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Today in History: May 21, 2020

Today is Thursday, May 21, the 142nd day of 2020. There are 224 days left in the year.

IN MINNESOTA  HISTORY

ON THIS DAY IN 1934, violence erupted during the Minneapolis teamsters’ strike between picketers blocking trucks driven by non-unionists and an army hired by the Citizens Alliance, a union of local employers. Thirty Minneapolis policemen and a number of army deputies were hospitalized after the brawl.

Today’s Birthdays

Rhythm-and-blues singer Ron Isley (The Isley Brothers) is 79. Rock musician Hilton Valentine (The Animals) is 77. Musician Bill Champlin is 73. Singer Leo Sayer is 72. Actress Carol Potter is 72. Former Sen. Al Franken, D-Minn., is 69. Actor Mr. T is 68. Music producer Stan Lynch is 65. Actor Judge Reinhold is 63. Actor-director Nick Cassavetes is 61. Actress Lisa Edelstein is 54. Actress Fairuza Balk is 46. Rock singer-musician Mikel Jollett (Airborne Toxic Event) is 46. Rapper Havoc (Mobb Deep) is 46. Rock musician Tony LoGerfo (Lukas Nelson & Promise of the Real) is 37. Actor Sunkrish Bala is 36. Actor David Ajala is 34. Actress Ashlie Brillault is 33. Country singer Cody Johnson is 33. Actor Scott Leavenworth is 30. Actress Sarah Ramos is 29.

Today’s Highlight in History

On May 21, 1927, Charles A. Lindbergh landed his Spirit of St. Louis monoplane near Paris, completing the first solo airplane flight across the Atlantic Ocean in 33 1/2 hours.

Today in History

In 1471, King Henry VI of England died in the Tower of London at age 49.

In 1542, Spanish explorer Hernando de Soto died while searching for gold along the Mississippi River.

In 1868, Ulysses S. Grant was nominated for president by the Republican national convention in Chicago.

In 1881, Clara Barton founded the American Red Cross.

In 1892, the opera “Pagliacci,” by Ruggero Leoncavallo, premiered in Milan, Italy.

In 1910, a year-old Jewish settlement near the port city of Jaffa adopted the name Tel Aviv (Hebrew for “Hill of Spring”).

In 1932, Amelia Earhart became the first woman to fly solo across the Atlantic Ocean as she landed in Northern Ireland, about 15 hours after leaving Newfoundland.

In 1941, a German U-boat sank the American merchant steamship SS Robin Moor in the South Atlantic after the ship’s passengers and crew were allowed to board lifeboats.

In 1972, Michelangelo’s Pieta, on display at the Vatican, was damaged by a hammer-wielding man who shouted he was Jesus Christ.

In 1979, former San Francisco City Supervisor Dan White was convicted of voluntary manslaughter in the slayings of Mayor George Moscone and openly gay Supervisor Harvey Milk; outrage over the verdict sparked rioting. (White was sentenced to seven years and eight months in prison; he ended up serving five years and took his own life in 1985.)

In 1991, former Indian Prime Minister Rajiv Gandhi was assassinated during national elections by a suicide bomber.

In 2018, Syria’s military captured an enclave in southern Damascus from Islamic State militants after a monthlong battle, bringing the entire capital and its suburbs under full government control for the first time since the civil war began in 2011.

Ten years ago: President Barack Obama directed the government to set the first-ever mileage and pollution limits for big trucks and to tighten rules for future cars and SUVs. Citing overwhelming evidence that North Korea had sunk a South Korean warship, the Cheonan, U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton warned the reclusive communist state of consequences.

Five years ago: Four Malaysian navy ships began searching for stranded boat people in the first official rescue operation since desperate migrants started washing up on Southeast Asia’s shores. The Family Research Council said it had accepted the resignation of Josh Duggar in the wake of the reality TV star’s apology for unspecified bad behavior as a young teen. (Duggar later admitted molesting five underage girls as a teenager, including two of his sisters, cheating on his wife and being addicted to pornography; those revelations led to the cancellation of the TLC show “19 Kids and Counting.”)

One year ago: As directed by President Donald Trump, former White House Counsel Donald McGahn defied a subpoena from the House Judiciary Committee to testify; McGahn had been a key figure in special counsel Robert Mueller’s investigation, describing ways in which the president sought to curtail the probe. Angered by the empty chair in the hearing room, a growing number of House Democrats pushed for impeachment proceedings against Trump. Sherpa mountaineer Kami Rita extended his record for successful climbs of Mount Everest, ascending the world’s highest peak for a 24th time.

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Debate over $600 in jobless aid to intensify as claims rise

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Top spellers prepare to crown national champion, from home

Austin Bruins

Bruins to light up the show

Crime, Courts & Emergencies

Convictions: May 17-23

Crime, Courts & Emergencies

Two sentenced for felony drug sales

Local Government

Filing deadline for city and county offices is Tuesday

News

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Mower County

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Education

Austin to be illuminated red and green in honor of 2020 high school graduates

Mower County

Mower COVID-19 cases exceed 250

Crime, Courts & Emergencies

Extra distracted driving enforcement period being held June 1-14

News

Today in History: May 29, 2020

News

Minneapolis cop who knelt on handcuffed black man arrested

News

Minneapolis protests spread to other cities across the US

News

US consumer spending sinks by record 13.6% in face of virus

Agriculture

Pandemic disruptions taking a toll on farmers’ mental health

Crime, Courts & Emergencies

National Guard called to respond to Minneapolis violence

Local Government

City of Austin facilities to begin reopening

Crime, Courts & Emergencies

Protests over George Floyd’s death spilling into St. Paul

Crime, Courts & Emergencies

Two injured in four-vehicle accident

Local Government

Jahr running for First Ward

Crime, Courts & Emergencies

2020 sees deadliest Memorial Day weekend on Minnesota roads since 2010

Mower County

15 new COVID-19 cases reported Thursday in Mower County

Business

Over 3K file for unemployment in Mower County