This Day in History: May

Look back in time and examine the amazing events that happened on this day in history and which helped shape the world as we know it.
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Overview

Look back in time and examine the amazing events that happened on this day in history and which helped shape the world as we know it.
May 4, 2008: Star Wars Day Is Born

01: May 4, 2008: Star Wars Day Is Born

There’s no denying Star Wars is a powerful, enduring phenomena that resonates with audiences, but it also explores a number of important philosophical issues. Join Dr. David Kyle Johnson to unpack the deeper concepts behind this epic space opera.

9 min
May 14, 1607: Jamestown Colony Founded

02: May 14, 1607: Jamestown Colony Founded

Join a renowned anthropology professor to uncover the lost settlement of Jamestown and discover just how brutal life was for the early colonists during the inception of the first permanent British settlement in North America.

10 min
May 18, 1980: Mount Saint Helens Erupts

03: May 18, 1980: Mount Saint Helens Erupts

Join the Director of Programming for National Geographic Expeditions to relive the most destructive volcanic eruption in the continental United States—Mount St. Helens—from the perspective of a geologist.

6 min
May 11, 1997: Deep Blue Defeats Garry Kasparov

04: May 11, 1997: Deep Blue Defeats Garry Kasparov

Join an international chess master to analyze how a computer beat a reigning world chess champion for the first time ever.

7 min
May 17, 1954: Brown v. Board of Education Is Decided

05: May 17, 1954: Brown v. Board of Education Is Decided

Join a professor of law to unpack key players and actions that helped pave the way for the Supreme Court’s landmark Brown v. Board of Education decision.

6 min
May 29, 1453: Constantinople Falls to the Ottomans

06: May 29, 1453: Constantinople Falls to the Ottomans

Understand how the fall of Constantinople marked not only the end of the Roman Empire, but also the flourishing of Ottoman influence, reshaping politics, society, and religion across Eastern Europe.

8 min
May 14, 1796: The First Vaccine Is Administered

07: May 14, 1796: The First Vaccine Is Administered

Join Professor Barry C. Fox for a look back at how vaccines were created and how they have changed—and continue to change—the world.

6 min
May 25, 1787: The US Constitutional Convention Begins

08: May 25, 1787: The US Constitutional Convention Begins

Go back and visit the pivotal point in history when our Founding Fathers met to create a blueprint for American government and to discover what challenges they faced in communicating the need for the new US Constitution.

6 min