Historic World Events / May (page 3)

May

List historic world events in May

September, 2016

  • 21 September

    David Frost interviews Richard Nixon

    David Frost interviews Richard Nixon

    On this day in 1977, British journalist David Frost interviews former President Richard Nixon. In the televised interview, Nixon answered questions regarding the Watergate scandal and his resignation, admitting that he had let the American people down through his role in the 1972 Watergate burglary and cover-up. The ensuing investigation …

  • 20 September

    First Allied jet flies

    First Allied jet flies

    On May 15, 1941, the jet-propelled Gloster-Whittle E 28/39 aircraft flies successfully over Cranwell, England, in the first test of an Allied aircraft using jet propulsion. The aircraft’s turbojet engine, which produced a powerful thrust of hot air, was devised by Frank Whittle, an English aviation engineer and pilot generally …

  • 20 September

    “Winning” released, stars Paul Newman as a race car driver

    “Winning” released, stars Paul Newman as a race car driver

    On this day in 1969, the legendary actor, philanthropist and automobile enthusiast Paul Newman makes his onscreen racing debut in the action-drama film “Winning.” By the time he made “Winning,” the blue-eyed Newman was already famous for his performances in such films as “The Hustler” (1960), “Hud” (1962) and “Cool …

  • 20 September

    Gorbachev meets with Lithuanian prime minister

    Gorbachev meets with Lithuanian prime minister

    Soviet leader Mikhail Gorbachev meets with Lithuanian Prime Minister Kazimiera Prunskiene in an effort to settle differences arising from Lithuania’s recent proclamation of independence from the Soviet Union. For Gorbachev, the meeting was a test of his skill and ability to maintain the crumbling Soviet empire. Lithuania became part of …

  • 16 September

    South Vietnamese defenders hold on to An Loc

    South Vietnamese defenders hold on to An Loc

    The remnants of South Vietnam’s 5th Division at An Loc continue to receive daily artillery battering from the communist forces surrounding the city as reinforcements fight their way from the south up Highway 13. The South Vietnamese had been under heavy attack since the North Vietnamese had launched their Nguyen …

  • 15 September

    Playwright Thomas Kyd’s accusations lead to an arrest warrant for Christopher Marlowe

    Playwright Thomas Kyd’s accusations lead to an arrest warrant for Christopher Marlowe

    Scholars believe an arrest warrant was issued on this day in 1593 for Christopher Marlowe, after fellow writer Thomas Kyd accused Marlowe of heresy. Playwright Thomas Kyd, whose Spanish Tragedie (also called Hieronomo) was influential in the development of the revenge tragedy, was arrested on May 15, 1593, and tortured …

  • 15 September

    Netanyahu elected prime minister of Israel

    Netanyahu elected prime minister of Israel

    In what was regarded as a setback for the Middle East peace process, Israeli Prime Minister Shimon Peres is narrowly defeated in national elections by Likud Party leader Benjamin Netanyahu. Peres, leader of the Labor Party, became prime minister in 1995 after Yitzhak Rabin was assassinated by a right-wing Jewish …

  • 15 September

    New Japanese constitution goes into effect

    New Japanese constitution goes into effect

    On May 3, 1947, Japan’s postwar constitution goes into effect. The progressive constitution granted universal suffrage, stripped Emperor Hirohito of all but symbolic power, stipulated a bill of rights, abolished peerage, and outlawed Japan’s right to make war. The document was largely the work of Supreme Allied Commander Douglas MacArthur …

  • 14 September

    Soldiers place controversial ad in antiwar newspaper

    Soldiers place controversial ad in antiwar newspaper

    At Fort Bragg, North Carolina, an antiwar newspaper advertisement signed by 29 U.S. soldiers supporting the Concerned Officers Movement results in controversy. The group had been formed in 1970 in Washington, D.C., by a small group of junior naval officers opposed to the war. The newspaper advertisement at Fort Bragg …

  • 13 September

    Protests mount in France

    Protests mount in France

    In France, the May 1968 crisis escalates as a general strike spreads to factories and industries across the country, shutting down newspaper distribution, air transport, and two major railroads. By the end of the month, millions of workers were on strike, and France seemed to be on the brink of …