May 22 | Facts

May 22 | Facts

1455 The first battle in the 30-year War of Roses took place at St. Albans. 1761 The first life insurance policy in the United States was issued in Philadelphia. 1849 Abraham Lincoln received patent number 6469 for his floating dry dock. 1927 An earthquake near Xining, China, measuring 8.3 claimed approximately 200,000 victims. 1947 Harry S. Truman’s Doctrine brought aid to Greece and Turkey to […]

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May 21 | Facts

May 21 | Facts

1542 Spanish explorer Hernando De Soto died while searching for gold on the banks of the Mississippi River. 1881 Clara Barton founded what became the American Red Cross. 1927 Charles Lindbergh became the first person to fly across the Atlantic (from New York to Paris) in his monoplane, The Spirit of St. Louis. 1932 Amelia Earhart became the first woman to fly solo across the […]

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May 20 | Facts

May 20 | Facts

1506 Christopher Columbus died in Spain. 1861 North Carolina voted to secede from the Union. 1927 Charles Lindbergh began the first solo nonstop transatlantic flight, departing from Long Island aboard the Spirit of Saint Louis. 1932 Amelia Earhart took off from Newfoundland to become the first woman to fly solo across the Atlantic. 1961 A mob attacked a busload of “freedom riders” in Montgomery, Ala., […]

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May 19 | Facts

May 19 | Facts

1536 Anne Boleyn, the second wife of King Henry VIII, was beheaded. 1588 The 130-ship-strong Spanish Armada set sail for England; it was defeated in August. 1643 The colonies of Massachusetts Bay, Plymouth, Connecticut, and New Harbor met to form the New England Confederation. 1921 Congress passed the Emergency Quota Act, establishing national quotas for immigrants. 1928 The first annual Calaveras County “Frog Jumping Jubilee” […]

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May 18 | Facts

May 18 | Facts

1642 The city of Montreal was founded by the French. 1804 Napoleon Bonaparte was proclaimed Emperor of France by the French Senate. 1896 The Supreme Court affirmed racial segregation in Plessy v. Ferguson as “separate but equal.” 1920 Pope John Paul II was born near Krakow, Poland. 1953 Jacqueline Cochran became the first woman to fly faster than the speed of sound. 1974 India became […]

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May 17 | Facts

May 17 | Facts

1792 The New York Stock Exchange was established when a group of 24 brokers and merchants met by a tree on what is now Wall Street and signed the Buttonwood Agreement. 1875 The first Kentucky Derby was held at Churchill Downs, in Louisville, Kentucky. 1938 NBC aired the Information Please quiz show on the radio for the first time. 1954 The Supreme Court ruled unanimously […]

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May 16 | Facts

May 16 | Facts

1770 Marie Antoinette married the future King Louis XVI of France. 1868 The first ballot on one of 11 articles of impeachment in the U.S. Senate failed to convict President Andrew Johnson. 1929 The first Academy Awards were given on this night. The term, Oscars, was not used to describe the statuettes given to actors and actresses until 1931. 1946 The Irving Berlin musical, Annie […]

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May 15 | Facts

May 15 | Facts

1862 The U.S. Department of Agriculture was created by an act of Congress on this day. 1911 The Standard Oil Company, headed by John D. Rockefeller, was ordered dissolved by the Supreme Court, under the Sherman Antitrust Act. 1918 The first air mail route in the U.S. was established between New York and Washington, DC, with a stop at Philadelphia. 1930 On a Boeing Air […]

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May 14 | Facts

May 14 | Facts

1796 Edward Jenner administered the first smallpox vaccine to 8-year-old James Phipps. 1804 The Lewis and Clark expedition set out from St. Louis. 1904 The Olympic Games were held in the United States for the first time, in St. Louis, Missouri. 1948 British rule in Palestine came to an end as The Jewish National Council proclaimed the State of Israel. Within hours, Israel was under […]

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May 13 | Facts

May 13 | Facts

1568 Mary Queen of Scots was defeated at the Battle of Langside and immediately fled to North England. 1846 The United States formally declared war on Mexico after several days of fighting. 1938 Louis Armstrong and his orchestra recorded the New Orleans’s jazz classic, When the Saints Go Marching In, on Decca Records. 1940 Winston Churchill gave his first speech as prime minister: “I have […]

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