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

Death of German Philosopher Martin Heidegger
Evacuation of British, French, and Belgian Forces Begins at Dunkirk
William of Ockham Forced to Flee Avignon by Pope John XXII
Pope Gregory IX Begins Medieval Inquisition in Aragon
5,000 Year Old Khufu or Solar Ship Discovered Near Giza