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May 1 is Law Day, begun in 1958. "A national day set aside to
celebrate the rule of law. Law Day underscores how law and the legal
process have contributed to the freedoms that all Americans share."
526 (Earthquake) Antioch, Byzantine Empire (Turkey)
1707 - The Act of Union joined the Kingdom of England and Kingdom
of Scotland to form the Kingdom of Great Britain.
1759 - Josiah Wedgwood founded the Wedgwood pottery company in Great
1849 - The telegraph register was patented (#6,420) by Samuel F. B.Morse.
1851 -The Great Exhibition of the Works of Industry of All Nations
opened in Hyde Park, London, England.
1888 - Nikola Tesla was issued several patents (#381,968, #381,969,
#381,970; #382,279, #381,980, #381,981, #381,982) relating to the
induction magnetic motor, alternating current (AC) sychronous motor,
AC transmission and electricity distribution.
1899 - Bayer introduced aspirin in powder form, in Germany. The pill
came about in 1915.
1931 - The Empire State Building in New York City was dedicated by
President Hoover from the White House in Washington DC.
1951 - Great Exhibition opened in the Crystal Palace in London with
over 10,000 exhibitors.
1958 - The discovery of the Van Allen radiation belts that surround
Earth by James Van allen was published in the Washington Evening
1941 - Citizen Kane debuted at the RKO Palace Theater in New
1960 - American U-2 spy plane shot down over the Soviet Union.
1964 - The BASIC computer program was used for the first time at Dartmouth
University by John G. Kemeny and Thomas E. Kurtz. The name is an acronym
for 'Beginner's All-purpose Symbolic Instruction Code'.
1982 - The 1982 World's Fair opened in Knoxville, Tennessee.
1983 - V miniseries began broadcasting on NBC.
1989 - Disney/MGM Studios opened at Walt Disney World near
Orlando, Florida, United States.
1999 - Spongebob SquarePants premiered on Nickelodeon after
the 1999 Kids' Choice Awards.
2011 - Osama bin Laden was reported killed by U.S. forces in Pakistan.
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1536 - Anne Boleyn, Queen of England, was arrested and imprisoned
on charges of adultery, incest, treason and witchcraft.
1611 - The King James Bible was published for the first time in London,
England, by printer Robert Barker.
1670 - Hudson's Bay Company was chartered by King Charles II of England.
1775 - Benjamin Franklin completed the first scientific study and
chart of the Gulf Stream.
1885 - Good Housekeeping magazine began publication.
1918 - General Motors acquired the Chevrolet Motor Company.
1960 - Dick Clark concluded his second day of testimony in the Payola
scandal, saving his career. "Believe me this is not as unusual
as it may seem. I think the crime I have committed, if any, is that
I made a great deal of money in a short time on little investment.
But that is the record business."
1965 - The Rolling Stones made their second appearance on The Ed Sullivan
1986 - The Citizens of Chernobyl were evacuated six days after the
1982 - The Weather Channel began broadcasting in the US
2008 - Cyclone Nargis, Myanmar
2008 - Marvel's Iron Man was released in theaters.
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1375 BC -The first recorded eclipse occurred, noted in the area know
known as Syria.
1802 - Washington, District of Columbia. was incorporated as a city.
1937 - Gone with the Wind by Margaret Mitchell, won the Pulitzer
Prize for Fiction.
1951 - The Senate Armed Forces and Foreign Relations Committees began
hearings of General Douglas MacArthur.
1952 - The Kentucky Derby was televised nationally for the first time,
1952 - Flying US Air Force C-47, Lieutenant Colonel Joseph O. Fletcher
and Lieutenant Colonel William P. Benedict becme the first to land
a plane on the North Pole.
1960 - The Off-Broadway musical comedy The Fantasticks opened
in New York City's Greenwich Village.
1977 - British journalist David Frost interviewed former President
1980 - 13-year-old Cari Lightner of Fair Oaks, California, was hit
and killed by a drunk driver. Her mother, Candy Lightner, later founded
the organization Mothers Against Drunk Driving (MADD)
1986 - 54-year-old Willie Shoemaker, riding 18:1shot Ferdinand, becamethe
oldest jockey ever to win the Kentucky Derby
1991- The final episode of Dallas was broadcast on the CBS
network; it was resurrected 21 years later on TNT.
2003 - New Hampshire's famous Old Man of the Mountain collapsed.
2007 - Nearly 4 year old Madeleine McCann of Rothley, England, disappeared
during a family vacation at a resort in southern Portugal.
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May 4 is Star Wars Day. "May the Fourth be with you."
