In 1886, Griswold Lorillard of Tuxedo Park, N.Y., fashioned the first tuxedo for men.
In 1928, Chiang Kai-shek becomes chairman of the Republic of China. Following two civil wars, separated by a World War, Chiang Kai-shek and his Kuomintang party would head into exile in 1949 following defeat at the hands of the Communists.
In 1973, Vice President Spiro Agnew resigns in disgrace after pleading no contest to income tax evasion.
In 1985, movie legend Orson Welles, whose innovative Citizen Kane of 1941 was regarded by many as the best American-made film of all time, died of a heart attack at the age of 70.
In 2004, Superman actor Christopher Reeve, who became paralyzed after a horseback-riding accident nearly a decade earlier, died of cardiac arrest after undergoing treatment for a pressure wound.
In 2005, Angela Merkel became the first female chancellor of Germany after her Christian Democrats won the parliamentary election.
In 2013, Scott Carpenter, one of NASA's seven original Mercury astronauts, died in Denver at the age of 88. On May 24, 1962, Carpenter flew the Aurora 7 spacecraft through three revolutions of Earth, becoming the second American (after John Glenn) to make a manned orbital flight.
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