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April 27.
1773. British Parliament passes Tea Act (Boston won't like this).

1883. Americans under General Zebulon Pike capture York (now Toronto) from British regulars, militia and Ojibwe natives forcing a British withdrawal to Kingston.

1857. Establishment of Jewish congregations in Lower Austria prohibited.

1875. The New York Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Children (NYSPCC), the world's 1st such agency is incorporated.

1931. 100°F (38°C), Pahala, Hawaii (state record).

1940.  Himmler orders establishment of Auschwitz Concentration Camp.

1943. Witold Pilecki escapes from Auschwitz after having voluntarily been imprisoned there to gain information about the Holocaust.

1947.  Babe Ruth Day celebrated at Yankee Stadium and throughout the US.

1959.  Mao Zedong resigns as Chairman of the PRC after the disastrous failure of the Great Leap Forward.

1959. The last Canadian missionary leaves the People's Republic of China.

1965. Robert C. Duncan patents "Pampers" disposable diaper.

1967. Expo 67 opens in Montreal, Canada, featuring a giant Biosphere designed by Buckminster Fuller.

1971. Bobby Hull scored his only overtime goal in a playoff game, defeating the Rangers in game 5 of the Stanley Cup semi-finals.

1982. Trial of John Hinckley begins for the attempted assassination of US President Ronald Reagan.

1989. Mandatory seatbelt law goes into effect in Italy.

2011. U.S. President Barack Obama, coerced by incessant false "birther" accusations, publicly releases a copy of his birth certificate.

2022. US CDC report finds that more than half of people (57.7%) had antibodies for COVID-19 by February 2022, with 75.2% of children and teenagers.
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April 28.
1180. Philip II of France (14) marries first wife Isabella of Hainault (10) at Bapaume.

1770. British Captain James Cook, aboard HMS Endeavour, first lands in Australia at Botany Bay.

1789. Fletcher Christian leads a mutiny on HMS Bounty against its captain William Bligh in the South Pacific.

1818. Rush-Bagot treaty signed between US President James Monroe and Great Britain, demilitarizing the US-Canada border.

1919. American stuntman and parachute developer Leslie Irvin makes first premeditated free-fall parachute jump from a plane above the Army Air Service's McCook Field near Dayton, Ohio. He lived but broke his ankle on landing.

1928. RCA and GE install three test television sets in homes allowing trials of inventor E.F.W. Alexanderson's first home television receiver; a poor and unsteady 1.5 square inch picture was received from radio transmitter.

1942. "WW II" titled so, as result of Gallup Poll.

1944. Exercise "Tiger" ends with 750 US soldiers dead in D-Day rehearsal after their convoy ships were attacked by German torpedo boats off Slapton Sands, Devon.

1947. Thor Heyerdahl and the crew of the "Kon-Tiki" set sail from Peru to Polynesia.

1965. Luciano Pavarotti makes his debut at La Scala, Milan in Franco Zeffirelli's production of "La bohème" with Mirella Freni.

1967. Muhammad Ali refuses induction into army & stripped of his boxing title.

1967. The Douglas Aircraft Company behind schedule with deliveries of the DC-8 and DC-9 and close to bankruptcy agrees to merge with the McDonnell Aircraft Corporation to form McDonnell Douglas.

1973. Over 6000 Mk.82 500 pound bombs detonate over 18 hrs in a railyard in northern California. 5500 structures damaged, town of Antelope destroyed, with every building reduced to foundations. Leads to Transportation Safety Act (1974).

1977. Andreas Baader and members of terrorist group the Red Army Faction (Baader-Meinhof Gang) are jailed for life after a trial lasting nearly two years in Stuttgart, Germany.

1988. Aloha Airlines Boeing 737 loses part of its roof in flight; kills stewardess.

2004. Shrek the sheep from Tarras, Central Otago, New Zealand, is finally shorn live on TV after 6 years avoidance; the fleece weighed 27 kg.

2018. Indian government announces electricity has now reached every Indian village.

2019. TV series "Game of Thrones: The Long Night" episode debuts with the longest battle ever screened (nearly 80 mins), surpassing "Lord of the Rings" Battle of Helm's Deep (44 mins).

2020. President Vladimir Putin warns Russia has not yet reached the peak of COVID-19 infections, with 93,000 recorded cases and 867 deaths.

