May 18, 1980

Mount St. Helens erupted in Washington, killing 57 people and destroying 210 square miles of unadulterated wilderness.

May 20, 1873

Levi Strauss and Jacob Davis receive a patent to produce work pants reinforced with metal rivets, now known as blue jeans.

May 24, 1883

New York City and Brooklyn are finally connected with the opening of the Brooklyn Bridge over the East River.


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