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On May tenth, 1869, a golden spike
was driven at Promontory, Utah, marking the
completion of the first transcontinental railroad
in the United States.
On this date:
In 1774, Louis the 16th ascended the throne of
In 1775, Ethan
Allen and his Green Mountain Boys captured the
British-held fortress at Ticonderoga, New York.
In 1865, Union
forces captured Confederate President
Jefferson Davis in Irwinville, Georgia.
In 1899, movie
musical star Fred Astaire was born in Omaha,
In 1924, J. Edgar
Hoover was given the job of FBI director.
In 1933, the Nazis
staged massive public book burnings in Germany.
In 1940, British
Prime Minister Neville Chamberlain resigned, and
Winston Churchill formed a new government.
In 1941, Adolf
Hitler's deputy, Rudolf Hess, parachuted into
Scotland on what he claimed was a peace mission.
(Hess ended up serving a life sentence at Spandau
prison until 1987, when he apparently committed
preliminary Vietnam peace talks began in Paris.
In 1994, the state
of Illinois executed convicted serial killer John
Wayne Gacy for the murders of 33 young men and
Ten years ago: The
government of China announced the release of 211
dissidents who had been involved in pro-democracy
demonstrations a year earlier.
Five years ago:
One-hundred-four miners were killed in an
elevator accident in Orkney, South Africa. Terry
Nichols was charged in the Oklahoma City bombing.
Former President Bush's office released his
letter of resignation from the National Rifle
Association in which Bush expressed outrage over
its reference to federal agents as
"jack-booted government thugs."
One year ago:
China broke off talks on arms control with the
United States, and allowed demonstrators to hurl
stones at the US Embassy in Beijing for a third
day to protest NATO's bombing of the Chinese
Embassy in Yugoslavia. A military jury at Camp
Lejeune, North Carolina, sentenced Captain
Richard Ashby, a Marine pilot whose jet had
clipped an Italian gondola cable, sending 20
people plunging to their deaths, to six months in
prison and dismissed him from the corps for
helping hide a videotape shot during the flight
(Ashby was acquitted earlier of manslaughter).
Cartoonist, playwright and songwriter Shel
Silverstein was found dead in his Key West,
Florida, apartment; he was 66.
Walter Winchell, American columnist and