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Today in History
Monday, May 29

2004The World War II Memorial is dedicated in Washington, D.C.
2001U.S. Supreme Court rules that disabled golfer Casey Martin can use a cart to ride in tournaments.
1999Olusegun Obasanjo takes office as President of Nigeria, the first elected and civilian head of state in Nigeria after 16 years of military rule.
1999Space Shuttle Discovery completes the first docking with the International Space Station.
1990The Russian parliament elects Boris Yeltsin president of the Russian SFSR.
1989Signing of an agreement Egypt - U.S. manufacturing parts of the fighter F-16 in Egypt.
1988U.S. President Ronald Reagan begins his first visit to the Soviet Union when he arrives in Moscow for a superpower summit with Soviet leader Mikhail Gorbachev.
1985Heysel Stadium disaster: At the European Cup final in Brussels, Belgium, 39 football fans die and hundreds are injured when a dilapidated retaining wall collapses after Liverpool F.C. fans breach a fence separating them from Juventus F.C. fans.
1985Amputee Steve Fonyo completes cross-Canada marathon at Victoria, British Columbia, after 14 months.
1982Pope John Paul II becomes the first pontiff to visit Canterbury Cathedral.
 
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Every ton of seawater contains approximately 1 milligram of dissolved gold.

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