May 11 Holidays, Events & Observances

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May 11 holidays, events, national day around the world. These are May 11 holidays, festivals, celebrations, observances, events; May 11 national days, food days, fun days and celebrations on May 11.

May 11 and observances
May 11 Holidays and Observances

Welcome, as we take you through special holidays in May, international holidays in May 11, national days in May 11. Some major May 11 national day and International holidays list in May calendar.

Our planet is brimming with diversity and cultures that are rich in folklore and traditions. Holidays are a great way to learn about our neighbors and expand our own universe.

Meanwhile, there are literally thousands of holidays and special days throughout the world. And here on Big Holiday, you can find a large variety of these popular, cultural, religious, and offbeat holidays.

Explore May 11 holidays, festivals, and observances celebrated around the world and more happenings worth remembering, from our comprehensive list of May 11 national days or public holidays with dates and information on the origin and meaning of holidays.

We have compiled the long list of observances on May 11, notable events, national days in May 11, federal to regional holidays from all over the world. Also included are possible special bank holidays which falls on May 11 globally.

Month of May

May is the fifth month of the year, has 31 days, and is likely named for the Roman goddess Maia, who oversaw the growth of plants. Alternatively, the name might have come from the Latin maiores, “elders,” who were celebrated now.

May is commonly associated as a month of spring in the Northern Hemisphere and autumn (fall) in the Southern hemisphere. It is said that this is the month when plants really start to grow.

May’s birth flower is the Lily of the Valley and the Crataegus monogyna.

The birthstone for May is the emerald which represents love or success.

Holidays in May

The word holiday has differing connotations in different regions. It can exclusively be refer to the nationally, religiously or culturally observed day(s) of rest or celebration, or the events themselves. While the word may refer to the period of time where leave from one’s duties has been agreed.

The concept of holidays is also often originated in connection with religious observances. The intention of a holiday was typically to allow individuals to tend to religious duties associated with important dates on the calendar. In most modern societies, however, holidays serve as much of a recreational function as any other weekend days or activities.

Meanwhile few of holidays in May are: Armed Forces Day, National Morel Mushroom Festival, World Whisky Day, Ely Eel Festival, Baby Day, Brothers and Sisters Day, International Scurvy Awareness Day, National Life Insurance Day, etc all in this month.

May 11 holidays and observances
May 11 Holidays and Observances

May 11 Holidays, National Day

May 11 is the 131st day of the year (132nd in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar; 234 days remain until the end of the year.

Events

Pre-1600

  • 330 – Constantinople is consecrated.
  • 868 – A copy of the Diamond Sutra is printed in China, making it the oldest known dated printed book.
  • 912 – Alexander becomes Emperor of the Byzantine Empire.
  • 1502 – Christopher Columbus leaves on his fourth and last voyage (till Nov.7,1504).

1601–1900

  • 1745 – War of the Austrian Succession: French forces defeat an Anglo-Dutch–Hanoverian army.
  • 1792 – Robert Gray commands the first expion to sail into the Columbia River.
  • 1812 – Prime Minister Spencer Perceval is assassinated by John Bellingham in the lobby of the British House of Commons.
  • 1813 – William Lawson, Gregory Blaxland and William Wentworth discover a route across the Blue Mountains, opening up inland Australia to settlement.
  • 1833 – The Lady of the Lake strikes an iceberg off Newfoundland and sinks with the loss of up to 265 passengers and crew.
  • 1846 – President James K. Polk asked for a Declaration of War against Mexico, starting the Mexican–American War.
  • 1857 – Indian Rebellion of 1857: Indian rebels seize Delhi from the British.
  • 1858 – Minnesota is admitted as the 32nd state of the United States.
  • 1880 – Seven people are killed in the Mussel Slough Tragedy, a gun battle in California.
  • 1889 – An attack upon a U.S. Army paymaster and escort results in the theft of over $28,000 and the award of two Medals of Honor.
  • 1894 – Four thousand Pullman Palace Car Company workers go on a wildcat strike.
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1901–present

