College of Arts and Sciences

Department of History

May

  1. Union of England and Scotland as Great Britain, 1707.
    Queen Victoria proclaimed Empress of India, 1877.
  2. Leonardo da Vinci died, 1519.
    Catherine the Great born, 1729.
  3. Margaret Thatcher becomes prime minister, 1979.
  4. Battle of Tewkesbury, 1471.
    Four students killed by U.S. National Guard at anti-war protest on Kent State University campus in Ohio, 1970.
  5. Estates General meet in France, 1789.
    Napoleon Bonaparte died on St. Helena, 1821
  6. Peter Minuit buys Manhattan from Indians, 1626.
    Explosion of the Hindenburg, 1937.
  7. Johannes Brahms born, 1833.
    Peter Ilyich Tchaikovsky born, 1840.
    German submarine torpedoes the Lusitania off the coast of Ireland, 1915.
  8. Joan of Arc liberates Orleans and forces English to retreat, 1429.
    Spanish conquistador Hernando de Soto reaches the Mississippi River, 1541.
  9. World War II ends in Europe, 1945.
    Benjamin Franklin's "Join or Die," the first newspaper cartoon is published, 1754.
  10. Treaty of Frankfurt ends Franco-Prussian War, 1871.
    Winston Churchill becomes prime minister, 1940.
  11. Constantinople dedicated as capital of Roman Empire, 330.
    Battle of Fontenoy, 1745.
  12. Florence Nightengale born, 1820.
  13. First permanent English settlement at Jamestown, 1607.
    Maria Theresa, Empress of Austria, born, 1717.
  14. Henry IV of France assassinated, 1610.
    State of Israel proclaimed, 1948.
  15. Anne Boleyn beheaded, 1536.
    Pierre Curie born, 1859.
  16. James Boswell meets Samuel Johnson, 1763.
    Battle of Albuera, 1811.
  17. Florentine revolt against the Medici, 1527.
  18. Marriage of Henry II and Eleanor of Aquitane, 1152.
    Walter Gropius, architect, born, 1883.
  19. Order of the Legion of Honor created, 1802.
    Malcolm X Birthday, 1925.
  20. Magdeburg sacked, 1631.
    First American hydrogen bomb dropped over Bikini atoll, 1956.
  21. Charles Lindbergh completes first solo nonstop flight across Atlantic, 1927.
  22. Battle of St. Albans begins War of the Roses, 1455.
    Richard Wagner born, 1813.
  23. Girolama Savonarola burned at the stake, 1498.
    "Defenestration" of Prague begins. Thirty Years' War, 1618.
  24. Queen Victoria born, 1819.
    Samuel Morse sends first message on U.S. telegraph line, 1844.
  25. Lord Beaverbrook born, 1879.
  26. Edict of Worms outlawing Luther and his followers, 1521.
    King Charles II lands at Dover, 1660.
  27. Vasco da Gama reaches Calcutta, 1498.
    Habeas Corpus Act becomes law, 1679.
  28. Neville Chamberlain becomes prime minister, 1937.
  29. Charles II of England born, 1630.
    John F. Kennedy born, 1917.
    Sir Edmund Hillary reaches top of Mt. Everest, 1953.
  30. Jeanne of Arc, burned at the stake at Rouen, 1431.
  31. Adolf Eichmann hanged in Israel, 1962.

 

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