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May 1: International Workers' Day; Beltane and Samhain in the Northern and Southern Hemispheres, respectively; Maharashtra Day in Maharashtra, India (1960); Loyalty Day in the United States

Overture to The Marriage of Figaro
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May 2: Flag Day in Poland

Brandenburg Gate damaged after the Battle of Berlin
Brandenburg Gate damaged after the Battle of Berlin
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May 3: World Press Freedom Day; Constitution Memorial Day in Japan (1947); Constitution Day in Poland (1791)

Cap Arcona shortly after being attacked
Cap Arcona shortly after being attacked
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May 4: Star Wars Day

Manaslu
Manaslu
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May 5: Children's Day in Japan; Cinco de Mayo in Mexico and the United States (1862)

Cy Young
Cy Young
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May 6

Universal Newsreel of the Hindenburg disaster
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May 7: National Day of Prayer in the United States (2020)

Northern facade of Stockholm Palace
Northern facade of Stockholm Palace
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May 8: World Red Cross and Red Crescent Day; Pesach Sheni (Judaism, 2020); Anniversary of the birth of Miguel Hidalgo in Mexico (1753); Victory in Europe Day (1945)

Sketch of the Versailles rail accident
Sketch of the Versailles rail accident
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May 9: Europe Day / Schuman Day in the European Union; Victory Day in various Eastern European countries; Liberation Day in the Channel Islands (1945)

Birth-control pills
Birth-control pills
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May 10

Launch of the lifeboat James Caird from Elephant Island
Launch of the lifeboat James Caird from Elephant Island
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May 11

Crossing of the Blue Mountains
Crossing of the Blue Mountains
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May 12: Lag BaOmer (Judaism, 2020)

Semyon Timoshenko
Semyon Timoshenko
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May 13

Lahori Gate, the Red Fort's main entrance
Lahori Gate, the Red Fort's main entrance
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May 14: Feast day of Saint Matthias (Catholicism)

Edward Jenner
Edward Jenner
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May 15: Feast day of Saint Carthage (Irish Catholicism); Nakba Day in Palestinian communities; Sanja Matsuri begins in Tokyo (2020)

Baily's beads observed during a solar eclipse in 1999
Baily's beads observed during a solar eclipse in 1999
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May 16: Night of Decree (Shia Islam, 2020)

Theodore Maiman with his laser
Theodore Maiman with his laser
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May 17: Galician Literature Day in Galicia, Spain

Coco Chanel
Coco Chanel
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May 18: Victoria Day in Canada (2020); Flag and Universities Day in Haiti (1803); Day of Revival, Unity, and the Poetry of Magtymguly in Turkmenistan (1733)

Eruption of Mount St. Helens
Eruption of Mount St. Helens
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May 19: Pontian Greek Genocide Remembrance Day in Greece (1919); Commemoration of Atatürk, Youth and Sports Day in Turkey (1919)

John Franklin
John Franklin
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May 20: Night of Decree (Sunni Islam, 2020); National Day of Remembrance in Cambodia (1976); National Day in Cameroon (1972)

Abraham Ortelius's world map
Abraham Ortelius's world map
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May 21

Richard Loeb (left) and Nathan Leopold (right)
Richard Loeb (left) and Nathan Leopold (right)
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May 22: International Day for Biological Diversity; International Quds Day (2020); Jerusalem Day in Israel (2020)

Blackwall Tunnel under construction
Blackwall Tunnel under construction
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May 23

Thomas Cranmer
Thomas Cranmer
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May 24: Eid al-Fitr (Islam, 2020); Aldersgate Day (Methodism)

Amy Johnson
Amy Johnson
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May 25: Africa Day (1963); Anniversary of the First National Government in Argentina (1810); Independence Day in Jordan (1946); Memorial Day in the United States (2020)

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May 26: Independence Day in Georgia (1918)

Damage to the Interstate 40 bridge
Damage to the Interstate 40 bridge
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May 27

Christopher Reeve
Christopher Reeve
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May 28: Republic Day in Azerbaijan (1918)

Bust of Louis Delgrès
Bust of Louis Delgrès
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May 29: First day of Shavuot (Judaism, 2020); feast day of Saint Paul VI (Catholicism)

Place de la Nation, N'Djamena
Place de la Nation, N'Djamena
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May 30: Feast day of Saint Joan of Arc (Catholicism, Anglicanism); Lod Massacre Remembrance Day in Puerto Rico

RMS Aquitania
RMS Aquitania

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

Revolutionary Tribunal
Revolutionary Tribunal

Pierre Victurnien Vergniaud (b. 1753) · Walt Whitman (b. 1819) · Carla Lane (d. 2016)

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