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May 1 1931 The Empire State Building opened
May 2 1964 Northern Dancer became the first Canadian-bred horse to win the Kentucky Derby
May 3 1915 Lt.-Col. John McCrae, a Canadian army medical officer wrote the poem In Flanders Fields
May 4 1910 The Royal Canadian Navy was established
May 5 1821 Napoleon Bonaparte died in exile on the island of St. Helena
May 7 1994 "The Scream" by Edvard Munch, was recovered almost three months after it was stolen from an Oslo museum
May 8 1886 Atlanta pharmacist John Styth Pemberton invented the flavor syrup for Coca-Cola
May 9 1994 South Africa's newly elected parliament chose Nelson Mandela to be the country's first black president
May 11 1969 Monty Python comedy troupe forms
May 12 1870 Royal assent was given to the Manitoba Act, allowing Manitoba to become Canada's fifth province
May 13 1965 The Rolling Stones record "Satisfaction"
May 14 1796 English physician Edward Jenner administered the first vaccination against smallpox
May 15 1940 Nylon stockings went on general sale for the first time in the United States
May 16 1920 Joan of Arc was canonized in Rome
May 17 1996 Marc Garneau became the first Canadian to fly twice in space
May 18 1642 The Canadian city of Montreal was founded
May 19 1536 Anne Boleyn, the second wife of England's King Henry VIII, was beheaded
May 20 1932 Amelia Earhart became the first woman to fly solo across the Atlantic
May 21 1804 Lewis & Clark Expedition begins
May 22 1933 Loch Ness Monster is 1st reportedly sighted by John MacKay
May 23 1873 Canada's North West Mounted Police force was established
May 24 1989 Weird Al Yankovic records his UHF soundtrack
May 25 1977 "Star Wars" is released
May 26 1932 Parliament passed an act establishing the Canadian Radio Broadcasting Commission
May 27 1937 The Golden Gate Bridge opens in San Francisco
May 28 1934 The Dionne Quintuplets were born
May 29 1953 Mount Everest was conquered by Edmund Hillary of New Zealand
May 30 1932 The Rideau Canal, linking the Ottawa River at Ottawa with Lake Ontario at Kingston, was opened to traffic
May 31 1678 Lady Godiva rides naked through Coventry in a protest of taxes

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