Right Now in This Day in History Class

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.

Isabel González born - May 2, 1882

On this day in 1882, Puerto Rican activist Isabel González was born. 

Cato Street Conspirators executed - May 1, 1820

On this day in 1820, the conspirators who plotted to assassinate the entire British Cabinet were executed for high treason. Learn more about the conspiracy at https://www.missedinhistory.com/podcasts/cato-street-conspiracy.htm

Bristol Bus Boycott - April 30, 1963

On this day in 1963, West Indians in Bristol, England, boycotted the Bristol Omnibus Company for its refusal to hire people of color as bus crew. 

First African-American college chartered - April 29, 1854

On this day in 1854, the Ashmun Institute, now called Lincoln University, was chartered as a college for Black men.

Fanny and Stella arrested - April 28, 1870

On this day in 1870, performers Fanny and Stella were arrested for "public mischief" for cross-dressing.