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General events not linked to a day
National Beef Month
National Barbecue Month
National Loaded Potato Month
National Chocolate Custard
Month National Egg Month
National Hamburger Month
National Salad Month
National Salsa Month
National Strawberry Month
May 1-7: National Raisin Week
May 3-9: National Herb Week
First Saturday in May: National Homebrew Day
The 3rd Monday of May and the rest of the week: American Craft Beer Week
National Chocolate Parfait Day
Save the Rhino Day
1931 The Empire State Building in New York Officially opens
1962 The first Kmart department store opens
1967 Elvis Presley, married his longtime girlfriend, Priscilla Ann Beaulieu
1982 British Warships and Fighter Bombers bombed Argentinean positions at Port Stanley on the Islands as war broke out over the sovereignty of the Falkland Islands
1982 1982 World’s Fair opens in Knoxville, Tennessee
2006 Great American Strike was a one day boycott of United States schools and businesses by immigrants, both legal and illegal
National Chocolate Truffle Day
1844 Elijah McCoy Inventor (1844 – 1929)
1930 Hoover Says Stock Market Crash Temporary Setback
1952 The worlds first commercial Jet Airliner a De Havilland Comet from London for Johannesburg
1997 Tony Blair became Britain’s youngest prime minister in 185 years.
2008 Australia Ongoing Drought
National Raspberry Popover Day
National Raspberry Tart Day
National Chocolate Custard Day
1926 General Strike is called for by the (TUC) in UK
1932 Continued growth in TB / Tuberculosis in US and around the world
1951 Festival of Britain is opened at the Royal Festival Hall by King George VI
1979 Margaret Thatcher Becomes British Prime Minister
1991 Last Dallas Episode Shown
National Candied Orange Peel Day
National Homebrew Day
National Hoagie Day
National Weather Observer’s Day
International Firefighter’s Day
World Asthma Day
1886 Haymarket Square Riot Chicago
1932 Al Capone begins life as convict 40886 in Atlanta Federal Penitentiary serving 11 years for Income Tax Evasion
1970 National Guards fired on protesters at Kent State University and 4 were killed and a further 10 were injured.
1971 GreenPeace launched
2010 First Oil Reaches Louisiana Coast From Deepwater Horizon drilling disaster
National Enchilada Day – Happy Cinco de Mayo!
Children’s Day (Japan)
1891 Carnegie Hall originally called Music Hall has it’s official opening in New York City
1925 John Thomas Scopes a teacher from Dayton, Tennessee is arrested for violating Tennessee’s Butler Act
1961 Alan B. Shepard Jr became the first American in space
National Crepe Suzette Day
1882 Congress passed the Chinese Exclusion Act, which barred Chinese immigrants from the United States for 10 years.
1910 King Edward VII Dies
1937 The German airship Hindenburg the largest dirigible ever built burst into flames
1954 Roger Bannister becomes the first man to run a mile in less than 4 minutes
1994 The Queen and France’s President Francois Mitterrand formally open the Channel Tunnel during two ceremonies in France and Britain.
National Roast Leg of Lamb Day
1711 David Hume, philosopher, historian, economist, and essayist that died 25 August 1776
1754 Joseph Jourbert, French essayist that died 4 May 1824
- Bio on Writers Write
‘One who has imagination without learning has wings without feet.’ Joseph Joubert
1840 Tchaikovsky’s Birthday (1840 – 1893)
1915 A German torpedo sinks the British Ocean liner Lusitania off the Irish coast, killing nearly 1,200 people.
1937 Hindenburg Disaster
1940 Angela Carter, literary writer (died 16 February 1992)
- Bio on Writers Write
‘Comedy is tragedy that happens to other people’
- Where to start reading Angela Carter
1941 Glenn Miller and His Orchestra recorded “Chattanooga Choo Choo.”
1941 Germany continues to send large numbers of Bombers laden with bombs targeting Liverpool, North East, North West, Bristol and London
1945 Germany signs unconditional surrender at Rheims in France bringing to an end six years of war in Europe.
1953 Deborah Wiles, children’s book author
1956 British Health Minister RH Turton, rejects calls for a government campaign against smoking, saying no ill-effects have actually been proven from smoking and the link between smoking and lung Cancer has not been proved.
1977 Seattle Slew won the Kentucky Derby, the first of his Triple Crown victories for three-year-old thoroughbred horses
2014 Space Day
National Coconut Cream Pie Day
1884 Harry Truman’s Birthday (1884 – 1972)
1945 VE Day / Victory In Europe Declared
1970 Just shortly after the Break Up of the Beatles is announced The Beatles Final original album “Let It Be” is released by Apple Records.
