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To­day in his­tory


On May 4,1626, Dutch ex­plorer Peter Mi­nuit landed on present-day Man­hat­tan Is­land.

In 1886 in what came to be known as the Hay­mar­ket riot, at least 10 Chicago po­lice of­fi­cers and la­bor demon­stra­tors were killed when a bomb ex­ploded in Hay­mar­ket Square dur­ing a rally for an eight-hour work­day.

In 1904 the United States be­gan build­ing the Panama Canal.

In 1927 the Academy of Mo­tion Pic­ture Arts and Sciences was founded.

In 1932 mob­ster Al Capone, con­victed of in­come-tax eva­sion, en­tered the fed­eral pen­i­ten­tiary in At­lanta.

In 1946 a two-day riot at Al­ca­traz pri­son in San Fran­cisco Bay ended; five peo­ple died in the vi­o­lence.

In 1961 a group of “Free­dom Rid­ers” left Wash­ing­ton for New Or­leans to chal­lenge racial seg­re­ga­tion in in­ter­state buses and bus ter­mi­nals.

In 1970 Ohio Na­tional Guards­men opened fire on anti-war pro­test­ers at Kent State Uni­ver­sity, killing four stu­dents and wound­ing nine oth­ers.

In 1994 Is­raeli Prime Min­is­ter Yitzhak Rabin and PLO leader Yasser Arafat signed a his­toric ac­cord on Pales­tinian au­ton­omy that granted self-rule in the Gaza Strip and Jeri­cho.

In 1998 a fed­eral judge in Sacra­mento, Calif., sen­tenced Un­abomber Theodore Kaczyn­ski to four life terms plus 30 years un­der a plea agree­ment that spared Kaczyn­ski the death penalty.

In 2001Bonny Lee Bak­ley, wife of ac­tor Robert Blake, was shot to death as she sat in a car near a restau­rant in Los An­ge­les. (Blake, ac­cused of the killing, was ac­quit­ted in a crim­i­nal trial but was found li­able by a civil jury and or­dered to pay dam­ages.)

In 2003 Pope John Paul II pro­claimed five new saints be­fore a crowd of 1 mil­lion peo­ple in Madrid.

In 2005 a mil­i­tary judge at Fort Hood, Texas, threw out Pfc. Lyn­ndie Eng­land’s guilty plea to abus­ing Iraqi de­tainees at Abu Ghraib pri­son, say­ing he was not con­vinced the Army re­servist knew her ac­tions were wrong at the time. (Eng­land was later con­victed in a court-mar­tial and sen­tenced to three years in pri­son.) Also in 2005, a sui­cide bomb­ing at a po­lice re­cruit­ment cen­ter in Ir­bil, Iraq, killed 60 peo­ple.

In 2006 a fed­eral judge sen­tenced Zacarias Moussaoui to life in pri­son for his role in the Sept. 11 at­tacks; the con­victed ter­ror­ist de­clared: “God save Osama bin Laden — you will never get him.”

In 2008 a river­boat sank in a re­mote Ama­zon re­gion in north­ern Brazil, killing at least 48 peo­ple.

In 2013 Utah soc­cer ref­eree Ri­cardo Por­tillo, 46, died from head in­juries af­ter be­ing punched in the face by a 17-year-old player a week ear­lier.

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