2020. US confirmed cases of COVID-19 pass 1 million, while death toll of 58,365 surpasses that of US soldiers killed in Vietnam War.
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May 1.
1486. Christopher Columbus proposes his plan to search for a western route to India in an audience with Spanish monarch, Isabella I. Full support is granted 3 years later, in 1489.

1707. Acts of Union comes into force, uniting England and Scotland to form the United Kingdom of Great Britain.

1760. Publication of James Cook's first significant mapping effort, "A New Chart of the River St Laurence, from the Island of Anticosti To the Falls of Richelieu." Later critical to British defeat of the French at Quebec City.

1776. Adam Weishaupt founds secret society of Illuminati.

1840. "Penny Black", the world's first adhesive postage stamp issued by Great Britain.

1851. First public flushing toilets the 'Monkey Closets' unveiled by George Jennings as part of The Great Exhibition at Hyde Park, London, costing one penny.

1901. Chicago White Sox outfielder Herm McFarland hits first grand slam in American League history in 19-9 win at home against Detroit; Tigers commit 12 errors.

1908. World's most intense rain shower (2.47" in 3 minutes) at Portobelo, Panama.

1919. Mount Kelud (Indonesia) erupts, boiling crater lake which broke through crater wall killing 5,000 people in 104 small villages.

1924. German automobile manufacturers Daimler-Motoren-Gesellschaft and Benz & Cie begin their first joint venture (later merge into Mercedes-Benz).

1927. Imperial Airways is the first British airliner to serve cooked meals.

1935. Canada's 1st silver dollar is circulated.

1939. Batman first appears in Detective Comics #27.

1940. 140 Palestinian Jews die as German planes bomb their ship.

1941. General Mills introduces CheeriOats (renamed Cheerios in 1945) an oat-based, ready-to-eat cold cereal.

1943. SS General Hanns Albin Rauter announces that all Jews will be 'removed' from the occupied Netherlands.

1952. Mr Potato Head first introduced by toy distributor Hasbro.

1957. Larry King's 1st radio broadcast, on station WAHR (1490-AM) in Miami Beach, Florida.

1960. Russia shoots down Francis Gary Powers' U-2 spy plane over Sverdlovsk.

1961. Fidel Castro announces there will be no more elections in Cuba.

1965. Stanley Cup, Montreal Forum, Montreal, Quebec: Dick Duff has a goal and 2 assists as Montreal Canadiens beat Chicago Blackhawks, 4-0 in Game 7 to take title 4-3.

1971. Rolling Stones release single "Brown Sugar".

1979. British pop superstar Elton John performs for 1st time in Israel, kicking off a mini-tour of 5 shows in six nights.

1994. Three-time World Formula 1 Drivers champion Ayrton Senna of Brazil is killed in a 309 km/h crash whilst leading the San Marino Grand Prix.

1999. Animated series "SpongeBob SquarePants", created by Stephen Hillenburg, debuts on Nickelodeon.

2010. Singer Bryan Adams is given the Governor General's Performing Arts Award for his 30 years of contributions to the arts.

2018. Chinese authorities label British cartoon "Peppa Pig" subversive and it is removed from the Douyin video website.

2019. New York City officially names a street Sesame Street at the intersection of West 63rd Street and Broadway in honour of the show's 50th anniversary.
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May 3 in History.
1374. BC Solar eclipse (2m 07s) seen at Ugarit by Mesopotamian astronomers "On the day of the new moon, in the month of Hiyar, the Sun was put to shame, and went down in the daytime, with Mars in attendance."

1715. Edmond Halley observes total eclipse phenomenon "Baily's Beads".

1851. Sixth major fire in San Francisco destroys 1500-2000 buildings.

1867. The Hudson's Bay Company gives up all claims to Vancouver Island.

1886. M. A. Maclean elected 1st mayor of Vancouver, British Columbia.

1887. Nanaimo Mine Disaster: explosion in the mine kills 150 men - British Columbia's worst mine disaster.

1915. Canadian poet and physician John McCrae writes the poem "In Flanders Fields" at Ypres on the Western Front.

1921. Northern Ireland is created under the UK Government of Ireland Act partitioning off six north eastern counties with a Protestant majority.

1923.1st nonstop north American transcontinental flight (NY-San Diego) completed.

1936. NY Yankee Joe DiMaggio makes his major-league debut, gets 3 hits.

1938. Concentration camp at Flossenburg goes into use.

1942. Nazis require Dutch Jews to wear a Jewish star.

1947. Japan's post-war constitution goes into effect, granting universal suffrage, stripping Emperor Hirohito of all but symbolic power and outlawing Japan's right to make war.

