This Week in History


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

Kristine Caruso was born.

Linda Caruso was born.

Monica Edwards was born.

Raymond Marten was born.

Kara Oberg 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.


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