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May 26 1521 Martin Luther's writings were banned by the Edict of Worms. 1868 President Andrew Johnson avoided conviction for impeachment charges of "high crimes and misdemeanors" by one...

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May 25 1787 The Constitutional Convention convened in Philadelphia under the leadership of George Washington, in order to establish a new U.S. government. 1925 John Scopes was indicted for teaching...

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May 24 1844 Samuel Morse transmitted the first telegraph message, in which he asked, "What hath God wrought?" 1883 The Brooklyn Bridge, linking Manhattan and Brooklyn in New York City, opened to...

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May 23 1430 Joan of Arc was captured by the Burgundians and subsequently sold to the English. 1788 South Carolina became the 8th state in United States. 1830 The Baltimore and Ohio Railroad began the...

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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 of Massachusetts...

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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 in Plessy...

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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 first Kentucky...

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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 the Supreme Court,...

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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 in...