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Moments in time




 

 

• On May 9, 1671, Thomas Blood, an Irish adventurer better known as “Captain Blood,” is captured attempting to steal the Crown Jewels from Charles II of England in the Tower of London. Charles was so impressed with Blood’s audacity that, far from punishing him, he made him a member of his court with an annual pension.

• On May 14, 1914, Washington Senators pitcher Walter “Big Train” Johnson throws his 54th consecutive scoreless inning, against the St. Louis Browns in Sportsman Park III. Johnson broke a 53-inning record set in 1910 by Jack Coombs of the Philadelphia Athletics.

• On May 13, 1981, Pope John Paul II is shot and wounded at St. Peter’s Square in Rome. Turkish terrorist Mehmet Ali Agca, an escaped fugitive already convicted of a previous murder, fired several shots at the religious leader. Agca was immediately captured. After a two-day trial, he was sentenced to life in prison.

• On May 10, 1990, the government of the People’s Republic of China announces that it is releasing 211 people arrested during the massive protests held in Tiananmen Square in Beijing in June 1989. Most observers viewed the prisoner release as an attempt by the communist government of China to dispel much of the terrible publicity it received for its brutal suppression of the 1989 protests. (c) 2011 King Features Synd.


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