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Sunday, May 10

May 2, 2015

Today is Sunday, May 10, the 130th day of 2015. There are 235 days left in the year.

Highlights in history on this date:

1796 - France’s Napoleon Bonaparte defeats Austrians at Lodi in Italy campaign.

1857 - Indian soldiers in British army, called sepoys, revolt at Meerut near Delhi, starting Indian Mutiny.

1869 - A golden spike is driven at Promontory, Utah, marking the completion of the first transcontinental railroad in the United States.

1871 - Treaty of Frankfurt ends Franco-Prussian War, with France ceding Alsace-Lorraine. France regains the area after World War I.

1875 - Religious orders are abolished in Russia.

1940 - Germany invades Holland, Luxembourg and Belgium. Britain’s Prime Minister Neville Chamberlain resigns and Winston Churchill forms government.

1941 - German Nazi leader Rudolf Hess parachutes into Scotland on a mission to negotiate peace between Britain and Germany. He is treated as a prisoner of war.

1957 - Soviets appeal to United States and Britain to halt nuclear tests.

1967 - U.S. jet planes bomb power plants in North Vietnam’s port of Haiphong for first time in Vietnam War.

1968 - Preliminary Vietnam peace talks begin in Paris.

1972 - South Vietnam’s President Nguyen van Thieu declares state of martial law.

1976 - Israel announces plans to establish numerous additional settlements in occupied Arab territory.

1981 - Socialist Francois Mitterrand wins presidential election, bringing first leftist government in three decades to power in France.

1988 - United States vetoes U.N. Security Council resolution condemning Israel’s invasion of southern Lebanon.

1990 - India’s worst cyclone in 10 years kills 85 people and floods 90 villages.

1991 - U.N. peacekeepers formally declare the Iraq-Kuwait border a demilitarized zone.

1992 - Peruvian police storm a prison cell block held by mutineering prisoners from the Shining Path guerrilla movement, killing at least 28.

1995 - An elevator carrying gold miners plunges to the bottom of a deep mineshaft in South Africa, killing as many as 100 people.

1996 - A storm hits Mount Everest, killing eight climbers in one of the worst disasters since Everest was first conquered in 1953.

1997 - An earthquake in northeastern Iran kills at least 2,400 people.

1998 - In a reversal of decades-old policy, Sinn Fein activists vote to let their leaders participate in a compromise administration for Northern Ireland.

2005 - Egypt’s parliament overwhelmingly passes a constitutional amendment allowing multicandidate presidential elections for the first time.

2007 - Tony Blair says he is stepping down as the British prime minister on June 27, after serving more than a decade. The following day, Blair formally endorses Gordan Brown as the next prime minister.

2009 - An unrelenting hail of artillery fire in Sri Lanka’s war zone kills at least 378 civilians including more than 100 children.

2010 - A suicide bomber blows himself up in a crowd, bombers strike a southern city and gunmen spray fire on security checkpoints in attacks that claim nearly 100 lives — most of them in Shiite areas — in Iraq’s deadliest day this year.

2011 — A Vatican-appointed panel of scientists reports what climate change experts have been warning for years: the Earth is getting warmer, glaciers are melting, and urgent measures are necessary to stem the damage.

2012 — Twin suicide car bombs explode outside a military intelligence building and kill 55 people in the deadliest attack against a regime target since the Syrian uprising began 14 months ago.

2013 — Salvage workers in Bangladesh pull a survivor from the ruins of an eight-story building 17 days after it collapsed killing more than 1,000 people in the world’s worst garment industry disaster.

2014 — Mexico’s government began demobilizing a vigilante movement of assault-rifle-wielding ranchers and farmers that had succeeded in largely expelling the Knights Templar carter from trhe western state of Michoacan when authorities could not.

Today’s Birthdays:

Augustin-Jean Fresnel, French physicist (1788-1827); Sir Thomas Lipton, British merchant and yachtsman (1850-1931); Karl Bath, Swiss theologian (1886-1968); Fred Astaire, U.S. dancer-actor (1899-1987); Bono, Irish singer w/rock group U2 (1960--); Suzan Lori-Parks, U.S. playwright (1963--); Kenan Thompson, U.S. actor/comedian (1978--).

Thought For Today:

Nothing recedes like success — Walter Winchell, American columnist and broadcaster (1897-1972).

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