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Photo from the Golden Spike Ceremony at Promontory Summit, May 10, 1869

Golden Spike Ceremony

On May 10, 1869, the Union Pacific and Central Pacific railroads were connected at Promontory Summit in Utah Territory, completing the first transcontinental railroad in the United States. Background The Central Pacific Railroad had started building east from Sacramento, California, in 1863, while the Union Pacific Railroad had started building west from Omaha, Nebraska Territory, …Read More

Lusitania

Sinking of the RMS Lusitania

Background When the British passenger liner RMS Lusitania set out on its final voyage on May 1, 1915, World War I had been raging for almost a year (though America was still neutral), and Germany had begun unrestricted submarine warfare around the British Isles. Still, despite a warning placed in newspapers by the German embassy …Read More

Bonnie and Clyde, circa 1932-1934

Bonnie and Clyde

Background Both Clyde Barrow (March 24, 1909 – May 23, 1934) and Bonnie Parker (October 1, 1910 – May 23, 1934) grew up in the slums of Dallas, Texas, but while Clyde ended up on the wrong side of the law by his teen years, Bonnie seemed to stay out of trouble. The two met …Read More

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FBI wanted poster for Ted Bundy (The Pensacola News, via Newspapers.com)

Ted Bundy

Theodore “Ted” Bundy (November 24, 1946 – January 24, 1989) was one of America’s most notorious serial killers, known for his charming facade and good looks. Bundy was responsible for the murders, abductions, and rapes of numerous young women during the 1970s across multiple states. The true number of murders Bundy committed is unknown, but …Read More

Battle of the Philippine Sea

Battle of the Philippine Sea

The Battle of the Philippine Sea (fought June 19–20, 1944, between U.S. and Japanese fleets in the Pacific) was the largest carrier-to-carrier battle of World War II and a major victory for the United States. With the American invasion of Saipan creating a direct threat to the Japanese home islands, Japan decided to force the American …Read More

George Washington

George Washington (February 22, 1732 – December 14, 1799) was an American political leader, military general, statesman, and Founding Father who also served as the first president of the United States from 1789 to 1797. He led Patriot forces to victory in the nation’s War of Independence, and he presided at the Constitutional Convention of …Read More

Queen Victoria

Queen Victoria

Victoria (born May 24, 1819; died January 22, 1901) was queen of the United Kingdom between 1837 and 1901 and Empress of India from 1876 onwards. Her reign lasted 63 years, longer than that of any of her predecessors. Early Years Born Alexandrina Victoria, the future queen was raised largely in isolation by her mother …Read More

John F. Kennedy

Summary John F. Kennedy (born May 29, 1917; died November 22, 1963), sometimes referred to as JFK, was the 35th president of the United States. Early Life & Military Service Nicknamed Jack, John Fitzgerald Kennedy was born in Massachusetts to a wealthy and powerful Irish Catholic family. He graduated from Harvard in 1940 and served …Read More

Photo from the Golden Spike Ceremony at Promontory Summit, May 10, 1869

Golden Spike Ceremony

On May 10, 1869, the Union Pacific and Central Pacific railroads were connected at Promontory Summit in Utah Territory, completing the first transcontinental railroad in the United States. Background The Central Pacific Railroad had started building east from Sacramento, California, in 1863, while the Union Pacific Railroad had started building west from Omaha, Nebraska Territory, …Read More

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