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    May 29 -- A date with history

    In 1953, Edmund Hillary and Sherpa Tenzing Norgay became first men to reach the top of Mount Everest.

    1453 - Constantinople fell to Ottoman Sultan Mehmed II, ending the Byzantine Empire.

    1660 - Charles II was restored to the English throne after the Puritan Commonwealth.

    1721 - South Carolina was formally incorporated as a royal colony.

    1765 - Patrick Henry denounced the Stamp Act before Virginia's House of Burgesses.

    1790 - Rhode Island became the last of the original thirteen colonies to ratify the US Constitution.

    1827 - The first nautical school opened in Nantucket, Massachusetts, under the name Admiral Sir Isaac Coffin’s Lancasterian School.

    1848 - WIsconsin became the 30th state to join the United States.

    1849 - A patent for lifting vessels was granted to Abraham Lincoln.

    1910 - An airplane raced a train from Albany, New York, to New York City. The airplane pilot Glenn Curtiss won the $10,000 prize.

    1911 - The first running of the Indianapolis 500 took place.

    1912 - Fifteen women were dismissed from their jobs at the Curtis Publishing Company in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, for dancing the Turkey Trot while on the job.

    1916 - The official flag of the president of the United States was adopted.

    1916 - US forces invaded Dominican Republic and remained until 1924.

    1922 - Ecuador became independent.

    1922 - The US Supreme Court ruled that organised baseball was a sport, not subject to anti-trust laws.

    1932 - World War I veterans began arriving in Washington, DC to demand cash bonuses they were not scheduled to receive for another 13 years.

    1951 - CF Blair became the first man to fly over the North Pole in single engine plane.

    1953 - Edmund Hillary and Sherpa Tenzing Norgay became first men to reach the top of Mount Everest.

    1962 - Buck (John) O’Neil became the first black coach in major league baseball when he accepted the job with the Chicago Cubs.

    1965 - Ralph Boston set a world record in the broad jump at 27-feet, 4-3/4 inches, at a meet held in Modesto, California.

    1973 - Tom Bradley was elected the first black mayor of Los Angeles.

    1974 - US President Richard Nixon agreed to turn over 1,200 pages of edited Watergate transcripts.

    1978 - In the US, postage stamps were raised from 13 cents to 15 cents.

    1981 - The US performed a nuclear test at the Nevada test site.

    1985 - Thirty-nine people were killed and 400 were injured in a riot at a European Cup soccer match in Brussels, Belgium.

    1986 - Colonel Oliver North told National Security Advisor William McFarlane that profits from weapons sold to Iran were being diverted to the Contras.

    1988 - US President Ronald Reagan began his first visit to the Soviet Union in Moscow.

    1990 - Boris Yeltsin was elected president of the Russian republic by the Russian parliament.

    1997 - The ruling party in Indonesia, Golkar, won the Parliament election by a record margin. There was a boycott movement and rioting that killed 200 people.

    1999 - Space shuttle Discovery completed the first docking with the International Space Station.

    2000 - Fiji's military took control of the nation and declared martial law following a coup attempt by indigenous Fijians in mid-May.

    2001 - In New York, four followers of Osama bin Laden were convicted of a global conspiracy to murder Americans. The crimes included the 1998 bombings of two US embassies in Africa that killed 224 people.

    2001 - The US Supreme Court ruled that disabled golfer Casey Martin could use a cart to ride in tournaments.

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    May 28 -- A date with history

    The first all-colour-talking picture debuted in New York City in 1929. The film, 'On With The Show', was produced by Warner Brothers. In 1953, Walt Disney premiered the first 3-D cartoon film, 'Melody.'

    585 BC - Thales Miletus predicted a solar eclipse.

    585 BC - The Persian-Lydian battle ended.

    1533 - England's Archbishop declared the marriage of King Henry VIII to Anne Boleyn valid.

    1774 - The First Continental Congress convened in Virginia.

    1805 - Napoleon was crowned in Milan, Italy.

    1863 - The first black regiment left Boston to fight in the US Civil War.

    1892 - The Sierra club was organised in San Francisco, California.

    1900 - Britain annexed the Orange Free State.

    1918 - Azerbaijan declared independence.

    1928 - Chrysler Corporation merged with Dodge Brothers.

    1929 - Warner Brothers debuted 'On With The Show' in New York City. It was the first all-colour-talking picture.

    1934 - The Dionne quintuplets were born near Callander, Ontario, to Olivia and Elzire Dionne. The babies were the first quintuplets to survive infancy.

    1937 - US President Franklin Roosevelt pushed a button in Washington, DC, signalling that vehicular traffic could cross the newly opened Golden Gate Bridge in California.

    1940 - During World War II, Belgium surrendered to Germany.

