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Today is Tuesday, May 20, the 140th day of 2003. There are 225 days left in the year.

Today's Highlight in History:

On May 20, 1861, the capital of the Confederacy was moved from Montgomery, Ala., to Richmond, Va.

On this date:

In 1506, Christopher Columbus died in poverty in Spain.

In 1861, North Carolina voted to secede from the Union.

In 1902, the United States ended its three-year military presence in Cuba as the Republic of Cuba was established under its first elected president, Tomas Estrada Palma.

In 1927, Charles Lindbergh took off from Roosevelt Field in Long Island, N.Y., aboard the Spirit of St. Louis on his historic solo flight to France.

In 1932, Amelia Earhart took off from Newfoundland for Ireland to become the first woman to fly solo across the Atlantic.

In 1939, regular transatlantic air service began as a Pan American Airways plane, the Yankee Clipper, took off from Port Washington, N.Y., bound for Europe.

In 1942, Glenn Miller and His Orchestra recorded "(I've Got a Gal in) Kalamazoo" at Victor Studios in Hollywood.

In 1961, a white mob attacked a busload of Freedom Riders in Montgomery, Alabama, prompting the federal government to send in U.S. marshals to restore order.

In 1969, U.S. and South Vietnamese forces captured Apbia Mountain, referred to as Hamburger Hill by the Americans, following one of the bloodiest battles of the Vietnam War.

In 1989, comedian Gilda Radner died in Los Angeles at age 42.

Ten years ago: An estimated 93 million people tuned in for the final first-run episode of "Cheers" on NBC TV.

Five years ago: The House voted overwhelmingly to block future satellite exports to China. The government unveiled the design for the new $20-dollar bill, featuring a larger and slightly off-center portrait of Andrew Jackson. In Beverly Hills, Calif., Hollywood royalty bid farewell to Frank Sinatra, who had died almost a week earlier at age 82, in a private, invitation-only funeral.

One year ago: President Bush said he wouldn't budge toward easing restrictions on trade and travel with Cuba until Fidel Castro's government took steps to hold free and fair elections and began to adopt meaningful economic reform. FBI Director Robert Mueller said it was inevitable that suicide bombers like those in Israel would strike the United States. East Timor became the world's newest nation. Paleontologist and author Stephen Jay Gould died in New York at age 60. Veteran Los Angeles TV newscaster Jerry Dunphy died at age 80.

Today's Birthdays: Actor James McEachin is 73. Actor Anthony Zerbe is 67. Actor David Proval is 61. Singer Joe Cocker is 59. Singer-actress Cher is 57. Actor-comedian Dave Thomas is 54. Musician Warren Cann is 51. Actor Dean Butler is 47. Ron Reagan is 45. Rock musician Jane Wiedlin (The Go-Go's) is 45. Actor Bronson Pinchot is 44. Actor John Billingsley ("Enterprise") is 43. Actor Tony Goldwyn is 43. Singer Susan Cowsill (The Cowsills) is 43. Singer Nick Heyward is 42. Actress Mindy Cohn is 37. Rock musician Tom Gorman (Belly) is 37. Rapper Busta Rhymes is 31. Actress Angela Goethals is 26. Rhythm and blues singer Naturi Naughton is 19.

Thought for Today: "The more corrupt the state, the more numerous the laws." - Tacitus, Roman senator and historian (A.D. c. 56-c. 115)

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