On this day

The Courier & Advertiser (Dundee Edition) - - SERIAL -

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.

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