The Punxsutawney Spirit



Today is the 134th day of 2022 and the 56th day of spring.

TODAY’S HISTORY: In 1607, the Virginia Company of London establishe­d a colony at Jamestown, Virginia.

In 1804, Meriwether Lewis and William Clark left St. Louis and set out on their historic expedition to explore the land acquired in the Louisiana Purchase.

In 1940, the Netherland­s surrendere­d to Nazi Germany.

In 1948, the State of Israel was proclaimed during a ceremony in Tel Aviv.

In 1973, Skylab, the first American space station, was launched into orbit.

TODAY’S BIRTHDAYS: Otto Klemperer (1885-1973), conductor/composer; Bobby Darin (1936-1973), singer-songwriter/actor; George Lucas (1944- ), filmmaker; David Byrne (1952- ), singer-songwriter/musician; Robert Zemeckis (1952- ), filmmaker; Tim Roth (1961- ), actor; Cate Blanchett (1969- ), actress; Sofia Coppola (1971- ), filmmaker; Frank Gore (1983- ), football player; Amber Tamblyn (1983- ), actress; Mark Zuckerberg (1984- ), programmer/entreprene­ur; Rob Gronkowski (1989- ), football player; Miranda Cosgrove (1993- ), actress.

TODAY’S FACT: The United States paid a total of $15 million for the entire Louisiana Purchase — a little more than $18 per square mile.

TODAY’S SPORTS: In 1913, Washington Senators pitcher Walter Johnson ended his scoreless pitching streak at 55 2/3 innings, setting a record that stood for 55 years.

TODAY’S QUOTE: “The thing that makes love stories work, in my opinion, in movies and novels and country & western songs, is the feeling of longing.” — Robert Zemeckis

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

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