    1953 - The Walt Disney film 'Melody' premiered in the Paramount Theatre in Hollywood. The picture was the first 3-D cartoon.

    1961 - Amnesty International, a human rights organisation, was founded.

    1976 - The Peaceful Nuclear Explosion Treaty was signed, limiting any nuclear explosion -- regardless of its purpose -- to a yield of 150 kiloton.

    1977 - Fire raced through the Beverly Hills Supper Club in Southgate, Kentucky, killing 165 people.

    1985 - The first issue of 'Vanity Fair' magazine went on sale. The issue had a picture of US President Ronald Reagan and First Lady Nancy smooching on the cover.

    1985 - David Jacobsen, director of the American University Hospital in Beirut, Lebanon, was abducted by pro-Iranian kidnappers. He was freed 17 months later.

    1987 - Mathias Rust, a 19-year-old West German pilot, landed a private plane in Moscow's Red Square after evading Soviet air defences. He was released August 3, 1988.

    1995 - An earthquake with magnitude 7.5 hit the Russian town Neftegorsk killing at least 2,000 people.

    1996 - US President Bill Clinton's former business partners in the Whitewater land deal were convicted of fraud.

    1998 - Pakistan matched India with five nuclear test blasts. The US, Japan and other nations imposed economic sanctions. Pakistani Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif said, "Today, we have settled the score with India."

    1998 - Dr Susan Terebey discovered a planet outside our solar system with the use of photos taken by the Hubble Space Telescope.

    1999 - In Milan, Italy, Leonardo de Vinci's 'The Last Supper' was put back on display after more than 20 years of restoration work.

    2002 - Russia became a limited partner in NATO with the creation of the NATO-Russia Council.

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    May 27 - A date with history

    Former Indian Prime Minister Jawaharlal Nehru died on this day in 1964. He was a central figure in Indian politics for much of the 20th century.

    1647 - Achsah Young, a resident of Windsor, Connecticut, was executed for being a 'witch.' It was the first recorded American execution of a 'witch.'

    1668 - Three colonists were expelled from Massachusetts for being Baptists.

    1813 - Americans captured Fort George, Canada.

    1896 - Around 255 people were killed in St Louis, Missouri, when a tornado struck.

    1901 - The Edison Storage Battery Company was organised.

    1907 - The Bubonic Plague broke out in San Francisco.

    1919 - A US Navy seaplane completed the first transatlantic flight.

    1926 - Bronze figures of Huck Finn and Tom Sawyer were erected in Hannibal, Missouri.

    1929 - Colonel Charles Lindbergh and Anne Spencer Murrow were married.

    1931 - Piccard and Knipfer made the first flight into the stratosphere, by balloon.

    1933 - Walt Disney's 'Three Little Pigs' was first released.

    1933 - In the US, the Federal Securities Act was signed. The act required the registration of securities with the Federal Trade Commission.

    1935 - The US Supreme Court declared that President Franklin Roosevelt's National Industrial Recovery Act was unconstitutional.

    1937 - In California, the Golden Gate Bridge was opened to pedestrian traffic. The bridge connected San Francisco and Marin County.

    1941 - US President Franklin Roosevelt proclaimed an 'unlimited national emergency' amid rising world tensions.

    1941 - The German battleship Bismarck was sunk by British naval and air forces. Around 2,300 people were killed.

    1942 - German General Erwin Rommel began a major offensive in Libya with his Afrika Korps.

    1944 - US General MacArthur landed on Biak Island in New Guinea.

    1960 - A military coup overthrew the democratic government of Turkey.

    1964 - Indian Prime Minister Jawaharlal Nehru died.

    1969 - Construction of Walt Disney World began in Florida.

    1977 - George H Willig was fined for scaling the World Trade Center in New York on May 26. He was fined $1.10.

    1982 - Japan announced the elimination of tariffs on 96 industrial goods.

    1985 - In Beijing, representatives of Britain and China exchanged instruments of ratification on the pact returning Hong Kong to the Chinese in 1997.

    1986 - Mel Fisher recovered a jar that contained 2,300 emeralds from the Spanish ship Atocha. The ship sank in the 17th century.

    1988 - The US Senate ratified the Intermediate-Range Nuclear Forces Treaty. The INF pact was the first arms-control agreement since the 1972 Strategic Arms Limitation Treaty (SALT I) to receive Senate approval.

    1994 - Nobel Prize-winning author Alexander Solzhenitsyn returned to Russia. He had been in exile for two decades.

    1995 - In Charlottesville, Virginia, Christopher Reeve was paralyzed after being thrown from his horse during a jumping event.

    1996 - Russian President Boris Yeltsin negotiated a cease-fire to the war in Chechnya in his first meeting with the leader of the rebels.

