Wednesday, May 21, 2014

Today in History: Wednesday, May 21, 2014

AP Highlight in History: 
On May 21, 1927, Charles Lindbergh landed his Spirit of St. Louis near Paris, completing the first solo airplane flight across the Atlantic Ocean.
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On this date in:
1832The first Democratic National Convention got under way, in Baltimore.
1840New Zealand was declared a British colony.
1881Clara Barton founded the American Red Cross.
1892The opera "I Pagliacci" by Ruggiero Leoncavallo was first performed, in Milan, Italy.
1924Nathan Leopold Jr. and Richard Loeb, two students at the University of Chicago, killed a 14-year-old boy in a "thrill killing."
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1956The United States exploded the first airborne hydrogen bomb, over Bikini Atoll in the Pacific.
1959The musical "Gypsy" starring Ethel Merman opened on Broadway.
1979Former San Francisco City Supervisor Dan White was convicted of voluntary manslaughter in the shooting deaths of Mayor George Moscone and Supervisor Harvey Milk.
1980"The Empire Strikes Back," the second movie in the "Star Wars" series, was released.
1991Former Indian Prime Minister Rajiv Gandhi was assassinated by a suicide bomber.
1998A 15-year-old student open fired inside Thurston High School in Springfield, Ore., killing two students and wounding 23, one day after killing his parents.
1999Susan Lucci, star of the ABC soap opera "All My Children," won her first Daytime Emmy Award for best actress in the 19th straight year she was nominated.
2008David Cook won the seventh season of "American Idol."
Today's Birthdays:
Actress Lisa Edelstein ("House M.D.") turns 48 years old today.
AP Photo/Evan Agostini
Ron IsleyR&B singer (The Isley Brothers)73
Leo SayerSinger66
Mr. TActor ("The A Team")62
Judge ReinholdActor ("Beverly Hills cop" movies)57
Nick CassavetesActor, director55
Ricky WilliamsFootball player37
Josh HamiltonBaseball player33
Sarah RamosActress ("Parenthood")23
Dumb-ass Sen. Al Franken, D-Minn., turns 63 years old today.
AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite
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