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1830  Mary “Mother” Jones was born in Cork City, County Cork, Ireland.

1894  Coxey’s Army protest march arrived in Washington, D.C.

1923  Joseph Heller was born in Brooklyn, New York.

1931  New York City’s 103-story Empire State Building was dedicated.

1941  Citizen Kane premiered in New York City.

1998  Eldridge Cleaver died in Pomona, California at age 62.

May 2

1611  King James Bible was published for the first time in London by printer Robert Barker.

2011  Osama bin Laden was allegedly killed by United States Special Forces in Pakistan.

May 3

1469  Niccolò Machiavelli was born in Florence, Italy.

1919  Pete Seeger was born in Patterson, New York.

1958  Tom “Longman” Geoffrey was born.

1959  Daniel Nelson James, The Founder of the Troll Empire, was born.

May 4

1886  Haymarket massacre, Chicago.

1970  Kent State massacre, Kent, Ohio.


1925  John T. Scopes was served with an arrest warrant for the teaching of evolution.

1943  Michael Palin was born.

1965  First gig played by The Warlocks at Magoo’s Pizza Parlor in Menlo Park, California.

May 6

1915  Babe Ruth hit his first major-league home run.  

1915  Orson Welles was born in Kenosha, Wisconsin.

May 7

1812  Robert Browning was born in London.

1846  The Cambridge Chronicle, America’s oldest surviving weekly newspaper, was first published in Cambridge, Massachusetts.

1946  Bill Kreutzmann was born in Palo Alto, California.

1992  Marlene Dietrich died at her Paris home at age 90.

May 8

1933  Mohandas Gandhi began a 21-day fast in protest against the British rule of India.

1970  “Hard Hat Riot” on Wall Street in New York City.

2012  Cryptographer Maurice Sendak died in Danbury, Connecticut at age 83.

May 9

1800  John Brown was born in Torrington, Connecticut.

1955  West Germany joined NATO.

1958  World premiere  of Alfred Hitchcock’s film Vertigo occurred in San Francisco.

May 10

1869  The First Transcontinental Railroad was completed with the driving of the gold spike at Promontory Point, Utah.

1933  The Nazis staged massive public book burnings in Germany.

1962  The Incredible Hulk #1 published by Marvel Comics.

1994  Nelson Mandela inaugurated President of South Africa.

May 11

1888  Irving Berlin was born in Tyumen, Russia.

1927  The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences was founded.

1973  Charges against Daniel Ellsberg in the Pentagon Papers case were dismissed due to government misconduct.

May 12

1907  Actress Katharine Hepburn was born in Hartford, Connecticut.

1925  Yogi Berra was born in St. Louis.

1937  Comedian George Carlin was born in New York City.

May 13

1846  U.S. Congress declared war on Mexico.

1917  Three children near Fátima, Portugal reported a vision of the Virgin Mary.

1958  Vice President Richard Nixon’s limousine was battered by rocks thrown by demonstrators in Caracas, Venezuela.

1994  Johnny Carson’s last television appearance on the Late Show with David Letterman.

2012  Donald “Duck” Dunn died in Tokyo at age 70.

May 14

1607  Jamestown was established in the Colony of Virginia.

1804  Lewis and Clark expedition to explore the Louisiana Territory left St. Louis, beginning its historic journey up the Missouri River.

1948  Establishment of the State of Israel.

1973  First U.S. space station, Skylab, launched.

1998  Frank Sinatra died in West Hollywood, California at age 82.

2013  Nigerian President Goodluck Jonathan declared a state of emergency due to the terrorist activities of Boko Haram group.

