Today in history
In 1925: A flying squadron of Gideons will come to Holland on Sunday and will make a visit to 14 local churches and tell of the work of this organization. The Gideons will travel in pairs and two will visit each of the 14 churches scheduled to speak for 10 or 15 minutes either at the beginning or close of the serve, which ever may be most convenient.
On this day
In 1775, John Hancock was unanimously elected President of the Continental Congress in Philadelphia, succeeding Peyton Randolph.
In 1844, Samuel F.B. Morse transmitted the message “What hath God wrought” from Washington to Baltimore as he formally opened America’s first telegraph line.
In 1937, in a set of rulings, the U.S. Supreme Court upheld the constitutionality of the Social Security Act of 1935.
In 1941, the German battleship Bismarck sank the British battle cruiser HMS Hood in the North Atlantic, killing all but three of the 1,418 men on board.
In 1962, astronaut Scott Carpenter became the second American to orbit the Earth as he flew aboard Aurora 7.
In 1968, the Rolling Stones single “Jumpin’ Jack Flash” was released in the United Kingdom by Decca Records.
In 1974, American jazz composer and bandleader Duke Ellington, 75, died in New York.
In 1976, Britain and France opened trans-Atlantic Concorde supersonic transport service to Washington.
In 1991, the feminist film drama “Thelma & Louise,” starring Susan Sarandon (as Louise) and Geena Davis (as Thelma), was released by MGM.
In 1994, four Islamic fundamentalists convicted of bombing New York’s World Trade Center in 1993 were each sentenced to 240 years in prison.
In 2000, the state of Maryland dismissed its wiretapping case against Linda Tripp after a judge disallowed most of Monica Lewinsky’s testimony.
In 2001, 23 people were killed when the floor of a Jerusalem wedding hall collapsed beneath dancing guests, sending them plunging several stories into the basement.
In 2017, Ariana Grande suspended her Dangerous Woman world tour and canceled several European shows due to the deadly bombing at her concert in Manchester, England, two days earlier.
Mark Ballas is 33.
Tommy Chong is 81.
Bob Dylan is 78.
Patti LaBelle is 75.
Dash Mihok is 45.
Cayden Boyd is 25.
Zeeland Hospital/Spectrum Health
May 16, 2019
A daughter, Iris Mae, to Michelle and Brent Shanty of Grand Haven.
A son, Thaddeus Dean, to Kelsey and Matthew Gift of Hudsonville.
Skyy Sunshine Blue, to Breanna Blue of Holland.
May 17, 2019
A daughter, Iyla Rose Saucedo, to Brianna Suacedo and Logan Velthuis of Spring Lake.