Cecil Whig - - ACCENT -

On May 18, 1920, Karol Jozef Wo­jtyla, who would go on to be­come Pope John Paul II, was born in Poland. He be­came his­tory’s most well- trav­eled pope and the first nonI­tal­ian to hold the po­si­tion since the 16th cen­tury.

How­ever, there’s another May date that stands out for Pope John Paul.

It was on May 13, 1981, he was shot in St. Peter’s Square by a Turk­ish po­lit­i­cal ex­trem­ist. The pope was struck in the ab­domen and hos­pi­tal­ized. How­ever, after his re­lease he fa­mously vis­ited his would- be as­sas­sin in pri­son ( now serv­ing a life sen­tence) and per­son­ally for­gave him. It would not be the last time some­one made an at­tempt on his life. The year fol­low­ing, a fa­nat­i­cal pri­est made an at­tempt.

Look­ing back on Amer­i­can his­tory, it was on May 18, 1860 that Abra­ham Lin­coln was nom­i­nated for the U. S. pres­i­dency by the Repub­li­can Na­tional Con­ven­tion meet­ing in Chicago.

At the time, Lin­coln was known as a Ken­tuck­y­born lawyer and for­mer Whig rep­re­sen­ta­tive to Congress who first gained na­tional stature dur­ing his cam­paign against Demo- cratic Se­na­tor Stephen Dou­glas of Illi­nois for a U. S. Se­nate seat in 1858. While Lin­coln lost that Se­nate race, he did be­come the 16th U. S. Pres­i­dent.

A lit­tle in­ven­tion changed Amer­i­can fash­ion on May 20, 1873.

It was on this day that San Francisco busi­ness­man Levi Strauss and Reno, Nev., tai­lor Ja­cob Davis re­ceived a patent for blue jeans. Tech­ni­cally, that patent was to cre­ate work pants re­in­forced with metal riv­ets, so it’s likely the two men had no idea the treat­ment blue jeans would be get­ting on to­day’s run­ways.

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