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This Weekend In History…

May 7, 1915 This civilian steamer RMS Lusitania is sunk by a German submarine’s torpedo, killing 1,198 (including 128 Americans) of 1,959 people on board. It was later revealed that the Lusitania was carrying about 173 tons of war munitions for Britain, which the Germans cited as justification for the attack. The sinking contributed to the U.S. entry into…

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The Hindenburg Disaster – “Oh, the Humanity!” May 6, 1937 The Hindenburg Disaster – “Oh, the Humanity!” News reporter Herbert Morrison makes his famous proclamation, “Oh, the Humanity!” as he witnesses the disaster unfolding. The giant airship Hindenburg explodes and burns killing 36 people while preparing to land at Lakehurst, New Jersey. The exact cause of the fire has…

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First American in Space and the Creation of “A-OK” May 5, 1961 The creation of the phrase “A-OK” is generally attributed to Alan Shepard during this flight; however, it was actually created by a NASA public relations officer who misquoted Shepard. When asked what he thought about as he sat atop the rocket waiting for liftoff, Shepard…

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Kent State Massacre May 4, 1970 National Guardsmen kill four unarmed students of Kent State University (Ohio) during a Vietnam War protest. Two of the students killed were bystanders.

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