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May Calendar: Today in History
National Physical Fitness and Sports Month: President's Council on Physical Fitness and Sports
American Wetlands Month
MAY DAY - Honored as a day to celebrate workers and the labor movement in numerous countries.
ACCORDING TO MOTHER GOOSE - "The young maid who, the first of May, goes to the fields at break of day, and washes with dew from the hawthorn tree, will ever after handsome be."
1707 - Act of Union - England and Scotland became Great Britain.
1948 - North Korea was established.
2011 - U.S. President Barack Obama announced that Osama bin Laden, founder of the terrorist organization al Qaeda, was killed in Abbottabad, Pakistan.
1994 - Nelson Mandela was elected president of South Africa.
2003 - New Hampshire's Old Man of the Mountain collapsed.
1926 - Floyd Bennett and Richard E. Byrd flew over the North Pole.
1962 - The Beatles signed their first record deal.
1775 - Fort Ticonderoga was captured from the British by Ethan Allen and the Green Mountain Boys.
1869 - Completion of the First Transcontinental Railroad.
1924 - J. Edgar Hoover became the director of the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI).
1862 - United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) was created.
1972 - Governor of Alabama, George Wallace, was shot.
1770 - Wedding of Marie Antoinette and the future King Louis XVI.
1929 - First Academy Awards were held.
1506 - Death of Christopher Columbus in Spain.
1927 - Charles Lindbergh, a.k.a. "Lucky Lindy," began the first nonstop solo flight around the world aboard the Spirit of Saint Louis.
1932 - Amelia Earhart began her flight as the first woman to fly across the Atlantic Ocean solo.
1961 - Busload of "Freedom Riders" attacked in Montgomery, Alabama.
2002 - East Timor became an independent nation.
1881 - Predecessor of the American Red Cross was founded by Clara Barton.
1956 - Hydrogen bomb dropped over the Bikini Atoll.
1873 - Predecessor of the Royal Canadian Mounted Police formed in Canada.
1934 - Bonnie Parker and Clyde Barrow killed by police.
1949 - Creation of the German Federal Republic.
1844 - Samuel Morse's first telegraph message: "What hath God wrought?"
1883 - Brooklyn Bridge opened.
1521 - Edict of Worms banned Martin Luther's works.
1978 - Opening of the first Atlantic City casino.
1703 - Peter the Great founded St. Petersburg, Russia.
1937 - San Francisco's Golden Gate Bridge opened.
1431 - Joan of Arc was burned at the stake.