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Month In History May 1st to 31st
1982 World’s Fair opens in Knoxville, Tennessee
1952 The worlds first commercial Jet Airliner a De Havilland Comet from London for Johannesburg
1979 Margaret Thatcher Becomes British Prime Minister
1970 National Guards fired on protesters at Kent State University and 4 were killed and a further 10 were injured.
1925 John Thomas Scopes a teacher from Dayton, Tennessee is arrested for violating Tennessee's Butler Act
1937 The German airship Hindenburg the largest dirigible ever built burst into flames
1945 Germany signs unconditional surrender at Rheims in France bringing to an end six years of war in Europe.
1988 Murder Via Cyanide in Excedrin Capsules
1960 The Food and Drug Administration approved the first pill for contraceptive use in Birth Control
1994 South Africa's newly elected parliament chose an Unopposed Nelson Mandela to be the country's first black president.
1934 A huge dust storm is spotted moving from the Midwest. The dust storm was 1,500 miles long, 900 miles across and two miles high
1954 Bill Haley and the Comets, record "Rock Around the Clock"
1937 King George VI was crowned at Westminster Abbey.
1985 Philadelphia Police Department drop a bomb containing C-4 and Tovex from a helicopter onto MOVE's residence part of a row of tenements on Osage Avenue
1948 The independent state of Israel is proclaimed as British rule in Palestine came to an end.
1929 The First ever Academy Awards of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Awards were handed out at a banquet held at the Hollywood Roosevelt Hotel.
1954 The United States Supreme Court ruled unanimously in Brown v. Board of Education , ruling that racial segregation in public educational facilities is unconstitutional.
1980 Mount St. Helens located in the Cascade Range erupted and blasted 1,300 ft off it's top that sent hot mud, gas and ashes running down it's slopes
1962 Marilyn Monroe performed a rendition of "Happy Birthday" for President John F. Kennedy for his forty-fifth birthday during a fund-raiser at New York's Madison Square Garden.
1927 Charles Lindbergh who many called the "flying fool" sets off from Roosevelt Field in Long Island, NY, flying the "Spirit of St. Louis" on an epic flight from New York to Paris. He completed the 33-hour, 30-minute flight and landed at Le Bourget Airport, Paris on the evening of 21 May.
2010 Scientists in the United States successfully created artificial life by creating the first live cell to be controlled by synthetic DNA.
1989 Students occupied Tiananmen Square in Beijing
1934 Bank robbers Bonnie Parker and Clyde Barrow gunned down with over 100 rounds of ammunition by police in Black Lake, Louisiana.
1976 Air France from Paris and British Airways from London simultaneously began Concorde service to Dulles Airport, Washington cutting the travel time from 7 hours to 3 1/2 hours.
1961 President Kennedy has asked Congress for $531 million to help the US put a man on the moon before the end of the decade . On July 21st 1969 , Neil Armstrong became the first man to set foot on the Moon.
1940 The Dunkirk evacuation begins "Operation Dynamo" was launched for the evacuation of British, French and Belgian soldiers from the beaches of Dunkirk in northern France
1937 Golden Gate Bridge connecting San Francisco and Marin County, California is opened to pedestrian traffic and more than 200,000 pedestrians walked across on opening day.
1977 Beverly Hills Supper Club fire
1953 Edmund Hillary of New Zealand and Tenzing Norgay of Nepal become the first explorers to reach the top of Mount Everest
1937 The Memorial Day Massacre takes place when Ten union demonstrators are killed and 84 are wounded when police opened fire in front of the South Chicago Republic Steel plant.
