May 8 Events
453 BC - Spring and Autumn period: The house of Zhao defeats the house of Zhi, ending the Battle of Jinyang, a military conflict between the elite families of the State of Jin. 413 - Emperor Honorius signs an edict providing tax relief for the Italian provinces Tuscia, Campania, Picenum, Samnium, Apulia, Lucania and Calabria, which were plundered by the Visigoths. 589 - Reccared I opens the Third Council of Toledo, marking the entry of Visigothic Spain into the Catholic Church. 1429 - Joan of Arc lifts the Siege of Orléans, turning the tide of the Hundred Years' War. 1450 - Kentishmen revolt against King Henry VI. 1516 - A group of imperial guards, led by Trịnh Duy Sản, murdered Emperor Lê Tương Dực and fled, leaving the capital Thăng Long undefended. 1541 - Hernando de Soto stops near present-day Walls, Mississippi, and sees the Mississippi River. 1788 - King Louis XVI of France attempts to impose the reforms of Étienne Charles de Loménie de Brienne by abolishing the parlements. 1794 - Branded a traitor during the Reign of Terror, French chemist Antoine Lavoisier, who was also a tax collector with the Ferme générale, is tried, convicted and guillotined in one day in Paris. 1821 - Greek War of Independence: The Greeks defeat the Turks at the Battle of Gravia Inn. 1842 - A train derails and catches fire in Paris, killing between 52 and 200 people. 1846 - Mexican–American War: American forces led by Zachary Taylor defeat a Mexican force north of the Rio Grande in the first major battle of the war. 1877 - At Gilmore's Gardens in New York City, the first Westminster Kennel Club Dog Show opens. 1886 - Pharmacist John Pemberton first sells a carbonated beverage named "Coca-Cola" as a patent medicine. 1898 - The first games of the Italian football league system are played. 1899 - The Irish Literary Theatre in Dublin produced its first play. 1902 - In Martinique, Mount Pelée erupts, destroying the town of Saint-Pierre and killing over 30,000 people. Only a handful of residents survive the blast. 1912 - Paramount Pictures is founded. 1919 - Edward George Honey proposes the idea of a moment of silence to commemorate the Armistice of 11 November 1918 which ended World War I. 1921 - The creation of the Communist Party of Romania. 1924 - The Klaipėda Convention is signed formally incorporating Klaipėda Region into Lithuania. 1927 - Attempting to make the first non-stop transatlantic flight from Paris to New York, French war heroes Charles Nungesser and François Coli disappear after taking off aboard The White Bird biplane. 1933 - Mohandas Gandhi begins a 21-day fast of self-purification and launched a one-year campaign to help the Harijan movement. 1941 - World War II: The German Luftwaffe launches a bombing raid on Nottingham and Derby. 1942 - World War II: The German 11th Army begins Operation Trappenjagd and destroys the bridgehead of the three Soviet armies defending the Kerch Peninsula. 1942 - World War II: The Battle of the Coral Sea comes to an end with Imperial Japanese Navy aircraft carrier aircraft attacking and sinking the United States Navy aircraft carrier. 1942 - World War II: Gunners of the Ceylon Garrison Artillery on Horsburgh Island in the Cocos Islands rebel in the Cocos Islands Mutiny. Their mutiny is crushed and three of them are executed, the only British Commonwealth soldiers to be executed for mutiny during the Second World War. 1945 - World War II: The German Instrument of Surrender signed at Reims comes into effect. 1945 - End of the Prague uprising, celebrated now as a national holiday in the Czech Republic. 1945 - Hundreds of Algerian civilians are killed by French Army soldiers in the Sétif massacre. 1945 - The Halifax riot starts when thousands of civilians and servicemen rampage through Halifax, Nova Scotia. 1946 - Estonian schoolgirls Aili Jõgi and Ageeda Paavel blow up the Soviet memorial which preceded the Bronze Soldier of Tallinn. 1963 - South Vietnamese soldiers under the Roman Catholic President Ngo Dinh Diem open fire on Buddhists defying a ban on the flying of the Buddhist flag on Vesak, killing nine and sparking the Buddhist crisis. 