1st May 1118
Matilda of Scotland, born Edith, Queen of England as the first wife of King Henry I, died. 900 years.
1st May 1948
The Democratic People's Republic of Korea (North Korea) is established, with Kim Il-sung as leader. 70 years.
2nd May 1568
Mary, Queen of Scots, escapes from Loch Leven Castle. 450 years.
5th May 1818
Karl Marx, philosopher, economist, sociologist, journalist and revolutionary socialist, was born. 200 years.
7th May 1718
The city of New Orleans is founded by Jean-Baptiste Le Moyne, Sieur de Bienville. 300 years.
10th May 1838
John Wilkes Booth, American stage actor and assassin of President Lincoln, is born. 180 years.
10th May 1863
Thomas 'Stonewall' Jackson, Confederate general during the American Civil War, dies. 155 years.
10th May 1893
The Supreme Court of the United States rules in Nix v. Hedden that a tomato is a vegetable, not a fruit, under the Tariff Act of 1883. 125 years.
10th May 1988
The Degas sculpture "Petite danseuse de quatorze ans" (Little Dancer, Aged Fourteen) sold for 10.1 million. 30 years.
10th May 2013
One World Trade Center becomes the tallest building in the Western Hemisphere. 5 years.
12th May 1743
Maria Theresa of Austria is crowned Queen of Bohemia. 275 years.
12th May 1918
Julius Rosenberg, American spy, was born. 100 years.
12th May 2008
Robert Rauschenberg, American painter and illustrator, died. 10 years.
13th May 1943
WWII The Tunisian Campaign (also known as the Battle of Tunisia) ended. 75 years.
15th May 1648
End of the Thirty Years War, it lasted for 29 years, 11 months, and 22 days. 370 years.
18th May 1868
Czar Nicholas II, last Emperor of Russia, was born. 150 years.
19th May 1918
Ferdinand Hodler, one of the best-known Swiss painters of the nineteenth century, died. 100 years.
19th May 1943
WWII: Monday, May 1, 1944 is set as the date for the Normandy landings: D-Day. It would later be delayed over a month due to bad weather. 75 years.
19th May 1593
Jacob Jordaens, Flemish painter and illustrator, was born. 425 years.
20th May 1818
William Fargo, American businessman and politician, co-founded Wells Fargo and American Express, was born. 200 years.

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