  • 1910 – An act of the U.S. Congress establishes Glacier National Park in Montana.
  • 1943 – World War II: American troops invade Attu Island in the Aleutian Islands in an attempt to expel occupying Japanese forces.
  • 1945 – World War II: Off the coast of Okinawa, the aircraft carrier USS Bunker Hill is hit by two kamikazes.
  • 1960 – Adolf Eichmann is captured by the Mossad in Argentina.
  • 1963 – Racist bombings in Birmingham, Alabama, disrupt nonviolence in the Birmingham campaign and precipitate a crisis involving federal troops.
  • 1970 – The 1970 Lubbock tornado kills 26 and causes $250 million in damage.
  • 1973 – Citing government misconduct, Daniel Ellsberg’s charges for his involvement in releasing the Pentagon Papers to The New York Times are dismissed.
  • 1985 – Fifty-six spectators die and more than 200 are injured in the Bradford City stadium fire.
  • 1987 – Klaus Barbie goes on trial in Lyon for war crimes committed during World War II.
  • 1996 – After the aircraft’s departure from Miami, a fire started by improperly handled chemical oxygen generators in the cargo hold of Atlanta-bound ValuJet Flight 592 causes the Douglas DC-9 to crash in the Florida Everglades, killing all 110 on board.
  • 1997 – Deep Blue, a chess-playing supercomputer, defeats Garry Kasparov in the last game of the rematch, becoming the first computer to beat a world-champion chess player in a classic match format.
  • 1998 – India conducts three underground atomic tests in Pokhran.
  • 2000 – Second Chechen War: Chechen separatists ambush Russian paramilitary forces in the Republic of Ingushetia.
  • 2010 – David Cameron takes office as Prime Minister of the United Kingdom as the Conservatives and Liberal Democrats form the country’s first coalition government since the Second World War.
  • 2011 – An earthquake of magnitude 5.1 hits Lorca, Spain.
  • 2013 – Fifty-two people are killed in a bombing in Reyhanlı, Turkey.
  • 2014 – Fifteen people are killed and 46 injured in Kinshasa in a stampede caused by tear gas being thrown into soccer stands by police officers.
  • 2016 – One hundred and ten people are killed in an ISIL bombing in Baghdad.

Birthdays

Pre-1600

  • 1571 – Niwa Nagashige, Japanese daimyō (d. 1637)

1601–1900

  • 1715 – Johann Gottfried Bernhard Bach, German organist (d. 1739)
  • 1752 – Johann Friedrich Blumenbach, German physician, physiologist, and anthropologist (d. 1840)
  • 1797 – José Mariano Salas, Mexican general and politician (d. 1867)
  • 1811 – Jean-Jacques Challet-Venel, Swiss politician (d. 1893)
  • 1852 – Charles W. Fairbanks, American journalist and politician, 26th United States Vice President (d. 1918)
  • 1854 – Jack Blackham, Australian cricketer (d. 1932)
  • 1869 – Archibald Warden, English tennis player (d. 1943)
  • 1871 – Frank Schlesinger, American astronomer and author (d. 1943)
  • 1875 – Harriet Quimby, American pilot and screenwriter (d. 1912)
  • 1881 – Al Cabrera, Spanish-Cuban baseball player and manager (d. 1964)
  • 1881 – Jan van Gilse, Dutch composer and conductor (d. 1944)
  • 1881 – Theodore von Kármán, Hungarian-American mathematician, physicist, and engineer (d. 1963)
  • 1888 – Irving Berlin, Belarusian-American pianist and composer (d. 1989)
  • 1888 – Willis Augustus Lee, American admiral (d. 1945)
  • 1889 – Paul Nash, British painter (d. 1946)
  • 1890 – Willie Applegarth, English-American sprinter (d. 1958)
  • 1890 – Helge Løvland, Norwegian decathlete (d. 1984)
  • 1894 – Martha Graham, American dancer and choreographer (d. 1991)
  • 1895 – Jacques Brugnon, French tennis player (d. 1978)
  • 1895 – Jiddu Krishnamurti, Indian philosopher and speaker (d. 1986)
  • 1895 – William Grant Still, American composer and conductor (d. 1978)
  • 1896 – Josip Štolcer-Slavenski, Croatian composer and academic (d. 1955)
  • 1897 – Robert E. Gross, American businessman (d. 1961)

