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1936 - England RMS Queen Mary
1936 : The Cunard liner RMS Queen Mary leaves Southampton on her maiden voyage to New York with more than 1800 passengers.
1941 - World War II Bismarck
1941 : The German battleship Bismarck is sunk in the Atlantic by the Royal Naval ships Dorsetshire, King George V and Rodney after it had been damaged by torpedoes dropped by British aircraft from HMS Ark Royal.
1922 - U.S.A. Checks
1922 : The increasing use of checks has led to a larger number of arrests by the police for people issuing fraudulent checks and banks have decided to try and halt this problem by only issuing checks for customers who are upstanding citizens.
1923 - France First Le Mans 24 hour race
1923 : The first Le Mans 24-Hour race ends with a win for Andre Lagache and Renee Leonard covering 1,372.928 miles in a Chenard-Walker car. The latest race run in 2007
is won by Frank Biela, Emanuele Pirro and Marco Werner covering 3129.75 miles in an Audi R10.
1937 - U.S.A. Golden Gate Bridge
1937 : Golden Gate Bridge connecting San Francisco and Marin County, California is opened to pedestrian traffic and more than 200,000 pedestrians walked across on opening day. The next day the Golden Gate Bridge is opened to vehicular traffic.
1943 - U.S.A. The Ballpoint Pen
1943 : The Ballpoint pen, is patented in America by Hungarian Laszlo Biro.
1950 - U.S.A. Frank Sinatra
1950 : Frank Sinatra made his TV debut on NBC's "Star-Spangled Review." He went on to be one of the most successful and recognizable figures in music history.
1955 - U.S.A. Frank Sinatra
1955 : The British General Election is won by the Tories under Sir Anthony Eden.
1963 - Kenya Jomo Kenyatta
1963 : The Kenya African Nation Union, wins the country's first general election and the leader of the party Jomo Kenyatta will become Kenya's first premier.
1964 - India Jawaharlal Nehru Dies
: Jawaharlal Nehru the founder of modern India and prime minister, dies at the age of 74.
1971 - Sicily Mount Etna
1971 : Walls of Lava are threatening two towns in Sicily as they continue towards the towns of Sciara and Giarre. This is the 54th day Mount Etna has been erupting and many experts are predicting a further major eruption due to the increased lava flow and smoke.
1989 - S&H Green Stamps
1989 : S&H Green stamps have been part of the retail landscape for over 50 years but the loss of it's largest customer Publix Supermarkets in Florida could well be the final nail in it's coffin this week. S&H Green Stamps has been in existence for 94 years and it's heyday in the 1960s
when it was an important part of the retailing industry and very few people did not collect the Green Stamps to trade back for toasters and other gadgets is now passed due to many things ranging from the increase in discount coupons to the change in work patterns including more women working.
1994 - Solzhenitsyn Returns To Russia
1994 : After 20 years of exile in the United States the dissident Nobel Prize-winning author Alexander Solzhenitsyn returns to his native Russia.
1995 - U.S.A. Christopher Reeve
1995 : Actor Christopher Reeve best known for his Superman Movies is paralyzed when thrown from his horse during a jumping event in Charlottesville, Virginia.
1996 - Rwanda Tutsis
1996 : 2 years after the large scale massacre of Tutsis in Rwanda the problems in Rwanda are flaring up again and this time with the Tutsis in power it is them who committing the slaughter on the Hutus. The peace in Rwanda is fragile and now with the minority Tutsis in power and exacting revenge this could again turn into a civil war where the innocents from both sides will be those losing their lives. The United Nations is hoping a larger force of peacekeepers will help but when a country is on a cycle of destruction of its own people this becomes a tall order.
1997 - Tornado Jarrell, Texas
1997 : An F5 tornado (winds Greater Than 260 MPH) and almost 800 feet wide strikes Jarrell, Texas, destroying the town and killing 27 people.
1999 - Netherland Slobodan Milosevic
1999 : The Hague war crimes tribunal indicted Slobodan Milosevic for crimes against humanity and genocide holding the Yugoslav president personally responsible for the horrors in Kosovo.
2000 - Scotland GM Crops
2000 : Scottish farmers who accidentally planted Advanta genetically modified Rapeseed have been advised by MAFF to dig up the crop as under EU rules, the GM crops produced from the seed cannot be marketed within Europe. They are now seeking compensation from Advanta who have apologized for providing GM contaminated seed.
2005 - Pakistan Suicide Bomber Attacks Shrine
2005 : A suicide bomber attacked the Bari Imam shrine created a blast that killed over eighteen people and injuring another fifty. There were hundreds of Shia Muslims at the shrine outside of Islamabad celebrating the end of a festival.
2006 - Indonesia Earthquake
2006 : A 6.3-magnitude earthquake in the Indonesian city of Yogyakarta, killed at least 5,800 people, and leaves an estimated 1.5 million homeless.
2008 - China Earthquake Aftershocks
2008 : Following the May 12th
Earthquake a new series of aftershocks measured as high as magnitude 5.7 have struck the area once again destroying an additional 420,000 homes. The official death toll from the original quake in Sichuan province is 67,183 with a further 20,000 still missing. Even before these new aftershocks latest estimates are that more than five million people are homeless since the earthquake.
2008 - United States Director Pollack Dies
2008 : Famous director and producer Sydney Pollack died at the age of seventy-three from cancer. The Oscar-winning director died surrounded by family only ten months after being diagnosed with cancer. He had directed such films as Out of Africa, Tootsie, and The Firm.
2009 - Mike Tyson's Daughter Dies
2009 : Famous boxer Mike Tyson's four-year-old daughter died after an accident at home. His daughter, Exodus, had been found with a treadmill cable wrapped around her throat a few days prior to her death and was in the hospital on life support. Tyson was in Las Vegas when the accident happened but came home when he heard news of it.
2011 - Actor Jeff Conway Dies
2011 : Sixty-year old actor, Jeff Conway, died after his family made the decision to take him off of life support after being in an induced coma for many days. Conway was famous for playing Kenickie in the movie musical Grease, as well as starring in the television show Taxi. Conway had struggled with alcohol and drug addiction throughout his life which he claimed began after he incurred a back injury while filming Grease.
2012 - Anti-Government Protesters Gather in Casablanca
2012 : Tens of thousands of people gathered to protest the government in Casablanca, Morocco. The demonstrators were angry that Prime Minister Benkirane had failed to deliver reforms after a new government was put into office in January.
2013 - Largest Flag Made in Romania
2013 : The town of Clinceni in Romania has claimed the Guinness World Record for largest flag ever made. The flag measured 1,145 feet by 744 feet and weighed five tons, taking up seven acres of field. It was estimated that forty-four miles of thread was needed to complete the project.
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Born: May 27th, 1923, Fürth, Germany
Known For : Henry Kissinger came to the United States in 1938, and became a U.S. citizen in 1943. He served in the Army between 1943 and 1946, and graduated from Harvard in 1950. He went on to gain a masters in 1952 and a doctorate in 1954. He had been a member of Harvard's faculty from 1954 to 1969 when he was made Richard Nixon's Assistant to the President for National Security Affairs. He continued in this role, and won the Nobel Peace Prize in 1973. He was appointed the U.S. Secretary of State in 1973, and served in that position until 1977.