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.
1931: President Herbert Hoover officially dedicates the Empire State Building in New York.
2011: Osama Bin Laden killed by United States special forces in Pakistan.
2002: Spider-Man starring Tobey Maguire premieres.
1970: Four student anti-war protesters are killed at Kent State by the National Guard.
2018: Childish Gambino releases “This is America” to critical acclaim.
2004: The finale of Friends airs on NBC.
2000: Vladimir Putin becomes President of Russia.
1963: The first James Bond movie, Dr. No, starring Sean Connery is released.
1958: Vertigo by director Alfred Hitchcock and starring Jimmy Stewart is released.
1994: Nelson Mandela became South Africa’s first black President.
1985: Fifty-six football fans died in the Bradford City stadium fire.
1994: Pulp Fiction directed by Quentin Tarintino premieres at the Cannes Film Festival.
1981: Pope John Paul II survives an assassination attempt.
1998: The finale of Seinfeld airs on NBC.
1928: Mickey Mouse makes his first screen appearance for Disney.
1929: The first Academy Awards are held in Hollywood, California.
2000: The final episode of Beverly Hills 90210 airs on Fox.
1980: Mount St. Helens erupts in Washington, killing fifty-seven people.
2006: The Da Vinci Code starring Tom Hanks premieres.
2003: America’s Next Top Model created by Tyra Banks debuts on UPN.
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.
2017: Twenty-two people are killed in a terrorist attack outside Manchester Arena after an Ariana Grande concert.
1980: The Shining, directed by Stanley Kubrick and starring Jack Nicholson, premieres.
1989: Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade directed by Steven Spielberg premieres.
1977: Star Wars premieres.
1991: A Boeing 767 crashes in the Thai jungle, killed all 223 people on board.
1937: The Golden Gate Bridge in San Francisco opens.
2010: Ninety-four people die in a terrorist attack at the Ahmadiyya mosques in Lahore, Pakistan.
2018: Roseanne canceled after Roseanne Barr sends racist tweet.
1911: The first Indianapolis 500 is held.
2005: Former FBI agent Mark Felt reveals that he’s Deep Throat from the Watergate scandal.
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