Category: This Day in History

May 24, 1976 — The SF Chronicle published the 1st installment of “Tales of the City” by Armistead Maupin.

May 23, 1934 — The Auto-Lite strike culminates in the “Battle of Toledo”, a five-day melée between

May 22, 1968 — The nuclear-powered submarine the USS Scorpion sinks with 99 men aboard, 400 miles southwest of the Azores.

May 21, 1972 — Michelangelo’s Pietà in St. Peter’s Basilica in Rome is damaged by a tuxedo-wearing vandal, the mentally disturbed Hungarian-born Australian geologist Laszlo Toth.

May 20, 1940 — The first prisoners arrive at a new concentration camp at Auschwitz.

May 19, 1945 — Pete Townshend, English singer-songwriter and guitarist, is born in Chiswick, England.

May 18, 1980 — Mount St. Helens erupts in Washington, United States, killing 57 people and causing $3 billion in damage.

May 17, 1973 — Televised hearings of the Watergate investigation begin in the United States Senate.

May 16, 1963 After 22 Earth orbits Gordon Cooper returned to Earth in Friendship Seven, ending Project Mercury.

May 15, 1930 — Ellen Church, the first airline stewardess, went on duty aboard an Oakland-to-Chicago flight operated by Boeing Air Transport, a forerunner of United Airlines.