Monday, May 5, 2008

Today in History: May 5

  • 1922 American journalist Nellie Bly born; faked insanity to write an exposé on mental asylums, Ten Days in a Mad-House (1887), for Joseph Pulitzer's newspaper. Took a trip, again for Pulitzer's newspaper, around the world in under 80 days (1889) by herself. 1904, as owner of the Iron Clad Manufacturing Co., she invented the steel 55-gallon drum still used today.
  • 1942 American singer Tammy Wynette born; the "First Lady of Country Music"; sang "I Don't Wanna Play House" (1967), "Stand by Your Man" (1968), "He Loves Me All the Way"(1970), "'Til I Get it Right" (1972), "Golden Ring" (1975, with husband George Jones), "'Til I Can Make It on My Own" (1976).
  • 1945 German Mauthausen death camp complex liberated; 120,000 to 320,000 prisoners, men, women and children, were murdered there. Two survivors were Lieutenant Jack Taylor of the O.S.S. and Simon Wiesenthal, the famed Nazi hunter.
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