Sunday, November 27, 2022 (Week 48)

May 31 in History

What happened on May 31 in history?

A chronological timetable of historical events that occurred on may 31 in history. Historical facts of the day in the areas of military, politics, science, music, sports, arts, entertainment and more. Discover what happened on may 31 in history.

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1988
President Ronald Reagan arrives in Moscow, the first American president to do so in 14 years.
1979
Zimbabwe proclaims its independence.
1974
Israel and Syria sign an agreement on the Golan Heights.
1969
John Lennon and Yoko Ono record “Give Peace a Chance.”
1962
Adolf Eichmann, the former SS commander, is hanged near Tel Aviv, Israel.
1955
The Supreme Court orders that states must end racial segregation “with all deliberate speed.”
1941
An armistice is arranged between the British and the Iraqis.
1928
The first flight over the Pacific takes off from Oakland.
1916
British and German fleets fight in the Battle of Jutland.
1915
A German zeppelin makes an air raid on London.
1913
The 17th amendment to the U.S. Constitution, providing for direct election of senators, is ratified.
1909
The National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP) holds its first conference.
1902
The Boer War ends with the Treaty of Vereeniging.
1900
U.S. troops arrive in Peking to help put down the Boxer Rebellion.
1889
Johnstown, Pennsylvania is destroyed by a massive flood.
1879
New York’s Madison Square Garden opens its doors for the first time.
1862
At the Battle of Fair Oaks, Union General George B. McClellan defeats Confederates outside of Richmond.
1678
The Godiva procession, commemorating Lady Godiva’s legendary ride while naked, becomes part of the Coventry Fair.
1433
Sigismund is crowned emperor of Rome.