Today is Saturday, May 2, the 122nd day of 1998. There are 243 days left in the year.
Today's Highlight in History:On May 2, 1863, Confederate Gen. Thomas "Stonewall" Jackson was accidentally wounded by his own men at Chancellorsville, Va.; he died eight days later.
On this date:
In 1519, artist Leonardo da Vinci died at Cloux, France.
In 1670, the Hudson Bay Company was chartered by England's King Charles II.
In 1890, the Oklahoma Territory was organized.
In 1932, Jack Benny's first radio show made its debut on the NBC Blue Network.
In 1936, "Peter and the Wolf," a symphonic tale for children by Sergei Prokofiev, had its world premiere in Moscow.
In 1945, the Soviet Union announced the fall of Berlin, and the Allies announced the surrender of Nazi troops in Italy and parts of Austria.
In 1957, Sen. Joseph R. McCarthy, the controversial Republican from Wisconsin, died at Bethesda Naval Hospital in Maryland.
In 1960, convicted sex offender and best-selling author Caryl Chessman was executed at San Quentin Prison in California.
In 1965, the Early Bird satellite was used to transmit television pictures across the Atlantic Ocean.
In 1972, after serving 48 years as head of the FBI, J. Edgar Hoover died in Washington at age 77.
In 1994, Nelson Mandela claimed victory in the wake of South Africa's first democratic elections; President F.W. de Klerk acknowledged defeat.
Ten years ago: Cincinnati Reds baseball manager Pete Rose was suspended for 30 days by National League president A. Bartlett Giamatti, two days after Rose shoved an umpire during a game won by the New York Mets, 6-5.
Five years ago: Bosnian Serb leader Radovan Karadzic approved a plan to end the Bosnian war. Four days later, the Bosnian Serb assembly rejected it. Authorities said they had recovered the remains of David Koresh from the burned-out Branch Davidian compound near Waco, Texas.
One year ago: President Clinton and congressional Republicans came to terms on a plan to balance the budget over five years. A new national memorial honoring President Franklin D. Roosevelt was officially opened in Washington, D.C. Tony Blair, whose new Labor Party crushed John Major's long-reigning Conservatives, became at age 44 Britain's youngest prime minister in 185 years.
Today's Birthdays: Actor Theodore Bikel is 74. Actor Roscoe Lee Browne is 73. Rock musician Link Wray is 63. Comedy writer-voice actor Lorenzo Music is 61. Bianca Jagger is 53. Country singer R.C. Bannon is 53. Singer Lesley Gore is 52. Singer-songwriter Larry Gatlin is 50. Rock singer Lou Gramm (Foreigner) is 48. Actress Christine Baranski ("Cybill") is 46. Actress Elizabeth Berridge ("Amadeus," "The John Larroquette Show") is 36. Actress Jenna Von Oy ("Blossom") is 21.
Thought for Today: "Like ships, men founder time and again." - Henry Miller, American novelist (1891-1980).