    1997 - The US Supreme Court ruled that the sexual harassment suit filed by Paula Jones could continue while President Clinton was in office.

    1998 - Charlie Sheen was admitted to a hospital in Los Angeles for a drug overdose.

    1998 - Michael Fortier was sentenced to 12 years in prison for not warning anyone about the plot to bomb an Oklahoma City federal building.

    1999 - In The Hague, the Netherlands, a war crimes tribunal indicted Slobodan Milosevic and four others for atrocities in Kosovo. It was the first time that a sitting head of state had been charged with such a crime.

    2010 - Universal Studios reopened its backlot. The area had been destroyed by a fire two years before.

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    May 25 - A date with history

    The Return of the Jedi opened nationwide on this day in 1983. It set a new record in opening day box office sales. The gross collection was $6,219,629.

    585 BC - The first known prediction of a solar eclipse was made in Greece.

    1085 - Alfonso VI took Toledo, Spain from the Moslems.

    1787 - The Constitutional convention opened in Philadelphia with George Washington presiding.

    1810 - Argentina declared independence from Napoleonic Spain.

    1844 - The gasoline engine was patented by Stuart Perry.

    1844 - The first telegraphed news dispatch, sent from Washington, DC, to Baltimore, MD, appeared in the Baltimore 'Patriot.'

    1895 - Oscar Wilde, a playwright, poet and novelist, was convicted of a morals charge and sentenced to prison in London.

    1895 - James P Lee first published 'Gold in America -- A Practical Manual.'

    1911 - President of Mexico, Porfolio Diaz, resigned his office.

    1925 - John Scopes was indicted for teaching the Darwinian theory in school.

    1927 - Ford Motor Company announced that the Model A would replace the Model T.

    1935 - Babe Ruth hit his final homerun, his 714th, and set a record that would stand for 39 years.

    1935 - Jesse Owens tied the world record for the 100-yard dash. He ran it in 9.4 seconds. He also broke three other world track records.

    1946 - Jordan gained independence from Britain.

    1953 - In Nevada, the first atomic cannon was fired.

    1961 - US President John F Kennedy asked Americans to work toward putting a man on the moon before the end of the decade.

    1963 - The Organisation of African Unity was founded, in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia.

    1968 - The Gateway Arch, part of the Jefferson National Expansion Memorial in St. Louis, MO, was dedicated.

    1970 - Boeing Computer Services was founded.

    1977 - 'Star Wars Episode IV: A New Hope' opened and became the largest grossing film to date.

    1977 - An opinion piece by Vietnam veteran Jan Scruggs appeared in 'The Washington Post.' The article called for a national memorial to 'remind an ungrateful nation of what it has done to its sons' that had served in the Vietnam War.

    1979 - An American Airlines DC-10 crashed during takeoff at Chicago's O'Hare International Airport killing 275 people.

    1981 - Daredevil Daniel Goodwin scaled Chicago's Sears Tower, while wearing a 'Spiderman' costume, in seven-and-a-half hours.

    1983 - 'The Return of the Jedi' opened nationwide. It set a new record in opening day box office sales. The gross collection was $6,219,629.

    1985 - Bangladesh was hit by a hurricane and tidal wave that killed more than 11,000 people.

    1986 - Approximately seven million Americans participated in 'Hands Across America.'

    1996 - In Nimes, France, Christina Sanchez became the first woman to achieve the rank of matadore in Europe.

    1997 - In Sierra Leone, a military coup overthrew the popularly elected President Ahmad Tejan Kabbah. He was replaced with Major Johnny Paul Koromah.

    1997 - US Senator Strom Thurmond became the longest-serving senator at 41 years and 10 months in US history.

    1997 - Poland adopted a constitution that removed all traces of communism.

    1999 - A report by the US House of Representatives Select Committee on US National Security and Military/ Commercial Concerns with the People's Republic of China concluded that China had 'stolen design information on the US most-advanced thermonuclear weapons' and that China's penetration of US weapons laboratories 'spans at least the past several decades and almost certainly continues today.'

    2000 - The Walt Disney Co and Time Warner signed a long-term deal that ended a dispute over the airing policies of Time Warner. Time Warner had blacked out Disney programs for a 39 hour period the previous month due to the lack of an agreement.

    2001 - Erik Weihenmeyer, 32, of Golder, Colorado, became the first blind climber to reach the summit of Mount Everest.

    2001 - Sherman Bull, 64, of New Canaan, Connecticut, became the oldest climber to reach the summit of Mount Everest.

    2006 - In Houston, former Enron chiefs Kenneth Lay and Jeffrey Skillinng were convicted of conspiracy and fraud for the downfall of Enron.

