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May 19 1536 Anne Boleyn, the second wife of King Henry VIII, was beheaded. 1588 The 130-ship-strong Spanish Armada set sail for England; it was defeated in August. 1643 The colonies ...

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May 18 1642 The city of Montreal was founded by the French. 1804 Napoleon Bonaparte was proclaimed Emperor of France by the French Senate. 1896 The Supreme Court affirmed racial segregation ...

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May 17 1792 The New York Stock Exchange was established when a group of 24 brokers and merchants met by a tree on what is now Wall Street and signed the Buttonwood Agreement. 1875 The ...

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May 16 1770 Marie Antoinette married the future King Louis XVI of France. 1868 The first ballot on one of 11 articles of impeachment in the U.S. Senate failed to convict President Andrew ...

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May 15 1862 The U.S. Department of Agriculture was created by an act of Congress on this day. 1911 The Standard Oil Company, headed by John D. Rockefeller, was ordered dissolved by ...

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1870 Manitoba became a province of Canada. 1932 The body of Charles and Anne Lindbergh’s kidnapped baby was found. 1937 Britain’s King George VI was crowned at Westminster Abbey ...

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1775 Ethan Allen and his Green Mountain Boys captured Fort Ticonderoga from the British. 1863 Confederate General Stonewall Jackson died after being accidentally shot by his own troops. 1869 The ...

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1914 Mother’s Day became a public holiday. 1926 Explorers Richard E. Byrd and Floyd Bennett flew over the North Pole. 1936 Fascist Italy annexed Ethiopia. 1962 The Beatles signed ...

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1794 Antoine Laurent Lavoisier, the father of modern chemistry, was guillotined during the Reign of Terror. 1877 The first Westminister Dog Show was held. 1902 Mount Pelee on Martinique ...

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May 5 1809 Mary Kies of South Killingly, Conn., became the first woman to be granted a patent. The patent was for the rights to a technique for weaving straw with silk and thread. 1821 Napoleon ...
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