This day in history May 2021
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Started by metmike - May 3, 2021, 7:26 p.m.

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By metmike - May 3, 2021, 7:34 p.m.
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1715 – A total solar eclipse is visible across northern Europe and northern Asia, as predicted by Edmond Halley to within four minutes accuracy.

1855 – American adventurer William Walker departs from San Francisco with about 60 men to conquer Nicaragua.

1920 – A Bolshevik coup fails in the Democratic Republic of Georgia.

1921   – West Virginia becomes the first state to legislate a broad sales tax, but does not implement it until a number of years later due to enforcement issues.

By metmike - May 5, 2021, 1:12 a.m.
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1973Secretariat wins the 1973 Kentucky Derby in 1:592⁄5, an as-yet unbeaten record.

By metmike - May 6, 2021, 2:25 a.m.
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1536   – King Henry VIII orders English-language Bibles be placed in every church. In 1539 the Great Bible would be provided for this purpose.

1889 – The Eiffel Tower is officially opened to the public at the Universal Exposition in Paris.

1915Babe Ruth, then a pitcher for the Boston Red Sox, hits his first major league home run.

1954Roger Bannister becomes the first person to run the mile in under four minutes


By metmike - May 7, 2021, 12:23 a.m.
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1840 – The Great Natchez Tornado strikes Natchez, Mississippi killing 317 people. It is the second deadliest tornado in United States history.

1915World War I: German submarine U-20 sinks RMS Lusitania, killing 1,198 people, including 128 Americans. Public reaction to the sinking turns many former pro-Germans in the United States against the German Empire.

2000Vladimir Putin is inaugurated as president of Russia.

By metmike - May 8, 2021, 1:58 a.m.
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453 BCSpring and Autumn period: The house of Zhao defeats the house of Zhi, ending the Battle of Jinyang, a military conflict between the elite families of the State of Jin. metmike: This sounds more like a video game (-:

By metmike - May 9, 2021, 1:46 a.m.
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1865   – American Civil War: President Andrew Johnson issues a proclamation ending belligerent rights of the rebels and enjoining foreign nations to intern or expel Confederate ships.

1926 – Admiral Richard E. Byrd and Floyd Bennett claim to have flown over the North Pole (later discovery of Byrd's diary appears to cast some doubt on the claim.)