Monday, May 8, 2023

This week in history #19

Last week's photos:
1707 Great Britain formed
2011 Osama bin Laden killed
1970 Kent State University protest
1937 Hindenburg explosion

Last year we looked at obscure holidays. This year, let’s look at major world events that occurred each week.  Make your best guess in the comments as to the years of each event.  No googling!

Week #19

May 10, ____ - The Union Pacific and Central Pacific railways were joined by a golden spike at Promontory Point, Utah.

May 10, ____ - Former political prisoner Nelson Mandela was inaugurated as president of South Africa.

May 13, ____ - Pope John Paul II was shot twice at close range in St. Peter's Square in Rome.

May 14, ____ - Smallpox vaccine was developed by Dr. Edward Jenner.


  1. It will always amaze me that in 1869 they could make a railroad track meet from 690 mile away, while today that have a problem making a twenty mile bridge meet in the middle

    1994, I think, there was a rise in my awareness of Mr. Mandela around then.

    Pope John Paul 2 never got my attention, so a guess is 1968

    The Smallpox cure, at least the one that really worked, was too late for the American Indian Societies, and was close to the 18th century, Maybe 1795?

    1. 2 on the nose! 1 within a year. And 1 a little bit off, altho you did say it was a guess and it's within 15 years. Your memory is amazing!