1886 - A labor protest in Haymarket Square in Chicago, Illinois resulted
in 100 wounded and 8 police officers killed.
1904 - The United States began construction of the Panama Canal.
1933 - The discovery of radio waves from the center of the Milky
Way galaxy was announced by Karl Jansky.
1948 - Norman Mailer's first novel The Naked and the Dead was
1953 - Ernest Hemingway won the Pulitzer Prize for The Old Man
and the Sea.
1970 - Jeffrey Glenn Miller, Allison B. Krause, William Knox Schroeder
and Sandra Lee Scheuer were killed by National Guard troops at Ohio's
Kent state campus.
1972 - The Don't Make A Wave Committee, an environmental organization
founded in Canada in 1971, officially changes its name to the Greenpeace
1989 - The space probe Magellan was carried in the cargo bay Space
Shuttle Atlantis, and released to travel arounf the planet Venus.
1990 - Jesse Tafero was executed in Florida after his electric chair
malfunctioned three times, causing his hair & head to catch fire.
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1809 - Mary Kies became the first woman awarded a US patent (#X01043)
, for a technique of weaving straw with silk and thread.
1821 - Corsica-born Napoleon Bonaparte died as a British prisoner
on the remote island of Saint Helena in the southern Atlantic Ocean.
1847 - The American Medical Association (AMA) met for the first time
in the Hall of the Academy of Natural Sciences, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.
1862 - General Ignacio Zaragoza defeated a French army led by General
Charles Latrille de Lorencez that was attempting to capture Puebla
de Los Angeles, a small town in east-central Mexico. This was the
initial Cinco de Mayo cause for celebration.
1891 - The Music Hall in New York City (now known as Carnegie Hall)
has its grand opening and first public performance, with Pyotr Tchaikovsky
as the guest conductor.
1904 - Pitching against the Philadelphia Athletics at the Huntington
Avenue Grounds, Cy Young of the Boston Americans threw the first perfect
game in the modern era of baseball. Theyt named an award after him.
1933 - The discovery of radio waves from the centre of the Milky Way
galaxy was announced by Karl Jansky.
1934 - The first Three Stooges short - Woman Haters was released.
1936 - The patent (#2,039,345) was issued for the first bottle with
a screw cap and a pour lip to Edward A. Ravenscroft, Glencoe, Illinois
1961 - Navy Commander Alan Bartlett Shepard Jr. was launched into
space aboard the Freedom 7 space capsule, the first American astronaut
to travel into space.
1965 - The Warlocks, later known as The Grateful Dead,
made their first public appearance at Magoo's Pizza located at 639
Santa Cruz Avenue, Menlo Park, California.
1994 - American teenager Michael P. Fay was caned in Singapore for
theft and vandalism
2002 - Spider-Man was released and became the fastest movie
ever to earn more than $100 million at the box office, raking in $114.8
million that weekend.
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1840 (Tornado) Natchez, Mississippi
1851 - Linus Yale, Jr. was granted a ptent (#8,071) for the invention
of his "Self-Detaching and Attaching Key-Lock" as "a
new and Improved Safety-Lock for Banks, Safes, Vaults, Stores, &c."
1851 - President Benjamin Harrison had the first electric lights installed
in the White House.
1889 - The Eiffel Tower was officially opened to the public at the
Universal Exposition in Paris.
1933 - President Franklin D. Roosevelt signed an executive order creating
the Works Progress Administration (WPA)
1937 - The Hindenburg exploded over Lakehurst, New Jersey, killing
36 passengers and crewmembers.
1940 - John Steinbeck was awarded the Pulitzer Prize for his novel
The Grapes of Wrath.
1954 - Roger Bannister broke four-minute mile (3:59.4) at the Iffley
Road Track in Oxford, England
1956 - Elvis Presley appeared on the Milton Berle Show.
1984 - Michael McKean, Christopher Guest and Harry Shearer, collectively
called Spinal Tap, performed at CBGB's in NYC.
2001 - During a trip to Syria, Pope John Paul II became the first
pope to enter a mosque.
2013 - Michelle Knight, Amada Berry and Gina DeJesus were freed after
being held for years in the home of Ariel Castro.
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1896 - Dr. H. H. Holmes, one of America's first well-known serial
killers, was hanged to death in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. Over 200
bodies were found in his property.
1902 (Volcano) Mount Pelee (Mount Pele), Martinique
1915 - A German U-boat sank the Lusitania.
1952 - The concept of the integrated circuit chip was first presented,
at a Symposium on Progress in Quality Electronic Components in Washington
DC, by Geoffrey W.A. Dummer.
