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05-11-2012, 03:07 PM
Lead Story
Dust storm sweeps from Great Plains across Eastern states, 1934

American Revolution
Washington recommends using German-American troops to Congress, 1776

B.F. Goodrich Co. announces development of tubeless tire, 1947

Civil War
Confederate Cavalry General J.E.B. Stuart is mortally wounded, 1864

Cold War
Kim Philby dies, 1988

The Queen of Poisoners takes her toll, 1949

Fire kills 50 at soccer stadium, 1985

General Interest
British prime minister assassinated, 1812

Minnesota enters the Union, 1858

Butcher of Lyon on trial, 1987

Deep Blue beats Kasparov, 1997

George Clooney makes return appearance on ER, 2000

Go Down, Moses, by William Faulkner, is published, 1942

Bob Marley dies, 1981

Old West
Western writer Mari Sandoz is born, 1896

President Carter puts in a long day at the office, 1977
Deep Blue defeats Garry Kasparov in chess match, 1997
Vietnam War
President Kennedy orders more troops to South Vietnam, 1961

Paratroopers battle for "Hamburger Hill", 1969
World War I
Germans prepare to protest Versailles Treaty terms, 1919

World War II
Allies attack the Gustav line in drive for Rome, 1944


05-11-2012, 08:23 PM
1953 - In Waco, TX, a tornado killed 114 people and 196 businesses were completely destroyed.

1964 - Construction began on the Toledo Bend Reservoir. The reservoir occupies parts of Newton, Sabine, Panola, and Shelby counties in Texas and Sabine and De Soto parishes in Louisiana. The dam was completed in 1969.

1970 - Lubbock, TX, was hit by a tornado. Twenty-six people were killed and more than $135 million in damage was caused.

1995 - B. B. King, Eric Clapton, Bonnie Raitt, Buddy Guy, Jimmie Vaughan, and Double Trouble, filmed "Tribute to Stevie Ray Vaughan" for Austin City Limits.

2003 - Rafael Palmeiro (Texas Rangers) hit his 500th career home run to become only the 19th player in baseball history to reach the mark.