On this day
1506: Christopher Columbus, Genoese explorer, died in Valladolid, Spain. 1840: York Minster was badly damaged by fire. 1867: The foundation stone of the Royal Albert Hall was laid. 1903: Kew Bridge over the river Thames was opened by Edward VII. 1932: Amelia Earhart became the first woman to make a solo air crossing of the Atlantic. 1941: Germany began an aerial invasion of Crete.
1956: America dropped its first hydrogen bomb over Bikini Atoll in the Pacific.
1991: In the USSR, the government passed a new law allowing Soviet citizens to leave the country of their own free will.