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Historic May


  1. On May 27, 1937, thousands of people celebrated in San Francisco the grand opening of what?
  2. Which American President became the first to visit Moscow in May 1972?
  3. On May 20, 1932, who became the first woman to fly solo across the Atlantic?
  4. Communism founder Karl Marx was born in May, 1818, in which country?

  5. On 5 May, 1821, Napoleon Bonaparte died in exile on which island aged just 51?
  6. Roger Bannister became the first man to run a mile in under 4 minutes in May of which year?
  7. On May 5, 1961, who became the first American in space?
  8. Whose Wild West Show opened in London in May 1887?
  9. In May 1567, who married Lord Bothwell in Edinburgh?
  10. On the 19 May, 1536, Anne Boleyn was beheaded in London. How old was she?
  11. Which, English monk, scholar, historian and writer died in May 735?
  12. In May 1809, Dartmoor Prison in Devon was opened to house what sort of prisoners?
  13. On May 6, 1937, the German airship Hindenburg burst into flames as it neared its mooring at Lakehurst in which American state?
  14. The siege of the British garrison at which South African town was broken in May, 1900?
  15. What organisation was founded by London lawyer Peter Berenson on May 28, 1961, working for the protection of human rights?
  16. In May of which year did Mount St. Helens volcano erupt in Washington State?
  17. The Battle of Tewkesbury, took place in 1471. It was the last battle in which war?
  18. On May 13, 1981, Pope John Paul II was shot twice while riding in an open automobile in which city?
  19. On May 7, 1915, the British passenger ship Lusitania was torpedoed by a German U-boat off the coast of which country?
  20. On May 8, 1942, which sea battle began that would see Japan suffer its first defeat of World War II?


  1. The Golden Gate Bridge
  2. President Richard Nixon
  3. Amelia Earhart
  4. Germany
  5. St. Helena
  6. 1954 (at the Iffley Road Sports Ground, Oxford.)
  7. Alan Shepard
  8. Buffalo Bill’s
  9. Mary Queen of Scots
  10. 29
  11. The Venerable Bede
  12. French prisoners of war
  13. New Jersey
  14. Mafeking
  15. Amnesty International
  16. 1980
  17. Wars of the Roses
  18. Rome (St. Peter's Square)
  19. Ireland
  20. Battle of the Coral Sea