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On This Day in Presidential History

May 1

May 2

  • 2011, Barack Obama announces to the nation the death of Osama Bin Laden in Pakistan at the hands of U.S. Military forces.

May 3

May 4

May 5

May 6

May 7

  • 1789, George Washington attends Inaugural Ball.
  • 1914, Woodrow Wilson's daughter Eleanor Randolph Wilson married Secretary of the Treasury William Gibbs McAdoot.

May 8

  • 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.

May 9

  • 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.

May 10

May 11

  • 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.

May 12

  • 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.

May 13

May 14

  • 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.

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May 17

May 18

May 19

May 20

May 21

  • 2000, James Garfield's spine is on display at museum.

May 22

May 23

  • 1824, Union General Ambrose Burnside was born. He served in the American Civil War under President Lincoln.

May 24

  • 1870, Benjamin Cardozo, United States Supreme Court Justice was born. He was nominated by President Herbert Hoover to replace Oliver Wendell Holmes.

May 25

May 26

May 27

  • 1911, Vice President Hubert H. Humphrey was born.
  • 1923, Secretary of State Henry Kissinger is born.

May 28

  • 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.

May 29

  • 1917,  John F. Kennedy is born

May 30

May 31

  • 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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