Historic Anniversaries this Week
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Historical Anniversaries this Week

May 24

Events (800 years ago today): 1218 - The Fifth Crusade leaves Acre for Egypt.

Births (150 years ago today): 1868 - Charlie Taylor, American engineer and mechanic (d. 1956)

Births (100 years ago today): 1918 - Coleman Young, American politician, 66th Mayor of Detroit (d. 1997)

May 25

Events (50 years ago today): 1968 - The Gateway Arch in Saint Louis is dedicated.

Births (200 years ago today): 1818 - Jacob Burckhardt, Swiss historian and academic (d. 1897)

Births (200 years ago today): 1818 - Louise de Broglie, Countess d'Haussonville, French essayist and biographer (d. 1882)

Births (50 years ago today): 1968 - Kendall Gill, American basketball player, boxer, and sportscaster

Deaths (50 years ago today): 1968 - Georg von Küchler, German field marshal (b. 1881)

May 26

Events (150 years ago today): 1868 - The Impeachment of Andrew Johnson ends with his acquittal by one vote.

Events (100 years ago today): 1918 - The Democratic Republic of Georgia is established.

Events (50 years ago today): 1968 - H-dagurinn in Iceland: Traffic changes from driving on the left to driving on the right overnight[2]

Births (50 years ago today): 1968 - Fernando León de Aranoa, Spanish director, producer, and screenwriter

Deaths (1200 years ago today): 818 - Ali al-Ridha, Saudi Arabian 8th of The Twelve Imams (b. 766)

Deaths (200 years ago today): 1818 - Michael Andreas Barclay de Tolly, Russian field marshal and politician, Governor-General of Finland (b. 1761)

May 27

Births (200 years ago today): 1818 - Amelia Bloomer, American journalist and activist (d. 1894)

Births (150 years ago today): 1868 - Aleksa ?anti?, Bosnian poet and author (d. 1924)

Births (100 years ago today): 1918 - Yasuhiro Nakasone, Japanese commander and politician, 45th Prime Minister of Japan

Births (50 years ago today): 1968 - Jeff Bagwell, American baseball player and coach

Deaths (100 years ago today): 1918 - ?zutsu Man'emon, Japanese sumo wrestler, the 18th Yokozuna (b. 1869)

May 28

Events (100 years ago today): 1918 - The Azerbaijan Democratic Republic and the First Republic of Armenia declare their independence.

Births (200 years ago today): 1818 - P. G. T. Beauregard, American general (d. 1893)

Births (100 years ago today): 1918 - Johnny Wayne, Canadian comedian (d. 1990)

Births (50 years ago today): 1968 - Kylie Minogue, Australian singer-songwriter, producer, and actress

Deaths (50 years ago today): 1968 - Fyodor Okhlopkov, Russian sergeant and sniper (b. 1908)

May 29

Events (150 years ago today): 1868 - Mihailo Obrenovi? III, Prince of Serbia is assassinated.

Events (100 years ago today): 1918 - Armenia defeats the Ottoman Army in the Battle of Sardarabad.

Births (450 years ago today): 1568 - Virginia de' Medici, Italian princess (d. 1615)

Births (50 years ago today): 1968 - Torquhil Campbell, 13th Duke of Argyll, Scottish politician

Deaths (50 years ago today): 1968 - Arnold Susi, Estonian lawyer and politician, Estonian Minister of Education (b. 1896)

Commemorations:
International Day of UN Peacekeepers

May 30

Events (150 years ago today): 1868 - Decoration Day (the predecessor of the modern "Memorial Day") is observed in the United States for the first time (by "Commander-in-chief of the Grand Army of the Republic" John A. Logan's proclamation on May 5).

Events (50 years ago today): 1968 - Charles de Gaulle reappears publicly after his flight to Baden-Baden, Germany, and dissolves the French National Assembly by a radio appeal. Immediately after, less than one million of his supporters march on the Champs-Élysées in Paris. This is the turning point of May 1968 events in France.

Births (300 years ago today): 1718 - Wills Hill, 1st Marquess of Downshire, English politician, Secretary of State for the Colonies (d. 1793)

Births (250 years ago today): 1768 - Étienne Marie Antoine Champion de Nansouty, French general (d. 1815)

Births (100 years ago today): 1918 - Pita Amor, Mexican poet and author (d. 2000)

Births (50 years ago today): 1968 - Jason Kenney, Canadian lawyer and politician, 40th Canadian Minister of National Defence

Deaths (300 years ago today): 1718 - Arnold van Keppel, 1st Earl of Albemarle, Dutch-English general (b. 1670)

Deaths (100 years ago today): 1918 - Georgi Plekhanov, Russian philosopher and theorist (b. 1856)

 


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