Almanac

Almanac

May 31, 2004

May 31

1889: More than 2,000 people perished when a dam break sent water rushing through Johnstown, Pa.

1962: World War II Gestapo official Adolf Eichmann was hanged in Israel for his role in the Nazi Holocaust.

1977: The trans-Alaska oil pipeline, three years in the making, was completed.

1989: House Speaker Jim Wright, dogged by questions about his ethics, announced he would resign.

1991: Leaders of Angola's two warring factions signed a peace treaty, ending a 16-year-old civil war.

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