May 20, 1927 – First ever nonstop flight between New York to Paris

May 20, 1927 – First ever nonstop flight between New York to Paris

At 7:52 a.m., American aviator Charles A. Lindbergh takes off from Roosevelt Field on Long Island, New York, on the world’s first solo, nonstop flight across the Atlantic Ocean and the first ever nonstop flight between New York to Paris.

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May 18, 1974 – India detonates atomic bomb

May 18, 1974 – India detonates atomic bomb

On May 18, 1974, in the Rajasthan Desert, India successfully explodes its first nuclear weapon, a fission bomb similar in power to the U.S. atomic bomb dropped on Hiroshima.

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May 14, 1948 – State of Israel proclaimed

With the blessing of the United Nations, Israel Prime Minister David Ben Gurion proclaims the independent State of Israel, establishing the first Jewish state in over 2,000 years.

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