Today in History
Today is Monday, May 16, the 136th day of 2022. There are 229 days left in the year.
Today’s highlight in the story:
On May 16, 1943, the nearly month-long Warsaw Ghetto Uprising ended when German forces crushed Jewish resistance and blew up the Great Synagogue.
To this date :
In 1770, 14-year-old Marie Antoinette married the 15-year-old future King Louis XVI of France.
In 1866, Congress authorized the minting of the first five-cent coin, also known as the “Shield nickel”.
In 1929, the first Oscars were awarded. “Wings” won “Best Production,” while Emil Jannings (YAHN’-ings) and Janet Gaynor won Best Actor and Best Actress.
In 1939, the federal government launched its first food stamp program in Rochester, New York.
In 1957, federal agent Eliot Ness, who organized “The Untouchables” team that took on mobster Al Capone, died in Coudersport, Pennsylvania at the age of 54.
In 1960, the first working laser was demonstrated at Hughes Research Laboratories in Malibu, California by physicist Theodore Maiman.
In 1966, China launched the Cultural Revolution, a radical and murderous reform movement aimed at purging the country of “counter-revolutionaries”.
In 1975, Japanese mountaineer Junko Tabei became the first woman to summit Mount Everest.
In 1990, death claimed the life of artist Sammy Davis Jr. in Los Angeles at 64 and “Muppets” creator Jim Henson in New York at 53.
In 1997, President Bill Clinton publicly apologized for the notorious Tuskegee experiment, in which government scientists deliberately left black men to weaken and die of treatable syphilis.
In 2007, anti-war Democrats in the Senate failed in their attempt to cut funds for the war in Iraq.
In 2016, President Barack Obama called on the nation to support law enforcement by awarding the Medal of Valor to 13 people who risked their lives.
Ten years ago: General Ratko Mladic (RAHT’-koh MLAH’-dich) was tried by the Yugoslav War Crimes Tribunal in the Netherlands, charged with genocide, crimes against humanity and crimes of war. (Mladic would be found guilty of 10 counts and sentenced to life in prison.)
Five years ago: The White House issued a furious denial after a report that President Donald Trump personally asked FBI Director James Comey to drop the bureau’s investigation into National Security Adviser Michael Flynn.
A year ago: Israeli airstrikes on Gaza City leveled three buildings and killed more than 40 people; the attack was the deadliest in the latest round of violence between Israel and Hamas. Hamas fired rockets from civilian areas of Gaza into civilian areas of Israel; one rammed into a synagogue in the southern city of Ashkelon hours before evening services for the Jewish holiday of Shavuot, but no injuries were reported.
Today’s birthdays: Former U.S. Senator and Connecticut Governor Lowell Weicker turns 91. Former Director of National Intelligence Dan Coats is 79. Jazz musician Billy Cobham is 78 years old. Actor Danny Trejo is 78 years old. Actor Bill Smitrovich is 75 years old. Actor Pierce Brosnan is 69 years old. Debra Winger is 67 years old. Olympic gymnast Olga Korbut is 66 years old. Olympic marathon runner Joan Benoit Samuelson is 64 years old. Actor Mare Winningham is 63 years old. Rock musician Boyd Tinsley (The Dave Matthews Band) is 58. Rock musician Krist Novoselic (noh -voh-SEL’-ik) is 57 years old. Singer Janet Jackson is 56 years old. Country singer Scott Reeves (Blue County) is 56 years old. Actor Brian (BREE’-a) F. O’Byrne is 55 years old. R&B singer Ralph Tresvant (New Edition) is 54 years old. Actor David Boreanaz is 53 years old. Political commentator Tucker Carlson is 53 years old. Actor Tracey Gold is 53 years old. The International Tennis Hall of Famer Gabriela Sabatini is 52 years old. Country singer Rick Trevino is 51 years old. Musician Simon Katz is 51 years old. TV personality Bill Rancic is 51 years old. Actor Khary Payton is 50 years old. Rapper Special Ed is 50. Actor Tori Spelling is 49. Actor Sean Carrigan is 48 years old. Singer-rapper B. Slade (formerly known as Tonex) is 47. Actor Lynn Collins is 45 years old. Actor Melanie Lynskey is 45 years old. Actor Jim Sturgess is 44 years old. Actor Joseph Morgan is 41 years old. DJ Alex Pall (The Chainsmokers) is 37 years old. Actor Megan Fox is 36 years old. Actor Drew Roy is 36 years old. Actor Jacob Zachar is 36 years old. Actor-comedian Jermaine Fowler is 34 years old. Actor Thomas Brodie-Sangster is 32 years old. Actor Marc John Jefferies is 32 years old. Olympic bronze medalist figure skater Ashley Wagner is 31 years old. Actor Miles Heizer is 28 years old.