May 19, 1976: U.S. Senate created special intelligence committee to study CIA activities.
May 20, 1927: Charles Lindbergh landed in Paris 33 1/2 hours after leaving New York, completing first solo nonstop transatlantic flight. May 21, 1881: Clara Barton founded American Red Cross.
May 21, 1972: Vandals with sledgehammers disfigured Michelangelo’s Pietá sculpture in Rome; it was later repaired.
May 23, 1788: South Carolina became the eighth state to join the Union.
May 23, 1903: Horatio Nelson Jackson left New York on first cross-country automobile trip. Arrived in San Francisco on Aug. 1.