1963 - NASA launched the Telstar 2 communications satellite on behalf
1994 - Norway's most famous painting The Scream by Edvard Munch
(1893), was recovered almost three months after it was stolen from
a museum in Oslo.
1998 - Germany's Daimler-Benz announced the purchase of the Chrysler
Corporation, forming DaimlerChrysler AG. It was sold again in 2006,
forming Chrysler LLC.
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1840 - The first U.S. photographic patent (#1,582) was issued to Alexander
S. Wolcott of New York City
1886 - Coca-Cola was first sold to the public at the soda fountain
in Jacob's Pharmacy in Atlanta, Georgia.
1902 (Tornado) Goliad, Texas
1912 - Paramount Pictures was founded.
1933 - Mohandas Gandhi began a 21-day fast of self-purification and
launched a one-year campaign to help the Harijan movement.
1945 - V-E Day (Victory in Europe Day) was celebrated in America and
1961 - The first practical seawater conversion plant in the US was
opened in Freeport, Texas.
1963 - Dr No, starring Sean Connery, opened in theaters.
1976 - The New Revolution, the first steel roller coaster with a vertical
loop, opened at Six Flags Magic Mountain.
1980 - The World Health Organization confirmed the eradication of
1984 - The Soviet Union announced that they were boycotting the 1984
2010 - Betty White hosted Saturday Night Live, thanks to a
push by fans on Facebook. She won an Emmy for her appearance.
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1662 - Famous puppet Mr. Punch made his first recorded appearance
1865 - The patent (#47,631) was issued to Richard Jordan Gatling for
the Gatling gun, which was the first to successfully combine reliability,
high firing rate and ease of loading into a single device.
1882 - William F. Ford was issued a patent (#257,487) for his stethoscope.
1887 - Buffalo Bill's Wild West Show opened in London, England.
1893 - The first motion picture exhibition was presented by Thomas
Edison in Brooklyn, New York to an audience of 400 people at the Dept
of Physics, Brooklyn Institute, Brooklyn, NY using his Kinetograph.
1914 - Although referred to since the late 1800s, US President Woodrow
Wilson proclaimed the first Mother's Day holiday on this date.
1950 - L. Ron Hubbard (Lafayette Ronald Hubbard) published Dianetics:
The Modern Science of Mental Health.
1955 - Harpo Marx appeared on a very special I Love Lucy Episode.
1955 - West Germany joined NATO (North Atlantic Treaty Organization).
1958 - Alfred Hitchcock's Vertigo has world premiere in San
1960 - The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) approved the world's
first commercially produced birth-control bill-Enovid-10.
1961 - Newton Minow, Chairman of the Federal Communications Commission,
referred to television as the "vast wasteland"
1992 - The Golden Girls aired their series finale.
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1860 - The discovery of two new elements - caesium (Cs) and rubidium
(Rb), was announced by German chemists, Robert Bunsen and Gustav Robert
Kirchhoff to the Berlin Academy of Scientists.
1869 - Union Pacific and Central Pacific railroads completed the Transcontinental
1877 - US President Rutherford B. Hayes has the White House's first
telephone installed in the 'telegraph room.'
1879 - America's first archaeological society was formed in Boston
Mass., the Archaeological Institute of America.
1893 - The Supreme Court of the United States rules in Nix v. Hedden
that a tomato is a vegetable, not a fruit, under the Tariff Act of
1883. Scientificaly, it is a fruit.
1924 - J. Edgar Hoover as named acting director of the Bureau of Investigation
(now the FBI).
1975 - Sony's Betamax, the first home videocassette recorder, went
on sale in Japan
1980 - The US Government gave Chrysler a $1.5 billion loan.
1994 - Nelson Rolihlahla Mandela was sworn in as the first black president
of South Africa.
2013 - One World Trade Center became the tallest building in the Western
Hemisphere, at 1,776 feet.
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868 - The first known dated printed book was the Diamond Sutra, a
Buddhist scripture. A citation included : "printed on 11 May
868, by Wang Chieh, for free general distribution".
1811 - The famous Siamese twins, Chang and Eng, were born of Chinese
parents in Siam (now Thailand).
1942 - Go Down, Moses by William Faulkner, was published
1947 - B.F. Goodrich Co. announced the development of tubeless tire.
1949 - The first Polaroid cameras were sold for $89.95.
1950 - Evelyn and Paul Trent took the McMinnville UFO photographs
1953 (Tornado) Waco, Texas
1980 - Bob Marley died from lung cancer
1996 - Captain Planet and The Planeteer cartoon series came
to an end.
1997 - IBM's supercomputer Deep Blue defeated chess champion Garry
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1551 - The National University of San Marcos, the oldest university
in the Americas, was founded in Lima, Peru.
