May is Asian Pacific American Heritage Month. Celebrate the diverse peoples, past and present, who have enriched and advanced American history and culture.

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May 2, 2011: After a decade-long manhunt, U.S. Special Operations Forces locate and kill Osama bin Laden, the Al-Qaeda leader who orchestrated the September 11 terrorist attacks.

Remember 9/11

May 5: Cinco de Mayo is not Mexico’s independence day! It commemorates the 1862 Battle of Puebla when outnumbered Mexican troops defeated invading French forces.

500 Years of Hispanic History 

May 7, 1915: Germany torpedoes the passenger ship Lusitania, killing 1,198 passengers, including 114 Americans. The attack hastens America’s entry into World War I.

More on the First World War

May 8, 1945: Victory in Europe Day, better known as VE Day, marks end of World War II in Europe with the unconditional surrender of Nazi Germany to Allied forces.

Tools for World War II

May 11, 1969: American and North Vietnamese forces engage in the bloody Battle of Hamburger Hill. The battle marks a watershed moment in American opinion about the war in Vietnam.

A Controversial Conflict

May 14, 1607: Jamestown, VA, becomes the first permanent English settlement in America. In 1804, Lewis and Clark depart St. Louis, MO, to explore the American west, arriving on the Pacific coast two years later.

Westward Expansion

May 17, 1954: In Brown v. Board of Education, the U.S. Supreme Court rules that segregating schools by race is unconstitutional. It is a major victory of the Civil Rights Movement.

Civil Rights Resources

May 27, 2019: Memorial Day is observed on the last Monday of May, and honors those who died while serving in the American armed forces.

Teaching War in Context

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Starting with the American Revolution, every major U.S. conflict since our country’s birth.

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