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PostSubject: This Day in History   Sat May 21, 2011 11:22 am

On May 21st...

1542 - Spanish explorer Hernando De Soto died while searching for gold on the banks of the Mississippi River.

1881 - Clara Barton founded what became the American Red Cross.

1927 - Charles Lindbergh became the first person to fly across the Atlantic (from New York to Paris) in his monoplane, The Spirit of St. Louis.

1932 - Amelia Earhart became the first woman to fly solo across the Atlantic Ocean (from Newfoundland to Ireland).

1956 - The first hydrogen bomb to be dropped by air exploded over the Bikini Atoll in the Pacific.

1989 - In Hong Kong, approximately one million people took to the streets to show their support for students protesting for democratic reforms in China’s Tiananmen Square.

1991 - Rajiv Gandhi, former Indian prime minister, was assassinated by a suicide bomber.

1998 - Indonesian President Suharto resigned.

1999 - Susan Lucci finally won a Daytime Emmy on her 19th nomination.

2003 - Christine Todd Whitman announced her resignation as administrator of the Environmental Protection Agency.

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PostSubject: Re: This Day in History   Sun May 22, 2011 8:49 am

On May 22nd...

1455 - The first battle in the 30-year War of Roses took place at St. Albans.

1761 - The first life insurance policy in the United States was issued in Philadelphia.

1849 - Abraham Lincoln received patent number 6469 for his floating dry dock.

1927 - An earthquake near Xining, China, measuring 8.3 claimed approximately 200,000 victims.

1947 - Harry S. Truman's Doctrine brought aid to Greece and Turkey to combat the spread of Communism.

1972 - Richard Nixon arrived in Moscow, becoming the first U.S. president to visit the Soviet Union.

1972 - Ceylon became Sri Lanka.

1990 - North Yemen and South Yemen merged to form the Republic of Yemen.

1992 - Johnny Carson hosted the last episode of his Tonight Show.

2003 - The UN Security Council approved a resolution lifting the economic sanctions against Iraq and supporting the U.S.-led administration in Iraq.
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PostSubject: Re: This Day in History   Sun May 22, 2011 1:12 pm

I remember 1992 the clearest. I loved Carson and hated seeing him leave.
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PostSubject: Re: This Day in History   Sun May 22, 2011 1:29 pm

I remember Bette Midler's good bye to Carson. It was fantastic.
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PostSubject: Re: This Day in History   Sun May 22, 2011 1:36 pm

leo wrote:
I remember Bette Midler's good bye to Carson. It was fantastic.
I remember Bette's first performance on Carson.
What a woman. queen
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PostSubject: Re: This Day in History   Sun May 22, 2011 7:55 pm

leo wrote:
I remember Bette Midler's good bye to Carson. It was fantastic.

one for my baby.... and one more for the road.......
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PostSubject: Re: This Day in History   Sun May 22, 2011 9:06 pm

I loved it when he would have the Wild Kingdom guy on the show...Johnny's facial expressions were too funny. None of the other late night shows have even come close.
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PostSubject: Re: This Day in History   Mon May 23, 2011 10:15 am

On May 23rd...

1430 - Joan of Arc was captured by the Burgundians and subsequently sold to the English.

1788 - South Carolina became the 8th state in United States.

1830 - The Baltimore and Ohio Railroad began the first passenger service in the United States.

1873 - The North West Mounted Police force was formed in Canada. It would later be known as the Royal Canadian Mounted Police.

1911 - The New York Public Library, at the time the largest marble structure ever built in the United States, was dedicated by President Taft in New York City after 16 years of construction.

1934 - Bonnie (Parker) and Clyde (Barrow) were killed in a police shootout.

1945 - Heinrich Himmler, head of Adolf Hitler’s Gestapo, committed suicide while in prison.

1949 - The German Federal Republic came into existence.

1997 - Moderate Mohammad Khatami was elected president of Iran.
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PostSubject: Re: This Day in History   Sat May 28, 2011 7:10 pm

OOPS! I forgot to keep this going. Embarassed Pay no attention to the four days behind the curtain.

On May 28th...

1863 - Robert Gould Shaw, leading the first northern all-black regiment, leaves Boston for the Civil War.

1929 - The first all-color, full-length talking picture, On With the Show!, debuted.

1934 - The Dionne quintuplets were born in Ontario, Canada.

1957 - Baseball owners voted to allow the Brooklyn Dodgers and New York Giants to move to Los Angeles and San Francisco, respectively. Many New Yorkers still haven’t recovered. See other baseball city and nickname changes.

1987 - Mathias Rust, a 19-year-old pilot from West Germany, landed his private plane in Moscow’s Red Square. He was arrested and sentenced to four years in a labor camp, but was released after just one.

1997 - Linda Finch completed Amelia Earhart's attempted around-the-world flight.

1998 - Pakistan staged nuclear tests in response to India's nuclear tests two weeks earlier.

2003 - Pres. Bush signed a $350 billion tax cut into law; the third largest tax cut in U.S. history.
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