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A trusted resource of/for the history of Shelby County that instills pride while educating and inspiring all generations.
The Shelby County Historical Society & Museum is open Monday through Friday from 8 to 4. They’re ready to take you back in time, located on the corner of Morse Avenue and Pine Street in Harlan. Call 755-2437 for more information
May 14th- 134th Day of the Year
1264 King Henry III is captured by his brother-in-law, Simon de Montfort, at the Battle of Lewes.
1509 At the Battle of Agnadello, the French defeat the Venitians in Northern Italy.
1610 French King Henri IV (Henri de Navarre) is assassinated by François Ravaillac, a fanatical monk.
1787 Delegates to the Constitutional Convention begin to assemble in Philadelphia.
1796 English physician Edward Jenner gives the first successful smallpox vaccination.
1804 The Lewis and Clark Expedition officially begins as the Corps of Discovery departs from St. Charles, Missouri.
1853 Gail Borden applies for a patent for condensed milk.
1863 Union General Nathanial Banks heads towards Port Hudson along the Mississippi River.
1897 - Guglielmo Marconi sends the first communication by wireless telegraph. - "Stars and Stripes Forever" by John Phillip Sousa is performed for the first time in Philadelphia.
1904 The Olympics is held in the United States for the first time in St. Louis, MO.
1935 A plebiscite in the Philippines ratifies an independence agreement.
1940 Holland surrenders to Germany.
1942 The British Army, in retreat from Burma, reaches India.
1948 Prime Minister David Ben-Gurion establishes the State of Israel.
1955 The Warsaw Pact is formed between the Soviet Union and seven of its European satellite nations.
1961 A bus carrying black and white civil rights activists is bombed and burned in Alabama.
1969 Three companies of the 101st Airborne Division fail to push North Vietnamese forces off Hill 937 in South Vietnam.
1973 The U.S. space station Skylab is launched.
1991 In South Africa, Winnie Mandela is sentenced to six years in prison for her part in the kidnapping and beating of three black youths and the death of a fourth.
2010 Space Shuttle Atlantis launches to the International Space Station in it's 2nd-to-last voyage.
The Shelby County Historical Society would like to thank the following area businesses for their support: KNOD, Harlan Newspaper, Hy-Vee, Milk & Honey, Farm Table Delivery, Nelson Farm Supply, Shelby County Physical Therapy, Shelby County State Bank, State Farm-EJ Leinen, Town & Country Credit Union, Ouren Real Estate, and ThinkSpace IT.
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