    2008 - NASA's Phoenix Mars Lander landed in the arctic plains of Mars.

    2009 - North Korea announced that it had conducted a second successful nuclear test in the province of North Hamgyong. The United Nations Security Council condemned the reported test.

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    May 24 - A date with history

    Samuel FB Morse formally opened America's first telegraph line on this day in 1844. The first message -- What hath God wrought? -- was sent from Washington to Baltimore.

    1543 - Nicolaus Copernicus published proof of a sun-centered solar system.

    1607 - Captain Christopher Newport and 105 followers found the colony of Jamestown at the mouth of the James River on the coast of Virginia.

    1610 - Sir Thomas Gates institutes 'laws divine moral and marshal,' a harsh civil code for Jamestown.

    1624 - After years of unprofitable operations, the Virginia's charter was revoked and it became a royal colony.

    1689 - The English Parliament passed Act of Toleration, protecting Protestants. Roman Catholics were specifically excluded from the exemption.

    1738 - The Methodist Church was established.

    1764 - Bostonian lawyer James Otis denounced 'taxation without representation and called for the colonies to unite in demonstrating their opposition to Britain’s new tax measures.

    1798 - Believing that a French invasion of Ireland was imminent, Irish nationalists rose up against the British occupation.

    1816 - Emamual Leutze was born in Germany. He was most famous for his paintings 'Washington Crossing the Delaware' and 'Columbus Before the Queen'.

    1822 - At the Battle of Pichincha, Bolivar secured independence of the Quito.

    1830 - The first passenger railroad service in the US began service.

    1844 - Samuel FB Morse formally opened America's first telegraph line. The first message was sent from Washington, DC, to Baltimore, Maryland. The message was 'What hath God wrought?'

    1859 - Charles Gounod's 'Ave Maria' was performed by Madame Caroline Miolan-Carvalho for the first time in public.

    1863 - Bushwackers led by Captain William Marchbanks attacked a US Federal militia party in Nevada, Missouri.

    1878 - The first American bicycle race was held in Boston.

    1881 - About 200 people died when the Canadian ferry Princess Victoria sank near London, Ontario.

    1883 - After 14 years of construction the Brooklyn Bridge was opened to traffic.

    1899 - The first public garage was opened by WT McCullough.

    1913 - The US Department of Labour entered into its first strike mediation. The dispute was between the railroad clerks of New York, New Haven and Hartford Railroad.

    1930 - Amy Johnson became the first woman to fly from England to Australia.

    1931 - B&O Railroad began service with the first passenger train to have air conditioning throughout. The run was between New York City and Washington, DC.

    1935 - The Cincinnati Reds played the Philadelphia Phillies in the first major league baseball game at night. The switch for the floodlights was thrown by US President Franklin Roosevelt.

    1941 - The HMS Hood was sunk by the German battleship Bismarck in the North Atlantic. Only three people survived.

    1954 - The first moving sidewalk in a railroad station was opened in Jersey City, New Jersey.

    1958 - United Press International was formed through a merger of the United Press and the International News Service.

    1961 - The Freedom Riders were arrested in Jackson, Mississippi.

    1967 - California Governor Ronald Reagan greeted Charles M Schulz at the state capitol in observance of the legislature-proclaimed 'Charles Schulz Day.'

    1976 - Britain and France opened trans-Atlantic Concorde service to Washington.

    1980 - The International Court of Justice issued a final decision calling for the release of the hostages taken at the US embassy in Tehran on November 4, 1979.

    1983 - The Brooklyn Bridge's 100th birthday was celebrated.

    1983 - The US Supreme Court ruled that the federal government had the right to deny tax breaks to schools that racially discriminate.

    1993 - Roman Catholic Cardinal Juan Jesus Posada Ocampo and six other people were killed at the Guadalajara, Mexico, airport in a shootout that involved drug gangs.

    1993 - The Ethiopian province of Eritrea declared itself an independent nation.

    1994 - The four men convicted of bombing the New York's World Trade Center were each sentenced to 240 years in prison.

    1999 - 39 miners were killed in an underground gas explosion in Ukraine.

    2000 - Five people were killed and two others wounded when two gunmen entered a Wendy's restaurant in Flushing, Queens, New York. The gunmen tied up the victims in the basement and then shot them.

    2000 - The US House of Representatives approved permanent normal trade relations with China. The latter was not happy about some of the human rights conditions that had been attached by the US lawmakers.

    2000 - A Democratic Party event for Al Gore in Washington brought in $26.5 million. The amount set a new record, which had just been set the previous month by Republicans for Texas Governor George W Bush.

    2001 - Temba Tsheri, 15, became the youngest person to reach the summit of Mount Everest.

