U.S. Presidential History: May

May 1

President Herbert Hoover officially opens the Empire State Building in New York City. At the time of its dedication, the Empire State Building was the world’s tallest building at 102 stories.
A general view in the lobby of the Empire State Building, May 1, 1931. Former Gov. Alfred E. Smith with his grandchildren and party as they awaited the illumination of the building which was caused by the pushing of a button by President Hoover in Washington, D.C.. This act officially opened the new building. (AP Photo)

May 3

President Franklin D Roosevelt speaks to over 4,000 Democratic women in Washington, DC. President FDR was known for his support of women’s political advocacy.

May 4

The body of President Lincoln in interred in Springfield, Illinois. He was laid to rest after his funeral train had travelled through seven states for mourners to pay their respect.

May 8

Harry S. Truman is born in Missouri. He would later become 33rd President of the United States after President Franklin D Roosevelt died while in office.

May 9

President Woodrow Wilson issues a presidential proclamation marking second Sunday of every May Mother’s Day in the United States. President Wilson said the day would allow Americans to “publicly express our love and reverence for the mothers of our country.”

May 10

Victoria Woodhull became the first woman to run for President in 1872. She was nominated by the Equal Rights Party.

May 15

President John Adams announces that federal government will moved to Washington, DC, the United State’s new capital. Philadelphia was previously the country’s capital.

May 18

Abraham Lincoln, a U.S. representative from Illinois, is nominated a Republican presidential candidate.

May 22

Martha Washington, the United States’ first First Lady, dies on this day at her home in Mount Vernon, Virginia. She was 70 years old.

May 24

John Hancock becomes president of the Second Continental Congress. He is well-known for having the biggest signature on the U.S. Declaration of Independence. His name later became a nickname for a signature.

May 25

The United States holds its first Constitutional Convention. Delegates including George Washington met four years after the U.S. gained its independence from England to compose a new U.S. Constitution.

President John F Kennedy makes space program a priority. The President asked Congress to support his plan to send an American astronaut to the moon by the end of the decade.

May 29

John Fitzgerald Kennedy is born in this day in Massachusetts. He would later become the U.S. 35th President.

May 30

Former U.S. President William Taft dedicates the Lincoln Memorial in Washington, DC. At the time of the dedication, he was serving as chief justice of the U.S. Supreme Court.