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    Today is Tuesday, May 7, the 127th day of 2019. There are 238 days left in the year.

    In 1954, the 55-day Battle of Dien Bien Phu in Vietnam ended with Vietnamese insurgents overrunning French forces.

    In 1975, President Gerald R. Ford formally declared an end to the "Vietnam era." In Ho Chi Minh City — formerly Saigon — the Viet Cong celebrated its takeover.

    In 1984, a $180 million out-of-court settlement was announced in the Agent Orange class-action suit brought by Vietnam veterans who said they'd been injured by exposure to the defoliant.

    One year ago: Retired Lt. Col. Oliver North, the Marine at the center of the Iran-Contra affair in the Reagan administration, was named president of the National Rifle Association.

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    Today is Wednesday, May 8, the 128th day of 2019. There are 237 days left in the year.

    1945: Victory in Europe day
    Cities across the U.S. and Great Britain celebrate the effective end of World War II in Europe.

    1980: Smallpox is eradicated
    At a special session in Geneva, Switzerland, the World Health Organization (WHO) announces the global eradication of smallpox.

    1999: First female cadet to graduate from The Citadel
    Although she wasn’t the first woman to be admitted, Nancy Mace (C), the author of 'In the Company of Men: A Woman at the Citadel,' becomes the first to graduate from the historic state-supported senior military college in Charleston, South Carolina.

    One year ago: Former coal executive Don Blankenship, who had served a year in prison for his role in a mine explosion that killed 29 men, lost a Republican U.S. Senate primary in West Virginia, finishing a distant third to state Attorney General Patrick Morrisey.
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    Today is Thursday, May 9, the 129th day of 2019. There are 236 days left in the year.

    In 1914, President Woodrow Wilson, acting on a joint congressional resolution, signed a proclamation designating the second Sunday in May as Mother’s Day.

    In 1958, “Vertigo,” Alfred Hitchcock’s eerie thriller starring James Stewart and Kim Novak, premiered in San Francisco, the movie’s setting.

    On May 9, 1960, the FDA approved the pill, granting greater reproductive freedom to American women. The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) approves the world’s first commercially produced birth-control bill–Enovid-10, made by the G.D. Searle Company of Chicago, Illinois

    On May 9, 1980, 35 people were killed when a freighter rammed the Sunshine Skyway Bridge over Tampa Bay in Florida, causing a 1,400-foot section of the southbound span to collapse.
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    Today is Friday, May 10, the 130th day of 2019. There are 235 days left in the year.

    On this day in 1869, the presidents of the Union Pacific and Central Pacific railroads meet in Promontory, Utah, and drive a ceremonial last spike into a rail line that connects their railroads.

    In 1933, the Nazis staged massive public book burnings in Germany.

    In 1968, Preliminary peace talks between the United States and North Vietnam began in the French capital.

    In 2013, U.S government scientists said worldwide levels of carbon dioxide, the chief greenhouse gas blamed for global warming, had hit a milestone, reaching an amount never before encountered by humans.

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    Today is Saturday, May 11, the 131st day of 2019. There are 234 days left in the year.

    In 1935, the Rural Electrification Administration was created as one of President Franklin D. Roosevelt’s New Deal programs.

    In 1960, Israeli agents captured Nazi war criminal Adolf Eichmann in Buenos Aires, Argentina.

    On May 11, 1996, an Atlanta-bound ValuJet DC-9 caught fire shortly after takeoff from Miami and crashed into the Florida Everglades, killing all 110 people on board.

    in 2009, President Barack Obama met at the White House with representatives of the health care industry who promised to cut $2 trillion in costs over 10 years.

    One year ago: President Donald Trump unveiled his long-promised plan to bring down drug prices; the plan mostly spared the pharmaceutical industry and didn’t include his campaign pledge to use the Medicare program’s buying power to directly negotiate lower prices for seniors.
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    Today is Sunday, May 12, the 132nd day of 2019. There are 233 days left in the year.

    On May 12, 1949, the Soviet Union lifted the Berlin Blockade, which the Western powers had succeeded in circumventing with their Berlin Airlift.

    In 1958, the United States and Canada signed an agreement to create the North American Air Defense Command (later the North American Aerospace Defense Command, or NORAD)

    In 2002, Jimmy Carter arrived in Cuba, becoming the first U.S. president in or out of office to visit since the 1959 revolution that put Fidel Castro in power.

    Five years ago: Scientists expressed concern during a NASA news conference over a pair of studies which said the huge West Antarctic ice sheet was starting a glacially slow collapse in an unstoppable way, a melt that could eventually add 4 to 12 feet to current sea levels.
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    Today is Monday, May 13, the 133rd day of 2019. There are 232 days left in the year.

    In 1917, three shepherd children reported seeing a vision of the Virgin Mary near Fatima, Portugal; it was the first of six such apparitions that the children claimed to have witnessed.

    In 1958, Vice President Richard Nixon and his wife, Pat, were spat upon and their limousine battered by rocks thrown by anti-U.S. demonstrators in Caracas, Venezuela.

    In 1985, a confrontation between Philadelphia authorities and the radical group MOVE ended as police dropped a bomb onto the group’s row house, igniting a fire that killed 11 people and destroyed 61 homes.

    One year ago: President Donald Trump said he would help the Chinese telecommunications company ZTE get “back into business”; the Commerce Department had earlier moved to block the company from importing American components.
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    Today is Tuesday, May 14, the 134th day of 2019. There are 231 days left in the year.

    In 1796, English physician Edward Jenner inoculated 8-year-old James Phipps against smallpox by using cowpox matter.

    In 1961, Freedom Riders were attacked by violent mobs in Anniston and Birmingham, Alabama.

    In 2001, the Supreme Court ruled 8-0 that there is no exception in federal law for people to use marijuana for medical purposes.

    In 2004, The U.S. Supreme Court refused to step in and block gay marriages in Massachusetts.

    One year ago:The Supreme Court cleared the way for states coast to coast to legalize betting on sports.
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    Today is Wednesday, May 15, the 135th day of 2019. There are 230 days left in the year.

    In 1942, Wartime gasoline rationing went into effect in 17 Eastern states, limiting sales to three gallons a week for non-essential vehicles.

    In 1948, hours after declaring its independence, the new state of Israel was attacked by Transjordan, Egypt, Syria, Iraq and Lebanon.

    In 1988, the Soviet Union began the process of withdrawing its troops from Afghanistan, more than eight years after Soviet forces entered the country.

    2014: The National September 11 Memorial Museum is dedicated in New York City. Three months after its opening, the memorial had been visited by over a million people.
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    Today is Thursday, May 16, the 136th day of 2019. There are 229 days left in the year.

    In 1868, at the U.S. Senate impeachment trial of President Andrew Johnson, 35 out of 54 senators voted to find Johnson guilty of "high crimes and misdemeanors" over his attempted dismissal of Secretary of War Edwin M. Stanton.

    In 1939, the federal government began its first food stamp program in Rochester, New York.

    In 1997, President Bill Clinton publicly apologized for the notorious Tuskegee experiment, in which government scientists deliberately allowed black men to weaken and die of treatable syphilis.

    One year ago: Officials at Michigan State University said they had agreed to pay $500 million to settle claims from more than 300 women and girls who said they were assaulted by sports doctor Larry Nassar.
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