Monthly Archives: May 2012

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On this day in 1043 – Lady Godiva rode naked through the market square in Coventry, England.

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On this day in 1933 – Sally Rand performed her famous fan dance for the first time, at Chicago’s Century of Progress Exposition.

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On this day in 1953 – Edmund Hillary of New Zealand and Tensing Norgay of Nepal became the first to reach the summit of Mount Everest.

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On this day in 1999 – Leonardo da Vinci’s newly-restored masterpiece “The Last Supper” is put back on display in Milan, Italy.

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On this day in 1937 – The Golden Gate Bridge, connecting San Francisco and Marin County, California, was opened.

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On this day in 1977 – The movie “Star Wars” debuted.

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On this day in 1992 – Jay Leno made his debut as permanent host of NBC’s “Tonight Show,” succeeding Johnny Carson.

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On this day in 1883 – The Brooklyn Bridge, linking Brooklyn and Manhattan, was opened. It took 14 years to construct; 27 people died working on it.

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On this day in 1935 – The first major league night baseball game played under lights occurred, in Cincinnati, Ohio between the Cincinnati Reds and Philadelphia Phillies.

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On this day in 1992 – Johnny Carson hosted his last “Tonight Show,” where he had reigned for nearly 30 years.

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