Today is Tuesday, May 24, the 144th day of 2022. There are 221 days left in the year.
Today’s highlight in the story:
On May 24, 1844, Samuel FB Morse carried the message “What is God wrought” from Washington to Baltimore as he officially opened the first American telegraph line.
To this date :
In 1935, the first major league baseball game to be played at night took place at Crosley Field in Cincinnati as the Reds defeated the Philadelphia Phillies, 2-1.
In 1937, in a series of decisions, the United States Supreme Court upheld the constitutionality of the Social Security Act of 1935.
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In 1941, the German battleship Bismarck sank the British battlecruiser HMS Hood in the North Atlantic, killing all but three of the 1,418 men on board.
In 1961, a group of Freedom Riders were arrested after arriving at a bus terminal in Jackson, Mississippi, accused of breaching the peace for entering white designated areas. (They ended up serving 60 days in jail.)
In 1962, astronaut Scott Carpenter became the second American to orbit Earth while flying on Aurora 7.
In 1974, American jazz composer and bandleader Duke Ellington, 75, died in New York.
In 1976, Britain and France opened the Concorde transatlantic supersonic ferry service to Washington.
In 1980, Iran rejected an appeal from the World Court in The Hague to release the American hostages.
In 1994, four Islamic fundamentalists convicted of the 1993 World Trade Center bombing in New York were each sentenced to 240 years in prison.
In 1995, former British Prime Minister Harold Wilson died in London at the age of 79.
In 2006, “An Inconvenient Truth”, a documentary about former Vice President Al Gore’s campaign against global warming, was released in limited broadcast.
In 2011, Oprah Winfrey taped the final episode of her long-running talk show.
Ten years ago: President Barack Obama doubled down on his criticism of rival Mitt Romney’s track record as a venture capitalist, telling a rally at the Iowa State Fairgrounds that such an experience could have value value, but “not in the White House”. Brian Banks, a former high school football star whose dreams of a professional career were shattered by what turned out to be a false rape accusation, burst into tears as a judge in Long Beach, Calif. , dismissed the charge that had sent Banks to prison for more than five years.
Five years ago: Putting past differences and rude comments aside, President Donald Trump and Pope Francis put on a decidedly positive face when they first met at the Vatican. Ariana Grande has suspended her Dangerous Woman world tour and canceled several European shows due to the deadly bombing at her concert in Manchester, England, two days earlier.
A year ago: Tennessee became the latest state to ban teachers from talking about certain aspects of race and racism in public schools. Samuel E. Wright, who portrayed ‘Sebastian the Crab’ in Disney’s ‘The Little Mermaid’ and had an acting career spanning five decades, has died at 72.
Today’s birthdays: Actor-comedian-impressionist Stanley Baxter is 96 years old. Jazz musician Archie Shepp is 85. Comedian Tommy Chong is 84 years old. Singer Bob Dylan is 81 years old. Actor Gary Burghoff is 79 years old. Singer Patti LaBelle is 78 years old. Actress Priscilla Presley is 77 years old. Country singer Mike Reid is 75. Actor Jim Broadbent is 73 years old. Actor Alfred Molina is 69 years old. Singer Rosanne Cash is 67 years old. Actor Cliff Parisi is 62 years old. Actor Kristin Scott Thomas is 62 years old. Rock musician Vivian Trimble is 59. Actor John C. Reilly is 57 years old. Actor Dana Ashbrook is 55 years old. Actor Eric Close is 55 years old. Actor Carl Payne is 53 years old. Rock musician Rich Robinson is 53 years old. Former MLB pitcher Bartolo Colon is 49. Actor Dash Mihok is 48 years old. Actor Bryan Greenberg is 44 years old. Actor Owen Benjamin is 42 years old. Actor Billy L. Sullivan is 42 years old. Actor-rapper Jerod Mixon (aka Big Tyme) is 41 years old. Rock musician Cody Hanson (Hinder) is 40 years old. Dancer-choreographer-singer Mark Ballas is 36 years old. Country singer Billy Gilman is 34. Rapper/producer G-Eazy is 33. Actor Brianne Howey is 33 years old. Actor Cayden Boyd is 28 years old.