Today in History - May 31

1279 BC - Rameses II (The Great) becomes Pharaoh of Ancient Egypt

70 - Rome captures 1st wall of the city of Jerusalem

1531 - 'Women's Revolt' in Amsterdam

1564 - Battle on Gotland

1621 - Sir Francis Bacon thrown into Tower of London for 1 night

1665 - Jerusalem's rabbi Sjabtai Tswi proclaims himself Messiah

1727 - France, Britain & Netherlands sign accord of Paris

1759 - The Province of Pennsylvania bans all theater productions

1790 - US copyright law enacted

1847 - Rotterdam-Hague Railway opens

1868 - 1st Memorial Day parade held in Ironton, Ohio

1870 - Congress passes 1st Enforcement Act (rights of blacks)

1870 - E J DeSemdt patents asphalt pavement

1879 - 1st electric railway opens at Berlin Trades Exposition

1879 - Madison Square Garden opens in New York, named after 4th President James Madison

1880 - 1st US bicycle association - League of American wheelmen forms in Newport

1884 - Dr John Harvey Kellogg patents "flaked cereal"



1902 - End of Boer War

1907 - Taxis 1st began running in NYC

1910 - Cape of Good Hope becomes part of Union of South Africa

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

1911 - RMS Titanic launched in Belfast

1911 - Mexican President Porfirio Diaz flees the country during the Mexican Revolution

1916 - British battle cruiser HMS Invincible explodes

1929 - Atlantic City Convention Center opens

1935 - 7.7 magnitude earthquake hits Quetta in Balochistan, British Raj (Pakistan) killing approx 50,000

1941 - 1st issue of "Parade" goes on sale

1943 - "Archie" comic strip 1st broadcast on radio

1955 - Great Britain proclaims emergency crisis due to rail strike

1961 - Union of South Africa becomes a republic, leaves Commonwealth

1965 - Jim Clark becomes 1st foreigner in 49 years to win Indy

1977 - Trans Alaska oil pipeline completed

1985 - Guatemala adopts constitution

1989 - 1st presentation of rock 'n' roll Elvis awards

2008 - Usain Bolt breaks the world record in the 100m sprint, with 9.72 seconds

2012 - Egypt formally ends its 31 year state of emergency

2014 - Psy's "Gangnam Style" becomes the first video to reach 2 billion views on YouTube


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