Today’s Highlight in History:
On May 16, 1929, the first Academy Awards were presented during a banquet at the Hollywood Roosevelt Hotel. The movie “Wings” won “best production,” while Emil Jannings and Janet Gaynor were named best actor and best actress.
On this date:
In 1770, Marie Antoinette, age 14, married the future King Louis XVI of France, who was 15.
In 1866, Congress authorized minting of the 5-cent piece.
In 1868, the Senate failed by one vote to convict President Andrew Johnson as it took its first ballot on one of 11 articles of impeachment against him.
In 1905, actor Henry Fonda was born in Grand Island, Neb.
In 1920, Joan of Arc was canonized in Rome.
In 1946, the Irving Berlin musical “Annie Get Your Gun,” starring Ethel Merman as Annie Oakley, opened on Broadway.
In 1955, American author and critic James Agee died in New York at age 45.
In 1960, a Big Four summit conference in Paris collapsed on its opening day as the Soviet Union leveled spy charges against the U.S. in the wake of the U2 incident.
In 1975, Japanese climber Junko Tabei became the first woman to reach the summit of Mount Everest.
In 1977, five people were killed when a New York Airways helicopter, idling atop the Pan Am Building in midtown Manhattan, toppled over, sending a huge rotor blade flying.
Ten years ago: Admiral Jeremy “Mike” Boorda, the nation’s top Navy officer, died from a self-inflicted gunshot wound after some of his military awards were called into question.
Five years ago: Former FBI agent Robert Hanssen was indicted on charges of spying for Moscow. (Hanssen later pleaded guilty to 15 counts of espionage and was sentenced to life in prison without parole.) Nathaniel Brazill, a 14-year-old boy who shot his English teacher to death on the last day of the school year, was convicted of second-degree murder in West Palm Beach, Fla. (Brazill was later sentenced to 28 years in prison.)
One year ago: Newsweek magazine retracted its Quran abuse story that sparked deadly protests in Afghanistan that left about 15 people dead and scores injured. Army Specialist Sabrina Harman was convicted at Fort Hood, Texas, of six of the seven charges she faced for her role in the mistreatment of Iraqi prisoners at Abu Ghraib. (She was sentenced to six months in prison after testimony about her acts of kindness toward Iraqis before she became an Abu Ghraib guard.) The Supreme Court ruled 5-4 that states can’t bar out-of-state wine shipments. Mexican President Vicente Fox regretted any hurt feelings for saying that Mexicans in the United States were doing the work that even blacks wouldn’t.
Today’s Birthdays: Author Studs Terkel is 94. Actor George Gaynes is 89. Actor Harry Carey Jr. is 85. Jazz musician Billy Cobham is 62. Actor Bill Smitrovich is 59. Actor Pierce Brosnan is 53. Actress Debra Winger is 51. Soviet gymnast Olga Korbut is 51. Actress Mare Winningham is 47. Rock musician Boyd Tinsley (The Dave Matthews Band) is 42. Singer Janet Jackson is 40. Country singer Scott Reeves (Blue County) is 40. Actor Brian F. O’Byrne is 39. Rhythm-and-blues singer Ralph Tresvant (New Edition) is 38. Actress Tracey Gold is 37. Tennis player Gabriela Sabatini is 36. Country singer Rick Trevino is 35. Actor David Boreanaz is 35. Musician Simon Katz is 35. Actress Tori Spelling is 33. Actress Melanie Lynskey is 29. Actress Megan Fox is 20. Actor Marc John Jefferies is 16.
Thought for Today: “Take it easy, but take it.” — Studs Terkel, American author.