Blast from the Past

By United Press International   |   May 11, 2003 at 3:00 AM   |   Comments

Today is May 11.

It was on this date in 1995 that a federal grand jury in Detroit indicted James Nichols with conspiracy in connection with the bombing of the federal building in Oklahoma City the previous month. Nichols was accused of conspiring with bombing suspects Terry Nichols, his brother, and Timothy McVeigh to make and set off bombs at James' farm in Decker, Mich.

110 people died when a ValuJet airliner crashed in the Florida Everglades on this date in 1996. An investigation later revealed that oxygen canisters had been improperly loaded into the jet's cargo hold, causing a fire that brought down the plane and killed everyone aboard.

In 1858, Minnesota, the "Land of 10,000 Lakes," joined the United States as the 32nd state.

It was on this date in 1910 that Glacier National Park in Montana was created by an act of Congress.

The first regularly scheduled television programs were begun by station WGY in Schenectady, N.Y., on this date in 1928. What kind of shows do you think they aired?

And Emmanuel Vitria died in Marseilles, France, at age 67 on this date in 1987 -- 18 years after receiving a transplanted human heart. He was the longest-surviving heart transplant patient.

We now return you to the present, already in progress.

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