• On May 8, 1884, Harry S Truman is born in Lamar, Mo. Upon President Franklin Roosevelt’s death in 1945, Truman became the 33rd president of the United States. After four months in office, Truman authorized the dropping of two atomic bombs on Japan, believing it ultimately saved American and Japanese lives by forcing Japan to surrender.
• On May 12, 1932, the body of aviation hero Charles Lindbergh’s baby is found more than two months after he was kidnapped from his family’s New Jersey mansion. After numerous ransom notes, the baby was found less than a mile from the home. He had been killed the night of the kidnapping.
• On May 11, 1947, the B.F. Goodrich Company of Akron, Ohio, announces it has developed a tubeless tire. The disadvantage of the old inner tube design was that if the inner tube failed, the tire would blow out immediately, causing the driver to lose control of the vehicle.
• On May 6, 1954, in Oxford, England, 25-year-old medical student Roger Bannister cracks the four-minute mile. Bannister won the mile race with a time of 3 minutes and 59.4 seconds.
• On May 7, 1960, Leonid Brezhnev, one of Soviet leader Nikita Khrushchev’s most trusted proteges, is selected as Chairman of the Presidium of the Supreme Soviet — the Soviet equivalent to the presidency. Brezhnev took control of the USSR in 1964 when Khrushchev was removed from power.
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