May 20, 1956: America Drops The Big One

Operation Redwing was a series of 17 nuclear test detonations conducted by the United States at the Pacific Proving Grounds on Bikini and Enewetak Atolls in the Marshall Islands, between May and July of 1956. The operation, overseen by the Atomic Energy Commission (AEC) and carried out…

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May 19, 1883: Buffalo Bill Makes A Grand Debut

On May 19, 1883, Buffalo Bill Cody, an iconic figure of the American West, unveiled his grand spectacle, Buffalo Bill’s Wild West, in Omaha, Nebraska. This event marked the beginning of a revolutionary form of entertainment that combined elements of theater, circus, and historical…

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MAy 17: 1875: America Gets Its Horse Race

On May 17, 1875, “The Most Exciting Two Minutes in Sports.” took America by storm at a racetrack at Churchill Downs. The Kentucky Derby was born. Founded by Meriwether Lewis Clark Jr., the grandson of the famous explorer William Clark, the race was inspired by his…

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May 16: 1868: The President Is Acquitted

The impeachment trial of President Andrew Johnson, the first such trial in American history, was a highly contentious and politically charged event that culminated in his acquittal on May 16, 1868. Johnson, who ascended to the presidency following the assassination of Abraham Lincoln, quickly found himself…

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May 15, 1940: The Golden Arches Opens Its Doors

On May 15, 1940, in San Bernardino, California, Richard and Maurice McDonald opened the first McDonald’s restaurant, marking the birth of what would become a global fast-food empire. This pioneering establishment, known then as “McDonald’s Bar-B-Q,” was initially a carhop drive-in with an expansive menu of…

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