Highlights of History: Month of May

Brooklyn Bridge

Exploring The History Of The Month Of May

Over the years Lyle Green, founder of US History Poster, has spread history in an accessible way through the most educational US history poster available. To pay tribute to that wonderful goal of educating, and learning about our history we are going to cover some of the highlights of history that have occurred in the month of May.

May 6, 1937 – The Hindenburg disaster

The crashing of the Hindenburg is an iconic event in history. The Hindenburg is simultaneously the start and end of an era for airships as commercial flyers. After just one trip to Rio De Janeiro in Brazil, the Hindenburg was on its second official trip when the disaster happened. While the official cause of the disaster still remains unknown, the pictures of the event have become iconic, especially with its appearance in pop culture as Led Zeppelin used the image as the artwork for their first album.

May 8, 1945 – V-E Day, Victory in Europe WWII

The official public holiday that was celebrated to mark the surrender of Germany in WWII is known as V-E Day. The moment is key to history as the second great war was coming to an end. While tensions continued for some time, the war was over, and it was cause to celebrate. And celebrate they did, in the United Kingdom over a million people celebrated in the streets to mark the end of the war.

May 13, 1607 – English colony of Jamestown was settled

Jamestown is essential to the history of the United States of America as it is the first permanent English settlement in the Americas. While the history of Jamestown isn’t as pretty as it is made out to be, the Paspahegh tribe was completely destroyed in warfare in 3 years after rocky relations between the tribe and colonists grew, Jamestown became an essential starting point of the colonization of America. Today, Jamestown exists as an archaeological site.

May 24, 1883 – The Brooklyn Bridge Opened between Brooklyn and Manhattan

A bridge that defines New York City, The Brooklyn Bridge was designed by John Augustus Roebling, a German immigrant. While his son Washington finished the project after an accident left John Augustus incapable, the project is credited to John. At 1,595.5 feet in length, the Brooklyn Bridge stands as one of the oldest suspension bridges in the United States.

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