Thursday, April 7, 2016

Today in History: Thursday, April 07, 2016

AP Highlight in History: 
On April 7, 1994, civil war erupted in Rwanda, a day after a plane crash claimed the lives of the presidents of Rwanda and Burundi.
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On this date in:
1862Union forces led by Gen. Ulysses S. Grant defeated the Confederates at the battle of Shiloh in Tennessee.
1927the image and voice of Commerce Secretary Herbert Hoover were transmitted live from Washington to New York in the first successful long-distance demonstration of television.
1939Italy invaded Albania.
1947Auto pioneer Henry Ford died at age 83.
1949The Rodgers and Hammerstein musical "South Pacific" opened on Broadway.
1953The U.N. General Assembly elected Dag Hammarskjold of Sweden to be secretary-general.
1969The Supreme Court unanimously struck down laws prohibiting private possession of obscene material.
1976China's leadership deposed Deputy Prime Minister Deng Xiaoping.
1990Former national security adviser John M. Poindexter was convicted of five counts at his Iran-Contra trial. (A federal appeals court later reversed the convictions.)
1990A display of Robert Mapplethorpe photographs opened at Cincinnati's Contemporary Arts Center; the center and its director were indicted on obscenity charges.
2001NASA's Mars Odyssey spacecraft took off on a six-month, 286-million-mile journey to the red planet.
2001An unarmed black man wanted on 14 misdemeanor warrants was fatally shot by a white police officer in Cincinnati, sparking three days of riots.
2003U.S. troops in more than 100 U.S. armored vehicles rumbled through downtown Baghdad and seized one of Saddam Hussein's opulent palaces.
2009Vermont became the fourth state to legalize gay marriage.
Highlights of This Day in History
Today's Birthdays:
California Gov. Jerry Brown turns 78 years old today.
AP Photo/Rich Pedroncelli
Wayne RogersActor ("M*A*S*H")83
Francis Ford CoppolaDirector77
John OatesRock singer (Hall and Oates)68
Mitch DanielsFormer governor of Indiana67
Janis IanSinger65
Tony DorsettFootball Hall of Famer62
Russell CroweActor52
Bill BellamyActor51
Ronde BarberFootball player41
Tiki BarberFootball player, sportscaster41
Actor Jackie Chan turn 62 years old today.
AP Photo/Chris Pizzello
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