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

Boerne v. Flores: Court Strikes Down Religious Freedom Restoration Act
Spence v. Washington: Student has a Right to Put Peace Sign on U.S. Flag
Engel v. Vitale: Court Rules it Unconstitutional to Make Students Recite Prayers in Public School
Death of French Philosopher Michel Foucault
St Bernard Founds Clairvaux Monastery