1973 Battle Of Wounded Knee Ends
1988 Murder Via Cyanide in Excedrin Capsules
2000 The Tate Modern art gallery in a conversion of the former power station on Bankside in London opens its doors to the world’s media
National Shrimp Day
National Foodies Day
1949 first laundromat to accept coins in UK
1960 The Food and Drug Administration approved the first pill for contraceptive use in Birth Control
1974 Nixon impeachment hearings begin against President Richard M. Nixon
1974 Bruce Springsteen nicknamed “The Boss,” with his E Street Band performed a concert in Cambridge, Mass., which made the well known rock critic Jon Landau write, “I saw rock and roll future and it’s name is Bruce Springsteen.”
National Liver and Onions Day
Clean Up Your Room Day
1924 J. Edgar Hoover is appointed by President Calvin Coolidge to be the Sixth director of the Bureau of Investigation (BOI) name changed in 1936 to the FBI
1926 General strike in England
1940 Battle Of France Begins
1965 Warren Buffet Gains Controlling Interest In Berkshire-Hathaway
1994 South Africa’s newly elected parliament chose an Unopposed Nelson Mandela to be the country’s first black president.
1998 Sinn Fein leader Gerry Adams and other members of Sinn Fein, the political wing of the republican IRA, vote to accept the Good Friday peace agreement.
National “Eat What You Want” Day
1812 Edward Lear’s Birthday (1812 – 1888)
1909 Salvador Dali’s Birthday (1909 – 1989)
1934 A huge dust storm is spotted moving from the Midwest. The dust storm was 1,500 miles long, 900 miles across and two miles high
1953 F5 tornado struck Waco, Texas where 48 were known dead and more than 250 injured.
1997 IBM’s The Deep Blue defeated Garry Kasparov to win a six-game chess match between man and computer in New York.
National Nutty Fudge Day
1820 Florence Nightingale’s birthday (1820 – 1910)
1932 The Baby son kidnapped from Charles Lindbergh was found dead just miles away from the Lindbergh home
1937 King George VI was crowned at Westminster Abbey.
2008 An Earthquake measuring 7.8 strikes near Chengdu, Sichuan’s provincial capital in south western China leaving more than 60 thousand dead
National Apple Pie Day
National Fruit Cocktail Day
National Hummus Day
1938 “When the Saints Go Marching In” was recorded by Louis Armstrong and his Orchestra.
1940 Churchill makes First Speach As Prime Minister
1985 Philadelphia Police Department drop a bomb containing C-4 and Tovex from a helicopter onto MOVE’s residence part of a row of tenements on Osage Avenue
National Buttermilk Biscuit Day
1727 Thomas Gainsborough (artist) born
1804 Lewis and Clarke Began their expedition
1847 Webster’s Dictionary First Published
1940 The British Secretary of State for War Anthony Eden announced the creation of the Local Defence Volunteers ( LDV ) name changed in July of to “The Home Guard”.
1942 Congress creates the Women’s Army Auxiliary Corps ( WACS )
1948 The independent state of Israel is proclaimed as British rule in Palestine came to an end.
1957 Petrol rationing, which has been in force in Britain and France for five months following the Suez crisis ends.
1991 Winnie Mandela, the wife of Nelson Mandela, is given a six-year prison sentence for her part in the kidnap of four youths suspected of being police informers, one of the kidnapped boys later died of his injuries.
National Chocolate Chip Day
1856 L.F. Baum’s Birthday (1856 – 1919)
1940 Nylon stockings from DuPont ( Nylon invented in 1935 by Wallace Carothers ) went on general sale for the first time in the United States.
1941 The Gloster-Whittle E 28/39 Jet aircraft flies successfully over Cranwell, England, ( First Jet Aircraft Flight )
1942 Gas rationing goes into effect across 27 US states as part of the war effort.
1957 Britain tests first hydrogen bomb on the Christmas Island area in the Pacific Ocean,
National Barbecue Day
1927 Following the floods in Louisiana rescue workers have so far found over 20 people dead with more coming as they continue to check homes flooded due to the flooding
1929 The First ever Academy Awards of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Awards were handed out at a banquet held at the Hollywood Roosevelt Hotel.
1943 Resistance in the Jewish ghetto in Warsaw has ended as SS Police and Wehrmacht units using tanks and other armoured vehicles take back control of the ghetto crushing resistance after 1 month of fighting.
