May 12 | Facts

May 12 | Facts

1870 Manitoba became a province of Canada. 1932 The body of Charles and Anne Lindbergh’s kidnapped baby was found. 1937 Britain’s King George VI was crowned at Westminster Abbey in London. 1943 Axis forces in North Africa surrendered. 1949 The Soviet blockade that prompted the Berlin airlift was ended. 1970 Mr. Cub, Ernie Banks, swatted his 500th home run. 2002 Former president Jimmy Carter became […]

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May 11 | Facts

May 11 | Facts

1858 Minnesota became the 32nd state in the United States. 1894 The Pullman Strike began. 1949 Siam changed its name to Thailand. 1960 Israeli agents captured Nazi Adolf Eichmann in Argentina. 1973 Charges against Daniel Ellsberg for his role in the Pentagon Papers case were dismissed. 1981 Reggae performer Bob Marley died of cancer in Miami at the age of 36. 1997 IBM’s supercomputer, Deep […]

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May 10 | Facts

May 10 | Facts

1775 Ethan Allen and his Green Mountain Boys captured Fort Ticonderoga from the British. 1863 Confederate General Stonewall Jackson died after being accidentally shot by his own troops. 1869 The United States’ first transcontinental railroad was completed with a ceremony in Promontory Summit, Utah. 1924 J. Edgar Hoover became director of the FBI. 1940 Winston Churchill succeeded Neville Chamberlain as British prime minister. 1994 Nelson […]

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May 9 | Facts

May 9 | Facts

1914 Mother’s Day became a public holiday. 1926 Explorers Richard E. Byrd and Floyd Bennett flew over the North Pole. 1936 Fascist Italy annexed Ethiopia. 1962 The Beatles signed their first recording contract and hired George Martin to be their producer. 1978 The body of slain former Italian prime minister Aldo Moro was found in an automobile in Rome. 1984 It took the Chicago White […]

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May 8 | Facts

May 8 | Facts

1794 Antoine Laurent Lavoisier, the father of modern chemistry, was guillotined during the Reign of Terror. 1877 The first Westminister Dog Show was held. 1902 Mount Pelee on Martinique erupted, destroying the town of St. Pierre, and killing 40,000 people. 1945 V-E Day marks the European victory of the Allies in World War II. 1973 The 10-week Wounded Knee occupation ended when members of the […]

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May 7 | Facts

May 7 | Facts

1824 Beethoven’s 9th Symphony premiered in Vienna. 1847 The American Medical Association was organized in Philadelphia, Pa. 1915 The British ocean liner Lusitania was sunk by a German submarine in World War I off the coast of Ireland. 1945 Germany unconditionally surrendered to the allies in Rheims, France. 1954 The 56-day-long battle of Dienbienphu ended with Ho Chi Minh’s forces defeating the French, signaling the […]

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May 6 | Facts

May 6 | Facts

1882 Congress passed the Chinese Exclusion Act over President Chester A. Arthur’s veto. 1889 The Universal Exposition opened in Paris, marking the completion and dedication of the Eiffel Tower. 1937 The German airship Hindenburg blew up and burst into flames at Lakehurst, N.J. 1941 Dictator Joseph Stalin became the premier of Russia. 1954 British athlete Roger Bannister became the first person to run a mile […]

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May 5 | Facts

May 5 | Facts

1809 Mary Kies of South Killingly, Conn., became the first woman to be granted a patent. The patent was for the rights to a technique for weaving straw with silk and thread. 1821 Napoleon Bonaparte died on the island of St. Helena. 1891 Carnegie Hall (then known as Music Hall) opened in New York City. Peter Tchaikovsky was the guest conductor. 1925 John Scopes was […]

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May 4 | Facts

May 4 | Facts

1626 Peter Minuit landed in Manhattan, which he later bought for $24 worth of cloth and brass buttons. 1886 The Haymarket Square riot broke out as a result of a labor demonstration. 1932 Public Enemy Number One, Al Capone, was jailed for tax evasion. 1959 The first Grammy Awards were held. 1961 Civil rights activists, called “freedom riders,” left Washington, DC for New Orleans. 1970 […]

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May 3 | Facts

May 3 | Facts

1937 Margaret Mitchell won the Pulitzer Prize in fiction for Gone With the Wind. 1948 The Shelley v. Kraemer Supreme Court decision stated that it is unconstitutional for a court to enforce a restrictive covenant which prevents people of a certain race from owning or occupying property. 1979 Margaret Thatcher became the first woman elected prime minister of England. 1986 At the age of 54, […]

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