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On May 21st, 1927, Charles A.
Lindbergh landed his "Spirit of St.
Louis" near Paris, completing the first solo
airplane flight across the Atlantic Ocean.
On this date:
In 1542, Spanish explorer Hernando de Soto died
while searching for gold along the Mississippi
In 1832, the first
Democratic National Convention got under way, in
In 1840, New
Zealand was declared a British colony.
In 1881, Clara
Barton founded the American Red Cross.
14-year-old Bobby Franks was murdered in a
"thrill killing" committed by Nathan
Leopold Junior and Richard Loeb, two students at
the University of Chicago.
In 1956, the
United States exploded the first airborne
hydrogen bomb over Bikini Atoll in the Pacific.
In 1959, the
musical "Gypsy," inspired by the life
of stripper Gypsy Rose Lee, opened on Broadway.
In 1968, the
nuclear-powered US submarine "Scorpion,'
with 99 men aboard, was last heard from. (The
remains of the sub were later found on the ocean
floor 400 miles southwest of the Azores.)
In 1980, Ensign
Jean Marie Butler became the first woman to
graduate from a US service academy as she
accepted her degree and commission from the Coast
Guard Academy in New London, Connecticut.
In 1991, former
Indian Prime Minister Rajiv Gandhi was
assassinated during national elections by a
Ten years ago:
Israeli soldiers shot and killed three
Palestinians in violence sparked by the slayings
of seven Palestinians by an Israeli civilian a
Five years ago:
Former Secretary of Defense Les Aspin died at a
Washington DC hospital after suffering a massive
stroke; he was 56.
One year ago:
Presidential friend and fund-raiser Yah Lin
"Charlie" Trie pleaded guilty to
campaign finance violations and agreed to
cooperate in an investigation of illegal Asian
donations to the Democrats. A luxury cruise
liner, the "Sun Vista," sank off
Malaysia's western coast; nearly eleven-hundred
passengers and crew escaped with no casualties.
Susan Lucci won a Daytime Emmy Award for best
actress on her 19th try.
"Being frustrated is
disagreeable, but the real disasters of life
begin when you get what you want."
Irving Kristol, American editor.