Today’s highlight in the story:
On May 7, 1945, Germany signed an unconditional surrender at Allied Headquarters in Reims (rams), France, ending its role in World War II.
To this date :
In 1889, Johns Hopkins Hospital in Baltimore opened its doors.
In 1915, a German submarine torpedoed and sank the British liner RMS Lusitania off the southern coast of Ireland, killing 1,198 people, including 128 Americans, of the nearly 2,000 on board.
In 1928, the minimum voting age for British women was lowered from 30 to 21 – the same age as men.
In 1939, Germany and Italy announced a military and political alliance known as the Rome-Berlin Axis.
In 1941, Glenn Miller and his orchestra recorded “Chattanooga Choo Choo” for RCA Victor.
In 1954, the 55-day Battle of Dien Bien Phu in Vietnam ended with Vietnamese insurgents overrunning French forces.
In 1963, the United States launched the Telstar 2 communications satellite.
In 1975, President Gerald R. Ford officially declared the end of the “Vietnamese era”. In Ho Chi Minh City – formerly Saigon – the Viet Cong celebrated their takeover.
In 1977 Seattle Slew won the Kentucky Derby, the first of its Triple Crown victories.
In 2010, a vessel chartered by BP lowered a 100-tonne concrete and steel vault over the ruptured Deepwater Horizon well in an unprecedented, and ultimately unsuccessful, attempt to prevent most of the gushing crude from clogging the sea. .
In 2019, two students opened fire inside a charter school in a Denver suburb not far from Columbine High School, killing classmate Kendrick Castillo, 18, who authorities said had accused the shooters to protect his classmates. (Both attackers would be sentenced to life in prison; the one who was 16 at the time of the shooting could be eligible for parole after about 20 years.)
In 2020, Georgia authorities arrested a white father and son and charged them with murder in the February shooting death of Ahmaud Arbery, a black man they chased in a truck after spotting him on a train to run in their neighborhood near the port town of Brunswick. (The two men and a third white man would be convicted of murder in state court and hate crimes in federal court.)
Ten years ago: Vladimir Putin was sworn in as President of Russia for the next six years in a brief but royal Kremlin ceremony. Education Secretary Arne Duncan has broken ranks with the White House, declaring his unequivocal support for same-sex marriage a day after Vice President Joe Biden said on NBC that he was “absolutely in ease” with the marriage of same-sex couples. (Two days later, President Barack Obama declared his support for same-sex marriage, a position he had yet to take.)
Five years ago: French voters elected independent centrist Emmanuel Macron, 39, as the country’s youngest president, handing a resounding victory to the pro-European former investment banker and shattering his populist dream far-right rival Marine Le Pen.
A year ago: A federal grand jury indicted the four former Minneapolis police officers involved in the arrest and death of George Floyd, accusing them of willfully violating the black man’s constitutional rights while he was held face down on the sidewalk, breathless. (Derek Chauvin, who was convicted of murder in state court, pleaded guilty in the federal case; the other three were convicted in February 2022 and are also awaiting sentencing.) Palestinian worshipers clashed with Israeli police at the famous Al-Aqsa Mosque in Old Jerusalem City as tensions between Israel and the Palestinians have escalated for weeks; no less than 53 people were injured in the violence. State officials announced that California’s population fell in 2020 for the first time since they began measuring it. Tawny Kitaen, who appeared in rock videos during MTV’s heyday and starred opposite Tom Hanks in the 1984 comedy “Bachelor Party,” has died at her California home at age 59.
Today’s birthdays: R&B singer Thelma Houston turns 79. Actor Robin Strasser is 77 years old. Singer-songwriter Bill Danoff is 76 years old. Rock musician Bill Kreutzmann (Grateful Dead) is 76 years old. Former Utah Governor Gary Herbert is 75. Rock musician Prairie Prince is 72 years old. Screenwriter and director Amy Heckerling is 70 years old.
Rock singer Steve Diggle (Buzzcocks) is 67. Actor Michael E. Knight is 63 years old. Rock musician Phil Campbell (Motorhead) is 61 years old. Rock singer-musician Chris O’Connor (Primitive Radio Gods) is 57. Actor Traci Lords is 54 years old. Actor Morocco Omari is 52 years old. Cherry is 51 years old. Actor Breckin Meyer is 48 years old. Rock musician Matt Helders (Arctic Monkeys) is 36 years old. Actor-comedian Aidy Bryant is 35 years old. Actor Taylor Abrahamse is 31 years old. Actor Alexander Ludwig is 30 years old. Actor Dylan Gelula is 28 years old.