This Week in History


May 21

Lynne Light was born.

Jim Murphy was born.

Liam Rayder was born.


1956 - The first hydrogen bomb to be dropped by air exploded over the Bikini Atoll in the Pacific.

1999 - Susan Lucci finally won a Daytime Emmy on her 19th nomination.


May 22

Danielle Gannon was born.

Laura Lombardi was born.


1972 - Ceylon became Sri Lanka.

1992 - Johnny Carson hosted the last episode of his Tonight Show.


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

Linda Caruso was born.

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.


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

Wil Hurley was born.

Kerin Whalen was born.

Kevin Kelleher was born.

Nadia Murphy was born.

Christopher Wallace was born.

Charlie Zurheide was born.


1937 - Golden Gate Bridge in San Francisco opened.