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1975 - Vietnam War: Operation Frequent Wind: The U.S. begins to evacuate US citizens from Saigon prior to an expected North Vietnamese takeover. U.S. involvement in the war comes to an end.
 
Yup I remember it very well. End of an era and beginning of another for the survivors in that sad land...and while the forced indoctrinations and proscriptions by the North are gone....and relations improved between fromer foes. They were not pleasant memories for a then young corporal who could have very easily been sent there in 1972.
 
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May 1st:
1751 - 1st American cricket match is played
1778 - American Revolution: The Battle of Crooked Billet begins in Hatboro, Pennsylvania.
1822 - John Phillips becomes 1st mayor of Boston
1841 - 1st emigrant wagon train leaves Independence, Missouri for Calif
1844 - Whig convention nominates Henry Clay as presidential candidate
1848 - The Fraternity of Phi Gamma Delta is founded at Jefferson College in Canonsburg, Pennsylvania.
1850 - John Geary becomes 1st SF mayor
1857 - William Walker, conqueror of Nicaragua, surrenders to US Navy
1862 - Union captain David Farragut conquers New Orleans
1863 - Battle of Chancellorsville, VA (29,000 injured or died)
1863 - Battle of Port Gibson, Mississippi
1863 - Confederate "National Flag" replaces "Stars & Bars"
1863 - Confederate congress passed resolution to kill black soldiers
1864 - -8] Battle at Alexandria, Louisiana (Red River Campaign)
1864 - Atlanta campaign, GA begins
1864 - Wilderness campaign
1866 - American Equal Rights Association forms
1867 - Howard University chartered
1867 - Reconstruction of South begins, black voter registration
1873 - 1st US postal card issued
1884 - Construction begins on Chicago 1st skyscraper (10 stories)
1884 - Proclamation of the demand for eight-hour workday in the United States.
1886 - US general strike for 8 hour day, begins
1889 - 1st International Workers Day, according to 2nd International
1892 - US Quarantine Station opens on Angel Island, SF Bay
1893 - World Columbian Exposition opens in Chicago
1898 - George Dewey commands, "You may fire when you are ready, Gridley" as US route Spanish fleet at Manila
1900 - Premature blast collapses mine tunnel killing 200 at Scofield, Utah
1901 - Pan-American Exposition opens in Buffalo
1915 - German submarine sinks US ship Gulflight
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1936 - FBI's J Edgar Hoover arrests Alvin Karpis
1937 - FDR signs act of neutrality
1943 - Food rationing begins in US
1948 - Glenn Taylor, Idaho Senator, arrested in Birmingham Alabama for trying to enter a meeting through a door marked "for Negroes"
1957 - US give Poland credit of $95 million
1961 - 1st US airplane hijacked to Cuba
1966 - US troops shooting targets in Cambodia
1982 - 1982 World's Fair in Knoxville Tennessee opens
1985 - US president Reagan ends embargo against Nicaragua
1989 - US Supreme Court rules employees have legal burden to prove non- discriminatory reasons for not hiring or promoting
2006 - The Puerto Rican government closes the Department of Education and 42 other government agencies due to significant shortages in cash flow.
2007 - The Los Angeles May Day mêlée occurs, in which the Los Angeles Police Department's response to a May Day pro-immigration rally become a matter of controversy.



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May 1st in WA State history:

Schuyler and Eliza Saunders settle at future site of Chehalis on May 1, 1850.

Charles Terry homesteads site of Alki business district on May 1, 1852.

Mary Low Sinclair arrives in Cadyville (future Snohomish City) on May 1, 1865.

Seattle citizens begin work on their railroad, the Seattle & Walla Walla, on May 1, 1874.

Seattle City Council bans tents in fire area on May 1, 1890.

May Day picnic celebrates first irrigation water reaching Sequim Prairie on May 1, 1896.

First Washington Volunteer Infantry Regiment musters for the Spanish American War on May 1, 1898.

Brewery workers in 11 Puget Sound towns strike on May 1, 1905.

Grading crews finish work on the Rainier Vista (designed for Seattle's A-Y-P Exposition on the UW campus) on May 1, 1908.

Governor Roland Hartley fires J. Webster Hoover as State Highway Engineer and on May 1, 1927, appoints Samuel J. Humes.

Port of Willapa Harbor holds its first commission meeting on May 1, 1928.

Seattle Teachers' Credit Union is chartered on May 1, 1936.

Seattle opens Service Men's Club on May 1, 1941.

Salishan Housing Project in Tacoma opens for war workers on May 1, 1943.

Seattle docks and piers are given new designations on May 1, 1944.

