Today in History | Story
Today is Wednesday, August 3, the 215th day of 2022. There are 150 days left in the year.
Today’s highlight in the story:
On August 3, 2019, a gunman opened fire at a Walmart store in El Paso, Texas, killing 22; Prosecutors said Patrick Crusius targeted Mexicans in hopes of scaring Latinos into leaving the United States, and described the plot in a screed posted online shortly before the offensive. (A man who was injured in the shooting died in April 2020 after months in hospital, bringing the death toll to 23. Crusius has pleaded not guilty to state murder charges; he also faces to hate crime and firearms charges.)
To this date :
In 1492, Christopher Columbus set out from Palos, Spain, on a journey that took him to the Americas of today.
In 1916, Irish-born British diplomat Roger Casement, a staunch supporter of Irish independence, was hanged for treason.
In 1936, Jesse Owens of the United States won the first of his four gold medals at the Berlin Olympics by winning the 100 meter sprint.
In 1949, the National Basketball Association was formed from the merger of the Basketball Association of America and the National Basketball League.
In 1966, comedian Lenny Bruce, whose raunchy brand of satire and dark humor landed him in trouble with the law, was found dead in his Los Angeles home; he was 40 years old.
In 1972, the United States Senate ratified the Anti-Ballistic Missile Treaty between the United States and the Soviet Union. (The United States unilaterally withdrew from the treaty in 2002.)
In 1981, American air traffic controllers went on strike, despite a warning from President Ronald Reagan they would be fired, which they were.
In 1993, the Senate voted 96 to three to confirm Supreme Court nominee Ruth Bader Ginsburg.
In 1994, Arkansas carried out the country’s first triple execution in 32 years. Stephen G. Breyer was sworn in as the new Supreme Court Justice in a private ceremony at Chief Justice William H. Rehnquist’s summer residence in Vermont.
In 2005, fourteen Marines from an Ohio reserve unit were killed in a roadside bombing in Iraq.
In 2014, Israel withdrew most of its ground troops from the Gaza Strip in an apparent end to a nearly month-long operation against Hamas that left more than 1,800 Palestinians and more than 60 Israelis dead.
In 2018, Las Vegas police said they were closing their investigation into the October 1, 2017 shooting that killed 58 people at a country music festival with no definitive answers as to why Stephen Paddock fired the shots. from a hotel suite over the concert crowd.
A decade ago: The United Nations General Assembly overwhelmingly denounced Syria’s crackdown on dissent in a symbolic effort to push the stalemate Security Council and the world at large to act to end to the civil war in the country. Michael Phelps rallied to win the 100m butterfly for his third London Games gold and 17th of his career. Missy Franklin set a world record in the 200m backstroke for the 17-year-old’s third gold medal in London.
Five years ago: Senators introduced two bipartisan bills to protect special counsel Robert Mueller from being fired by President Donald Trump. (Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell said the effort was wasted and he wouldn’t let the legislation reach the ground.) West Virginia Gov. Jim Justice said he was changing party to join the Republicans, a decision made as President Donald Trump. visited his increasingly conservative state.
A year ago: The New York State Attorney General says an investigation into Governor Andrew Cuomo found he sexually harassed several current and former state government employees; the report put increased pressure on Cuomo to step down, including pressure from President Joe Biden and other Democrats. (Cuomo resigned a week later.) New York became the first major city in the nation to announce it would require proof of COVID-19 vaccinations at restaurants, shows and gyms. The Taliban continued their advances into southern Afghanistan, capturing most of the provincial capital of Helmand. After withdrawing from several competitions at the Tokyo Games to focus on her mental health, American gymnast Simone Biles returned to win a bronze medal on beam.
Today’s birthdays: Football Hall of Fame coach Marv Levy turns 97. Singer Tony Bennett is 96 years old. Actor Martin Sheen is 82 years old. Lance Alworth, a member of the College and Professional Football Hall of Fame, is 82. Lifestyle guru Martha Stewart is 81. Singer Beverly Lee) is 81 years old. Director John Landis is 72 years old. Actor JoMarie Payton is 72 years old. Actor Jay North (TV: “Dennis the Menace”) is 71. Marcel Dionne, member of the Hockey Hall of Fame, is 71 years old. Actor Philip Casnoff is 68 years old. John C. McGinley is 63 years old. Singer and rock musician Lee Rocker (The Stray Cats) is 61 years old. Actress Lisa Ann Walter is 61 years old. Rock singer James Hetfield (Metallica) is 59. Singer and rock musician Ed Roland (Collective Soul) is 59 years old. Actor Isaiah Washington is 59 years old. Country musician Dean Sams (Lonestar) is 56. Rock musician Stephen Carpenter (Deftones) is 52 years old. Hip-hop artist Spinderella (Salt-N-Pepa) is 51 years old. Actor Brigid Brannagh is 50 years old. Eally is 49 years old. Country musician Jimmy De Martini (Zac Brown Band) is 46 years old. NFL quarterback Tom Brady is 45. Actor Evangeline (ee-VAN’-gel-een) Lilly is 43 years old. The actress Mamie Gummer is 39 years old. Olympic gold medalist swimmer Ryan Lochte is 38 years old. Country singer Whitney Duncan is 38 years old. Actor Jon Foster is 38 years old. Actress Georgina Haig is 37 years old. Pop-rock musician Brent Kutzle (OneRepublic) is 37. Rapper Shelley FKA DRAM is 34 years old.