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The Red Baron
Baron Manfred von Richthofen, known
as the Red Baron, is shot down. The Red Baron is a name that
was given to
Germany’s ace fighter
pilot after the war. Manfred von Richthofen is a Prussian aristocrat. He
serves in the Prussian army at both the Eastern and the Western fronts and earns
the Iron Cross for courage under fire. When his unit is assigned to supply duty
he protests and asks for a transfer to Germany’s Air Forces. Manfred von
Richthofen becomes Germany’s best flying
ace. In 19 months he shoots down 80 Allied
planes, which is large in comparison to other
pilots who average 15-20. Richthofen’s career comes to an end when he is
killed over France while in a dogfight with another
plane. The legend lives on for
the both feared and respected fighter
ace. The Red Baron, and his red
plane, is featured for years in
the Peanuts comic strip battling cartoon character
1967...General Motors, the world's largest automaker, celebrates the manufacture
of it's one millionth
The Oklahoma Land Run
1778...John Paul Jones, United States Naval Commander of the
USS Ranger, leads a detachment from his
ship to raid the port at White Haven,
race into the newly opened
The start of the race is at 12:00 PM (noon). They are racing to find free
2004...Pat Tillman is killed while serving in Afghanistan. Pat gave up his
football career to enlist in the
army after 9-11.
1564...William Shakespeare, the great
writer, is born
in Stratford-on-Avon, England. Shakespeare will go on to be thought of as
one of the best
British writers of all times. He will be credited with writing
37 plays. His works will be quoted for years. His most famous plays will be
Macbeth, Hamlet and Romeo and Juliet.
1985...The Coca Cola Company changes the formula
of Coca Cola, one of the world's most popular soft drinks. Consumers are extremely upset.
Six months later they will return Coca Cola to the original formula.
1987...Automobili Lamborghini, the Italian based
maker of performance cars, is purchased by the
Chrysler Corporation of America.
Benny Goodman and his Orchestra
1800...President John Adams signs an Act of
Congress to establish the
of Congress in Washington DC.
1936..."King of Swing" Benny Goodman and his trio record China Boy.
Benny Goodman is the most prominent Big Band Leader of his day.
1990...The Hubel Space
Telescope is launched into orbit by the
preschoolers around the world are inoculated for diphtheria.
1953..Scientists James Watson and Francis Crick, of Cambridge
University, publish an explanation of the structure of DNA.
1956...Elvis Presley has his first #1 hit on the Billboard Pop
Singles Chart with Heartbreak Hotel.
It will stay there for two months.
F.W. Woolworth Co
1954...The new polio vaccine is given for the first time in a
1986...There is an explosion and fire at the Chernobyl Nuclear
Power Plant. Radiation spreads throughout Europe. This is the biggest
nuclear accident in history.
1997...The Woolworth Discount Chain announces continued
financial losses. They are forced to close their remaining stores after 130 years
1521...Portugese navigator Magellan Ferdinand is killed in the
Philippines after traveling 3/4 of the way around the globe.
1667...The blind poet John Milton sells the copyright to his
masterpiece Paradise Lost. John Milton is serving as the secretary of
Oliver Cromwell’s commonwealth. When the commonwealth is overturned, Milton is
jail. By this time he is blind. Now he loses his position and his
property. After he is released he dictates his poem Paradise Lost to his
family. Then he sells it for 10 pounds. The poem is printed and immediately is
recognized as a masterpiece of the English language.
1956...Rocky Marciano, the world heavyweight
retires at the age of 31. He is the only heavyweight champion to have a
perfect record (49-0).
1789...The HMS Bounty is seized in a mutiny led by first
mate Fletcher Christian. The ship is on a voyage from Tahiti to the West Indies.
1945...Benito Mussolini, the dictator of Italy, and his mistress are captured
and shot while trying to flee to Switzerland.
1965...President Lyndon B. Johnson sends 22,000 troops to the Dominican Republic
to forestall a Communist dictatorship.
Kate Middleton and Prince
Oldsmobile is made at the Lansing
It is the end of the 106-year-old automotive brand.
2011...Catherine (Kate) Middleton marries
Great Britain's Prince
William at Westminster Abbey in London,
The 1939 New York World's Fair
1803... France and the
United States complete The Louisiana Purchase.
This doubles the size of the
At the opening ceremonies
President Roosevelt (FDR) gives a speech to welcome everyone to the
The speech is televised. This speech is the first
broadcast in the
1948...Twenty Latin American nations and the
United States establish the Organization
(OAS). The purpose of the organization is to improve the relationship of
with its closest neighbors, and to prevent the spread of
Communism in the Western Hemisphere.