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On May second, 1863, Confederate
General Thomas "Stonewall" Jackson was
accidentally wounded by his own men at
Chancellorsville, Virginia; he died eight days
On this date:
In 1519, artist Leonardo da Vinci died at Cloux, France.
In 1670, the
Hudson Bay Company was chartered by England's
King Charles the Second.
In 1890, the
Oklahoma Territory was organized.
"Peter and the Wolf," a symphonic tale
for children by Sergei Prokofiev, had its world
premiere in Moscow.
In 1945, the
Soviet Union announced the fall of Berlin, and
the Allies announced the surrender of Nazi troops
in Italy and parts of Austria.
In 1957, Senator
Joseph R. McCarthy, the controversial Republican
senator from Wisconsin, died at Bethesda Naval
Hospital in Maryland.
In 1960, convicted
sex offender and best-selling author Caryl
Chessman was executed at San Quentin Prison in
In 1965, the
"Early Bird" satellite was used to
transmit television pictures across the Atlantic.
In 1972, after
serving 48 years as head of the FBI, J. Edgar
Hoover died in Washington at age 77.
In 1994, Nelson
Mandela claimed victory in the wake of South
Africa's first democratic elections; President
F.W. de Klerk acknowledged defeat.
Ten years ago: The
government of South Africa and the African
National Congress opened their first formal talks
aimed at paving the way for more substantive
negotiations on dismantling apartheid.
Five years ago:
President Clinton agreed to allow some
20-thousand Cubans into the United States after
months of detention at Guantanamo Bay, but said
any more Cubans who fled their country would be
One year ago:
Yugoslav authorities handed over to the Reverend
Jesse Jackson three American prisoners of war
who'd been held for a month. Actor Oliver Reed
died in Malta at age 61.
"What experience and
history teach is this: that people and
governments have never learned anything from
Georg Wilhelm Friedrich Hegel, German philosopher