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Monday, May 19, 2008

Today In History

Some of these are just plain odd.
1585 Spain confisquates English ships
1588 Spanish Armada sets sail for Lisbon, bound to England
1643 Massachusetts Bay, Plymouth, Connecticut & New Harbor form United Colonies of New England
1749 George II grants charter to Ohio Company to settle Ohio Valley
1780 About midday, near-total darkness descends on much of New England to this day its cause is still unexplained
1848 México gives Texas to US, ending the war
1857 William Francis Channing & Moses G Farmer patents electric fire alarm
1884 Ringling Brothers circus premieres
1885 1st mass production of shoes (Jan Matzeliger in Lynn MA)
1910 Cleveland Indian Cy Young gets his 500th win, beats Washington 5-4 in 11 innings
1911 Philadelphia Athletics are 12½ games back in American League, & win the World Series
1943 Berlin is declared "Judenrien" (free of Jews)
1943 Churchill pledges England's full support to US against Japan
1944 240 gypsies transported to Auschwitz from Westerbork Netherlands
1944 German defense line in Italy collapsed
1951 UN begins counter offensive in Korea
1958 US & Canada form North American Air Defense Command (NORAD)
1960 USAF Major Robert M White takes X-15 to 33,222mph
1964 US diplomats find at least 40 secret microphones in the Moscow embassy
1967 US bombs Hanoi
1971 USSR launches Mars 2, 1st spacecraft to crash land on Mars
1976 Senate establishes permanent Select Committee on Intelligence
1992 Vice President Dan Quayle sites Murphy Brown as a poor example of family values
2161 Syzygy: 8 of 9 planets aligned on same side of sun

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