This Week in History



Kathy Lehane Cawthorne was born.


1914 - Mother's Day became a public holiday.

1994 - The South African parliament chose Nelson Mandela as president.


MAY 10

John L. Muldoon was born.

Laura Flower-Bruns was born.

Karen Potter was born.


1924 - J. Edgar Hoover became director of the FBI.

1940 - Winston Churchill succeeded Neville Chamberlain as British prime minister.


MAY 11

1997 - IBM's supercomputer, Deep Blue, defeated Garry Kasparov, the reigning world champion, in a six-game chess match.


May 12

Coleen Lane was born.


1932 - The body of Charles and Anne Lindbergh's kidnapped baby was found.

1943 - Axis forces in North Africa surrendered.


May 13

Jim Devine was born.

1940 - Winston Churchill gave his first speech as prime minister: "I have nothing to offer but blood, toil, tears and sweat."

1981 - Pope John Paul II was shot and wounded by Mehmet Ali Agca as he drove through a crowd in St. Peter's Square, Rome.


May 14

Tricia Davey was born.

Tim Harkins was born.

Bernadette O’Brien was born.


1904 - The Olympic Games were held in the United States for the first time, in St. Louis, Missouri.

1998 - Frank Sinatra died at the age of 82.


May 15

Courtney Donahue was born.


1940 - Nylon stockings went on sale for the first time in the United States.

1988 - The Soviet Union began to withdraw its estimated 115,000 troops from Afghanistan.