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April 27

Michelle Comins was born.

Nancy Gahles was born.

 

1956 - Rocky Marciano retired as the undefeated world heavyweight boxing champion.

1983 - Pitcher Nolan Ryan surpassed Walter Johnson’s strikeout record — one Johnson had held since 1927.

 

APRIL 28

Jim Moore was born.

 

1945 - Benito Mussolini was executed.

1947 -  Thor Heyerdahl and five others began their Pacific Ocean crossing on the raft, Kon-Tiki.

 

APRIL 29

Terence McNicholas was born.

Mary Sternhell was born.

 

1992 - A Los Angeles jury acquitted four police officers accused of beating Rodney King. Massive rioting and looting ensued.

 

APRIL 30

Rose Love Resker was born.

Margaret O’Hanlon was born.

 

1803 - France sold Louisiana and adjoining lands to the United States as part of the Louisiana Purchase.

1945 - Adolf Hitler and Eva Braun committed suicide.

 

MAY 1

John O’Connor was born.

Megan Rochelle was born.

 

1931 - The Empire State Building opened in New York City. At 102 stories, it would be the world's tallest building for the next 41 years.

1960 - The Soviet Union shot down an American U-2 reconnaissance plane over Soviet territory.

 

MAY 2

Mary Kilgallen was born.

 

1939 - Lou Gehrig established a new major-league baseball record when he played his 2,130th consecutive game. It would take another 57 years before Cal Ripken, Jr., broke it.

2011 - U.S. troops and CIA operatives shot and killed Osama bin Laden in Abbottabad, Pakistan.

 

MAY 3

Marian Scannell Slakman was born.

 

1937 - Margaret Mitchell won the Pulitzer Prize in fiction for Gone With the Wind.

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