This Week in History (5/22)


General George Washington presiding over the Constitutional Convention in a popular painting by Howard Chandler Christy.

Ryan Rose, Co-Editor

May 22nd, 1942

By declaring war on Germany, Italy, and Japan after Germany sank two of its tankers, Mexico officially entered World War II.

May 23rd, 1934

The notorious outlaw couple, Bonnie and Clyde, were shot and killed by the police in Gibsland, Louisiana.

May 24th, 1883

The Brooklyn Bridge opened for public use; it was designed by John Augustus Roebling in order to connect Manhattan to Brooklyn.

May 25th, 1787

The Constitutional Convention officially opened in Philadelphia.The convention, which was originally meant to revise the Articles of Confederation, resulted in the Constitution that we know and follow today.

May 26th, 1897

The classic novel Dracula by Bram Stoker was published in London. The novel inspired a whole new subgenre of vampire-focused fiction that is still popular today.

May 27th, 1703

St. Petersburg, Russia was founded by Peter the Great, a Russian tsar. The historic city has played an important role in world history and was greatly influential in the 1917 Russian revolution.

May 28th, 1961

Amnesty International was officially founded in London. The organization aims to promote world peace and protect human rights across the globe.