1932 - The body of the Lindbergh baby was found less than a mile from
the Lindbergh home in Hopewell, New Jersey.
1963 - Bob Dylan walked out on The Ed Sullivan Show before his planned
appearance over the lyrics to the song he would perform his song Talkin'
John Birch Paranoid Blues.
1993- The Wonder Years television series came to an end
1995 - Day time soap opera As The World Turns aired its 10,000th
2008 (Earthquake) Sichuan, China
2015 - A train derailment in Philadelphia killed 8 people and injured
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1607 - English in Virginia founded Jamestown, the first permanent
English settlement in North America.
1637 - The rounded table knife was created by Cardinal Richelieu in
1890 - Nikola Tesla was issued a patent (#428,057) for an electric
1917 - Three children, Lúcia Santos and her cousins Jacinta
and Francisco Marto report the first apparition of Our Lady of
Fátima in Fátima, Portugal.
1939 - The first commercial FM radio station in the United States
is launched in Bloomfield, Connecticut. The station later became WDRC-FM.
1954 - The original Broadway production of The Pajama Game opened.
1972 - A fire at the Playtown Cabaret nightclub in Osaka, Japan killed
1973 - Bobby Riggs beat Margaret Court in a $10,000 winner-take-all
challenge tennis match. Billie Jean King played him on September 20,
1973 and won the second Battle of the Sexes.
1981 - Pope John Paul II was shot by Mehmet Ali Agca.
1985 - Philadelphia Mayor W. Wilson Goode ordered police to raid the
MOVE headquarters, and a small bomb was detonated on top of 6221 Osage
Avenue. Six adults and five children were killed in the fire that
destroyed the entire block, along with 250 nearby homes.
1994 - Johnny Carson made his last television appearance on Late Show
with David Letterman.
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1796 - Edward Jenner, a doctor from Gloucestershire, England successfully
tested his vaccination for smallpox on eight year old James Phipps.
1804 - Lewis and Clark expedition left St. Louis, Missouri, on a mission
to explore the Northwest from the Mississippi River to the Pacific
1842 - Alfred Lord Tennyson published Poems.
1850 - The first US. patent (#7,365) for a dishwashing machine was
issued to Joel Houghton of Ogden, NY, for an "Improvement in
Machines for Washing Table Furniture".
1897 - The Stars and Stripes Forever by John Philip Sousa was
first performed in public near Willow Grove Park, Philadelphia.
1925 - Virginia Woolf's novel Mrs Dalloway was published.
1932 - The first electrical timing device was tested at a track meet
between Columbia and Syracuse at Baker Field, NYC.
1948 - In Tel Aviv, Jewish Agency Chairman David Ben-Gurion proclaimed
the State of Israel
1955 - The Warsaw Pact was signed between the Soviet Union, Albania,
Poland, Romania, Hungary, East Germany, Czechoslovakia, and Bulgaria
in response to the west's North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO).
1973 - Skylab I was launched.
1998 - 76.3 million people tuned in for the series finale of Seinfeld.
1998 - Celebrity Deathmatch premiered on MTV
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1858 - Royal Opera House opened in Covent Garden, London with a performance
of Meyerbeer's Les Huguenots.
1501 - Ottaviano Petrucci opened the first modern-style music publishing
house, by producing the first book of music made from movable type,
1793 - Diego Marín Aguilera flew a glider for approximately
1,000 feet during one of the first attempted manned flights, in Spain.
1800 - President John Adams ordered the new US federal government
to leave Philadelphia and move to the nation's new capital in Washington
1862 - President Abraham Lincoln signed a bill into law creating the
United States Bureau of Agriculture. It was later renamed the United
States Department of Agriculture.
1895 - A guesstimated F5 tornado hit Sherman, Texas and killed 73 people.
1891 - Pope Leo XIII defends workers' rights and property rights in
the encyclical Rerum novarum.
1928 - Walt Disney character Mickey Mouse premiered in his first (silent)
cartoon, Plane Crazy. 1929's Steamboat Willie had sound.
Plane Crazy was re-released with sound later 1929.
1935 - Albert Einstein was awarded the Benjamin Franklin Medal
for his outstanding fundamental contributions to theoretical physics,
especially his relativity theory, at the Franklin Institute, Philadelphia,
1940 - Nylon stockings went on sale for the first time in the United
1940 - Richard and Maurice McDonald opened their hamburger restaurant
in San Bernardino, California.
1942 - Women's Auxiliary Army Corps (WAACs) was formed, granting women
official US military status.
