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On May seventh, 1975, President
formally declared an end to the "Vietnam
era." In Ho Chi Minh City -- formerly Saigon
-- the Viet Cong celebrated its takeover.
On this date:
In 1789, the first inaugural ball
was held in New York in honor of President and
Mrs. George Washington.
In 1847, the
American Medical Association was founded in
In 1915, nearly
1200 people died when a German torpedo sank the
British liner "Lusitania" off the Irish
In 1939, Germany
and Italy announced a military and political
alliance known as the Rome-Berlin Axis.
In 1945, Germany
signed an unconditional surrender at Allied
headquarters in Rheims, France.
In 1954, the
55-day Battle of Dien Bien Phu in Vietnam ended
with Vietnamese insurgents overrunning French
In 1960, Leonid
Brezhnev replaced Marshal Kliment Voroshilov as
president of the Supreme Soviet.
In 1963, the
United States launched the Telstar Two
In 1984, a $180
million out-of-court settlement was announced in
the "Agent Orange" class-action suit
brought by Vietnam veterans who charged they'd
suffered injury from exposure to the defoliant.
In 1994, Norway's
most famous painting, "The Scream" by
Edvard Munch, was recovered almost three months
after it was stolen from an Oslo museum.
Ten years ago: The
White House put aside President Bush's pledge of
no new taxes, saying talks to strike a budget
deal with Congress would have "no
Five years ago:
Jacques Chirac, the conservative mayor of Paris,
won France's presidency in his third attempt,
defeating Lionel Jospin in a runoff to end 14
years of Socialist rule. Leaders of 54 nations
that fought on both sides in World War Two signed
olive leaves in London in a ceremony of
One year ago: NATO
jets struck the Chinese embassy in Belgrade,
killing three people and injuring 20; President
Clinton called the attack a "tragic
mistake." A jury in Pontiac, Michigan,
ordered "The Jenny Jones Show" to pay
$25 million to the family of Scott Amedure, a gay
man who was shot to death after revealing a crush
on Jonathan Schmitz, a fellow guest on the talk
"Men tire themselves
in pursuit of rest."
Laurence Sterne, English author (1713-1768).