A Brief History
This article presents a chronological list of notable events that happened on May 31st. For each date below, please click on the date to be taken to an article covering that date’s event.
On May 31, 455, Western Roman Emperor Petronius Maximus was stoned to death by an angry mob, an ignoble end to a world leader.
On May 31, 1866, Irish nationalists known as Fenian Brotherhood invaded Canada in an attempt to force Britain into granting Ireland independence.
On May 31, 1921, one of the saddest examples of racial hatred in American history occurred when White Oklahomans attacked a wealthy Black neighborhood of Tulsa, Oklahoma known as the Greenwood District, or just “The Black Wall Street.”
On May 31, 1942, the Japanese Imperial Navy commenced an attack on the harbor (harbour for you British types) at Sydney, Australia, using three Ko-hyoteki-class midget submarines.
On May 31, 1962, the nation of Israel hanged Nazi Holocaust organizer Adolf Eichmann, one of history’s most evil people, for war crimes.
On May 31, 2005, the magazine, Vanity Fair, named Mark Felt as the infamous Deep Throat of the Watergate Scandal fame, ending decades of speculation as to the identity of that particular snitch.
On May 31, 2018, we looked back on a month of jerks and heroes to recognize both types of people that had come to our attention.
Action comedy film fans of John Carroll University had their chance to be among the first in Cleveland, Ohio to see Action Point on Thursday, May 31, 2018 at 7:00 PM at Regal Great Northern Mall Stadium 10 + RPX in North Olmsted, Ohio!
On May 31, 2019, the latest in the Godzilla themed movies, Godzilla: King of the Monsters made its wide spread opening across the country.
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For more information, please see…
Andrews, John and Matt Baker. Timeline of World History. Thunder Bay Press, 2020.
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