1967 - The Philippine province of Davao is split into three: Davao del Norte, Davao del Sur, and Davao Oriental. 1972 - Vietnam War: U.S. President Richard Nixon announces his order to place naval mines in major North Vietnamese ports in order to stem the flow of weapons and other goods to that nation. 1973 - A 71-day standoff between federal authorities and the American Indian Movement members occupying the Pine Ridge Reservation at Wounded Knee, South Dakota ends with the surrender of the militants. 1976 - The rollercoaster The New Revolution, the first steel coaster with a vertical loop, opens at Six Flags Magic Mountain. 1978 - The first ascent of Mount Everest without supplemental oxygen, by Reinhold Messner and Peter Habeler. 1980 - The World Health Organization confirms the eradication of smallpox. 1984 - Corporal Denis Lortie enters the Quebec National Assembly and opens fire, killing three people and wounding 13. René Jalbert, Sergeant-at-Arms of the Assembly, succeeds in calming him, for which he will later receive the Cross of Valour. 1984 - The Thames Barrier is officially opened, preventing the floodplain of most of Greater London from being flooded except under extreme circumstances. 1987 - The SAS kills eight Provisional Irish Republican Army volunteers and a civilian during an ambush in Loughgall, Northern Ireland. 1988 - A fire at Illinois Bell's Hinsdale Central Office triggers an extended 1AESS network outage once considered to be the "worst telecommunications disaster in US telephone industry history". 1997 - China Southern Airlines Flight 3456 crashes on approach into Bao'an International Airport, killing 35 people. 2019 - British 17-year-old Isabelle Holdaway is reported to be the first patient ever to receive a genetically modified phage therapy to treat a drug-resistant infection. Births 1326 - Joan I, Countess of Auvergne 1427 - John Tiptoft, 1st Earl of Worcester, Lord High Treasurer 1460 - Frederick I, Margrave of Brandenburg-Ansbach 1492 - Andrea Alciato, Italian jurist and writer 1508 - Charles Wriothesley, English Officer of Arms 1521 - Peter Canisius, Dutch-Swiss priest and saint 1551 - Thomas Drury, English government informer and swindler 1587 - Victor Amadeus I, Duke of Savoy 1622 - Claes Rålamb, Swedish politician 1628 - Angelo Italia, Sicilian Jesuit and architect 1629 - Niels Juel, Norwegian-Danish admiral 1632 - Heino Heinrich Graf von Flemming, German field marshal and politician 1639 - Giovanni Battista Gaulli, Italian artist 1641 - Nicolaes Witsen, Mayor of Amsterdam, Netherlands 1653 - Claude Louis Hector de Villars, French general and politician, French Minister of Defence 1670 - Charles Beauclerk, 1st Duke of St Albans, English soldier and politician, Lord Lieutenant of Berkshire 1698 - Henry Baker, English naturalist 1720 - William Cavendish, 4th Duke of Devonshire, English politician, Prime Minister of the United Kingdom 1735 - Nathaniel Dance-Holland, English painter and politician 1737 - Edward Gibbon, English historian and politician 1745 - Carl Stamitz, German violinist and composer 1753 - Miguel Hidalgo y Costilla, Mexican priest and rebel leader 1786 - John Vianney, French priest and saint 1815 - Edward Tompkins, American lawyer and politician 1818 - Samuel Leonard Tilley, Canadian pharmacist and politician, 3rd Premier of New Brunswick 1821 - William Henry Vanderbilt, American businessman and philanthropist 1824 - William Walker, American physician, lawyer, journalist and mercenary 1825 - George Bruce Malleson, English-Indian colonel and author 1828 - Henry Dunant, Swiss businessman and activist, co-founded the Red Cross, Nobel Prize laureate 1828 - Charbel Makhluf, Lebanese monk and saint 1829 - Louis Moreau Gottschalk, American pianist and composer 1835 - Bertalan Székely, Hungarian painter and academic 1839 - Adolphe-Basile Routhier, Canadian judge, author, and songwriter 1842 - Emil Christian Hansen, Danish physiologist and mycologist 1846 - Oscar Hammerstein I, American businessman and composer 1850 - Ross Barnes, American baseball player and manager 1853 - Dan Brouthers, American baseball player and manager 1856 - Pedro Lascuráin, Mexican politician, president for 45 minutes on February 13, 1913. 