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On May 20th, 1927, Charles
Lindbergh took off from Roosevelt Field in Long
Island, New York, aboard the "Spirit of St.
Louis" on his historic solo flight to
In 1506, Christopher Columbus died in poverty in
In 1861, North
Carolina voted to secede from the Union.
In 1861, the
capital of the Confederacy was moved from
Montgomery, Alabama, to Richmond, Virginia.
In 1902, the
United States ended its occupation of Cuba.
In 1932, Amelia
Earhart took off from Newfoundland for
Ireland to become the first woman to fly solo
across the Atlantic.
In 1939, regular
transatlantic air service began as a Pan American
Airways plane, the "Yankee Clipper,"
took off from Port Washington, New York, bound
In 1961, a white
mob attacked a busload of "Freedom
Riders" in Montgomery, Alabama, prompting
the federal government to send in U-S marshals to
In 1969, US and
South Vietnamese forces captured Apbia Mountain,
referred to as "Hamburger Hill" by the
Americans, following one of the bloodiest battles
of the Vietnam War.
In 1970, some
100,000 people demonstrated in New York's Wall
Street district in support of US policy in
Vietnam and Cambodia.
In 1989, comedian
Gilda Radner died in Los Angeles at age 42.
Ten years ago: An
Israeli opened fire on a group of Palestinian
laborers south of Tel Aviv, killing seven; the
gunman was later sentenced to life in prison.
Romania's ruling National Salvation Front scored
victories in the country's first free elections
in more than 50 years. The Hubble Space Telescope
sent back its first photographs.
Five years ago:
President Clinton announced that the two-block
stretch of Pennsylvania Avenue in front of the
White House would be permanently closed to motor
vehicles as a security measure. "Timber
Country" won the Preakness at Pimlico.
One year ago: An
armed 15-year-old boy opened fire at Heritage
High School in Conyers, Georgia, wounding six
students. NATO warplanes hammered Belgrade and
its suburbs, leaving a hospital in smoldering
ruins, three patients dead and the nearby homes
of three European ambassadors damaged.
"Life is like a
landscape. You live in the midst of it, but can
describe it only from the vantage point of
Charles A. Lindbergh (1902-1974).