History

The Pact of Steel is signed; the Axis is formed

On May 22, 1939, Italy and Germany agree to a military and political alliance, giving birth formally to the Axis powers, which will...

President Nixon arrives in Moscow for historic summit

On May 22, 1972, President Richard Nixon arrives in Moscow for a summit with Soviet leaders. Although it was Nixon’s first visit to...

South Yemen and North Yemen are unified as the Republic...

After 150 years apart, Marxist South Yemen and conservative North Yemen are unified as the Republic of Yemen. Ali Abdullah, president...

The War of the Roses begins

In the opening battle of England’s War of the Roses, the Yorkists defeat King Henry VI’s Lancastrian forces at St. Albans, 20 miles...

Thousands of Jews die in Nazi gas chambers; IG Farben sets...

On May 21, 1942, 4,300 Jews are deported from the Polish town of Chelm to the Nazi extermination camp at Sobibor, where all are gassed...

Spanish conquistador Hernando de Soto dies in American...

On the banks of the Mississippi River in present-day Louisiana, Spanish conquistador Hernando de Soto dies, ending a three-year journey...

Amelia Earhart becomes the first woman to make solo, nonstop...

Five years to the day that American aviator Charles Lindbergh became the first pilot to accomplish a solo, nonstop flight across the...

Charles Lindbergh completes the first solo, nonstop transatlantic...

American pilot Charles A. Lindbergh lands at Le Bourget Field in Paris, successfully completing the first solo, nonstop transatlantic...

Battle for "Hamburger Hill" ends after 10 grueling days

After 10 days and 10 bloody assaults, Hill 937 in South Vietnam is finally captured by U.S. and South Vietnamese troops. The Americans...

Christopher Columbus dies

On May 20, 1506, the Italian explorer Christopher Columbus dies in Valladolid, Spain. Columbus was the first European to explore the...

Vasco da Gama reaches India

Portuguese explorer Vasco de Gama becomes the first European to reach India via the Atlantic Ocean when he arrives at Calicut on the...

Charles Lindbergh takes off across the Atlantic in the...

At 7:52 a.m., American aviator Charles A. Lindbergh takes off from Roosevelt Field on Long Island, New York, on the world’s first...

Supreme Court defends rights of gays and lesbians in Romer...

In a victory for the gay and lesbian civil rights movement, the U.S. Supreme Court votes six to three to strike down an amendment...

Sunday Silence wins Preakness Stakes by a nose

On May 20, 1989, Sunday Silence edges by Easy Goer to win the closest race in the 114-year history of the Preakness Stakes by a nose....

10 Major Labor Strikes Throughout U.S. History

Strikes have been a major, sometimes perilous tactic for workers as they've fought for better wages and working conditions. Since...

Spanish Armada sets sail to secure English Channel

A massive Spanish fleet, known as the “Invincible Armada,” sets sail from Lisbon on a mission to secure control of the English Channel...