1858 - Heinrich Berté, Slovak-Austrian composer 1858 - J. Meade Falkner, English author and poet 1859 - Johan Jensen, Danish mathematician and engineer 1867 - Margarete Böhme, German novelist 1879 - Wesley Coe, American shot putter, discus thrower, and tug of war competitor 1884 - Harry S. Truman, American colonel and politician, 33rd President of the United States 1885 - Thomas B. Costain, Canadian journalist and author 1892 - Adriaan Pelt, Dutch journalist and diplomat 1893 - Francis Ouimet, American golfer 1893 - Edd Roush, American baseball player and coach 1893 - Teddy Wakelam, English rugby player and sportscaster 1895 - James H. Kindelberger, American businessman 1895 - Fulton J. Sheen, American archbishop 1895 - Edmund Wilson, American critic, essayist, and editor 1898 - Aloysius Stepinac, Croatian cardinal 1899 - Arthur Q. Bryan, American actor, voice actor, comedian and radio personality 1899 - Friedrich Hayek, Austrian economist and philosopher, Nobel Prize laureate 1899 - Jacques Heim, French fashion designer 1901 - Turkey Stearnes, American baseball player 1902 - André Michel Lwoff, French microbiologist and physician, Nobel Prize laureate 1903 - Fernandel, French actor and singer 1903 - Mary Stewart, Baroness Stewart of Alvechurch, British politician and educator 1904 - John Snagge, English journalist 1905 - Red Nichols, American cornet player, composer, and bandleader 1906 - Roberto Rossellini, Italian director and screenwriter 1910 - George Male, English footballer 1910 - Andrew E. Svenson, American author and publisher 1910 - Mary Lou Williams, American pianist and composer 1911 - Wilhelm Friedrich de Gaay Fortman, Dutch jurist and politician, Dutch Minister of The Interior 1911 - Robert Johnson, American singer-songwriter and guitarist 1912 - George Woodcock, Canadian author and poet 1913 - Bob Clampett, American animator, director, and producer 1913 - Sid James, South African-English actor and singer 1915 - Milton Meltzer, American historian and author 1916 - João Havelange, Brazilian water polo player, lawyer, and businessman 1916 - Chinmayananda Saraswati, Indian spiritual leader and educator 1916 - Ramananda Sengupta, Indian cinematographer 1917 - John Anderson, Jr., American lawyer and politician, 36th Governor of Kansas 1919 - Lex Barker, American actor 1920 - Saul Bass, American graphic designer and director 1920 - Tom of Finland, Finnish illustrator 1920 - Sloan Wilson, American author and poet 1920 - Gordon McClymont, Australian ecologist and academic 1922 - Mary Q. Steele, American naturalist and author 1924 - S. Vithiananthan, Sri Lankan author and academic 1925 - Ali Hassan Mwinyi, Tanzanian politician, 2nd President of Tanzania 1926 - David Attenborough, English environmentalist and television host 1926 - David Hurst, German actor 1926 - Don Rickles, American comedian and actor 1927 - Chumy Chúmez, Spanish actor, director, and screenwriter 1927 - László Paskai, Hungarian cardinal 1928 - Robert Conley, American journalist 1928 - Ted Sorensen, American lawyer, 8th White House Counsel 1929 - Ethel D. Allen, American physician and politician 1929 - Girija Devi, Indian classical singer 1929 - Claude Castonguay, Canadian banker and politician 1929 - Miyoshi Umeki, Japanese-American actress and singer 1930 - Heather Harper, Northern Irish soprano 1930 - Doug Atkins, American football player 1930 - René Maltête, French photographer and poet 1930 - Gary Snyder, American poet, essayist, and translator 1932 - Julieta Campos, Cuban-Mexican author and translator 1932 - Phyllida Law, Scottish actress 1932 - Harry Wells, Australian rugby league player 1934 - Leonard Hoffmann, Baron Hoffmann, South African-English lawyer and judge 1934 - Maurice Norman, English footballer 1934 - David Williamson, Baron Williamson of Horton, English soldier and politician 1935 - Lucius Cary, 15th Viscount Falkland, Scottish politician 1935 - Princess Elisabeth of Denmark 1935 - Jack Charlton, English footballer and manager 1936 - Kazuo Koike, Japanese author 1936 - Haljand Udam, Estonian