1948. 1st broadcast of "CBS Evening News" - longest running network news show in the US.

1978. First unsolicited bulk commercial e-mail ("spam") is sent by a Digital Equipment Corporation marketing representative to every ARPANET address on the US west coast.

1991. 356th & final episode of CBS second longest running series TV show "Dallas", (2nd only to "Gunsmoke").

2000. The sport of geocaching begins, with the first cache placed and the coordinates from a GPS posted on Usenet.

2016. A wildfire forced the evacuation of Fort McMurray, Alberta—the capital of Canada's oil sand industry—and the surrounding area.

2018. Academy of Motion Pictures Arts and Sciences members vote to expel Bill Cosby and Roman Polanski.

2020. US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo says China responsible for the spread and severity of COVID-19 and should be held accountable.
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Cinco de Mayo.
1260. Kublai Khan, grandson of Genghis Khan, becomes ruler of the Mongol Empire.

1430. Jews are expelled from Speyer, Germany.

1494. On his 2nd voyage to New World Christopher Columbus sights Jamaica, landing at Discovery Bay.

1792. Jean Baptiste Joseph Delambre commissioned to measure the meridian between Dunkerque to Rodez to calculate accurate length of the metre.

1870. The British and Foreign Society for Improving the Embossed Literature of the Blind adopts Braille as best format for blind people.

1881. Anti-Jewish rioting in Kyiv, Ukraine.

1920. US President Woodrow Wilson makes Communist Labor Party illegal.

1921. Perfume Chanel No. 5 released by fashion designer Coco Chanel.

1925. Dayton teacher John T. Scopes arrested for teaching evolution in Tennessee.

1945. Mauthausen Concentration camp in Austria liberated by US forces.

1945. World War II: Admiral Karl Dönitz, leader of Germany after Hitler's death, orders all U-boats to cease offensive operations and return to their bases.

1964. Separatists riot in Quebec.

1966. Stanley Cup Final: Montreal Canadiens earn back-to-back titles; beat Detroit Red Wings, 3-2 in OT for a 4-2 series victory.

1979. Voyager 1 fly-bys Jupiter.

1980. Siege at Iranian Embassy in London ends as the SAS and police storm the building.

1997. "Married With Children" final episode on Fox TV.

2012. Japan shuts down its nuclear reactors leaving the country without nuclear power for the first time since 1970.

2016. Fort McMurray wildfires: Alberta declares a state of emergency as evacuation of 80,000 people continues.

2018. Electric cigarette explodes killing a man in St. Petersburg, Florida, first death from a vaping product.

2021. Canada is the first country to authorize the Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine for 12-15 year olds.

2022. WHO study of excess deaths worldwide says 15 million more people have died than normal, far above the official COVID-19 death toll of 6 million.
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May 6.
1541. King Henry VIII orders a bible in English be placed in every church in England.

1837. US blacksmith John Deere creates the first steel plough in Grand Detour, Illinois.

1851. Linus Yale Jr. patents the Yale cylinder lock.

1904. American Lung Association holds its 1st meeting.

1937. German airship Hindenburg explodes in flames at Lakehurst, New Jersey, killing 35 of the 97 on board and 1 on the ground.

1940. Pulitzer prize awarded to John Steinbeck for "The Grapes of Wrath".

1944. KJR-AM in Seattle Washington swaps calls with KOMO.

1954. English athlete Roger Bannister becomes first to run a sub-4 minute mile, recording 3:59:4.

1960. US President Eisenhower signs Civil Rights Act of 1960.

1966. The Rolling Stones release the single "Paint It Black", featuring prominent sitar played by Brian Jones.

1968. Columbia Records releases "Johnny Cash at Folsom Prison", the first live album by American singer-songwriter Johnny Cash, recorded in January 1968.

1973. 1st WHA championship, New England Whalers beat Winnipeg Jets, 4 games to 1.

1987. American televangelist Jim Bakker and Rich Dortch dismissed from Assemblies of God after revelations of an alleged rape of a church secretary.

1987. Mario Andretti sets one-lap speed record at Indy at 218.204 MPH.

1988. Doughnutgate incident: NJ Devils' coach Jim Schoenfeld tells referee Don Koharski to 'eat another doughnut you fat pig!,' he is suspended.

