Right Now in This Day in History Class

On this day in 1960, the largest earthquake in recorded history, a magnitude 9.5, hit off the coast of Chile.

White Night riots - May 21, 1979

On this day in 1979, riots took place in San Francisco in the aftermath of the trial for Mayor George Moscone and city supervisor Harvey Milk's assassination. 

Amelia Earhart began solo nonstop flight across the Atlantic - May 20, 1932

On this day in 1932, Amelia Earhart took off from Newfoundland on her first solo nonstop flight across the Atlantic Ocean, becoming the first woman to complete such a trip. 

Lorraine Hansberry born - May 19, 1930

On this day in 1930, playwright and activist Lorraine Hansberry was born in Chicago.

Antikythera mechanism discovered - May 18, 1902

On this day in 1902, the Antikythera mechanism was discovered. Learn more about the mechanism at https://www.missedinhistory.com/podcasts/the-antikythera-mechanism.htm

First Kentucky Derby - May 17, 1875

On this day in 1875, the first Kentucky Derby was held in Louisville. Learn more about the derby at https://www.missedinhistory.com/podcasts/kentucky-derby-50-years.htm 

First Academy Awards ceremony - May 16, 1929

On this day in 1929, the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences held its first Academy Awards ceremony.

Mickey and Minnie Mouse debuted - May 15, 1928

On this day in 1928, Mickey and Minnie Mouse debuted in a test screening of the animated short "Plane Crazy."

Israel created - May 14, 1948

On this day in 1948, the State of Israel was created.

Philadelphia MOVE bombing - May 13, 1985

On this day in 1985, police bombed the house where members of the MOVE organization lived in West Philadelphia. 

Dorothy Hodgkin born - May 12, 1910

On this day in 1910, Nobel-prize winning chemist Dorothy Hodgkin was born. 

Diamond Sutra printed - May 11, 868

On this day in 868, a copy of the Diamond Sutra was published. It is the oldest surviving complete dated and printed book.

Astor Place Riot - May 10, 1849

On this day in 1849, a riot broke out at the Astor Place Opera House in New York.

First public demonstration of the Kinetoscope - May 9, 1893

On this day in 1893, the Kinetoscope had its first public demonstration at the Brooklyn Institute of Arts and Sciences. 

Sétif and Guelma massacre began - May 8, 1945

On this day in 1945, the massacre of Algerian civilians by French authorities and European Algerians began in retaliation for anti-colonial demonstrations.

Munch's 'The Scream' recovered - May 7, 1994

On this day in 1994, one version of Edvard Munch's famous painting "The Scream" was recovered months after it was stolen from the National Gallery in Norway. 

Katie Sandwina born - May 6, 1884

On this day in 1884, circus performer and strongwoman Katie Sandwina was born. Learn more about Katie in an episode of Stuff You Missed in History Class at https://www.missedinhistory.com/podcasts/the-glamorous-strongwoman.htm. 

Indian Vaccination Act - May 5, 1832

On this day in 1832, the Indian Vaccination Act went into effect, providing for the vaccination of thousands of Native Americans from smallpox. 

May Fourth Incident - May 4, 1919

On this day in 1919, thousands of students gathered at Tiananmen Square in Beijing to protest the Paris Peace Conference.

"Raja Harischandra" released - May 3, 1913

"Raja Harischandra," considered by many to be the first full-length Indian feature film, was released on this day in 1913.