Today in History
Today is Tuesday, May 31, the 151st day of 2022. There are 214 days left in the year.
Today’s highlight in the story:
On May 31, 1889, some 2,200 people in Johnstown, Pennsylvania perished when the South Fork Dam collapsed, sending 20 million tons of water rushing through the city.
To this date :
In 1790, President George Washington signed into law America’s first copyright law.
In 1859, the Big Ben clock tower in London entered service, striking for the first time.
In 1921, a race riot broke out in Tulsa, Oklahoma, as white mobs began looting and leveling the affluent black neighborhood of Greenwood following reports that a black man assaulted a white woman in an elevator; hundreds are thought to have died.
In 1949, former State Department official and accused spy Alger Hiss stood trial in New York, charged with perjury (the jury deadlocked, but Hiss was convicted in a second trial).
In 1962, former Nazi official Adolf Eichmann was hanged in Israel minutes before midnight for his role in the Holocaust.
In 1970, a magnitude 7.9 earthquake in Peru claimed an estimated 67,000 lives.
In 1977, the Trans-Alaska Oil Pipeline, three years in the making over objections from environmentalists and Alaska Natives, was completed. (The first oil began flowing through the pipeline 20 days later.)
In 1989, Speaker of the House Jim Wright, plagued by questions about his ethics, announced he would step down. (Tom Foley later succeeded him.)
In 2009, Dr. George Tiller, a rare provider of late-term abortions, was shot and killed at a church in Wichita, Kansas. (Shooter Scott Roeder was later convicted of first-degree murder and sentenced to life in prison without the possibility of parole for 50 years.) Millvina Dean, the last survivor of the sinking of the RMS Titanic in 1912, died in Southampton , England, aged 97. .
In 2014, Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl, the only American soldier held prisoner in Afghanistan, was released by the Taliban in exchange for five Afghan detainees from the American prison in Guantanamo Bay, Cuba. (Bergdahl, who disappeared in June 2009, later pleaded guilty to endangering his comrades by walking away from his post in Afghanistan; his sentence included a dishonorable discharge, demotion and fine, but no prison.)
In 2019, a longtime municipal worker opened fire at a municipal building in Virginia Beach, Virginia, killing 12 people on three floors before police shot and killed him; Officials said DeWayne Craddock resigned via email hours before the shooting.
In 2020, tens of thousands of protesters once again took to the streets across America, with peaceful protests over police killings overshadowed by unrest; authorities deployed thousands of National Guard troops and imposed strict curfews in major cities.
Ten years ago: Democrat John Edwards’ campaign finance fraud case ended in a mistrial when jurors in Greensboro, North Carolina acquitted him of one of six charges, but were unable to decide whether he misused money from two wealthy donors to hide his pregnant mistress as he ran for president. (Prosecutors declined to retry Edwards on the five unsolved counts.) President Barack Obama welcomed his predecessor to the White House for the unveiling of official portraits of former President George W. Bush and President George W. Bush. former first lady Laura Bush.
Five years ago: President Donald Trump hosted Vietnamese Prime Minister Nguyen Xuan Phuc (nuh-WEE’-ihn SOO’-an FOOK) at the White House for talks on the US trade deficit. A suicide bomber struck the fortified heart of the Afghan capital Kabul with a huge truck bomb that killed more than 150 people.
A year ago: Four-time Grand Slam champion Naomi Osaka withdrew from French Open ahead of her second-round match and announced she would be taking a break from competition; she said she had experienced “huge waves of anxiety” before speaking to the media and had “suffered long periods of depression”. (Osaka had been fined for skipping the post-match press conference after her first-round victory.) China’s ruling Communist Party has announced that all couples will be allowed to have three children instead of one. of them.
Today’s birthdays: Actor-director Clint Eastwood turns 92. Singer Peter Yarrow is 84 years old. Humanitarian and author Terry Waite is 83 years old. Singer-musician Augie Meyers is 82 years old. Actor Sharon Gless is 79 years old. /commentator Bernard Goldberg is 77 years old. Actor Tom Berenger is 72 years old. Actor Gregory Harrison is 72 years old. Actor Kyle Secor is 65 years old. The actor Roma Maffia (ma-FEE’-uh) is 64 years old. Actor/comedian Chris Elliott is 62 years old. Actor Lea Thompson is 61 years old. Singer Corey Hart is 60 years old. Actor Hugh Dillon is 59 years old. The DMC rapper is 58 years old. Actor Brooke Shields is 57 years old. TV host Phil Keoghan is 55. Jazz musician Christian McBride is 50 years old. Actor Archie Panjabi is 50 years old. Actor Merle Dandridge (TV: “Greenleaf”) is 47 years old. Actor Colin Farrell is 46 years old. Rock musician Scott Klopfenstein (Reel Big Fish) is 45. Actor Eric Christian Olsen is 45 years old. Rock musician Andy Hurley (Fall Out Boy) is 42 years old. Country singer Casey James (TV: “American Idol”) turns 40. Actor Jonathan Tucker is 40 years old. Rapper Waka Flocka Flame is 36 years old. Pop singer Nor Mani Hamilton (Fifth Harmony) is 26 years old.