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Notable Historic Events

for the Month of May




 May 1st

Empire State Building

1931...The Empire State Building is dedicated.

1960...The U-2 spy plane with Francis Gary Powers is shot down over the Soviet Union.

1963...James Whittaker, of Washington State, becomes the first American to summit Mt. Everest.


 May 2nd

Lou Gehrig

Lou Gehrig

1939...Lou Gehrig ends his streak of consecutive baseball games played over 13 years, ending at the number 2,130.

1997...Tony Blair becomes prime minister of Great Britain.

2011...Osama bin Laden is killed by US Navy Seals.



  May 3rd

Margaret Thatcher

Margaret Thatcher

1979...Margaret Thatcher becomes the first female prime minister of Great Britain.

1951...General Douglas MacArthur's dismissal is the subject of Congressional hearings.


 May 4th

Kent State University Riot

Kent State University Riot

1776...Rhode Island becomes the first American colony to renounce its allegiance to King George III.

1886...A peaceful labor strike turns into a riot in Haymarket, Chicago and six  policemen are killed.

1970...The National Guard is called in to deal with rioting students at Kent State University.  Four students are killed.


 May 5th

Alan Shepard Jr.

Alan Shepard J.

1921...Napoleon Bonaparte dies in exile on the Island of St. Helena in the southern Atlantic Ocean.

1961...Alan Shepard becomes the first American to travel into space.

1904...Cy Young, pitching for the Boston Red Sox,  pitches a perfect game.


 May 6th

The Hindenburg

The Hindenburg

1937...The Hindenburg, a German dirigible, burst into flames while landing at Lakehurst, New Jersey.  Thirty-six passengers and crew members were killed while spectators on the ground watched in horror.

1954...Roger Bannister breaks the four-minute mile on a track in Oxford, England.

1994...The Tunnel under the English Channel opens.


 May 7

The Lusitania

The Lusitania

1915...The Lusitania is torpedoed by a German submarine off the coast of Ireland. Almost 1200 people drowned, including 128 Americans.

1969...Brezhnev becomes president of the USSR.


 May 8th

Beatles Album " Let It Be"

Beatles release Album  "Let It Be"

1945...The United States and Britain celebrate V-E Day.  The Germans surrender unconditionally and the 6-year war in Europe is over.

1970...The last album by the Beatles, "Let It Be" is released shortly after their breakup.


 May 9th

Buffalo Bill

1887...Buffalo Bill's Wild West Show opens in London.

1914...President Woodrow Wilson issues a presidential proclamation to establish  Mother's Day, to be celebrated on the second Sunday of May.

1950...Dianetics: The Modern Science of Mental Health  is publish by L Ron Hubbard, which leads to the birth of scientology.

1955...West Germany joins NATO.


 May 10th

Winstron Churchill

Winston Churchill

1869...The Transcontinental Railroad is completed as the Union Pacific and the Central Pacific lines meet in Promontory, Utah.

1949...Winston Churchill becomes prime minister of Britain.

1994...Nelson Mandela is sworn in as President of South Africa.






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