Today in history: May 9, Mandela chosen to lead South Africa

Today in History Today is Monday, May 9, the 129th day of 2022. There are 236 days left in the…

Today in History

Today is Monday, May 9, the 129th day of 2022. There are 236 days left in the year.

Today’s highlight in the story:

On May 9, 1994, South Africa’s newly elected parliament chose Nelson Mandela to be the country’s first black president.

To this date :

In 1860, writer JM Barrie, the creator of Peter Pan, was born in Kirriemuir, Scotland.

In 1914, President Woodrow Wilson, acting on a joint resolution of Congress, signed a proclamation designating the second Sunday in May as Mother’s Day.

In 1945, with the end of World War II in Europe, Soviet forces liberated Czechoslovakia from Nazi occupation. US officials announced that a midnight curfew was lifted immediately.

In 1951, the United States conducted its first thermonuclear experiment under Operation Greenhouse by detonating a 225 kiloton device on Enewetak Atoll in the Pacific nicknamed “George”.

In 1962, scientists from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology succeeded in reflecting a laser beam on the surface of the moon.

In 1965, Russian-born American pianist Vladimir Horowitz performed in public for the first time in 12 years with a recital at Carnegie Hall in New York.

In 1970, President Richard Nixon paid a surprise and impromptu pre-dawn visit to the Lincoln Memorial, where he chatted with a group of protesters who had rested on the steps of the memorial after protests against the Vietnam War and the shooting in Kent State.

In 1974, the House Judiciary Committee opened public hearings on whether to recommend the impeachment of President Richard Nixon. (The committee ended up passing three articles of impeachment against the president, who resigned before the full House passed any.)

In 1980, 35 people were killed when a freighter slammed into the Sunshine Skyway Bridge over Tampa Bay, Florida, causing a 1,400-foot section of the southbound span to collapse.

In 2016, Filipinos went to the polls to elect Rodrigo Duterte, the controversial and hard-line mayor of Davao City, to be their country’s next president.

In 2019, Pope Francis issued a groundbreaking new ecclesiastical law requiring all Catholic priests and nuns to report clergy sexual abuse and cover-ups by their superiors to church authorities.

In 2020, the Food and Drug Administration approved a coronavirus antigen test that could quickly detect viral proteins from swabs that were swiped inside the naval cavity. Rock ‘n’ roll pioneer Little Richard, known for his piercing moans, pounding piano and towering pompadour, died in Tennessee aged 87 after battling bone cancer; he had helped break the color line on the music charts while introducing black R&B to white America.

Ten years ago: President Barack Obama declared his unequivocal support for same-sex marriage in a historic announcement that came three days after Vice President Joe Biden spoke out in favor of such unions on “Meet the Press” from NBC. Presumptive Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney reiterated his opposition to same-sex marriage, telling reporters in Oklahoma City, “I believe marriage is between a man and a woman.” Hairstylist Vidal Sassoon, 84, has died in Los Angeles.

Five years ago: President Donald Trump abruptly fired FBI Director James Comey, ousting the nation’s top law enforcement official amid an FBI probe into whether Trump’s campaign had any ties to Russian interference in the election that sent him to the White House.

A year ago: The Biden administration eased regulations on transporting petroleum products on highways, as part of an effort to avoid fuel supply disruptions following a ransomware attack which shut down a major fuel pipeline system on the East Coast. Happy reunions between parents and vaccinated children across the country marked Mother’s Day, the second to be celebrated during the coronavirus pandemic. A man fatally shot six people at a birthday party in Colorado before killing himself; police said he was upset that he was not invited to the rally organized by his girlfriend’s family. Trainer Bob Baffert has announced that Kentucky Derby winner Medina Spirit has tested positive for an excessive amount of a steroid. (State race stewards disqualified Medina Spirit in February 2022, ten weeks after the horse died of a heart attack; they declared second runner-up Mandaloun the Derby winner.)

Today’s birthdays: Actor-writer Alan Bennett turns 88. Actor and politician Glenda Jackson is 86 years old. Producer-director James L. Brooks is 85 years old. Musician Sonny Curtis (Buddy Holly and the Crickets) is 85. Singer Tommy Roe is 80 years old. musician Richie Furay (Buffalo Springfield and Poco) is 78 years old. Actress Candice Bergen is 76 years old. Pop singer Clint Holmes is 76 years old. Actor Anthony Higgins is 75 years old. Singer Billy Joel is 73 years old. Blues singer-musician Bob Margolin is 73 years old. Tom Petersson (Cheap Trick) is 72 years old. Actor Alley Mills is 71 years old. Actress Amy Hill is 69 years old. Actress Wendy Crewson is 66 years old. Actor John Corbett is 61 years old. Singer Dave Gahan (GAHN) (Depeche Mode) is 60 years old. Actress Sonja Sohn is 60 years old. 58. Rapper Ghostface Killah is 52 years old. Actor Chris Diamantopoulos (dy-uh-MAN’-toh-POO’-lehs) is 47 years old. R&B singer Chipmunk (tuh-MEE’-ah) is 47. Actor Daniel Franzese is 44 years old. The singer Pierre Bouvier (Simple Plan) is 43 years old. Actor Rosario Dawson is 43 years old. Rock singer Andrew WK is 43 years old. Actress Rachel Boston is 40 years old. TV personality Audrina Patridge is 37 years old. Actress Grace Gummer is 36 years old.

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