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« on: May 11, 2010, 07:24:28 am »

Tuesday, May 11th
The 131st day of 2010.
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Today's Highlights in History

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   On May 11, 1973, charges against Daniel Ellsberg for his role in the Pentagon Papers case were dismissed by Judge William M. Byrne, who cited government misconduct. (Go to article.)

On May 11, 1894, Martha Graham, the American dancer and choreographer who was a pioneer of modern dance, was born. Following her death on April 1, 1991, her obituary appeared in The Times. (Go to obit. | Other Birthdays)
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   On May 11, 1867, Harper's Weekly featured a cartoon about the British Reform Act of 1867. (See the cartoon and read an explanation.)
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1647    Peter Stuyvesant arrived in New Amsterdam to become governor.

1858    Minnesota became the 32nd state.

1894    Workers at the Pullman Palace Car Co. in Illinois went on strike. The job action spread and crippled railroad service nationwide before the federal government intervened to end the strike in July.

1888    Songwriter Irving Berlin was born Israel Baline in Temun, Russia.

1910    Glacier National Park in Montana was established.

1944    Allied forces launched a major offensive in central Italy.

1946    The first CARE packages for Europe arrived at Le Havre, France.

1947    The B.F. Goodrich Co. of Akron, Ohio, announced the development of a tubeless tire.

1949    Israel was admitted to the United Nations.

1949    Siam changed its named to Thailand.

1973    Charges against Daniel Ellsberg for his role in the Pentagon Papers case were dismissed by a judge who cited government misconduct.

1981    Reggae musician Bob Marley died of cancer at age 36.

1996    An Atlanta-bound ValuJet DC-9 caught fire shortly after takeoff from Miami and crashed into the Florida Everglades, killing all 110 people on board

1997    The Deep Blue IBM computer defeated Garry Kasparov to win a six-game chess match between man and machine in New York.

1998    India set off three underground atomic blasts, its first nuclear tests in 24 years.

1998    A French mint produced the first coins of Europe's single currency, the euro.

2004    A video on an al-Qaida-linked Web site showed the beheading of American hostage Nicholas Berg, who had been kidnapped in Iraq.

Current Birthdays

Cory Monteith turns 28 years old today.

AP Photo/Dan Steinberg Actor Cory Monteith ("Glee") turns 28 years old today.


83    Mort Sahl
Comedian

76    James Jeffords
Former U.S. senator, I-Vt.

69    Eric Burdon
Rock singer (The Animals)

58    Shohreh Aghdashloo
Actress

58    Frances Fisher
Actress

57    Boyd Gaines
Actor

51    Martha Quinn
Former MTV VJ

27    Matt Leinart
Football player

Historic Birthdays

Martha Graham

5/11/1894 - 4/1/1991
American dancer, teacher and choreographer
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76    Baron Munchhausen
5/11/1720 - 2/22/1797
German story-teller; his tales became "The Adventures of Baron Munchausen"

91    Fanny Cerrito
5/11/1817 - 5/6/1909
Russian-born American composer for stage and screen musicals

66    Charles Warren Fairbanks
5/11/1852 - 6/4/1918
American politician; vice-president under Theodore Roosevelt (1905-09)

72    Frank Schlesinger
5/11/1871 - 7/10/1943
American astronomer

101    Irving Berlin
5/11/1888 - 9/22/1989
Russian-born American composer for stage and screen musicals

75    Henry Morgenthau, Jr.
5/11/1891 - 2/6/1967
American secretary of the treasury (1934-45)

80    Dame Margaret Rutherford
5/11/1892 - 5/22/1972
English stage and screen actress

83    William Grant Still
5/11/1895 - 12/3/1978
American composer and conductor

84    Salvador Dali
5/11/1904 - 1/23/1989
Spanish Surrealist painter and printmaker

78    Herbert Philbrick
5/11/1915 - 8/16/1993
American counterintelligence agent for the F.B.I.


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