Today is Wednesday May 5, the 125th day of 2021. There are 240 days left in the year.
Today’s highlight in history
On May 5, 1925, the teacher John T. Scopes was accused in Tennessee of violating a state law that prohibited the teaching of the theory of evolution. (Scopes was found guilty, but his conviction was later overturned.)
In 1494, during his second trip to the Western Hemisphere, Christopher Colombus landed in Jamaica.
In 1818, political philosopher Karl Marx, co-author of the âCommunist Manifestoâ and author of âDas Kapitalâ, was born in Prussia.
In 1891, New York’s Carnegie Hall (then called “Music Hall“) had its official opening night, featuring the Russian composer Peter Ilyich Tchaikovsky as guest chef.
In 1942, wartime sugar rationing began in the United States.
In 1945, in the only such fatal attack in WWII, a Japanese balloon bomb exploded over Gearhart Mountain in Oregon, killing a minister’s pregnant wife and five children. Denmark and the Netherlands were liberated when the German surrender took effect.
In 1961, the astronaut Alan B. Shepard Jr. became America’s first space traveler on a 15-minute suborbital flight aboard the Mercury Freedom 7 capsule.
In 1973, Secretariat won the Kentucky Derby, the first of his Triple Crown victories.
In 1978, Ben & Jerry’s Ice Cream debuted as Ben cohen and Jerry greenfield opened an ice cream parlor at a converted gas station in Burlington, Vermont.
In 1981, the Irish Republican Army hunger striker Bobby sands died at Maze Prison in Northern Ireland on the 66th day without food.
In 1987, the Iran-Contra Congress hearings began with the former Air Force general. Richard V. Secord the departure witness.
In 1994, Singapore caned an American teenager Michael fay for vandalism, a day after the sentence was reduced from six lashes to four in response to a call from the president Bill Clinton.
In 2009, Texas health officials confirmed the first death of a U.S. resident with swine flu.
Solemnly paying tribute to the victims of the terrorist attacks of 11 September, the President Barack obama hugged survivors at Ground Zero in New York City and said the murder of Osama Bin Laden was an American message to the world: “When we say we will never forget, we mean what we say.”
Former Los Angeles Garbage Collector Lonnie Franklin Jr. was convicted of 10 counts of murder in the “Grim Sleeper” serial murders that targeted poor young black women for more than two decades.
President Barack obama commuted the prison terms of 58 federal convicts, as part of a larger campaign to ease the sentences of non-violent drug offenders.
Londoners voted in an election that gave the city its first Muslim mayor, Labor lawmaker Sadiq Khan, who succeeded the outgoing curator Boris Johnson.
President Donald trump visited a Honeywell mask factory in Arizona, but ignored instructions to wear a mask.
Tyson Foods said it would resume the limited operation of its massive pork processing plant in Waterloo, Iowa, with improved safety measures, more than two weeks after the facility was shut down due to a coronavirus epidemic among workers.
Although Joe biden With no more opponents left, a judge ruled that New York’s Democratic presidential primary should take place on June 23 because canceling it would be unconstitutional.
Michigan communities experienced record turnouts in local elections, with votes cast largely through mail.
Facebook said it removed several QAnon-related accounts and pages, acting for the first time against the far-right conspiracy theory being circulated among Trump supporters.
Country singer-musician Roni stoneman is 83.
Actor Michael murphy is 83.
Actor Lance Henriksen is 81.
Comedian-actor Michael palin is 78.
Actor John Rhys-Davies is 77.
Rock Correspondent Kurt loder is 76.
Rock musician Bill ward (Black Sabbath) is 73 years old.
Actor Melinda Culea is 66.
Actor Lisa Eilbacher is 64.
Actor Richard E. Grant is 64.
Rock singer Ian mcculloch (Echo and the Bunnymen) is 62 years old.
NBC reporter Brian williams is 62.
Rock musician Shawn drover (Megadeth) is 55 years old.
Tv personality Kyan douglas is 51.
Actor Tina Yothers is 48.
R&B singer Raheem DeVaughn is 46.
Actor Santiago Cabrera is 43.
Actor Vincent Kartheiser is 42.
Singer Craig david is 40.
Actor Danielle Fishel is 40.
Actor Henry cavill is 38.
Rock singer Skye Sweetnam is 33.
R&B singer Chris Brown is 32.
Figure skater Nathan Chen is 22.
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