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 […]

Pope John Paul II born

05/18/2016 0

On May 18, 1920, Karol Jozef Wojtyla is born in the Polish town of Wadowice, 35 miles southwest of Krakow.Wojtyla went on to become Pope John Paul II, history’s most well-traveled pope and the first […]

Brown v. Board of Ed is decided

05/17/2016 0

In a major civil rights victory, the U.S. Supreme Court hands down an unanimous decision in Brown v. Board of Education of Topeka, ruling that racial segregation in public educational facilities is unconstitutional. The historic […]

First Academy Awards ceremony

05/16/2016 0

On this day in 1929, the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences hands out its first awards, at a dinner party for around 250 people held in the Blossom Room of the Roosevelt Hotel […]

Nixon attacked by angry Venezuelans

05/13/2016 0

On this day in 1958, anti-American demonstrators pelt then-Vice President Richard Nixon’s limousine with rocks in Caracas, Venezuela. In April 1958, seeking to improve U.S. relations with Latin American countries, President Dwight Eisenhower sent Nixon […]

Captain Blood steals crown jewels

05/09/2016 0

In London, Thomas Blood, an Irish adventurer better known as “Captain Blood,” is captured attempting to steal the Crown Jewels from the Tower of London. Blood, a Parliamentarian during the English Civil War, was deprived […]

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