Thursday, May 20, 2021

Explorer Christopher Columbus, Comedienne Gilda Radner Die

Today in HistoryToday in History for Tuesday, May 20thToday in History for Tuesday, May 20thThe Associated PressHighlights of this day in history: Charles Lindbergh begins his trans-Atlantic flight; Amelia Earhart starts her trek across the Atlantic; Freedom Riders attacked in the South; Explorer Christopher Columbus, comedienne Gilda Radner die. (May 20)[Notes:ANCHOR VOICE]May 20th, 1927: (AP Photos)(NAT of "Lucky Lindy" song)Aviator Charles Lindbergh takes off from New York's Long Island aboard the Spirit of Saint Louis.Some thirty-three hours later, Lindbergh lands in Paris --- becoming the first person to fly solo non-stop across the Atlantic Ocean.1932:(AP Photos)Aviator Amelia Earhart takes off from Newfoundland, Canada for Ireland --- becoming the first woman to fly solo across the Atlantic.1961: (AP Photos)The Freedom Riders suffer more violence as they campaign against racial segregation in the South.This time, the civil rights activists are attacked by a white mob in Montgomery, Alabama. That prompts the Federal Government to send in U.S. Marshals to restore order --- and protect the activists.1506: (AP Photos)Christopher Columbus, the explorer whose trans-Atlantic voyages led to European coloniziation of the Americas, dies in Spain.And, 1989: (AP Photos)(SOT of Radner as Emily Litella)In Los Angeles, comedienne Gilda Radner --- an original cast member of TV's "Saturday Night Live" --- dies of ovarian cancer.She was 42.Today in History, May 20th --- ___ ___, The Associated Press.(****END****) ANCHOR VOICE:-------------------------Camille BohannonVIDEO PRODUCER:------------------------------Ray BassettVIDEO SOURCE:--------------------------VariousVIDEO APPROVAL:------------------------------Nick MooreVIDEO RESTRICTIONS:----------------------------------NoneSCRIPT/WIRE SOURCE:------------------------------------
Wing of Lindbergh's Spirit of St. Louis being lifted onto a boxcar.

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