Today in History
Today is Saturday, February 5, the 36th day of 2022. There are 329 days left in the year.
Today’s highlight in the story:
On February 5, 2020, the Senate voted to acquit President Donald Trump, ending the third presidential trial in American history, although a majority of senators expressed unease with Trump’s lobbying campaign. Ukraine which resulted in the two articles of impeachment. Only one Republican, Mitt Romney of Utah, broke with the GOP and voted to convict.
To this date :
In 1811, George, Prince of Wales, was made Prince Regent due to the mental illness of his father, the British King George III.
In 1917, the US Congress passed, despite President Woodrow Wilson’s veto, a law severely limiting Asian immigration.
In 1918, during World War I, the Cunard liner SS Tuscania, carrying about 2,000 American soldiers to Europe, was torpedoed by a German submarine in the Irish Sea, killing over 200 people.
In 1922, the first edition of Reader’s Digest was published.
In 1937, President Franklin D. Roosevelt proposed increasing the number of justices on the United States Supreme Court; the proposal, which failed in Congress, drew accusations that Roosevelt was trying to “wrap” the nation’s highest court.
In 1971, Apollo 14 astronauts Alan Shepard and Edgar Mitchell walked on the surface of the moon on the first of two lunar excursions.
In 1973, services were held at Arlington National Cemetery for U.S. Army Col. William B. Nolde, the last official casualty of American fighting before the Vietnam ceasefire went into effect.
In 1983, former Nazi Gestapo official Klaus Barbie, expelled from Bolivia, was brought to Lyon (lee-OHN’), France, to stand trial. (He was convicted and sentenced to life in prison – he died in 1991.)
In 1993, President Bill Clinton signed the Family and Medical Leave Act, granting workers up to 12 weeks of unpaid leave for family emergencies.
In 1994, white separatist Byron De La Beckwith was convicted in Jackson, Mississippi, of the 1963 murder of civil rights leader Medgar Evers, and was immediately sentenced to life in prison. (Beckwith died on January 21, 2001 at age 80.)
In 2008, Maharishi Mahesh Yogi, a Beatles guru who introduced the West to Transcendental Meditation, died at his home in the Dutch town of Vlodrop; he was believed to be around 90 years old.
In 2014, CVS Caremark announced that it would remove cigarettes and other tobacco products from its stores.
Ten years ago: Josh Powell, long identified as a person of interest in the 2009 disappearance of his wife, Susan, set fire to his home in Graham, Washington, killing himself and his two sons, Charles , 7, and 5-year-old Braden, who had been brought there by a social worker for a supervised visit. Eli Manning and the Giants beat Tom Brady and the Patriots again, coming back with a last minute score to beat New England 21-17 for New York’s fourth NFL title in Super Bowl XLVI (46).
Five years ago: Tom Brady led one of the greatest comebacks in sports history highlighted by a spectacular catch of Julian Edelman that helped put New England past a 25-point hole against the Atlanta Falcons in the Patriots’ fifth Super Bowl victory, 34-28, the first in overtime.
A year ago: The Supreme Court told California it could not impose a ban on indoor religious services due to the coronavirus pandemic; the judges refused to stop the state from banning chanting and chanting at services. New York’s Yankee Stadium was opened as a mass COVID-19 vaccination site by officials trying to boost inoculation rates in surrounding Bronx neighborhoods hard hit by the pandemic. Christopher Plummer, who played Captain von Trapp in ‘The Sound of Music’ and became the oldest Oscar winner in history at 82, has died aged 91. Former heavyweight champion Leon Spinks has died aged 67 after battling prostate and other cancers; he had beaten Muhammad Ali for the heavyweight title in 1978.
Today’s birthdays: playwright John Guare (gwayr) turns 84. Financial writer Jane Bryant Quinn is 83 years old. Actor David Selby is 81 years old. Singer-songwriter Barrett Strong is 81 years old. Football Hall of Famer Roger Staubach turns 80. Director Michael Mann is 79 years old. Rock singer Al Kooper is 78 years old. Actress Charlotte Rampling is 76 years old. Racing Hall of Famer Darrell Waltrip turns 75. Actress Barbara Hershey is 74 years old. Actor Christopher Guest is 74 years old. Actor Tom Wilkinson is 74 years old. Actor-comedian Tim Meadows is 61 years old. Actress Jennifer Jason Leigh is 60 years old. Actress Laura Linney is 58 years old. Rock musician Duff McKagan (Velvet Revolver) is 58 years old. World Golf Hall of Famer Jose Maria Olazabal is 56 years old. 55. Rock singer Chris Barron (Spin Doctors) is 54 years old. Singer Bobby Brown is 53 years old. Actor Michael Sheen is 53 years old. Actor David Chisum is 52 years old. Country singer Sara Evans is 51. Country singer Tyler Farr is 38. Actor-singer Darren Criss is 35 years old. Actor Alex Brightman is 35 years old. Actor Henry Golding is 35 years old. Rock musician Kyle Simmons (Bastille) is 34 years old. Actor Jeremy Sumpter is 33 years old. Drummer Graham Sierota (Echosmith) is 23 years old.
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