May 1 1999 – After 75 Years, the Body of Climber George Mallory is Found on Mount Everest

May 1 1999 – After 75 Years, the Body of Climber George Mallory is Found on Mount EverestRate this post *Image Credit: Wikimedia Commons More than five miles above sea level, a group of four mountain climbers led by Conrad Anker found what they were looking for on May 1, 1999. A human foot jutting from the windswept rock face of Mount Everest is not often something to garner worldwide attention. Gruesome discoveries of dead climbers are common, but this one was different: it was the body of English climber George Mallory, missing since 1924. In closing the book on a 75-year-old mystery, Anker and his team deepened a decades-long […]

May 2 1611 – The King James Bible is Published for the First Time

May 2 1611 – The King James Bible is Published for the First TimeRate this post *Image Credit: Wikimedia Commons After seven years of hard work by 47 scholars, Robert Parker sent the King James Bible to print on May 2, 1611. In commissioning the first complete English translation of Christianity’s most sacred book, the king hoped to end protests by the Puritan faction of the Church of England. The result, beyond simply an authoritative text on which to continue building the national religion, would have far-reaching influence on the language itself. More than two centuries earlier, philosopher and theologian John Wycliffe was the first Englishman to clamor for changing […]

May 3 1469 – Italian Author and Politician Niccolo Machiavelli is born in Florence

May 3 1469 – Italian Author and Politician Niccolo Machiavelli is born in FlorenceRate this post *Image Credit: Wikimedia Commons The Renaissance is, undoubtedly, one of the most important eras for art and literature in European history. Masters of sculpture and painting have come to define Florence’s reputation as the Italian cultural center of the period, but a well-known author and political theorist also called the city home: Niccolo Machiavelli, born on May 3, 1469. Over the course of his time both in and out of power, he composed some of the most famous letters in Italian history and developed a philosophy on government still recognized for its truth and […]

4 May 1970 – Students Protesting the Vietnam War are Killed on the Campus of Kent State University

4 May 1970 – Students Protesting the Vietnam War are Killed on the Campus of Kent State UniversityRate this post *Image Credit: Wikimedia Commons During one of the most contentious periods in American history, a singular event crystallized the resistance to the Vietnam War: members of the Ohio National Guard killed four unarmed students at Kent State University on May 4, 1970. The images of terrified and heartbroken protesters crouching over the dead forever defined the era with an unmistakable sense of division within the United States. To some, it is the tipping point for a new attitude among the public towards American involvement in Southeast Asia. In the last […]

May 5 1862 – The Mexican Army Defeats the French at the Battle of Puebla

May 5 1862 – The Mexican Army Defeats the French at the Battle of PueblaRate this post *Image Credit: Wikimedia Commons Five months after Napoleon III of France ordered troops into Mexico under the guise of defending his country’s interests, the Mexican Army scored a major victory at the Battle of Puebla on May 5, 1862. Facing superior numbers and advanced technology held by their counterparts from Europe, the native soldiers managed to slow the French march toward Mexico City. Cinco de Mayo, an annual celebration in the state of Puebla and across the United States, commemorates the triumph to this day. Ever since achieving independence from Spain in 1821, […]

May 6 1758 – French Lawyer and Politician Maximilien Robespierre is Born

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May 6 1758 – French Lawyer and Politician Maximilien Robespierre is BornRate this post In the midst of a tumultuous time, one man seemed to lead the charge toward a new republic during the French Revolution. Maximilien Robespierre, born on May 6, 1758 in the small city of Arras, became the loudest voice during the Reign of Terror — and, ultimately, was swallowed up by the very spirit of rebellion he instigated with his impassioned speeches. For centuries before his birth, Robespierre’s family made the Artois province — now part of the Picardy region in northern France — their home. Growing up 110 miles north of Paris, he was heavily […]

May 7 1952 – Geoffrey W.A. Dummer Proposes the Integrated Circuit

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May 7 1952 – Geoffrey W.A. Dummer Proposes the Integrated CircuitRate this post In a world built on the microchip, it is easy to forget just how revolutionary the idea for an integrated circuit was when it debuted. First proposed by Geoffrey W.A. Dummer in a research paper published on May 7, 1952, the electronic breakthrough has dramatically shifted the human experience. What was once viewed as simply a method for mass producing semiconductors is now used in everything from greeting cards to a child’s toy. Alessandro Volta, an Italian physicist, created the first rudimentary electrical circuit in 1800 using a basic salt solution connected with a pair of metal […]

May 8 1945 – World War II Officially Ends in Europe, Leading to Massive “V-E Day” Celebrations

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May 8 1945 – World War II Officially Ends in Europe, Leading to Massive “V-E Day” CelebrationsRate this post After nearly six years at war, Europe was finally able to breathe a collective sigh of relief on May 8, 1945. Less than a day after the German Army submitted to an unconditional surrender at Reims, France, millions of people gathered in cities all over the world to celebrate the defeat of Adolf Hitler’s Third Reich. With more than 16 million soldiers and at least 23 million citizens killed in Europe alone — approximately 1 of every 10 people — World War II had taken a tremendous toll. Following the invasion […]

May 9 1860 – Scottish Author James Barrie is Born

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May 9 1860 – Scottish Author James Barrie is BornRate this post Long before he wrote one of the most-loved children’s stories of all time, James Barrie was born in the tiny Scottish town of Kirriemuir on May 9, 1860. Though a highly-successful playwright and novelist after moving to London, he is remembered best as the creator of Peter Pan and, according to some, the man responsible for popularizing the name “Wendy.” The ninth of ten children, Barrie grew up the son of a weaver in his small hometown in eastern Scotland. His father, David, ran a stable weaving business and left much of the responsibility for raising the children […]

May 10 2002 – The Siege of the Church of the Nativity Ends

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May 10 2002 – The Siege of the Church of the Nativity EndsRate this post Following 39 days of tense discussion fraught with international implications, Palestinian militants and Israeli officials finally agreed to end the Siege of the Church of the Nativity in Bethlehem on May 10, 2003. The Church of the Nativity is a basilica significant to both Christianity and Islam, and is a UNESCO World Heritage Site — the threat of its destruction loomed large over the faithful throughout the world. With the situation brought to a relatively peaceful conclusion, the conflict over the West Bank turned the page on another chapter in its checkered history. In 327, […]