1775 – Citizens of Mecklenburg County, North Carolina declare independence from Britain.
1830 – D. Hyde patents fountain pen.
1861 – North Carolina becomes 11th and last state to secede from the Union.
1873 – Levi Strauss and Jacob Davis patent the first blue jeans with copper rivets.
1892 – George Sampson patents clothes dryer.
1916 – Codell, Kansas hit by tornado (also on same date in 1917 & 1918)
1916 – Saturday Evening Post cover features Norman Rockwell painting.
1927 – At 7:40 AM, Charles Lindbergh takes off from New York to cross the Atlantic for Paris, aboard Spirit of St. Louis (1st non-stop flight)
1932 – Amelia Earhart leaves Newfoundland on her journey to become the 1st woman to fly solo and nonstop across the Atlantic.
1939 – “3 Little Fishes” by Kay Kiser swam to #1.
1959 – Ford wins battle with Chrysler to call its new car “Falcon”
1969 – US troops capture Hill 937/Hamburger Hill in Vietnam.
1978 – US launches Pioneer Venus 1; produces 1st global radar map of Venus.
1980 – 710 families in Love Canal area (Niagara Falls, NY) are evacuated.
1985 – Dow Jones industrial averages closes above 1300 for 1st time.
1985 – FBI arrests John A. Walker, Jr., convicted of spying for USSR.
1990 – Hubble Space Telescope sends its 1st photographs from space.
1997 – US President Clinton signs an executive order barring new US investment in Burma (also known as Myanmar), effective May 21 and renewable annually.
2013 – Yahoo purchases Tumbler for $1.1 Billion.
2017 – US President Donald Trump begins his 1st foreign trip arriving in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia.Share: