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According to the early Roman calendar, May was the third month. Later, the ancient Romans used January 1 for the beginning of their year, and May became the fifth month. May has always had 31 days.
- Empire State Building opened May 1, 1931.
- Hudson's Bay Company chartered May 2, 1670.
- Catherine the Great of Russia born May 2, 1729.
- First U.S. medical school opened in Philadelphia, May 3, 1765.
- Napoleon died on St. Helena, May 5, 1821.
- Mexicans defeated French at Puebla, May 5, 1862.
- Memorial Day first observed, May 5, 1866.
- First postage stamp issued in England May 6, 1840
- Robert Browning, English poet, born May 7, 1812.
- A German submarine sank the passenger liner Lusitania in World War I, May 7, 1915.
- Harry S. Truman, 33rd President of the United States, was born in Lamar, Mo., May 8, 1884.
- John Brown, American abolitionist, born May 9, 1800.
- Sir James Barrie, Scottish author, born May 9, 1860.
- Mother's Day became a public holiday, May 9, 1914.
First transcontinental railway completed in Promontory, Utah, May 10, 1869.
Minnesota admitted to the Union May 11, 1858.
- Irving Berlin, American songwriter, born May 11,1888.
- Florence Nightingale, English nurse, born May 12, 1820.
- Roald Amundsen flew over the North Pole, May 12, 1926.
- Austrian Empress
Maria Theresa born May 13, 1717.
- Sir Arthur Sullivan, English composer, born May 13, 1842.
United States declared war on Mexico May 13, 1846.
- Gabriel Fahrenheit, German physicist, born May 14, 1686.
- Robert Owen, social reformer, born May 14, 1771.
- Edward Jenner, a British physician, performed the first vaccination against smallpox in May 14, 1796.
and Clark began trip up Missouri River, May 14, 1804.
- Israel became an independent country as the last British troops left Palestine, May 14, 1948.
- Pierre Curie, codiscoverer of radium, born May 15,1859.
U.S. began first regular airmail service May 15, 1918.
Seward, American statesman who arranged the purchase of Alaska, born May 16,
Hopkins, American philanthropist, born May 19, 1795.
signed by President Abraham Lincoln, May 20, 1862.
Amelia Earhart began the first
solo flight by a woman across the Atlantic Ocean May 20, 1932.
- Albrecht Durer, German engraver, born May 21, 1471.
- Alexander Pope, English poet, born May 21, 1688.
First Democratic National Convention held May 21, 1832.
founded what became the American Red Cross May 21, 1881.
Lindbergh finished first translantic solo flight May 21, 1927.
- Richard Wagner, German composer, born May 22,1813.
- Sir Arthur Conan Doyle, British author and creator of Sherlock Holmes, born May 22, 1859.
- Laurence Olivier, British actor, born May 22, 1907.
- South Carolina became the eighth state May 23, 1788
First permanent English settlement in America established in Jamestown, VA., May 24,
Bridge opened to traffic, May 24, 1883.
Constitutional Convention opened in Philadelphia with George Washington as
president, May 25, 1787.
Waldo Emerson, American essayist and poet, born May 25, 1803.
Howe, American poet who wrote "The Battle Hymn of the Republic", born May
Gould, American financier, born May 27, 1836.
Duncan, American dancer, born may 27, 1878.
Bridge opened at San Francisco May 27, 1937.
Henry, American statesman and orator, born May 29, 1736.
Rhode Island ratified the Constitution, becoming the 13th state, May 29,
Wisconsin became the 30th state, May 29, 1848.
Kennedy, 35th President of the United States, born in Brookline, Mass, May
Columbus began his third voyage May 30, 1498.
U.S. Copyright law enacted May 31, 1790.
Whitman, American poet, born May 31, 1819.
- Amendment 17 to the Constitution, providing direct election of senators, proclaimed, May 31, 1913.
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My take on the May sketch after I turned it upside down.