Today in History

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May 1
1864: Benjamin Henry Latrobe
1887: May Day
1931: Empire State Building
May 2
1882: James F. Byrnes
1885: Good Housekeeping

May 3
1494: Jamaica


May 4
1626: Manhattan Island
1894: Bird Day

May 5
1862: Cinco de Mayo
1925: Charles Darwin & Teaching Evolution
May 6
1856: Robert E. Peary
1864: General James Longstreet
May 7
1892: Archibald MacLeish
1915: Lusitania Lost
May 8
1846: Zachary Taylor
1886: Coca-Cola
May 9
1754: Join or Die
1813: Siege of Fort Meigs
1914: Celebrating Mothers
May 10
1865: Jefferson Davis Captured
1869: Transcontinental Railroad Completed
May 11
1858: Minnesota


May 12
1850: Henry Cabot Lodge


May 13
1864: Arlington National Cemetery
1908: Gifford Pinchot
May 14
1607: Jamestown

May 15
1856: L. Frank Baum
1856: Committee of Vigilance & Vigilantes
May 16
1804: Elizabeth Palmer Peabody & Kindergarten
1868: Impeachment
May 17
1814: Norway
1875: Kentucky Derby
1954: Brown v. Board of Education
May 18
1896: Plessy v. Ferguson
1955: Mary McLeod Bethune

May 19
1795: Johns Hopkins
1863: Siege of Vicksburg
1935: Lawrence of Arabia
May 20
1862: Homestead Act


May 21
1796: Reverdy Johnson
1881: Clara Barton & the Red Cross
May 22
1802: Martha Washington

May 23
1865: Pennsylvania Avenue
1911: New York Public Library
May 24
1844:  First Telegraphic Message Sent
May 25
1803: Ralph Waldo Emerson
1878: Bill “Bojangles” Robinson & Tap Dancing
May 26
1864: Montana

May 27
1837: Wild Bill Hickok
1937: Golden Gate Bridge
May 28
1851: Woman’s Rights Convention
1888: Jim Thorpe
May 29
1736: Patrick Henry
1848: Wisconsin
May 30
1868: Memorial Day
May 31
1819: Walt Whitman

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