Today In History...
In 1863 The first black regiment from the North leaves Boston to fight in the Civil War.
In 1926 The United States Customs Court is created by Congress.
In 1929 First all-color movie, "On With The Show," opens in New York City.
In 1930 English navigator Amy Johnson completes the first solo airplane flight from England to Australia. She started her trip on May 5.
In 1934 The Dionne Quintuplets (Annette, Cecile, Emilie, Marie and Yvonne) are born to Oliva and Elzire Dionne near Callander, Ontario.
In 1937 President Franklin D. Roosevelt pushes a button in Washington, DC, signaling that vehicular traffic could cross the just opened Golden Gate Bridge in San Francisco.
In 1930 Neville Chamberlain becomes the prime minister of Britain.
In 1940 During World War II, the Belgian army surrenders to invading German forces.
In 1942 Iowa's latest snowstorm of the season on record drops 10 inches on LeMars.
In 1942 "Yankee Doodle Dandy," starring James Cagney, opens in theaters.
In 1957 The National League lets the Dodgers and Giants move from New York to Los Angeles and San Francisco, CA.
In 1972 The Duke of Windsor, who abdicated the English throne to marry Wallis Warfield, dies in Paris at age 77.
In 1975 The first whooping crane is born in captivity.
In 1977 A fire at the Beverly Hills Supper Club in Southgate, KY, kills 165.
In 1982 Pope John Paul II begins the first-ever papal visit to Britain.
In 1983 Leaders of the world's major industrialized democracies arrive in Williamsburg, VA, for an economic summit hosted by President Reagan.
In 1984 President Reagan leads a state funeral at Arlington National Cemetery for an unidentified American soldier killed in Vietnam.
In 1985 David Jacobsen, director of the American University Hospital in Beirut, Lebanon, is abducted by pro-Iranian kidnappers (he was freed 17 months later).
In 1986 U.S. Department of Transportation Secretary Dole withholds $510,000 from Arizona for ignoring the 55 mph speed limit.
In 1987 Mathias Rust, a 19-year-old West German pilot, shocks the world when he lands a private plane in Moscow's Red Square.
In 1988 Soviet television airs an interview with President Reagan in which he pledged to make human rights "agenda item number one."
In 1990 Iraqi president Saddam Hussein opens a 2-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 destruction."
In 1991 Ethiopian rebels seize control of the capital of Addis Ababa, a week after the country's longtime Marxist ruler, Mengistu Haile Mariam, resigned his post and fled.
In 1992 The U.S. House of Representatives vote to lift the government's ban on using aborted fetuses for tissue transplant research, but the vote fell short of a veto-proof majority.
In 1992 The U.S. offers $9 million in aid to victims of the fighting in former Yugoslavia.
In 1993 A jury in Orlando, FL, acquits Miami police officer William Lozano in the 1989 shooting death of a black motorcyclist and the resulting crash-caused death of the cyclist's passenger.
In 1994 PLO officials announce that Yasser Arafat had named himself interior minister of the autonomous zones as part of an interim government.
In 1995 An 7.5 earthquake devastates the Russian oil town of Khabarovsk, killing at least 2,000 people.
In 1995 Bosnia's foreign minister and three colleagues are killed when rebel Serbs shot down their helicopter.
In 1996 President Clinton's former business partners in the Whitewater land deal, James and Susan McDougal, and Governor Jim Guy Tucker are convicted of fraud.
In 1997 Miami's former city manager pleads guilty to corruption in case that led to discovery of $68 million city budget deficit.
In 1997 In Denver, Timothy McVeigh's attorneys rest their case in the Oklahoma City bombing trial.
In 1998 Pakistan claims that the five nuclear tests it made were emergency for "external aggression."
In 2000 President Alberto Fujimori of Peru wins a lopsided re-election victory in a runoff vote that had been boycotted by his opponent.
In 2000 Juan Montoya wins the 84th Indianapolis 500, becoming the first rookie champion since Graham Hill in 1966.
In 2001 President Bush honors America's veterans with the Memorial Day signing of legislation to construct a World War II monument on the National Mall.
In 2002 NATO declares Russia a limited partner in the Western alliance.
In 2002 NBC announces that Brian Williams would succeed Tom Brokaw as anchor of its "Nightly News" after the 2004 presidential election.