Friday, May 11, 2007

Today in History....May 11

On this day in …

* 1502, Christopher Columbus left Cadiz, Spain, on his fourth and final trip to the Western Hemisphere

* 1647, Peter Stuyvesant arrived in New Amsterdam to become governor of New Netherland

* 1943, during World War II, U.S. forces landed on the Aleutian island of Attu, which was held by the Japanese; the Americans took the island 19 days later

* 1944, Allied forces launched a major offensive against German lines in Italy

* 1946, the first CARE packages arrived in Europe, at Le Havre, France

* 1973, charges against Daniel Ellsberg for his role in the "Pentagon Papers" case were dismissed by Judge William M. Byrne, who cited government misconduct

* 1987, doctors in Baltimore transplanted the heart and lungs of an auto accident victim to a patient who gave up his own heart to another recipient. (Clinton House, the nation's first living heart donor, died 14 months later.)

* 1997, the Deep Blue IBM computer demolished an overwhelmed Garry Kasparov and won the six-game chess match between man and machine in New York

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