Historic World Events / May (page 10)

May

List historic world events in May

August, 2016

  • 19 August

    Gehrig ends streak

    Gehrig ends streak

    On May 2, 1939, New York Yankees first baseman Lou Gehrig benches himself for poor play and ends his streak of consecutive games played at 2,130. “The Iron Horse” was suffering at the time from amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS), now known as “Lou Gehrig’s Disease.” Henry Louis Gehrig was born …

  • 18 August

    Pearl Hart holds up an Arizona stagecoach

    Pearl Hart holds up an Arizona stagecoach

    On this day, the amateur bandit Pearl Hart and her boyfriend hold up an Arizona stagecoach. Little is known about Pearl Hart’s early life. She was born in Petersborough, Ontario, in 1871, and moved to Toronto as a child. She eloped when she was 16, but her husband abused her …

  • 18 August

    U.S. troops abandon “Hamburger Hill”

    U.S. troops abandon “Hamburger Hill”

    U.S. troops abandon Ap Bia Mountain. A spokesman for the 101st Airborne Division said that the U.S. troops “have completed their search of the mountain and are now continuing their reconnaissance-in-force mission throughout the A Shau Valley.” This announcement came amid the public outcry about what had become known as …

  • 18 August

    Celebrity private detective Anthony Pellicano found guilty

    Celebrity private detective Anthony Pellicano found guilty

    On April 30, 2008, Pellicano himself addressed judge and jury. According to a report in the New York Times, he referred to himself in the third person, as Judge Dale Fischer had ordered him to do given that he was representing himself. He steadfastly denied that he was running a …

  • 18 August

    Accident at Bien Hoa kills 27 U.S. servicemen

    Accident at Bien Hoa kills 27 U.S. servicemen

    What is described by the United States government as “an accidental explosion of a bomb on one aircraft which spread to others” at the Bien Hoa air base leaves 27 U.S. servicemen and 4 South Vietnamese dead and some 95 Americans injured. More than 40 U.S. and South Vietnamese planes, …

  • 18 August

    Thomas Mann visits the Lido in Venice

    Thomas Mann visits the Lido in Venice

    Thomas Mann visits the Lido in Venice on this day and is inspired with the idea for his novella Death in Venice. Mann was born in Germany in 1875, the second son of a grain merchant who expected Thomas to take over the business. His father died when Mann was …

  • 17 August

    Voltaire is imprisoned in the Bastille

    Voltaire is imprisoned in the Bastille

    Writer Francois-Marie Arouet, better known as Voltaire, is imprisoned in the Bastille on this day in 1717. The outspoken writer was born to middle-class parents, attended college in Paris, and began to study law. However, he quit law to become a playwright and made a name for himself with classical …

  • 17 August

    Soap star Susan Lucci wins first Emmy after 19 nominations

    Soap star Susan Lucci wins first Emmy after 19 nominations

    “The streak is over…Susan Lucci!” announces Shemar Moore of The Young and the Restless on this night in 1999, right before presenting the Daytime Emmy Award for Best Actress to the tearful star of ABC’s All My Children. The award was Lucci’s first win in 19 straight years of being …

  • 17 August

    President Polk declares war on Mexico

    President Polk declares war on Mexico

    On May 13, 1846, the U.S. Congress overwhelmingly votes in favor of President James K. Polk’s request to declare war on Mexico ina dispute over Texas. Under the threat of war, theUnited Stateshad refrained from annexing Texas afterthe latterwon independence from Mexico in 1836. But in 1844, President John Tyler …

  • 17 August

    Yemen united

    Yemen united

    After 150 years apart, Marxist South Yemen and conservative North Yemen are unified as the Republic of Yemen. Ali Abdullah, president of North Yemen, became the new country’s president, and Ali Salem Al-Baidh, leader of the South Yemeni Socialist Party, vice president. The first free elections were held in 1993. …