History On May 31st

History On May 31st

If you were wondering what happened today in history, which you probably weren’t, then here I am to tell you what happened on the day, of May 31st.

 

May 31st:

1859 – Big Ben rings out over Houses of Parliament in Westminster, London, England for the very first time.

1889 – A dam breaks at a lake above Johnstown, Pennsylvania causing a tidal wave over 20 feet high to sweep over Johnstown, PA 8 miles below. The death toll was in the thousands because there was very little warning for the residents.

1935 – At 3 a.m an earthquake hits Northwestern India, killing an estimated 20,000 people in Quetta. Among the dead were 44 members of the Royal Air Force.

1938 – Japanese bombers have bombed the Chinese cities of Canton and Hankow and also shot down 18 Chinese planes in dogfights over the cities.

1961 – The country of South Africa became an independent republic.

1962 – Adolf Eichmann the Nazi SS officer who organized Adolf Hitler’s wish to exterminate Europe’s Jewish population was executed for his crimes against humanity.

1998 – Ginger Spice / Geri Halliwell announces that she is going to be quitting the Spice Girls over differences between other members of the group.

2012 – Interpol has added Luke Rocco Magnotta, suspected killer, to their most wanted list. He was suspected of killing Jun Lin, a Chinese student who was possibly in a relationship with him, and sending body parts of the victim to political party offices in Ottawa. He was found in Berlin and taken into custody on June 4th.

 

Now you know! Sorry today’s wasn’t that interesting and mainly sad. Let’s hope tomorrow is better!

 

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