Category: This Day in History

May 28, 1937 — Golden Gate Bridge opens to vehicular traffic at twelve o’clock noon, when President Franklin D. Roosevelt pressed a telegraph key

May 27, 1937 — The Golden Gate Bridge opens to pedestrian traffic.

May 26, 1970 — The Soviet Tupolev Tu-144 becomes the first commercial transport to exceed Mach 2.

May 25, 1977 — The movie, “Star Wars”, is released in theaters.

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.

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