May 4, 2009 by Reader's Connection
Americans have always had a knack for inventing and creating, and May is a banner month in which some of America’s best-known contributions came to life. This ingenious list is courtesy of Sherry Utterback at Central Library.
|May 1, 1931|
Empire State Building opens to the public.
Empire: A Tale of Obsession, Betrayal, and the Battle for an
American Icon by Mitchell Pacelle
|May 8, 1886|
The Real Thing: Truth and Power at the Coca-Cola Company by Constance L. Hays
|May 10, 1869|
A golden spike is driven into the ground at Promontory, Utah, marking the completion of the transcontinental railroad.
Empire Express: Building the First Transcontinental Railroad by David Haward Bain
|May 14, 1973|
NASA launches the space station Skylab.
Homesteading Space: The Skylab Story by Owen K. Garriott and Joe P. Kerwin
Skylab: America’s Space Station by David J. Shayler
|May 17, 1792|
A group of brokers organize the New York Stock Exchange.
Wall Street: A History from its Beginnings to the Fall of Enron by Charles R. Geisst
|May 23, 1785|
Benjamin Franklin describes his new invention of bifocal lenses in a letter.
Benjamin Franklin: Inventing America by Thomas Fleming
Inventing America: The Life of Benjamin Franklin by Mark Essig
|May 24, 1844|
Lightning Man: The Accursed Life of Samuel F. B. Morse by Kenneth Silverman
|May 24, 1883|
The Great Bridge: The Epic Story of the Building of the Brooklyn Bridge by David McCullough
|May 27, 1937|
The Golden Gate Bridge in San Francisco opens.
The Golden Gate Bridge by James Barter
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