1966 BT Tower, in London, was officially opened to the public
1969 Rioting and protests against the war in Vietnam continue on campuses throughout California with local National Guardsman patrolling Berkeley campus of the University of California area with fixed bayonets to keep peace and order.
2005 Army Specialist Sabrina Harman was convicted at Fort Hood, Texas, for her role in the mistreatment of Iraqi prisoners at Abu Ghraib.
2019 IM Pei, architect of the Louvre, Paris and others, died (born 26 April 1917)
- Renowned architect IM Pei dies at age 102
- Spotlight: IM Pei on Arch Daily
- IM Pei: His most iconic buildings in pictures
National Cherry Cobbler Day
1943 Lancaster bombers use the revolutionary bomb designed to bounce on the water to bypass dam defences ( immortalised in a 1954 war film Dambusters ) .
1954 The United States Supreme Court ruled unanimously in Brown v. Board of Education , ruling that racial segregation in public educational facilities is unconstitutional.
1973 The investigation of Watergate by the Senate begins televised hearings on the Watergate scandal.
National Cheese Souffle Day
I love Reese’s Day
International Museum Day
1964 Large numbers of Mods and Rockers involved in violent clashes at a number of seaside resorts on the south coast of England
1980 Mount St. Helens located in the Cascade Range erupted and blasted 1,300 ft off it’s top that sent hot mud, gas and ashes running down it’s slopes
National Devil’s Food Cake Day
1921 The Emergency Quota Act was passed into law which limits the number of immigrants admitted into the US.
1962 Marilyn Monroe performed a rendition of “Happy Birthday” for President John F. Kennedy for his forty-fifth birthday during a fund-raiser at New York’s Madison Square Garden.
National Quiche Lorraine Day
National Pick Strawberries Day
1927 Amelia Earheart’s TransAtlantic Flight
1927 Charles Lindbergh who many called the “flying fool” sets off from Roosevelt Field in Long Island, NY, flying the “Spirit of St. Louis” on an epic flight from New York to Paris. He completed the 33-hour, 30-minute flight and landed at Le Bourget Airport, Paris on the evening of 21 May.
1961 An angry mob consisting of all white’s attacked a busload of “Freedom Riders” ( Freedom Riders were testing the United States Supreme Court decision Boynton v. Virginia, that gave them a legal right to disregard local segregation ordinances regarding interstate transportation facilities. ) in Montgomery, Ala.
1973 The British Royal Navy Frigates the Cleopatra, the Plymouth and the Lincoln are sent to the disputed Icelandic 50-mile zone to protect British trawlers fishing inside the zone as the COD WAR between Britain and Iceland escalates.
National Strawberries and Cream Day
1799 Mary Anning’s Birthday (1799 – 1847)
1844 Henri Rousseau’s Birthday (1844 – 1910)
1881 American Red Cross Founded
1927 Charles Lindbergh landed in Paris, completing the first nonstop trans-Atlantic flight
1932 Amelia Earhart becomes the first woman to make a solo air crossing of the Atlantic Ocean, from Newfoundland to Ireland
1991 Indian Prime Minister Rajiv Gandhi is assassinated
2010 Scientists in the United States successfully created artificial life by creating the first live cell to be controlled by synthetic DNA.
National Vanilla Pudding Day
International Jazz Day
1570 First Atlas Published
1844 Mary Cassatt’s Birthday (1844 – 1926)
1927 An earthquake measuring 8.6 on Richter scale strikes Xining in the eastern part of Qinghai province It was one of the deadliest earthquakes on record with a total count of 200,000 deaths.
1965 Berkeley University Anti Vietnam Protests
1972 Ceylon changes it’s name from Ceylon to Sri Lanka
1981 The Yorkshire ripper Peter Sutcliffe found guilty of killing 13 women
1989 Students occupied Tiananmen Square in Beijing
National Taffy Day
World Turtle Day
1929 New gold rush starts in Australia
1934 Bank robbers Bonnie Parker and Clyde Barrow gunned down with over 100 rounds of ammunition by police in Black Lake, Louisiana.
1988 Median price for a home is now $87,700
1998 A referendum on the Good Friday peace agreement held in Northern Ireland and the Irish Republic ended with 3 to 1 support.
National Escargot Day
1844 First Morse Code Message Sent
1883 The Brooklyn Bridge, linking Brooklyn and Manhattan over the East River opens to traffic
1934 Month Long Drought in Midwest continues
1941 German Battleship Bismarck Sinks HMS Hood
1961 Two buses carrying 27 ‘Freedom Riders’ 25 Negroes and two whites were arrested by city police officers in Jackson Mississippi and charged with disobeying an officer and breach of peace.
