585BC – A solar eclipse occurred on the 28th May in the year 585 BC, as predicted by the Greek philosopher and scientist Thales, while Alyattes was battling Cyaxares in the Battle of Halys, which became a truce. This is one of the cardinal dates from which other dates are calculated.
1868 ~ Jean Schopfer the French tennis player competing for France, and a writer, known under the pseudonym of Claude Anet was born in Morges, Switzerland on the the 28th May 1868 (died 9th January 1931 aged 62).
1878 – Paul Pelliot the French sinologist and explorer was born on the 28th May 1878 (died 1945).
1923 – György Ligeti the Romanian-Austrian composer was born on the 28th May 1923 (died 2006).
1934 – The Dionne quintuplets were born to Oliva and Elzire Dionne on the 28th May 1934, becoming the 1st quintuplets to survive infancy. The 5 sisters; Yvonne Édouilda Marie Dionne (died 23rd June 2001 aged 67), Annette Lillianne Marie Dionne (Allard), Cécile Marie Émilda Dionne (Langlois), Émilie Marie Jeanne Dionne (died 6th August 1954 aged 20), Marie Reine Alma Dionne (Houle)(died 27th February 1970 aged 35) were born outside Callander, Ontario, Canada, near the village of Corbeil.
1935 – Anne Reid the English actress was born on the 28th May 1935.
1936 – Alan Turing submitted On Computable Numbers for publication on the 28th May 1936.
1935 ~ Lee Meriwether the American actress, former model and winner of the 1955 Miss America pageant was born on the 27th May 1935. Lee Meriwether is best known for her role as Betty Jones in Barnaby Jones. YouTube video: Barnaby Jones intro…
1945 – Bruce Cockburn the Canadian singer-songwriter and guitarist was born on the 27th May 1945.
1971 – Wayne Carey the Australian footballer and coach was born on the 27th May 1971.
1974 ~ George Clarke the British architect, television presenter, lecturer and writer was born on the 27th May 1974. George Clarke is best known for his work on the Channel 4 series The Home Show and The Restoration Man.
1975 – André 3000 the American rapper from OutKast was born André Benjaminon the 27th May 1975. YouTube video: OutCast: Hey Ya! (2003) song written and produced by André 3000 for The Love Below album. Hey Ya! was No.1 in North America in the Billboard Hot 100 for 9 weeks, also topping the Billboard Hot Digital Tracks for 17 weeks, No.1 in Australia, Norway, Sweden and in the Top 10 in the UK, Austria, Finland, France, Germany, Ireland, and Switzerland. In 2005 the Recording Industry Association of America certified single platinum for shipping one million copies. At the 46th Grammy Awards the song won Best Urban/Alternative Performance…
1897 ~ DRACULA the novel by Irish author Bram Stoker was published on the 26th May 1897. See Bram Stoker’s Dracula 1992 official movie trailer starring Gary Oldman, Winona Ryder, Anthony Hopkins, Keanu Reeves and Tom Waits. This is director Francis Ford Coppola’s visually stunning, passionately seductive version of Bram Stoker’s classic legend.
1949 ~ Ward Cunningham the American computer programmer who developed the 1st wiki was born on the 26th May 1949.
1949 ~ Hank Williams Jr. the American singer-songwriter and musician was born on the 26th May 1949.
1951 ~ Sally Ride the American astronaut was born on the 26th May 1951 (died 2012).
1955 ~ Adam Curtis the English film maker was born Kevin Adam Curtis on the 26th May 1955. His best known work is The Century of the Self (2002), a film that examined how Freud‘s theories of the unconscious shaped the development of PR and advertising. He says, “My favourite theme is power and how it works in society”, with his works exploring areas of philosophy, sociology and political history.
1977 ~ The 1st STAR WARS film in the series was released on the 25th day of May in 1977. The film series was created byGeorge Lucas under the title Star Wars, by 20th Century Fox, and became a worldwide phenomenon, followed by 2 sequels. The revenue generated by the Star Wars films totaled $4.49 billion, making it the 3rd highest grossing film series, behind the Harry Potter and James Bond films.
1844 ~ Samuel Morse sent the message “What hath God wrought” (a biblical quotation, Numbers 23:23) from the Old Supreme Court Chamber in the United States Capitol to his assistant, Alfred Vail, in Baltimore, Maryland to inaugurate the first telegraph line on the 24th day of May in 1844.
