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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

Marley dies, Ellsberg charges dropped, Dali born

On May 11, 1981, Bob Marley, the soul and international face of reggae music, died of cancer in a Miami, Florida, hospital. He was only 36 years old. On May 11, 1973, charges against Daniel Ellsberg for his involvement in releasing the Pentagon Papers to The New York Times are

Pill approved, secret bombing of Cambodia disclosed, Nixon impeachment begins

On May 9, 1960, the FDA approved the world’s first commercially produced birth-control bill, Enovid-10, made by the Searle Company of Chicago, Illinois. On May 9, 1969, New York Times military correspondent William Beecher wrote a dispatch carried on the paper’s front page, “Raids in Cambodia by U.S. Unprotested,” which

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