1994. Channel Tunnel linking England and France officially opens.

2002. Entrepreneur Elon Musk founds SpaceX.

2004. TV sitcom "Friends" airs season finale in 10th and final season in US (52.5 million viewers).

2013. The US Senate passes a bill enabling taxing of online sales.

2019. Sultan Hassanal Bolkiah of Brunei announces a moratorium on the death penalty for gay sex and adultery after worldwide condemnation over new Sharia laws.

2023. Coronation of King Charles III and Queen Camilla at Westminster Abbey, London - first monarch crowned in the UK in 70 years.
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What I found interesting is nothing happened on this date for almost 300 years between 1541 and 1837.
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Bsuds wrote: May 6th, 2024, 5:25 pm What I found interesting is nothing happened on this date for almost 300 years between 1541 and 1837.
Some people are so demanding. :-X
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1626. Dutch colonist Peter Minuit organizes the purchase of Manhattan Island from Native Americans for 60 guilders worth of goods, believed to have been Canarsee Indians of the Lenape.
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May 7.
1355. 1,200 Jews of Toledo, Spain killed by Count Henry of Trastamara.

1429. English siege of Orleans broken by Joan of Arc and the French army.

1660. Isaack B Fubine of Savoy, in The Hague, patents macaroni.

1718. The city of New Orleans is founded by French explorer Jean-Baptiste Le Moyne de Bienville.

1727. Jews are expelled from Ukraine by Empress Catherine I of Russia.

1824. Ludwig van Beethoven's 9th (Choral) Symphony, often regarded as his greatest work, premieres in Vienna.

1867. Swedish chemist Alfred Nobel patents dynamite in England, the first of three patents he would receive for the explosive material.

1877. Cincinnati Enquirer first uses term "bullpen" to indicate baseball field foul territory where late-coming spectators were herded like cattle.

1909. Construction begins on first 100 houses in Ahuzat Bayit (Tel Aviv).

1914. US Congress establishes Mother's Day.

1915. RMS Lusitania sunk by German submarine off the southern coast of Ireland; 1198 lives lost.

1934. World's largest pearl (6.4 kg) found at Palawan, Philippines.

1942. Nazi decree orders all Jewish pregnant women of Kovno Ghetto executed.

1945. World War II: Unconditional German surrender to the Allies signed by General Alfred Jodl at Rheims.

1946. Tokyo Telecommunications Engineering (later renamed Sony) is founded with around 20 employees.

1954. US, Great Britain & France reject Russian membership of NATO.

1966. Mamas & Papas' "Monday Monday" hits #1.

1982. Californian federal jury rules NFL violates antitrust laws in preventing Oakland Raiders move to Los Angeles Coliseum.

1997. Science fiction film "The Fifth Element" written and directed by Luc Besson, starring Bruce Willis and Milla Jovovich is released. Then the most expensive European film ever made.

1998. Mercedes-Benz buys Chrysler for $US40 billion and forms DaimlerChrysler in the then largest industrial merger in history.

2012. Paeleoclimatological research claims dinosaur flatulence may have warmed the earth.

2018. Global tourism accounts for 8% of the world's carbon emissions according to a University of Sydney study.

2024. Stormy Daniels testifies in court to a 2006 sexual encounter with Donald Trump as part of a hush money trial against Trump.
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May 8.
1348. Ship from Bordeaux carrying the plague, lands in Melcombe Regis (now Weymouth), Dorset. The beginning of the Terrible Pestilence (Black Death) in England.

1541. Spanish explorer Hernando de Soto and his expedition are the first Europeans to discover the Mississippi River.

1604. Pierre Dugua de Monts reaches Cap La Hève (La Have) on the Nova Scotia coast, on his way to establish Arcadia, the first successful permanent settlement in New France.

1784. First known deaths by hailstones in US (Winnsborough, South Carolina), eight people died.

1792. British Captain George Vancouver sights and names Mt Rainier, Washington.

1877. 1st Westminster Dog Show held.

1879. George Selden files for 1st patent for a gasoline-driven automobile.

1886. Jacob's Pharmacy in Atlanta sells the first Coca-Cola (contained cocaine).

1902. Mount Pelée on the French overseas island of Martinique erupts, wiping out the city of Saint-Pierre, killing 30,000 and leaving only two survivors.

1919. Edward George Honey first proposes the idea of a moment of silence to commemorate The Armistice of World War I, leads to the creation of Remembrance Day .

