highlight in history:
On May 19, 1962, actress Marilyn Monroe sang a sultry rendition of
"Happy Birthday to You" to guest-of-honor President John F. Kennedy
during a star-studded Democratic fundraiser at New York's Madison
Square Garden (the third of four arenas to bear that name).
On this date:
In 1536, Anne Boleyn, the second wife of England's King Henry VIII,
was beheaded after being convicted of adultery.
In 1780, a mysterious darkness enveloped much of New England and
part of Canada in the early afternoon.
In 1909, the Ballets Russes (Russian Ballets), under the direction
of Sergei Diaghilev, debuted in Paris.
In 1921, Congress passed, and President Warren G. Harding signed,
the Emergency Quota Act, which established national quotas for
In 1935, T.E. Lawrence, also known as "Lawrence of Arabia," died in
Dorset, England, six days after being injured in a motorcycle crash.
In 1943, in an address to the U.S. Congress, British Prime Minister
Winston Churchill pledged his country's full support in the fight
In 1964, the State Department disclosed that 40 hidden microphones
had been found in the U.S. embassy in Moscow.
In 1967, the Soviet Union ratified a treaty with the United States
and Britain banning nuclear and other weapons from outer space as
well as celestial bodies such as the moon. (The treaty entered into
force in October 1967.)
In 1971, poet Ogden Nash, known for his humorous light verses, died
in Baltimore at age 68.
In 1981, five British soldiers were killed by an Irish Republican
Army landmine in County Armagh, Northern Ireland.
In 1992, in a case that drew much notoriety, Mary Jo Buttafuoco of
Massapequa, N.Y., was shot and seriously wounded by her husband
Joey's teenage lover, Amy Fisher. Vice President Dan Quayle sparked
controversy by criticizing the CBS sitcom "Murphy Brown" for having
its title character, played by Candice Bergen, decide to have a
child out of wedlock.
In 1994, former first lady Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis died in New
York at age 64.
Ten years ago: Boston Cardinal Bernard Law said in a letter
distributed to parishes that he did not become aware until 1993 of
sexual abuse allegations against the Rev. Paul Shanley. (Immediately
afterward, Law said Shanley's authorization to serve as a priest was
rescinded.) Walter Lord, author of "A Night To Remember," a
minute-by-minute retelling of the Titanic disaster, died in New York
at age 84.
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Five years ago: Group of Eight financial officials wrapped up
two days of talks in Germany by calling for more aid, increased debt
relief and responsible lending to Africa. Curlin nipped Kentucky
Derby winner Street Sense to win the Preakness Stakes.
One year ago: President Barack Obama for the first time
endorsed the Palestinians' demand that their eventual state be based
on borders that existed before the 1967 Middle East war, a position
that put him sharply at odds with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin
Netanyahu. Former Irish Prime Minister Garret FitzGerald, 85, died
in Dublin. Katie Couric, the first regular solo anchorwoman of a
network evening newscast, signed off the "CBS Evening News" for the
last time after five years.
Today's birthdays: PBS newscaster Jim Lehrer is 78. TV
personality David Hartman is 77. Actor James Fox is 73. Actress
Nancy Kwan is 73. Author-director Nora Ephron is 71. Actor Peter
Mayhew is 68. Rock singer-composer Pete Townshend (The Who) is 67.
Concert pianist David Helfgott is 65. Rock singer-musician Dusty
Hill (ZZ Top) is 63. Singer-actress Grace Jones is 60. Rock musician
Phil Rudd (AC-DC) is 58. Actor Steven Ford is 56. Rock musician Iain
Harvie (Del Amitri) is 50. Actor Jason Gray-Stanford is 42. Rock
singer Jenny Berggren (Ace of Base) is 40. Actor Drew Fuller is 32.
Christian rock musician Tim McTague is 29. Actor Eric Lloyd is 26.
Thought for today: "Every moment one lives is different from
the other. The good, the bad, hardship, the joy, the tragedy, love,
and happiness are all interwoven into one single, indescribable
whole that is called life. You cannot separate the good from the
bad. And perhaps there is no need to do so, either." -- Jacqueline
Kennedy Onassis (1929-1994)
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