Today in History
Today is Thursday, May 2, the 122nd day of 2013. There are 243 days left in the year.
On May 2, 1963, the Children's Crusade began in Birmingham, Ala., as more than 1,000 black schoolchildren skipped classes and marched downtown to protest racial segregation; hundreds were arrested. (During another march the following day, authorities unleashed police dogs and fire hoses on the young protesters.)
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In 1670, the Hudson's Bay Co. was chartered by England's King Charles II.
In 1863, during the Civil War, Confederate Gen. Thomas "Stonewall" Jackson was accidentally wounded by his own men at Chancellorsville, Va.; he died eight days later.
In 1945, the Soviet Union announced the fall of Berlin, and the Allies announced the surrender of Nazi troops in Italy and parts of Austria.
In 1952, the era of commercial jet passenger service began as a BOAC de Havilland Comet carrying 36 passengers took off on a multi-stop flight from London to Johannesburg, South Africa.
In 1972, a fire at the Sunshine silver mine in Kellogg, Idaho, claimed the lives of 91 workers who succumbed to carbon monoxide poisoning. Longtime FBI Director J. Edgar Hoover died in Washington at age 77.
In 1982, the Weather Channel made its debut.
In 2011, Osama bin Laden was killed by elite American forces at his Pakistan compound, then quickly buried at sea after a decade on the run.
Ten years ago: A federal court struck down most of the new campaign finance law (popularly known as "McCain-Feingold"), overturning its ban on the use of large corporate and union contributions by political parties. (However, later in the year, the U.S. Supreme Court upheld key provisions of the act.)
Five years ago: President George W. Bush sent lawmakers a $70 billion request to fund U.S. operations in Iraq and Afghanistan into the following spring.
Tropical Cyclone Nargis struck Myanmar, leading to an eventual official death toll of 84,537, with 53,836 listed as missing.
One year ago: Taliban insurgents attacked a compound housing foreigners in the Afghan capital, killing seven people, hours after President Barack Obama made a surprise visit.
Today's birthdays: Singer Engelbert Humperdinck is 77. Country singer R.C. Bannon is 68. Singer Lesley Gore is 67. Singer-songwriter Larry Gatlin is 65. Rock singer Lou Gramm (Foreigner) is 63. Actress Christine Baranski is 61. Singer Angela Bofill is 59. Country singer Ty Herndon is 51. Rock musician Todd Sucherman (Styx) is 44. Wrestler-turned-actor Dwayne Johnson (AKA The Rock) is 41. Soccer player David Beckham is 38. Actress Ellie Kemper is 33. Actor Robert Buckley is 32. Olympic gold medal figure skater Sarah Hughes is 28. Rock musician Jim Almgren (Carolina Liar) is 27. Actress Kay Panabaker is 23.
Thought for today: "Even a liar tells a hundred truths to one lie; he has to, to make the lie good for anything." -- Henry Ward Beecher, American clergyman (1813-1887)