This Day In History – May 31st
This Day In History is a daily feature on The Beat Chicago
There have been thousands of these days in the past and more to come.
Each day of the week we look in the rearview mirror for a look back in time. Let’s go back in time to all the events, birthdays, and more that have happened on May 31st in the past.
We’re here to help you remember everything you forgot so what could be better than a history of events that have happened on this day!
Each day of the week, The Beat Chicago takes you back through the years to see all the birthdays, heavenly birthdays and major events that have impacted life here on Earth on this day in history.
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We start Backspin in 1970 and go all the way to 1999. We’ve cataloged all the biggest news stories, top movies, TV shows, sporting events and more to help you remember everything you forgot or, help you learn something you didn’t know.
Let’s go back in time to see everything that happened on this day in history
1790 – President George Washington signed a bill creating the first U.S. copyright law.
1879 – Gilmore’s Garden in New York City was renamed Madison Square Garden by William Henry Vanderbilt and opened to the public
1909 – The National Negro Committee, the forerunner to the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP), convened for the first time.
1910 – The South Africa Act came to be creating the Union of South Africa.
1911 – The RMS Titanic was launched in Belfast, Northern Ireland.
1921 – The Tulsa race massacre killed at least 39, other estimates of black fatalities vary from 55 to about 300.
1935 – A 7.7 Mw earthquake destroyed Quetta in modern-day Pakistan killing 40,000.
1961 – The South African Constitution of 1961 became effective, thus creating the Republic of South Africa.
1962 – The West Indies Federation was dissolved.
1971 – In accordance with the Uniform Monday Holiday Act passed by the U.S. Congress in 1968, observation of Memorial Day occurred on the last Monday in May for the first time, rather than on the traditional Memorial Day of May 30.
1977 – The Trans-Alaska Pipeline System was completed.
2005 – Vanity Fair revealed that Mark Felt was “Deep Throat”.
2008 – Usain Bolt broke the world record in the 100m sprint, with a wind-legal (+1.7 m/s) 9.72 seconds
2013 – A record-breaking 2.6-mile wide tornado struck El Reno, Oklahoma, United States, causing eight fatalities and over 150 injuries.
2017 – A car bomb explodes in a crowded intersection in Kabul near the German embassy during rush hour, killing over 90 and injuring 463.