National News: Today in History (05/09/22)

Today is Monday, September 5, the 248th day of 2022. There are 117 days left in the year.

Today’s highlight in the story:

On September 5, 1774, the First Continental Congress met in Philadelphia.

To this date :

In 1698, the Russian Peter the Great imposed a tax on beards.

In 1864, Louisiana voters approved a new state constitution abolishing slavery.

In 1939, four days after the outbreak of war in Europe, President Franklin D. Roosevelt issued a proclamation declaring American neutrality in the conflict.

In 1960, at the Rome Olympics, American boxer Cassius Clay (later Muhammad Ali) defeated Poland’s Zbigniew Pietrzykowski to win the light heavyweight gold medal; Wilma Rudolph of the United States won the second of her three gold medals in the 200 meter sprint.

In 1961, President John F. Kennedy signed legislation making hijacking a federal crime.

In 1972, the Palestinian group Black September attacked the Israeli Olympic delegation at the Munich Games, killing 11 Israelis and a policeman. German forces killed five of the gunmen.

In 1975, President Gerald R. Ford escaped an attempt on his life by Lynette “Squeaky” Fromme, a disciple of Charles Manson, in Sacramento, California.

In 1986, four hijackers who had seized a grounded Pan Am jumbo jet in Karachi, Pakistan, opened fire when the lights inside the plane went out; a total of 20 people were killed before Pakistani commandos stormed the airliner.

In 1991, the 35th Annual Naval Aviation Symposium hosted by the Tailhook Association opened in Las Vegas; during the four-day rally, dozens of people, mostly women, were sexually assaulted or otherwise harassed. (The episode triggered the resignation of Secretary of the Navy H. Lawrence Garrett and the early retirement of Admiral Frank B. Kelso, then Chief of Naval Operations.)

In 1997, Mother Teresa died in Calcutta, India at the age of 87.

In 2016, Hugh O’Brian, the actor who rose to fame as Sheriff Wyatt Earp in what was hailed as television’s first adult western, died in Beverly Hills, California at the age of 91. .

In 2018, The New York Times published an op-ed by an unnamed senior administration official claiming to be part of an internal “resistance” working to thwart President Donald Trump’s “worst inclinations”; Trump responded that if such a “gutless” person exists, “The Times must, for national security reasons, immediately turn them over to the government!” (In late 2020, Miles Taylor, former chief of staff for the Department of Homeland Security, revealed he authored the op-ed.)

Ten years ago: In an impassioned speech that rocked the Democratic National Convention in Charlotte, North Carolina, former President Bill Clinton proclaimed, “I know we’re coming back” from the worst economic mess in generations, and he appealed to the beleaguered Americans will stay with Barack Obama for a second term in the White House; in a roll call that lasted after midnight, Obama was officially nominated.

Five years ago: President Donald Trump announced he was phasing out the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals, or DACA, program protecting young immigrants brought into the country illegally, but said he was giving in Congress six months to find an alternative; he then tweeted that if Congress couldn’t do it, he would “return” to the matter. Hurricane Irma upgraded to a Category 5 storm as it approached the northeast Caribbean on a track toward the United States.

A year ago: a gunman massacred four members of a Florida family, including a little boy, in their home; Prosecutors said Bryan Riley, a 33-year-old ex-Marine, was under the delusion that the victims were child sex traffickers. (Riley faces charges of murder and attempted murder.)

Today’s birthdays: Comedian-actor Bob Newhart turns 93. Actor-singer Carol Lawrence is 90 years old. Actor Lucille Soong is 87 years old. Former NFL All-Pro quarterback and College Football Hall of Famer Billy Kilmer is 83. Actor William Devane is 83 years old. Actor George Lazenby is 83 years old. Actor Raquel Welch is 82 years old. Director Werner Herzog is 80 years old. Singer Al Stewart is 77 years old. Actor-director Dennis Dugan is 76 years old. College Football Hall of Famer Jerry LeVias is 76 years old. Singer Loudon Wainwright III is 76 years old. rock musician Mel Collins is 75 years old. Cartoonist “Cathy” Cathy Guisewite is 72 years old. Actor Michael Keaton is 71 years old. Actor Debbie Turner-Larson (Marta in “The Sound of Music”) is 66. Actor Kristian Alfonso is 59 years old. R&B singer Terry Ellis is 59. Rock musician Brad Wilk is 54 years old. TV personality Dweezil Zappa is 53 years old. Actress Rose McGowan is 49 years old. Actress Carice Van Houten is 46 years old. Rock musician Kyle O’Quin (Portugal. The Man) is 37 years old. Yuna Kim is 32 years old. Actor Skandar Keynes is 31 years old.