Jim Whittaker, REI sales manager, becomes first American to reach Mount Everest summit on May 1, 1963.

King County's Home Rule Charter takes effect on May 1, 1969.

Weeks of protests erupt in Seattle beginning on May 1, 1970, against U. S. entry into Cambodia and to protest the killing of four Kent State students.

Nisqually Delta Association is founded on May 1, 1970.

Seattle is first major city to legislate a police shooting policy on May 1, 1978.

The U.S. Supreme Court rules that the Environmental Impact Statement for a proposed Methow Valley ski resort is adequate on May 1, 1989.

Rioting erupts in Seattle following verdicts in Rodney King beating on May 1, 1992.

Wal-Mart opens its first store in Washington at Omak on May 1, 1993.

Helen and Bill Thayer begin a 1,600-mile walk across the Gobi Desert on May 1, 2001.

Thousands march streets of Seattle and Yakima in support of immigrants' rights on May 1, 2006.


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Forgot one, May first, 2008.  The military half of my family takes over the hamlet of Silicum.  Big smile
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This was a good piece of personal historySmile.

May 2nd:
1670 - King Charles II charters Hudson Bay Company
1776 - France & Spain agreed to give weapons to American rebels
1863 - South defeats North in Battle of Chancellorsville, Va
1863 - Stonewall Jackson attacks Chancellorsville, wounded by his own men
1865 - Pres Johnson offers $100,000 reward for capture of Jefferson Davis
1878 - US stops minting 20 cent coin
1890 - Territory of Oklahoma created
1916 - US president Wilson signs Harrison Drug Act
1919 - 1st US air passenger service starts
1926 - US military intervenes in Nicaragua
1946 - Prisoners revolt at Alcatraz, 5 die
1956 - US Methodist church disallows race separation
1962 - US performs atmospheric nuclear test at Christmas Island
1972 - US performs nuclear test at Nevada Test Site
1980 - US performs nuclear test at Nevada Test Site
1984 - US performs nuclear test at Nevada Test Site
1985 - US performs nuclear test at Nevada Test Site
2000 - President Bill Clinton announces that accurate GPS access would no longer be restricted to the United States military.
2011 - Osama bin Laden, the suspected mastermind behind the September 11 attacks and the FBI's most wanted man is killed by the United States special forces in Abbottabad, Pakistan.
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May 3rd:
1765 - 1st US medical college opens in Philadelphia
1802 - Washington, D.C. is incorporated as a city
1861 - Lincoln asks for 42,000 Army Volunteers & another 18,000 seamen
1863 - Battle of Chancellorsville-Beaten Union army withdraws
1863 - Battle of Fredricksburg, VA (Marye's Heights)
1863 - Battle of Salem Church, VA
1864 - 3rd day in Battle at Alexandria Louisiana: Confederate assault
1921 - West Virginia imposes 1st state sales tax
1926 - US marines land in Nicaragua (9-mo after leaving), stay until 1933
1943 - US 1st armour division occupies Mateur Tunisia
1944 - Meat rationing ends in US
1971 - Nixon administration arrests 13,000 anti-war protesters in 3 days
1983 - US bishops condemn nuclear weapons
2001 - The United States loses its seat on the U.N. Human Rights Commission for the first time since the commission was formed in 1947.

In WA state history

Quarrels and scuffles in Sehome end with Abner Dunn shooting Frank Mahoney on May 3, 1862.

Seattle doubles in size by annexing north-of-downtown communities on May 3, 1891.

Seattle beginnings: Dunlap Post Office opens on May 3, 1894.

City of Seattle annexes the Town of South Park on May 3, 1907.

City of Seattle annexes Columbia City on May 3, 1907.

Columbia River Bridge at Kettle Falls opens to traffic on May 3, 1941.

Seattle University installs Fr. William J. Sullivan, SJ, as its 20th president on May 3, 1976.

About 200 WSU students and others riot in Pullman on May 3, 1998.




