16 May 2012

Timeline May 16 to 19

May 16
1905  Henry Fonda, American stage and film actor, was born in Grand Island, Neb. Died Aug. 12, 1982.
1920  Joan of Arc was canonized by Pope Benedict XV.
1991  Queen Elizabeth II of the United Kingdom addressed a joint session of the United States Congress. She is the first British monarch to address the U.S. Congress.

May 17
1749  Edward Jenner, English surgeon; helped develop smallpox vaccination, was born. Died Jan. 26, 1823.
1792  The New York Stock Exchange was founded by brokers meeting under a tree on what is now Wall Street.
1992  Orchestra leader Lawrence Welk died at age 89.

May 18
1152  Henry II of England marries Eleanor of Aquitaine.
1642  The City of Montreal was founded
1498  Vasco da Gama reaches the port of Calicut, India.
1756  The Seven Years' War begins when Great Britain declares war on France.
1783  First United Empire Loyalists reach Parrtown (later called Saint John), New Brunswick, Canada after leaving the United States.
1980  Mount St. Helens volcano in Washington state exploded, leaving 57 people dead or missing.

May 19
1535  French explorer Jacques Cartier sets sail on his second voyage to North America with three ships, 110 men, and Chief Donnacona's two sons.
1588  The Spanish Armada set sail for England.
1649 – An Act of Parliament declaring England a Commonwealth is passed by the Long Parliament. England would be a republic for the next eleven years.

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