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Mississippi grand jury rejects new charges in Emmett Till murder – Chicago Tribune


Today is Friday, February 23, the 54th day of 2024. There are 312 days left in the year.

Today’s Highlight in History:

On February 23, 2007, a Mississippi grand jury declined to file new charges in the 1955 murder of Emmett Till, a black teenager who was beaten and shot after being accused of whistling at a white woman, and declined to indict the woman, Carolyn. Bryant Donham, for involuntary manslaughter.

National monument designation for Emmett Till’s family cements his involvement in the American story

On this date:

In 1685, composer George Frideric Handel was born in present-day Germany.

In 1822, Boston was granted a charter to incorporate as a city.

In 1836, the siege of the Alamo began in San Antonio, Texas.

In 1861, President-elect Abraham Lincoln secretly arrived in Washington to take office following news of a possible assassination plot in Baltimore.

In 1903, President Theodore Roosevelt signed an agreement with Cuba to lease the area around Guantanamo Bay to the United States.

In 1942, the first bombardment of the US mainland during World War II occurred when a Japanese submarine opened fire on an oil refinery near Santa Barbara, California, causing little damage.


In 1954, the first mass vaccination of school children against polio began in Pittsburgh using the Salk vaccine, and approximately 5,000 students were vaccinated.

In 1998, 42 people died and approximately 2,600 homes and businesses were damaged or destroyed by hurricanes in central Florida.

The Obama administration made a major change in policy in 2011, announcing that it would no longer defend the constitutionality of the law. Defense of the Marriage LawFederal law banning recognition of same-sex marriage.

in 2020 Ahmaud ArberyA 25-year-old Black man was fatally shot on a residential street in Georgia; A white father and son were armed and pursued him after seeing him running through their neighborhood. (Greg and Travis McMichael and their neighbor William “Roddie” Bryan were convicted of murder, aggravated assault and other charges and sentenced to life in prison.)

golfer in 2021 Tiger Woods He was seriously injured when his SUV crashed into the median and rolled over several times on a steep road in suburban Los Angeles.

A federal judge sentences the singer in 2023 R kelly He was sentenced to 20 years in prison for child pornography and seducing minors for sex, but said he would serve almost the entire sentence concurrently with the 30-year sentence imposed a year earlier on racketeering charges.

Birthdays today: Football Hall of Famer Fred Biletnikoff 81. Author John Sandford 80. Actor Patricia Richardson 73. Former NFL player Ed “Too Tall” Jones 73. Rock musician Brad Whitford (Aerosmith) 72. Singer Howard Jones 69. Rock musician Michael Wilton (Queensryche) 62. Country singer Dusty Drake 60. Actor Kristin Davis 59. Former tennis player Helena Sukova 59. Actor Marc Price 56. TV star/businessman Daymond John (TV: “Shark) Tank”) 55. Actor Niecy Nash 54. Rock musician Jeff Beres (Sister Hazel) 53. Country singer Steve Holy 52. ​​Rock musician Lasse Johansson (The Cardigans) 51. Film and theater composer Robert Lopez 49. Actor Kelly Macdonald 48, Rapper Residente 46, Actor Josh Gad 43, Actor Emily Blunt is 41, Actor Aziz Ansari is 41, Actor Tye White (TV: “Greenleaf”) is 38, Actor Dakota Fanning is 30 years old.


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