Hans Remembers- Headlines from 50 years ago today-
- Today was the high water mark in South Vietnam- as far as the number of American troops 543,482 American servicemen and women were there- the highest number that would be reached- after this date the number of U.S. troops would start to gradually decline until the end of the Vietnam War.
- In baseball- Cincinnati Reds pitcher Jim Maloney pitched the third no-hitter of his career beating the Houston Astros by the score of 10-0. The catcher that night was a rookie named Johnny Bench. Maloney struck out 13 hitters that evening at Crosby Field in Cincinnati. Maloney is one of those pitchers who are forgotten today but he was an outstanding pitcher who at the age of 29 would have won 134 games. Later in the 169 season he would suffer an arm injury and would never win another game and would be out of baseball two years later.
- Turi Wideroe of Norway on this day became the first woman pilot to be hired by a major western airline- for was certified as a co-pilot on a Scandinavian Airlines Convair 440. She would take the controls for the first time a week later on May 8. Previously there had been women pilots in the USSR and in Bulgaria.