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Monday, May 9, 2005

Today in history—May 9

1092:  Lincoln Cathedral is consecrated. It is taller than the Great Pyramid at Giza, and for 200 years will be the world’s tallest building.

1868: The tiny community of Lake’s Crossing, built around a private toll-bridge over the Truckee River, changes its name to Reno, Nevada.  It will later become the "Biggest Little City in the World."

1882: Industrialist and real estate impresario Henry J. Kaiser is born at Sprout Brook, New York. His greatest triumph will be the Liberty Ship project, which will launch an average of nearly two 10,000-ton transport ships every day during World War II.

1901: The first Australian Federal Parliament opens at the Royal Exhibition Building in Melbourne.

1914: The "Singing Ranger," Clarence Eugene "Hank" Snow is born at Brooklyn, Nova Scotia.  In 1954 he’ll convince the Grand Ole Opry to let a young Elvis Presley serve as his opening act, and will introduce the young man to Col. Tom Parker.

1918: Myron Leon "Mike" Wallace is born at Brookline, Massachusetts. In 1955 he’ll give up radio acting and quiz shows to become a Serious Television Journalist on the Dumont Network.

1942: Missouri Senator and U.S. Attorney General John David Ashcroft (Chicago Law 1967) is born at Chicago.

1960: In Henningsen v. Bloomfield Motors, the New Jersey Supreme Court holds that warranty disclaimers have to be in bigger type.

1960: The U.S. Food and Drug Administration authorizes sale of the birth-control pill.

2003: Russell Billiu Long (LSU Law 1942), dies at Washington, D.C. He is the only U.S. Senator both of whose parents had been U.S. Senators, his father Huey and his mother Rose.

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