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May

Named for the Greek goddess Maia, the fifth month of the year “brings May flowers” in the northern hemisphere. Here’s what else it brought in the past.

Hands Across America - May 25 1986 star
Hands Across America was a national fundraiser for the Homeless and Hungry. It only lasted 15 minutes long, but those 15 minutes united a nation in a desire to help the homeless and hungry.

Hindenburg Disaster (May 6, 1937) star
The explosion of the Hindenburg was one of the greatest airship disasters of all time, though, it was not the worst one by far. What was the cause? Could it have been avoided? Just how bad was it?

Kent State Tragedy star
This is a short history of the Kent State Tragedy that occured on May 4, 1970 when four university students were killed by Ohio National Guardsmen.

The Battle of Alcatraz (May 2-4, 1946) star
The bloodiest escape attempt in the 29-year history of one of America´s most formidable prisons: Alcatraz.

The Kent State Massacre star
Nine students were injured and four students were killed when Ohio National Guardsmen fired on students at the Kent State University on May 4, 1970. Forty years ago today.

The Star Wars Phenomenon star
It was thirty-three years ago today that we gathered in long lines to check out the new movie called Star Wars.

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