May 31 Today in History

Today’s Important Historical Events

1279 BC Ramesses II, also known as Ramesses the Great becomes Pharaoh of Ancient Egypt (19th Dynasty)

1578 Martin Frobisher sails from Harwich, England, to Frobisher Bay, Canada. Eventually mines fools gold, famously used to pave the streets of London.

1902 Boer War Ends; Treaty of Unity signed, Britain annexes Transvaal

1910 Union of South Africa declares its independence from the United Kingdom

1916 Battle of Jutland: Largest naval battle of World War I between the British Grand Fleet and the German High Seas Fleet which killed 8,645 in an inconclusive battle but strategic British victory. German fleet never puts to sea again in WWI.

1935 7.7 magnitude earthquake destroys Quetta in Balochistan, British India (now Pakistan) killing an estimated 40,000 people

1947 Communists seize power in Hungary

1970 7.75 Ancash earthquake off coast of Peru kills 66-70,000 and sets off world’s deadliest avalanche

Today’s Historical Events

1279 BC Ramesses II, also known as Ramesses the Great becomes Pharaoh of Ancient Egypt (19th Dynasty)

70 Rome captures 1st wall of the city of Jerusalem

1223 Battle of the Kalka River: Mongol force led by Jebei and Subedei defeat a Russian alliance, after feigning their retreat, leading to the death of 20,000 Russians

1417 Jacoba of Bavaria becomes countess of Holland/Zealand/Henegouwen

1495 Emperor Maximilian, Pope Alexander VI, Milan, King Ferdinand, Isabella & Venice sign anti-French Saint League

1531 “Women’s Revolt” in Amsterdam: wool house in churchyard aborted

1578 Martin Frobisher sails from Harwich, England, to Frobisher Bay, Canada. Eventually mines fools gold, famously used to pave the streets of London.

1621 Sir Francis Bacon imprisoned in the Tower of London for 1 night

Today’s Historical Events

1953 WSUN TV channel 38 in St Petersburg-Tampa, FL (IND) 1st broadcast

1962 “Tell It To Groucho” last airs on CBS-TV

1965 12th National Film Awards (India): “Charulata” wins the Golden Lotus

1968 Movie star James Stewart retires from the US Air Force after 27 years of service

1970 KDUB TV channel 40 in Dubuque, IA (ABC) begins broadcasting

1971 WDXR (now WKPD) TV channel 29 in Paducah, KY (PBS) begins broadcasting

1992 “The 1992 Boat Show” – the 193rd and final episode of US comedy series “Night Court” – airs on NBC-TV, completing a 9 season run

2004 “Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban”, the 3rd film based on the books by J. K. Rowling is released in UK cinemas

Today’s Historical Events in Music

1958 Dick Dale invents “surf music” with “Let’s Go Trippin”

1961 Chuck Berry‘s amusement park, Berryland in St Louis, Missouri opens

1969 “Dear World” closes at Mark Hellinger Theater NYC after 132 performances

1969 “Gitarzan” by Ray Stevens peaks at #8

1969 John Lennon and Yoko Ono record “Give Peace a Chance” in a Montreal hotel, during their second ‘bed-in’ for peace

1969 Stevie Wonder releases the single “My Cherie Amour” which goes on to become a soul classic

1975 “Goodtime Charley” closes at Palace Theater NYC after 104 performances

1975 “Fight the Power” single released by The Isley Brothers (Billboard Song of the Year, 1975)

Today’s Historical Events in Sports

1859 Philadelphia A’s organize to play “town ball” became baseball 20 years later

1868 Dr James Moore (UK) wins 1st recorded bicycle race, (2k) velocipede race at Parc fde St Cloud, Paris

1880 League of American Wheelmen (1st US bicycle association), forms in Newport, Rhode Island

1900 Tom Hayward scores 1,000th cricket run of season (sets record 1074)

1902 Australia Cricket all out 36 v England, Edgbaston, their lowest ever

1914 Chicago White Sox Joe Benz no-hits Cleveland Indians, 6-1

1915 Indianapolis 500: Italian-born American driver Ralph DePalma accompanied by riding mechanic Louis Fontaine wins from Englishman Dario Resta

1919 Indianapolis 500: Howdy Wilcox accompanied by riding mechanic Leo Banks win; driver Arthur Thurman dies in a crash on lap 45; lap 96, Louis LeCocq and riding mechanic Robert Bandini wrecked in turn 2, both burned to death

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