The SS SAVANNAH left MAY 22, 1819, from Savannah, Georgia, and 25 days later arrived in Liverpool, England. President Franklin Roosevelt designated MAY 22, 1933, as National Maritime Day.
A schoolteacher, Clara Barton organized the American Red Cross on May 21, 1881. She distributed relief supplies to wounded soldiers and aided for nearly four years in searching for missing soldiers.
MAY 20, 1927, at 7:52am, one of the greatest feats in aviation began as 25-year-old Charles A. Lindbergh left Roosevelt Field in Long Island, New York, in his silver monoplane named "The Spirit of St. Louis."
Karol Wojtyla, born on MAY 18, 1920, became the first non-Italian pope since 1522. "I say to you again, America, in the light of your own tradition: love life, cherish life, defend life, from conception to natural death."
John Jay - the first Chief Justice of the U.S. Supreme Court, appointed by George Washington, was also president of the American Bible Society in 1821 - died on MAY 17, 1829.
William Henry Seward - born MAY 16, 1801 - was wounded in an attempted assassination by an accomplice of John Wilkes Booth - the same night Lincoln was shot.