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On May 27th, 1937, the newly
completed Golden Gate Bridge connecting San Francisco
and Marin County, California, was opened to the
In 1647, the first recorded American execution of
a "witch" took place in Massachusetts.
In 1818, American
reformer Amelia Jenks Bloomer, who popularized
the garment that bears her name --
"bloomers" -- was born in Homer, New
In 1896, 255
people were killed when a tornado struck St.
Louis, Missouri, and East St. Louis, Illinois.
In 1935, the
Supreme Court struck down the National Industrial
In 1936, the
Cunard liner "Queen Mary" left England
on its maiden voyage.
In 1941, amid
rising world tensions, President Roosevelt
proclaimed an "unlimited national
In 1941, the
British navy sank the German battleship
"Bismarck" off France, with a loss of
independent India's first prime minister,
Jawaharlal Nehru, died.
In 1985, in
Beijing, representatives of Britain and China
exchanged instruments of ratification on the pact
returning Hong Kong to the Chinese in 1997.
In 1994, Nobel
Prize-winning author Alexander Solzhenitsyn
returned to Russia to the emotional cheers of
thousands after two decades in exile.
Ten years ago:
Soviet President Mikhail S. Gorbachev tried to
calm his nation's economic nerves with a hastily
scheduled television address. Cesar Gaviria
Trujillo was elected president of Colombia. The
political opposition of Burma (Myanmar) scored a
victory in the country's first free, multiparty
elections in three decades.
Five years ago:
Actor Christopher Reeve was left paralyzed when
he was thrown from his horse during a jumping
event in Charlottesville, Virginia.
One year ago: A UN
tribunal indicted Slobodan Milosevic for crimes
against humanity, holding the Yugoslav president
personally responsible for the horrors in Kosovo
and brutal purge of ethnic Albanians. The space
shuttle "Discovery" blasted off on a
mission to carry supplies to the new
international space station. In Milan, Italy, the
latest restoration of "The Last Supper"
by Leonardo da Vinci, an effort that took 22
years, went on display during a VIP-only showing.
"Great wisdom is
generous; petty wisdom is contentious. Great
speech is impassioned, small speech
Chuang-Tzu, Chinese essayist (c.369-c.286 B.C.)