1945. Canadian troops move into Amsterdam.

1945. V-E Day: World War II ends in Europe after Germany signs an unconditional surrender.

1947 Polish resistance fighter Witold Pilecki, who had volunteered to be imprisoned in Auschwitz to gain information about the Holocaust, is arrested by Polish communist police.

1950. Tollund Man, an early Iron Age bog body found hanged as a human sacrifice, discovered by men digging for peat in Jutland, Denmark.

1959. Little Caesars Pizza is founded by Mike Ilitch and his wife Marian Ilitch in Garden City, Michigan.

1962. Oskar Schindler and his wife Emilie Schindler are honoured for saving 1200 Jews during WWII, in a ceremony on the Avenue of the Righteous, Jerusalem.

1963. 1st James Bond film, "Dr. No", starring Sean Connery, premieres in US.

1963. U.S. President John F. Kennedy offers Israel assistance against aggression from its neighbours.

1974. Canadian government of Pierre Trudeau falls.

1988. Amateur referees work NJ Devils-Boston Bruins playoff games, as NHL referees walk-off, due to a restraining order brought by Devils.

2005. The new Canadian War Museum opens, in commemoration of the 60th anniversary of V-E Day.

2018. Largest-ever wave at 23.8m recorded in the South Hemisphere at Campbell Island by New Zealand scientists.

2021. Indian Medical Association calls for a national lockdown, criticizing President Modi's government's response as recorded COVID-19 deaths pass 4,000 a day.
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Babba_not_Gump wrote: May 8th, 2024, 4:36 pm May 8.
1348. Ship from Bordeaux carrying the plague, lands in Melcombe Regis (now Weymouth), Dorset. The beginning of the Terrible Pestilence (Black Death) in England.

1541. Spanish explorer Hernando de Soto and his expedition are the first Europeans to discover the Mississippi River.

1604. Pierre Dugua de Monts reaches Cap La Hève (La Have) on the Nova Scotia coast, on his way to establish Arcadia, the first successful permanent settlement in New France.

1784. First known deaths by hailstones in US (Winnsborough, South Carolina), eight people died.

1792. British Captain George Vancouver sights and names Mt Rainier, Washington.

1877. 1st Westminster Dog Show held.

1879. George Selden files for 1st patent for a gasoline-driven automobile.

1886. Jacob's Pharmacy in Atlanta sells the first Coca-Cola (contained cocaine).

1902. Mount Pelée on the French overseas island of Martinique erupts, wiping out the city of Saint-Pierre, killing 30,000 and leaving only two survivors.

1919. Edward George Honey first proposes the idea of a moment of silence to commemorate The Armistice of World War I, leads to the creation of Remembrance Day .

1945. Canadian troops move into Amsterdam.

1945. V-E Day: World War II ends in Europe after Germany signs an unconditional surrender.

1947 Polish resistance fighter Witold Pilecki, who had volunteered to be imprisoned in Auschwitz to gain information about the Holocaust, is arrested by Polish communist police.

1950. Tollund Man, an early Iron Age bog body found hanged as a human sacrifice, discovered by men digging for peat in Jutland, Denmark.

1959. Little Caesars Pizza is founded by Mike Ilitch and his wife Marian Ilitch in Garden City, Michigan.

1962. Oskar Schindler and his wife Emilie Schindler are honoured for saving 1200 Jews during WWII, in a ceremony on the Avenue of the Righteous, Jerusalem.

1963. 1st James Bond film, "Dr. No", starring Sean Connery, premieres in US.

1963. U.S. President John F. Kennedy offers Israel assistance against aggression from its neighbours.

1974. Canadian government of Pierre Trudeau falls.

1988. Amateur referees work NJ Devils-Boston Bruins playoff games, as NHL referees walk-off, due to a restraining order brought by Devils.

2005. The new Canadian War Museum opens, in commemoration of the 60th anniversary of V-E Day.

2018. Largest-ever wave at 23.8m recorded in the South Hemisphere at Campbell Island by New Zealand scientists.

2021. Indian Medical Association calls for a national lockdown, criticizing President Modi's government's response as recorded COVID-19 deaths pass 4,000 a day.
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1962. Oskar Schindler and his wife Emilie Schindler are honoured for saving 1200 Jews during WWII, in a ceremony on the Avenue of the Righteous, Jerusalem.
I had the honor of visiting Oskar Schindler's grave in 2022 when I was in Jerusalem.
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May 10.
1267. Vienna's church orders all Jews to wear a distinctive garb.

