May 31, there are 214 days remaining in this year.


1790- The first U.S. Copyright Law was enacted, protecting books, maps, and other original materials.

1889- Heavy rains caused the South Fork Dam to collapse, sending 20 million tons of water into Johnstown, Pa. Over 2,200 people were killed and the town was nearly destroyed.

1911- The hull of the Titanic was launched in Belfast. At the ceremony, a White Star Line employee claimed, “Not even God himself could sink this ship.”

1961- South Africa became an independent republic.

1962- Former Gestapo official Adolf Eichmann was hanged in Israel.

1970- An earthquake in Peru left more than 50,000 dead.

2004- Alberta Martin, 97, one of the last widows of a U.S. Civil War veteran, died. She had married Confederate veteran William Martin in 1927 when she was 21 and he was 81.

2010- Nine people are dead after an Israeli navy commando attacks a flotilla of cargo ships and passenger boats on their way to Gaza to provide aid and supplies for the area.



1819- Walt Whitman, poet

1898- Norman Vincent Peale, clergyman

1928- Prince Rainier III, prince of Monaco, married Grace Kelly

1927- Patricia Roberts Harris, former ambassador, Secretary of Housing and Urban Development, Secretary of Health and Human Services

1930- Clint Eastwood, actor, director, producer

1943- Joe Namath, NFL Hall of Famer

1965- Brooke Shields, actress, model

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