Historic World Events / May (page 30)

May

List historic world events in May

June, 2016

  • 1 June

    President Johnson acquitted

    President Johnson acquitted

    At the end of a historic two-month trial, the U.S. Senate narrowly fails to convict President Andrew Johnson of the impeachment charges levied against him by the House of Representatives three months earlier. The senators voted 35 guilty and 19 not guilty on the second article of impeachment, a charge …

May, 2016

  • 31 May

    Willie Mays breaks National League home run record

    Willie Mays breaks National League home run record

    On May 4, 1965, San Francisco Giants outfielder Willie Mays hits his 512th career home run to break Mel Ott’s National League record for home runs. Mays would finish his career with 660 home runs, good for third on the all-time list at the time of his retirement. Willie Howard …

  • 31 May

    French fall to Viet Minh at Dien Bien Phu

    French fall to Viet Minh at Dien Bien Phu

    Dien Bien Phu falls to the Viet Minh. In March, a force of 40,000 Viet Minh troops with heavy artillery had surrounded 15,000 French soldiers, holding the French position under siege. The Viet Minh guerrillas had been fighting a long and bloody war with French colonial interests for control of …

  • 30 May

    United States charges Soviets with espionage

    United States charges Soviets with espionage

    During a meeting of the United Nations Security Council, U.S. ambassador to the United Nations Henry Cabot Lodge charges that the Soviet Union has engaged in espionage activities at the U.S. embassy in Moscow for years. The charges were obviously an attempt by the United States to deflect Soviet criticisms …

  • 30 May

    The Siege of Port Hudson begins

    The Siege of Port Hudson begins

    Nathaniel Banks, commander of the Union Department of the Gulf, surrounds the Confederate stronghold at Port Hudson, Louisiana, and attacks. Fortifications were built at Port Hudson in 1863 to protect New Orleans from a Union attack down the Mississippi River. On April 25, 1862, New Orleans had fallen into Union …

  • 30 May

    Polish Corps takes Monte Cassino

    Polish Corps takes Monte Cassino

    On this day in 1944, the Polish Corps, part of a multinational Allied Eighth Army offensive in southern Italy, finally pushes into Monte Cassino as the battle to break German Field Marshal Albert Kesselring’s defensive Gustav Line nears its end. The Allied push northward to Rome began in January with …

  • 30 May

    The Memphis Belle flies its 25th bombing mission

    The Memphis Belle flies its 25th bombing mission

    On this day in 1943, the crew of the Memphis Belle, one of a group of American bombers based in Britain, becomes the first B-17 crew to complete 25 missions over Europe. The Memphis Belle performed its 25th and last mission, in a bombing raid against Lorient, a German submarine …

  • 29 May

    DC-10 crashes, killing all aboard

    DC-10 crashes, killing all aboard

    Almost 300 people are killed on this day in 1979 when an American Airlines flight crashes and explodes after losing one engine just after takeoff. It was the beginning of Memorial Day weekend in 1979 when 277 passengers filled Flight 191 from Chicago’s O’Hare Airport bound for Los Angeles. The …

  • 29 May

    Duke Ellington dies

    Duke Ellington dies

    The highest compliment Edward Kennedy Ellington knew how to pay to a fellow musician was to refer to him as being “beyond category.” If any label could possibly capture the essence of Ellington himself, it would be that one. In a career spanning five decades, the man they called “Duke” …

  • 29 May

    Soviets to boycott L.A. Olympics

    Soviets to boycott L.A. Olympics

    Citing fears for the safety of its athletes in what it considered a hostile and anti-communist environment, the Soviet government announces a boycott of the 1984 Summer Olympic Games to be held in Los Angeles, California. Although the Soviets had cited security concerns, the boycott was more likely the result …