The Sentinel-Record



Today is Thursday, May 6, the 126th day of 2021. There are 239 days left in the year.

Today’s Highlight in History: On May 6, 1954, medical student Roger Bannister broke the four-minute mile during a track meet in Oxford, England, in 3:59.4.

On this date:

• In 1527, unpaid troops loyal to Holy Roman Emperor Charles V attacked Rome, forcing Pope Clement VII to flee to safety; some scholars mark the ensuing sack of the city as the end of the Renaissanc­e in Italy.

• In 1882, President Chester Alan Arthur signed the Chinese Exclusion Act, which barred Chinese immigrants from the U.S. for 10 years (Arthur had opposed an earlier version with a 20-year ban).

• In 1910, Britain’s Edwardian era ended with the death of King Edward VII; he was succeeded by George V.

• In 1915, Babe Ruth hit his first major-league home run as a player for the Boston Red Sox.

• In 1937, the hydrogen-filled German airship Hindenburg caught fire and crashed while attempting to dock at Lakehurst, New Jersey; 35 of the 97 people on board were killed along with a crewman on the ground.

• In 1941, Josef Stalin assumed the Soviet premiershi­p, replacing Vyacheslav (VEE’cheh-slav) M. Molotov. Comedian Bob Hope did his first USO show before an audience of servicemen as he broadcast his radio program from March Field in Riverside, California.

• In 1942, during World War II, some 15,000 American and Filipino troops on Corregidor island surrendere­d to Japanese forces.

• In 1957, Eugene O’Neill’s play “Long Day’s Journey into Night” won the Pulitzer Prize for drama; John F. Kennedy’s “Profiles in Courage” won the Pulitzer for biography or autobiogra­phy.

• In 2004, President George W. Bush apologized for the abuse of Iraqi prisoners by American soldiers, calling it “a stain on our country’s honor”; he rejected calls for Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld’s resignatio­n.

• In 2010, a computeriz­ed sell order triggered a “flash crash” on Wall Street, sending the Dow Jones industrial­s to a loss of nearly 1,000 points in less than half an hour.

• In 2013, kidnap-rape victims Amanda Berry, Gina DeJesus and Michelle Knight, who went missing separately about a decade earlier while in their teens or early 20s, were rescued from a house just south of downtown Cleveland. (Their captor, Ariel Castro, hanged himself in prison in September 2013 at the beginning of a life sentence plus 1,000 years.)

• In 2015, the NFL released a 243-report on “Deflategat­e” that stopped short of calling Patriots quarterbac­k Tom Brady a cheater, but did call some of his claims “implausibl­e” and left little doubt that he’d had a role in having footballs deflated before New England’s AFC title game against Indianapol­is and probably in previous games.

Ten years ago: Brimming with pride, President Barack Obama met with the U.S. commandos he’d sent after terror mastermind Osama bin Laden during a visit to Fort Campbell, Kentucky. Al-Qaida vowed to keep fighting the United States and avenge the death of bin Laden, which it acknowledg­ed for the first time in an internet statement.

Five years ago: In his first remarks about Donald Trump’s status as the GOP’s presumptiv­e nominee, President Barack Obama urged the media to undertake tougher scrutiny of presidenti­al candidates, saying from the White House, “This is not entertainm­ent; this is not a reality show.” For the second month in a row, the aerospace upstart SpaceX landed a rocket on an ocean platform just off the Florida coast, this time following the successful launch of a Japanese communicat­ions satellite.

One year ago: New York City began shutting down its subway system overnight to allow for additional cleaning and disinfecti­ng of cars and stations. President Donald Trump reversed course on plans to wind down his COVID-19 task force; he said the force would shift its focus toward rebooting the economy and developing a vaccine.

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