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    May 23- A date with history

    American industrialist and philanthropist John D Rockefeller died on this day in 1937. He was the founder of the Standard Oil Company.
    1430 - Joan of Arc was captured by Burgundians. She was then sold to the English.

    1533 - Henry VIII’s marriage to Catherine of Aragon was declared null and void.

    1618 - The Thirty Years War began when three opponents of the Reformation were thrown through a window.

    1701 - In London, Captain William Kidd was hanged after being convicted of murder and piracy.

    1785 - Benjamin Franklin wrote in a letter that he had invented bifocals.

    1788 - South Carolina became the eighth state to ratify the US Constitution.

    1827 - The first nursery school in the US was established in New York City.

    1846 - Arabella Mansfield (Belle Aurelia Babb) was born. She was the first woman in the US to pass the bar exam, though she never used her law degree.

    1873 - Canada's North West Mounted Police force was established. The organisation's name was changed to Royal Canadian Mounted Police in 1920.

    1879 - The first US veterinary school was established by Iowa State University.

    1895 - The New York Public Library was created with an agreement that combined the city's existing Astor and Lenox libraries.

    1900 - Civil War hero Sergeant William H Carney became the first African American to receive the Medal of Honour, 37 years after the Battle of Fort Wagner.

    1901 - American forces captured Filipino rebel leader Emilio Aguinaldo.

    1908 - Part of the Great White Fleet arrived in Puget Sound, Washington.

    1915 - During World War I, Italy joined the Allies as they declared war on Austria-Hungary.

    1922 - 'Daylight saving time' was debated in the first debate ever to be heard on radio in Washington, DC.

    1926 - The French captured the Moroccan Rif capital.

    1934 - In Bienville Parish, Los Angeles, Bonnie Parker and Clyde Barrow were ambushed and killed by Texas Rangers. The bank robbers were riding in a stolen Ford Deluxe.

    1937 - Industrialist John D Rockefeller died.

    1938 - 'LIFE' magazine’s cover pictured Errol Flynn as a glamour boy.

    1945 - In Luneburg Germany, Heinrich Himmler, the head of the Nazi Gestapo, committed suicide while imprisoned by the Allied forces.

    1949 - The Republic of West Germany was established.

    1960 - Israel announced the capture of Nazi Adolf Eichmann in Argentina.

    1981 - In Barcelona, Spain, gunmen seized control of the Central Bank and took 200 hostages.

    1985 - Thomas Patrick Cavanagh was sentenced to life in prison for trying to sell Stealth bomber secrets to the Soviet Union.

    1992 - In Lisbon, Portugal, the US and four former Soviet republics signed an agreement to implement the START missile reduction treaty that had been agreed to by the Soviet Union before it was dissolved.

    1994 - 'Pulp Fiction' won the 'Golden Palm' for best film at the 47th Cannes Film Festival.

    1995 - The Alfred P Murrah Federal Building in Oklahoma City was demolished.

    1998 - British Protestants and Irish Catholics of Northern Ireland approved a peace accord.

    1999 - In Kansas City, Missouri, amateur wrestler Owen Hart better known as Blue Blazer died when he fell 90 feet while being lowered into a WWF wrestling ring. He was 33-years old.

    1999 - Gerry Bloch, at age 81, became the oldest climber to scale El Capitan in Yosemite National Park. He broke his own record that he set in 1986 when he was 68 years old.

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    May 22- A date with history

    The first modern atlas was published in Belgium on this day in 1570 by Abraham Ortelius. In 1892, Dr Washington Sheffield invented the now ubiquitous toothpaste tube.

    1246 - Henry Raspe was elected anti-king by the Rhenish prelates in France.

    1455 - King Henry VI was taken prisoner by the Yorkists at the Battle of St Albans, during the War of the Roses.

    1570 - Abraham Ortelius published the first modern atlas in Belgium.

    1761 - In Philadelphia, the first life insurance policy was issued in the US.

    1819 - The steamship Savannah became the first to cross the Atlantic Ocean.

    1841 - Henry Kennedy received a patent for the first reclining chair.

    1849 - Abraham Lincoln received a patent for the floating dry dock.

    1859 - The creator of 'Sherlock Holmes,' Sir Arthur Conan Doyle was born.

    1868 - Near Marshfield, Indiana, the 'Great Train Robbery' took place. The robbery, led by seven members of the Reno gang, was valued at $96,000 in cash, gold and bonds.

    1872 - The Amnesty Act restored civil rights to Southerners.

    1882 - The US formally recognised Korea.

    1892 - Dr Washington Sheffield invented the toothpaste tube.

    1900 - The Associated Press was incorporated as a non-profit news cooperative in New York.

    1900 - A DeVilbiss, Jr patented his pendulum-type computing scale.

