Golden Gate Bridge opens to the public; U.N. Tribunal indicts Yugoslav President Slobodan Milosevic; the British Navy sinks Nazi Germany's battleship Bismarck; Actor Christopher Reeve is paralyzed. (May 27)
CAMILLE BOHANNON: May 27, 1937. The newly completed Golden Gate Bridge opens to the public, connecting San Francisco and Marin County, California. For the bridge's first day, only pedestrians were allowed onto the span. Louis Reggiardo helped build the famous suspension bridge.
LOUIS REGGIARDO: Nothing more thrilling to me than to get on one end of the bridge of my car and drive through, and see these towers, how they stand up, how majestically against the sky, how wonderful it is.
CAMILLE BOHANNON: 1999. A UN tribunal in the Netherlands indicts Yugoslav president Slobodan Milosevic and four of his aides for war crimes in Kosovo. Two years later, Milosevic is arrested and handed over to the tribunal. In 2006, he's found dead in his prison cell while still on trial.
1941. During World War II, the British Navy sinks Nazi Germany's battleship Bismarck off the coast of France.
1936. The Queen Mary, one of the world's great ocean liners leaves England on its maiden voyage. The ship, part of the Cunard line, is now retired, serving as a hotel and conference center in Long Beach, California. And 1995.
CHRISTOPHER REEVE: If you think the game is worthwhile, then you just play the hand you dealt. Sometimes you get a lot of face cards, sometimes you don't. But I think the game's worthwhile. I really do.
CAMILLE BOHANNON: Actor Christopher Reeve is paralyzed when he's thrown from his horse during an equestrian event in Charlottesville, Virginia. Reeve, best known for playing Superman on the silver screen, dies more than nine years later.
Today in History, May 27. Camille Bohannon, the Associated Press.