1953 - Stanley L. Miller's paper on the synthesis of amino acids under
conditions that simulated primitive Earth's atmosphere was published
in Science. Miller had applied an electric discharge to a mixture
of CH4, NH3, H2O, and H2 (which was believed at the time to be the atmospheric
composition of early Earth.), creating a mixture of amino acids, hydroxy
acids, and urea.
2001 - The final Friends episode aired on NBC, titled 'The One
with Monica and Chandler's Wedding'.
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1866 - Root Beer was invented by Charles Elmer Hires in Philadelphia,
1946 - The first magnetic tape recorder was demonstrated by Jack Mullin.
1964 - Motown Records got its first #1 hit with My Guy by Mary
1983 - The concert special Motown 25: Yesterday, Today, Forever
was broadcast by NBC; Michael Jackson performed his 'moonwalk' dance
for the first time on television.
1988 - Nicotine was declared to be addictive in ways similar to heroin
and cocaine, in a report released by US Surgeon-General C. Everett
1991 - Queen Elizabeth II of the United Kingdom addressed a joint
session of the United States Congress.
1996 - 12 million people tuned in for the series finale of Murder,
She Wrote on CBS. The show was the longest running American Murder-Mystery
1998 - Unsolved Mysteries true-crime series ended.
2014 - Broadcast journalist and TV personality Barbara Walters retired
from ABC News and from daytime program The View.
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1536 - The annulment of Henry VIII and Anne Boleyn's marriage.
1792 - The New York Stock Exchange was formed.
1875 - Aristides won the first Kentucky Derby.
1890 - Comic Cuts, the first British weekly comic paper, was
published in London by Alfred Northcliffe.
1954 - The US Supreme Court handed down an unanimous decision in Brown
v. Board of Education of Topeka, ruling that racial segregation in
public educational facilities was unconstitutional.
1955 - Nathan Kline, appeared before the U.S. Congress to explain
his work with Reserpine, an early antihypertensive/ antipsychotic
1965 - Written in 1955, the FBI Laboratory, after a formal investigation
that began in 1964, declared the lyrics of Louie Louie to be
officially 'Unintelligible at any speed.'
1970 - Thor Heyerdahl and a multinational crew set out from Morocco
across the Atlantic Ocean in Ra II in 57 days.
2000 - The final episode of Beverly Hills 90210 aired on FOX.
2004 - The first legal same-sex marriages in the US were performed
in the state of Massachusetts.
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1910 - The Earth passes through the tail of Halley's Comet.
1926 - In one of the first Media Frenzy's of Popular Culture, Evangelist
Aimee Semple McPherson disappeared while visiting a Venice, California
1946 - A UFO, with living creatures inside, was reported by Gosta
Carlsson, in Sweden.
1952 - Professor Willard F. Libby determined the age of Stonehenge
on Salisbury Plain, England, at 1848 BC, give or take 275 years.
1958 - Team Lotus made its Formula One debut in the Monaco Grand Prix.
1980 (Volcano Eruption) Mount St. Helens in Washington erupted with
a 5.1 magnitude, causing a massive avalanche and killed 57 people.
1980 - Ian Curtis of post-punk band Joy Division committed suicide.
The remaining members went on to form New Order.
1998 - Murphy Brown TV series ended on CBS.
2001 - Based on William Steig's 1990 children's book, Shrek was released
in movie theaters.
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1780 - This morning, a combination of thick smoke and heavy cloud
cover caused complete darkness to fall on Eastern Canada and the New
England area of the United States candles were needed by noon, and
it not disburse until the following evening, causing New England's
1910 - Earth passed through the tail of Halley's Comet.
1962 - Marilyn Monroe sang her famous 'Happy Birthday' to President
John F. Kennedy at NYC's Madison Square Garden
1965 - Pete Townshend wrote My Generation today, his 20th birthday
on a train. He was on a train because his car, a 1935 Packard hearse,
was ordered away by the Queen.
1987 - A patent (#4,666,425) for "keeping a head alive"
was issued to Chet Fleming.
1994 - In Living Color (FOX) and L.A. Law (NBC) came
to an end
1996 - Sundance Channel made its debut.
1997 - Avian flu, A(H5N1), killed a three-year-old boy in Hong Kong,
its first victim.
2006 - The Da Vinci Code opened in theaters.
2009 - Glee premiered on FOX
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1873 - Levi Strauss and Jacob W Davis patented (#139,121) copper-riveted
jeans, designed to help prevent tears in the fabric.
1883 - Krakatoa began to erupt; the volcano exploding three months
later, killing more than 36,000 people.
1899 - The American Physical Society was founded at Columbia University.