    1900 - Edwin S Votey received a patent for the pianola (a pneumatic piano player). It could be attached to any piano.

    1906 - The Wright brothers received a patent their flying machine.

    1939 - Adolf Hitler and Benito Mussolini signed a military alliance between Germany and Italy known as the 'Pact of Steel.'

    1947 - The Truman Doctrine was enacted by the US Congress to appropriate military and economic aid Turkey and Greece.

    1955 - A scheduled dance to be headlined by Fats Domino was cancelled by police in Bridgeport, Connecticut because 'rock and roll dances might be featured.

    1969 - A lunar module of Apollo 10 flew within nine miles of the moon's surface. The event was a rehearsal for the first lunar landing.

    1972 - President Richard Nixon became the first US President to visit Russia. He met with Soviet leader Leonid Brezhnev.

    1972 - The island Ceylon adopted a new constitution and became the republic of Sri Lanka.

    1986 - Sylvester Stallone agreed to a 10-picture, six-year deal with United Artists. He was reportedly signed on for $15 million per film.

    1990 - In West Asia, North and South Yemen merged to become a single state known as the Republic of Yemen.

    1990 - Microsoft released Windows 3.0.

    1997 - Kelly Flinn, the US Air Force's first female bomber pilot certified for combat, accepted a general discharge. She thereby avoided court-martial on charges of adultery, lying and disobeying an order.

    1998 - Bolivia was hit by a series of powerful earthquakes. At least 18 were killed. The quakes ranged in magnitude from 5.9 to 6.8.

    1998 - New information came to light about the June 1996 bombing that killed 19 American airmen. The information indicated that Saudi citizens had been responsible and not Iranians as once believed.

    1998 - A Federal judge said that Secret Service agents could be compelled to testify before a grand jury in Monica Lewinsky investigation concerning US President Bill Clinton.

    1998 - Voters in Northern Ireland and the Republic of Ireland turned out to cast ballots to approve a Northern Ireland peace accord.

    2002 - Chandra Levy's remains were found in Washington, DC's Rock Creek Park. She was last seen on April 30, 2001. California Congressman Gary Condit was questioned in the case due to his relationship with Levy.

    2002 - In Birmingham, Alabama, a jury convicted former Ku Klux Klansman Bobby Frank Cherry of murder in the 1963 church bombing that killed four girls.

    2003 - At the Colonial in Fort Worth, Texas, Annika Sorenstam became the first woman to play on the PGA tour in 58 years. She ended the day at one-over par.

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    May 21 - A date with history

    Greek Philosopher Plato was born on this day in 427 BC. Plato helped lay the foundations of Western philosophy and science.

    0996 – Sixteen-year old Otto III was crowned the Roman Emperor.

    1471 - King Henry VI was killed in the tower of London. Edward IV took the throne.

    1536 - The Reformation was officially adopted in Geneva, Switzerland.

    1542 - Hernando de Soto died along the Mississippi River while searching for gold.

    1602 - Martha's Vineyard was first sighted by Captain Bartholomew Gosnold.

    1688 - English poet Alexander Pope was born.

    1790 - Paris was divided into 48 zones.

    1819 - Bicycles were first seen in the US in New York City. They were originally known as ‘swift walkers.'

    1832 - In the US, the Democratic Party held its first national convention.

    1840 - New Zealand was declared a British colony.

    1856 - Lawrence, Kansas was captured by pro-slavery forces.

    1863 - The siege of the Confederate Port Hudson, Los Angeles, began.

    1881 - The American branch of the Red Cross was founded by Clara Barton.

    1881 - The United States Lawn Tennis Association was formed in New York City.

    1906 - Louis H Perlman received his patent for the demountable tire-carrying rim.

    1922 - The cartoon, ‘On the Road to Moscow,' by Rollin Kirby won a Pulitzer Prize. It was the first cartoon awarded the Pulitzer.

    1924 - Fourteen-year-old Bobby Franks was murdered in a 'thrill killing' committed by Nathan Leopold Jr and Richard Loeb. The killers were students at the University of Chicago.

    1927 - Charles A Lindberg completed the first solo non-stop airplane flight across the Atlantic Ocean. The trip began May 20.

    1929 - The first automatic electric stock quotation board was used by Sutro and Company of New York City.

    1934 - Oskaloosa, Iowa, became the first city in the US to fingerprint all of its citizens.

    1941 - The first US ship, the SS Robin Moor, was sunk by a U-boat.

    1945 – US Actress Lauren Bacall and Actor Humphrey Bogart were married.

    1956 - The US exploded the first airborne hydrogen bomb in the Pacific Ocean over Bikini Atoll.

    1961 - Governor Patterson declared martial law in Montgomery, Alabama.

