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  • Today in History: Friday, May 4

  • Today is Friday, May 4, the 125th day of 2012. There are 241 days left in the year.



    Today’s Highlight in History

    On May 4, 1961, the first group of “Freedom Riders” left Washington, D.C., to challenge racial segregation on interstate buses and in bus terminals. (The Freedom Riders were repeatedly attacked by violent mobs, mostly in Alabama.)

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  • Today is Friday, May 4, the 125th day of 2012. There are 241 days left in the year.
    Today’s Highlight in History
    On May 4, 1961, the first group of “Freedom Riders” left Washington, D.C., to challenge racial segregation on interstate buses and in bus terminals. (The Freedom Riders were repeatedly attacked by violent mobs, mostly in Alabama.)
    On this date
    In 1626, Dutch explorer Peter Minuit landed on present-day Manhattan Island.
    In 1776, Rhode Island declared its freedom from England, two months before the Declaration of Independence was adopted.
    In 1886, at Haymarket Square in Chicago, a labor demonstration for an 8-hour work day turned into a deadly riot when a bomb exploded.
    In 1904, the United States took over construction of the Panama Canal.
    In 1916, responding to a demand from President Woodrow Wilson, Germany agreed to limit its submarine warfare. (However, Germany resumed unrestricted submarine warfare the following year.)
    In 1932, mobster Al Capone, convicted of income-tax evasion, entered the federal penitentiary in Atlanta. (Capone was later transferred to Alcatraz Island.)
    In 1942, the Battle of the Coral Sea, the first naval clash fought entirely with carrier aircraft, began during World War II. (The outcome of the battle was considered a tactical victory for Japan, but a strategic one for the Allies.)
    In 1959, the first Grammy Awards ceremony was held at the Beverly Hilton Hotel. Domenico Modugno won Record of the Year and Song of the Year for “Nel Blu Dipinto Di Blu (Volare)”; Henry Mancini won Album of the Year for “The Music from Peter Gunn.”
    In 1970, Ohio National Guardsmen opened fire during an anti-war protest at Kent State University, killing four students and wounding nine others.
    In 1980, Marshal Josip Broz Tito, president of Yugoslavia, died three days before his 88th birthday.
    In  2001, Pope John Paul II began a visit to Greece, where he issued a sweeping apology for the “sins of action and omission” by Roman Catholics against Orthodox Christians. Bonny Lee Bakley, wife of actor Robert Blake, was shot to death as she sat in a car near a restaurant in Los Angeles. (Blake, accused of Bakley’s murder, was acquitted in a criminal trial but found liable by a civil jury and ordered to pay damages.)
    In 2006, a federal judge sentenced Zacarias Moussaoui to life in prison for his role in the 9/11 attacks, telling the convicted terrorist, “You will die with a whimper.” The U.S. military released unflattering video footage of Abu Musab al-Zarqawi in which the al-Qaida leader was seen wearing American tennis shoes and fumbling with his automatic rifle.
    Page 2 of 2 - In 2010, a Pakistani-born U.S. citizen was charged with terrorism and attempting to use a weapon of mass destruction in the botched Times Square bombing. Faisal Shahzad later pleaded guilty to plotting to set off the propane-and-gasoline bomb in an SUV and was sentenced to life in prison.
    Today’s Birthdays
    The former president of Egypt, Hosni Mubarak, is 84.
    Opera singer Roberta Peters is 82.
    Jazz musician Ron Carter is 75.
    Rock musician Dick Dale is 75.
    Singer-songwriter Nick Ashford is 70.
    Pop singer Peggy Santiglia (The Angels) is 68.
    Actor Richard Jenkins is 65.
    Country singer Stella Parton is 63.
    Actor-turned-clergyman Hilly Hicks is 62.
    Irish musician Darryl Hunt (The Pogues) is 62.
    Singer Jackie Jackson (The Jacksons) is 61.
    Rhythm-and-blues singer Oleta Adams is 59.
    Rhythm-and-blues singer Sharon Jones is 56.
    Country singer Randy Travis is 53.
    Actress Mary McDonough is 51.
    Comedian Ana Gasteyer is 45.
    Actor Will Arnett is 42.
    Rock musician Mike Dirnt (Green Day) is 40.
    Contemporary Christian singer Chris Tomlin is 40.
    TV personality and fashion designer Kimora Lee Simmons is 37.
    Rock musician Jose Castellanos is 35.
    Singer Lance Bass (’N Sync) is 33.
    Actor Alexander Gould is 18.
    Thought for Today
    “Courage is the most important of all the virtues, because without courage you can’t practice any other virtue consistently. You can practice any virtue erratically, but nothing consistently without courage.” — Maya Angelou, American author and poet.

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