Today in history
Today is Tuesday, October 5, the 278th day of 2021. There are 87 days left in the year.
Today’s highlight in history:
On October 5, 1989, a jury in Charlotte, North Carolina, convicted former PTL evangelist Jim Bakker (BAY’-kur) for using his TV show to defraud his subscribers. (Although initially sentenced to 45 years in prison, Bakker was released in December 1994 after serving 4.5 years.)
To this date :
In 1931, Clyde Pangborn and Hugh Herndon made the first non-stop flight across the Pacific Ocean, arriving in Washington state approximately 41 hours after leaving Japan.
In 1947, President Harry S. Truman gave the first White House televised speech when he spoke about the global food crisis.
In 1953 Earl Warren was sworn in as the 14th Chief Justice of the United States, succeeding Fred M. Vinson.
In 1955, a theatrical adaptation of “Diary of Anne Frank” by Frances Goodrich and Albert Hackett premiered at the Cort Theater in New York.
In 1958 Clinton High School in Clinton, Tennessee, without racial segregation, was largely razed by an early morning bombing.
In 1969, the British television comedy program “Monty Python’s Flying Circus” made its debut on BBC 1.
In 1983, the founder of Solidarity Lech Walesa (lek vah-WEN’-sah) was named winner of the Nobel Peace Prize.
In 2001, tabloid editor Robert Stevens died of anthrax inhalation, the first in a series of anthrax cases in Florida, New York, New Jersey and Washington.
In 2005, defying the White House, Senators voted 90-9 to approve an amendment sponsored by Sen. John McCain, R-Arizona, that would ban the use of “cruel, inhuman or degrading treatment or punishment” against anyone within of the US government guard. (A reluctant President George W. Bush then approved the amendment.)
In 2015, the United States, Japan and 10 other countries in Asia and the Americas reached an agreement on the landmark Trans-Pacific Partnership trade agreement.
In 2017, California Governor Jerry Brown signed legislation extending protections to immigrants living illegally in the United States; California police would not have the right to question people about their immigration status or to participate in federal immigration law enforcement activities.
In 2018, a Chicago jury convicted white cop Jason Van Dyke of second degree murder in the 2014 shooting of black teenager Laquan McDonald.
Ten years ago: Steve Jobs, 56, the founder and former CEO of Apple who invented and marketed ever-sleeker gadgets that transformed everyday technology from the personal computer to the iPod and the ‘iPhone, died in Palo Alto, California. Reverend Fred L. Shuttlesworth, 89, a civil rights activist who suffered arrests, beatings and injuries from fire hoses while fighting for racial equality in southern segregation in the 1960s, died in Birmingham, Alabama.
Five years ago: Former Portuguese Prime Minister Antonio Guterres won unanimous support from the Security Council to become the next UN Secretary General, succeeding Ban Ki-moon.
A year ago: President Donald Trump staged a dramatic return to the White House after leaving the military hospital where he was receiving an unprecedented level of care for COVID-19; Trump immediately sparked new controversy by declaring that despite his illness, the nation should not fear the virus. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said the coronavirus could spread more than 6 feet in the air, especially in poorly ventilated and enclosed spaces, but that such spread was rare and current guidelines on this matter. social distancing still made sense. As the Supreme Court began its new term, a statement by Tory Justices Clarence Thomas and Samuel Alito suggested the court should reconsider its decision to assert the right to same-sex marriage.
Today’s birthdays: Actor Glynis Johns is 98 years old. College Football Hall of Fame coach Barry Switzer is 84. R&B singer Arlene Smith (The Chantels) is 80 years old. Singer-musician Steve Miller is 78 years old. Senator Benjamin L. Cardin, D-Md. , is 78 years old. Rock singer Brian Johnson (AC / DC) is 74 years old. Blues musician Rick Estrin is 72 years old. Actress Karen Allen is 70 years old. Writer-producer-director Clive Barker is 69 years old. Rock musician David Bryson (Counting Crows) is 67 years old. Astrophysicist-author Neil deGrasse Tyson is 63 years old. Memorial creator Maya Lin is 62 years old. Actor Daniel Baldwin is 61 years old. Rock singer-musician Dave Dederer is 57 years old. Hockey Hall of Fame member Mario Lemieux is 56 years old. Actor Guy Pearce is 54 years old. 51. Singer-actress Heather Headley is 47 years old. Pop-rock singer Colin Meloy (The Decemberists) is 47 years old. Actor Parminder Nagra (pahr-MIHN’-da NAH’-grah) is 46 years old. Actor Scott Weinger is 46 years old. Actress Kate Winslet is 46 years old. Rock musician James Valentine (Maroon 5) is 43 years old. Rock musician Paul Thomas (Good Charlotte) is 41 years old. Actor Jesse Eisenberg is 38 years old. Nicky Hilton is 38 years old. Azure Parsons actor is 37. R&B singer Brooke Valentine is 36 years old. Actor Kevin Bigley is 35 years old. Actor Joshua Logan Moore is 27. Actor Jacob Tremblay is 15 years old.
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