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From the monthly archives: May 2014

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The Panama Canal and the Freedom Riders

 

On May 4 in: 

1814, Emperor Napoleon I of France arrives at Portoferraio on the island of Elba to begin his exile;

 

1979, Margaret Thatcher becomes the first female Prime Minister of the United Kingdom;

 

1919, May Fourth Movement:  Student demonstrations take place in Tiananmen Square in Beijing, China, protesting the Treaty of Versailles, which tranferred Chinese territory to Japan;

 

1959, the 1st Grammy Awards are held;

 

1776, Rhode Island becomes the first American colony to renounce allegiance to King George III;

 

1961, American Civil Rights Movement:  The "Freedom Riders" begin a bus trip through the South;  and in

 

1932, in Atlanta, Georgia, mobster Al Capone begins serving an eleven-year prison sentence for tax evasion. 

 

 

Anne Frank, Gone with the Wind and strongest tornadoes

1957, Walter O'Malley, the owner of the Brooklyn Dodgers, agrees to move the team from Brooklyn, NY to Los Angeles, CA.

 

1973. the 108-story Sears Tower in Chicago tops out at 1,451 feet, making it the world's tallest building, 

 

1937, Gone with the Wind, a novel by Margaret Mitchell, wins the Pulitzer Prize for Fiction;

 

1960, The Anne Frank House museum opens in Amsterdam, Netherlands;

 

1999, the southwestern portion of Oklahoma City is devastated by an F5 tornado, killing 45 people, injuring 665 and causing $1 billion in damage.  This tornado also produces the highest wind speed ever recorded, measuring 301 mph; and in 

 

1901, the Great Fire of 1901 begins in Jacksonville, Florida.

 

 

 

Mary, Queen of Scots and Anne Boleyn

On May 2 in

 

1885, Good Housekeeping magazine goes on sale for the first time;

 

1670, King Charles II of England grants a permanent charter to the Hudson's Bay Company to open up the fur trade in North America;

 

1955, Tennessee Williams wins the Pulitzer Prize for drama for Cat on a Hot Tin Roof.

 

1536, Anne Boleyn, Queen of England, is arrested and imprisoned on charges of adultery, incest, treason and witchcraft;

 

2008, Cyclone Nargis makes landfall in Burma killing over 138,000 people and leaving millions of people homeless;

 

1932, Comedian Jack Benny's radio show airs for the first time;

 

1568, Mary, Queen of Scots, escapes from Loch Leven Castle; and in

 

2012, a pastel version of The Scream, by Norwegian painter Edvard Munch, sells for $120 million in a New York City auction, setting a new world record for a work of art at an auction. 

Walt Disney World and the Marriage of Figaro

1786, in Vienna,Austria, Mozart's opera, the Marriage of Figaro is performed for the first time;

 

1915, The RMS, Lusitania departs from New York City on her 202 and final crossing of the North Atlantic.  Six days later, the sip is torpedoed off the coast of Ireland with the loss of 1,198 lives, including 128 Americans, rousing American sentiment against Germany;

 

1933, the Humanist Manifest I is published;

 

1884, Moses Fleetwood Walker becomes the first black person to play in a professional baseball game in the United States;

 

1940, the  Summer Olympics are cancelled due to war; and in

 

1707, the Act of Union joins the Kingdom of England and Kingdom of Scotland to form the Kindgom of Great Britain. 

 

 

 

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