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May 4th:
1776 - Rhode Island declares independence from England
1780 - American Academy of Arts & Science founded
1846 - US state Michigan ends death penalty
1847 - NY State creates a Board of Commissioners of Emigration
1851 - 1st major SF fire
1858 - War of Reform (Mexico); Liberals establish capital at Vera Cruz
1862 - -5] Battle at Williamsburg, Virginia
1862 - Yorktown, VA - McClellan halted his troop before town as it is full of armed torpedoes left by CS Brigadier General Gabrial Rains
1863 - Battle of Chancellorsville-action at Salem Church
1863 - End of Chancellorsville - Beaten Union army withdraws
1864 - -16] actions at Drewry's Bluff, Virginia
1864 - Gen Grant's Army at Potomac attacks at Rappahannock
1864 - Ulysses S. Grant crosses Rapidan & begins his duel with Robert E Lee
1865 - Battle of Citronville, AL; Richard Taylor surrenders
1865 - Battle of Mobile, AL
1883 - John Gordon Cashmans begins "Vicksburg Evening Post" (Miss)
1886 - Haymarket riot in Chicago; bomb kills 7 policemen
1904 - Construction begins by the United States on the Panama Canal.
1923 - NY state revokes Prohibition law
1942 - Food 1st rationed in US
1954 - US performs atmospheric nuclear test at Bikini Island
1956 - US performs atmospheric nuclear test at Enwetak
1961 - CORE begins freedom rides from Washington, DC
1962 - US performs atmospheric nuclear test at Christmas Island
2007 - Greensburg, Kansas is almost completely destroyed by a 1.7m wide EF-5 tornado.

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May 5th:
1809 - Mary Kies is 1st woman issued a US patent (weaving straw)
1814 - British attack Ft Ontario, Oswego, NY
1816 - American Bible Society organized (NY)
1847 - American Medical Association organized (Philadelphia)
1855 - NYC regains Castle Clinton, to be used for immigration
1861 - Alexandria, VA - CS troops abandon city
1862 - Peninsular Campaign-Battle of Williamsburg, VA
1863 - Battle of Tupelo, MS
1864 - Battle between Confederate & Union ships at mouth of Roanoke
1864 - Battle of Wilderness, VA (Germanna Ford, Wilderness Tavern)
1864 - Campaign in Northern Georgia - Chattanooga GA to Atlanta GA
1865 - 1st US train robbery (North Bend Ohio)
1877 - Indian Wars: Sitting Bull leads his band of Lakota into Canada to avoid harassment by the United States Army under Colonel Nelson Miles.
1891 - Music Hall (Carnegie Hall) opens in NY, Tchaikovsky as guest conductor
1893 - Panic of 1893: Great crash on NY Stock Exchange
1920 - US Pres Wilson makes Communist Labor Party illegal
1921 - 1st ranger for Cleveland Metroparks hired
1922 - Construction begins on Yankee Stadium (Bronx)
1924 - Unions terminate Twentse textile strike
1925 - John T Scopes arrested for teaching evolution in Tennessee
1942 - US begins rationing sugar during WW II
1947 - Mississippi Valley flooding kills 16 & causes $850M in damage
1955 - US performs nuclear test at Nevada test Site
1958 - US performs atmospheric nuclear test at Enwetak
1965 - 1st large-scale US Army ground units arrive in South Vietnam
1970 - US performs nuclear test at Nevada test Site
1971 - Race riot in Brownsville section of Brooklyn (NYC)
1983 - US performs nuclear test at Nevada Test Site

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May 6th:
1787 - 1st Black Masonic Lodge (African # 459) forms Prince Hall, Boston
1835 - 1st edition of NY Herald (price 1 cent)
1835 - James Gordon Bennett, Sr. publishes the first issue of the New York Herald.
1853 - 1st major US rail disaster kills 46 (Norwalk, Connecticut)
1861 - Arkansas & Tennessee becomes 9th & 10th state to secede from US
1861 - Jefferson Davis approves a bill declaring War between US & Confederacy
1861 - American Civil War: Arkansas secedes from the Union.
1864 - Battle of Port Walthall Junction, VA
  1864 - Battle of Wilderness-Gen Longstreet seriously injured
1864 - General Sherman begins advance to Atlanta Georgia
1882 - Chinese Exclusion Act: US Congress ceases Chinese immigration
1890 - Mormon Church renounces polygamy [1006-Truth Restored (Morman pub)]
1960 - Pres Eisenhower signs Civil Rights Act of 1960
1962 - US performs nuclear test at Pacific Ocean
1975 - 3 people die in tornado that strikes Omaha, Nebraska
1981 - US expels Libyan diplomats
1986 - Donald E Pelotte becomes 1st native American bishop

In WA state history:

U.S. President Benjamin Harrison visits Tacoma on May 6, 1891.

Helga and Clara Estby begin walking from Mica Creek, Spokane County, to New York City on May 6, 1896.

Washington State carries out its first execution on May 6, 1904.

Women's University Club of Seattle holds its first meeting on May 6, 1914.

Ferry Peralta (rebuilt as Kalakala) burns down on May 6, 1933.

Fire destroys the Weiser Lumber Company in Marysville on May 6, 1955.

Soviet Cosmonaut Gherman Titov visits Seattle's Century 21 Exposition on May 5 and May 6, 1962.

Black Student Union presents demands to University of Washington on May 6, 1968.

