Wednesday, May 30, 2007

Today in History....May 30

On this day in …

* 1883, 12 people were trampled to death when a rumor that the recently opened Brooklyn Bridge was in imminent danger of collapsing triggered a stampede

* 1922, the Lincoln Memorial was dedicated by President Harding, Chief Justice William Howard Taft and Robert Todd Lincoln

* 1937, 10 people were killed when police fired on steelworkers demonstrating near the Republic Steel plant in Chicago

* 1943, American forces secured the Aleutian island of Attu from the Japanese during World War II

* 1958, unidentified American soldiers killed in World War II and the Korean conflict were buried at Arlington National Cemetery

* 1971, the American space probe Mariner 9 blasted off from Cape Kennedy, Fla., on a journey to Mars

* 1981, Bangladesh President Ziaur Rahman was assassinated in a failed military coup

* 1986, 21 elderly passengers were killed when a tour bus went out of control on a mountain road and plunged into the Walker River near the California-Nevada border

* 1997, child molester Jesse K. Timmendequas was convicted in Trenton, N.J., of raping and strangling a 7-year-old neighbor, Megan Kanka, whose 1994 murder inspired "Megan's Law," requiring that communities be notified when sex offenders move in. (Timmendequas was later sentenced to death; he remains on death row.)

* 2002, a solemn, wordless ceremony marked the end of the agonizing cleanup at ground zero in New York, 8 1/2 months after Sept. 11.
ALSO: Attorney General John Ashcroft issued new terror-fighting guidelines allowing FBI agents to visit Internet sites, libraries, churches and political organizations as part of an effort to pre-empt terrorist strikes

* 2006, U.S. Air Force Gen. Michael Hayden was sworn in as CIA director. ALSO: President Bush tapped Goldman Sachs chief Henry Paulson to be Treasury secretary. AND: A jury in Rockville, Md., convicted John Allen Muhammad of six of the Washington-area sniper killings. AND: The FBI said it had found no trace of Jimmy Hoffa after digging up a suburban Detroit horse farm


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