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May 24th, 1844, Samuel F.B. Morse transmitted the
message, "What hath God wrought!" from
Washington to Baltimore as he formally opened
America's first telegraph line.
On this date:
In 1819, Queen Victoria was born in London.
In 1830, the first
passenger railroad in the United States began
service between Baltimore and Elliott's Mills,
In 1881, some 200
people died when the Canadian ferry
"Princess Victoria" sank near London,
In 1883, the
Brooklyn Bridge, linking Brooklyn and Manhattan,
was opened to traffic.
In 1935, the first
major league baseball game to be played at night
took place at Cincinnati's Crosley Field as the
Reds beat the Philadelphia Phillies, 2-to-1.
In 1941, the
German battleship "Bismarck" sank the
British dreadnought "Hood" in the North
In 1962, astronaut
Scott Carpenter became the second American to
orbit the Earth as he flew aboard "Aurora
In 1976, Britain
and France opened transatlantic Concorde service
In 1977, in a
surprise move, the Kremlin ousted Soviet
President Nikolai Podgorny from the Communist
Party's ruling Politburo.
In 1980, Iran
rejected a call by the World Court in The Hague
to release the American hostages.
Ten years ago: Two
members of the militant environmental group Earth
First! were injured when a pipe bomb exploded in
their car in Oakland, California (the two were
initially accused by authorities of carrying the
bomb, but no charges were filed). The Edmonton
Oilers won their fifth Stanley Cup as they
defeated the Boston Bruins, four games to one.
Five years ago:
"Hollywood Madam" Heidi Fleiss was
sentenced to three years in prison and fined
15-hundred dollars for running a call-girl ring
that catered to the rich and famous. Former
British Prime Minister Harold Wilson died in
London at age 79.
One year ago: A
sharply divided Supreme Court ruled, five to
four, that schools can be sued when officials
fail to stop students from sexually harassing
each other. The Supreme Court ruled that police
violate people's privacy rights when they bring
TV camera crews or other journalists into homes
during arrests or searches. Mike Tyson walked out
of a Rockville, Maryland, jail after serving
three and a-half months behind bars for
assaulting two motorists after a fender-bender.
"What makes us
discontented with our condition is the absurdly
exaggerated idea we have of the happiness of