Today in History

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Posted: May 02, 2011 2:05 PM
Today in History

Today is Monday, May 2, the 122nd day of 2011. There are 243 days left in the year.

Today's Highlight in History:

May 2, 1611, is the popularly accepted publication date of the Authorized King James Version of the Bible.

On this date:

In 1519, artist Leonardo da Vinci died at Cloux, France, at age 67.

In 1670, the Hudson's Bay Co. was chartered by England's King Charles II.

In 1863, Confederate General Thomas "Stonewall" Jackson was accidentally wounded by his own men at Chancellorsville, Va.; he died eight days later.

In 1890, the Oklahoma Territory was organized.

In 1936, "Peter and the Wolf," a symphonic tale for children by Sergei Prokofiev, had its world premiere in Moscow.

In 1941, General Mills began shipping its new cereal, "Cheerioats," to six test markets. (The cereal was later renamed "Cheerios.")

In 1957, Sen. Joseph R. McCarthy, the controversial Republican senator from Wisconsin, died at Bethesda Naval Hospital in Maryland.

In 1960, Caryl Chessman, who'd become a best-selling author and cause celebre while on death row for kidnapping, rape and robbery, was executed at San Quentin Prison in California.

In 1970, jockey Diane Crump became the first woman to ride in the Kentucky Derby; she finished in 15th place aboard Fathom. (The winning horse was Dust Commander.)

In 1982, the Weather Channel made its debut.

Ten years ago: President George W. Bush and Republican congressional leaders clinched a budget deal embracing most of the president's tax and spending goals. Germany inaugurated its new Chancellery in Berlin amid concerns the building was too grandiose. A landslide destroyed a nine-story apartment building in China, killing at least 79 people.

Five years ago: Rene Braeunlich and Thomas Nitzschke, two German engineers held captive for 99 days in Iraq, were released unharmed. Italian Premier Silvio Berlusconi (behr-loos-KOH'-nee) resigned to make way for a center-left government led by Romano Prodi (roh-MAH'-noh PROH'-dee). Business author, columnist and TV commentator Louis Rukeyser died in Greenwich, Conn., at age 73.

One year ago: President Barack Obama traveled to Louisiana to view the response to the BP oil spill, pledging that the government "will do whatever it takes for as long as it takes to stop this crisis." Record rains and flash floods in Kentucky, Mississippi and Tennessee caused more than 30 deaths and submerged the Grand Ole Opry House stage. European governments and the International Monetary Fund committed to pulling Greece back from the brink of default, agreeing on nearly $1 trillion in emergency loans. Actress Lynn Redgrave died in Kent, Conn. at age 67.

Today's Birthdays: Actor Theodore Bikel is 87. Singer Engelbert Humperdinck is 75. Actress and political activist Bianca Jagger is 66. Country singer R.C. Bannon is 66. Singer Lesley Gore is 65. Actor David Suchet (SOO'-shay) is 65. Singer-songwriter Larry Gatlin is 63. Rock singer Lou Gramm (Foreigner) is 61. Actress Christine Baranski is 59. Singer Angela Bofill is 57. Movie director Stephen Daldry ("The Reader") is 51. Actress Elizabeth Berridge is 49. Country singer Ty Herndon is 49. Rock musician Todd Sucherman (Styx) is 42. Wrestler-turned-actor Dwayne Johnson is 39. Soccer player David Beckham is 36. Actress Jenna Von Oy is 34. Actress Ellie Kemper (TV: "The Office") is 31. Actor Gaius (GY'-ehs) Charles is 28. Pop singer Lily Allen is 26. Olympic gold medal figure skater Sarah Hughes is 26. Rock musician Jim Almgren (Carolina Liar) is 25. Actress Kay Panabaker is 21.

Thought for Today: "Have you ever observed that we pay much more attention to a wise passage when it is quoted than when we read it in the original author?" _ Philip G. Hamerton, English artist and essayist (1834-1894).

(Above Advance for Use Monday, May 2)

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