1976 Air France from Paris and British Airways from London simultaneously began Concorde service to Dulles Airport, Washington cutting the travel time from 7 hours to 3 1/2 hours.
National Brown-Bag-It Day
National Wine Day
Missing Children’s Day
1895 Playwright Oscar Wilde was found guilty of gross indecency in London and sentenced two years of hard labour.
1925 A high school science teacher, John T. Scopes was indicted for teaching the theory of evolution in his classes, as the Tennessee state law prohibits the teaching of evolution in public schools.
1935 Jesse Owens broke three world records at the Big Ten meet in Ann Arbor, Michigan including broad jump, the 220-yard dash and the low hurdles.
1961 President Kennedy has asked Congress for $531 million to help the US put a man on the moon before the end of the decade . On July 21st 1969 , Neil Armstrong became the first man to set foot on the Moon.
1968 The Gateway Arch in St. Louis standing 630 feet tall, and 630 feet wide at its base is dedicated
1977 First Of The Star Wars Movies Opens
National Blueberry Cheesecake Day
National Cherry Dessert Day
Blueberry Cheesecake Day
1896 The Dow Jones Industrial Average was first published. The average price of the 12 initial stocks was 40.94
1940 The Dunkirk evacuation begins “Operation Dynamo” was launched for the evacuation of British, French and Belgian soldiers from the beaches of Dunkirk in northern France
1950 After 11 years petrol rationing finally ends in Great Britain
1951 Sally Ride’s Birthday
1969 Beatle John Lennon and his wife Yoko Ono stage a public ‘bed in’ for world peace – staying in bed for a week in a hotel in Montreal.
National Italian Beef Day
National Grape Popsicle Day
Masking Tape patented
1907 Rachel Carson’s Birthday (1907 – 1964)
1923 First Le Mans 24 hour race
1937 Golden Gate Bridge connecting San Francisco and Marin County, California is opened to pedestrian traffic and more than 200,000 pedestrians walked across on opening day.
1941 The German battleship Bismarck is sunk in the Atlantic by the Royal Naval ships Dorsetshire, King George V and Rodney
1997 F5 tornado ( Winds Greater Than 260 MPH )and almost 800 feet wide strikes Jarrell, Texas, destroying the town and killing 27 people.
National Brisket Day
1859 Big Ben arrives in Westminster
1959 MonkeyNauts Able and Baker in Space
1977 Beverly Hills Supper Club fire
1987 A 19 year old West German, Mathias Rust, flying a light plane undetected from Helsinki to Moscow and lands safely in Red Square
National Biscuit Day
1917 John F. Kennedy’s Birthday
1932 World War I veterans known as the ” Bonus Army ” begin arriving in Washington to demand cash bonuses they weren’t scheduled to receive for another 13 years be paid early to allow them to survive
1942 Bing Crosby records the world’s top selling record White Christmas
1953 Edmund Hillary of New Zealand and Tenzing Norgay of Nepal become the first explorers to reach the top of Mount Everest
1985 Heysel Stadium Disaster in Belgium
National Mint Julep Day
1911 The first ever running of the Indianapolis 500
1922 The Lincoln Memorial built to honor Abraham Lincoln the 16th president of the United States, is dedicated by Former President William Howard Taft in Washington, D.C.
1937 The Memorial Day Massacre takes place when Ten union demonstrators are killed and 84 are wounded when police opened fire in front of the South Chicago Republic Steel plant.
1959 The first full size hovercraft , the SR-N1, designed by Sir Christopher Cockerell, is launched and tested at Cowes on the Isle of Wight.
National Macaroon Day
1859 Big Ben rings out over the Houses of Parliament in Westminster, London, England for the first time.
1889 Dam Break Johnstown, Pennsylvania kills thousands
1916 The Battle of Jutland during World War I
1935 Earthquake hits Northwestern India leaving an estimated 20,000 people dead in Quetta.
1970 An earthquake measuring 7.9 on the Richter scale 30 km off the coast of Casma, Peru in the Pacific Ocean causes the destabilized the northern wall of Mount Huascarán causing an avalanche that buries the towns of Yungay and Ranrahirca. Due to the speed the avalanche travelled at more than 100 miles per hour little warning was given and an estimated 50,000 people in the two cities lost their lives making it the worst natural disaster ever recorded in the history of Peru.
1977 The almost 800 miles long Trans Alaska Oil Pipeline is completed
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