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 On this day May 1-7, 2022 (week 18) infographic
Graphics show birthdays and anniversaries on each day for the week.


On this day May 1-7, 2022 (week 18)

May 1, 2022 - May 7, 2022 - Graphics show birthdays and anniversaries for each day of the week. This week features the expansion of the European Union, the first scheduled jet airliner passenger service, the war in Vietnam, Kangxi or the Qing Dynasty, the Battle of Puebla, the Hindenburg disaster and Vladimir Putin.

May 1, 2004: The European Union grew to 25 countries with the admission of 10 new members, mostly from the former Warsaw Pact nations of eastern Europe

May 2, 1952: The first scheduled jet airliner passenger service began when a BOAC Comet flew from London to Johannesburg with 36 passengers on board

May 3, 1965: The first major ground combat unit of the U.S. Army arrived in Vietnam. The 3,500 men of the 173rd Airborne Brigade were nicknamed the Sky Soldiers

May 4, 1654: Kangxi, who ruled as emperor of China for 61 years, was born. Under his reign the Qing Dynasty reached the zenith of its social, economic and military power

May 5, 1862: Mexican forces defeated the French army at the Battle of Puebla. “Cinco de Mayo” street festivals commemorate the battle each year

May 6, 1937: Germany’s zeppelin airship Hindenburg burst into flames after hitting the landing mast on arrival at Lakehurst, New Jersey, killing 36 people

May 7, 2000: Vladimir Putin, the former KGB officer virtually unknown in Russian public life until the previous year, was formally sworn in as president

PUBLISHED: 18/04/2022; DESIGN: Phil Bainbridge; PICTURE RESEARCH: Julie Mullins; EVENT SELECTION: Fiona Roberts and Susan Shepherd; PROOFING: Julie Mullins; TECHNICAL CONSTRUCTION: Fiona Roberts;; STORY: Julie Mullins; PICTURES: Newscom, Getty, Associated Press