The Virginian is published

05/28/2016 0

Owen Wister’s The Virginian is published by Macmillan Press. It was the first “serious” Western and one of the most influential in the genre. Almost single-handedly, The Virginian turned the American cowboy into a legendary […]

Bismarck sunk by Royal Navy

05/27/2016 0

On May 27, 1941, the British navy sinks the German battleship Bismarck in the North Atlantic near France. The German death toll was more than 2,000. On February 14, 1939, the 823-foot Bismarck was launched […]

Dracula goes on sale in London

05/26/2016 0

The first copies of the classic vampire novel Dracula, by Irish writer Bram Stoker, appear in London bookshops on this day in 1897.A childhood invalid, Stoker grew up to become a football (soccer) star at […]

Pennsylvania man buried with his beloved Corvette

05/25/2016 0

On this day in 1994, the ashes of 71-year-old George Swanson are buried (according to Swanson’s request) in the driver’s seat of his 1984 white Corvette in Hempfield County, Pennsylvania.Swanson, a beer distributor and former […]

Brooklyn Bridge opens

05/24/2016 0

After 14 years and 27 deaths while being constructed, the Brooklyn Bridge over the East River is opened, connecting the great cities of New York and Brooklyn for the first time in history. Thousands of […]

Police kill famous outlaws Bonnie and Clyde

05/23/2016 0

On this day in 1934, notorious criminals Bonnie Parker and Clyde Barrow are shot to death by Texas and Louisiana state police while driving a stolen car near Sailes, Louisiana. Bonnie Parker met the charismatic […]

Sir Arthur Conan Doyle is born

05/22/2016 0

It’s the birthday of Sir Arthur Conan Doyle, the creator of master sleuth Sherlock Holmes. Doyle was born in Scotland and studied medicine at the University of Edinburgh, where he met Dr. Joseph Bell, a […]

American Red Cross founded

05/21/2016 0

In Washington, D.C., humanitarians Clara Barton and Adolphus Solomons found the American National Red Cross, an organization established to provide humanitarian aid to victims of wars and natural disasters in congruence with the International Red […]

The Da Vinci Code opens

05/19/2016 0

Amid a firestorm of publicity and controversy, the director Ron Howard’s big-screen adaptation of Dan Brown’s mega-bestselling thriller The Da Vinci Code debuts in theaters on this day in 2006.Howard directed the $125 million film […]

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