• On May 28, 1754, George Washington, a young lieutenant colonel in the British Army and future president of the United States, leads an attack on French forces at Jumonville Glen in western Pennsylvania. The battle is later credited with being the opening salvo in the French and Indian War (1754 to 1763). It was Washington’s first time in combat.
• On May 26, 1897, the first copies of the classic vampire novel “Dracula,” by Irish writer Bram Stoker, appear in London bookshops. In 1890, Stoker published his first novel, “The Snake’s Pass.” Stoker would go on to publish 17 novels in all, but it was “Dracula” that eventually earned him literary fame.
• On May 29, 1922, the United States Supreme Court rules that organized baseball did not violate antitrust laws as alleged by the Baltimore franchise of the defunct Federal League in 1915. The Supreme Court held that organized baseball is not a business, but a sport, in spite of the fact that its clubs and players crossed state lines in order to play.
• On May 25, 1935, at Forbes Field in Pittsburgh, Babe Ruth hits his 714th home run, a record for career home runs that would stand for almost 40 years.
• On May 30, 1963, a New Jersey teenager named Lesley Gore makes her first appearance on “American Bandstand,” singing her hit-to-be “It’s My Party”. Lesley Gore (née Lesley Sue Goldstein) was just a few weeks past her own 17th birthday when she performed one of the greatest teen-drama songs of all time.
• On May 27, 1972, Soviet President Leonid Brezhnev and U.S. President Richard Nixon, meeting in Moscow, sign the Strategic Arms Limitation Talks (SALT) agreements. At the time, these agreements were the most far-reaching attempts ever to control nuclear weapons.
• On May 24, 1991, the critically acclaimed road movie “Thelma and Louise” debuts in theaters, stunning audiences with a climactic scene in which its two heroines drive off a cliff into the Grand Canyon in a vintage 1966 green Ford Thunderbird convertible.
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