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Al Jolson Born - 1886

Saturday, May 26, 2007

American performer Al Jolson is most famous for his role in the 1927 film The Jazz Singer, which was the first major motion picture to successfully employ synchronized sound. Jolson also toured in vaudeville shows, where he performed minstrel-style singing in blackface makeup.

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JFK Commits America to Land a Man on the Moon before the end of the decade - 1961

Friday, May 25, 2007

On 25th May, 1961 President Kennedy called on the nation to work toward putting a man on the moon by the end of the decade.

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Israel Wedding Party Tragedy - 2001

Thursday, May 24, 2007

On 24th May, 2001 more than 20 people were killed and hundreds injured at a wedding party in Jerusalem after the dance floor collapsed.

Guests were left clinging to the sides of the Versailles wedding hall when the third floor suddenly gave way at about 2245 local time and crashed through two storeys below.

There were nearly 700 guests in the building, which is in the industrial Talpiot area of Jerusalem. Many were left trapped by the falling rubble which left a gaping hole through the centre of the building.

Reports say about 250 people have been taken to hospital but rescuers say there are signs of life beneath the debris. A special Israeli army rescue unit is at the scene.

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Jacqueline Lee Bouvier Kennedy Onassis buried in Arlington cemetary - 1994

Wednesday, May 23, 2007

On 23rd May 1994, funeral services were held at Arlington National Cemetery for former first lady Jacqueline Lee Bouvier Kennedy Onassis.

The inauguration of John F. Kennedy in 1961 brought to the White House and to the heart of the nation a beautiful young wife and the first young children of a President in half a century.

She was born Jacqueline Lee Bouvier, daughter of John Vernon Bouvier III and his wife, Janet Lee. Her early years were divided between New York City and East Hampton, Long Island, where she learned to ride almost as soon as she could walk. She was educated at the best of private schools; she wrote poems and stories, drew illustrations for them, and studied ballet. Her mother, who had obtained a divorce, married Hugh D. Auchincloss in 1942 and brought her two girls to "Merrywood," his home near Washington, D.C., with summers spent at his estate in Newport, Rhode Island. Jacqueline was dubbed "the Debutante of the Year" for the 1947-1948 season, but her social success did not keep her from continuing her education. As a Vassar student she traveled extensively, and she spent her junior year in France before graduating from George Washington University. These experiences left her with a great empathy for people of foreign countries, especially the French.

In Washington she took a job as "inquiring photographer" for a local newspaper. Her path soon crossed that of Senator Kennedy, who had the reputation of being the most eligible bachelor in the capital. Their romance progressed slowly and privately, but their wedding at Newport in 1953 attracted nationwide publicity.
With marriage "Jackie" had to adapt herself to the new role of wife to one of the country's most energetic political figures. Her own public appearances were highly successful, but limited in number. After the sadness of a miscarriage and the stillbirth of a daughter, Caroline Bouvier was born in 1957; John Jr. was born between the election of 1960 and Inauguration Day. Patrick Bouvier, born prematurely on August 7, 1963, died two days later.

To the role of First Lady, Jacqueline Kennedy brought beauty, intelligence, and cultivated taste. Her interest in the arts, publicized by press and television, inspired an attention to culture never before evident at a national level. She devoted much time and study to making the White House a museum of American history and decorative arts as well as a family residence of elegance and charm. But she defined her major role as "to take care of the President" and added that "if you bungle raising your children, I don't think whatever else you do well matters very much."

Mrs. Kennedy's gallant courage during the tragedy of her husband's assassination won her the admiration of the world. Thereafter it seemed the public would never allow her the privacy she desired for herself and her children. She moved to New York City; and in 1968 she married the wealthy Greek businessman, Aristotle Onassis, 23 years her senior, who died in March 1975. From 1978 until her death in 1994, Mrs. Onassis worked in New York City as an editor for Doubleday. At her funeral her son described three of her attributes: "love of words, the bonds of home and family, and her spirit of adventure."

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Bonnie and Clyde killed in police ambush - 1934

On May 23, 1934, bank robbers Clyde Barrow and Bonnie Parker were shot to death in a police ambush in Bienville Parish, La.

From a local newspaper:

" Beer, which sells at 15 cents a bottle during normal times, was sold for 25 cents. Cigarettes went up to 20 cents a package and it was almost impossible to get a sandwich, two slices of bread and a small piece of ham, at any price.

Cars were parked so close together on the streets, when an ambulance from Dallas arrived to get the body of Clyde Barrow, the driver had to call upon the local police to find a parking place.

An amateur photographer who had taken pictures of the car, bodies, guns and officers who partecipated in the killings, was doing a land office business. Some out-of-town newspaper men who didn't have their own photographers, were paying $5 each for them."

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The island nation of Ceylon became the republic of Sri Lanka - 1972

Tuesday, May 22, 2007

Sri Lanka is a small island in the Indian Ocean (65,000 sqkm). Despite being so small, the country has a wide range of geographic features and is rich in culture and natural beauty

Sri Lanka, renamed in Sinhala on 22nd May 1972, had been called as Ceylon by British during colonial times.

When the British left in 1948, the 20% Tamils were left with 80% Sinhalese within a unitary country where the decisions were taken by democratic parliament system. Under this system, racially polarised Sinhalese and Tamils were ruled by the constant majority of Sinhalese against the democratic wishes of Tamils as Tamils were the constant minority.

Before 1833, the Tamil people were under different administration. They had their own kingdoms, culture and language which are very different from those of Sinhalese until 1505. The first colonial invasion took place in 1505. British brought Tamils and Sinhalese under one administration in 1833 and called this new colony as Ceylon.

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U.S. Explode Hydrogen Bomb Over Bikini Atoll - 1956

Monday, May 21, 2007

On 21st May 1956, the U.S. exploded the first airborne hydrogen bomb over Bikini Atoll in the Pacific.

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Charles Lindbergh Trans-Atlantic Solo Flight - 1927

Sunday, May 20, 2007

On May 20, 1927, Charles Lindbergh took off from Roosevelt Field in Garden City, N.Y., aboard the Spirit of St. Louis on his historic solo flight to France.

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