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First death of a US resident confirmed from swine flu – Chicago Tribune

Today is Sunday May 5, the 126th day of 2024. There are 240 days left in the year.

Today’s Highlight in History:

On May 5, 2009, health officials in Texas confirmed the first death of a U.S. resident from swine flu.

At this date:

In 1494, during his second voyage to the Western Hemisphere, Christopher Columbus landed in Jamaica.

In 1821, Napoleon Bonaparte, 51, died in exile on the island of Saint Helena.

In 1925, Tennessee educator John T. Scopes was accused of violating a state law banning the teaching of the theory of evolution. (Scopes was found guilty, but his conviction was later overturned.)

In 1942, wartime sugar rationing began in the United States.

In 1945, in the only fatal attack of its kind during World War II, a Japanese balloon bomb exploded on Gearhart Mountain in Oregon, killing a minister’s pregnant wife and five children. Denmark and the Netherlands were liberated when the German capitulation took effect.

In 1961, astronaut Alan B. Shepard Jr. America’s first space traveler when he made a 15-minute suborbital flight aboard the Mercury capsule Freedom 7.

In 1973, Secretariat won the Kentucky Derby, the first of his Triple Crown victories, in a time of 1:59.4, a record that still stands.

In 1981, Irish Republican Army hunger striker Bobby Sands died on his 66th day without food in the Maze Prison in Northern Ireland.

In 1994, Singapore caned American teenager Michael Fay for vandalism, a day after the sentence was reduced from six to four lashes following an appeal by President Bill Clinton.

In 2014, a closely divided Supreme Court upheld Christian prayers at the start of city council meetings.

In 2016, former Los Angeles trash picker Lonnie Franklin Jr. was convicted of 10 murders in the “Grim Sleeper” serial killings that targeted poor, young black women for 20 years.

In 2017, President Donald Trump signed his first major legislation, a $1 trillion bill to keep the government running through September.

In 2018, Justify, en route to a Triple Crown sweep, splashed through the Churchill Downs slope to win the Kentucky Derby by 2½ lengths, becoming the first horse since Apollo in 1882 to win the Derby without having as a 2-year-old driven. -old.

In 2020, Tyson Foods said it would resume limited operations of its massive pork processing plant in Waterloo, Iowa, with enhanced safety measures, more than two weeks after closing the plant due to a coronavirus outbreak among employees.

Birthdays today: Actor Michael Murphy is 86. Actor Lance Henriksen is 84. Comedian-actor Michael Palin is 81. Actor John Rhys-Davies is 80. Rock correspondent Kurt Loder is 79. Rock musician Bill Ward (Black Sabbath) is 76. Actor Melinda Culea is 69. Actor Lisa Eilbacher is 67. Actor Richard E. Grant is 67. Former journalist John Miller is 66. Rock singer Ian McCulloch (Echo and the Bunnymen) is 65. Broadcast journalist Brian Williams is 65. Rock musician Shawn Drover (Megadeth) is 58 TV personality Kyan Douglas is 54. Actor Tina Yothers is 51. R&B singer Raheem DeVaughn is 49. Actor Santiago Cabrera is 46. Actor Vincent Kartheiser is 45. Singer Craig David is 43. Actor Danielle Fishel is 43. Actor Henry Cavill is 43. 41. Actor Clark Duke is 39. Soul singer Adele is 36. Rock singer Skye Sweetnam is 36. R&B singer Chris Brown is 35. Figure skater Nathan Chen is 25.