Moments In History For May!!
May 1, 2007 2:50am CST
May 1, 1967: American heartthrob Elvis Presley marries Priscilla Beaulieu in Las Vegas. May 2, 1994: South African President F. W. de Klerk concedes defeat and Nelson Mandela claims victory in the country's first multi-racial presidential election. May 3, 1979: Margaret Thatcher became the first woman elected Prime Minister of England. May 4, 1979: Conservative Party leader Margaret Thatcher is sworn in as Britain's first female Prime Minister. May 5, 1921: Chanel No.5 perfume, created by perfumer Ernst Beaux for Coco Chanel, is launched. May 6, 1954: British athlete Roger Bannister became the first person to run a mile in under four minutes (3:59:4). May 8, 1886: Atlanta pharmacist John Pemberton invents a beverage he names Coca-Cola. May 9, 2006: Two miners, Todd Russell and Brant Webb, were freed after 14 days trapped underground in a goldmine at Beaconsfield, Tasmania, and they swore they will never go down another mine again. May 11, 1949: Siam, in southeast Asia, changes its name to Thailand. May 13, 1981: Pope John Paul II is shot in the Vatican's Saint Peter's Square; he recovers after weeks in the hospital. May 14, 1948: British rule in Palestine comes to an end as The Jewish National Council proclaimed the State of Israel. Within hours, Israel was under attack from Arab forces. May 20, 2002: East Timor became the world's newest nation. May 22, 1972: Ceylon became Sri Lanka. May 28, 1934: The identical Dionne quintuplets are born in Ontario, Canada. The girls are made wards of the state and put on display at a theme park called Quintland. May 29, 1953: New Zealander Edmund Hillary and Sherpa Tenzing Norgay of Nepal are the first men to reach the summit of Mount Everest, the world's highest mountain.