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On May 16th, 1929, the first
Academy Awards were presented during a banquet at
the Hollywood Roosevelt Hotel. The movie
"Wings" won "best production"
while Emil Jannings and Janet Gaynor were named
best actor and best actress.
On this date:
In 1770, Marie Antoinette, age 14,
married the future King Louis the 16th of France,
who was 15.
In 1866, Congress
authorized minting of the five-cent piece.
In 1868, the
Senate failed by one vote to convict President
Andrew Johnson as it took its first ballot on one
of eleven articles of impeachment against him.
In 1920, Joan of
Arc was canonized in Rome.
In 1946, the
musical "Annie Get Your Gun" opened on
In 1948, the body
of CBS News correspondent George Polk was found
in Solonica Harbor in Greece, several days after
he'd left his hotel for an interview with the
leader of a Communist militia.
In 1960, a Big
Four summit conference in Paris collapsed on its
opening day as the Soviet Union leveled spy
charges against the US in the wake of the U-2
In 1965, the
musical play "The Roar of the Greasepaint --
the Smell of the Crowd" opened on Broadway.
In 1975, Japanese
climber Junko Tabei became the first woman to
reach the summit of Mount Everest.
In 1977, five
people were killed when a New York Airways
helicopter, idling atop the Pan Am Building in
midtown Manhattan, toppled over, sending a huge
rotor blade flying.
Ten years ago:
Death claimed entertainer Sammy Davis Junior in
Los Angeles at age 64 and "Muppets"
creator Jim Henson in New York at age 53.
Five years ago:
The Clinton administration threatened punitive
tariffs that would double the prices for Japan's
most popular luxury cars. Japanese police
arrested doomsday cult leader Shoko Asahara,
holding him in connection with the nerve-gas
attack on Tokyo's subways two months earlier.
One year ago: The
Justice Department said preliminary figures from
the FBI indicated a decline in serious crime in
1998 for the seventh consecutive year.
"Ideas won't keep;
something must be done about them."
Alfred North Whitehead, English philosopher-