Almanac

Almanac

June 30, 2005

1859: French acrobat Blondin (born Jean Francois Gravelet) crossed Niagara Falls on a tightrope as 5,000 spectators watched.

1934: Adolf Hitler began his "blood purge" of political and military leaders in Germany.

1936: The novel Gone with the Wind by Margaret Mitchell was published in New York.

1952: The Guiding Light, a radio program, made its TV debut.

1971: A Soviet space mission ended in tragedy when three cosmonauts aboard Soyuz 11 were found dead inside their spacecraft after it had returned to Earth.

1985: Thirty-nine American hostages from a hijacked TWA jetliner were freed in Beirut after 17 days.

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