Video: 'The Battle of Chancellorsville'
(Friday, May 1, 1863, 11:20 a.m. local time; during the Battle of Chancellorsville, part of the American Civil War) — The Battle of Chancellorsville began today in Spotsylvania County, Virginia, near the village of Chancellorsville, pitting Union Army Maj. Gen. Joseph Hooker’s Army of the Potomac against an army less than half its size, Gen. Robert E. Lee’s Confederate Army of Northern Virginia (click here for a real time animated map).
Video: 'The World at War - Episode 1 - A New Germany' (May Day 1933 at 8:13)
(Monday, May 1, 1933) — The Nazis celebrated its brand-new official Labor Day holiday today with joyful events across Germany, most notably with a giant party on the grounds of Tempelhof airport in Berlin. The next day, however, it abruptly banned the trade unions, as police and Gestapo units raided union offices and confiscated their property.
Video: 'Birmingham 1963' (May 2, 1963, at 0:53)
(Thursday, May 2, 1963; during the American Civil Rights Movement‘s Birmingham Campaign) — The Children’s Crusade began today in Birmingham, Alabama, as more than 1,000 black schoolchildren skipped classes and marched downtown to protest racial segregation; hundreds were arrested. During another march the following day, authorities unleashed police dogs and fire hoses on the young protesters.
Video: 'Birmingham 1963' (May 3, 1963, at 2:39)
(Friday, May 3, 1963; during the African-American Civil Rights Movement (1955–68)) — On the second day of the Children’s Crusade in Birmingham, Alabama, authorities unleashed police dogs and fire hoses on African-American schoolchildren marching to protest racial segregation.