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Tuesday, May 11, 2021
Today is Tuesday, May 11, the 131st day of 2021. There are 234 days left in the year.
Today’s highlight in history:
On May 11, 1935, the Rural Electrification Administration was established as one of President Franklin D. Roosevelt’s New Deal programs.
To this date:
In 1858, Minnesota became the 32nd state in the Union.
In 1943, during World War II, US forces landed on the Aleutian island of Attu, which was held by the Japanese; the Americans took the island 19 days later.
In 1946, the first CARE packages, sent by a consortium of American charities to help the starving of post-war Europe, arrived in Le Havre, France.
In 1947, the BF Goodrich Company of Akron, Ohio, announced the development of a tubeless tire.
In 1953, a tornado devastated Waco, Texas, killing 114 people.
In 1960, Israeli agents captured Nazi war criminal Adolf Eichmann in Buenos Aires, Argentina.
In 1973, the spy trial of Daniel Ellsberg and Anthony Russo in the “Pentagon Papers” case ended when Judge William M. Byrne dismissed all charges, citing government misconduct.
In 1981, legendary reggae artist Bob Marley died in a Miami hospital at the age of 36.
In 1996, a ValuJet DC-9 bound for Atlanta caught fire shortly after takeoff from Miami and crashed in the Florida Everglades, killing all 110 people on board.
In 1997, IBM’s “Deep Blue” computer demolished an overwhelmed Garry Kasparov, winning the six-game chess re-match between man and machine in New York City.
In 1998, India set off three atomic explosions underground, its first nuclear tests in 24 years. A French currency produced the first coins of the single European currency, the euro.
In 2010, Conservative leader David Cameron, at 43, became the youngest British Prime Minister in nearly 200 years after Gordon Brown resigned and ended 13 years of Labor government.
Ten years ago: Former hedge fund titan Raj Rajaratnam was convicted by a federal jury in New York in an insider trading case of five counts of conspiracy and nine of securities fraud. (Rajaratnam was sentenced to 11 years in prison.)
Five years ago: A former white South Carolina police officer who was already facing a state murder charge for the shooting death of black motorist Walter Scott was charged with federal prosecutions, including d ” depriving the victim of his civil rights. (Michael Slager pleaded guilty to violating Scott’s civil rights and was sentenced to 20 years in prison; prosecutors agreed to drop the state murder charge.) Year of history, his retirement (Safer died eight days later at age 84).
A year ago: After two cases of COVID-19 were confirmed among staff members, a note to White House staff ordered “everyone entering the West Wing to wear a mask or a face cover â; an unmasked president, Donald Trump, addressed a Rose Garden audience filled with administration officials wearing masks. Twitter has announced that it will add a warning tag to tweets containing disputed or misleading information about the coronavirus. Georgia Attorney General Appoints Black Atlanta-Area District Attorney To Take Charge Of White Father And Son Charged With The Murder Of Black Man, Ahmaud Arbery, Near Town Brunswick Port of Georgia. Jerry Stiller, best known for his role as George Costanza’s father in “Seinfeld” and earlier as part of a comedy duet with his wife Anne Meara, has died at the age of 92.
Today’s birthdays: comedian Mort Sahl is 94 years old. Louis Farrakhan, leader of the Nation of Islam, is 88 years old. Jazz keyboardist Carla Bley is 85 years old. Rock singer Eric Burdon (The Animals; War) is 80 years old. Actor Pam Ferris is 73 years old. John F. Kelly is 71 years old. Actor Shohreh Aghdashloo (SHOH’-reh ahg-DAHSH’-loo) is 69 years old. Actor Frances Fisher is 69 years old. Sports columnist Mike Lupica is 69 years old. Actor Boyd Gaines is 68 years old. Actor Martha Quinn is 62 years old. Actor Tim Blake Nelson is 57 years old. Actor Jeffrey Donovan is 53 years old. Actor Nicky Katt is 51 years old. Actor Coby Bell is 46 years old. Cellist Perttu Kivilaakso (PER’-tuh KEE’-wee-lahk-soh) is 43 years old. Actor Austin O’Brien Actor and singer Jonathan Jackson is 39 years old. Rapper Ace Hood is 33 years old. Latin singer Prince Royce is 32 years old. Actor Annabelle Attanasio (TV: “Bull”) is 28 years old. Musician Howard Lawrence (Disclosure) is 27.
Wednesday 12 May 2021
Today is Wednesday May 12, the 132nd day of 2021. There are 233 days left in the year.
Highlights of today’s history:
On May 12, 1949, the Soviet Union lifted the blockade of Berlin, which the Western powers managed to bypass with their Berlin airlift.
To this date:
In 1780, during the War of Independence, the besieged city of Charleston, South Carolina, surrendered to British forces.