Seattle City Councilman Paul Alexander dies on May 6, 1969.

President Richard M. Nixon signs Executive Order 11593 authorizing the protection of the nation's cultural and historical sites as specified by the National Environmental Policy Act of 1969 (NEPA) on May 6, 1971.

Avista Utilities, the Sierra Club, and the Center for Environmental Law & Policy work out a dam-relicensing agreement to restore full-time flows to Spokane's Spokane Falls on May 6, 2009.


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May 7th:
1700 - William Penn began monthly meetings for Blacks advocating emancipation
1718 - The city of New Orleans was founded by Jean-Baptiste Le Moyne de Bienville .
1789 - 1st inaugurational ball (for George Washington in NYC)
1792 - Capt Robert Gray discovers Grays Harbor (Washington)
1800 - Indiana Territory organized
1864 - Battle of Wilderness ends (total losses: USA-17,666; CSA-7,500)
1867 - Blacks stage ride-in to protest segregation in New Orleans
1873 - US marines attack Panama
1912 - Columbia University approves plans for awarding the Pulitzer Prize in several categories The award is established by Joseph Pulitzer
1914 - US Congress establishes mother's day
1943 - Liberty Ship George Washington Carver, named after scientist, launched
1943 - US 1st Armour division occupies Ferryville Tunisia
1943 - US 9th Infantry division occupies Bizerta/Bensert Tunisia
1947 - General MacArthur approves Japanese constitution
1962 - US performs atmospheric nuclear test at Christmas Island
1982 - US performs nuclear test at Nevada Test Site
1992 - US space shuttle STS-49 launched (maiden voyage of Endeavour)

In WA state history:

Captain Robert Gray enters Grays Harbor on May 7, 1792.

Aviator Fred J. Wiseman makes the first powered flight in Snohomish County in Snohomish on May 7, 1911.

Kitsap County Board of Commissioners on May 7, 1923, sets the date for a special election to form the Port of Manchester.

FBI arrest William Dainard, mastermind of the Weyerhaeuser kidnapping, in San Francisco on May 7, 1936.

Floatplane piloted by adventurer Bradford Washburn crashes upon landing at Lake Union and two drown on May 7, 1938.

Seattle Police vigilantes assault citizens on May 7, 1970.

Washoe and family move into the Chimpanzee and Human Communication Institute at Central Washington University (Ellensburg) on May 7, 1993.

Tacoma sells its portion of coal-fired steam plant near Centralia on May 7, 2000.




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May 8th:
1784 - Only known deaths by hailstones in US (Winnsborough SC)
1792 - British Capt George Vancouver sights, names Mt Rainier, Wash
1792 - US establishes military draft
1846 - 1st major battle of Mexican War fought at Palo Alto Texas
1858 - John Brown holds antislavery convention
1861 - Richmond Va, is named the capital of the Confederacy
1862 - Valley Campaign: Federals repulsed at Battle of McDowell Va
1871 - English-US treaty ends Alabama dispute
1950 - Chiang Kai-shek asks US for weapons
1951 - US performs atmospheric nuclear test at Enwetak
1958 - Pres Eisenhower orders National Guard out of Central HS, Little Rock
1958 - VP Nixon is shoved, stoned, booed & spat upon by protesters in Peru
1960 - USSR & Cuba resume diplomatic relations
1963 - JFK offers Israel assistance against aggression
1967 - Muhammad Ali is indicted for refusing induction in US Army
1984 - USSR announces it will not participate in LA Summer Olympics
1989 - US space shuttle STS-30 lands
1990 - Cuyahoga County voters approve sin tax to build Cleveland Gateway

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May 9th:
1754 - 1st newspaper cartoon in America-divided snake "Join or Die"
1837 - "Sherrod" burns in Mississippi River below Natchez Miss; 175 dies
1846 - Battle of Resaca de la Palma-US sends Mexico back to Rio Grande
1862 - Battle of Farmington, MS
1862 - Battle of Ft Pickens, FL (Pensacola), evacuated by CS
1862 - US Naval Academy relocated from Annapolis MD to Newport, RI
1864 - -20] Skirmish at Ware Bottom Church, Virginia
1864 - Battle of Cloyd's Mt, & Swift Creek, VA (Drewery's Bluff, Ft Darling)
1864 - Battle of Dalton, GA
1868 - The city of Reno, Nevada, is founded.
1944 - 1st eye bank opens in New York
1944 - Country singer Jimmie Davis becomes governor of Louisiana
1960 - US is 1st country to use the birth control pill legally
1960 - US send U-2 over USSR
1962 - US performs atmospheric nuclear test at Christmas Island
1963 - US performs nuclear test at Nevada Test Site
1979 - US & USSR sign Salt 2 treaty, limiting nuclear weapons
1997 - 1st US ambassador since Saigon fell arrives in Vietnam

