On This Day In History ~ May
United States Presidents
On This Day in Presidential History
- 2011, Barack Obama announces to the nation the death of Osama Bin Laden in Pakistan at the hands of U.S. Military forces.
- 1789, George Washington attends Inaugural Ball.
- 1914, Woodrow Wilson's daughter Eleanor Randolph Wilson married Secretary of the Treasury William Gibbs McAdoot.
- 1846, Zachary Taylor fights in the Battle of Palo Alto during the Mexican-American War.
- 1884, Harry S. Truman is born.
- 1945, President Harry S. Truman delivers a radio message to the nation, announcing Germany's surrender, ending World War 2. V-E Day.
- 1914, Woodrow Wilson officially signs into law a national holiday for mothers. Wilson's Mother's Day Proclamation designated the observance to be held every second Sunday in May.
- 1858, Minnesota becomes a state under James Buchanan
- 1909, William Howard Taft signs a bill into law that establishes Glacier National Park, as the nation's 10th national park.
- 1961, John F. Kennedy orders more troops be sent to South Vietnam.
- 1863, Abraham Lincoln received news of the death of Confederate General "Stonewall" Jackson.
- 1961, Lyndon B. Johnson visits South Vietnam.
- 2014, The Washington Monument, a tribute to George Washington, reopend after a closure due to earthquake damage sustained in the summer of 2011.
- 1804, Sent by Thomas Jefferson, Lewis and Clark depart on an expedition to explore the Northwest following the Louisiana Purchase in 1803 that doubled the size of the United States.
- 1948, United States President Harry Truman recognizes the provisional Jewish Government and the new State of Israel.
- 2000, James Garfield's spine is on display at museum.
- 1824, Union General Ambrose Burnside was born. He served in the American Civil War under President Lincoln.
- 1870, Benjamin Cardozo, United States Supreme Court Justice was born. He was nominated by President Herbert Hoover to replace Oliver Wendell Holmes.
- 1911, Vice President Hubert H. Humphrey was born.
- 1923, Secretary of State Henry Kissinger is born.
- 1996, Bill and Hillary Clinton's business partners; James and Susan McDougal along with Governor Jim Guy Tucker, of Arkansas are convicted of fraud in the Whitewater land scandal.
- 1917, John F. Kennedy is born
- 2005. W. Mark Felt is revealed as 'Deep Throat' the secret source of journalists Woodward and Bernstein, who brought to surface details in the the Richard Nixon Watergate Scandal.
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