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MAY 2

Mary Kilgallen was born.

1939 - Lou Gehrig established a new Major League Baseball record when he played his 2,130th consecutive game. It would take another 57 years before Cal Ripken, Jr. broke it.

2011 - U.S. troops and CIA operatives shot and killed Osama bin Laden in Abbottabad, Pakistan.

 

MAY 3

Marian Scannell Slakman was born.

 

1937 - Margaret Mitchell won the Pulitzer Prize in fiction for "Gone With the Wind."

 

MAY 4

Steven Greenberg was born.

Tracey Benison Mullen was born.

 

1932 - Public Enemy Number One, Al Capone, was jailed for tax evasion.

1970 - Four Kent State University students were shot down by National Guard members during an anti-Vietnam War demonstration.

 

MAY 5

Seibert Ward was born.

 

1891 - Carnegie Hall (then known as Music Hall) opened in New York City. Peter Tchaikovsky was the guest conductor.

1961 - Alan Shepard became the first American in space.

 

MAY 6

Kitty Kelly was born.

Jim Bradley was born.

Coleen Mimnagh was born.

 

1941 - Dictator Joseph Stalin became the premier of Russia.

1954 - British athlete Roger Bannister became the first person to run a mile in under four minutes (3:59:4).

1994 - The Chunnel between England and France officially opened.

 

MAY 7

Meghan Donahue was born.

Megan Prendergast-Millard was born.

Rosemary Munro was born.

Doug Owens was born.

 

1915 - The British ocean liner Lusitania was sunk by a German submarine in World War I off the coast of Ireland.

2000 - Vladimir Putin was inaugurated as Russia’s president.

 

MAY 8

Marina Callaghan was born.

Donna Serrone Fajen was born.

Bob Killian was born.

Colleen Vielandi was born.

Eileen O’Callaghan was born.

 

1945 - V-E Day marks the European victory of the Allies in World War II.

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