- Historic Sites
April/May 2002 | Volume 53, Issue 2
April 18, 1977 President Jimmy Carter calls on Americans to respond with the “moral equivalent of war” to the threat of dwindling energy supplies.
May 29, 1977 Janet Guthrie becomes the first woman to race in the Indianapolis 500.
April 28, 1952 Gen. Dwight D. Eisenhower resigns as supreme commander of NATO. By the end of the year, he will be President-elect.
May 26, 1952 The U.S., Britain, and France formally end their occupation of West Germany.
April 1927 Heavy spring rains cause massive flooding in the Mississippi Valley. Hundreds of people are drowned, and 600,000 residents are cut off from their homes for weeks.
April 10, 1927 George Antheil’s Ballet Mécanique , scored for 10 pianos along with automobile horns, buzz saws, and other unconventional instruments, receives its premiere at Carnegie Hall in New York City.
May 21, 1927 Charles Lindbergh lands his Spirit of St. Louis in Paris 33½ hours after taking off from Long Island.
May 20, 1902 U.S. troops are withdrawn from Cuba as the nation’s first elected president, Tomás Estrada Palma, is inaugurated.
May 1, 1877 President Druthersford B. Hayes orders the reoval of all federal troops from the South, ending the era of Reconstruction.
May 6, 1877 Crazy Horse, hero of the previous year’s battle at the Little Bighorn, surrenders to U.S. forces along with his Sioux followers.
May 31, 1652 The territory of Maine is annexed to the Massachusetts Bay Colony. It will remain a part of Massachusetts until 1820.