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Tuesday, May 09, 2006

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On this date in:

1092 Lincoln Cathedral in Lincolnshire, England was consecrated.

1502 Christopher Columbus left Cadiz, Spain, on his fourth and final trip to the Western Hemisphere.

1901 The first Parliament of Australia opened in the Royal Exhibition Building in Melbourne.

1913 The 17th amendment to the Constitution, providing for the popular election of U.S. senators, was ratified.

1926 Americans Richard Byrd and Floyd Bennett became the first men to make an airplane flight over the North Pole.

1936 Italy annexed Ethiopia.

1945 End of World War II in Europe: The signing of a second German Instrument of Surrender, specifying the capitulation of the Wehrmacht to the Soviet Red Army, was announced.

1946 King Victor Emmanuel III of Italy abdicated.

1950 Dianetics: The Modern Science of Mental Health by L. Ron Hubbard, the founder of Scientology and Dianetics, was first published.

1960 The Food and Drug Administration approved use of a birth control pill.

1961 Federal Communications Commission chairman Newton N. Minow condemned TV programming as a ''vast wasteland'' in a speech to the National Association of Broadcasters.

1974 The House Judiciary Committee opened hearings on whether to recommend the impeachment of President Richard Nixon.

1974 Bruce Springsteen performed a concert in Cambridge, Mass., that prompted rock critic Jon Landau to write, ''I saw rock and roll future and it's name is Bruce Springsteen.''


88 Mike Wallace Broadcast journalist (''60 Minutes'')
70 Albert Finney Actor
70 Glenda Jackson Actress
64 John Aschroft Former attorney general
60 Candice Bergen Actress (''Murphy Brown'')
57 Billie Joel Singer-songwriter



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