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May fifth, 1961, astronaut Alan
B. Shepard Junior became America's first space
traveler as he made a 15-minute sub-orbital
flight in a capsule launched from Cape Canaveral,
In 1821, Napoleon Bonaparte died in exile on the
island of St. Helena.
In 1891, Carnegie
Hall (then named "Music Hall") had its
opening night in New York City.
In 1893, panic hit
the New York Stock Exchange; by year's end, the
country was in the throes of a severe depression.
In 1925, John T.
Scopes was arrested in Tennessee for teaching
Darwin's theory of evolution.
In 1942, sales of
sugar resumed in the United States under a
In 1945, during
World War Two, Japanese forces landed on the
Philippine island of Corregidor.
In 1955, West
Germany became a sovereign state.
In 1955, the
baseball musical "Damn Yankees" opened
In 1980, a siege
at the Iranian embassy in London ended as British
commandos and police stormed the building.
In 1981, Irish
Republican Army hunger-striker Bobby Sands died
at the Maze Prison in Northern Ireland in his
66th day without food.
Ten years ago:
"Unbridled" won the 116th running of
the Kentucky Derby.
Five years ago: As
rescue workers ended their search for bodies in
the Oklahoma City bombing, President Clinton
denounced self-styled anti-government militias,
saying, "How dare you call yourselves
patriots and heroes." Talks collapsed
between the United States and Japan on averting a
bitter trade fight over automobiles. Powerful
thunderstorms began tearing through North Texas,
claiming two dozen lives.
One year ago:
President Clinton began a morale-boosting trip to
Europe that included a visit to Ramstein Air Base
in Germany, where he met the three American
soldiers just released by Yugoslavia. The first
Kosovo refugees brought to the United States, 453
of them, arrived at Fort Dix in New Jersey.
"Great minds discuss
ideas, average minds discuss events, small minds
Admiral Hyman G. Rickover, "father" of
America's nuclear navy (1900-1986).