Wikipedia: History of the day/May

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May 28, 2022

May 1: Labor Day 1786 - The opera Buffa The Marriage of Figaro, composed by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, premiered at the Burg Theater in Vienna, Austria. 1840 - The first postage stamp, the Penny Black, is issued by the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Ireland. 1898 - American-Spanish War: Battle of Manila Bay begins. 1931 - The Empire State Building (pictured) in New York is completed. 1977 - At least 34 people are killed and 126 injured in bloodshed in Taksim Square in Istanbul, Turkey. View · Discuss · Edit · History May 2: Teacher's Day in Iran, flag anniversary of Poland 1945 - The Siege of Berlin ends when Soviet troops, led by Georgi Zhukov, occupy Berlin. 1952 - Verse 3 of The German Song is designated as Germany's national anthem. 1998 - Hide, the guitarist of the popular Japanese rock band X Japan, mysteriously dies. 1999 - Mireya Moscoso (pictured) is elected Panama's first female president. 2014 - Massive landslide in Afghanistan kills 2,700 people. View · Discuss · Edit · History May 3: Constitution Day in Japan, Constitution Day in Poland, and World Press Freedom Day. 1791 - The Polish-Lithuanian federal parliament adopts the constitution. 1937 - Margaret Mitchell's novel Gone with the Wind wins the Pulitzer Prize. 1960 - The European Free Trade Association (pictured) is founded. 1962 - Mikawashima accident, a train derailment multiple collision accident, occurs inside Mikawashima Station on the Joban Line of the Japan National Railways. 1986 - In Incheon, Republic of Korea, large-scale riots occurred in Incheon, Korea, demanding the enactment of a national constitution and the convening of a constitution-making people's meeting. View · Discuss · Edit · History May 4: Latvia's Independence Day, International Firefighters Day 1886 - The Haymarket Incident occurs in Chicago, Illinois. 1904 - Construction of the Panama Canal (pictured) begins, linking the Pacific and Atlantic oceans. 1919 - The May 4th Movement takes place in Tiananmen Square, China. 1942 - World War II Pacific War: The Battle of the Coral Sea begins. 1979 - Margaret Thatcher becomes the first female prime minister after the Conservatives win a landslide victory in the British general election. View · Discuss · Edit · History May 5: Children's Day in Korea and Japan 1821 - Napoleon I dies on the island of St. Helena, his exile. 1904 - Cy Young achieves the first perfect game in modern baseball. 1912 - Pravda, the official newspaper of the Soviet Bolshevik Party, is founded. 1957 - The Children's Charter is enacted and promulgated in the Republic of Korea. 1961 - Alan Shepard (pictured) aboard the Mercury-Redstone 3 makes the first American manned orbital flight. View · Discuss · Edit · History May 6 1527 - The sack of Rome takes place. 1840 - The world's first postage stamp is issued in England. 1889 - The Eiffel Tower is opened in Paris, France. 1937 - The German Zeppelin airship Hindenburg explodes. 2012 - François Hollande is elected president of France over Nicolas Sarkozy. View · Discuss · Edit · History May 7 1824 - Ludwig van Beethoven's Symphony No. 9, Chorus, premiered in Vienna, Austria. 1915 - World War I: A German submarine U-20 fires a torpedo and sank the British passenger ship RMS Lusitania (pictured), killing 1,198 people. 1945 - World War II: Alfred Jodl signs surrender to Allied forces at Reims, France, on behalf of German Führer Karl Donitz. 1952 - Korean War: At the UN POW camp on Geoje Island.