This Week in History

MAY 16

1770 – Marie Antoinette married the future King Louis XVI of France.

1975 – Japanese climber Junko Tabei became the first woman to summit Mount Everest.


MAY 17

Martin Tubridy was born.

John Hynes was born.

Bernadette Marie Hyland was born.

Julie Jackson was born.

Margaret Daly was born.


1792 – The New York Stock Exchange was established when a group of 24 brokers and merchants met by a tree on what is now Wall Street and signed the Buttonwood Agreement.

1954 – The Supreme Court ruled unanimously against segregation in schools in Brown v. Board of Education.


MAY 18

Eddie McGrath was born.

Shivaun Prendergast was born.

Genevieve Shaw was born.

Brooke Manley 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

Desmond McGowan was born.


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.

Linda Donovan 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.”

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