1901 - Claude Grivolas patented (French) a projector for three-dimensional
(stereoscopic) movies viewed wearing spectacles with one red and one
1916 - The Saturday Evening Post published its first cover with a
Norman Rockwell painting - 'Boy with Baby Carriage'.
1927 - US aviator Charles A. Lindbergh took off from Roosevelt Field
on Long Island, New York, on the world's first solo, nonstop flight
across the Atlantic Ocean (New York to Paris.)
1949 - The Armed Forces Security Agency, the predecessor to the National
Security Agency (NSA), was established.
1957 - Pilot Milton Torres was ordered to intercept a UFO over East
1983 - First publication of the discovery of the HIV virus that causes
AIDS in the journal Science by Luc Montagnier.
1993 - 80 million people watched the series finale of Cheers
1994- The Joan Rivers Show (FOX) came to an end
1995 - Star Search (syndicated) came to an end.
1995 - Pennsylvania Avenue, in front of the White House, was closed
1996 - NBC's The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air series came to an
1997 - Roseanne series came to an end on ABC
2003 - America's Next Top Model premiered on UPN
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1863 - Organization of the Seventh-day Adventist Church in
Battle Creek, Michigan.
1955 - George B. Hansburg of Walker Valley, N.Y. was issued a patent
(#2,793,036) for his invention of an improved pogo stick.
1975 - Carol Burnett was added to the Hollywood Walk of Fame.
1980 - Star Wars Episode V: The Empire Strikes Back was released
in theaters. At the time, we just called it The Empire Strikes
1980 - President Jimmy Carter declared a state of emergency at Love
Canal in Niagara Falls, New York - a toxic dumping site for Hooker
Chemicals and Plastics.
1992- The first episode of The Real World aired on MTV
1992- The final episode of MacGyver aired on ABC
1992 - Johnny Carson hosted The Tonight Show for the last time.
1999- All My Children actress Susan Lucci finally received
an Emmy award for her role as Erica Kane. She had been previously
nominated a record 18 times with no win.
2005 - The tallest roller coaster in the world, Kingda Ka opened
at Six Flags Great Adventure in Jackson Township, New Jersey.
2008 - David Cook won American Idol season seven.
2001 - Radio broadcaster/preacher Harold Camping predicted that the
world would end today. It didn't.
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1455 - England's War of the Roses began when the Yorkists defeated
King Henry VI's Lancastrian forces at St. Albans.
1849 - Abraham Lincoln was issued a patent (#6,469) for "buoying
boats over shoals".
1906 - Orville and Wilbur Wright were granted a patent (#821,393)
for their system of flight control.
1927 (Earthquake) Gulang/Gansu, China
1960 (Earthquake) Magnitude 9.5 in Chile killed 5,000 and left 2,000,000
1992 - Johnny Carson hosted The Tonight Show for the last time
1993- NBC broadcasted the graduation episode (series finale) for Saved
By The Bell.
1995- Blossom came to an end on NBC
2011 (Tornado) Joplin, Missouri
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1911 - The New York Public Library was dedicated.
1934 - Bank robbers Bonnie and Clyde were shot to death in stolen
Ford Deluxe near Bienville Parish, Louisiana.
1960 (Tsunami) Caused by yesterday's earthquake off the coast of Chile,
a tsunami travelled across the Pacific Ocean and killed 61 people
in Hilo, Hawaii.
1994 - Star Trek: The Next Generation aired its final episode
titled "All Good Things". It aired at 6pm rather than being
part of the prime-time line-up
1995 - ABC's Full House came to an end
2005 - Tom Cruise famously jumped around on Oprah Winfrey's couch,
proclaiming his love for Katie Holmes
2007 - Jordin Sparks won America Idol season six
2012 - Phillip Phillips won American Idol season eleven
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1775 - John Hancock was elected president of the Second Continental
1830 - Mary Had a Little Lamb by Sarah Josepha Hale was published.
1844 - Samuel F.B. Morse sent the first public telegraph message -
'What Hath God Wrought?' through the Washington-to-Baltimore telegraph
1883 - The Brooklyn Bridge over the East River opened, connecting
Manhattan and Brooklyn.
1935 - The Cincinnati Reds beat the Philadelphia Phillies 2-1 in Major
League Baseball's first-ever night game at Crosley Field in Cincinnati,
1938 - A patent (#2,118,318) was issued for a Coin Controlled Parking
Meter to Carl C. McGee of Oklahoma City, Oklahoma.
1943 - Josef Mengele, the 'Angel of Death' began working at the Auschwitz,
Poland concentration camp.
1976 - The Concorde began regular passenger service between Europe
and Washington DC.