1901–present

  • 1901 – Rose Ausländer, Ukrainian-English poet and author (d. 1988)
  • 1901 – Gladys Rockmore Davis, American painter (d. 1967)
  • 1902 – Edna Ernestine Kramer, American mathematician (d. 1984)
  • 1903 – Charlie Gehringer, American baseball player and manager (d. 1993)
  • 1904 – Salvador Dalí, Spanish artist (d. 1989)
  • 1905 – Lise de Baissac, Mauritian-born SOE agent, war hero (d. 2004)
  • 1905 – Catherine Bauer Wurster, American architect and public housing advocate (d. 1964)
  • 1907 – Rip Sewell, American baseball player and coach (d. 1989)
  • 1911 – Mitchell Sharp, Canadian economist and politician, 23rd Canadian Minister of Finance (d. 2004)
  • 1911 – Phil Silvers, American actor and comedian (d. 1985)
  • 1912 – Saadat Hasan Manto, Indian-Pakistani author and screenwriter (d. 1955)
  • 1916 – Camilo José Cela, Spanish author and politician, Nobel Prize laureate (d. 2002)
  • 1918 – Richard Feynman, American physicist and engineer, Nobel Prize laureate (d. 1988)
  • 1921 – Robin Barbour, Scottish minister and author (d. 2014)
  • 1921 – Hildegard Hamm-Brücher, German politician (d. 2016)
  • 1924 – Antony Hewish, English astronomer and academic, Nobel Prize laureate
  • 1925 – Edward J. King, American football player and politician, 66th Governor of Massachusetts (d. 2006)
  • 1927 – Bernard Fox, British actor (d. 2016)
  • 1927 – Gene Savoy, American explorer, author, and scholar (d. 2007)
  • 1930 – Edsger W. Dijkstra, Dutch computer scientist and academic (d. 2002)
  • 1930 – Stanley Elkin, American novelist, short story writer, and essayist (d. 1995)
  • 1932 – Valentino Garavani, Italian fashion designer
  • 1933 – Louis Farrakhan, American religious leader
  • 1934 – Jim Jeffords, American captain, lawyer, and politician (d. 2014)
  • 1934 – Jack Twyman, American basketball player (d. 2012)
  • 1935 – Francisco Umbral, Spanish journalist and author (d. 2007)
  • 1937 – Ildikó Újlaky-Rejtő, Hungarian Olympic and world champion foil fencer
  • 1938 – Narendra Patel, Baron Patel, Tanzanian-English obstetrician, academic, and politician
  • 1941 – Eric Burdon, English musician
  • 1941 – Ian Redpath, Australian cricketer and coach
  • 1943 – Nancy Greene, Canadian skier and politician
  • 1944 – John Benaud, Australian cricketer
  • 1948 – Jack Cantoni, French rugby player (d. 2013)
  • 1948 – Nirj Deva, Sri Lankan-English politician
  • 1950 – Jeremy Paxman, English journalist and author
  • 1950 – Sadashiv Amrapurkar, Indian actor (d. 2014)
  • 1951 – Ed Stelmach, Canadian farmer and politician, 13th Premier of Alberta
  • 1954 – John Gregory, English footballer and manager
  • 1955 – John DeStefano, Jr., American politician, 49th Mayor of New Haven
  • 1957 – Mike Nesbitt, Northern Irish journalist and politician
  • 1962 – Steve Bono, American football player
  • 1964 – Bobby Witt, American baseball player
  • 1964 – Floyd Youmans, American baseball player, coach, and manager
  • 1967 – Alberto García Aspe, Mexican footballer and manager
  • 1969 – Mitch Healey, Australian rugby league player and coach
  • 1969 – Simon Vroemen, Dutch runner
  • 1970 – Harold Ford, Jr., American lawyer and politician
  • 1970 – Jason Queally, English cyclist
  • 1972 – Tomáš Dvořák, Czech decathlete and coach
  • 1973 – Tsuyoshi Ogata, Japanese runner
  • 1974 – Darren Ward, English-Welsh footballer and coach
  • 1974 – Tony Warner, English born Trinidadian international footballer and coach
  • 1975 – Francisco Cordero, Dominican-American baseball player
  • 1976 – Kardinal Offishall, American rapper and record producer/executive
  • 1977 – Pablo Gabriel García, Uruguayan footballer
  • 1977 – Victor Matfield, South African rugby player, coach, and sportscaster
  • 1977 – Bobby Roode, Canadian professional wrestler
  • 1978 – Laetitia Casta, French model and actress
  • 1981 – JP Karliak, American actor, voice actor and comedian
  • 1982 – Cory Monteith, Canadian actor and singer (d. 2013)
  • 1983 – Matt Leinart, American football player
  • 1983 – Steven Sotloff, American-Israeli journalist (d. 2014)
  • 1983 – Holly Valance, Australian actress, singer and model
  • 1984 – Andrés Iniesta, Spanish footballer
  • 1986 – Abou Diaby, French footballer
  • 1986 – Miguel Veloso, Portuguese footballer
  • 1987 – Lim Seul-ong, South Korean singer and actor
  • 1987 – Monica Roșu, Romanian gymnast
  • 1988 – Jeremy Maclin, American football player
  • 1988 – Brad Marchand, Canadian ice hockey player
  • 1989 – Alyssa Brown, Canadian artistic gymnast
  • 1989 – Giovani dos Santos, Mexican international footballer
  • 1989 – Cam Newton, American football player
  • 1992 – Thibaut Courtois, Belgian footballer
  • 1992 – Pablo Sarabia, Spanish footballer
  • 1993 – Maurice Harkless, American-Puerto Rican basketball player
  • 1994 – Hagos Gebrhiwet, Ethiopian runner
  • 1995 – Gelson Martins, Portuguese footballer
  • 1999 – Sabrina Carpenter, American singer and actress
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Deaths

Pre-1600

  • 912 – Leo VI the Wise, Byzantine Emperor, the second ruler of the Macedonian dynasty (b.866).

