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American hostage escapes

Hollie Newton • 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.

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