In 1937, King George VI of Great Britain was crowned at Westminster Abbey; his wife, Elizabeth, was crowned Queen Consort.
In 1943, during World War II, Axis forces in North Africa surrendered. The two-week Trident Conference, chaired by President Franklin D. Roosevelt and British Prime Minister Winston Churchill, opened in Washington.
In 1955, Manhattan’s last elevated rail line, Third Avenue El, ceased operations.
In 1958, the United States and Canada signed an agreement to create the North American Air Defense Command (later the North American Aerospace Defense Command, or NORAD).
In 1970, the Senate voted unanimously to confirm Harry A. Blackmun as a judge of the Supreme Court.
In 1975, the White House announced that the new Cambodian government had seized an American merchant ship, the Mayaguez, in international waters. (The U.S. Marines took control of the ship three days after it was seized, unaware that the 39 civilian crew members had already been released by Cambodia.)
In 1982, in Fatima, Portugal, security agents overpowered a Spanish priest armed with a bayonet who attacked Pope John Paul II. (In 2008, the Pope’s longtime private secretary revealed that the pontiff was slightly injured in the assault.)
In 1997, Australian Susie Maroney became the first woman to swim from Cuba to Florida, covering the distance of 118 miles in 24 and a half hours.
In 2002, Jimmy Carter arrived in Cuba, becoming the first US President in office or not to visit since the 1959 revolution that brought Fidel Castro to power.
In 2008, a devastating magnitude 7.9 earthquake in China’s Sichuan province left more than 87,000 dead or missing.
In 2009, five Miami men were convicted in a plot to blow up FBI buildings and Chicago’s Sears Tower; a man was acquitted. Suspected Nazi death camp guard John Demjanjuk (dem-YAHN’-yuk) has been deported from the United States to Germany.
Ten years ago: CEOs of the top five oil companies appeared before the Senate Finance Committee, where Democrats challenged executives to justify tax breaks at a time when people were paying $ 4 a gallon for gasoline. A German court has convicted retired American autoworker John Demjanjuk of being an accomplice in the murder of tens of thousands of Jews as a guard at the Nazi death camp. (Demjanjuk, who maintained his innocence, died in March 2012 at the age of 91.)
Five years ago: A divided US Supreme Court blocked the execution of an Alabama inmate so a lower court could consider allegations that stroke and dementia left him unable to understand his impending death sentence. (A federal appeals court ruled in March 2017 that Vernon Madison was incompetent and could not be executed.)
A year ago: House Democrats unveiled a coronavirus aid package totaling more than $ 3 trillion, including nearly $ 1 trillion for states and cities to avoid layoffs and a new series of direct cash assistance to US households. (The measure won House approval but Republicans in the Senate and the White House rejected it as being too costly.) Dr.Anthony Fauci warned a Senate panel that cities and states could “turn the tide up. time âand seeing more COVID-19 deaths and economic damage they lifted home stay orders too quickly. German photographer Astrid Kirchherr, who took some of the Beatles’ oldest and most striking images and helped shape their visual style, has died aged 81 in her hometown of Hamburg.
Today, composer Burt Bacharach is 93 years old. Actor Millie Perkins is 85 years old. R&B singer Jayotis Washington is 80 years old. Country singer Billy Swan is 79 years old. Actor Linda Dano is 78 years old. Actor Lindsay Crouse is 73 years old. Singer-musician Steve Winwood is 73 years old. Gabriel Byrne is 71 years old. Actor Bruce Boxleitner is 71 years old. Singer Billy Squier is 71 years old. Blues singer-musician Guy Davis is 69 years old. Country singer Kix Brooks is 66 years old. Actor Kim Greist is 63 years old. Rock musician Eric Singer (KISS) is 63 years old. Ving Rhames is 62 years old. Rock musician Billy Duffy is 60 years old. Actor Emilio Estevez is 59 years old. Actor April Grace is 59 years old. Actor Vanessa A. Williams is 58 years old. TV personality / chef Carla Hall is 57 years old. Actor Stephen Baldwin is 55 years old. Actor Scott Schwartz. Actor Kim Fields is 52 years old. Actor Samantha Mathis is 51 years old. Actor Jamie Luner is 50 years old. Actor Christian Campbell is 49 years old. Actor Rhea Seehorn is 49 years old. Actor Mackenzie Astin is 48 years old. Country musician Matt Mangano (The Zac Brown Band) is 45. Actor Rebecca Herbst is 44 years old. Malin actor (MAH’-lin) Akerman is 43 years old. Actor Jason Big gs is 43 years old. Actor Rami Malek (RAH’-mee MA’-lihk) is 40 years old. Actor and singer Clare Bowen is 37 years old. Actor Emily VanCamp is 35 years old. Actor Malcolm David Kelley is 29 years old. Actor Sullivan Sweeten is 26 years old.