 – James Badge Dale, American actor * 1978 – Michael Russell (tennis), Michael Russell, American tennis player *1979 – Mauro Bergamasco, Italian rugby player * 1979 – Roman Lyashenko, Russian ice hockey player (d. 2003) *1980 – Marvin Cabrera, Mexican footballer * 1980 – Rob Davison, Canadian ice hockey player and coach * 1980 – Inês Henriques, Portuguese race walker * 1980 – Jan Heylen, Belgian race car driver * 1980 – Jay Reatard, American singer-songwriter and guitarist (d. 2010) * 1980 – Yuliya Tabakova, Russian athlete *1981 – Manny Acosta, Panamanian baseball player * 1981 – Derek Asamoah, Ghanaian footballer * 1981 – Alexander Hleb, Belarusian footballer * 1981 – Wes Welker, American football player *1982 – Beto (footballer, born 1982), Beto, Portuguese footballer * 1982 – Jamie Dornan, Northern Irish model and actor * 1982 – Mark Farren, Irish footballer (d. 2016) * 1982 – Katya Zamolodchikova, American drag queen * 1982 – Tommy Robredo, Spanish tennis player * 1982 – Darijo Srna, Croatian footballer *1983 – Alain Bernard, French swimmer * 1983 – Human Tornado, American wrestler * 1983 – Park Hae-jin, South Korean actor *1984 – David Backes, American ice hockey player * 1984 – Mišo Brečko, Slovenian footballer * 1984 – Patrick Eaves, American ice hockey player * 1984 – Alexander Farnerud, Swedish footballer * 1984 – Farah Fath, American actress * 1984 – Keiichiro Koyama, Japanese singer and actor * 1984 – Víctor Montaño, Colombian footballer * 1984 – Mark Seaby, Australian footballer *1985 – Shahriar Nafees, Bangladeshi cricketer *1986 – Christian Benítez, Ecuadorian footballer (d. 2013) * 1986 – Adam Casey (soccer), Adam Casey, Australian footballer * 1986 – Cassie Jaye, American actress and film director * 1986 – Jesse Klaver, Dutch politician * 1986 – Lee Chang-min (singer), Lee Chang-min, South Korean singer * 1986 – Brent Stanton, Australian footballer *1987 – Leonardo Bonucci, Italian footballer * 1987 – Glen Coffee, American football player * 1987 – Iván DeJesús Jr., Puerto Rican baseball player * 1987 – Marcus Drum, Australian footballer * 1987 – Jerome Dyson, American basketball player * 1987 – Amir Johnson, American basketball player * 1987 – Ryan Mathews (American football), Ryan Mathews, American football player * 1987 – Saidi Ntibazonkiza, Burundian footballer * 1987 – Shahar Pe'er, Israeli tennis player * 1987 – Marissa Ponich, Canadian fencer *1988 – Maria Balaba, Latvian figure skater * 1988 – Maxim Gustik, Belarusian freestyle skier * 1988 – Teodor Peterson, Swedish cross-country skier * 1988 – Anushka Sharma, Indian actress and film producer *1989 – Alejandro Arribas, Spanish footballer * 1989 – Poļina Jeļizarova, Latvian runner *1990 – Uriel Álvarez, Mexican footballer * 1990 – Caitlin Stasey, Australian actress * 1990 – Diego Contento, German footballer * 1990 – Scooter Gennett, American baseball player *1991 – Marcus Stroman, American baseball player * 1991 – Daniel Talbot (athlete), Daniel Talbot, British sprinter *1992 – Hani (singer), South Korean singer and actress * 1992 – Trevor Philp, Canadian alpine skier * 1992 – Bradley Roby, American football player *1993 – Jean-Christophe Bahebeck, French footballer * 1993 – Ifeoma Nwoye, Nigerian wrestler *1994 – Wallace Oliveira, Brazilian footballer *1995 – Collin Seedorf, Dutch footballer *1996 – Christopher J. Alexis Jr., Grenadian road cyclist * 1996 – Daniel Saifiti, Australian-Fijian rugby league player * 1996 – Jacob Saifiti, Australian-Fijian rugby league player * 1996 – Michael Seaton (footballer), Michael Seaton, Jamaican footballer * 1996 – William Nylander, Canadian-Swedish ice hockey player *2004 – Charli D'Amelio, American social media influencer and dancer


