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Today in history
In 1925: Many acres of celery, lettuce on the muck lands near Hudsonville have been destroyed by hot winds and great fields of onions are cut off as if a lawn mower had been used. There are no more plants available to repair the desolate celery fields and it is too late to grow them from seed. Acres of corn are destroyed and pastures are barren. The hay crop will be almost a minus quantity and farmers are disheartened. The only thing left to the muck farmer is a late crop of head lettuce.
On this day
In 1770, Captain James Cook, commander of the British ship Endeavour, “discovered” the Great Barrier Reef off Australia by running onto it.
In 1776, the Continental Congress formed a committee to draft a Declaration of Independence calling for freedom from Britain.
In 1942, the United States and the Soviet Union signed a lend-lease agreement to aid the Soviet war effort in World War II.
In 1947, the government announced the end of sugar rationing for households and “institutional users” (e.g., restaurants and hotels) as of midnight.
In 1955, in motor racing’s worst disaster, more than 80 people were killed during the 24 Hours of Le Mans in France when two of the cars collided and crashed into spectators.
In 1962, three prisoners at Alcatraz in San Francisco Bay staged an escape, leaving the island on a makeshift raft; they were never found or heard from again.
In 1970, the United States presence in Libya came to an end as the last detachment left Wheelus Air Base. (The anniversary of this event is celebrated as a holiday in Libya.)
In 1978, Joseph Freeman Jr. became the first black priest ordained in the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints.
In 1985, Karen Ann Quinlan, the comatose patient whose case prompted a historic right-to-die court decision, died in Morris Plains, New Jersey, at age 31.
In 1986, the John Hughes comedy “Ferris Bueller’s Day Off,” starring Matthew Broderick, was released by Paramount Pictures.
In 1987, Margaret Thatcher became the first British prime minister in 160 years to win a third consecutive term of office as her Conservatives held onto a reduced majority in Parliament.
In 1993, the U.S. Supreme Court unanimously ruled that people who commit “hate crimes” motivated by bigotry may be sentenced to extra punishment; the court also ruled religious groups had a constitutional right to sacrifice animals in worship services. The Steven Spielberg science-fiction film “Jurassic Park” opened in wide release two days after its world premiere in Washington, D.C.
In 2001, Timothy McVeigh, 33, was executed by injection at the federal prison in Terre Haute, Indiana, for the 1995 Oklahoma City bombing that killed 168 people.
Mehmet Oz, M.D., is 59.
Jackie Stewart is 80.
Joe Montana is 63.
Shia LaBeouf is 33.
Zeeland Hospital, Spectrum Health
May 27, 2019
A daughter, Aaliyah Marie Faith, to Shyann Ramirez and Leo Garcia of Holland.
A son, Brysen Beau Harvey, to Sophia Drake and Kyle Heron of Dorr.
May 28, 2019
A daughter, Penelope Ann, to Crystal Solano and Eddie Aldaco of Holland.