Today in History 5/5/10

Get ready to take a trip in the ‘Status Media time machine’.

May 5, 1862: On this day the Mexican army defeated the French at the Battle of Puebla, creating the holiday known as Cinco de Mayo.

May 5, 1862: The Battle of Williamsburg begins, also known as the Battle of Fort Magruder.

May 5, 1961: Navy Commander Alan Bartlett Shepard Jr. is launched into space aboard the Freedom 7, becoming the first American to travel into space.

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Today In History: Abraham Lincoln, Tiger Woods

On April 14, 1865, President Lincoln was shot and fatally wounded by John Wilkes Booth while attending the comedy “Our American Cousin” at Ford’s Theater in Washington, D.C. He died the next day.

On April 14, 2002- Tiger Woods became only the third golfer in history to win back-to-back Masters titles.

On April 14, 2010- Reports surfaced that Woods’ wife Elin was filing for divorce.

Oh how the mighty have fallen…both of them.

R.I.P. Abe

-Danielle Canada

Today in History: April 7th

By Melva N. Lloyd

April 7th isn’t just the 97th day of the year…check out what happened on this day in history:

April 7, 1915:  American jazz singer and songwriter Billie Holiday (born Elinore Harris) was born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.  Nicknamed “Lady Day” and the “Queen of Song”, Holiday was a revered musical talent throughout the swing movement in Harlem, New York.  Diana Ross would earn an Oscar nomination for her role as Holiday in Lady Sings the Blues in 1972. Continue reading

Today In History

March 24th marks the 83rd day on the 365 day calendar. Take a look at what history was made on this day…

1947 – Congress proposes 2 term limitation on the presidency

1975 -Muhammad Ali TKOs Chuck Wepner in 15 for heavyweight boxing title

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Today in History

by A.J. Washington

Happy St. Patrick’s Day to all! Seeing that today is the day of Saint Patrick, we found it befitting to educate you on his day in history, along with a few other interesting events that took place on March 17.

Saint Patrick’s Day– Saint Patrick lived during the 5th century AD and was not Irish, but English (contrary to what many believe). He is celebrated in Ireland because it is said he introduced the Irish to Christianity. Sidebar: Guinness Beer estimates 13 million pints of its product will be consumed today. Does anyone else see the irony here? Moving on…

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 Lil’ Kim– 

You all know this young lady in the picture above. On March 17, 2005, Kimberly Jones was convicted of lying to a grand jury about a shooting that took place outside a New York radio station (snitches get stitches right)?  Kim denied being able to identify a member of her former group, Junior M.A.F.IA. She also lied when she testified that her manager was not near her when shots fired; a surveillance tape later proved otherwise. The rapper served 10 months of her 366 day sentence.

Lisa Ling Detained– Lisa Ling is known as a former cast member on “The View” and for her hard-hitting documentaries featured on CNN and Oprah.  One year ago today, journalist Lisa Ling, her sister and friend were detained in North Korea for  illegally crossing the Chinese/North Korean border. The group was reporting on North Korean refugees living in China. In June, The women were sentenced to 12 years of hard labor. WOW. Hard labor in North Korea? No bueno. Luckily for the ladies, Bill Clinton used his diplomatic skills to have the women freed in back to America in August 2009.

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Today in History: March 10, 2010

By: Tiffani Haynes

Time for today’s history lesson!

Today in history…

  • Christopher Columbus concluded his second visit to the Western Hemisphere as he left Hispaniola for Spain.

 

  • James Earl Ray pleaded guilty in Memphis, Tenn., to the assassination of Martin Luther King Jr.

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  • “Buffy the Vampire Slayer” debuted on the WB network. (come on, I know I wasn’t the only girl who watched this…)

 

  • Teenage sniper Lee Boyd Malvo was sentenced in Chesapeake, Va., to life in prison.

Today in History

By Chris Swails

1991 – L.A. resident Rodney King was severely beaten by three LAPD officers while the whole incident was caught on tape. The officers were eventually acquitted of assault charges, the verdict sparked the 1992 LA riots.

1931 – Francis Scott Key’s poem ‘The Star-Spangled Banner” was officially named the US national anthem.

1885 – The AT&T telephone company is incorporated.

Take a look at this Rodney King interview aired in 2009 by CBS.

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