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This Day In History: May 11

This Day in History

1858: Minnesota is admitted to the Union as the 32d state.
1894: The Pullman strike begins at a railroad car plant in Chicago.
1969: The Battle of Hamburger Hill begins during the Vietnam War. Americans suffer heavy casualties.
1996: A ValuJet DC-9 crashes in the Everglades, killing all 110 aboard.
1997: World chess champion Garry Kasparov is defeated by a computer, IBM's Deep Blue, in a 6-game match.
2003: The New York Times newspaper reveals that at least half of the 73 national news articles penned by former reporter Jayson Blair contain serious errors and fabrications.

Today's Birthdays

1852: Charles Warren Fairbanks, political leader and 26th vice-president of the U.S. (near Unionville Center, OH; died 1918)
1888: Irving Berlin, songwriter (Tyumen, Russia; died 1989)
1891: Henry Morgenthau Jr., government official/conservationist (New York, NY; died 1967)
1892: Dame Margaret Rutherford, actress (London, England; died 1972)
1894: Martha Graham, modern dancer/choreographer (Allegheny, PA; died 1991)
1904: Salvador Dali, painter (Figueras, Spain; died 1989)
1918: Richard Feynman, physicist (New York, NY; died 1988)
1930: Stanley Elkin, novelist/short-story writer (Brooklyn, NY; died 1995)
1933: Louis Farrakhan, Nation of Islam leader (New York, NY)
1946: Robert Jarvik, physician and inventor of the artificial heart (Midland, MI)
1959: Martha Quinn, TV personality (Albany, NY)
1963: Natasha Richardson, actress (London, England)
1982: Jonathan Jackson, actor (Orlando, FL)

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