1991 - Thelma and Louise, starring Geena Davis and Susan Sarandon,
was released. Their car was a 1966 Ford Thunderbird.
1995 - ABC made the announcement that an episode of All My Children
was deleted from broadcast due to the recent Oklahoma City bombing.
In the storyline a character was supposed to explode a church in which
her ex was re-marrying.
2006 - Taylor Hicks won American Idol season five
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1878 - Gilbert and Sullivan's comic opera H.M.S. Pinafore opened
at the Opera Comique in London.
1935 - At Forbes Field in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, Babe Ruth hit
his 714th (and final) home run.
1961 - President John F. Kennedy declared "I believe that this
nation should commit itself to achieving the goal, before this decade
is out, of landing a man on the Moon and returning him safely to the
Earth. No single space program in this period will be more impressive
to mankind, or more important in the long-range exploration of space;
and none will be so difficult or expensive to accomplish."
1968 - The Saint Louis Gateway Arch was dedicated.
1977 - Star Wars opened Memorial Day weekend, marking the biggest
entertainment juggernaut in modern popular culture.
1977 - Chinese government removed the ban on the works of William
Shakespeare, the biggest entertainment juggernaut in the Elizabethan
1986 - Hands Across America takes place.
1992 - Jay Leno made his debut as the new host of The Tonight Show.
1994 - George Swanson was buried in Brush Creek Cemetery, in the driver's
seat of his 1984 white Corvette in Hempfield County, Pennsylvania.
1996 - Sublime singer/guitarist Bradley Nowel died from a heroin overdose.
He was not 27
2005 - Carrie Underwood won season four of America Idol on
2011- Oprah Winfrey hosted the final episode of her syndicated daytime
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1293 (Eartquake) Kamakura, Kanagawa, Japan, killing about 30,000.
1869 - Boston University was chartered by the Commonwealth of Massachusetts.
1896 - Charles Dow published the first edition of the Dow Jones Industrial
1897 - Bram Stoker's Dracula novel began being sold in the
1917 (Tornadoes) Matoon and Charlestown Illinois
1923 - The first 24 Hours of Le Mans was held and has since been run
annually every June.
1977 - George Willig illegally climbed the South Tower of New York
City's World Trade Center.
1990 - The final episode of The Tracey Ullman Show aired on
1998 - The Supreme Court of the United States ruled that Ellis
Island, the historic gateway for millions of immigrants, is mainly
in the state of New Jersey, not New York.
2012 - Planet Green became Destination America on cable television
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1199 - John (December 24, 1166 - October 19, 1216) became King of
England. He's the one who signed The Magna Carta, which was
the first document to offer people individual rights.
1796 - The patent (#X0116) for a piano was issued to James Sylvanus
McLean of New Jersey, for "an improvement in piano fortes."
1890 - Two U.S. patents (#428,750,#428,751) for the first jukebox
were issued to Louis Glass and his business associate, William S.
Arnold for a coin actuated attachment for phonographs.
1896 (Tornado) St. Louis and East St. Louis, Missouri.
1919 - Pyrex glass was issued a patent (#1,304,623). The inventors,
Eugene C. Sullivan and William C. Taylor for Corning Glass Works.
1930 - Masking Tape was patented (#1,760,820) by Richard G. Drew of
St. Paul, Minnesota for his employers, 3M.
1931 - Auguste Piccard and Charles Knipfer took man's first trip (in
a pressurized cabin) into the stratosphere when they rode their balloon
to an altitude of 51,800 feet.
1933 - The Century of Progress World's Fair opened in Chicago.
1937 - The Golden Gate Bridge, connecting San Francisco with Marin
County, California opened. Today was "Pedestrian Day" -
cars were allowed the following day.
1941 - The British navy sank the German battleship Bismarck in the
North Atlantic near France, killing over 2,000 Germans.
1963 - Bob Dylan's second album, The Freewheelin' Bob Dylan,
1983 - Benton Fireworks Disaster, Tennessee
1986 - Dragon Quest, the first major role-playing video game, was
released in Japan.
1994- The Arsenio Hall Show came to an end on FOX
1994 - The National League and American League Baseball M.V.P.s were
Jeff Bagwell and Frank Thomas, respectively. Jeff and Frank were both
born on the exact same day: May 27, 1968.
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585 BC - A solar eclipse occurred, as predicted by the Greek philosopher
and scientist Thales. Knowing this exact date helped historians find
other exact and near exact historical dates.
1830 - US President Andrew Jackson signed the Indian Removal Act which
relocated Native Americans.
