Pilgrim's Path Daily

Sunday, May 21, 2006

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HEADLINES:
On this date in:

1506 Christopher Columbus died in poverty in Spain.

1674 - Jan III Sobieski, elected by the szlachta, became the King of the Polish-Lithuanian Commonwealth.

1861 North Carolina voted to secede from the Union.

1861 The capital of the Confederacy was moved from Montgomery, Ala., to Richmond, Va.

1879 - War of the Pacific: Two Peruvian ironclads attempted to lift the blockade of Iquique by Chilean battleships in the Battle of Iquique.

1894 - The Manchester Ship Canal was officially opened, linking the city of Manchester to the Irish Sea.

1902 The United States ended its occupation of Cuba.

1927 Charles Lindbergh took off for Paris from Roosevelt Field in Long Island, N.Y., aboard the Spirit of St. Louis on the first nonstop solo flight across the Atlantic Ocean.

1932 Amelia Earhart took off from Newfoundland for Ireland to become the first woman to fly solo across the Atlantic Ocean.

1939 Regular trans-Atlantic air service began as a Pan American Airways plane took off from Port Washington, N.Y., bound for Europe.

1991 - Former Prime Minister of India Rajiv Gandhi was assassinated by a female suicide bomber.


CELEBRITY BIRTHDAYS TODAY:

62 Joe Cocker Rock Singer
60 Cher Singer-actress
48 Ron Reagan Son of former President Ronald Reagan

THE HISTORY CHANNEL'S (comercial) VIDEO FOR THIS DATE

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