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APRIL 29

Terence McNicholas was born.

Mary Sternhell was born.

Catherine Steinmetz 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.

Stephanie Wagner 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 an-other 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.

 

MAY 4

Steven Greenberg was born.

Tracey Benison Mullen was born.

 

1932 - Public Enemy Number One, Al Capone, was jailed for tax evasion.

1970 - Four Kent State University students were shot down by National Guard members during an anti-Vietnam War demonstration.

 

MAY 5

Seibert Ward was born.

 

1891 - Carnegie Hall (then known as Music Hall) opened in New York City. Peter Tchaikovsky was the guest conductor.

1961 - Alan Shepard became the first American in space.

 

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