1601–1900

  • 1610 – Matteo Ricci, Italian priest and mathematician (b. 1552)
  • 1778 – William Pitt, 1st Earl of Chatham, English soldier and politician, Prime Minister of the United Kingdom (b. 1708)
  • 1779 – John Hart, American lawyer and politician (b. 1711)
  • 1812 – Spencer Perceval, English lawyer and politician, Prime Minister of the United Kingdom (b. 1762)
  • 1848 – Tom Cribb, English boxer (b. 1781)
  • 1849 – Juliette Récamier, French businesswoman (b. 1777)
  • 1882 – Frederick Innes, Scottish-Australian politician, 9th Premier of Tasmania (b. 1816)
  • 1889 – John Cadbury, English businessman and philanthropist, founded the Cadbury Company (b. 1801)

1901–present

  • 1908 – Charles Kingston, Australian politician, 20th Premier of South Australia (b. 1850)
  • 1916 – Karl Schwarzschild, German astronomer and physicist (b. 1873)
  • 1918 – George Elmslie, Australian politician, 25th Premier of Victoria (b. 1861)
  • 1920 – James Colosimo, Italian-American mob boss (b. 1878)
  • 1920 – William Dean Howells, American novelist, literary critic, and playwright (b. 1837)
  • 1927 – Juan Gris, Spanish painter and sculptor (b. 1887)
  • 1929 – Jozef Murgaš, Slovak-American priest, architect, botanist, and painter (b. 1864)
  • 1938 – George Lyon, Canadian golfer and cricketer (b. 1858)
  • 1946 – Seán McCaughey Irish Republican, Hunger Striker
  • 1955 – Gilbert Jessop, English cricketer (b. 1874)
  • 1960 – John D. Rockefeller Jr., American businessman and philanthropist (b. 1874)
  • 1963 – Herbert Spencer Gasser, American physiologist and academic, Nobel Prize laureate (b. 1888)
  • 1967 – James E. Brewton, American painter (b. 1930)
  • 1979 – Lester Flatt, American singer-songwriter and guitarist (b. 1914)
  • 1981 – Odd Hassel, Norwegian chemist and academic, Nobel Prize laureate (b. 1897)
  • 1981 – Bob Marley, Jamaican singer-songwriter and guitarist (b. 1945)
  • 1983 – Zenna Henderson, American writer (b. 1917)
  • 1985 – Chester Gould, American cartoonist, created Dick Tracy (b. 1900)
  • 1986 – Fritz Pollard, American football player and coach (b. 1894)
  • 1988 – Kim Philby, British-Soviet double agent (b. 1912)
  • 1994 – Timothy Carey, American actor, director, and producer (b. 1928)
  • 2001 – Douglas Adams, English novelist and screenwriter (b. 1952)
  • 2002 – Renaude Lapointe, Canadian journalist and politician (b. 1912)
  • 2002 – Bill Peet, American animator and screenwriter (b. 1915)
  • 2003 – Noel Redding, English bass player (b. 1945)
  • 2005 – Léo Cadieux, Canadian politician, 17th Canadian Minister of National Defence (b. 1908)
  • 2006 – Floyd Patterson, American boxer and actor (b. 1935)
  • 2007 – Malietoa Tanumafili II, Samoan ruler (b. 1913)
  • 2008 – John Rutsey, Canadian drummer (b. 1953)
  • 2009 – Abel Goumba, Central African physician and politician, Prime Minister of the Central African Republic (b. 1926)
  • 2009 – Claudio Huepe, Chilean economist and politician, Chilean Minister Secretary-General of Government (b. 1939)
  • 2009 – Sardarilal Mathradas Nanda, Indian admiral (b. 1915)
  • 2010 – Doris Eaton Travis, American dancer and vaudevillian (b. 1904)
  • 2011 – Robert Traylor, American basketball player (b. 1977)
  • 2019 – Peggy Lipton, American actress, model, and singer (b. 1946)
  • 2020 – Jerry Stiller, American comedian, actor (b. 1927)
  • 2021 – Norman Lloyd, American actor, producer and director (b. 1914)
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Holidays and observances

  • Christian feast day:
    • Anthimus of Rome
    • Gangulphus of Burgundy
    • Majolus of Cluny
    • Mamertus, the first of the Ice Saints
  • National Technology Day (India)
  • Statehood Day (Minnesota)
  • Vietnam Human Rights Day
  • BBC: On This Day
  • The New York Times: On This Day
  • Historical Events on May 11
  • Today in Canadian History

May 11 National Days, the conclusion

Here, we strive to thoroughly research and report details of each one as accurately as possible.

This calendar for the national days of May (May 11 in particular) gives a quick look at the day of the month to find out what food, drink or topic May 11 day celebrates.

Every day of the month is like a new chapter in a book that you haven’t read before. Use this handy list to help plan for the month ahead for your favorite national day.

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