Today in History

  • Fri May 25th, 2012 1:06pm
  • Life

Today is Sunday, May 27, the 148th day of 2012. There are 218 days left in the year.

Today’s Highlight in History:

On May 27, 1937, the newly completed Golden Gate Bridge connecting San Francisco and Marin County, Calif., was opened to pedestrian traffic (vehicular traffic began crossing the bridge the next day).

On this date:

In 1861, Chief Justice Roger Taney, sitting as a federal circuit court judge in Baltimore, ruled that President Abraham Lincoln lacked the authority to suspend the writ of habeas corpus (Lincoln disregarded the ruling).

In 1929, Charles A. Lindbergh Jr. married Anne Morrow in Englewood, N.J.

In 1935, the Supreme Court struck down the National Industrial Recovery Act.

In 1941, the British Royal Navy sank the German battleship Bismarck off France, with a loss of some 2,000 lives, three days after the Bismarck sank the HMS Hood.

In 1942, Navy Cook 3rd Class Doris “Dorie” Miller became the first African-American to receive the Navy Cross for his “extraordinary courage and disregard for his own personal safety” during Japan’s attack on Pearl Harbor.

In 1962, a dump fire in Centralia, Pa., ignited a slow-burning blaze in underground coal deposits that continues to smolder to this day.

Today’s Birthdays

Pulitzer Prize-winning novelist Herman Wouk is 97. Actor Christopher Lee is 90. Former Secretary of State Henry Kissinger is 89. Actress Lee Meriwether is 77. Actor Louis Gossett Jr. is 76. Rhythm-and-blues singer Raymond Sanders (The Persuasions) is 73. Country singer Don Williams is 73. Actor Bruce Weitz is 69. Singer Bruce Cockburn is 67. Singer Siouxsie Sioux (The Creatures, Siouxsie and the Banshees) is 55. Rock singer-musician Neil Finn (The Finn Brothers) is 54. Actress Peri Gilpin is 51. Comedian Adam Carolla is 48. Actor Todd Bridges is 47. Rock musician Sean Kinney (Alice In Chains) is 46. Actor Paul Bettany is 41. Rapper Andre 3000 (Outkast) is 37. TV chef Jamie Oliver is 37. Actor-singer Chris Colfer (TV: “Glee”) is 22.

Thought for Today

“Great wisdom is generous; petty wisdom is contentious. Great speech is impassioned, small speech cantankerous.” — Chuang-Tzu, Chinese essayist (c.369 B.C.E.-c.286 B.C.E.)

Associated Press