orientalist and academic 1937 - Bernard Cleary, Canadian journalist, academic, and politician 1937 - Mike Cuellar, Cuban-American baseball player 1937 - Carlos Gaviria Díaz, Colombian lawyer and politician 1937 - Thomas Pynchon, American novelist 1938 - Javed Burki, Indian-Pakistani cricketer 1938 - Jean Giraud, French author and illustrator 1939 - Paul Drayton, American sprinter 1940 - Peter Benchley, American author and screenwriter 1940 - James Blyth, Baron Blyth of Rowington, English businessman and academic 1940 - Irwin Cotler, Canadian lawyer and politician, 47th Canadian Minister of Justice 1940 - Emilio Delgado, Mexican-American actor, "Sesame Street" 1940 - Ricky Nelson, American singer-songwriter, guitarist, and actor 1940 - Toni Tennille, American singer-songwriter and keyboard player 1941 - John Fred, American singer-songwriter 1941 - Bill Lockyer, American academic and politician, 30th Attorney General of California 1941 - James Traficant, American lawyer and politician 1942 - Martin Dobkin, Canadian doctor and politician, 2nd Mayor of Mississauga 1942 - Robin Hobbs, English cricketer 1942 - Norman Lamont, Scottish banker and politician, Chancellor of the Exchequer 1942 - Pierre Morency, Canadian poet and playwright 1942 - Terry Neill, Irish footballer and manager 1943 - Pat Barker, English author 1943 - Johnny Greaves, Australian rugby league player 1943 - Jon Mark, English-New Zealand singer-songwriter and guitarist 1943 - Paul Samwell-Smith, English bass player and producer 1943 - Danny Whitten, American singer-songwriter and guitarist 1944 - Gary Glitter, English singer-songwriter 1944 - Bill Legend, English drummer 1945 - Arthur Docters van Leeuwen, Dutch jurist and politician 1945 - Mike German, Baron German, Welsh educator and politician, Deputy First Minister for Wales 1945 - Janine Haines, Australian politician 1945 - Keith Jarrett, American pianist and composer 1946 - André Boulerice, Canadian politician 1946 - Jonathan Dancy, English philosopher, author, and academic 1947 - H. Robert Horvitz, American biologist and academic, Nobel Prize laureate 1947 - Felicity Lott, English soprano 1947 - John Reid, Baron Reid of Cardowan, Scottish historian and politician, Secretary of State for Defence 1948 - Steve Braun, American baseball player and coach 1948 - Stephen Stohn, American-Canadian lawyer and producer 1949 - David Vines, Australian economist and academic 1950 - Robert Mugge, American director and producer 1950 - Lepo Sumera, Estonian composer and educator 1951 - Philip Bailey, American singer-songwriter, drummer, and actor 1951 - Mike D'Antoni, American basketball player and coach 1951 - Chris Frantz, American drummer and producer 1952 - Peter McNab, Canadian ice hockey player and sportscaster 1953 - Billy Burnette, American singer-songwriter, guitarist, and actor 1953 - Alex Van Halen, Dutch-American drummer 1954 - Pam Arciero, American puppeteer and voice actress 1954 - David Keith, American actor and director 1954 - John Michael Talbot, American singer-songwriter and guitarist 1955 - Stephen Furst, American actor and director 1955 - Mladen Markač, Croatian general 1955 - Keith Osgood, English footballer 1956 - Jeff Wincott, Canadian actor and martial artist 1957 - Bill Cowher, American football player and coach 1957 - Rino Katase, Japanese actress 1957 - Gary Lunn, Canadian lawyer and politician, 6th Canadian Minister of Natural Resources 1958 - Roddy Doyle, Irish novelist, playwright, and screenwriter 1958 - Simone Kleinsma, Dutch actress and singer 1958 - Brooks Newmark, American-English businessman and politician, Lord of the Treasury 1958 - Lovie Smith, American football player and coach 1959 - Ronnie Lott, American football player and sportscaster 1959 - David Manners, 11th Duke of Rutland, English politician 1959 - Ikue Sakakibara, Japanese actress and singer 1960 - Franco Baresi, Italian footballer and coach 1960 - Eric Brittingham, American bass player 1961 - Bill de Blasio, American politician, 109th Mayor of New York City 1961 - Gert Kruys, Dutch footballer and manager 1961 - Vallo Reimaa, Estonian academic and politician 1961 - David Winning, Canadian-American director, producer, and screenwriter 1962 - Natalia Molchanova, Russian diver 1962 - David Sole, Scottish rugby player 1963 - Sylvain Cossette, Canadian singer-songwriter 1963 - Anthony Field, Australian guitarist, songwriter, producer, and actor 1963 - Michel Gondry, French director and screenwriter 1963 - Izabela Kloc, Polish politician 1963 - Aleksandr Kovalenko, Belarusian triple jumper 1963 - Rick Zombo, American ice hockey player and coach 1964 - Päivi Alafrantti, Finnish javelin thrower 1964 - Melissa Gilbert, American actress and director 1964 - Bobby Labonte, American race car driver 1964 - Nathalie Roy, Canadian lawyer and politician 1964 - Dave Rowntree, English drummer and animator 1964 - Metin Tekin, Turkish footballer, manager, and journalist 1966 - Cláudio Taffarel, Brazilian footballer and coach 1967 - Viviana Durante, Italian ballerina and actress 1967 - Angus Scott, British sports television presenter 1968 - Teet Kask, Estonian ballet dancer and choreographer 1968 - Nathalie Normandeau, Canadian politician, Deputy Premier of Quebec 1968 - Johan Pehrson, Swedish lawyer and politician 1969 - Jonny Searle, English rower 1969 - Akebono Tarō, American-Japanese sumo wrestler, the 64th Yokozuna 1969 - John Timu, New Zealand rugby player 1970 - Michael Bevan, Australian cricketer and coach 1970 - Naomi Klein, Canadian author and activist 1970 - Luis Enrique, Spanish footballer and manager 1971 - Chuck Huber, American voice actor, director, and screenwriter 1971 - Candice Night, American singer-songwriter 1972 - Darren Hayes, Australian singer-songwriter 1972 - Ray Whitney, Canadian ice hockey player 1973 - Hiromu Arakawa, Japanese author and illustrator 1973 - Jesús Arellano, Mexican footballer 1973 - Marcus Brigstocke, English comedian, actor, and screenwriter 1974 - Marge Kõrkjas, Estonian swimmer 1974 - Korey Stringer, American football player 1974 - Christian XXX, American pornographic star 1975 - Enrique Iglesias, Spanish-American singer-songwriter, producer, and actor 1975 - Jussi Markkanen, Finnish ice hockey player 1975 - Gastón Mazzacane, Argentinian race car driver 1975 - Dmitri Ustritski, Estonian footballer 1976 - Gonçalo Abecasis, Portuguese-American biochemist and academic 1976 - Martha Wainwright, Canadian-American singer-songwriter and guitarist 1977 - Joe Bonamassa, American singer-songwriter and guitarist 1977 - Bad News Brown, Canadian rapper, harmonica player, and actor 1977 - Theodoros Papaloukas, Greek basketball player 1977 - Kathrin Bringmann, German mathematician and academic 1978 - Lúcio, Brazilian footballer 1978 - Jang Woo-hyuk, South Korean rapper and dancer 1979 - Ole Morten Vågan, Norwegian bassist 1980 - Keyon Dooling, American basketball player 1980 - Panagiotis Kafkis, Greek basketball player 1980 - Evgeny Lebedev, Russian-English publisher and philanthropist 1980 - Michelle McManus, Scottish singer-songwriter and actress 1980 - Benny Yau, Hong Kong-Canadian actor and singer 1981 - Stephen Amell, Canadian actor 1981 - Andrea Barzagli, Italian footballer 1981 - Tatyana Dektyareva, Russian hurdler 1981 - Björn Dixgård, Swedish singer-songwriter and guitarist 1981 - Manny Gamburyan, Armenian-American mixed martial artist 1981 - John Maine, American baseball player 1982 - Buakaw Banchamek, Thai kick-boxer 1982 - Christina Cole, English actress 1982 - Adrián González, American baseball player 1982 - Uğur Yıldırım, Turkish-Dutch footballer 1983 - Juan Martin Goity, Argentinian-German rugby player 1983 - Bershawn Jackson, American hurdler 1983 - Lawrence Vickers, American football player 1983 - Vicky McClure, English actress 1984 - David King, English figure skater 1985 - Tommaso Ciampa, American wrestler 1985 - Silvia Stroescu, Romanian gymnast 1985 - Sarah Vaillancourt, Canadian ice hockey player 1985 - Usama Young, American football player 1986 - Pemra Özgen, Turkish tennis player 1986 - Galen Rupp, American runner 1986 - Marvell Wynne, American soccer player 1987 - Felix Jones, American football player 1987 - Aarne Nirk, Estonian hurdler 1987 - Mark Noble, English footballer 1987 - Kurt Tippett, Australian