This Day in History - May

Can you guess these things that happened in the month of May?
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Last updated: August 14, 2020
First submittedMay 1, 2012
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May 1
England recognizes the independence of this country
May 2
This infamous person is killed in Pakistan
Osama Bin Laden
May 3
This building is completed. It would be the tallest in the world
for over 20 years.
Sears Tower
May 4
This PLO leader signs a peace accord with Israel
Yasser Arafat
May 5
This Khan becomes ruler of the Mongol Empire
May 6
This German zeppelin is destroyed by fire
May 7
This judo enthusiast becomes President of Russia
Vladimir Putin
May 8
This nation unconditionally surrenders
May 9
This country is formally annexed by Italy
May 10
This man becomes the first black leader of South Africa
Nelson Mandela
May 11
A computer beats world champion Garry Kasparov at this activity
May 12
The USSR lifts its blockade of this city
May 13
Brazil finally abolishes this
May 14
Edward Jenner administers the first vaccine for this disease
May 15
This island, under U.S. occupation, reverts to Japanese control
May 16
These awards are presented for the first time
The Academy Awards
May 17
Muhammad Ali becomes leader of this country
May 18
This volcano erupts in the U.S. state of Washington
Mount St. Helens
May 19
This actress sings "Happy Birthday" to President Kennedy
Marilyn Monroe
May 20
This Portuguese explorer reaches India by sea
Vasco da Gama
May 21
This aviator reaches Paris after a non-stop flight from New York
Charles Lindbergh
May 22
This former U.S. Vice President is indicted on charges of treason
Aaron Burr
May 23
This king divorces Catherine of Aragon
King Henry VIII
May 24
Samuel Morse sends the first official message using this device
May 25
The Constitutional Convention opens in this city
May 26
Allied forces evacuate Europe from this city in France
May 27
This company discontinues the Model T
May 28
This country tests nuclear weapons for the first time
May 29
Edmund Hillary and Tenzing Norgay reach the summit of this mountain
Mount Everest
May 30
This female warrior is burned at the stake
Joan of Arc
May 31
The UK and Germany fight this famous naval battle,
named for Denmark's main peninsula
Battle of Jutland
Level 17
May 11, 2012
i though it was Joan of Ark...... :(
Level 77
May 3, 2018
I've always wondered why Joan isn't acceptable as a type-in. Her parents didn't name her "Joan of Arc".
Level 72
Jul 9, 2018
No, they named her "Jehanne," or "Jeanne."
Level 66
May 2, 2021
If anything, d'Arc should be accepted as a type-in, since jetpunk usually accepts just last names, but I see no reason why a first-name should be accepted. "Jeanne" is a very common French first-name - it's the female version of "Jean" (John).
Level 28
May 12, 2012
I misspelled Okinawa :(
Level 44
May 14, 2012
Only missed Aaron Burr and now have that "Got Milk?" commercial stuck in my head.
Level 37
Oct 7, 2018
Aaron Burr? Which quiz are you taking?
Level 67
Jun 8, 2019
Em this one... the may 22 question. It is actually still on there know. I dont suspect it has been taken of and put back on.
Level 44
Dec 20, 2012
Wow - so many are obvious once you see them.
Level 81
Apr 21, 2013
Somewhat pedantic, I know, but it was Abyssinia in 1936, not Ethiopia.
Level 70
May 3, 2021
The difference between Ethiopia and Abyssinia is a whole convoluted thing. In short, people who lived there generally called their country Ethiopia and the country preferred Ethiopia. Abyssinia was more commonly used by external powers, like Italy and Britain.
Level 81
Mar 23, 2014
100% with 1:41 left! History buff am I.
Level 56
May 1, 2015
Only one I missed ... my birthday! :(
Level 78
May 1, 2015
Could not for the life of me think of telegraph. I tried Morse Code Machine. Sam's Box. Dashes & Dots Thing. Didn't take any of them.
Level 84
May 4, 2015
You forgot my birthday.
Level 77
May 3, 2018
Happy birthday, Kalbahamut - not sure which day of May it is, but this can cover the whole month.
Level 84
Jun 8, 2019
It was on the day bin Laden was killed, except technically the day before because it was 1 am in Pakistan at the time.
Level 66
May 2, 2021
Happy birthday!
Level 86
May 2, 2021
Happy Birthday, Kalba. If I'm not mistaken, you're 42 today?
Level 66
May 3, 2021
I'm guessing that's not based on his behaviour, though? ;-)
Level 75
Mar 28, 2017
Could you please specify "US" by "Constitutional Convention"? Many countries have had one of these.
Level 80
Apr 3, 2017
In 1787?
Level 87
Sep 3, 2018
Nope, legal constitutions were rare among all the world's dictatorships in 1787. Who could it be?
Level 82
Apr 1, 2017
Wonderful quiz!
Level 54
Nov 27, 2017
Quizzes should have charts of takes per month in the stats - I'm curious what this one's would look like.
Level 87
May 1, 2018
Surprised that no one has brought this up but West Berlin is not an acceptable answer.
Level 65
May 1, 2018
Could you add Skagerrak as a type-in for Jutland? It's the German name of that battle and Wikipedia accepts it as well – searching for Battle of Skagerrak redirects you to the Battle of Jutland article.
Level 66
May 2, 2021
That's why that battle didn't ring a bell! I did get it, because I know what that peninsula is called, but I thought I had somehow missed a whole important battle, but, of course, I knew it by it German name!
Level 55
May 3, 2021
I also only know it as the battle of skagerrak, seems to be the common name for it in germany.
Level 48
May 2, 2018
I typed Helena instead of Helens :(
Level 63
May 1, 2021
93% of people know that some actress wished the American president at that time an happy birthday? Very strange for such an insignificant event...
Level 68
May 1, 2021
It's an absolutely iconic cultural moment in history.
Level 67
May 1, 2021
Yeah, that has been parodied some two billion times in American cartoons:
Level 69
May 1, 2021
not that i doubt your methodology QM, but i’m curious how on earth you could know on what day of the year Kublai Khan became ruler of the Mongol Empire?
Level 66
Sep 3, 2021
It was an extremely important event in the biggest empire on earth - you don't think someone would have made a note?
Level 65
May 1, 2021
I didn't realize that the term "blockade" can be used for non-coastal places.
Level 51
May 1, 2021
I'll admit, I had a moment of confusion and disbelief when I read "Muhammad Ali becomes leader of this country" then realised it wasn't referring to the boxer.
Level 65
May 4, 2021
Can you accept Kubilai and Khublai as type ins? Those are the only two I'd seen and after neither worked I just assumed I had the wrong Khan.