May 13, 1981
Pope John Paul II is shot twice by Turkish convict Mehmet Ali Agca while passing through Rome’s St. Peter’s Square.
May 16, 1929
The first Academy Awards ceremony is held at the Roosevelt Hotel in Hollywood at a dinner party for roughly 250 people.
May 17, 1954
Racial segregation is deemed unconstitutional in a Supreme Court ruling in Brown v. Board of Education.