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Notable Historic Events

for the Month of May




May 11th

 The Midwest Dust Bowl

The Dust Bowl

1818...Spencer Perceval, prime minister of Britain, is assassinated in the Lobby of the House of Commons.

1934...A massive dust storm sweeps across the Great Plains and into the Eastern States.

1958...Minnesota becomes the  23rd state in the USA.


May 12th

Charles Lindberg

Charles Lindbergh

1932...Body of the Lindbergh baby is found, more than two months after he was kidnapped from his home in Hopewell, New Jersey.

1937...King George VI was crowned at Westminster Abby.

2000...NASCAR driver Adam Petty crashes into a wall during a practice run and is killed.


May 13th

President James K. Polk

President James K. Polk

1569...The forces of Mary Queen of Scots are defeated by Scottish Protestants led by Stuart.  Stuart is the regent of her son King Charles VI of Scotland.  Mary flees and takes refuge in England.

1846...President Polk declares war on Mexico.

1981...Pope John Paul II is shot in St. Peter's Square by a Turkish terrorist.


May 14

Lewis and Clark

Meriwether Lewis and William Clark

1796...Edward Jenner, a country doctor in England, administers the first test of his smallpox vaccine.

1804...Lewis and Clark depart on their expedition to explore the Northwest from the Mississippi River to the Pacific Ocean.

1904...The United States hosts the Olympics for the first time, in St. Louis, Missouri.


May 15th

Governor George Wallace

Governor George Wallace

1756...The beginning of the Seven Years War or the French and Indian War in America.

1942...Seventeen US States begin gas rationing.

1972... Governor of Alabama, George Wallace,  is shot.  He is permanently paralyzed.


May 16th



1717...Voltaire goes to prison in the Bastille.

1868...The Senate votes against impeaching President Andrew Johnson on the charge of "high crimes and misdemeanors."

1929...The first Academy Awards Ceremony is held in Hollywood, CA.


May 17th

Kentucky Derby

Kentucky Derby

1875...The first Kentucky Derby is held at Church Downs, Louisville, KY.

1948...The Jewish state of Israel is created.

1954...The Supreme Court rules that school segregation is illegal in Brown vs. Board of Education.

1973...The Senate begins hearings on the Watergate Scandal and the public watches from their television sets. 


May 18th

Mt. St. Helens 

Mt. Saint Helens

1864...Union General Ulysses S. Grant surrounds Vicksburg, the last Confederate stronghold on the Mississippi, in what becomes one of the most successful campaigns of the war.

1980...Mt Saint Helens in WA state erupts, killing 57 people and removing 1,700 feet from the top of the mountain. The resulting landslide barrels down the river at 100 mph, devastating everything in it's path.

2004,,,Randy Johnson, at age 40, throws a perfect game.


May 19th

Marilyn Monroe

Marilyn Monroe

1536...Ann Boleyn, the 2nd wife of King Henry VIII, is executed.

1588...The Spanish Armada sets sail to secure the English Channel and to conquer England.

1962...Marilyn Monroe performs a "memorable" version of the Happy Birthday song to President John Kennedy on his 45th birthday at New York's Madison Square Garden.


May 20th

Charles Lindbergh

Charles Lindbergh

1873...Levi Strauss and Jacob Davis receive a patent for work pants reinforced with metal rivets, which leads to blue jeans, or "Levis."

1927...Charles Lindbergh, flying The Sprit of St. Louis, sets of on his solo, nonstop transatlantic flight from Roosevelt Field, New York to Paris.

1995...The road in front of the White House is closed to traffic for security reasons.





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