spotlight Today In History, May 11: "Pentagon Papers" May 11, 2019 Facebook Twitter SMS Email Print Save Today is Saturday, May 11.Today's Highlight in History: 1973: "Pentagon Papers" In 1973, the espionage trial of Daniel Ellsberg and Anthony Russo in the "Pentagon Papers" case came to an end as Judge William M. Byrne dismissed all charges, citing government misconduct. AP 1502: Christopher Columbus In 1502, Christopher Columbus left Cadiz, Spain, on his fourth and final trip to the Western Hemisphere. AP 1935: New Deal In 1935, the Rural Electrification Administration was created as one of President Franklin D. Roosevelt's New Deal programs. AP 1943: Attu In 1943, during World War II, U.S. forces landed on the Aleutian island of Attu, which was held by the Japanese; the Americans took the island 19 days later. AP 1960: Adolf Eichmann In 1960, Israeli agents captured Nazi war criminal Adolf Eichmann in Buenos Aires, Argentina. AP 1996: ValuJet Crash On May 11, 1996, an Atlanta-bound ValuJet DC-9 caught fire shortly after takeoff from Miami and crashed into the Florida Everglades, killing all 110 people on board. AP 1998: Euro In 1998, a French mint produced the first coins of Europe's single currency, the euro. AP 1998: India Nuclear Tests In 1998, India set off three underground atomic blasts, its first nuclear tests in 24 years. AP 2006: National Security Agency In 2006, Lawmakers demanded answers after a USA Today report that the National Security Agency was secretly collecting records of millions of ordinary Americans' phone calls; President George W. Bush sought to assure Americans their civil liberties were being "fiercely protected." AP 2009: Barack Obama Ten years ago: President Barack Obama met at the White House with representatives of the health care industry who promised to cut $2 trillion in costs over 10 years. AP 2009: Lt. Gen. Stanley McChrystal Ten years ago: President Barack Obama fired the top U.S. general in Afghanistan, replacing Gen. David McKiernan with Lt. Gen. Stanley McChrystal. AP 2009: Pope Benedict XVI Ten years ago: Pope Benedict XVI arrived in Israel on a visit to the Holy Land. AP 2009: Roxana Saberi Ten years ago: American journalist Roxana Saberi, imprisoned on espionage charges in Iran for four months, was freed. AP 2009: Space Shuttle Atlantis Ten years ago: The space shuttle Atlantis blasted off on a mission to repair the Hubble Space Telescope. AP 2010: David Cameron In 2010, Conservative leader David Cameron, at age 43, became Britain's youngest prime minister in almost 200 years after Gordon Brown stepped down and ended 13 years of Labour government. AP 2014: Jeb Stuart Magruder Five years ago: Jeb Stuart Magruder, 79, a Watergate conspirator-turned minister, died in Danbury, Connecticut. AP 2014: Ukraine Five years ago: Pro-Russian insurgents in eastern Ukraine said voters overwhelmingly favored sovereignty in balloting that the Ukraine central government and the West denounced as an illegal sham. AP 2018: Donald Trump One year ago: President Donald Trump unveiled his long-promised plan to bring down drug prices; the plan mostly spared the pharmaceutical industry and didn't include his campaign pledge to use the Medicare program's buying power to directly negotiate lower prices for seniors. AP 2018: R. Kelly One year ago: R&B singer R. Kelly went ahead with a concert in Greensboro, North Carolina, despite calls for a boycott stemming from longstanding allegations of sexual misconduct. AP Tags Wire Timegoggles Sweeps Facebook Twitter SMS Email Print Save Recommended promotion spotlight Which season suits you best? Take our quiz to see if you're more spring than fall, less winter than summer. promotion spotlight How much do you know about Mother's Day? Did it start in the U.S.? Or elsewhere? Who was Anna Jarvis? And where in the world do we get so many of our flowers?