This Week in History

May 23

1830 – The Baltimore and Ohio Railroad began the first passenger service in the U.S.

1934 – Bonnie (Parker) and Clyde (Barrow) were killed in a police shootout.


May 24

Kara Oberg was born.

Monica Edwards was born.

Linda Caruso was born.


1844 – Samuel Morse transmitted the first telegraph message, “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

Tom Sullivan was born.


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.

Kristine McManus 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.


MAY 27

Wil Hurley was born.

Kerin Whalen was born.

Kevin Kelleher was born.

Nadia Murphy was born.

Christopher Wallace was born.

Charlie Zurheide was born.

Ralph Mazza was born.


1937 – Golden Gate Bridge in San Francisco opened.


MAY 28

Patricia O’Hara was born.

Mandy George was born.


1957 – Baseball owners voted to allow the Brooklyn Dodgers and New York Giants to move to Los Angeles and San Francisco, respectively.


MAY 29

Jen LaPrice was born.


1790 – Rhode Island became the 13th state, the last of the original colonies to ratify the Constitution.

1953 – Edmund Hillary and Tenzing Norgay became the first to reach the summit of Mount Everest.

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