Today is May 1.
It was on this date in 1960 that the Soviet Union shot down an American U-2 spy plane flying over the central USSR. The pilot, Francis Gary Powers, survived -- as did large parts of the aircraft. The incident resulted in the cancellation of a summit scheduled for the next day between President Eisenhower and Soviet leader Nikita Khrushchev, who announced six days later that Powers had confessed he was on a mission for the CIA. In 1962, Powers was returned to the United States in exchange for an imprisoned Soviet spy. He was killed in a helicopter crash in 1977.
As the unrest continued in the wake of the acquittal of four white Los Angeles police officers in the Rodney King beating case, President Bush ordered 4,000 military troops into the riot-ravaged streets of LA on this date in 1992.
At a few minutes past noon on this date in 1893, President Grover Cleveland opened the World's Columbian Exposition in Chicago. As nearly a quarter of a million people looked on, Cleveland pressed a golden key that activated a valve, allowing water to be pumped into the fair.
The Empire State Building was dedicated in New York City on this date in 1931. It remained the world's tallest building for 40 years.
And the King took a Queen on this date in 1967. In a lavish ceremony and reception, Elvis Presley married Priscilla Ann Beaulieu at the Aladdin Hotel in Las Vegas. The wedding cake alone cost $3,500.
We now return you to the present, already in progress.