This Month in History

Each day witnesses something new which quietly slips into the folds of history with the setting Sun. If History was to open its chapters, each day would unfold a series of events that made it “The Day”.
This Month in History is a small section that takes us down the corridors of World History and recalls the events that took place world over in a span of a month. It covers birthdays, wars, inventions, discoveries, feats, education and art — all that can possibly come together under one roof and is spread over centuries.
This quick recap of historical events is a rendezvous with the past. So get set for a roller coaster ride down memory lane!

The month of May is the fifth month of the year. Over the years, this month has seen events of great historical importance. Here’s glancing at history through the month of May…

May 1

Observed as May Day, it is also known as International Labour Day and was first observed in the United States of America in 1886 to commemorate the Haymarket affair in Chicago.

In 1707, on the same day Great Britain was formed as a Union between England and Scotland.

In 1960, an American U-2 spy plane flying at 60,000 feet was shot down in Central Russia heightening the Cold War tensions.

2004, saw eight former communist nations and two Mediterranean countries join the European Union marking its largest ever expansion.

In the year 1960 in India, the State of Maharashtra was formed.

May 2

In 2011, on this day U S Special Operations forces killed Osama Bin Laden during a raid on his secret compound in Abbottabad, Pakistan.

The day also marks the birthday of the great Indian director Satyajit Ray who was born in 1921.

May 3

The day marks the birthday of Italian writer and statesman Niccolo Machiavelli in 1469.

Raja Harishchandra, the first full length Indian feature film was released on this day in 1913.

May 7

The world’s largest pearl was discovered in the Philippines in 1934.

The Beatles released their last album “Long and Winding Road” in 1970.

Another great Indian writer, Rabindranath Tagore, was born in the month of May in 1861.

May 8

WHO announced the eradication of small pox worldwide in 1980.

May 9

The syrup for Coca Cola was invented by Atlanta Pharmacist John Styth Permerton in 1886.

Madhu Sapre, Miss India, was crowned the second runner up at the Miss Universe Beauty Pageant in 1992.

May 10

Nelson Mandela became South Africa’s first black president in 1994.

In 1999 the Tamil Nadu Government withdrew the controversial Prevention of Terrorist Activities (POTA) Bill.

May 11

In 1916 on this very day Einstein presented his Theory of General Relativity.

In 1998 three underground nuclear tests took place at Pokhran Range in Rajasthan. The Trishul Missile was tested successfully.

May 14

Year 1878 – Vaseline Petroleum Jelly hit market stands.

Year 1992 – LTTE was banned in India.

May 18

The year 1804 marked Napoleon Bonaparte as the Emperor of France.

The ten day Golden Temple siege at Amritsar ended with the surrender of 46 militant Sikhs in 1988.

May 21

Formation of American Red Cross in 1881.

Cargo transportation service was started between Calcutta and Bagdogra in 1927.

May 25

Release of the movie blockbuster Star Wars in 1978.

The year 1917 marked the arrest of Sagarmal Gopa, a freedom fighter, in Jaisalmer on this day.

May 29

Sir Edmund Hillary climbed the top of Mt Everest in 1953.

May 30

1987 – Goa became the 25th state of India.