Category: History Today

May 23, 1900: Sergeant William Harvey Carney receives Medal of Honor

May 21, 1881: Clara Barton founds the American Red Cross

May 22, 1859: Sir Arthur Conan Doyle is born

May 20, 1873: Levi Strauss and Jacob Davis acquire blue jeans patent

May 19, 1965: Pete Townshend spends 20th birthday writing “My Generation”

May 18, 1860: Abraham Lincoln nominated for president

May 16, 1929: First Academy Awards presentation and banquet held in Hollywood

May 15, 1963: Faith 7 launches into space

May 14, 1804: Lewis and Clark depart to discover the Louisiana territory

May 13, 1607: English colonists arrive in Jamestown

May 12, 1970: Chicago Cubs legend Ernie Banks hits his 500th home run

May 11, 1981: Bob Marley dies at the age of 36

May 10, 1869: Transcontinental railroad completed

March 9, 1960: The FDA approves the first commercial birth control pill

May 8, 1541: Hernando de Soto crosses the Mississippi River

May 7, 1994: “The Scream” by Edvard Munch recovered after art theft

May 6, 1954: Roger Bannister runs first ever four-minute mile

May 5, 1904: Cy Young throws the first perfect game in modern MLB history

May 4, 1956: Gene Vincent and his Blue Caps record “Be-Bop-A-Lula”

May 3, 1940: FDR invites thousands of democratic women to the White House

May 2, 1933: The Loch Ness Monster is spotted for the first time

May 1, 1963: First American summits Mt. Everest

April 30, 1993: CERN scientist Tim Berners-Lee declares the World Wide Web public domain

April 29, 1945: US Army liberates thousands from Dachau Nazi concentration camp

April 28, 1937: First transpacific passenger flight touches down in Hong Kong

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