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June 1, General Motors files for bankruptcy

On June 1, 2009, General Motors files for bankruptcy. The natural course of this fourth largest official business failure was forestalled by the auto maker bailout, which progressives would later ballyhoo as a complete success in that investors and businesses would jump on the rescued company – which is what

May 31, Emperor Petronius Maximus

On May 31, 455, the Roman Emperor Flavius Petronius Maximus dies, soon followed by the Vandal sack of Rome. In a system without terms or term limits for rulers, his 78 days at the top of the Western Roman Empire ended as so many did, in violence – in this

SF White Night riots, 2 Irish hunger strikers die

On May 21, 1979, the White Night riots erupted in San Francisco following the manslaughter conviction of Dan White for the assassinations of George Moscone and Harvey Milk. On May 21, 1981, Irish Republican hunger strikers Raymond McCreesh and Patsy O’Hara die on hunger strike in Maze prison.

Barlett dies, Wilde released, TE Lawrence dies

On May 19, 1795, Josiah Bartlett, a New Hampshire Patriot and signatory of the Declaration of Independence who also served as the state’s governor and Supreme Court chief justice, died. On May 19, 1897, Oscar Wilde was released from jail after two years of hard labor. In 1891, the Marquess

Beijing protests begin, WWI Selective Service Act, RI outlaws slavery

On May 18, 1989, a crowd of protesters, estimated to number more than one million, marched through the streets of Beijing calling for a more democratic political system. Less than a month later, Chinese troops would forcibly remove protesters from Tiananmen Square, killing an estimated 2,500 and injuring as many

Soviets leave Afgh, Wallace shot, NWSA formed, Okinowa returned to Japan

On May 15, 1988, after more than eight years in Afghanistan, Soviet troops began their withdrawal. The event marked the beginning of the end to a long, bloody, and fruitless Soviet occupation of Afghanistan. On May 15, 1972, Alabama Governor George Wallace, the Democratic presidential candidate with the most total

Jamestown founded, Const Con, Freedom Rider bus firebombed

On May 14, 1607, Jamestown, Virginia, was settled as the first English colony in the future United States. On May 14, 1787, delegates to the Constitutional Convention began to assemble in Philadelphia to confront changes to the Article of Confederation. Though the convention was supposed to begin on May 14,

Mexican War, Germany invades France, Free Speech movement

On May 13, 1846, in a blatant attempt to grab territory, the United States declared war on Mexico beginning the Mexican-American War. On May 13, 1940, Germany invaded France as the German army crosses the Meuse and British Prime Minister Winston Churchill makes his “blood, toil, tears, and sweat” speech

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