May History

Click a date in the May calendar to the right for a timeline of all May events on that day, listed chronologically by year. Below is a list of important May events.

Click any event title to read more about that event. Every event page has a list of important names, places, and topics — click them to see a timeline of events associated with them.

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Today's Major Events

Old St. Peter's Basilica Construction Begins in Rome
Pope Boniface VIII Publishes Unam Sanctam, Asserting Papal Supremacy Over Secular Governments
Pope John Paul II Releases Statement Saying Women are Ineligible for Priesthood
At Jonestown, Rev. Jim Jones and Over 900 Followers Drink Cyanide-Laced Punch
Death of Physicist Niels Bohr, Part of British Team That Worked on Manhattan Project