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Today in history


Today is the 123rd day of 2022 and the 45th day of spring. is the 116th day of 2022 and the 38th day of spring.

Today’s history: In 1802, Washington, D.C., was incorporat­ed as a city. 1865, John Wilkes Booth, President Abraham Lincoln’s assassin, was killed by Union troops in Virginia.

n In 1921, West Virginia approved the first state sales tax.

n In 1973, constructi­on was completed on Chicago’s Sears Tower (later renamed Willis Tower), the tallest building in the world at the time.

n In 2006, the jury in the trial of Zacarias Moussaoui, convicted of conspiracy in the 9/11 terrorist attacks, recommende­d a sentence of life in prison.

Today’s fact: Residents of Washington, D.C., did not receive the right to vote in presidenti­al elections until the 23rd Amendment was passed in 1961.

Today’s sports: In 1987, Julius “Dr. J” Erving of the Philadelph­ia 76ers played his final game, finishing with 30,026 points, 10,525 rebounds and 5,176 assists in his profession­al basketball (ABA and NBA) career.

Today’s quote: “The vulgar crowd always is taken by appearance­s, and the world consists chiefly of the vulgar.” -- Niccolo Machiavell­i, “The Prince”

Today’s number: 1,353 -- height (in feet) of the Willis Tower Skydeck, making it the highest public viewing area in the United States.

Today moon: Between new moon (April 30) and first quarter moon (May 8).


Niccolo Machiavell­i (1469-1527), statesman/philosophe­r; Golda Meir (1898-1978), Israeli prime minister; Bing Crosby (1903-1977), singer/actor; Pete Seeger (1919-2014), singersong­writer; Sugar Ray Robinson (1921-1989), boxer; James Brown (1933-2006), singer-songwriter; Frankie Valli (1934- ), singer; , actor; Christina Hendricks (1975- ), actress; Dule Hill (1975- ), actor; Eric Church (1977- ), singer-songwriter; Cheryl Burke (1984- ), dancer.

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