Archive for May 30th, 2015

MEMORIAL DEDICATED ON THIS DAY IN 1922


From left: Howard Taft, President Warren G. Harding, and Robert Lincoln

The Lincoln Memorial is a national monument built to honor the 16th President of 
the United States, Abraham Lincoln. It is located on the western end of the National
Mall in Washington, D.C., across from the Washington Monument.

William H. Taft – who was then Chief Justice of the United States – dedicated the
Memorial and presented it to President Warren G. Harding, who  accepted it on
behalf of the American people. Lincoln’s only surviving son, 78-year-old Robert
Todd Lincoln, was in attendance.

 
Today, approximately 6 million people visit the memorial annually.

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CITY DESTROYED ON THIS DAY IN 1948


The public housing project Vanport was destroyed at 4:05 P.M. on Sunday
May 30,1948, when a 200-foot section of a dike holding back the Columbia
River collapsed during a flood, killing 15 people. Oregon’s second largest
city vanished in a day. The area is currently the site of Delta Park and the Portland International Raceway north of the city of Portland.

Vanport in 1943, five years before the flood
The city of Vanport in 1943

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HIGHLIGHTS OF PAST NEWS EVENTS

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Ross Simpson


Benjamin David "Benny" Goodman (May 30, 1909 – June 13, 1986)

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VOICE ACTOR BORN ON THIS DAY IN 1908


Mel Blanc at KGW radio in Portland, Oregon


Melvin Jerome "Mel" Blanc (Blank) (May 30, 1908 – July 10, 1989)

Nicknamed The Man with a Thousand Voices, Mel Blanc brought life to lovable
cartoon characters such as Bugs Bunny, Porky Pig, Tweety Bird and Daffy Duck
as a voice actor. He changed the spelling of his last name after a rude comment
made by his high school teacher. Blanc began his radio career at the age of 19
when in 1927 he debuted as a voice actor on the KGW program The Hoot Owls
in Portland, Oregon.

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