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May 10th:
1676 - Bacon's Rebellion, frontiersmen vs Virginia government begins
1775 - 2nd Continental Congress names George Washington, supreme commander
1861 - Union troops march on state militia in St Louis, MI
1862 - Battle of Plum Run Bend, TN (Plum Point Bend)
1864 - Battles at Spotsylvania Court House, Virginia
1864 - Skirmish at Ny River Virginia
1865 - Jefferson Davis captured at Irwinsville Georgia
1872 - Victoria Woodhull becomes 1st woman nominated for US president
1876 - Centennial Fair opens in Philadelphia
1879 - Meteor falls near Estherville, Iowa
1908 - 1st Mother's Day observed (Phila)
1960 - US atomic sub USS Triton completes 1st around world under water trip
1960 - USS Nautilus completes 1st circumnavigation of globe under water
1972 - US performs nuclear test at Nevada Test Site

In WA state history:

Acting Governor Henry McGill issues a proclamation on May 10, 1861, calling on citizens to organize themselves into a civilian militia.

Worst coalmine disaster in Washington history kills 45 miners at Roslyn on May 10, 1892.

Cooks and waiters at Seattle's Hotel Butler strike on May 10, 1902.

Seattle's King Street Station opens on May 10, 1906.

Seattle City Council initiates condemnation process to acquire site for future Seward Park on May 10, 1909.

Seattle Police Officer Fred Ivey is shot and killed by a robbery suspect on May 10, 1928.

Eugene R. Hoffman becomes superintendent of Seattle City Light on May 10, 1939.

Federal Theatre Project enacts Flotilla of Faith historical pageant on the Columbia River at Vancouver on May 10, 1939.

Astronaut John Glenn visits the Seattle World's Fair on May 10, 1962.

Washington's State Environmental Policy Act (SEPA) is approved on May 10, 1971.

Ice Age mammoth tusk is discovered at Moxee on May 10, 2001.

The Madrona-Sally Goldmark Branch, The Seattle Pubic Library, reopens on May 10, 2008.


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May 11th:
1751 - 1st US hospital founded (Pennsylvania Hospital)
1752 - 1st US fire insurance policy issued (Philadelphia)
1814 - Americans defeat British at Battle of Plattsburgh
1816 - American Bible Society forms (NY)
1850 - Work starts on 1st brick building in SF
1858 - Minnesota admitted as 32nd US state
1862 - Confederates scuttle CSS Virginia off Norfolk, VA
1864 - Battle of Yellow Tavern, VA (Sheridan's Raid, South Anna Bridge)
1864 - Gen J E B Stuart is mortally wounded at Yellow Tavern
1865 - Jeff Thompson surrenders
1894 - American RR Union strikes Pullman Sleeping Car Co
1907 - Bank of SF incorporated
1911 - The United States becomes a signatory to the Buenos Aires copyright treaty.
1943 - US 7th div lands on Attu, Aleutian, (1st US territory recaptured)
1945 - US marines conquer Awatsha Draw Okinawa
1958 - US performs atmospheric nuclear test at Enwetak
1958 - US performs atmospheric nuclear test at Bikini Island
1962 - US performs atmospheric nuclear test at Christmas Island
1962 - US sends troops to Thailand
1972 - US performs nuclear test at Nevada Test Site


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May 12th:
1780 - British troops occupy Charleston, South Carolina
1780 - Charleston, SC falls to British (Revolutionary War)
1789 - Society of St Tammany is formed by Revolutionary War soldiers. It later becomes an infamous group of NYC political bosses
1863 - Battle of Raymond, Miss
1864 - Battle of Drewry's Bluff, VA (Ft Darling)
1864 - Battle of Spotsylvania Courthouse, Virginia
1864 - Battle of Todd's Tavern, VA (Sheridan's Raid)
1864 - Butler attacks Drewry's Bluff on James River
1864 - US Union colonel Emory Upton (24) promoted to brigade-general
1865 - Last land action of Civil war at Palmito Ranch, Texas
1871 - Segregated street cars integrated in Louisville, Ky
1874 - US Assay Office in Helena, Montana authorized
1962 - US performs atmospheric nuclear test at Christmas Island
1986 - President Reagan appoints Dr James C Fletcher NASA Administrator
2002 - Former US President Jimmy Carter arrives in Cuba for a five-day visit with Fidel Castro becoming first President of the United States, in or out of office, to visit the island since Castro's 1959 revolution.

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