1503. Christopher Columbus discovers the Cayman Islands, names them Las Tortugas after its sea turtles.

1534. French navigator Jacques Cartier reaches Newfoundland.

1775. Second Continental Congress convenes in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania and issues paper currency for 1st time.

1877. US President Rutherford B. Hayes has 1st White House telephone installed, in the telegraph room.

1883. First appendectomy performed in North America by Abraham Groves in Canada.

1908. 1st Mother's Day observed in Grafton, West Virginia.

1915. Canadian physician Cluny Macpherson first presents his gas mask invention to the British War Office.

1933. Nazis stage public book burnings in Germany.

1940. Winston Churchill succeeds Neville Chamberlain as British Prime Minister at the head of a coalition government.

1941. Adolf Hitler's deputy Rudolf Hess escapes to Britain to open secret negotiations with the Allies, parachuting into Scotland.

1948. The Muslim Brotherhood's First Battalion attacks Kfar Darom kibbutz, suffering numerous casualties.

1959. Soviet forces arrive in Afghanistan.

1960. US atomic submarine USS Triton completes 1st submerged circumnavigation of the globe.

1963. Decca Records sign The Rolling Stones on advice of Beatle George Harrison.

1966. 25°F lowest temperature ever recorded in Cleveland in May.

1970. Stanley Cup Final, Boston Garden, Boston, MA: Bobby Orr scores famous OT winner as Boston beats St. Louis Blues, 4-3 for 4-0 series sweep.

1973. Stanley Cup Final, Chicago Stadium, Chicago, IL: Yvan Cournoyer has a goal and 2 assists as Montreal Canadiens beat Chicago Blackhawks, 6-4 to take title, 4 games to 2.

1976. Paul Harvey's daily syndicated program "The Rest of the Story" premieres on the ABC Radio Networks, continuing until his death in 2009.

1983. TV sitcom "Laverne & Shirley" last airs on ABC-TV.

1996. "Twister" disaster film written by Michael Crichton starring Helen Hunt and Bill Paxton premieres.

2017 US President Donald Trump shares classified information about ISIS plot with Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov and Ambassador Sergey Kislyak in the Oval Office.

2022. US reports highest rate of gun-related deaths in 24 years in 2020, according to the CDC, with firearm homicides increasing 35% to 6.1 deaths per 100,000 people nationwide.
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May 13.
1607. English colonists led by John Smith establish Jamestown at a second landing near the James River in Virginia - first permanent English settlement in North America.

1643. Heavy earthquake strikes Santiago, Chile; kills a third of the population.

1787. First Fleet headed by Arthur Phillip sets sails with 11 ships of convicts for Botany Bay, Australia.

1861. Queen Victoria announces Britain's position of neutrality during the US Civil War.

1913. 1st four-engined aircraft built and flown (Igor Sikorsky, Russia).

1939. SS St Louis departs Hamburg, Germany with 937 Jewish refugees, bound for Havana, Cuba; authorities refused to admit them, and most of the passengers returned to Europe.

1946. US sentences 58 camp guards of Mauthausen concentration camp to death.

1950. Diner's Club issues its 1st credit cards.

1950. First ever race of the Formula 1 World Drivers Championship is run at Silverstone, England and won by Giuseppe Farina of italy in an Alfa Romeo.

1958. The trade mark Velcro is registered.

1965. Several Arab nations break ties with West Germany after it established diplomatic relations with Israel.

1978. Montreal Canadiens beat the Bruins 4-1, in Game 1 of the Stanley Cup Final, to win their 10th straight Stanley Cup Final game, the most ever in league history.

1989. Approximately 2,000 students begin a hunger strike in Tiananmen Square, China to force a dialogue with the government ahead of a visit by Soviet leader Mikhail Gorbachev.

1996. O.J. Simpson appears on British TV discussing his not guilty verdict.

2004. The final episode of "Frasier" on NBC is watched by 33 million people.

2018. China's first domestically built aircraft carrier begins sea trials.

2021. American CDC says people fully vaccinated against COVID-19 can stop wearing masks.
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I also give thanks for this ethos richness bestowed on us via British Colonialism.

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Re: This day in History

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May 14, 1948 - David Ben-Gurion proclaims the State of Israel

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