Today in History: Today is Thursday, May 5, the 125th day of 2022.

By The Associated Press

Today’s highlight in the story:

On May 5, 1961, astronaut Alan B. Shepard Jr. became America’s first space traveler by completing a 15-minute suborbital flight aboard the Mercury Freedom 7 capsule.

To this date :

In 1494, during his second voyage to the Western Hemisphere, Christopher Columbus landed in Jamaica.

In 1821, Napoleon Bonaparte, 51, died in exile on the island of Saint Helena.

In 1925, schoolteacher John T. Scopes was charged in Tennessee with violating a state law prohibiting the teaching of the theory of evolution. (Scopes was found guilty, but his conviction was later overturned.)

In 1942, wartime sugar rationing began in the United States.

In 1945, in the only fatal attack of its kind during World War II, a Japanese balloon bomb exploded on Gearhart Mountain in Oregon, killing a minister’s pregnant wife and five children. Denmark and the Netherlands were liberated when a German surrender went into effect.

In 1973, Secretariat won the Kentucky Derby, the first of his Triple Crown victories.

In 1981, Irish Republican Army hunger striker Bobby Sands died at Maze Prison in Northern Ireland on his 66th day without food.

In 1994, Singapore caned American teenager Michael Fay for vandalism, a day after the sentence was reduced from six strokes to four in response to an appeal from President Bill Clinton.

In 2009, Texas health officials confirmed the first death of a US resident with swine flu.

In 2014, a narrowly divided Supreme Court upheld Christian prayers at the start of local council meetings.

In 2016, former Los Angeles trash collector Lonnie Franklin Jr. was convicted of 10 counts of murder in connection with the “Grim Sleeper” serial murders that targeted poor young black women for two years. decades.

In 2020, Tyson Foods said it would resume limited operation of its huge pork processing plant in Waterloo, Iowa, with heightened safety measures, more than two weeks after the facility closed in due to a coronavirus outbreak among workers. Facebook said it removed several QAnon-linked accounts and pages, taking action for the first time against the far-right conspiracy theory being circulated among Trump supporters.

Ten years ago: Five Guantanamo Bay prisoners, including Khalid Sheikh Mohammed (HAH’-leed shayk moh-HAH’-mehd), the self-proclaimed mastermind of the 9/11 attacks, were arrested in 13-hour proceedings because of the delaying maneuvers of the defendants.

Five years ago: President Donald Trump signed his first major bill, a $1 trillion spending bill to keep the government going through September. The Labor Department reported a hiring explosion in April 2017, with employers adding 211,000 jobs, more than double the March weakness.

A year ago: A federal judge in Washington ruled that the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention exceeded its authority by imposing a nationwide moratorium on evictions. (The moratorium would remain in place pending a Justice Department appeal; it was allowed to expire at the end of July.) The Biden administration has joined calls for lifting patent protections on COVID-19 vaccines to help poor areas of the world to get more doses. Four months after Facebook suspended former President Donald Trump’s accounts, the company’s quasi-independent oversight board upheld the bans, but asked Facebook to clarify how long they would last. Peloton recalled approximately 125,000 treadmills; Tread+ treadmills had been linked to the death of one child and the injury of 29 others. A government report said the US birth rate fell 4% in 2021, the biggest single-year drop in nearly 50 years.

Today’s birthdays: Actor Pat Carroll turns 95. Country singer-musician Roni Stoneman is 84 years old. Actor Michael Murphy is 84 years old. Actor Lance Henriksen is 82 years old. Comedian-actor Michael Palin is 79 years old. Actor John Rhys-Davies is 78 years old. Rock correspondent Kurt Loder is 77. Rock musician Bill Ward (Black Sabbath) is 74 years old. Actor Melinda Culea is 67 years old. Actor Lisa Eilbacher is 65 years old. Actor Richard E. Grant is 65 years old. Former broadcast journalist John Miller is 64 years old. Rock singer Ian McCulloch (Echo and the Bunnymen) is 63. Journalist Brian Williams is 63 years old. Rock musician Shawn Drover (Megadeth) is 56 years old. TV personality Kyan (KY’-ihn) Douglas is 52 years old. Actor Tina Yothers is 49 years old. R&B singer Raheem DeVaughn is 47 years old. Actor Santiago Cabrera is 44 years old. Actor Vincent Kartheiser is 43 years old. Singer Craig David is 41 years old. Actor Danielle Fishel is 41 years old. Actor Henry Cavill is 39 years old. Actor Clark Duke is 37 years old.

Soul singer Adele is 34 years old. Rock singer Skye Sweetnam is 34 years old. R&B singer Chris Brown is 33 years old. Figure skater Nathan Chen is 23 years old.

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