This week in America, we get down and dirty in the roots of The U.S. We’ll talk Homestead and Honest Abe, The Spirit of St. Louis and America’s favorite fugitive couple, Bonnie and Clyde. Even though Gretzky, Messier and the Edmonton Oilers are Canada based, we’re also going to hit you with some puck and the beginning of an NHL dynasty.
May 19th 1984:
Gretzky and Messier lead Oilers to Stanley Cup Championship
May 20th 1862:
Lincoln signs Homestead Act
On this day in 1934, famous outlaws Bonnie Parker and Clyde Chestnut Barrows are shot dead while driving a stolen car on a rural road in Bienville Parish, Louisiana. They were ambushed in daylight by a posse of four Texas officers led by Captain Frank Hamer. Hamer began tracking the pair in February of 1934. He studied the gang’s movements and found they swung in a circle skirting the edges of five midwest states, exploiting the “state line” rule that prevented officers from one jurisdiction from pursuing a fugitive into another. Clyde was very consistent in where he would go and that proved to be his downfall as Hamer was able to predict where he would be going next.
On May 21, 1934, the four posse members from Texas were in Shreveport, Louisiana, whenthey learned that Barrow and Parker were to go to Bienville Parish that evening to rendezvous at fellow gang member Henry Metvin’s parents home. Hamer and his posse set up shop along Louisiana State Highway that night and waited close to 2 days before spotting Clyde’s Ford V8. The lawmen then opened fire (a combined total of 130 rounds), killing Barrow and Parker putting an end to one of the most infamous crime sprees in American History.
After 14 years and 27 deaths while being constructed, the Brooklyn Bridge over the East River is opened, connecting the great cities of New York and Brooklyn for the first time in history. Thousands of residents of Brooklyn and Manhattan Island turned out to witness the dedication ceremony, which was presided over by President Chester A. Arthur and New York Governor Grover Cleveland. Designed by the late John A. Roebling, the Brooklyn Bridge was the largest suspension bridge ever built to that date.
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