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May 1: Beltane in Ireland and Scotland; Yom Hazikaron in Israel (2017)

Ayrton Senna
Ayrton Senna

Arthur Wellesley, 1st Duke of Wellington (b. 1769) · Ralph Stackpole (b. 1885) · Magda Goebbels (d. 1945)

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May 2: Flag Day in Poland

Damaged Brandenburg Gate
Damaged Brandenburg Gate

Blanche of Artois (d. 1302) · Catherine Labouré (b. 1806) · Engelbert Humperdinck (b. 1936)

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May 3

Aerial view of RAF Northolt
Aerial view of RAF Northolt

Alexios II of Trebizond (d. 1330) · Catherine of St. Augustine (b. 1632) · Len Shackleton (b. 1922)

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May 4: National Day of Prayer in the United States (2017); Star Wars Day

Manaslu
Manaslu

Herman II (d. 1003) · Audrey Hepburn (b. 1929) · Christian de Duve (d. 2013)

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May 5: Cinco de Mayo (dancers pictured) in Mexico and the United States

Cinco de Mayo dancers
Cinco de Mayo dancers

Søren Kierkegaard (b. 1813) · Dorothy Garrod (b. 1892) · Adele (b. 1988)

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May 6

The Hindenburg disaster
Hindenburg disaster

Henry David Thoreau (d. 1862) · Rosemary Cramp (b. 1929) · George Clooney (b. 1961)

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May 7

Alexander Stepanovich Popov
Alexander Stepanovich Popov

David Hume (b. 1711) · Mary of Modena (d. 1718) · Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky (b. 1840)

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May 8: World Red Cross and Red Crescent Day; Miguel Hidalgo's Birthday in Mexico; Parents' Day in South Korea

Antoine Lavoisier
Antoine Lavoisier

Fern Hobbs (b. 1883) · Friedrich Hayek (b. 1899) · Beatrice Worsley (d. 1972)

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May 9: Liberation Day in the Channel Islands (1945)

Athanasius of Alexandria
Athanasius of Alexandria

Shi Pu (d. 893) · Zita of Bourbon-Parma (b. 1892) · Hilde Levi (b. 1909)

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May 10: Pesach Sheni (Judaism, 2017); Independence Day in Romania (1877)

Neville Chamberlain
Neville Chamberlain

Ahmad ibn Tulun (d. 884) · Thomas Young (d. 1829) · Sri Yukteswar Giri (b. 1855)

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May 11

Deep Blue
Deep Blue

Leo VI the Wise (d. 912) · Jane Manning James (b. 1813) · Natasha Richardson (b. 1963)

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May 12: Birth of Muhammad al-Mahdi ( Shia Islam, 2017)

Coppergate Helmet
Coppergate Helmet

Lady Grange (d. 1745) · Katharine Hepburn (b. 1907) · Alexander Esenin-Volpin (b. 1924)

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May 13

Lúcia Santos (middle) with Francisco and Jacinta Marto
Lúcia Santos (middle) with Francisco and Jacinta Marto

John Nash (d. 1835) · Arthur Sullivan (b. 1842) · Lorna Hodgkinson (b. 1887)

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May 14: Feast day of Saint Matthias and Saint Mo Chutu (Roman Catholicism); Lag BaOmer (Judaism, 2017)

Edward Jenner
Edward Jenner

Mary Seacole (d. 1881) · Charlotte Auerbach (b. 1899) · Marjory Stoneman Douglas (d. 1998)

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May 15: Nakba Day in Palestinian communities

Van Gogh's "Portrait of Dr. Gachet"
Portrait of Dr. Gachet

Klemens von Metternich (b. 1773) · Emily Dickinson (d. 1886) · Patrice Evra (b. 1981)

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May 16

Park Chung-hee (center)
Park Chung-hee (center)

Liu Bowen (d. 1375) · Margaret Ursula Jones (b. 1916) · Janet Jackson (b. 1966)

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May 17

Anne of Denmark in 1612
Anne of Denmark in 1612

Mary, Queen of Hungary (d. 1395) · Cool Papa Bell (b. 1903) · Maggie Laubser (d. 1973)

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May 18: Day of Remembrance for the Victims of Crimean Tatar Genocide in Ukraine

Enomoto Takeaki
Enomoto Takeaki

Charles Louis Alphonse Laveran (d. 1922) · Frank Hsieh (b. 1946) · Mary McLeod Bethune (d. 1955)

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May 19: Commemoration of Atatürk, Youth and Sports Day in Turkey; Ho Chi Minh's birthday in Vietnam

Marilyn Monroe at Kennedy's birthday celebration
Marilyn Monroe at Kennedy's birthday celebration

Helena of Moscow (b. 1476) · Nellie Melba (b. 1861) · Nathaniel Hawthorne (d. 1864)

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May 20: Day of Remembrance in Cambodia

Luc Montagnier
Luc Montagnier

Gertrude Guillaume-Schack (d. 1903) · Astrid Kirchherr (b. 1938) · Cher (b. 1946)

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May 21: Sanja Matsuri begins in Tokyo (2017)

Charles Lindbergh and the Spirit of St. Louis
Charles Lindbergh and the Spirit of St. Louis

Feng Dao (d. 954) · Armand Hammer (b. 1898) · Al Franken (b. 1951)

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May 22: Victoria Day in Canada (2017)

Blackwall Tunnel under construction, 1895
Blackwall Tunnel under construction, 1895

Richard Wagner (b. 1813) · Augusta, Lady Gregory (d. 1932) · Myrtle Bachelder (d. 1997)

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May 23

Joan of Arc
Joan of Arc

Ruth Fernández (b. 1919) · Heinrich Himmler (d. 1945) · Florence Violet McKenzie (d. 1982)

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May 24: Aldersgate Day ( Methodism); Independence Day in Eritrea ( 1993); Jerusalem Day in Israel (2017)

Brooklyn Bridge
Brooklyn Bridge

Germanicus (b. 15 BC) · David I of Scotland (d. 1153) · Jan Smuts (b. 1870)

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

Kanchenjunga
Kanchenjunga

Anna Maria Rückerschöld (d. 1805) · Princess Helena of the United Kingdom (b. 1846) · Kazi Nazrul Islam (b. 1899)

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May 26: National Sorry Day in Australia; Independence Day in Georgia ( 1918)

Vauxhall Bridge, London
Vauxhall Bridge, London

Sally Ride (b. 1951)

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May 27: Ramadan begins (Islam, 2017)

King John of England
King John of England

Jawaharlal Nehru (d. 1964)

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May 28: Republic Day in Armenia and Azerbaijan (both 1918)

The Spanish Armada
The Spanish Armada

William Pitt the Younger (b. 1759) · Mary Polly Paaaina (d. 1873) · Patrick White (b. 1912) · Kylie Minogue (b. 1968)

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May 29: International Day of United Nations Peacekeepers; Democracy Day in Nigeria; Memorial Day in the United States (2017)

Jenny Lind
Jenny Lind

Constantine XI Palaiologos (d. 1453) · Joyce Yakubowich (b. 1953)

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May 30: Dragon Boat Festival ( Chinese calendar, 2017); Lod Massacre Remembrance Day in Puerto Rico

Queen Jane
Queen Jane

Christopher Marlowe (d. 1593) · Duchess Violante Beatrice of Bavaria (d. 1731) ·

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

'Abd al-Ilah
'Abd al-Ilah

Tintoretto (d. 1594) · Joseph Haydn (d. 1809) · Walt Whitman (b. 1819) · Chien-Shiung Wu (b. 1912)

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