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Date Posted: 08:21:25 05/31/02 Fri
Author: Cari
Subject: This Day in History

Highlight in History:

On May 31, 1889, more than 2,000 people perished when a dam break sent water rushing through Johnstown, Pa.

On this date in:

1809 Composer Franz Joseph Haydn died in Vienna, Austria.

1819 Poet Walt Whitman was born in West Hill, N.Y.

1910 The Union of South Africa was founded.

1913 The 17th Amendment to the Constitution, providing for the popular election of U.S. senators, was declared in effect.

1916 British and German fleets fought the Battle of Jutland off Denmark during World War I.

1961 South Africa became an independent republic.

1962 Gestapo official Adolf Eichmann was hanged in Israel for his role in the Nazi Holocaust.

1970 An earthquake in Peru killed tens of thousands of people.

1977 The trans-Alaska oil pipeline was completed after three years of work.

1989 House Speaker Jim Wright, dogged by questions about his ethics, announced he would resign.

1991 Leaders of Angola's two warring factions signed a peace treaty, ending a 16-year civil war.

1994 The United States announced it was no longer aiming long-range nuclear missiles at targets in the former Soviet Union.

1996 Benjamin Netanyahu claimed victory in Israel's election for prime minister, defeating incumbent Shimon Peres by nine-tenths of 1 percent.

1999 The treason trial of Kurdish rebel leader Abdullah Ocalan opened in Turkey. (He was convicted and sentenced to death.)

2000 Bandleader Tito Puente died in New York at age 77.

2001 Veteran FBI agent Robert Hanssen pleaded innocent to charges of spying for Moscow. (He later changed his plea to guilty and was sentenced to life in prison.)

Today's Birthdays: Actor Clint Eastwood turns 72 years old today.
Prince Rainier Ruler of Monaco 79
Elaine Stewart Actress 73
Shirley Verrett Opera singer 69
Keir Dullea Actor 66
Johnny Paycheck Singer 64
Peter Yarrow Folk singer-musician (Peter, Paul and Mary) 64
Augie Meyers Country musician 62
Sharon Gless Actress (''Cagney and Lacey'') 59
Joe Namath Football hall-of-famer 59
Tom Berenger Actor 52
Gregory Harrison Actor 52
Chris Elliott Comedian 42
Kyle Secor Actor 42
Lea Thompson Actress 41
Corey Hart Singer 40
Tonya Pinkins Actress 40
DMC Rapper (Run-DMC) 38
Kid Frost Rapper 38
Scott Klopfenstein Rock musician (Reel Big Fish) 25
Curtis Williams Jr. Actor 15
Actress Brooke Shields turns 37 years old today.

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