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*1953British Labour Party leader Tony Blair, born this day in 1953, became in 1997 the youngest British prime minister since 1812, and in 2005 he led his party to its third successive general election victory. 
*1931American baseball star Willie Mays was born in Westfield, Alabama. 
*1915American motion-picture actor and director Orson Welles was born in Kenosha, Wisconsin. 
*1856Austrian neurologist Sigmund Freud, the founder of psychoanalysis, was born in Freiberg, Moravia, Austrian Empire (now Príbor, Czech Republic). 
2012George Lindsey, the Alabama-born actor and comedian best known for playing the good-natured if none-too-bright gas station attendant Goober on three television series, The Andy Griffith Show and Mayberry R.F.D. and Hee Haw (which he remained with for more than 20 years). George died on this day in Nashville. He was 83.  
2001Chandra Levy's parents reported her missing to police in Washington, DC. Levy's body was found on May 22, 2002 in Rock Creek Park. 
1999A parole board in New York voted to release Amy Fisher. She had been in jail for 7 years for shooting her lover's wife, Mary Jo Buttafuoco, in the face.  
1999Britain's Labour Party won the largest number of seats in the first elections for Scotland's new Parliament and Wales' new Assembly.  
1997Army Staff Sgt. Delmar G. Simpson was sentenced to 25 years in prison for raping six trainees at Aberdeen Proving Ground in Maryland.  
1997Four health-care companies agreed to a settlement of $600 million to hemophiliacs who had contracted AIDS from tainted blood between 1978-1985.  
1994Former Arkansas state worker Paula Jones filed suit against U.S. President Clinton. The case alleged that he had sexually harassed her in 1991.  
1994The Chunnel officially opened. The tunnel under the English Channel links England and France.  
1981A jury of international architects and sculptors unanimously selected Maya Ying Lin's entry for the design of the Vietnam Veterans Memorial.  
1962The first nuclear warhead was fired from the Polaris submarine.  
1960Britain's Princess Margaret married Anthony Armstrong Jones. They were divorced in 1978.  
1960U.S. President Eisenhower signed the Civil Rights Act of 1960.  
1959The Pablo Picasso painting of a Dutch girl was sold for $154,000 in London. It was the highest price paid (at the time) for a painting by a living artist.  
1957U.S. Senator John Fitzgerald Kennedy was awarded the Pulitzer Prize for his book "Profiles in Courage".  
1954British runner Roger Banister broke the four minute mile.  
1954Roger Bannister of Britain became the first athlete to run a mile in less than four minutes. 
1946The New York Yankees became the first major league baseball team to travel by plane.  
1945Axis Sally made her final propaganda broadcast to Allied troops.  
1942During World War II, the Japanese seized control of the Philippines. About 15,000 Americans and Filipinos on Corregidor surrendered to the Japanese.  
1942The American garrison on Corregidor Island, under the command of General Jonathan M. Wainwright, surrendered to Japanese invaders after a 27-day standoff during World War II. 
1941Bob Hope gave his first USO show at California's March Field.  
1941Joseph Stalin assumed the Soviet premiership.  
1937On this day in 1937, while landing at Lakehurst, New Jersey, on its first transatlantic crossing of the year, the German dirigible Hindenburg burst into flames and was destroyed, killing 36 of the 97 persons aboard. 
1915Babe Ruth hit his first major league home run while playing for the Boston Red Sox.  
1910Kind Edward VII of England died. He was succeeded by his second son, George V.  
1889The Universal Exposition opened in Paris, France, marking the dedication of the Eiffel Tower. Also at the exposition was the first automobile in Paris, the Mercedes-Benz.  
1882The U.S. Congress passed the Chinese Exclusion Act. The act barred Chinese immigrants from the U.S. for 10 years.  
1877Chief Crazy Horse surrendered to U.S. troops in Nebraska.  
1861Arkansas became the ninth state to secede from the Union.  
1851Linus Yale patented the clock-type lock.  
1851The mechanical refrigerator was patented by Dr. John Gorrie.  
1840The “penny black” stamp, issued in Great Britain, went into circulation as the first prepaid postage stamp in history. 
1840The first adhesive postage stamps went on sale in Great Britain.  
1835James Gordon Bennett published the "New York Herald" for the first time.  
1682King Louis XIV moved his court to Versailles, France.  
1576The peace treaty of Chastenoy ended the fifth war of religion.  
1529Babur defeated the Afghan Chiefs in the Battle of Ghagra, India.  
1527German troops began sacking Rome, bringing about the end of the Renaissance.  
Asterisks (*) denotes birthday

Famous Birthdays
1983 - Gabourey SidibeActress
1971 - Chris ShiflettRock Musician (Foo Fighters)
1961 - George Clooney
1960 - Roma DowneyActress
1955 - Tom Bergeron
1953 - Tony Blair
1945 - Bob Seger
1931 - Willie Mays
1915 - Orson Welles
1895 - Rudolph Valentino
1868 - Gaston Leroux
1856 - Sigmund Freud
1856 - Robert E. Peary

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