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On May 12th, 1820, the founder of
modern nursing, Florence Nightingale, was born in
On this date:
In 1870, Manitoba entered
Confederation as a Canadian province.
In 1932, the body
of the kidnapped son of Anne and Charles
Lindbergh was found in a wooded area of
Hopewell, New Jersey.
In 1937, Britain's
King George the Sixth was crowned at Westminster
In 1943, during
World War Two, Axis forces in North Africa
In 1949, the
Soviet Union announced an end to the Berlin
In 1965, West
Germany and Israel exchanged letters establishing
In 1970, the
Senate voted unanimously to confirm Harry A.
Blackmun as a Supreme Court justice.
In 1975, the White
House announced the new Cambodian government had
seized an American merchant ship, the
"Mayaguez," in international waters.
In 1978, the
Commerce Department said hurricanes would no
longer be given only female names.
In 1982, in
Fatima, Portugal, security guards overpowered a
Spanish priest armed with a bayonet who was
trying to reach Pope John Paul the Second.
Ten years ago: The
presidents of Estonia, Latvia and Lithuania
forged a united front by reviving a 1934
political alliance in hopes of enhancing their
drive for independence from the Soviet Union.
Five years ago:
President Clinton, during a stopover in Ukraine,
visited Babi Yar, the site where more than 30,000
Kiev Jews were massacred by the Nazis in 1941.
One year ago:
Treasury Secretary Robert Rubin announced he was
leaving his post in July (he was succeeded by his
deputy, Lawrence Summers). Russian President
Boris Yeltsin dismissed Prime Minister Yevgeny
Primakov and the Cabinet.
"Act well at the
moment, and you have performed a good action to
Johann Kaspar Lavater, Swiss theologian