Historic World Events / May (page 5)

May

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September, 2016

  • 6 September

    German troops in Italy surrender to the Allies, while Berlin surrenders to Russia’s Zhukov.

    German troops in Italy surrender to the Allies, while Berlin surrenders to Russia’s Zhukov.

    On this day in 1945, approximately 1 million German soldiers lay down their arms as the terms of the German unconditional surrender, signed at Caserta on April 29, come into effect. Many Germans surrender to Japanese soldiers—Japanese Americans. Among the American tank crews that entered the northern Italian town of …

  • 6 September

    Germans prepare to protest Versailles Treaty terms

    Germans prepare to protest Versailles Treaty terms

    During the second week of May 1919, the recently arrived German delegation to the Versailles Peace Conference, convened in Paris after the end of the First World War, pore over their copies of the Treaty of Versailles, drawn up in the months preceding by representatives of their victorious enemies, and …

  • 5 September

    British soldier George Washington experiences combat for first time

    British soldier George Washington experiences combat for first time

    George Washington, a young lieutenant colonel in the British Army and future president of the United States, leads an attack on French forces at Jumonville Glen on this day in 1754. The battle is later credited with being the opening salvo in the French and Indian War (1754 to 1763). …

  • 5 September

    Shrek released

    Shrek released

    On this day in 2001, the fledgling movie studio Dreamworks SKG, founded by Hollywood heavyweights Steven Spielberg, Jeffrey Katzenberg and David Geffen, releases what will become its most successful film to date: the animated feature Shrek. Based on William Steig’s 1990 children’s book, Shrek was vividly re-imagined by Dreamworks animators …

  • 4 September

    Andrew Jackson wins duel

    Andrew Jackson wins duel

    In Logan County, Kentucky, future president Andrew Jackson participates in a duel, killing Charles Dickinson, a lawyer regarded as one of the best pistol shots in the area. The proud and volatile Jackson, a former senator and representative of Tennessee, called for the duel after his wife Rachel was slandered …

  • 4 September

    John Wayne is born

    John Wayne is born

    John Wayne, an actor who came to epitomize the American West, is born in Winterset, Iowa. Born Marion Michael Morrison, Wayne’s family moved to Glendale, California, when he was six years old. As a teen, he rose at four in the morning to deliver newspapers, and after school he played …

  • 4 September

    Thomas Jefferson inquires about a former flame

    Thomas Jefferson inquires about a former flame

    On this day in 1797, future President Thomas Jefferson writes to his friend Angelica Church, inquiring casually about their mutual friend, Maria Cosway, a woman who had once captured his heart and inspired a romantically-themed essay. In 1786, a widowed Thomas Jefferson met Maria (pronounced Mariah) Cosway in Paris while …

  • 4 September

    Outlaws Bonnie and Clyde shot to death in stolen Ford

    Outlaws Bonnie and Clyde shot to death in stolen Ford

    On this day in 1934, wanted outlaws Clyde Barrow and Bonnie Parker are shot to death by Texas and Louisiana state police officers as they attempt to escape apprehension in a stolen 1934 Ford Deluxe near Bienville Parish, Louisiana. Beginning in early 1932, Parker and Barrow set off on a …

  • 4 September

    Montana Territory created

    Montana Territory created

    Anxious to create new free territories during the Civil War, U.S. President Abraham Lincoln signs an act establishing the Montana Territory. However, as Montana was on the unstable frontier, it did little to add to the integrity of the Union, and Sidney Edgerton, the territory’s first governor, fled after suffering …

  • 3 September

    Golden Gate Bridge opens

    Golden Gate Bridge opens

    On this day in 1937, the Golden Gate Bridge, connecting San Francisco with Marin County, California, officially opens amid citywide celebration. Named for the narrow strait that marks the entrance to the San Francisco Bay from the Pacific Ocean, the Golden Gate Bridge was constructed from January 1933 to May …