Christians around the world will celebrate the 400th anniversary of the King James Bible on May 2 (see "Royal treatment," April 23, 2011), considered by many the most influential book ever to be published in English. Anglican priests and academics completed the translation, commissioned by England's 17th-century king, over a period of seven years.
Elections in Canada
Canadian Prime Minister Stephen Harper's Conservative Party will not likely win an outright majority on May 2 in the nation's fifth election since 2000. And with the Liberal Party and the New Democratic Party vying for left-wing votes, polling suggests the Canadian Tories will likely hold onto enough seats in parliament to form a minority government.
Republican presidential hopefuls will square off for debates sponsored by FOX News and the South Carolina Republican Party on May 5 in Greenville, S.C. The debate may force yet-undeclared candidates like U.S. Rep. Michele Bachmann, R-Minn., off the fence.
Uncle Mo and Nehro will be there, and The Factor promises to be in the equation-but the 137th running of the Kentucky Derby does not seem to have a consensus favorite. The May 7 event at Churchill Downs is the opening race of the Triple Crown.
West Virginia in 1912 was the first U.S. state officially to recognize Mother's Day, and the federal government followed suit in 1914. This year Mother's Day falls on May 8.
Arab League summit?
Upset by Iraq's Shiite leaders who criticized Bahrain's Sunni government crackdown on protesters, Persian Gulf nations called for the cancellation of the Arab League summit set for May 10-11 in Baghdad-and succeeded in winning an indefinite postponement. "The general environment in the Arab world and the mood which is marred by tensions, vengeance, and human tragedies . . . does not allow for a productive meeting at this stage," said Arab League President Amr Moussa, who himself is stepping down to run for Egypt's presidency.