May 31st (1962) :: For crimes against humanity, the nation of Israel hangs Nazi Holocaust superstar and war criminal Adolf Eichmann in a Ramla prison after he had been captured in Argentina and found guilty on December 11th, 1961. His last appeal attempts in May 1962 failed and the head of the Gestapo Department IV B4 for Jewish Affairs serving as a self proclaimed 'Jewish specialist' responsible for keeping the trains rolling from all over Europe to death camps during the Final Solution was later cremated and his ashes were scattered in the Mediterranean Sea...OUTSIDE the territorial waters of the Jewish state. Seems like they really wanted to be sure he's not coming back...
May 4th (1904) :: This date is the day when the U.S. took control of the Panama Canal property inheriting an almost depleted workforce coming with the obsolete buildings, infrastructure and equipment left behind by the French after their construction attempts from 1881 to 1894. The fact that a boat trip from New-York to San Francisco was going to be reduced from 21.000km to 5.300km in an era when almost nothing travelled by air, gives a good idea of how huge the stakes were on a global economic, political and military scale.
A U.S. government commission was established to oversee the project. The commission reported directly to Secretary of War, W.H. Taft, and the Americans started exercising sovereignty over the Panama Canal Zone.
Construction was completed in 1913 and the canal officially opened in 1914. In the whole process, the independent state of Panama was created after its separation from Colombia in 1903 mostly induced by a U.S. stimulated separatist uprising ultimately handing over control over the canal area to the Americans.
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