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Notable Historic Events

for the Month of May




May 21st

 Clara Barton

Clara Barton

1881...Clara Barton founds the American Red Cross.

1901...Connecticut passes the first speed-limit law. Motor vehicles are now limited to 12mph in the city, and 15 mph on country roads.

1927...Charles Lindbergh completes solo transatlantic flight and lands The Sprit of St. Louis  in Paris, France.


May 22nd

The Great Migration to the West: The Pioneers

The Great Migration and The Pioneers

1455..The beginning of the 30-yearWar of Roses between the House of York and the House of Lancaster.

1843...The "Great Migration" begins, as 1,000 settlers and cattle leave Independence, MO for a 2000- mile trip to the West. They reach Oregon in 5 months.

1972...President Nixon goes to Moscow for a summit with Brezhnev and other Soviet leaders.


May 23rd

Bonnie and Clyde

Bonnie and Clyde

1701...Captain Kidd Walks the plank for piracy and murder.

1934...The notorious outlaws Bonnie Parker and Clyde Barrow were shot to death in Louisiana.

1960...War criminal Adolf Eichmann is captured in Argentina and taken to Israel to stand trial. for his crimes against humanity and the Jewish people.


May 24th

John Hancock

John Hancock

1775...John Hancock is elected President of the 2nd Continental Congress.  He later became the first member of Congress to sign the Declaration of Independence, and did so with a large, clear signature that King George could not fail to read.

1844... Samuel Morse demonstrates the telegraph to Congress and receives funding for a Washington-to-Baltimore telegraph line.

1883...The Brooklyn Bridge, a Suspension Bridge connecting the cities  of New York and Brooklyn, opens for traffic.  It took 14 years to construct the bridge, and twenty-seven people lost their lives.


May 25th

The Gateway Arch

The Gateway Arch

1787...The Constitutional Convention begins, with George Washington presiding, to lay the foundation for the government of the United States.

1961...President Kennedy asks Congress to support the Space Program and work toward sending an American to the moon by the end of the decade.

1968...The 630 foot Gateway Arch in St. Louis is dedicated. 

1977...George Lucas' movie Star Wars premiers on Labor Day Weekend.  The movie goes on to win 7 Oscars.


May 26th

Czar Nicholas II

Czar Nicholas II

1896...Czar Nicholas II is crowned the ruler of Russia in Moscow.

1896...The Dow Jones Industrial Average is published.

1927...Ford Company ceases production of the Model T automobile, popularly known as the "Tin Lizzie."


May 27th

The Golden Gate Bridge

Golden Gate Bridge

1703...Peter the Great founds the city of Sts. Petersburg after winning access to the Baltic Sea in the Great Northern War.

1937...The Golden Gate Bridge connecting Marion County, CA with San Francisco opens with 200,000 bridge walkers.

1941...The German Battleship Bismarck was sunk in the Atlantic near France by the British Air and Naval Forces.


May 28th

Polo Grounds Stadium     

Polo Grounds Stadium

1902...The first serious Western book is published.   The Virginian, written by Owen Wistler, turning cowboys into legendary heroes.

1937...The German government forms a new automobile company named Volkswagenwerk or The People's Car Company.

1957..The New York Giants move to San Francisco and the Brooklyn Dodgers move  to Los Angeles by vote of the National League Owners.


May 29th

Edmund Hillary

1848...Wisconsin becomes the 30th state in the USA.

1953...Sir Edmund Hillary summits Mt. Everest, the tallest mountain in the world . Mt. Everest is located in Nepal and is 29,029 feet high. It is difficult summit because the air is very thin at the top.

1988...President Reagan goes to Moscow for summit talks with Gorbachev.

2003...Bob Hope celebrates his 100th birthday.


May 30th

Joan of Arc

Joan of Arc

1431...Joan of Arc is burned at the stake for heresy.

1922...Former President and Chief Justice of the US Supreme Court William H. Taft dedicates the Lincoln Memorial.

1911...The first Indianapolis 500 is held and won by Ray Harroun.

1971...The Mariner 9 sets off towards the planets Mars to gather scientific information.


May 31st

Benjamin Netanyahu

Benjamin Netanyahu

1859...Big Ben rings for the first time in Westminster, London.

1996...Benjamin Netanyahu is elected President of Israel.

2005...The secret source called "Deep Throat" during the Watergate Scandal if finally identified as W. Mark Felt, the assistant director of the FBI.


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