Historic World Events / May (page 66)

May

List historic world events in May

February, 2016

  • 17 February

    Lincoln nominated for presidency

    Lincoln nominated for presidency

    Abraham Lincoln, a a single-time U.S. representative from Illinois, is nominated for the U.S. presidency by the Republican National Convention meeting in Chicago, Illinois. Hannibal Hamlin of Maine was nominated for the vice presidency. Lincoln, a Kentucky-born lawyer and former Whig representative to Congress, initial gained national stature throughout his …

  • 17 February

    St. Petersburg founded by Peter the Great

    St. Petersburg founded by Peter the Great

    After winning usage of the Baltic Sea through his victories in the Great Northern War, Czar Peter I founds the town of St. Petersburg because the new Russian capital. The reign of Peter, who became sole czar in 1696, was seen as a a number of sweeping military, political, financial, …

  • 17 February

    American Red Cross founded

    American Red Cross founded

    In Washington, D.C., humanitarians Clara Barton and Adolphus Solomons found the American National Red Cross, a business established to provide humanitarian aid to victims of wars and all-natural disasters in congruence with the International Red Cross. Barton, born in Massachusetts in 1821, caused the sick and wounded through the American …

  • 17 February

    Margaret Fuller is born

    Margaret Fuller is born

    Writer and editor Margaret Fuller, who inspired other Americans to devote themselves to studying, with this day exists. Fuller was created in Massachusetts and was raised throughout the Transcendentalist movement. She taught in the Temple School, an educational institution founded by Transcendentalist Bronson Alcott, father of Louisa May Alcott. She …

  • 16 February

    The early years of species protection

    The early years of species protection

    The colony of New York passes a law generating it illegal to “gather, rake, take up, or bring to the market, any oysters whatsoever” on the list of months of May and September. This regulation was only 1 of several which have been passed in the first days of America …

  • 16 February

    Patriot siege of Ninety Six, South Carolina, begins

    Patriot siege of Ninety Six, South Carolina, begins

    On today in 1781, Major General Nathanael Greene and 1,000 Patriots attempt an attack on the critical village of Ninety-Six in the South Carolina backcountry. After failing woefully to seize the fortified settlement, a siege was begun by them of it, which lasted until their retreat on June 18, making …

  • 16 February

    Himmler commits suicide

    Himmler commits suicide

    On today in 1945, Heinrich Himmler, chief of the SS, assistant chief of the Gestapo, and architect of Hitler’s program to exterminate European Jews, commits suicide 1 day following getting arrested by the British. As head of the Waffen-Schutzstaffel (“Armed Black Shirts”), the military arm of the Nazi Party, and …

  • 16 February

    Street in front of the White House closed to traffic

    Street in front of the White House closed to traffic

    On today in 1995, to the likely dismay of Washington, D.C.-bound road trippers longing for a glimpse of the presidential residence via their vehicle windows, President Bill Clinton permanently closes the two-block stretch of Pennsylvania Avenue while watching White House to all or any non-pedestrian website visitors as a security …

  • 16 February

    Governor George Wallace shot

    Governor George Wallace shot

    During a patio rally in Laurel, Maryland, George Wallace, the governor of Alabama and a presidential candidate, is shot by 21-year-old Arthur Bremer. Three other people have been wounded, and Wallace was permanently paralyzed from the waist down. The following day, although fighting for his life in a hospital, he …