On May 31st...
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The colony of Massachusetts Bay annexed
The U.S. copyright law was enacted.
1809 Composer Franz Joseph Haydn died.
1819 William Worrall
Mayo, co-founder of the Mayo Clinic, was born.
Poet Walt Whitman was
Cathedral of Assumption of Blessed Virgin
Mary, the first U.S. Catholic cathedral, was
dedicated in Baltimore.
1857 Pope Pius
XI was born.
Big Ben rang out over the Houses
of Parliament in Westminster, London, England for
the first time.
The Battle of Seven Pines began.
The Second Battle of Cold Harbor began.
Circus founder John Ringling was born.
E. J. DeSemdt patented asphalt pavement.
1884 Dr. John
Harvey Kellogg patented "flaked
The Johnstown Flood occurred.
1890 Harry Hines Woodring, Governor of Kansas and U.S. Secretary
of War, was born.
Radio personality Fred Allen was born.
Norman Vincent Peale, author of The Power of
Positive Thinking, was born.
U.S. troops arrived in Beijing to help put
down the Boxer Rebellion.
1904 Actor Don
Ameche was born.
Actor Reb Russell was born.
The Union of South Africa declared its
independence from the United Kingdom.
1910 Elizabeth Blackwell, the first woman to earn a medical
degree in the United States, died.
RMS Titanic was launched.
U.S. Senator Henry "Scoop" Jackson was
The 17th Amendment, providing for direct election
of Senators, was proclaimed.
The Battle of Jutland was fought in the North
Prince Rainier of Monaco was born.
Actor Clint Eastwood was born.
Country singer Johnny Paycheck was born.
1938 Singer Peter Yarrow was
Football player Joe Namath was born.
Actor Tom Berenger was born.
Actor Gregory Harrison was born.
The country of South Africa became a
Adolf Eichmann, the Nazi SS officer who
organized Adolf Hitler's wish to exterminate
Europe's Jewish population, was executed for his
crimes against humanity.
Brooke Shields was born.
1977 The Alaska
Pipeline was completed.
1983 Boxer Jack
Leary, LSD proponent, died.
Arlene Francis died.
Former FBI agent W. Mark Felt acknowledged that
he was "Deep Throat," the Washington
Post source who helped uncover the Watergate scandal.
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