This Week in History
Steven Greenberg was born.
Tracey Benison Mullen was born.
1932 – Public Enemy Number One, Al Capone, was jailed for tax evasion.
1970 – Four Kent State University students were shot down by National Guard members during an anti-Vietnam War demonstration.
Seibert Ward was born.
1891 – Carnegie Hall (then known as Music Hall) opened in New York City. Peter Tchaikovsky was the guest conductor.
1961 – Alan Shepard became the first American in space.
Kitty Kelly was born.
Coleen Mimnagh was born.
Marissa Shannon was born.
1941 – Dictator Joseph Stalin became the premier of Russia.
1954 – British athlete Roger Bannister became the first person to run a mile in under four minutes (3:59:4).
1994 – “The Chunnel” between England and France officially opened.
Megan Prendergast-Millard was born.
Rosemary Munro was born.
1915 – The British ocean liner Lusitania was sunk by a German submarine in World War I off the coast of Ireland.
2000 – Vladimir Putin was inaugurated as Russia’s president.
Marina Callaghan was born.
Donna Serrone Fajen was born.
Bob Killian was born.
Colleen Vielandi was born.
Eileen O’Callaghan was born.
1945 – V-E Day marks the European victory of the Allies in World War II.
Kathy Lehane Cawthorne was born.
Tim McElhinney was born.
1914 – Mother’s Day became a public holiday.
1994 – The South African parliament chose Nelson Mandela as president.
John L. Muldoon was born.
Laura Flower Bruns was born.
Karen Potter was born.
Meghan Donohue Anderson was born.
1924 – J. Edgar Hoover became director of the FBI.
1940 – Winston Churchill succeeded Neville Chamberlain as British prime minister.