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May


 "Did You Know..."

 

Notable Historic Events

for the Month of May

  

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 May 1st

Empire State Building

1931...The Empire State Building is dedicated.

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

1963...James Whittaker becomes the first American to summit Mt. Everest. He is from Washington State.

 

 May 2nd

Lou Gehrig

Lou Gehrig

1939...Lou Gehrig ends his streak of consecutive baseball games played over thirteen years.  He has played 2,130 games.

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...Congressional hearings are held to discuss the dismissal of General Douglas MacArthur.

 

 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 Square in  Chicago, Illinois. 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 are killed while spectators on the ground watch 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 1,200 people drown, 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. It is to be celebrated each year on the second Sunday of May.

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

1955...West Germany joins NATO.

 

 May 10th

Winstron Churchill

Winston Churchill

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

1940...Winston Churchill becomes prime minister of Britain.

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

 

 

 

 

 
 

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