TODAY IN HISTORY
Today is the 123rd day of 2020. There are 243 days left in the year.
On May 2, 1994, Nelson Mandela claimed victory in the wake of South Africa’s first democratic elections.
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In 1863, during the Civil War, Confederate Gen. Thomas “Stonewall” Jackson was accidentally wounded by his own men at Chancellorsville, Va.; he died eight days later.
In 1890, the Oklahoma Territory was organized.
In 1908, the original version of “Take Me Out to the Ball Game,” was published by Von Tilzer’s York Music Co.
In 1927, the U.S. Supreme Court, in Buck v. Bell, upheld 8-1 a Virginia law allowing the forced sterilization of people to promote the “health of the patient and the welfare of society.”
In 1957, Sen. Joseph R. McCarthy, R-Wis., died at Bethesda Naval Hospital in Maryland.
In 1972, a fire at the Sunshine silver mine in Kellogg, Idaho, claimed the lives of 91 workers. Longtime FBI Director J. Edgar Hoover died in Washington at age 77.
In 1982, the Weather Channel made its debut.
In 2005, Pfc. Lynndie England, the young woman pictured in some of the most notorious Abu Ghraib photos, pleaded guilty at Fort Hood, Texas, to mistreating prisoners.
In 2011, Osama bin Laden was killed by elite American forces at his Pakistan compound, then quickly buried at sea.
Ten years ago: Record rains and flash floods in Kentucky, Mississippi and Tennessee caused more than 30 deaths and submerged the Grand Ole Opry House stage. Actress Lynn Redgrave died in Kent, Conn., at age 67.
Five years ago: Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge, gave birth to her named Charlotte.
One year ago: North Carolina lawyer Cheslie Kryst won the Miss USA crown; for the first time, black women held the titles of Miss USA, Miss Teen USA and Miss America. The Trump administration issued revised rules aimed at giving oil and gas companies more flexibility in meeting safety standards imposed after the 2010 BP Deepwater Horizon explosion, which killed nearly a dozen people. Baltimore Mayor Catherine Pugh resigned under pressure, amid investigations into whether she had arranged bulk sales of her self-published children’s books to disguise hundreds of thousands of dollars in kickbacks.
Today’s Birthdays: Singer Engelbert Humperdinck is 84. Actress-activist Bianca Jagger is 75. Country singer R.C. Bannon is 75. Actor David Suchet is 74. Singer-songwriter Larry Gatlin is 72. Rock singer Lou Gramm (Foreigner) is 70. Actress Christine Baranski is 68. Fashion designer Donatella Versace is 65. Actor Brian Tochi is 61. Actress Elizabeth Berridge is 58. Country singer Ty Herndon is 58. Actress Mitzi Kapture is 58. Rock musician Todd Sucherman (Styx) is 51. Wrestler-turned-actor Dwayne Johnson (AKA The Rock) is 48. Former soccer player David Beckham is 45. Actress Jenna Von Oy is 43. Actor Robert Buckley is 39. Actor Gaius Charles is 37. Olympic gold medal figure skater Sarah Hughes is 35. Princess Charlotte of Cambridge is five.
Thought for Today: “What experience and history teach is this: that people and governments have never learned anything from history.” — Georg Wilhelm Friedrich Hegel, German philosopher (1770-1831).