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On May 28th, 1863, the first black regiment from
the North left Boston to fight in the Civil War.
On this date:
In 1533, England's Archbishop declared the
marriage of King Henry the Eighth to Anne Boleyn
In 1892, the
Sierra Club was organized in San Francisco.
In 1934, the
Dionne quintuplets -- Annette, Cecile, Emilie,
Marie and Yvonne -- were born to Elzire Dionne at
the family farm in Ontario, Canada.
In 1937, Neville
Chamberlain became prime minister of Britain.
In 1940, during
World War Two, the Belgian army surrendered to
invading German forces.
In 1972, the Duke
of Windsor, who had abdicated the English
throne to marry Wallis Warfield Simpson, died in
Paris at age 77.
In 1977, 165
people were killed when fire raced through the
Beverly Hills Supper Club in Southgate, Kentucky.
In 1984, President
Reagan led a state funeral at Arlington National
Cemetery for an unidentified American soldier
killed in the Vietnam War. (However, the remains
were later exhumed and identified as those of Air
Force First Lieutenant Michael J. Blassie, and
were sent to St. Louis for hometown burial.)
In 1985, David
Jacobsen, director of the American University
Hospital in Beirut, Lebanon, was abducted by
pro-Iranian kidnappers (he was freed 17 months
In 1987, Mathias
Rust, a 19-year-old West German pilot, landed a
private plane in Moscow's Red Square after
evading Soviet air defenses.
Ten years ago:
Iraqi President Saddam Hussein opened a two-day
Arab League summit in Baghdad with a keynote
address in which he said if Israel were to deploy
nuclear or chemical weapons against Arabs, Iraq
would respond with "weapons of mass
Five years ago: An
earthquake with a magnitude of seven-point-five
devastated the Russian town of Neftegorsk,
killing at least two-thousand people. Bosnia's
foreign minister and three colleagues were killed
when rebel Serbs shot down their helicopter.
One year ago:
Russia's Balkan envoy, Viktor Chernomyrdin, met
face-to-face with Slobodan Milosevic for nine
hours, declaring the Yugoslav president key to a
Kosovo peace plan despite complications caused by
his indictment for war crimes.
"Like other spurious
things, fastidiousness is often inconsistent with
itself, the coarsest things are done, and the
cruelest things said by the most fastidious
Caroline Matilda Stansbury Kirkland, American