On May 28, 1934, the Dionne quintuplets — Annette, Cecile, Emilie, Marie and Yvonne — were born to Elzire Dionne at the family farm in Ontario, Canada.
On this date
In 1533, England’s archbishop declared the marriage of King Henry VIII to Anne Boleyn valid.
In 1863, the first black regiment from the North left Boston to fight in the Civil War.
In 1892, the Sierra Club was organized in San Francisco.
In 1937, President Roosevelt pushed a button in Washington signaling that vehicular traffic could cross the just-opened Golden Gate Bridge in California.
In 1937, Neville Chamberlain became prime minister of Britain.
In 1940, during World War II, the Belgian army surrendered to invading German forces.
In 1972, the Duke of Windsor, who had abdicated the English throne to marry Wallis Warfield Simpson, died in Paris at age 77.
In 1977, 165 people were killed when fire raced through the Beverly Hills Supper Club in Southgate, Ky.
In 1985, David Jacobsen, director of the American University Hospital in Beirut, Lebanon, was abducted by pro-Iranian kidnappers (he was freed 17 months later).
Ten years ago
The United States offered $9 million in aid to victims of the fighting in former Yugoslavia. The House of Representatives voted to lift the government’s ban on using aborted fetuses for tissue transplantation research, but the tally fell short of a veto-proof majority.
Five years ago
In Denver, Timothy McVeigh’s attorneys rested their case in the Oklahoma City bombing trial. President Clinton paid tribute to the 50th anniversary of the Marshall Plan with a speech in the Netherlands in which he urged today’s leaders to revive economies in the former Soviet bloc.
One year ago
President Bush honored America’s veterans with the Memorial Day signing of legislation to construct a World War II monument on the National Mall. U.S. Rep. Joseph Moakley, D-Mass., died at age 74.
Actress Carroll Baker is 71. Actor John Karlen is 69. Basketball Hall-of-Famer Jerry West is 64. Singer Gladys Knight is 58. Singer Billy Vera is 58. Singer John Fogerty is 57. Country singer Gary Stewart is 57. Actress-director Sondra Locke is 55. Singer Roland Gift is 40. Actor Brandon Cruz (TV series “The Courtship of Eddie’s Father”) is 40. Country singer Phil Vassar is 40. Rapper Chubb Rock is 34. Singer Kylie Minogue is 34. Actor Glenn Quinn (“Angel”) is 32. Actress Monica Keena is 23. Actor Joseph Cross is 16.