This Week in History


May 18

Eddie McGrath was born.

Shivaun Prendergast was born.


1642 - The city of Montreal was founded by the French.

1980 - Mount St. Helens, in Washington state, erupted after being dormant for 123 years.


MAY 19

Roy Richter was born.

Desmond McGowan was born.


1536 - Anne Boleyn, the second wife of King Henry VIII, was beheaded.

1962 - Marilyn Monroe sang “Happy Birthday” to president John F. Kennedy.

1994 - Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis died in New York.


May 20

1927 - Charles Lindbergh began the first solo nonstop transatlantic flight, departing from Long Island aboard the Spirit of Saint Louis.

1932 - Amelia Earhart took off from Newfoundland to become the first woman to fly solo across the Atlantic.


May 21

Lynne Light was born.

Jim Murphy 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.


1972 - Ceylon became Sri Lanka.

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


May 23

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

Kara Oberg 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.

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