Historic World Events / May (page 20)

May

List historic world events in May

July, 2016

  • 12 July

    Operation Apache Snow is launched

    Operation Apache Snow is launched

    The U.S. 9th Marine Regiment and the 3rd Brigade of the 101st Airborne Division, along with South Vietnamese forces, commence Operation Apache Snow in the A Shau Valley in western Thua Thien Province. The purpose of the operation was to cut off the North Vietnamese and prevent them from mounting …

  • 11 July

    Bonus Marchers arrive in Washington

    Bonus Marchers arrive in Washington

    At the height of the Great Depression, the so-called “Bonus Expeditionary Force,” a group of 1,000 World War I veterans seeking cash payments for their veterans’ bonus certificates, arrive in Washington, D.C. One month later, other veteran groups spontaneously made their way to the nation’s capital, swelling the Bonus Marchers …

  • 11 July

    Bismarck sunk by Royal Navy

    Bismarck sunk by Royal Navy

    On May 27, 1941, the British navy sinks the German battleship Bismarck in the North Atlantic near France. The German death toll was more than 2,000. On February 14, 1939, the 823-foot Bismarck was launched at Hamburg. Nazi leader Adolf Hitler hoped that the state-of-the-art battleship would herald the rebirth …

  • 11 July

    Nigerian aircraft crashes in crowded city

    Nigerian aircraft crashes in crowded city

    On this day in 2002, an EAS Airline plane crashes into the town of Kano, Nigeria, killing 148 people. The Nigerian BAC 1-11-500 aircraft exploded in a densely populated section of the northern Nigerian city. The Executive Airline Services twin-engine plane took off from Kano at about 1:30 p.m. with …

  • 11 July

    Lord Mountbatten, cousin to a king, sunk by German dive-bombers

    Lord Mountbatten, cousin to a king, sunk by German dive-bombers

    On this day in 1941, Captain Lord Louis Mountbatten, second cousin of King George VI of Britain and the only man other than the king to hold rank in all three military services simultaneously, is among those thrown into the Mediterranean Sea when his destroyer, the HMS Kelly, is sunk. …

  • 11 July

    Alan G. Cunningham, British liberator of Ethiopia, is born

    Alan G. Cunningham, British liberator of Ethiopia, is born

    On this day, General Alan Gordon Cunningham, commander of the British forces that captured Ethiopia, liberating it from its Italian invaders, is born. The younger brother of Admiral Andrew Cunningham, the man who effectively eliminated the Italian naval threat in the Mediterranean as early as 1940, General Alan Cunningham did …

  • 10 July

    The Haymarket Square Riot

    The Haymarket Square Riot

    At Haymarket Square in Chicago, Illinois, a bomb is thrown at a squad of policemen attempting to break up a labor rally. The police responded with wild gunfire, killing several people in the crowd and injuring dozens more. The demonstration, which drew some 1,500 Chicago workers, was organized by German-born …

  • 10 July

    MLB holds first night game

    MLB holds first night game

    The Cincinnati Reds beat the Philadelphia Phillies 2-1 on this night in 1935 in Major League Baseball’s first-ever night game, played courtesy of recently installed lights at Crosley Field in Cincinnati. The first-ever night game in professional baseball took place May 2, 1930, when a Des Moines, Iowa, team hosted …

  • 10 July

    Union troops take Snake Creek Gap, Georgia

    Union troops take Snake Creek Gap, Georgia

    On this day, Union troops secure a crucial pass during the Atlanta campaign. In the spring and summer of 1864, Union General William T. Sherman and Confederate General Joseph Johnston conducted a slow and methodical campaign to seize control of Atlanta. Pushing southeast from Chattanooga, Tennessee, toward Atlanta, Sherman continually …

  • 10 July

    Nancy Lopez wins her first Coca-Cola Classic

    Nancy Lopez wins her first Coca-Cola Classic

    On May 21, 1978, 21-year-old rookie golfer Nancy Lopez defeats her childhood hero, JoAnne Carner, on the first hole of a sudden death playoff to win the Coca-Cola-Classic in Jamesburg, New Jersey. The next year Lopez beat out 44-year-old Mickey Wright, again in a playoff, to repeat as Coca-Cola champion. …