    1968 - The nuclear-powered US submarine Scorpion, with 99 men aboard, was last heard from. The remains of the submarine were later found on the ocean floor 400 miles southwest of the Azores.

    1968 - English musician and a bandleader of Rolling Stones, Brian Jones was arrested for the second time for possession of cannabis in his London apartment.

    1969 - John Lennon and Yoko Ono began a ten-day 'bed-in' in Montreal's Queen Elizabeth Hotel.

    1970 - The National Guard was mobilised to quell disturbances at Ohio State University.

    1971 - Musician Paul McCartney released 'Ram.' It was the second of the two albums that McCartney released between quitting The Beatles and forming Wings.

    1975 - Elton John became the first Western pop star to play in the USSR or Union of Soviet Socialist Republics.

    1980 - The movie 'The Empire Strikes Back' was released.

    1982 - British forces landed in the Falkland Islands.

    1991 - In Madras, former Prime Minister, Rajiv Gandhi was killed by a bouquet of flowers that contained a bomb.

    1998 - An expelled student, Kipland Kinkel, in Springfield, Oregon, killed two people and wounded 25 others with a semi-automatic rifle. Police also discovered that the boy had killed his parents before the rampage.

    1998 - Microsoft and Sega announced that they are collaborating on a home video game system.

    1998 - In Miami, Florida, five abortion clinics were hit by an butyric acid-attacker.

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    May 20- A date with history

    The ubiquitous fountain pen was patented on this date by HD Hyde in 1830. Another noteworthy incident was Levi Strauss marketing blue jeans with copper rivets in 1874.

    0325 - The Ecumenical council was inaugurated by Emperor Constantine in Nicea, Asia Minor.

    1303 - A peace treaty was signed between England and France over the town of Gascony.

    1347 - Cola di Rienzo took the title of tribune in Rome.

    1506 - In Spain, Christopher Columbus died in poverty.

    1520 - Hernando Cortez defeated Spanish troops that had been sent to punish him in Mexico.

    1690 - England passed the Act of Grace, forgiving followers of James II.

    1674 - John Sobieski became Poland's first King.

    1774 - Britain's Parliament passed the Coercive Acts to punish the American colonists for their increasingly anti-British behaviour.

    1775 - North Carolina became the first colony to declare its independence. This is the date that is on the George state flag even though the date of this event has been questioned.

    1784 - The Peace of Versailles ended a war between France, England, and Holland.

    1830 - The fountain pen was patented by HD Hyde.

    1844 - French painter Henri Julien Felix Rousseau was born.

    1861 - North Carolina became the eleventh state to secede from the Union.

    1861 - During the American Civil War, the capital of the Confederacy was moved from Montgomery, Alabama, to Richmond, Virginia.

    1874 - Levi Strauss began marketing blue jeans with copper rivets.

    1875 - The International Bureau of Weights and Measures was established.

    1899 - Jacob German of New York City became the first driver to be arrested for speeding. The posted speed limit was 12 miles per hour.

    1902 - The US military occupation of Cuba ended.

    1902 - Cuba gained its independence from Spain.

    1913 - William R Hewlett, Co-founder, Hewlett-Packard Company was born.

    1926 - The US Congress passed the Air Commerce Act. The act gave the Department of Commerce the right to licence pilots and planes.

    1927 - Charles Lindbergh took off from New York to cross the Atlantic for Paris aboard his airplane the 'Spirit of St Louis.' The trip took thirty-three-and-a-half hours.

    1930 - The first airplane was catapulted from a dirigible.

    1932 - Amelia Earhart took off to fly solo across the Atlantic Ocean. She became the first woman to achieve the feat.

    1939 - The first telecast over telephone wires was sent from Madison Square Garden to the NBC-TV studios at 30 Rockefeller Center in Manhattan. The event was a bicycle race.

    1939 - The first regular air-passenger service across the Atlantic Ocean began with the take-off of the 'Yankee Clipper' from Port Washington, New York.

    1941 - Germany invaded Crete by air.

    1942 - Japan completed the conquest of Burma.

    1946 - Singer Cher or Cherilyn Sarkisian LaPierre was born. She has acted in movies like Moonstruck (1987), The Witches of Eastwick, Silkwood, Mask, among others.

    1967 - Jimi Hendrix signed his first American record contract with Reprise Records.

    1969 - US and South Vietnamese forces captured Apbia Mountain, which was referred to as Hamburger Hill.

    1970 - 100,000 people marched in New York supporting US policies in Vietnam.

    1970 - 'Let It Be,' the film by The Beatles, premiered worldwide.

    1978 - Mavis Hutchinson, at age 53, became the first woman to run across America. It took Hutchinson 69 days to run the 3,000 miles.