Deaths


Pre-1600

* 408 – Arcadius, Byzantine emperor (b. 377) * 558 – Saint Marcouf, Marcouf, missionary and saint * 908 – Wang Zongji, Chinese prince and pretender *1118 – Matilda of Scotland (b. 1080) *1171 – Diarmait Mac Murchada, King of Leinster (b. 1110) *1187 – Roger de Moulins, Grand Master (order), Grand Master of the Knights Hospitaller *1255 – Walter de Gray, English prelate and statesman *1277 – Stefan Uroš I of Serbia (b. 1223) *1278 – William of Villehardouin, William II of Villehardouin *1308 – Albert I of Germany (b. 1255) *1312 – Paul I Šubić of Bribir *1539 – Isabella of Portugal (b. 1503) *1555 – Pope Marcellus II (b. 1501) *1572 – Pope Pius V (b. 1504)


1601–1900

*1668 – Frans Luycx, Flemish painter (b. 1604) *1730 – François de Troy, French painter and engraver (b. 1645) *1731 – Johann Ludwig Bach, German violinist and composer (b. 1677) *1738 – Charles Howard, 3rd Earl of Carlisle, English politician, First Lord of the Treasury (b. 1669) *1772 – Gottfried Achenwall, Polish-German historian, economist, and jurist (b. 1719) *1813 – Jean-Baptiste Bessières, French general (b. 1768) *1838 – Antoine Louis Dugès, French obstetrician and naturalist (b. 1797) *1856 – John Wilbur (Quaker minister), John Wilbur, American minister and theologian (b. 1774) *1873 – David Livingstone, Scottish-English missionary and explorer (b. 1813) *1899 – Ludwig Büchner, German physiologist and physician (b. 1824)


1901–present

*1904 – Antonín Dvořák, Czech composer and academic (b. 1841) *1913 – John Barclay Armstrong, American lieutenant (b. 1850) *1920 – Princess Margaret of Connaught (b. 1882) *1935 – Henri Pélissier, French cyclist (b. 1889) *1943 – Johan Oscar Smith, Norwegian religious leader, founded the Brunstad Christian Church (b. 1871) *1945 – Joseph Goebbels, German lawyer and politician, Chancellor of Germany (b. 1897) * 1945 – Magda Goebbels, German wife of Joseph Goebbels (b. 1901) *1953 – Everett Shinn, American painter and illustrator (b. 1876) *1956 – LeRoy Samse, American pole vaulter (b. 1883) *1960 – Charles Holden, English architect, designed the Bristol Central Library (b. 1875) *1963 – Lope K. Santos, Filipino lawyer and politician (b. 1879) *1965 – Spike Jones, American singer and bandleader (b. 1911) *1968 – Jack Adams, Canadian-American ice hockey player, coach, and manager (b. 1895) * 1968 – Harold Nicolson, English author and politician (b. 1886) *1970 – Yi Un, Korean prince (b. 1897) *1973 – Asger Jorn, Danish painter and sculptor (b. 1914) *1976 – T. R. M. Howard, American surgeon and activist (b. 1908) * 1976 – Alexandros Panagoulis, Greek poet and politician (b. 1939) *1978 – Aram Khachaturian, Armenian composer and conductor (b. 1903) *1982 – William Primrose, Scottish viola player and educator (b. 1903) *1984 – Jüri Lossmann, Estonian-Swedish runner (b. 1891) *1985 – Denise Robins, English journalist and author (b. 1897) *1986 – Hylda Baker, English comedian, actress and music hall performer (b. 1905) * 1986 – Hugo Peretti, American songwriter and producer (b. 1916) *1988 – Ben Lexcen, Australian sailor and architect (b. 1936) *1989 – Sally Kirkland (editor), Sally Kirkland, American journalist (b. 1912) * 1989 – V. M. Panchalingam, Sri Lankan civil servant (b. 1930) * 1989 – Patrice Tardif (politician), Patrice Tardif, Canadian farmer and politician (b. 1904) *1990 – Sergio Franchi, Italian-American tenor and actor (b. 1926) *1991 – Richard Thorpe, American director and screenwriter (b. 1896) *1993 – Pierre Bérégovoy, French metallurgist and politician, Prime Minister of France (b. 1925) * 1993 – Ranasinghe Premadasa, Sri Lankan politician, 3rd President of Sri Lanka (b. 1924) *1994 – Ayrton Senna, Brazilian race car driver (b. 1960) *1995 – Antonio Salemme, Italian-American painter (b. 1892) *1997 – Fernand Dumont, Canadian sociologist, philosopher, and poet (b. 1927) *1998 – Eldridge Cleaver, American author and activist (b. 1935) *2000 – Steve Reeves, American bodybuilder and actor (b. 1926) *2002 – Ebrahim Al-Arrayedh, Indian poet and author (b. 1908) *2003 – Miss Elizabeth, American wrestler and manager (b. 1960) * 2003 – Wim van Est, Dutch cyclist (b. 1923) *2005 – Kenneth Clark (psychologist), Kenneth Clark, American psychologist and academic (b. 1914) *2008 – Anthony Mamo, Maltese judge and politician, 1st President of Malta (b. 1909) * 2008 – Philipp von Boeselager, German soldier and economist (b. 1917) *2010 – Helen Wagner, American actress (b. 1918) *2011 – Henry Cooper, English boxer (b. 1934) * 2011 – Ted Lowe, English sportscaster (b. 1920) *2012 – James Kinley, Canadian engineer and politician, 29th Lieutenant Governor of Nova Scotia (b. 1925) * 2012 – Mordechai Virshubski, German-Israeli lawyer and politician (b. 1930) *2013 – Chris Kelly (rapper), Chris Kelly, American rapper (b. 1978) * 2013 – Pierre Pleimelding, French footballer and manager (b. 1952) *2014 – Adamu Atta, Nigerian lawyer and politician, 5th List of Governors of Kwara State, Governor of Kwara State (b. 1927) * 2014 – Radhia Cousot, Tunisian-American computer scientist and academic (b. 1947) * 2014 – Assi Dayan, Israeli actor, director, and screenwriter (b. 1945) * 2014 – Juan de Dios Castillo, Mexican footballer and coach (b. 1951) *2015 – Geoff Duke, English-Manx motorcycle racer (b. 1923) * 2015 – Vafa Guluzade, Azerbaijani political scientist, academic, and diplomat (b. 1940) * 2015 – María Elena Velasco, Mexican actress, singer, director, and screenwriter (b. 1940) * 2015 – Grace Lee Whitney, American actress (b. 1930) *2021 – Olympia Dukakis, American actress (b. 1931)


