Today is Monday, May 27, the 147th day of 2019. There are 218 days left in the year.
Highlights in history
• In 1861, Chief Justice Roger Taney, sitting as a federal circuit court judge in Baltimore, ruled that President Abraham Lincoln lacked the authority to suspend the writ of habeas corpus (Lincoln disregarded the ruling).
• In 1941, the British Royal Navy sank the German battleship Bismarck off France with a loss of some 2,000 lives.
• In 1957, the single “That’ll Be the Day” by Buddy Holly’s group The Crickets was released by Brunswick Records.
• In 1962, a dump fire in Centralia, Pennsylvania, ignited a blaze in underground coal deposits that continues to burn to this day.
• In 1985, in Beijing, representatives of Britain and China exchanged instruments of ratification for an accord returning Hong Kong to Chinese control in 1997.
• In 1995, actor Christopher Reeve was left paralyzed when he was thrown from his horse during a jumping event in Charlottesville, Virginia.
• 96: Henry Kissinger, former Secretary of State
• 84: Lee Meriwether, actress
• 83: Louis Gossett Jr., actor
• 55: Adam Carolla, comedian
• 44: Andre 3000, rapper/actor
• 20: Desiree Ross, actress
Thought for today
“A man who limits his interests limits his life.” — Vincent Price, American actor (born this date in 1911, died 1993)
Source: Associated Press