Today in history
American hostage escapes
May 5, 2014 at 7:30 AM
50 years ago, 1964: President Johnson bestowed the federal aviation Gold Medal Award on 38-year-old Jerrie Mock, the Columbus Ohio, housewife who as the first woman to fly solo around the world.
25 years ago, 1989: OPEC oil output rose about 1 million barrels a day in April 1989, following the Alaska oil spill, with most of the increase being accounted for by Saudi Arabia and Kuwait.
10 years ago, 2004: In a daring escape, American hostage in Bagdad, Thomas Hamill, pried open the doors of the house where he was being held and ran a half-mile to a military convoy that was passing by. Hamill, 43, identified himself to the U.S. soldiers and led them back to this Iraqi captors, two of whom were captured.