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Notable Historic Events
for the Month of May
The Dust Bowl
prime minister of
assassinated in the Lobby of the House of Commons.
1934...The misery of the
Great Depression increases when dust storms hit the Great Plains and travel all
the way to the Eastern
The Midwest has been struggling with parched land and failing
crops. When the
fail, the ground is left bare and exposed. Then the soil, stripped of its
protective layer, is swept into the wind by dust storms. In 1934
the most severe storm yet barrels through the Midwest and travels all the way to
Ocean. As a result of the dust storms,
President Roosevelt (FDR) improves
farming methods with
rotation and grass-seeding. While this brings some
relief, things didnít really turn until it begins to
rain again and the drought is over.
1858...Minnesota becomes the 23rd state in the
States of America.
1932...The body of the Lindbergh baby is found, more than two months after he was
kidnapped from his home in Hopewell,
George VI is
crowned at Westminster Abby.
2000...NASCAR driver Adam Petty crashes into a wall during a practice run and is
President James K.
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
declares war on
The dispute over
Texas finally propels
President Polk to declare war, and
Congress affirms that decision. The
have been at odds
over border disputes for months. In 1845
is admitted into the
are still boundary issues with
troops clash the
United States declares war on
Mexico. The two countries fight for two years.
President Polk quietly offers
dollars for disputed land. The
war ends in 1948.
acquires its preferred southern border (The Rio Grande)
Union acquires the territory of
1981...Pope John Paul II is shot in St. Peter's Square by a
Meriwether Lewis and William Clark
1796...Edward Jenner, a country
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
United States hosts the
Olympics for the first time, in St. Louis,
Governor George Wallace
1756...Seven Years War, also called the French and Indian War,
1942...Seventeen of the
United States begin
1972... The governor of
Alabama, George Wallace, is shot.
He will be permanently paralyzed.
1717...Voltaire goes to
in the Bastille in Paris, France.
President Andrew Johnson on the charge of high crimes and misdemeanors.
1929...The first Academy Awards Ceremony
is held in Hollywood,
1875...The first Kentucky Derby is held at Church Downs in
1948...The Jewish state of Israel is created.
Supreme Court rules that
school segregation is
illegal in Brown vs. Board of Education.
Senate begins hearings on the Watergate Scandal.
The public watches from their
Mt. Saint Helens
Ulysses S. Grant surrounds Vicksburg, the last Confederate stronghold on the
Mississippi. The battle becomes one of the most successful campaigns of the war.
1980...Mount St. Helens erupts. Mount St. Helens is
State. The eruption of the mountain kills 57 people and removes 1,700 feet from the top of the
mountain. The resulting landslide barrels down the
river at 100 mph,
devastating everything in its path.
2004...Randy Johnson, at age 40, throws a perfect
1536...Ann Boleyn, the 2nd wife of
King Henry VIII, is executed.
1588...The Spanish Armada sets sail to secure the
Channel and to conquer
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
1873...Levi Strauss and Jacob Davis receive a patent for work pants. The pants
with metal rivets for strength. These pants lead to
blue jeans, or
Lindbergh, flying The Sprit of St. Louis, sets off on his solo,
nonstop transatlantic flight from Roosevelt Field,
New York, to Paris.
1995...The road in front of the
is closed to traffic for security