This Day in History: May

May 4, 2008: Star Wars Day Is Born
1: May 4, 2008: Star Wars Day Is Born

There’s no denying Star Wars is a powerful, enduring phenomena that resonates with audiences, but it also explores a number of important philosophical issues. Join Dr. David Kyle Johnson to unpack the deeper concepts behind this epic space opera.

9 min
May 14, 1607: Jamestown Colony Founded
2: May 14, 1607: Jamestown Colony Founded

Join a renowned anthropology professor to uncover the lost settlement of Jamestown and discover just how brutal life was for the early colonists during the inception of the first permanent British settlement in North America.

10 min
May 18, 1980: Mount Saint Helens Erupts
3: May 18, 1980: Mount Saint Helens Erupts

Join the Director of Programming for National Geographic Expeditions to relive the most destructive volcanic eruption in the continental United States—Mount St. Helens—from the perspective of a geologist.

6 min
May 11, 1997: Deep Blue Defeats Garry Kasparov
4: May 11, 1997: Deep Blue Defeats Garry Kasparov

Join an international chess master to analyze how a computer beat a reigning world chess champion for the first time ever.

7 min
May 17, 1954: Brown v. Board of Education Is Decided
5: May 17, 1954: Brown v. Board of Education Is Decided

Join a professor of law to unpack key players and actions that helped pave the way for the Supreme Court’s landmark Brown v. Board of Education decision.

6 min
May 29, 1453: Constantinople Falls to the Ottomans
6: May 29, 1453: Constantinople Falls to the Ottomans

Understand how the fall of Constantinople marked not only the end of the Roman Empire, but also the flourishing of Ottoman influence, reshaping politics, society, and religion across Eastern Europe.

8 min