1930 ~ Amy Johnson landed in Darwin, Northern Territory on the 24th day of May in 1930 becoming the first woman to fly solo from England to Australia (she left on May 5 for the 11,000 mile flight).
1940 ~ Igor Sikorsky performed the first successful single rotor helicopter flight on the 24th day of May in 1940.
1941 ~ Bob Dylan the American singer and songwriter was born on the 24th day of May in 1941.
1944 ~ Patti LaBelle the American R&B singer, songwriter and actress was born on the 24th day of May in 1944.
1945 ~ Priscilla Presley the American actress was born on the 24th day of May in 1945.
1956 ~ The Eurovision Song Contest was held for the first time on the 24th day of May in 1956, in Lugano, Switzerland.
1956 ~ Larry Blackmon the American lead singer from Cameo was born on the 24th day of May in 1956.
1981 ~ Andy Lee the Australian comedian was born Andrew Lee on the 24th May 1981. Since 2003, Andy has worked live on television and radio with Hamish Blake as part of the comedy duo Hamish and Andy. Andy Lee is best known as the bloke who dates girls out of his league since his unexplainable 4 year relationship with model Megan Gale. Visit Andy @ www.HamishAndAndy.com
2001 ~ Temba Tsheri the 15 year old Sherpa became the youngest person to climb to the top of Mount Everest on the 24th day of May in 2001.
1568 ~ The NETHERLANDS declared their independence from Spain on the 23rd day of May in 1568.
1707 ~ Carolus Linnaeus the Swedish botanist was born on the 23rd May 1707 (died 1778).
1734 ~ FRANZ ANTON MESMER the Austrian physician and hypnotist best known for naming the theory of animal magnetism (magnétisme animal) was born on the 23rd day of May in 1734 (d. 1815). Franz theorised that there was a natural energetic transference that occurred between all animated and inanimate objects, in which he called animal magnetism, and later referred to as mesmerism. His theory attracted a wide following and influence until the end of the 19th century.
1795 ~ Charles Barry the English architect was born on the 23rd May 1795 (died 1860).
1810 ~ Margaret Fuller the American journalist was born on the 23rd May 1810 (died 1850).
1829 ~ The ACCORDiON patent was granted to Cyrill Demian in Vienna on the 23rd day of May in 1829. This video features some amazing Accordion skills by Alexander Hrustevich performing the Presto from Summer by Vivaldi...
1907 – Hergé the Belgian writer and artist was born on the 22nd May 1907 (died 1983). Hergé was the pen name of Georges Prosper Remi, best known for The Adventures of Tintincomic bookseries, which he wrote and illustrated from 1929 until he died in 1983.
1907 – Laurence Olivier the English actor was born on the 22nd May 1907 (died 1989).
1936 – M. Scott Peck the American psychiatrist and writer was born on the 22nd May 1936 (died 2005).
2011 – An EF5 tornado struck Joplin, Missouri on the 22nd May 2011, killing 162 people and wreaking $2.8 billion worth in damage, becoming the costliest and 7th deadliest single tornado in U.S. history.
2012 ~ The FALCON 9 launched the first commercial flight to space, with a cargo delivery to a space station by a private company on the 22nd day of May in 2012. The Falcon rocket was topped by an unmanned Dragon freight capsule, when it lifted clear of its Florida pad at Cape Canaveral Air Force Station at 03:44 EDT (07:44 GMT; 08:44 BST). The launch system has been built by California-based firm SpaceX. See Nasa’s news: SpaceX Launches Falcon 9/Dragon on Historic Mission
2012 ~ JAMES DOOHAN the Star Trek legend best known as Montgomery “Scotty” Scott was beamed up to space on the 22nd day of May in 2012. His ashes were blasted into space aboard the Falcon 9 Rocket (as seen above), the first commercial rocket launched into the space, along with Mercury astronaut Gordon Cooper, and more than 300 other hardcore space fans. James Doohan died in 2005 at the age of 85, and the first attempt to send his ashes into the orbit in 2008 was unsuccessful after the rocket carrying them failed.
*see the full image at NASA and more info about this photo and project at this NASA page