This Week in History


Mary Kilgallen was born.


1939 – Lou Gehrig set a major-league baseball record when he played his 2,130th consecutive game. Cal Ripken, Jr., broke it 57 years later.

2011 – U.S. troops and CIA operatives shot and killed Osama bin Laden in Abbottabad,




Marian Scannell Slakman was born.

Claudine Larson was born.

Jennifer Roberts was born.

Jen Corning Egan was born.


1937 – Margaret Mitchell won the Pulitzer Prize in fiction for “Gone With the Wind.”


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Steven Greenberg was born.

Tracey Benison Mullen was born.

Nancy Koulouris-Erigo 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.

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