Today in History: May 31

Today in History: May 31

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1433

Sigismund is crowned emperor of Rome.

1678

The Godiva procession, commemorating Lady Godiva's legendary ride while naked, becomes part of the Coventry Fair.

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.

1889

Johnstown, Pennsylvania is destroyed by a massive flood.

1900

U.S. troops arrive in Peking to help put down the Boxer Rebellion.

1902

The Boer War ends with the Treaty of Vereeniging.

1909

The National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP) holds its first conference.

1913

The 17th amendment to the U.S. Constitution, providing for direct election of senators, is ratified.

1915

A German zeppelin makes an air raid on London.

1916

British and German fleets fight in the Battle of Jutland.

1928

The first flight over the Pacific takes off from Oakland.

1941

An armistice is arranged between the British and the Iraqis.

1955

The Supreme Court orders that states must end racial segregation "with all deliberate speed."

1962

Adolf Eichmann, the former SS commander, is hanged near Tel Aviv, Israel.

1969

John Lennon and Yoko Ono record "Give Peace a Chance."

1974

Israel and Syria sign an agreement on the Golan Heights.

1979

Zimbabwe proclaims its independence.

1988

President Ronald Reagan arrives in Moscow, the first American president to do so in 14 years.