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On May 14, 1955, representatives from eight Communist bloc countries, including the Soviet Union, signed the Warsaw Pact in Poland. (The Pact …

On May 13, 1607, English colonists arrived by ship at the site of what became the Jamestown settlement in Virginia (the colonists went ashore …

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Police officers arresting Catherine Burks-Brooks after the Freedom Riders arrived at the Greyhound station in Birmingham.

John Lewis, top left, was among the Freedom Riders who were arrested in Jackson, Miss., in May 1961, and hastily convicted of breach of peace.…

Freedom Riders Charles Butler, Catherine Burks-Brooks, Lucretia Collins and Salynn McCollum seated on a bench at the Greyhound station in Birmingham.

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Freedom Riders Charles Butler, Catherine Burks-Brooks, Lucretia Collins, and Salynn McCollum seated on a bench at the Greyhound station in Bir…

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Upended car damaged and smoking after a riot protesting the Freedom Riders' arrival in Montgomery, Alabama.

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Martin Luther King, Jr., with Freedom Riders as they prepare to leave Montgomery, Ala., for Jackson, Miss.