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Take a step into the past via the pages of The Sentinel. Also, see celebrity birthdays.

Today in history

In 1998, interspersed among sculptures and paintings, the entries in the Tulip Time Flower Show added to the creativity found in the Holland Area Arts Council. The downtown location made a marvelous site for a flower show – a show that almost wasn’t a part of Tulip Time. Thanks to the generosity of a local family, the Holland Garden Club kept its annual flower show alive. The children of the late Barbara Padnos – Doug and Nancy Padnos, and Jeff and Peg Padnos – funded the 52nd annual show in honor of their mother. Padnos was a long-time garden club member who had a love for flowers, especially tulips.

On this day

In 1152, Eleanor, Duchess of Aquitaine, married Henry, Duke of Normandy (the future King Henry II), two months after her marriage to King Louis VII of France was annulled.

In 1642, the Canadian city of Montreal was founded by French colonists. (On this date in 1765, one-quarter of Montreal was destroyed by a fire.)

In 1652, Rhode Island became the first American colony to pass a law abolishing African slavery; however, the law was apparently never enforced.

In 1781, Peruvian revolutionary Tupac Amaru II, 43, was forced to witness the execution of his relatives by the Spanish in the main plaza of Cuzco before being beheaded.

In 1896, the U.S. Supreme Court, in Plessy v. Ferguson, endorsed “separate but equal” racial segregation, a concept renounced 58 years later by Brown v. Board of Education of Topeka.

In 1926, evangelist Aimee Semple McPherson vanished while visiting a beach in Venice, California. (McPherson reappeared more than a month later, saying she’d escaped after being kidnapped and held for ransom, an account greeted with skepticism.)

In 1933, President Franklin D. Roosevelt signed a measure creating the Tennessee Valley Authority.

In 1944, during World War II, Allied forces occupied Monte Cassino in Italy after a four-month struggle with Axis troops.

In 1967, Tennessee Gov. Buford Ellington signed a measure repealing the law against teaching evolution that was used to prosecute John T. Scopes in 1925.

In 1973, Harvard law professor Archibald Cox was appointed Watergate special prosecutor by U.S. Attorney General Elliot Richardson.

In 1980, the Mount St. Helens volcano in Washington state exploded, leaving 57 people dead or missing.

In 1998, the U.S. government filed an antitrust case against Microsoft, saying the powerful software company had a “choke hold” on competitors that was denying consumers important choices about how they bought and used computers. (The Justice Department and Microsoft reached a settlement in 2001.)

Celebrity birthdays

Tina Fey is 48.

Jack Whitaker is 94.

Reggie Jackson is 72.

Spencer Breslin is 26.

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