Saturday, April 4, 2015

Today in History: Saturday, April 04, 2015

AP Highlight in History: 
On April 4, 1968, civil rights leader Martin Luther King Jr., 39, was shot to death as he stood on a balcony at the Lorraine Motel in Memphis, Tenn.; the killing sparked a wave of riots across the country.
Audio LinkSen. Robert Kennedy breaks the news to supporters at a presidential campaign rally.
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On this date in:
1818Congress decided the U.S. flag would consist of 13 red and white stripes and 20 stars, with a new star to be added for every new state.
1841President William Henry Harrison died of pneumonia one month after his inauguration, becoming the first U.S. president to die in office.
1850The city of Los Angeles was incorporated.
1887Susanna Medora Salter became the first woman elected mayor of an American community - Argonia, Kan.
1888Baseball Hall of Famer Tris Speaker was born in Hubbard, Texas.
1902British financier Cecil Rhodes left $10 million in his will to provide scholarships at Oxford University in England.
1949Twelve nations, including the United States, signed the North Atlantic Treaty.
1974Hank Aaron of the Atlanta Braves tied Babe Ruth's career home run record by hitting his 714th round-tripper in Cincinnati.
1981Henry Cisneros became the first Hispanic elected mayor of a major U.S. city - San Antonio, Texas.
1988The Arizona Senate convicted Gov. Evan Mecham of two charges of official misconduct and removed him from office.
2003U.S. forces seized Saddam International Airport outside Baghdad.
2003Sammy Sosa of the Chicago Cubs became the 18th major league baseball player to hit 500 career home runs.
2006The Iraq tribunal charged Saddam Hussein and six others, accusing them of genocide and crimes against humanity stemming from a 1980s crackdown against Kurds.
2007Radio host Don Imus made offensive on-air remarks about the Rutgers University women's basketball team. He was later fired by CBS Radio and cable network MSNBC.
2011Yielding to political opposition, the Obama administration gave up on trying avowed Sept. 11 mastermind Khalid Sheik Mohammed and four alleged co-conspirators in civilian federal courts and said it would prosecute them instead before military commissions.
Highlights of This Day in History
Today's Birthdays:
Robert Downey Jr. turns 50 years old today.
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Richard LugarFormer U.S. senator, R-Indiana83
Hugh MasekelaBandleader76
Kitty KelleyAuthor73
Craig T. NelsonActor ("Parenthood," "Coach")71
Christine LahtiActress65
David E. KelleyWriter, producer59
Lorraine ToussaintActress55
David CrossActor, comedian51
Nancy McKeonActress ("Facts of Life")49
Barry PepperActor45
Jill ScottR&B singer43
David BlaineMagician42
Natasha LyonneActress36
Jamie Lynn SpearsActress ("Zoey 101")24
Record company executive Clive Davis turns 83 years old today.
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