Events in Time Anniversaries: May 2020

25 years ago: May 1995

S&P 500: 533.40 (vs. 3044.31 in 05/2020)

10-year U.S. Government Bond Yield: 6.30% (vs. 0.65% in 05/2020)

Gold: $384.30 (vs. $1728.70 in 05/2020)

Oil: $18.875 (vs. $35.57 in 05/2020)

GBP/USD: 1.586 (vs. 1.2346 in 05/2020)

US GDP: $7,522 billion (vs. $21,534 billion in 03/2020)

US Population: 266 million (vs. 331 million in 2020)

05/02/1995: During the Croatian War of Independence, Serb forces fire cluster bombs at Zagreb, killing seven and wounding over 175 civilians.

05/11/1995: More than 170 countries extend the Nuclear Nonproliferation Treaty indefinitely and without conditions.

05/12/1995: Operation Flash: The Croatian Army launched an offensive which would reconquer the territory of the former Western Slavonia in Krajina.

05/13/1995: Alison Hargreaves, a 33-year-old British mother, became the first woman to conquer Everest without oxygen or the help of sherpas.

05/17/1995: Jacques Chirac began his term as president of France. Alain Juppe (Rally for the Republic) became Prime Minister of France

05/18/1995: Shawn Nelson, 35, steals a tank from a National Guard Armory in San Diego, destroying cars and other property and is shot to death by police after immobilizing the tank.

05/23/1995: The first version of the Java programming language is released.

05/28/1995: The Russian town of Neftegorsk is hit by a 7.6 magnitude earthquake that kills at least 2,000 people, half of the total population.

 

50 years ago: May 1970

S&P 500: 76.55 (vs. 3044.31 in 05/2020)

10-year U.S. Government Bond Yield: 7.95% (vs. 0.65% in 05/2020)

Gold: $35.45 (vs. $1728.70 in 05/2020)

Oil: $3.21 (vs. $35.57 in 05/2020)

GBP/USD: 2.4023 (vs. 1.2346 in 05/2020)

US GDP: $1,051 billion (vs. $21,534 billion in 03/2020)

US Population: 209 million (vs. 331 million in 2020)

05/01/1970: Protests erupt in Seattle, following the announcement by U.S. President Richard Nixon that U.S. Forces in Vietnam would pursue enemy troops into Cambodia, a neutral country.

05/04/1970: Kent State shootings: the Ohio National Guard, sent to Kent State University after disturbances in the city of Kent the weekend before, opens fire killing four unarmed students and wounding nine others. The students were protesting the United States’ invasion of Cambodia.

05/08/1970: The Hard Hat Riot occurs in the Wall Street area of New York City as blue-collar construction workers clash with demonstrators protesting the Vietnam War.

05/09/1970: In Washington, D.C., 75,000 to 100,000 war protesters demonstrate in front of theWhite House.

05/11/1970: The Lubbock Tornado, aF5tornado, hits Lubbock, Texas, killing 26 and causing $250million in damage.

05/15/1970: ASE began implementing a computer system to route odd-lot orders directly from member-firm order rooms to posts on trading floor. Philip Lafayette Gibbs and James Earl Green are killed at Jackson State University by police during student protests.

05/31/1970: The Ancash earthquake causes a landslide that buries the town of Yungay, Peru; more than 47,000 people are killed.

 

100 years ago: May 1920

S&P 500: 7.94 (vs. 3044.31 in 05/2020)

10-year U.S. Government Bond Yield: 5.58% (vs. 0.65% in 05/2020)

Gold: $20.67 (vs. $1728.70 in 05/2020)

Oil: $6.10 (vs. $35.57 in 05/2020)

GBP/USD: 3.87 (vs. 1.2346 in 05/2020)

US GDP: $84 billion (vs. $21,534 billion in 03/2020)

US Population: 106.46 million (vs. 331 million in 2020)

05/02/1920: The first game of the Negro National League baseball is played in Indianapolis.

05/05/1920: Authorities arrest Nicola Sacco and Bartolomeo Vanzetti for alleged robbery and murder.

05/07/1920: Treaty of Moscow: Soviet Russia recognizes the independence of the Democratic Republic of Georgia only to invade the country six months later. Kiev Offensive: Polish troops led by Jzef Pisudski and Edward Rydzmigy and assisted by a symbolic Ukrainian force capture Kiev only to be driven out by the Red Army counter-offensive a month later.

05/15/1920: First U.S. Labor Bank opened in Washington, D.C.

05/20/1920: Montreal, Quebec radio station XWA broadcasts the first regularly scheduled radio programming in North America. Venustiano Carranza, President of Mexico was assassinated.

05/21/1920: Conference of British and French Premiers at Lympne. Scheme for abolition of dual control of the Stock Exchange published.

 

200 years ago: May 1820

S&P 500/GFD US-100: 1.573 (vs. 3044.31 in 05/2020)

10-year U.S. Government Bond Yield: 4.412% (vs. 0.65% in 05/2020)

Gold: $19.39 (vs. $1728.70 in 05/2020)

GBP/USD: 4.44 (vs. 1.2346 in 05/2020)

US GDP: $727 million (vs. $21,534 billion in 03/2020)

US Population: 9.6 million (vs. 331 million in 2020)

05/03/1820: At Kerikeri, Reverend John Butler uses a plough for the first time in the country.

05/11/1820: HMS Beagle, the ship that will take Charles Darwin on his scientific voyage, is launched.

05/15/1820: Revolution in Naples.

 

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