footballer 1988 - Tanel Kurbas, Estonian basketball player 1988 - Maicon Pereira de Oliveira, Brazilian footballer 1989 - Liam Bridcutt, English footballer 1989 - Lars Eller, Danish ice hockey player 1989 - Dinesh Patel, Indian baseball player 1990 - Kemba Walker, American basketball player 1991 - Ethan Gage, Canadian soccer player 1991 - Valentijn Lietmeijer, Dutch basketball player 1991 - Anamaria Tămârjan, Romanian gymnast 1992 - Kevin Hayes, American ice hockey player 1993 - Pat Cummins, Australian cricketer 1996 - 6ix9ine, American rapper 2001 - Jordyn Huitema, Canadian soccer player 2003 - Moulay Hassan, Crown Prince of Morocco Deaths 535 - Pope John II 615 - Pope Boniface IV 685 - Pope Benedict II 997 - Tai Zong, Chinese emperor 1157 - Ahmed Sanjar, Seljuk sultan 1192 - Ottokar IV, duke of Styria 1220 - Richeza of Denmark, queen of Sweden 1278 - Duan Zong, Chinese emperor 1319 - Haakon V, king of Norway 1473 - John Stafford, 1st Earl of Wiltshire, English politician 1538 - Edward Foxe, English bishop and academic 1551 - Barbara Radziwiłł, queen of Poland 1668 - Catherine of St. Augustine, French-Canadian nun and saint 1766 - Samuel Chandler, English minister and author 1773 - Ali Bey al-Kabir, Egyptian sultan 1781 - Richard Jago, English priest and poet 1782 - Sebastião José de Carvalho e Melo, 1st Marquis of Pombal, Portuguese politician, Prime Minister of Portugal 1785 - Étienne François, duc de Choiseul, French general and politician, Prime Minister of France 1785 - Pietro Longhi, Italian painter 1788 - Giovanni Antonio Scopoli, Italian physician and botanist 1794 - Antoine Lavoisier, French chemist and biologist 1819 - Kamehameha I, king of the Hawaiian Islands 1822 - John Stark, American general 1828 - Mauro Giuliani, Italian guitarist, cellist, and composer 1837 - Alexander Balashov, Russian general and politician, Russian Minister of Police 1842 - Jules Dumont d'Urville, French admiral and explorer 1853 - Jan Roothaan, Dutch priest, 21st Superior General of the Society of Jesus 1880 - Gustave Flaubert, French novelist 1891 - Helena Blavatsky, Russian-English mystic and author 1891 - John Robertson, English-Australian politician, 5th Premier of New South Wales 1893 - Manuel González Flores, Mexican general and president, 1880–1884 1903 - Paul Gauguin, French painter and sculptor 1907 - Edmund G. Ross, American soldier and politician, 13th Governor of New Mexico Territory 1925 - John Beresford, Irish polo player 1936 - Oswald Spengler, German historian and philosopher 1941 - Natalie, queen consort of Serbia 1941 - Tore Svennberg, Swedish actor and director 1942 - Nikolai Reek, Estonian general and politician, 11th Estonian Minister of War 1943 - Mordechai Anielewicz, Polish commander 1944 - Themistoklis Diakidis, Greek high jumper 1945 - Frank Bourne, British soldier, last survivor of the Battle of Rorke's Drift 1945 - Wilhelm Rediess, German SS officer 1945 - Bernhard Rust, German lieutenant and politician 1945 - Josef Terboven, German lieutenant and politician 1947 - Harry Gordon Selfridge, American-English businessman, founded Selfridges 1948 - U Saw, Burmese politician, Prime Minister of Burma 1950 - Vital Brazil, Brazilian physician and immunologist 1952 - William Fox, Austrian businessman, founded Fox Theatres 1959 - John Fraser, Canadian soccer player 1960 - J. H. C. Whitehead, Indian-English mathematician and academic 1965 - Wally Hardinge, English cricketer and footballer 1969 - Remington Kellogg, American zoologist and paleontologist 1972 - Pandurang Vaman Kane, Indologist and Sanskrit scholar, Bharat Ratna awardee 1972 - Beatrice Helen Worsley, Mexican-Canadian computer scientist 1975 - Avery Brundage, American businessman and art collector 1980 - Geoffrey Baker, English Field Marshal and Chief of the General Staff of the British Army 1981 - Uri Zvi Greenberg, Israeli poet and journalist 1982 - Neil Bogart, American record producer, co-founded Casablanca Records 1982 - Gilles Villeneuve, Canadian race car driver 1983 - John Fante, American author and screenwriter 1984 - Lila Bell Wallace, American publisher, co-founded Reader's Digest 1984 - Gino Bianco, Italian-Brazilian race car driver 1985 - Karl Marx, German conductor and composer 1985 - Theodore Sturgeon, American author and critic 1985 - Dolph Sweet, American actor 1986 - Ernle Bradford, English historian and author 1987 - Doris Stokes, English psychic and author 1988 - Robert A. Heinlein, American science fiction writer and screenwriter 1990 - Luigi Nono, Italian composer and educator 1991 - Jean Langlais, French pianist and composer 1991 - Rudolf Serkin, Czech-Austrian pianist and educator 1992 - Joyce Ricketts, American baseball player 1993 - Avram Davidson, American soldier and author 1994 - George Peppard, American actor and producer 1995 - Teresa Teng, Taiwanese singer 1996 - Beryl Burton, English cyclist 1996 - Luis Miguel Dominguín, Spanish bullfighter 1996 - Larry Levis, American poet, author, and critic 1996 - Garth Williams, American illustrator 1998 - Johannes Kotkas, Estonian wrestler 1998 - Charles Rebozo, American banker and businessman 1999 - Dirk Bogarde, English actor and screenwriter 1999 - Ed Gilbert, American actor 1999 - Dana Plato, American actress 1999 - Soeman Hs, Indonesian author and educator 2000 - Pita Amor, Mexican poet and author 2000 - Dédé Fortin, Canadian singer-songwriter and guitarist 2000 - Henry Nicols, American activist 2003 - Elvira Pagã, Brazilian vedette, singer, and artist 2005 - Jean Carrière, French author 2005 - Nicolás Vuyovich, Argentinian race car driver 2006 - Iain Macmillan, Scottish photographer and author 2007 - Philip R. Craig, American author and poet 2007 - Carson Whitsett, American keyboard player, songwriter, and producer 2008 - Eddy Arnold, American singer-songwriter, guitarist, and actor 2008 - François Sterchele, Belgian footballer 2009 - Dom DiMaggio, American baseball player 2009 - Bud Shrake, American journalist and author 2011 - Lionel Rose, Australian boxer 2012 - Everett Lilly, American singer-songwriter and guitarist 2012 - Jerry McMorris, American businessman 2012 - Stacy Robinson, American football player 2012 - Maurice Sendak, American author and illustrator 2012 - Ampon Tangnoppakul, Thai criminal 2012 - Roman Totenberg, Polish-American violinist and educator 2013 - Jeanne Cooper, American actress 2013 - Bryan Forbes, English actor, director, producer, and screenwriter 2013 - Juan José Muñoz, Argentinian businessman 2013 - Hugh J. Silverman, American philosopher and theorist 2013 - Ken Whaley, Austrian-English bass player 2014 - Roger L. Easton, American scientist, co-invented the GPS 2014 - Nancy Malone, American actress, director, and producer 2014 - Yago Lamela, Spanish long jumper 2014 - Jair Rodrigues, Brazilian singer 2014 - R. Douglas Stuart Jr., American businessman and diplomat, United States Ambassador to Norway 2014 - Joseph P. Teasdale, American lawyer and politician, 48th Governor of Missouri 2015 - Zeki Alasya, Turkish actor and director 2015 - Mwepu Ilunga, Congolese footballer 2015 - Menashe Kadishman, Israeli sculptor and painter 2015 - Juan Schwanner, Hungarian-Chilean footballer and manager 2015 - Atanas Semerdzhiev, Bulgarian soldier and politician, 1st Vice President of Bulgaria 2016 - Tom M. Apostol, American analytic number theorist 2016 - William Schallert, American actor; president of the Screen Actors Guild 2018 - Big Bully Busick, American professional wrestler 2018 - Anne V. Coates, British film editor, Oscar winner 2019 - Sprent Dabwido, President of Nauru from 2011 to 2013 Holidays and observances Christian feast day: *Amato Ronconi *Apparition of Saint Michael *Arsenius the Great *Desideratus * Blessed Catherine of St. Augustine *Julian of Norwich *Magdalene of Canossa *Our Lady of Luján *Peter of Tarentaise *Blessed Teresa Demjanovich *May 8 Earliest day on which Father's Day can fall, while May 14 is the latest; celebrated on the second Sunday of May. Earliest day on which Mother's Day can fall, while May 14 is the latest; celebrated on the second Sunday of May. Earliest day on which State Flag and State Emblem Day can fall, while May 14 is the latest; celebrated on the second Sunday of May. 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