1892 - In San Francisco, California, John Muir organized the Sierra
1897 - Jell-o was introduced.
1902 - Owen Wister's The Virginian was published by Macmillan
Press. The book made the American Cowboy an icon.
1928 - The Dodge Brothers, Inc. and the Chrysler Corporation merged.
1935 - John Steinbeck's first successful novel, Tortilla Flat,
1937 - Gesellschaft zur Vorbereitung des Deutschen Volkswagens mbH,
later renamed Volkswagenwerk, or Volkswagon was founded.
1937 - The Golden Gate Bridge, San Francisco was officially opened
1964 - The Palestine Liberation Organization (PLO) was formed.
1987 - Matthias Rust, a 19-year-old amateur pilot from West Germany,
took off from Helsinki, Finland, in his Cessna, and landed in Red
Square, the heart of the Soviet Union.
1998 - Former Saturday Night Live actor and comedian Phil Hartman
was shot and killed by his wife Brynn, in a murder/suicide.
1999 - In Milan, Italy, after 22 years of restoration work, Leonardo
da Vinci's masterpiece The Last Supper was put back on display.
It is bigger than most people think - it is life size, almost 29 feet
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1453 - Ottoman armies under Sultan Mehmed II Fatih captured Constantinople
after a 53-day siege, commonly referred to as The Fall of Constantinople.
1790 - Rhode Island was the last of the original United States' colonies
to ratify the Constitution and was admitted as the 13th US state.
1913 - Igor Stravinsky's ballet score The Rite of Spring premiered
in Paris, France
1914 - Heavy fog caused a collision between cruise ship Empress of
Ireland and coal freighter, the Storstad on the St. Lawrence River
in Canada that killed 1,073 people, mostly tourist passengers on the
1953 - Edmund Hillary of New Zealand and Tenzing Norgay, a Sherpa
of Nepal, became the first explorers to reach the summit of Mount
Everest, which is at 29,035 feet above sea level.
1954 - First of the annual Bilderberg Group conferences was held in
the Hotel de Bilderberg in Oosterbeek, Netherlands.
1979 - Actor Woody Harrelson's father, Charles Harrelson, was charged
with the murder of Judge John Wood.
1982 - Pope John Paul II became the first pontiff to visit Canterbury
2004 - The National World War II Memorial was dedicated in Washington,
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1431 - At Rouen, Normandy, Joan of Arc was burned at the stake for
1631 - Gazette de France, the first French newspaper, began publication.
1806 - Future US President Andrew Jackson participated in a duel,
killing Charles Dickinson. Dickinson shot first, wounding Jackson,
but Jackson's shot at Dockinson was fatal. Most of Andrew Jackson's
duels were for the questioned honor of his wife, Rachel.
1898 - Chemist Morris William Travers discovered the element krypton
(Kr), the element, not the planet.
1911 - The inaugural Indianapolis 500 was run at the Indianapolis
Motor Speedway in Indiana.
1922 - The Lincoln Memorial was dedicated in Washington DC.
1966 - Launch of Surveyor 1, the first US spacecraft to land on an
extraterrestrial body (the Moon).
2005 - American student Natalee Holloway disappeared while on a high
school graduation trip to Aruba. Most people believe that Joran van
der Sloot had something to do with it.
2008 - The film version of HBO's comedy series Sex and the City,
starring Sarah Jessica Parker was released.
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1279 BC - Ramesses II became pharaoh of Ancient Egypt. He may have
been the pharaoh involved with Moses. He was the subject of Percy
Bysshe Shelly's Ozymandias. "King of Kings am I, Osymandias.
If anyone would know how great I am and where I lie, let him surpass
one of my works."
1578 - The Catacombs of Rome were discovered.
1790 - The United States enacted the Copyright Act of 1790.
1859 - Big Ben, located at the top London's 320-foot-high St. Stephen's
Tower, began operating.
1889 - Johnston, Pennsylvania Flood killed over 2,200 people.
1927 - The last Ford Model T rolls off the assembly line after a production
run of 15,007,003 vehicles. Henry took the last one home, to be with
the first one and the prototype.
1935 (Earthquake) British India (Pakistan)
1970 (Earthquake) Yungay, Peru
1977 - The Sex Pistol's God Save The Queen was banned from
performing on the BBC.
1997 - Singer/songwriter Jeff Buckley drowned while swimming in his
pool. He was not 27.
2000 - Survivor premiered on CBS
2005 - W. Mark Felt's family announced that assistant FBI director
Felt, was in fact, 'Deep Throat' - the insider who told reporters
Bob Woodward and Carl Bernstein the details about President Nixon's
2006 - The Hills premiered on MTV