The Punxsutawney Spirit



Today is the 130th day of 2022 and the 52nd day of spring.

TODAY’S HISTORY: In 1837, after months of economic downturn, several New York banks refused to convert paper currency to gold or silver, setting off the Panic of 1837.

In 1869, a golden spike was driven in Promontory, Utah, in ceremonies marking the symbolic completion of the U.S. transconti­nental railroad.

In 1940, Winston Churchill was appointed prime minister of Great Britain following Germany’s invasion of France, Belgium and the Netherland­s.

In 2013, the spire of One World Trade Center was completed, making it the tallest skyscraper in the Western Hemisphere.

TODAY’S BIRTHDAYS: Fred Astaire (1899-1987), singer/dancer/actor; David O. Selznick (1902-1965), film producer; T. Berry Brazelton (1918-2018), pediatrici­an/ author; Pat Summerall (1930-2013), football player/broadcaste­r; Donovan (1946- ), singersong­writer; Bono (1960- ), singer-songwriter; Linda Evangelist­a, (1965- ), supermodel; Kenan Thompson (1978- ), actor; Odette Annable (1985- ), actress; Salvador Perez (1990- ), baseball player.

TODAY’S FACT: When Prime Minister Neville Chamberlai­n’s government fell in 1940, King George VI himself summoned Winston Churchill to Buckingham Palace and asked him to form a government.

TODAY’S SPORTS: In 1970, Bobby Orr of the Boston Bruins scored the gamewinnin­g goal in sudden-death overtime to give Boston the Stanley Cup title over the St. Louis Blues.

TODAY’S QUOTE: “Parents don’t make mistakes because they don’t care, but because they care so deeply.” — T. Berry Brazelton

TODAY’S NUMBER: 140,000 — miles of freight railroad track currently in operation in the United States.

TODAY’S MOON: Between first quarter moon (May 8) and full moon (May 15).

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