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607 English colonists led by John Smith make a second landing near James River in Virginia

1637 Cardinal Richelieu of France reputedly creates the table knife

1830 Republic of Ecuador is founded, with Juan Jose Flores as president

1913 1st four-engined aircraft built and flown (Igor Sikorsky, Russia)

1934 Great dustbowl storm sweeps across US prairies

1940 Winston Churchill says “I have nothing to offer but blood, toil, tears and sweat” in his first speech as Prime Minister to British House of Commons

1958 The motorcade carrying US Vice President Richard Nixon is attacked in Caracas, Venezuela; several of Nixon’s staff are injured

1958 The trade mark Velcro is registered

1979 Shah of Iran Mohammad Reza Pahlavi and family sentenced to death in Tehran

1981 Pope John Paul II is shot and critically wounded by Turkish gunman Mehemet Ali Agca in St Peter’s Square, Vatican City

1989 Approx 2,000 students begin hunger strike in Tiananmen Square, China

1991 Apple releases Macintosh System 7.0

1992 3 astronauts simultaneous walked in space for the 1st time

1995 6.5 earthquake hits Greece

1996 Severe thunderstorms and a tornado in Bangladesh kill 600 people.

2013 Canadian astronaut Chris Hadfield departs the International Space Station to return to Earth

2019 New study on the moon shows it is still shrinking with recent moonquakes as it cools, published in journal “Nature Geoscience”

Movies & TV

1970 Beatles movie “Let it Be” premieres

1993 CBS’ soap opera “Knots Landing” ends 14 year-run with 334th show in Netherlands and US

1996 O.J. Simpson appears on British TV discussing his not guilty verdict

2004 The final episode of “Frasier” on NBC is watched by 33 million people

2019 Actress Felicity Huffman pleads guilty for her part in the US college admissions scandal


1767 Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart’s first opera “Apollo et Hyacinthus”, written when he was 11 years old, premieres in Salzburg

1966 The Rolling Stones release “Paint it Black” in the UK

1991 “Michael Jackson: Magic & Madness” goes on sale


1950 First ever race of the Formula 1 World Drivers Championship is run at Silverstone, England and won by Giuseppe Farina of italy in an Alfa Romeo

1942 Pitcher Jim Tobin belts 3 HRs in a game

1950 First ever race of the Formula 1 World Drivers Championship is run at Silverstone, England and won by Giuseppe Farina of italy in an Alfa Romeo

1953 NY Giants Willie Mays & Darryl Spencer each hit 2 HRs & a triple

1955 Mickey Mantle hits 3 consecutive HRs of at least 463’

1958 Stan Musial is 8th to get 3,000 hits

1962 LPGA Western Open Women’s Golf, Montgomery CC: Mickey Wright wins on the 4th hole of a sudden-death playoff with Mary Lena Faulk

1973 Bobby Riggs beats Margaret Smith Court in Mother’s Day match in California

1982 Chicago Cubs win their 8,000th (beat Astros)

1983 Reggie Jackson is 1st major leaguer to strike out 2,000 times

1989 Minnesota Twin Kirby Puckett becomes 35th to hit 4 doubles in a game

1993 KC Royal George Brett hits his 300th HR

2007 PGA Players Championship, TPC at Sawgrass: American Phil Mickelson wins by 2 strokes ahead of runner-up Sergio García of Spain; event played in May for the first time


1820 Florence Nightingale, British nurse (Crimean War), born in Florence, Italy (d. 1910)

1828 Gabriel Dante Rossetti, English Pre-Raphaelite figure poet and painter, born in London, England (d. 1882)

1914 Joe Louis, American world heavyweight boxing champion (1937-49), born in Lafayette, Alabama (d. 1981)

1915 Mary Kay Ash, American businesswoman, founded Mary Kay Cosmetics (d. 2001)

1918 Julius Rosenberg, 1st US civilian executed for espionage, born in NYC, New York

1961 Dennis Rodman, NBA forward (Chicago Bulls), born in Trenton, New Jersey

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