TODAY IN HISTORY
On May 5, 1925, John T. Scopes was charged in Tennessee with violating a law that prohibited teaching the theory of evolution.
In 1973, Secretariat won the Kentucky Derby.
In 1961, astronaut Alan B. Shepard Jr. became America’s first space traveler.
In 1981, Irish Republican Army hunger-striker Bobby Sands died at the Maze Prison in Northern Ireland on his 66th day without food.
In 2009, Texas health officials confirmed the first death of a U.S. resident with swine flu.
In 2016, former Los Angeles trash collector Lonnie Franklin Jr. was convicted of 10 counts of murder in the “Grim Sleeper” serial killings that targeted poor, young Black women over two decades.
In 2020, Facebook said it had removed several pages linked to QAnon, taking action for the first time against the far-right conspiracy theory.