Today in History, English
Today in History, English

52411May.06Death2015 – Jim Wright, American soldier, lawyer, and politician, 56th Speaker of the United States House of Representatives (b. 1922)
52412May.06Holiday and observanceChristian Feast Day:Dominic SavioEvodius of Antioch (Roman Catholic Church)François de LavalGerard of LunelLucius of CyrenePetronax of Monte CassinoSt George's Day related observances (Eastern Orthodox Church):Day of Bravery, also known as Gergyovden (Bul
52413May.06Holiday and observanceEarliest day on which Military Spouse Day can fall, while May 12 is the latest celebrated on Friday before Mother's Day (United States)
52414May.06Holiday and observanceInternational No Diet Day
52415May.06Holiday and observanceMartyrs' Day (Gabon)
52416May.06Holiday and observanceMartyrs' Day (Lebanon and Syria)
52417May.06Holiday and observanceTeachers' Day (Jamaica)
52418May.06Holiday and observanceThe first day of Hıdırellez (Turkey)
52419May.07Event351 – The Jewish revolt against Constantius Gallus breaks out. After his arrival at Antioch, the Jews begin a rebellion in Palestine.
52420May.07Event558 – In Constantinople, the dome of the Hagia Sophia collapses. Justinian I immediately orders that the dome be rebuilt.
52421May.07Event1274 – In France, the Second Council of Lyon opens to regulate the election of the Pope.
52422May.07Event1429 – Joan of Arc ends the Siege of Orléans, pulling an arrow from her own shoulder and returning, wounded, to lead the final charge. The victory marks a turning point in the Hundred Years' War.
52423May.07Event1487 – The Siege of Málaga commences during the Spanish Reconquista.
52424May.07Event1664 – Louis XIV of France begins construction of the Palace of Versailles.
52425May.07Event1697 – Stockholm's royal castle (dating back to medieval times) is destroyed by fire. It is replaced by the current Royal Palace in the eighteenth century.
52426May.07Event1718 – The city of New Orleans is founded by Jean-Baptiste Le Moyne, Sieur de Bienville.
52427May.07Event1763 – Pontiac's War begins with Pontiac's attempt to seize Fort Detroit from the British.
52428May.07Event1794 – French Revolution: Robespierre introduces the Cult of the Supreme Being in the National Convention as the new state religion of the French First Republic.
52429May.07Event1824 – World premiere of Ludwig van Beethoven's Ninth Symphony in Vienna, Austria. The performance is conducted by Michael Umlauf under the composer's supervision.
52430May.07Event1832 – The independence of Greece is recognized by the Treaty of London. Otto of Wittelsbach, Prince of Bavaria is chosen king.
52431May.07Event1840 – The Great Natchez Tornado strikes Natchez, Mississippi killing 317 people. It is the second deadliest tornado in United States history.
52432May.07Event1846 – The Cambridge Chronicle, America's oldest surviving weekly newspaper, is published for the first time in Cambridge, Massachusetts
52433May.07Event1847 – The American Medical Association is founded in Philadelphia.
52434May.07Event1864 – American Civil War: The Army of the Potomac, under General Ulysses S. Grant, breaks off from the Battle of the Wilderness and moves southwards.
52435May.07Event1864 – The world's oldest surviving clipper ship, the City of Adelaide is launched by William Pile, Hay and Co. in Sunderland, England, for transporting passengers and goods between Britain and Australia.
52436May.07Event1895 – In Saint Petersburg, Russian scientist Alexander Stepanovich Popov demonstrates to the Russian Physical and Chemical Society his invention, the Popov lightning detector — a primitive radio receiver. In some parts of the former Soviet Union the anni
52437May.07Event1915 – World War I: German submarine U-20 sinks RMS Lusitania, killing 1,198 people including 128 Americans. Public reaction to the sinking turns many formerly pro-Germans in the United States against the German Empire
52438May.07Event1915 – Japanese 21 Demands Ultimatum to China (Commemorated as National Day of Humiliation)
52439May.07Event1920 – Kiev Offensive: Polish troops led by Józef Piłsudski and Edward Rydz-Śmigły and assisted by a symbolic Ukrainian force capture Kiev only to be driven out by the Red Army counter-offensive a month later.
52440May.07Event1920 – Treaty of Moscow: Soviet Russia recognizes the independence of the Democratic Republic of Georgia only to invade the country six months later.

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