Monthly Archives: May 2012

1,000 British bombers attack Cologne 70 years ago this hour (1942)

Video: Cologne bombed (at 12:06)

(Sunday, May 31, 1942, 12:47 a.m. local time, during World War II) — Three-fourths of Cologne, Germany, was set afire and a great area of the German Rhineland metropolis of 756,000 population was flattened early this morning by tremendous weights of explosives delivered by 1,047 Royal Air Force (RAF) planes tonight in the greatest raid in all aerial warfare to date. Continue reading 1,000 British bombers attack Cologne 70 years ago this hour (1942)

Lincoln Memorial dedicated 90 years ago today (1922)

Video: 'Lincoln Memorial, Washington'

(Tuesday, May 30, 1922) — The Lincoln Memorial in Washington, D.C., was dedicated today in a ceremony attended by President Warren G. Harding and Lincoln’s only remaining son, 79-year-old Robert Todd Lincoln. William H. Taft, Chief Justice of the United States, former President of the United States and the Lincoln Memorial Commission president – dedicated the memorial and presented it to Harding, who accepted it on behalf of the American people (click here to watch video of the May 30, 1922, ceremony).

Plane trouble delays Nixon’s departure from Moscow 40 years ago today (1972)

Video: May 29, 1972 (at 3:18)

(Monday, May 29, 1972, during the Cold War) — President Richard Nixon landed at Kiev’s Boryspil International Airport one hour late today after an engine failed to start on the plane which his Russian hosts had provided him for the trip from Moscow. It was Nixon’s last stop on the first visit by a sitting U.S. president to the Soviet Union.

Henry Mancini takes home five Grammys 50 years ago tonight (1962)

Video: 'Moon River'

(Tuesday, May 29, 1962) — Composer Henry Mancini walked away with five awards tonight, all from his score for the movie Breakfast At Tiffany’s, including Record of the Year and Song of the Year for Moon River, at the 4th Grammy Awards held in Chicago, Los Angeles and New York. Judy Garland won Album of the Year (other than classical) for Judy at Carnegie Hall and Best New Artist went to Peter Nero.

‘Yankee Doodle Dandy’ premieres in New York 70 years ago tonight (1942)

Video: 'Yankee Doodle Dandy' trailer

(Friday, May 29, 1942)Yankee Doodle Dandy, a biographical musical film about George M. Cohan, known as “The Man Who Owns Broadway,” premiered tonight during a war-bonds benefit at the Hollywood Theatre in New York.

Directed by Michael Curtiz, the film stars James Cagney as George M. Cohan, Joan Leslie, Walter Huston and Richard Whorf. Continue reading ‘Yankee Doodle Dandy’ premieres in New York 70 years ago tonight (1942)