This Week in History


May 23

Kara Oberg was born.


1830 - The Baltimore and Ohio Railroad began the first passenger service in the United States.

1934 - Bonnie (Parker) and Clyde (Barrow) were killed in a police shootout.


May 24

Kristine Caruso was born.

Monica Edwards was born.

Raymond Marten was born.


1844 -  Samuel Morse transmitted the first telegraph message, in which he asked, "What hath God wrought?"

1935 - Major League Baseball’s first night game was played under the lights at Cincinnati’s Crosley Field as the hometown Reds defeated Philadelphia, 2–1.


May 25

1925 - John Scopes was indicted for teaching Darwin's theory of evolution.

1969 - Midnight Cowboy, the only X-rated film to win a best picture Oscar, was released.


MAY 26

Lloyd Carroll was born.

Thomas Carroll was born.

Felicia Johnson was born.


1959 - Pittsburgh Pirates’ Harvey Haddix pitched 12 perfect innings against the Milwaukee Braves before losing, 1–0, in the 13th.

1977 - George Willig, "the human fly," scaled the World Trade Center. It took Willig three and a half hours to make the climb.


MAY 27

Kevin Kelleher was born.

Wil Hurley was born.

Kerin Whelan was born.

Nadia Murphy was born.

Christopher Wallace was born.

Daniel Bond was born.

Charlie Zurheide was born.


1937 - Golden Gate Bridge in San Francisco opened.


MAY 28

Patricia O’Hara was born.


1957 - Baseball owners voted to allow the Brooklyn Dodgers and New York Giants to move to Los Angeles and San Francisco, respectively.


MAY 29

1790 - Rhode Island became the 13th state in the United States, the last of the original colonies to ratify the Constitution.

1953 - Edmund Hillary and Tenzing Norgay became the first to reach the summit of Mount Everest.