Today in History: May 15, George Wallace Shot and Paralyzed

Today in History

Today is Sunday, May 15, the 135th day of 2022. There are 230 days left in the year.

Today’s highlight in the story:

On May 15, 1948, a few hours after declaring its independence, the new State of Israel was attacked by Transjordan, Egypt, Syria, Iraq and Lebanon.

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In 1862, President Abraham Lincoln signed legislation establishing the Department of Agriculture.

In 1928, Walt Disney’s cartoon character Mickey Mouse debuted in the silent animated short “Plane Crazy.”

In 1967, the United States Supreme Court, in its unanimous decision In re Gault, ruled that juveniles accused of crimes were entitled to the same due process as adults.

In 1970, just after midnight, Phillip Lafayette Gibbs and James Earl Green, two black students at Jackson State College in Mississippi, were killed when police opened fire during student protests.

In 1972, Alabama Governor George C. Wallace was shot and left paralyzed while campaigning for president in Laurel, Maryland, by Arthur H. Bremer, who served 35 years for attempted murder .

In 1975, American forces invaded the Cambodian island of Koh Tang and captured the American merchant ship Mayaguez, which had been seized by the Khmer Rouge. (All 39 crew members had already been released unharmed by Cambodia; some 40 U.S. service members were killed in the operation.)

In 1988, the Soviet Union began the process of withdrawing its troops from Afghanistan, more than eight years after Soviet forces entered the country.

In 2000, by a 5-4 vote, the U.S. Supreme Court overturned a key provision of the Violence Against Women Act of 1994, saying rape victims could not sue their abusers in court. federal.

In 2007, the Reverend Jerry Falwell, who made the Christian right a political force, died in Lynchburg, Virginia at the age of 73.

In 2009, General Motors announced to approximately 1,100 dealerships that their franchises would be terminated.

In 2015, a jury sentenced Dzhokhar Tsarnaev (joh-HAHR’ tsahr-NEYE’-ehv) to death for the 2013 Boston Marathon bombing that killed three and injured more than 250.

In 2020, President Donald Trump officially unveiled a coronavirus vaccine program he called “Operation Warp Speed,” to accelerate the development of COVID-19 vaccines and distribute them quickly across the country. Comedian actor Fred Willard, whose films included ‘Best In Show’ and ‘Anchorman’, has died aged 86.

Ten years ago: Francois Hollande (frahn-SWAH’ oh-LAWND’) became President of France after a ceremony at the Elysee Palace in central Paris; he was the nation’s first socialist leader since Francois Mitterrand (frahn-SWAH’ mee-teh-RAHN’) left office in 1995. Cleveland Cavaliers guard Kyrie Irving was named NBA Rookie of the Year .

Five years ago: The United States accused Syria of executing thousands of imprisoned political opponents and burning their bodies in a crematorium to hide evidence. The Supreme Court has closed the door on efforts by Republicans in North Carolina to revive a state law that mandated voter ID and curtailed early voting, provisions that a lower court found wrongly targeted voters. minority voters.

A year ago: Israel stepped up its attacks on the Gaza Strip, bombing the home of a senior Hamas leader, killing a family of 10 in a refugee camp and destroying a skyscraper that housed the Associated Press and other media; the Hamas militant group chased a stream of rockets towards Israel, and a man was killed when a rocket hit his home outside Tel Aviv. China has landed a spacecraft on Mars for the first time, in the latest step for its ambitious goals in space. Rombauer won the Preakness in Baltimore at 11-1 odds, beating Medina Spirit, who would later be disqualified from their Kentucky Derby victory due to a failed drug test.

Today’s birthdays: Actress-singer Anna Maria Alberghetti turns 86. Counterculture icon Wavy Gravy is 86 years old. Singer Lenny Welch is 84 years old. Actor-singer Lainie Kazan is 80 years old. Actress Gunilla Hutton is 80 years old. Actor Chazz Palminteri is 76 years old. Secretary Kathleen Sebelius is 74 years old. Singer-songwriter Brian Eno is 74 years old. Actor Nicholas Hammond (Movie: “The Sound of Music”) is 72 years old. Baseball Hall of Famer George Brett is 69. Musician-songwriter Mike Oldfield is 69 years old. Actor Lee Horsley is 67 years old. TV personality Giselle Fernández is 61 years old. Rapper Grandmaster Melle Mel is 61 years old. Actress Brenda Bakke is 59 years old. Football Hall of Famer Emmitt Smith is 53 years old. Actor Brad Rowe is 52 years old. Actor David Charvet (shahr-VAY’) is 50 years old. Actor Russell Hornsby is 48 years old. Rock musician Ahmet Zappa is 48 years old. Olympic gold medalist gymnast Amy Chow is 44 years old. Actor David Krumholtz is 44 years old. Rock musician David Hartley (The War on Drugs) is 42 years old. Actor Jamie-Lynn Sigler is 41 years old. Alexandra Breckenridge is 40 years old. Rock musician Brad Shultz (Cage the Elephant) is 40 years old. Rock musician Nick Perri is 38 years old. Tennis player Andy Murray is 35 years old.

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