Today in History
Today is Wednesday, May 25, the 145th day of 2022. There are 220 days left in the year.
Today’s highlight in the story:
On May 25, 2020, George Floyd, a black man, was killed when a white Minneapolis police officer pressed his knee on Floyd’s neck for approximately 9 1/2 minutes while Floyd was handcuffed and pleaded that he could not breathe ; Floyd’s death, captured on video by a bystander, would lead to global protests, some of which have turned violent, and a reexamination of racism and policing in the United States.
To this date :
In 1787, the Constitutional Convention began at the Pennsylvania State House (Independence Hall) in Philadelphia after enough delegates showed up for a quorum.
In 1946, Transjordan (now Jordan) became a kingdom by proclaiming its new monarch, Abdullah I.
In 1961, President John F. Kennedy told Congress, “I believe this nation should be committed to achieving the goal, before the end of this decade, of landing a man on the moon and returning him to the moon.” safe on earth.”
In 1964, the United States Supreme Court, in Griffin v. County School Board of Prince Edward County, ordered Virginia County to reopen its public schools, which authorities had closed in an attempt to circumvent the Supreme Court’s 1954 Brown v. Board of Education of Topeka Desegregation Decision.
In 1968, the Gateway Arch in St. Louis was dedicated by Vice President Hubert Humphrey and Secretary of the Interior Stewart Udall.
In 1977, the first “Star Wars” movie (later retitled “Star Wars: Episode IV – A New Hope”) was released by 20th Century Fox.
In 1979, 273 people died when an American Airlines DC-10 crashed just after takeoff from Chicago’s O’Hare Airport.
In 2008, NASA’s Phoenix Mars Lander arrived on the Red Planet to begin searching for evidence of water; the spacecraft confirmed the presence of water ice at its landing site.
In 2011, a Salt Lake City judge sentenced street preacher Brian David Mitchell to life in prison for the kidnapping and rape of Elizabeth Smart, who was 14 at the time of her abduction in 2002. A judge in Tucson, Arizona has ruled that Jared Lee Loughner, the man charged with wounding U.S. Representative Gabrielle Giffords and killing six in a shootout, is mentally incapable of standing trial. (Loughner would later plead guilty; he was sentenced to seven life terms in prison.)
In 2016, actor Johnny Depp’s wife Amber Heard filed for divorce in Los Angeles, citing irreconcilable differences after 15 months of marriage.
In 2018, Harvey Weinstein was charged in New York with rape and another sex crime in the first prosecution following the wave of allegations against him. (Weinstein was convicted of rape and sexual assault; he is serving a 23-year prison sentence.)
In 2020, a white woman, Amy Cooper, called 911 to claim she was being threatened by “an African-American man,” Christian Cooper, who confronted her for walking his dog off-leash in New York’s Central Park. York. (After a video of the confrontation was widely circulated, Amy Cooper lost her job at investment firm Franklin Templeton and was charged with filing a false police report; the charge was dismissed after she attended a counseling program.)
Ten years ago: the private company SpaceX made history by docking its Dragon capsule with the International Space Station. In Syria, more than 100 people were killed in one day in a cluster of villages in the central province of Homs; UN investigators have accused pro-government gunmen of at least some of the killings, but the Syrian regime has denied responsibility and blamed rebels for the deaths.
Five years ago: Surrounded by stone-faced allies, President Donald Trump blamed fellow NATO members for failing to meet the military alliance’s financial benchmarks. Republican Greg Gianforte won a special election for Montana’s sole seat in the U.S. House a day after being charged with assaulting a reporter.
A year ago: the White House confirmed that President Joe Biden and Russian Vladimir Putin would hold a summit in June in Geneva. George Floyd’s family met at the White House with President Joe Biden and Vice President Kamala Harris on the one-year anniversary of Floyd’s death while being arrested by police in Minneapolis. Former Republican Senator John Warner of Virginia has died aged 94; the former Secretary of the Navy was married to movie star Elizabeth Taylor when he first ran for the Senate in 1978, and he held that Senate seat for 30 years.
Today’s birthdays: Actress Ann Robinson turns 93. Former White House press secretary Ron Nessen is 88. Actor Sir Ian McKellen is 83 years old. Country singer Jessi Colter is 79. Actor-singer Leslie Uggams is 79 years old. Director and muppeteer Frank Oz is 78 years old. Actor Karen Valentine is 75 years old. Actor Jacki Weaver is 75 years old. Rock singer Klaus Meine (The Scorpions) is 74 years old. Actor Patti D’Arbanville is 71 years old. Playwright Eve Ensler is 69. Musician Cindy Cashdollar is 67 years old. Actor Connie Sellecca is 67 years old. Singer-musician Paul Weller is 64 years old. Sen. Amy Klobuchar, D-Minn., is 62. Actor-comedian Mike Myers is 59 years old. Actor Matt Borlenghi is 55 years old. Actor Joseph Reitman is 54 years old. Rock musician Glen Drover is 53 years old. Actor Anne Heche (haych) is 53 years old. Actors Lindsay and Sidney Greenbush (TV: “Little House on the Prairie”) are 52 years old. Actor-comedian Jamie Kennedy is 52 years old. Actor Octavia Spencer is 52 years old. Actor Justin Henry is 51 years old. Rapper Daz Dillinger is 49. Actor Molly Sims is 49. Actor Erinn Hayes is 46 years old. Actor Cillian Murphy is 46 years old. Actor Ethan Suplee (soo-PLEE’) is 46 years old. Rock musician Todd Whitener is 44 years old. Actor Corbin Allred is 43 years old. Actor-singer Lauren Frost is 37 years old. Actor Ebonee Noel is 32 years old. Musician Guy Lawrence (Disclosure) is 31 years old. Olympic gold medalist gymnast Aly Raisman is 28 years old.