Holidays and observances

* Christian feast day: ** Andeolus ** Augustin Schoeffler, Jean-Louis Bonnard (part of Vietnamese Martyrs) ** Benedict of Szkalka ** Saint Brioc, Brioc ** James, son of Alphaeus, James the Less (Anglican Communion) ** Saint Joseph, Joseph the Worker (Roman Catholic) ** Blessed Klymentiy Sheptytsky (Ukrainian Greek Catholic Church) ** Saint Marcouf, Marcouf ** Philip the Apostle (Anglican Communion, Lutheran Church) ** Richard Pampuri ** Sigismund of Burgundy ** Saint Ultan, Ultan ** May 1 (Eastern Orthodox liturgics) * Earliest day on which Mother's Day can fall, while May 7 is the latest; celebrated on the first Monday in May. (Samoa) * Earliest day on which Mother's Day can fall, while May 7 is the latest; celebrated on the first Sunday in May. (Hong Kong, Hungary, Lithuania, Mozambique, Portugal, Spain, Romania) * Earliest day on which National Day of Prayer can fall, while May 7 is the latest; celebrated on the first Thursday in May. (United States) * Earliest day on which World Asthma Day can fall, while May 7 is the latest; celebrated on the first Tuesday in May. (International observance, International) * Armed Forces Day (Mauritania) * Constitution Day (Argentina, Latvia, Marshall Islands) * Commemoration of the states of Maharashtra and Gujarat following the foundation of Samyukta Maharashtra Samiti (India): ** Maharashtra Day * International Sunflower Guerrilla Gardening Day * Lei Day (Hawaii) * International Workers' Day or Labour Day (International observance, International), and its related observances: ** Earliest day on which Labour Day can fall, while May 7 is the latest; celebrated on the first Monday of May. (Barbados, Dominica) ** Law Day (United States), formerly intended to counterbalance the celebration of Labour Day. (United States) ** Loyalty Day, formerly intended to counterbalance the celebration of Labour Day. (United States) * May Day (beginning of Summer) observances in the Northern hemisphere ''(see April 30)'': ** Beltane (Ireland, Scotland, Isle of Man, Celtic neopaganism, Celtic neopagans and Wiccans in the Northern hemisphere) ** Earliest day on which Beltane can fall, while May 7 is the latest; celebrated on the first Monday in May. (Ireland, Scotland) **Calan Mai (Wales) *Samhain (Celtic neopaganism, Celtic neopagans and Wiccans in the Southern Hemisphere)


References


External links


BBC: On This Day
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