On This Day in May: 31 of the Month’s Biggest Moments

Follow along with the biggest moments in May history in this visual journey of photos from the Shutterstock Editorial archive.

Photography has given us a rich visual archive of the most important events in history — everything from tragedies to the pinnacles of human achievement. Photos can bring us back to a tragic event that broke our collective hearts, a cultural moment that we rejoiced over, or a scientific breakthrough that made us see the world differently. Each month we’ll share photographs from the Shutterstock Editorial archive that show a significant historical or cultural event for each day of that month.

This month, we take a visual journey through May.

May 1

1931: President Herbert Hoover officially dedicates the Empire State Building in New York.

On This Day in May: 31 of the Month's Biggest Moments — Empire State BuildingPhoto by AP/Shutterstock.
May 2

2011: Osama Bin Laden killed by United States special forces in Pakistan.

On This Day in May: 31 of the Month's Biggest Moments — Death of Osama Bin LadenPhoto by Jacquelyn Martin/AP/Shutterstock.
May 3

2002: Spider-Man starring Tobey Maguire premieres.

On This Day in May: 31 of the Month's Biggest Moments — Spider-Man PremierPhoto by Paul Lovelace/​Shutterstock.
May 4

1970: Four student anti-war protesters are killed at Kent State by the National Guard.

On This Day in May: 31 of the Month's Biggest Moments — Kent StatePhoto by AP/Shutterstock.
May 5

2018: Childish Gambino releases “This is America” to critical acclaim.

On This Day in May: 31 of the Month's Biggest Moments — "This is America"Photo by John Salangsang/​Invision/​AP/​Shutterstock.
May 6

2004: The finale of Friends airs on NBC.

On This Day in May: 31 of the Month's Biggest Moments — Friends FinalePhoto by Ann Johansson/AP/Shutterstock.
May 7

2000: Vladimir Putin becomes President of Russia.

On This Day in May: 31 of the Month's Biggest Moments — Putin's PresidencyPhoto by Yuri Kochetkov/​EPA/​Shutterstock.
May 8

1963: The first James Bond movie, Dr. No, starring Sean Connery is released.

On This Day in May: 31 of the Month's Biggest Moments — Dr. No ReleasedPhoto by Danjaq/Eon/Ua/Kobal/Shutterstock.
May 9

1958: Vertigo by director Alfred Hitchcock and starring Jimmy Stewart is released.

On This Day in May: 31 of the Month's Biggest Moments — VertigoPhoto by Paramount/Kobal/Shutterstock.
May 10

1994: Nelson Mandela became South Africa’s first black President.

On This Day in May: 31 of the Month's Biggest Moments — Nelson MandelaPhoto by David Brauchli/AP/Shutterstock.
May 11

1985: Fifty-six football fans died in the Bradford City stadium fire.

On This Day in May: 31 of the Month's Biggest Moments — Bradford CityPhoto by Robert T Kell/​Shutterstock.
May 12

1994: Pulp Fiction directed by Quentin Tarintino premieres at the Cannes Film Festival.

On This Day in May: 31 of the Month's Biggest Moments — Pulp FictionPhoto by Gilbert Tourte/​AP/​Shutterstock.
May 13

1981: Pope John Paul II survives an assassination attempt.

On This Day in May: 31 of the Month's Biggest Moments — Assassination Attempt on Pope John Paul IIPhoto by Arturo Mari/AP/Shutterstock.
May 14

1998: The finale of Seinfeld airs on NBC.

On This Day in May: 31 of the Month's Biggest Moments — Seinfeld FinalePhoto by Suzanne Plunkett/​AP/​Shutterstock.
May 15

1928: Mickey Mouse makes his first screen appearance for Disney.

On This Day in May: 31 of the Month's Biggest Moments — Mickey Mouse's First AppearancePhoto by Snap/​Shutterstock.
May 16

1929: The first Academy Awards are held in Hollywood, California.

On This Day in May: 31 of the Month's Biggest Moments — First Academy AwardsPhoto by Ampas/Kobal/Shutterstock.
May 17

2000: The final episode of Beverly Hills 90210 airs on Fox.

On This Day in May: 31 of the Month's Biggest Moments — Beverly Hills 90210 FinalePhoto by Randy Bauer/Shutterstock.
May 18

1980: Mount St. Helens erupts in Washington, killing fifty-seven people.

On This Day in May: 31 of the Month's Biggest Moments — Mount St. HelensPhoto by AP/Shutterstock.
May 19

2006: The Da Vinci Code starring Tom Hanks premieres.

On This Day in May: 31 of the Month's Biggest Moments — The Da Vinci Code PremieresPhoto by Scott Myers/​Shutterstock.
May 20

2003: America’s Next Top Model created by Tyra Banks debuts on UPN.

On This Day in May: 31 of the Month's Biggest Moments — America's Next Top Model AirsPhoto by Michael Yarish/​Cw Network/​Kobal/​Shutterstock.
May 21

1927/1932: Charles Lindbergh completed the first solo, non-stop flight across the Atlantic ocean; five years later Amelia Earhart became the first woman to complete the feet.

On This Day in May: 31 of the Month's Biggest Moments — LindberghPhoto by AP/Shutterstock.
On This Day in May: 31 of the Month's Biggest Moments — EarhartPhoto by AP/​Shutterstock.
May 22

2017: Twenty-two people are killed in a terrorist attack outside Manchester Arena after an Ariana Grande concert.

On This Day in May: 31 of the Month's Biggest Moments — Manchester Arena AttackPhoto by Joel Goodman/​Lnp/​Shutterstock.
May 23

1980: The Shining, directed by Stanley Kubrick and starring Jack Nicholson, premieres.

On This Day in May: 31 of the Month's Biggest Moments — Release of The ShiningPhoto by Moviestore Collection/​Shutterstock.
May 24

1989: Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade directed by Steven Spielberg premieres.

On This Day in May: 31 of the Month's Biggest Moments — Indiana Jones and the Last CrusadePhoto by Moviestore Collection/​Shutterstock.
May 25

1977: Star Wars premieres.

On This Day in May: 31 of the Month's Biggest Moments — Star Wars PremieresPhoto by Lucasfilm/Fox/Kobal/Shutterstock.
May 26

1991: A Boeing 767 crashes in the Thai jungle, killed all 223 people on board.

On This Day in May: 31 of the Month's Biggest Moments — Fatal Plane Crash in ThailandPhoto by AP/Shutterstock.
May 27

1937: The Golden Gate Bridge in San Francisco opens.

On This Day in May: 31 of the Month's Biggest Moments — The Golden Gate Bridge OpensPhoto by AP/Shutterstock.
May 28

2010: Ninety-four people die in a terrorist attack at the Ahmadiyya mosques in Lahore, Pakistan.

On This Day in May: 31 of the Month's Biggest Moments — Lahore Terror AttacksPhoto by Chi-Photo/Nadim Ljha/Shutterstock.
May 29

2018: Roseanne canceled after Roseanne Barr sends racist tweet.

On This Day in May: 31 of the Month's Biggest Moments — Roseanne CancelledPhoto by Julie Jacobson/​AP/​Shutterstock.
May 30

1911: The first Indianapolis 500 is held.

On This Day in May: 31 of the Month's Biggest Moments — First Indianapolis 500Photo by Uncredited/AP/Shutterstock.
May 31

2005: Former FBI agent Mark Felt reveals that he’s Deep Throat from the Watergate scandal.

On This Day in May: 31 of the Month's Biggest Moments — Deep Throat RevealedPhoto by John G Mabanglo/​EPA/​Shutterstock.

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