Saturday, April 11, 2015

Today in History: Saturday, April 11, 2015

AP Highlight in History: 
On April 11, 1970, Apollo 13 blasted off on a mission to the moon that was cut short when an explosion crippled the spacecraft.
On this date in:
1689William III and Mary II were crowned as joint sovereigns of Britain.
1814Napoleon Bonaparte abdicated as emperor of France and was banished to the island of Elba.
1898President William McKinley asked Congress for a declaration of war against Spain.
1899The treaty ending the Spanish-American War was declared in effect.
1921Iowa became the first state to impose a cigarette tax.
1945American soldiers liberated the Buchenwald concentration camp in Germany.
1951President Harry S. Truman relieved Gen. Douglas MacArthur of his command in the Far East.
1979Idi Amin was deposed as president of Uganda as rebels and exiles backed by Tanzanian forces seized control of the capital, Kampala.
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2002U.S. Rep. James A. Traficant Jr., D-Ohio, was convicted of taking bribes and kickbacks from businessmen and his own staff.
2003American troops took the northern Iraqi city of Mosul without a fight.
2006Iran announced that it had enriched uranium on a small scale for the first time.
2006Israel's Cabinet declared Prime Minister Ariel Sharon permanently incapacitated.
2007Charges were dropped against three former Duke University lacrosse players who were falsely accused of rape.
Highlights of This Day in History
Today's Birthdays:
Actor Joel Grey ("Cabaret") turns 83 years old today.
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Ethel KennedyWidow of Robert F. Kennedy87
Louise LasserActress ("Mary Hartman, Mary Hartman")76
Ellen GoodmanSyndicated columnist74
Bill IrwinActor65
Lisa StansfieldSinger49
Mark TeixeiraBaseball player35
New York Yankees first baseman Mark Teixeira turns 35 years old today.
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