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On May 13th, 1940, in his first
speech as prime minister of Britain, Winston
Churchill told the House of Commons, "I
have nothing to offer but blood, toil, tears and
On this date:
In 1607, the English colony at
Jamestown, Virginia, was settled.
In 1842, composer
Sir Arthur Sullivan, who collaborated with Sir
William Gilbert in writing 14 comic operas, was
born in London.
In 1846, the
United States declared that a state of war
already existed against Mexico.
In 1917, three
peasant children near Fatima, Portugal, reported
seeing a vision of the Virgin Mary.
In 1918, the first
US airmail stamps, featuring a picture of an
airplane, were introduced. (On some of the
stamps, the airplane was printed upside-down,
making them collector's items.)
In 1954, President
Eisenhower signed into law the St. Lawrence
Seaway Development Act.
In 1954, the
musical play "The Pajama Game" opened
In 1958, Vice
President Nixon's limousine was battered by rocks
thrown by anti-US demonstrators in Caracas,
In 1981, Pope John
Paul the Second was shot and seriously wounded in
St. Peter's Square by Turkish assailant Mehmet
In 1985, a
confrontation between Philadelphia authorities
and the radical group MOVE ended as police
dropped an explosive onto the group's
headquarters; eleven people died in the resulting
Ten years ago: Two
US airmen were shot to death in the Philippines
on the eve of talks concerning the future of US
military bases; the revolutionary New People's
Army claimed responsibility for the killings.
Five years ago:
Army Captain Lawrence Rockwood was convicted at
his court-martial in Fort Drum, New York, of
conducting an unauthorized investigation of
reported human rights abuses at a Haitian prison
(the next day, Rockwood was dismissed from the
military, but received no prison time).
One year ago:
Russian lawmakers opened hearings on whether
President Boris Yeltsin should be impeached. (The
lower chamber of parliament ended up rejecting
all five charges raised against Yeltsin,
including one accusing him of starting the
Chechen War.) Pulitzer Prize-winning editor and
columnist Meg Greenfield died in Washington at
"A nation is a
society united by a delusion about its ancestry
and by a common hatred of its neighbours."
William Ralph Inge, English religious leader and