May Dates in History

May Dates in History

May is a month rich with opportunities to incorporate history into everyday living and learning. Take a look at some of the significant May dates in history and grab free printables to help you commemorate each one.

On May 2, 1611, the First King James Version of the Bible was published. Practice handwriting skills with this copywork passage from John 1:1-14.

On May 5, 1961, Freedom 7, launched by a Redstone rocket, carried the first American, Alan Shepard, into space. Let’s celebrate with a free fill-in all about the history of rockets and a geography-themed decoding puzzle.

On May 8, 1945, America and Britain celebrated V-E Day, the day commemorating the end of World War II in Europe. See if you can locate key cities from the war in Europe on this printable map.

On May 15, 1919, the Winnipeg General Strike in Manitoba, Canada, began. While the strike in Manitoba did not deal with the issue of child labor, we’re going to take this opportunity to talk about the problem of child labor we face today. *This worksheet is designed for older children only; parents or teachers are encouraged to preview the worksheet first before sharing it with children.

On May 16, 1929, the first Academy Awards were given in Hollywood, California. Have fun awarding your own awards to the movies you, your family, and your friends choose and practice taking a survey. A printable for younger kids and older kids are both provided.

On May 20, 1570, cartographer Abraham Ortelius issued the first modern atlas. See how well you do recognizing old place names with our Maps Then and Now fill in.

On May 23, 1873, the North-West Mounted Police, the forerunner of the Royal Canadian Mounted Police, was established by the Canadian Parliament. In this worksheet, you’ll get to meet Renee. She has wanted to ride a horse on patrol with the Royal Canadian Mounted Police for her entire life! It’s all she’s ever wanted to do. But, she has a problem. She just discovered that she’s allergic to horses! How will she ever join the Royal Canadian Mounted Police now? What Renee is about to discover is that there are lots of ways you can be a part of the Royal Canadian Mounted Police (RCMP) without being a policewoman on horseback. Learn more about the Royal Canadian Mounted Police with today’s worksheet.

On May 27, 1999, the first Canadian to board the International Space Station, Julie Payette, joined the shuttle mission. We’re going to practice math and geography skills, along with a little history, as we explore other historic long journeys and compare them to the journey of Julie Payette.

On May 27, 1961, President Kennedy announced the goal of the United States to reach the moon. To celebrate, we’re going to play Race to Space! This fun printable game can be played by two players. Just print, play, and enjoy!

On May 28, 585 BC, a nearly total solar eclipse happened during the Battle of Eclipse between the armies of Lydia and Media. Can you imagine what the men fighting must have thought when the sky suddenly darkened? This moment was recorded and became a key date in predicting eclipses. Try this science-themed writing prompt to help expand your knowledge of what happened.

On May 31, 1859, Big Ben rang out in London, England, for the first time. See how much you know about British history by matching the British monarch to the events of his/her reign.

On May 31, 1911, the hull of the RMS Titanic was launched. This writing printable will help you write a Titanic acrostic, brainstorm a list of words, and write a story about the Titanic.

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Bonnie Rose Hudson works with both and The Old Schoolhouse Magazine® as a curriculum creator and as the Executive Editor of Her heart’s desire is for every child to feel the love of God and know how special they are to Him. She would love for you to stop by her author’s blog for resources to help teach your children about missions and the persecuted Church, free history and writing printables, and to discover how you can write for the homeschool market.

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