The Punxsutawney Spirit



TODAY’S HISTORY: In 1807, former Vice President Aaron Burr was indicted for treason.

In 1872, President Ulysses S. Grant signed the Amnesty Act into law, restoring full rights to nearly all Confederat­e sympathize­rs.

In 1947, President Harry Truman signed the Truman Doctrine, appropriat­ing military and economic aid for Greece and Turkey to combat the spread of communism.

In 2017, a bomb exploded at Manchester Arena following an Ariana Grande concert, killing 23 people.

TODAY’S BIRTHDAYS: William Sturgeon (1783-1850), physicist/inventor; Richard Wagner (1813-1883), composer; Mary Cassatt (1844-1926), artist; Arthur Conan Doyle (1859-1930), physician/author; Herge (1907-1983), cartoonist; Laurence Olivier (1907-1989), actor/director; Charles Aznavour (1924-2018), singer-songwriter/actor; Morrissey (1959- ), singer-songwriter; Naomi

Campbell (1970- ), model/actress; Ginnifer Goodwin (1978- ), actress; Maggie Q (1979- ), actress; Apolo Ohno (1982- ), speed skater.

TODAY’S FACT: On this day in 2011, an EF5 tornado struck Joplin, Missouri, killing 158 and causing $2.8 billion in damages. It remains the costliest and seventh-deadliest tornado in U.S. history.

TODAY’S SPORTS: In 2003, Annika Sorenstam became the first woman golfer since Babe Didrikson Zaharias in 1945 to officially compete against men at a PGA tour event.

TODAY’S QUOTE: “It is a capital mistake to theorize before one has data. Insensibly one begins to twist facts to suit theories, instead of theories to suit facts.” — Arthur Conan Doyle, “A Scandal in Bohemia”

TODAY’S NUMBER: 4,531 — episodes of “The Tonight Show Starring Johnny Carson” during its three-decade run on NBC. Carson began his tenure as host in 1962 and hosted his final show on this day in 1992.

TODAY’S MOON: Between first quarter moon (May 15) and full moon (May 23).

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