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On May sixth, 1937, the hydrogen-filled German
dirigible "Hindenburg" burned and crashed in
Lakehurst, New Jersey, killing 35 of the 97
people on board and a Navy crewman on the ground.
In 1861, Arkansas seceded from the Union.
In 1889, the Paris
Exposition formally opened, featuring the
just-completed Eiffel Tower.
In 1910, Britain's
King Edward the Seventh died.
In 1935, the Works
Progress Administration began operating.
In 1942, during
World War Two, some 15,000 Americans and
Filipinos on Corregidor surrendered to the
In 1954, medical
student Roger Bannister broke the four-minute
mile during a track meet in Oxford, England, in
three minutes, 59.4 seconds.
In 1960, Britain's
Princess Margaret married Anthony
Armstrong-Jones, a commoner, at Westminster
Abbey. (They divorced in 1978.)
In 1992, actress
Marlene Dietrich died at her Paris home at age
In 1994, former
Arkansas state worker Paula Jones filed suit
against President Clinton, alleging he'd sexually
harassed her in 1991. (Jones reached a settlement
with Clinton in November 1998.)
In 1994, Britain's
Queen Elizabeth the Second and French President
Francois Mitterrand formally opened the Channel
Tunnel between their countries.
Ten years ago:
Freed American hostage Frank Reed told a news
conference in Arlington, Virginia, that he had
been savagely beaten by his captors in Lebanon
after two unsuccessful escape attempts.
Five years ago:
Friends and relatives of the Oklahoma City
bombing victims made a somber pilgrimage to the
site of the attack to say goodbye to their loved
ones. In London, thousands of World War Two
veterans celebrated the 50th anniversary of V-E
Day. Long-shot "Thunder Gulch" won the
121st Kentucky Derby.
One year ago:
Russia and the major Western powers set aside
their differences over NATO airstrikes and
drafted a joint plan to end the Kosovo conflict.
President Clinton met with Kosovo refugees in
Germany, listening to chilling stories of murder,
rape and terror and promising them, "You
will go home again in safety and in
freedom." Reversing decades of overwhelming
loyalty to Britain's governing Labor Party,
Scottish and Welsh voters elected strong
nationalist oppositions to their first separate
assemblies of modern times.
"How glorious it is
-- and also how painful -- to be an
Alfred de Musset, French author (1810-1857).