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Today in History Today is Monday, May 2, the 122nd day of 2022. There are 243 days left in the…

Today in History

Today is Monday, May 2, the 122nd day of 2022. There are 243 days left in the year.

Today’s highlight in the story:

On May 2, 1994, Nelson Mandela claimed victory following South Africa’s first democratic elections; President FW de Klerk admitted defeat.

To this date :

In 1863, during the Civil War, Confederate General Thomas “Stonewall” Jackson was accidentally wounded by his own men in Chancellorsville, Virginia; he died eight days later.

In 1890, the Oklahoma Territory was organized.

In 1927, the United States Supreme Court, in Buck v. Bell, 8-1 upheld a Virginia law authorizing the coercive sterilization of people to promote “the health of the patient and the welfare of society.”

In 1932, Jack Benny’s first radio show, sponsored by Canada Dry, debuted on the NBC Blue Network.

In 1941, General Mills began shipping its new cereal, “Cheerioats,” to six test markets. (The cereal was later renamed “Cheerios”.)

In 1970, jockey Diane Crump became the first woman to ride in the Kentucky Derby; she finished in 15th place aboard Fathom. (The winning horse was Dust Commander.)

In 1972, a fire at the Sunshine silver mine in Kellogg, Idaho claimed the lives of 91 workers who succumbed to carbon monoxide poisoning. Longtime FBI Director J. Edgar Hoover has died in Washington at the age of 77.

In 1997 Tony Blair, whose new Labor Party crushed John Major’s longtime Tories in a national election, at 43 became Britain’s youngest prime minister in 185 years.

In 2005, PFC. Lynndie England, the young woman depicted in some of Abu Ghraib’s most notorious photos, pleaded guilty at Fort Hood, Texas to prisoner abuse. (A judge later threw out the plea deal; England was later convicted by court-martial and given a three-year sentence, half of which she served.)

In 2010, record rains and flash floods in Kentucky, Mississippi and Tennessee claimed more than 30 lives and overwhelmed the stage at the Grand Ole Opry House.

In 2011, al-Qaeda leader Osama bin Laden, who had been killed hours earlier in a raid by US elite forces on his Pakistani compound, was buried at sea.

In 2018, the Boy Scouts of America announced that the group’s flagship program would undergo a name change; after being known simply as Boy Scouts for 108 years, the program would now be called BSA Scouts. (The change came as the girls were about to enter the ranks.)

Ten years ago: Former House Speaker Newt Gingrich officially left the Republican presidential race. Taliban insurgents attacked a compound housing foreigners in the Afghan capital, killing seven people, hours after President Barack Obama made a surprise visit. Opposition leader Aung San Suu Kyi (ahng sahn soo chee) was sworn in to Myanmar’s military-backed parliament. Former NFL star Junior Seau (SAY’-ow) was found shot dead at his home in Oceanside, Calif., a suicide.

Five years ago: Michael Slager, a white former police officer whose murder of Walter Scott, an unarmed black man fleeing a traffic stop, was captured on cellphone video, pleaded guilty to federal charges of civil rights in Charleston, South Carolina. (Slager was sentenced to 20 years in prison.)

A year ago: SpaceX safely returned four astronauts from the International Space Station, making America’s first crew plunge into darkness since the Apollo 8 moonshot. Jacques d’Amboise, who became the One of New York City Ballet’s top male dancers and then spent more than four decades providing a free education to countless young people, has died at his New York home of complications from a stroke; he was 86 years old. Three-time Indianapolis 500 winner Bobby Unser has died at his New Mexico home at age 87.

Today’s birthdays: Singer Engelbert Humperdinck turns 86. Actress-activist Bianca Jagger is 77 years old. Country singer RC Bannon is 77. Actor David Suchet (SOO’-shay) is 76 years old. Singer-songwriter Larry Gatlin is 74 years old. Rock singer Lou Gramm (Foreigner) is 72 years old. Actress Christine Baranski is 70 years old. Singer Angela Bofill is 68 years old. Fashion designer Donatella Versace is 67 years old. Actor Brian Tochi is 63 years old. Director Stephen Daldry is 62 years old. Actor Elizabeth Berridge is 60 years old. Country singer Ty Herndon is 60 years old. Mitzi Kapture is 60 years old. Commentator Mika Brzezinski is 55 years old. Indiana Governor Eric Holcomb is 54 years old. Rock musician Todd Sucherman (Styx) is 53 years old. Wrestler-turned-actor Dwayne Johnson (AKA The Rock) is 50. Former footballer David Beckham is 47. Rock singer Jeff Gutt (goot) (Stone Temple Pilots) is 46. Actor Jenna Von Oy is 45 years old. Actor Kumail Nanjiani is 44 years old. Actor Ellie Kemper is 42 years old. Actor Robert Buckley is 41 years old. Actor Gaius (GY’-ehs) Charles is 39 years old. Pop singer Lily Rose Cooper is 37 years old. Olympic gold medalist figure skater Sarah Hughes is 37. Actor Thomas McDonell is 36 years old. Actor Kay Panabaker is 32 years old. NBA All-Star Paul George is 32 years old. Princess Charlotte of Cambridge is seven years old.

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