Celebrate World History Day on May 9th by taking a look at some of the top world history records that have been set! Whether it’s the longest human chain or the largest gathering of people dressed as clowns, read on to learn more about these fascinating achievements.
World Records are held every day by people from all over the world. Some of the world’s most amazing records were set on May. Here are the top 10 world history records set on May.
1. The fastest speedway race – The Indianapolis 500 was run in less than an hour and 45 minutes.
2. Largest balloon ascent – Jean-Pierre Blanchard and Claude Bourbonnais ascended a helium-filled balloon to a height of 103,000 feet in 31 hours and 3 minutes.
3. Longest distance walked in 24 hours – Denise Lewis completed a 385-mile walk in 24 hours and 56 minutes.
4. Largest gathering of shells – 100,000 beachcombers gathered along the Florida coastline to collect seashells as part of World Shell Collecting Day.
5. highest temperature recorded on Earth – Death Valley, California reached a record high temperature of 134 degrees Fahrenheit on May 9th.
6. Most people were rescued from a sinking ship – 511 people were rescued from the capsized cruise ship Costa Concordia in just over 18 hours.
7. Longest time spent glued to a wall – Frenchman Yves Camdeborde spent 8 days and 21 hours clinging to a wall in an attempt to set a world record for the longest time spent without moving.
8. Most people completed a marathon in 24 hours – Approximately 36,000 people completed the Boston Marathon in just over 24 hours.
9. Fastest time to circumnavigate the Earth – Spanish sailor Miguel Serrano achieved a speed of 29.5 knots on his solo voyage around the world in 72 days, 5 hours, and 49 minutes.
10. Largest gathering of flowers – More than 2 million flowers were gathered at London’s Hyde Park to mark World Flower Day.