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Adv07 For release Wednesday, May 7

1763, Pontiac, chief of the Ottawa Indians, attempted to lead a sneak attack on British-held Fort Detroit, but was foiled because the British had been tipped off in advance.

1915, nearly 1,200 people died when a German torpedo sank the British liner RMS Lusitania off the Irish coast.

1928, the minimum voting age for British women was lowered from 30 to 21 — the same age as men.

1945, Germany signed an unconditional surrender at Allied headquarters in Rheims (rams), France, ending its role in World War II.

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

1964, Pacific Air Lines Flight 773 crashed near San Ramon, Calif., after a passenger apparently shot both pilots, then himself, killing all 44 people on board.

2009: Mickey Carroll, one of the last surviving Munchkins from the 1939 film "The Wizard of Oz," died in Crestwood, Mo., at age 89.



TODAY IN HISTORY

1915: Nearly 1,200 people died when a German torpedo sank the British liner RMS Lusitania off the Irish coast.

1928: The minimum voting age for British women was lowered from 30 to 21 — the same age as men.

1945: Germany signed an unconditional surrender at Allied headquarters in Rheims, France, ending its role in World War II.

1964: Pacific Air Lines Flight 773 crashed near San Ramon, Calif., after a passenger apparently shot both pilots, then himself, killing all 44 people on board.

2009: Mickey Carroll, one of the last surviving Munchkins from the 1939 film The Wizard of Oz, died in Crestwood, Mo., at age 89.

Adv07 For release Wednesday, May 7 05/06/14 [Last modified: Tuesday, May 6, 2014 4:26pm]

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