1977 The almost 800 miles long Trans Alaska Oil Pipeline is completed
Federal Old Age Pensions started, 1942
United Nations established, 1929
Influenza Epidemic death toll over 200,000, 1914
Henry Ford introduces $5.00 per day wages, 2007
Apple introduces the Apple iPhone, 1952
"Today" Program Begins on NBC, 1966
Indira Gandhi becomes prime minister of India, 1920
Prohibition takes effect, 2008
Black Monday in worldwide stock markets, 1935
First Canned Beer Sold, 1926 John Logie Baird first public demonstration of a television system
, 1951 Nevada Nuclear Test begin In Nevada1986
The space shuttle Challenger explodes, 1969
The Beatles make their last public performance
Sears Roebuck opens its first store, 1949
First 45 RPM vinyl record released, 1959
Barbie Doll invented by Ruth Handler, 2004 Facebook is founded by Mark Zuckerberg
Boy Scouts of America incorporated, 1952
Queen Elizabeth II becomes Queen, 1990
Nelson Mandela is released from prison after 27 years, 1929
St. Valentine's Day Massacre, 1879
1st Woolworth 5 Cents store opened, 1991
Gulf War Ends
Hoover Dam (Boulder Dam) is completed, 1965
"The Sound of Music" starring Julie Andrews and Christopher Plummer has its world premiere in New York, 1933
Franklin D. Roosevelt inaugurated as the 32nd president of the United States, 1876 Alexander Graham Bell receives a patent for his revolutionary new invention the telephone
Work on the 800 mile long Alaska Oil pipeline begins, 1931
Nevada Legalizes Gambling, 1995
Sarin gas terrorist attack on the Japanese Subway, 1981 Prince Charles and Diana Wedding, 1963
The Beatles' first album "Please Please Me" is released in England, 1973
Pink Floyd release the album "Dark Side of the Moon," 1980
Mount St. Helen's Erupts 1961 U.S. President John F. Kennedy establishes the Peace Corps
Pope John Paul II Dies, 2010
Apple Releases iPad, 1968
Martin Luther King Jr. murdered, 1865
Robert E. Lee surrenders, 1954
Bill Haley and the Comets record "Rock Around the Clock," 1999
Columbine High School Shooting, 2010
Deepwater Horizon explodes in the Gulf of Mexico, 1989 Student Protest Tiananmen Square
The Coca-Cola Company announced New Coke, 1956
Elvis Presley has his first number one hit with "Heartbreak Hotel," 1994
Nelson Mandela voted as President of South Africa
1931 The Empire State Building in New York officially opens, 1979 Margaret Thatcher becomes British Prime Minister
The German airship Hindenburg (the largest dirigible ever built) burst into flames, 1945
VE Day/Victory In Europe Declared, 1948
The independent state of Israel is proclaimed as British rule in Palestine came to an end, 1954
The United States Supreme Court ruled unanimously in Brown v. Board of Education, 1977
First of the Star Wars films opens, 1911
The first ever running of the Indianapolis 500
Superman appears for the first time in D.C. Comics, 1967
Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band released by the Beatles, 1989
Tiananmen Square Protests end when Chinese troops kill hundreds, 1944 World War II Operation Overlord/D-Day
O.J. Simpson police car chase following the murder of his wife Nicole Brown Simpson, 1982
The Falkland Islands War ends, 1975
The summer blockbuster movie "Jaws" is released, 1944
President Franklin D. Roosevelt signs the GI Bill, 1959
The St. Lawrence Seaway has its official opening, 1997
First Harry Potter book "Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone" released in the UK
United States Declaration of Independence signed, 1996
The first cloning of an animal Dolly the Sheep, 1985
The Greenpeace ship Rainbow Warrior is sunk, 2008
Oil hits an all time high of $147 a barrel, 1954
"Operation Wetback" is launched by the United States Immigration and Naturalization Service, 1923
Insulin introduced, 1969 Apollo 11 astronauts make history when the first man lands on the moon
Suez Crisis begins 1971 Voting Age in the United States is lowered to 18
Iraq Invades Kuwait, 1914
Germany and France declare war, 1989
The US Savings and Loan Crisis, 1974 Richard Nixon announces his resignation
Atomic Bomb dropped on Nagasaki, 1945
Truman announces Japanese surrender, 1981
IBM releases its first Personal Computer, 1914
Panama Canal opens, 1969
Woodstock Music Festival, 1968
Prague Spring in Czechoslovakia, 2005
Hurricane Katrina strikes New Orleans
1939 Britain and France declare war on Germany
Elvis Presley appears on Ed Sullivan's show, 2001
9/11 Attacks on World Trade Center and Pentagon, 1975
Inflation hits 26% in the UK, 1960
Chubby Checker has a number 1 record with The Twist, 1937
J.R.R. Tolkien's "The Hobbit" published, 1908
First factory-built Ford Model T completed, 1981
Sandra Day O'Connor becomes first female U.S. Supreme Court justice in history
Work begins on Mount Rushmore, 1947
US minimum wage of 40 cents per hour, 1973 Sydney Opera House opens
Aberfan Disaster, 1929
Wall Street crash (Black Monday)
Seabiscuit race against War Admiral at Pimlico, 1969
Public Broadcasting Service (PBS) established, 1979
U.S. embassy in Tehran 90 hostages taken, 1960
Senator John F. Kennedy wins the election for the president of the United States, 1989
Berlin Wall comes down allowing East and West Berlin to visit, 1926
U.S. Route 66 established, 1990 Sir Tim Berners-Lee formal proposal for the World Wide Web
Channel Tunnel links UK to Europe, 1984 Bhopal Chemical Accident
First Burger King is opened in Miami, 1941 US enters World War II, 1939
Gone With The Wind premieres, 1983
Harrods Department Store bombing, 1997
The film "Titanic" opened in American theaters, 2004
A tsunami caused by an earthquake under the Indian Ocean leaves 216,000 dead in 13 countries