This Day in History – May 31

This Day in History – May 31

MAY 31 1433 – Sigismund is crowned emperor of Rome 1469 – Manuel I, King of Portugal, is born 1678 – The Godiva procession, commemorating Lady Godiva’s legendary ride while naked, becomes part of the Coventry Fair 1775 – The Mecklenburg County Committee in North Carolina, rejecting the power of the British in North Carolina 1809 – Austrian composer, Joseph Haydn, dies 1819 – Poet Walt Whitman is born 1837 – English actor and dancer, Joseph Grimaldi, dies 1859 – The famous clock tower Big Ben, located in St. Stephen’s Tower in London, rings for the first time 1862 – At the Battle of Fair Oaks, Union General George B. McClellan defeats Confederates outside of Richmond 1879 – New York’s Madison Square Garden opens its doors for the first time 1887 – Tombstone doctor, George Goodfellow, rushes south to investigate an earthquake in Mexico. Goodfellow is known as one of the most scientifically advanced doctors in the West and considered to be an expert on the treatment of gunshot wounds RELATED: THIS-DAY-IN-HISTORY–JUNE-3 1889 – Johnstown, Pennsylvania is destroyed by massive flood that killed over 2,200 people when the South Fork Dam collapsed 1894 – American comedian, Fred Allen, aka John Florence Sullivan, is born 1898 – American religious leader, Norman Vincent Peale, is born 1900 – US troops arrive in Peking to help put down the Boxer Rebellion 1902 – The Boer War ends with the Treaty of Vereeniging RELATED: THIS-DAY-IN-HISTORY–JUNE-2 1909 – The National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP) holds its first conference 1913 – The 17th amendment to the US Constitution, providing for direct election...