    1979 - Elton John performed in Leningrad, Soviet Union.

    1980 - The submarine Nautilus was designated as a National Historic Landmark by the US Secretary of the Interior.

    1985 - The Dow Jones industrial average broke the 1,300 mark for the first time. The Dow closed at 1304.88.

    1985 - The FBI arrested US Navy Chief Petty Officer John Walker. Walker had begun spying for the Soviet Union in 1968.

    1990 - The Hubble Space Telescope sent back its first photographs.

    1996 - The US Supreme Court struck down a Colorado measure banning laws that would protect homosexuals from discrimination.

    1996 - The Metallica single 'Until It Sleeps' was released worldwide, excluding North America, where it was released the next day.

    1999 - At Heritage High School in Conyers, Georgia, a 15-year-old student shot and injured six students. He then surrendered to an assistant principal at the school.

    2010 - Scientists announced that they had created a funtional synthetic genome.

    2010 - Five paintings worth 100 million euros were stolen from the Musée d'Art Moderne de la Ville de Paris.

    (Source: http://www.on-this-day.com)

    Did you know?

    May 18 - A date with history

    In 1974, India became the sixth nation to explode an atomic bomb.

    1302 - The weaver Peter de Coningk led a massacre of the Flemish oligarchs.

    1642 - Montreal, Canada, was founded.

    1643 - Queen Anne, the widow of Louis XIII, was granted sole and absolute power as regent by the Paris Parliament, overriding the late king's will.

    1652 - In Rhode Island, a law was passed that made slavery illegal in North America. It was the first law of its kind.

    1792 - Russian troops invaded Poland.

    1798 - The first Secretary of the US Navy was appointed. He was Benjamin Stoddert.

    1802 - Great Britain declared war on Napoleon's France.

    1804 - Napoleon Bonaparte was proclaimed emperor by the French Senate.

    1828 - Battle of Las Piedras ended the conflict between Uruguay and Brazil.

    1896 - The US Supreme Court upheld the 'separate but equal' policy in the Plessy vs. Ferguson decision. The ruling was overturned 58 years later with Brown versus Board of Education.

    1897 - A public reading of Bram Stoker's new novel, 'Dracula, or, The Un-dead,' was performed in London.

    1897 - Film director Frank Capra of 'It's a Wonderful Life' fame was born.

    1904 - Brigand Raizuli kidnapped American Ion H Perdicaris in Morocco.

    1917 - The US Congress passed the Selective Service Act, which called up soldiers to fight in World War I.

    1920 - Karol Józef Wojtyla better known as Pope John Paul II was born.

    1926 - Evangelist Aimee Semple McPherson vanished while visiting a beach in Venice, California. She reappeared a month later with the claim that she had been kidnapped.

    1931 - Japanese pilot Seiji Yoshihara crashed his plane in the Pacific Ocean while trying to be the first to cross the ocean non-stop. He was picked up seven hours later by a passing ship.

    1931 - Actor Robert Morse famous for his roles in 'Mad Men,' and 'How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying' was born.

    1933 - The Tennessee Valley Authority was created.

    1934 - The US Congress approved an act, known as the 'Lindberg Act,' that called for the death penalty in inter-state kidnapping cases.

    1942 - New York ended night baseball games for the duration of World War II.

    1944 - Monte Cassino, Europe's oldest Monastic house, was finally captured by the Allies in Italy.

    1949 - Antiquarian Booksellers Association of America was incorporated.

    1951 - The United Nations moved its headquarters to New York City.

    1953 - The first woman to fly faster than the speed of sound, Jacqueline Cochran, piloted an F-86 Sabrejet over California at an average speed of 652.337 miles-per-hour.

    1957 - German-Romanian musician Michael Cretu -- best known for his Enigma project -- was born.

    1974 - India became the sixth nation to explode an atomic bomb.

    1980 - Mt. Saint Helens erupted in Washington state. Around 57 people were killed and three billion in damage was done.

    1983 - The US Senate revised immigration laws and gave millions of illegal aliens legal status under an amnesty program.

    1994 - Israel's three decades of occupation in the Gaza Strip ended as Israeli troops completed their withdrawal and Palestinian authorities took over.

    1998 - The US Federal government and 20 states filed a sweeping anti-trust case against Microsoft Corporation, saying the computer software company had a 'choke hold' on competitors which denied consumer choices by controlling 90% of the software market.

    1998 - US Federal officials arrested more than 130 people and seized $35 million. This was the end to an investigation of money laundering being done by a dozen Mexican banks and two drug-smuggling cartels.

    1999 - The Backstreet Boys released their third album 'Millennium.'

    (Source: http://www.on-this-day.com)

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