• On May 30, 1899, amateur bandit Pearl Hart and her boyfriend Joe Boot hold up an Arizona stagecoach. After taking $421 in cash from three passengers, Hart took pity on them and handed each back $1 so they could buy something to eat when they arrived in town.
• On May 28, 1902, Owen Wister’s “The Virginian” is published. It was the first “serious” Western. The book became a sensation almost overnight, selling more than 1.5 million copies by 1938 and inspiring four movies and a Broadway play.
• On May 26, 1927, Henry Ford and his son Edsel drive the 15 millionth Model T Ford out of their factory, marking the famous automobile’s official last day of production. The “Tin Lizzie” averaged about 17 mpg and could travel up to 45 mph.
• On May 25, 1977, Memorial Day weekend opens with an intergalactic bang as the first of George Lucas’ blockbuster “Star Wars” movie.
• On May 29, 1953, Edmund Hillary of New Zealand and Tenzing Norgay, a Sherpa of Nepal, become the first explorers to reach the summit of Mount Everest. News of their achievement broke on June 2, the day of Queen Elizabeth II’s coronation.
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