Today in History: May 1 Americans Hear of Bin Laden’s Death

Today in History Today is Sunday, May 1, the 121st day of 2022. There are 244 days left in the…

Today in history

Today is Sunday, May 1, the 121st day of 2022. There are still 244 days in the year.

Highlight in today’s history:

On May 1, 2011, President Barack Obama announced the death of Osama bin Laden during a US commando operation. (Due to the time difference, it was early May 2 in Pakistan where the leader of al-Qaeda died.)

At this date:

The Kingdom of Great Britain was established in 1707 when a treaty between England and Scotland came into effect.

In 1866, three days of race riots broke out in Memphis, Tennessee, when white mobs targeted blacks, 46 of whom were killed, along with two whites. (The violence led to the passage of the 14th Amendment to the U.S. Constitution that defines U.S. citizenship and equal protection under the law.)

In 1960, the Soviet Union shot down an American U-2 reconnaissance plane over Sverdlovsk and captured its pilot Francis Gary Powers.

In 1963, James W. Whittaker became the first American to conquer Mount Everest when he and Sherpa guide Nawang Gombu reached the summit.

In 1964, the BASIC (Beginner’s All-Purpose Symbolic Instruction Code) computer programming language was created by John G. Kemeny and Thomas E. Kurtz, professors at Dartmouth College.

In 1971, the Amtrak intercity passenger train was put into service.

In 1991, Nolan Ryan of the Texas Rangers threw his seventh no-hitter at age 44, eliminating the Toronto Blue Jays 3-0.

In 1992, on the third day of the Los Angeles riots, a visibly shocked Rodney King appeared in public to call for calm and pleaded, “Can we all get along?”

In 2009, Supreme Court Justice David Souter announced his retirement at the end of the court’s term in late June. (President Barack Obama chose Federal Judge Sonia Sotomayor to succeed him.)

In 2011, Pope Benedict XVI beatified Pope John Paul II and brought his predecessor one step closer to holiness at a Vatican mass attended by some 1.5 million pilgrims.

In 2015, Baltimore’s chief prosecutor charged six police officers with offenses ranging from assault to murder in the death of Freddie Gray, a black man who suffered a spinal cord injury while riding in a police van. (None of the officers would be convicted.)

In 2020, U.S. regulators allowed the emergency use of remdesivir, the first drug that appeared to help some COVID-19 patients recover faster.

Ten years ago: During a quick and secret trip to the Afghan war zone, President Barack Obama signed an agreement promising long-term ties with Afghanistan after US forces returned home.

Five years ago: To obliterate the threat of a disruptive government shutdown, the White House and top lawmakers passed a $1.1 trillion spending bill to carry the nation through September 2017. Ryan Seacrest made his debut as the new co-host of the morning chat show “Live” with Kelly Ripa.

A year ago: The final phase of ending the US military role in Afghanistan formally began; President Joe Biden had set May 1 as the official start of the withdrawal of the remaining US and NATO troops. Utah Republicans narrowly rejected an attempt to censor Senator Mitt Romney for his votes against President Donald Trump during his impeachment proceedings. Olympia Dukakis, an accomplished stage and film actor who won an Oscar as Cher’s mother in the romantic comedy “Moonstruck,” died at her New York home at age 89. Medina Spirit, trained by Bob Baffert, won the Kentucky Derby half a length over Mandaloun. (A post-race drug test was positive for a banned steroid, which would lead to the horse’s disqualification and Baffert’s suspension. Medina Spirit collapsed and died in December 2021 after training.)

Today’s Birthdays: Singer Judy Collins is 83. Actor Stephen Macht is 80. Singer Rita Coolidge is 77. Pop singer Nick Fortuna (The Buckinghams) is 76. Actor-director Douglas Barr is 73. Actor Dann Florek is 71. Singer-songwriter Ray Parker Jr. is 68. Actor Byron Stewart is 66. Hall of Fame jockey Steve Cauthen is 62. Actor Maia Morgenstern is 60. Actor Scott Coffey is 58. Country singer Wayne Hancock is 57. Actor Charlie Schlatter is 56. Country singer Tim McGraw is 55. Rock musician Johnny Colt is 54. Rock musician D’Arcy Wretzky is 54. Film director Wes Anderson is 53. Actor Julie Benz is 50. Actor Bailey Chase is 50. Country singer Cory Morrow is 50. Gospel/R&B singer Tina Campbell (Mary Mary) is 48. Actor Darius McCrary is 46. Actor Jamie Dornan is 40. Actor Kerry Bishe is 38. TV personality Abby Huntsman is 36. Actor Lizzy Greene is 19.

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