Tuesday, May 02, 2006

Today in History.....May 2

On this day in …

* 1863, Confederate Gen. Thomas "Stonewall" Jackson was accidentally wounded by his own men at Chancellorsville, Va.; he died eight days later

* 1890, the Oklahoma Territory was organized

* 1936, "Peter and the Wolf," a symphonic tale for children by Sergei Prokofiev, had its world premiere in Moscow

* 1945, the Soviet Union announced the fall of Berlin, and the Allies announced the surrender of Nazi, ym"sh, troops in Italy and parts of Austria

* 1965, the Early Bird satellite was used to transmit television pictures across the Atlantic

* 1994, Nelson Mandela claimed victory in the wake of South Africa's first democratic elections; President F.W. de Klerk acknowledged defeat

* 1996, the Senate passed, 97-3, an immigration bill to tighten border controls, make it tougher for illegal aliens to get U.S. jobs and curtail legal immigrants' access to social services. (I guess those reportedly million protestors yesterday showed them who is the boss, huh?)

* 2001, President Bush and Republican congressional leaders clinched a budget deal embracing most of the president's tax and spending goals. ALSO: Germany inaugurated its new Chancellery in Berlin amid concerns the building was too grandiose. A landslide destroyed a nine-story apartment building in China, killing at least 79 people

* 2005, Pvt. 1st Class Lynndie England, the young woman pictured in some of the most notorious Abu Ghraib pix, pleaded guilty at Fort Hood, Texas, to mistreating prisoners. (However, a judge later threw out the plea agreement; England was later convicted in a court-martial and sentenced to three years in prison.)

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