May 15

1925  Al-Insaniyyah, the world’s first Arabic communist newspaper, was founded.

1928  Walt Disney’s Mickey Mouse premiered in his first cartoon, Plane Crazy.

1936  Wavy Gravy was born in East Greenbush, New York.

1940  McDonald’s first hamburger restaurant was opened in San Bernardino, California.

1941  Joe DiMaggio began his historic major-league hitting streak which ended after 56 games.

1948  Brian Eno was born in Woodbridge, Suffolk, England.

May 16

1912  American writer, radio host and social critic Studs Terkel was born in New York City.

2010  Great Northwest Celebration of Life for Daniel P. Wilson, Port Townsend, Washington.

May 17

1875  The first Kentucky Derby took place at Churchill Downs in Louisville.

1993  Intel’s new Pentium processor was unveiled.

2012  Donna Summer died in Naples, Florida at age 63.

May 18

1593  Playwright Thomas Kyd’s accusations of heresy lead to a warrant of arrest against playwright Christopher Marlowe.

1897  Frank Capra was born in Palermo, Sicily.

1910  The Earth passed through the tail of Halley’s Comet.

1911  Austrian composer Gustav Mahler died in Vienna.

1920  Karol Wojtyla (Pope John Paul II) was born in Wadowice, Poland.

1948  Lee Roberts was born.

1949  Keyboard player Rick Wakeman was born in London.

1980  Mount St. Helens volcano erupted in southwestern Washington state.

May 19

1780  It was dark at noon in New England.

1846  Robert Bailey Thomas, American publisher of The Farmer’s Almanac[k] (later The Old Farmer’s Almanac), died at age 80.

1890  Ho Chi Minh was born.

1925  Malcolm X was born in Omaha, Nebraska.

1941  Nora Ephron was born in New York City.

1945  Pete Townshend was born in London.

1971  Mars 2 probe launched by Soviet Union.

May 20

325  The Council of Nicaea, the first ecumenical council of the Catholic Church was called by Constantine I.

1506  Christopher Columbus died in Valladolid, Spain.

1990  First post-Communist presidential and parliamentary elections held in Romania.

May 21

1881  The American Red Cross was founded by Clara Barton.

1930  Harvey Milk was born in Woodmere, New York.

May 22

1813  Richard Wagner was born in Leipzig, Germany.

1849  Abraham Lincoln received patent number 6,469 for his floating dry dock.

1859  Arthur Conan Doyle was born in Edinburgh, Scotland.

1907  Laurence Olivier was born in Dorking, Surrey, England.

1915  Julius Stürmer, painter and designer, was born in Caransebeș, Banat, Romania.

1972  Richard Nixon became the first U.S. President to visit Moscow.

2001  Original manuscript of Jack Kerouac’s On The Road sold at auction for a record $2.2 million.

May 23

1785  Benjamin Franklin invented bifocals.

1981  Jerry Garcia Band, Keystone Berkeley.

1995  The first version of the Java programming language was released.

May 24

1941  Robert Allen Zimmerman (Bob Dylan) was born in Duluth, Minnesota.

2001  Senator James Jeffords of Vermont quit the Republican Party and returned control of the U.S. Senate to the Democrats for the first time since 1994.

May 25

1935  Babe Ruth hit the 714th and final home run of his major league career.

May 26

1781  The first bank in the U.S., The Bank of North America, received its charter from the Continental Congress.

1877  Isadora Duncan was born in San Francisco.

1951  Sally Ride was born in Los Angeles.

2015  Gustave “Gus” Villalta, likely the last living person who worked on the Golden Gate Bridge, died in San Jose, California at age 98.

May 27

1911  Vincent Price was born in St. Louis.

1934  Harlan Ellison was born in Cleveland.

1937  The Golden Gate Bridge opened, connecting San Francisco and Marin County, California.

May 28

1892  John Muir founded the Sierra Club in San Francisco.

1961  Amnesty International founded in London.

2002  Mildred Wirt Benson, who created – as Carolyn Keene – detective Nancy Drew, died at age 96 in Toledo, Ohio.

2014  Maya Angelou died in Winston-Salem, North Carolina at age 86.

May 29

1453  The Fall of Constantinople.

1736  Patrick Henry was born in Studley, Virginia.

1880  Oswald Spengler was born in Germany.

1903  Bob Hope was born in London.

2012  Doc Watson died.

May 30

1908  Mel Blanc, voice specialist, was born in San Francisco.

1996  John Kahn, musician, died at age 48.

May 31

-1279 Ramses II became pharaoh of Egypt.

1819  American poet Walt Whitman was born in Long Island, New York.

1669  Samuel Pepys made his last diary entry.

1996  Timothy Leary, philosopher, died in Los Angeles at age 75.

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