1697 - Jean Marie Leclair (Elder), French Baroque Composer and Violinist (Listen to Leclair's Violin Sonata Op. 9, performed by Simon Standage - here.)
1899 - Fred Astaire, Dancer, Singer and Actor
1916 - Milton Babbitt, Composer and Music Theorist
1919 - Peter Maag, Swiss Conductor
1933 - Barbara Taylor Bradford, Author
1960 - Bono (Paul Hewson), Singer
1965 - Linda Evangelista, Model
1534 - Jacques Cartier begins exploring Newfoundland. He is often described as one of the first Europeans to discover Canada.
1908 - The first Mother's Day observance takes place during church services in West Virginia and Philadelphia.
1924 - J. Edgar Hoover is appointed head of FBI.
1940 - Neville chamberlain resigns as the government head, having failed to preserve "Peace of our time." Winston Churchill becomes Prime Minister, saying his famous line: "I have nothing to offer but blood, toil, tears and sweat."
1957 - Dmitry Shostakovich's Piano Concerto No. 2 is first performed in Moscow, with his son, Maxim Shostakovich, conducting.
1981 - Francois Mitterrand defeats Valery Giscard d'Estaing to become President of France in the second round of presidential elections.
1995 - Britain lifts its 23-year ban on talks with Sinn Fein, the political wing of the IRA.
Shostakovich Plays Shostakovich - Piano Concerto No. 2 in F major, Op. 102. YouTube, uploaded by Classical Vault 1. Accessed May 10, 2017.
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