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2002Pakistani President Pervez Musharraf was overwhelmingly approved for another five years as president. 
2001Chandra Levy was last seen in Washington, DC. Her remains were found in Rock Creek Park on May 22, 2002. California Congressman Gary Condit was questioned in the case due to his relationship with Levy.  
1998In the U.S., Federal regulators fined a contractor $2.25 million for improper handling of oxygen canisters on ValuJet that crashed in the Florida Everglades in 1996.  
1998NATO was expanded to include Poland, Hungary and the Czech Republic. The three nations were formally admitted the following April at NATO's 50th anniversary summit.  
1998United and Delta airlines announced their alliance that would give them control of 1/3 of all U.S. passenger seats.  
1997ABC aired the "coming out" episode of the sitcom "Ellen." The title character, played by Ellen DeGeneres, admitted she was a lesbian.  
1993Monica Seles was stabbed in the back during a tennis match in Hamburg, Germany. The man called himself a fan of second- ranked Steffi Graf. He was convicted of causing grievous bodily harm and received a suspended sentence.  
1991An estimated 125,000 people were killed in a cyclone that hit Bangladesh.  
1984U.S. President Reagan signed cultural and scientific agreements with China. He also signed a tax accord that would make it easier for American companies to operate in China.  
1980Terrorists seized the Iranian Embassy in London.  
1980Queen Beatrix ascended the throne of The Netherlands.  
1975The South Vietnamese capital of Saigon (Ho Chi Minh City) fell to North Vietnamese troops during the Vietnam War.  
1975Communists North Vietnamese troops entered the Independence Palace of South Vietnam in Saigon. 11 Marines lifted off of the U.S. Embassy were the last soldiers to evacuate.  
1973U.S. President Nixon announced resignation of Haldeman, Ehrlichman, and other top aides.  
1972The North Vietnamese launched an invasion of the South.  
1970U.S. troops invaded Cambodia to disrupt North Vietnamese Army base areas. The announcement by U.S. President Nixon led to widespread protests.  
1968U.S. Marines attacked a division of North Vietnamese in the village of Dai Do.  
1964The FCC ruled that all TV receivers should be equipped to receive both VHF and UHF channels.  
1953The British West Indian colonies agreed on the formation of the British Caribbean Federation that would eventually become a self-governing unit in the British Commonwealth.  
1948The Organization of American States held its first meeting in Bogota, Colombia.  
1947The name of Boulder Dam, in Nevada, was changed back to Hoover Dam.  
1945Adolf Hitler and Eva Braun committed suicide. They had been married for one day. One week later Germany surrendered unconditionally.  
1945Arthur Godfrey began his CBS radio morning show "Arthur Godfrey Time." It ran until this day in 1972.  
1945German dictator Adolf Hitler and his wife committed suicide in a bunker in Berlin.  
1943The British submarine HMS Seraph dropped 'the man who never was,' a dead man the British planted with false invasion plans, into the Mediterranean off the coast of Spain.  
1940Belle Martell was licensed in California by state boxing officials. She was the first American woman, prizefight referee.  
1939Lou Gehrig played his last game with the New York Yankees.  
1939The first railroad car equipped with fluorescent lights was put into service. The train car was known as the "General Pershing Zephyr."  
1939The National Broadcasting Company made the first public television broadcast in the United States, at the New York World's Fair.  
1930The Soviet Union proposed a military alliance with France and Great Britain.  
1900Hawaii was organized as an official U.S. territory.  
1900American railroad engineer Casey Jones, later made famous in song, died in a train wreck while trying to save the runaway train "Cannonball Express".  
1889George Washington's inauguration became the first U.S. national holiday.  
1883French painter Édouard Manet, who died this day in 1883, broke with the historical tradition of illusionism and paved the way for Impressionism with such works as Déjeuner sur l'herbe (1863; “Luncheon on the Grass”).  
1864Work began on the Dams along the Red River. The work would allow Union General Nathaniel Banks' troops to sail over the rapids above Alexandria, Louisiana.  
1849The republican patriot and guerrilla leader Giuseppe Garabaldi repulsed a French attack on Rome.  
1812Louisiana admitted as the 18th U.S. state.  
1803The U.S. purchased the Louisiana Territory from France for $15 million.  
1789George Washington, the first president of the United States, was inaugurated this day in 1789 in Federal Hall in New York City, addressing his constituency on “the proceedings of a new and free government.”  
1725Spain withdrew from Quadruple Alliance.  
1563All Jews were expelled from France by order of Charles VI.  
1527Henry VIII and King Francis of France signed the treaty of Westminster.  
1250King Louis IX of France was ransomed for one million dollars.  
313Licinius unified the whole of the eastern empire under his own rule.  
30Jesus of Nazareth was crucified.  
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Famous Birthdays
1986 - Dianna AgronActress
1984 - Tyler WilkinsonCountry Singer
1982 - Lloyd BanksRapper
1982 - Kirsten Dunst
1981 - Kunal NayyarActor
1976 - Cole DeggsSinger-Musician
1975 - Johnny GaleckiActor
1973 - AkonRhythm-and-Blues Singer
1973 - Jeff Timmons
1971 - Carolyn Dawn Johnson
1971 - Chris HendersonRock Musician
1971 - Chris "Choc" DalyrimpleRhythm-and-Blues Singer (Soul For Real)
1969 - Clark VogelerRock Musician
1967 - Turbo BRapper
1965 - Adrian PasdarActor
1963 - Michael Waltrip
1962 - Robert ReynoldsCountry Musician
1961 - Isiah Thomas
1960 - Stuart Mathis
1959 - Paul GrossActor
1954 - Jane CampionMovie Director
1953 - Merrell OsmondSinger
1948 - Perry KingActor
1948 - Allan ArkushMovie Director
1946 - Carl XVI Gustav, King of Sweden
1944 - Jill Clayburgh
1943 - Bobby VeeSinger
1940 - Burt Young
1938 - Gary CollinsActor
1933 - Willie Nelson
1926 - Cloris Leachman
1908 - Eve Arden

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