Monday, May 02, 2011


1970:Diane Crump becomes the first female jockey to compete in the Kentucky Derby, racing her horse, Fathom, to a 15th-place finish at Churchill Downs in Louisville, Ky.

1863: Confederate Gen. Thomas "Stonewall" Jackson is accidentally shot by one of his soldiers while returning to camp after a victory at the Battle of Chancellorsville in Virginia. After his left arm is amputated, Jackson will contract pneumonia and die eight days later.

1939: Suffering from the onset of the debilitating disease ALS (now commonly known as Lou Gehrig's disease), Lou Gehrig of the New York Yankees ends his streak of 2,130 consecutive games when the Iron Horse benches himself before a game against the Detroit Tigers. Gehrig will never play in a major league game again.
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