Thursday, April 21, 2016

Today in History: Thursday, April 21, 2016

AP Highlight in History:
On April 21, 1918, Baron Manfred von Richthofen, the German ace known as the "Red Baron," was killed in action during World War I.

On this date in:
1649The Maryland Toleration Act, which provided for freedom of worship for all Christians, was passed by the Maryland assembly.
1789John Adams was sworn in as the first vice president of the United States.
1816Charlotte Bronte, author of "Jane Eyre," was born in Thornton, England.
1836Texans led by Sam Houston defeated the Mexicans at San Jacinto, assuring Texas' independence.
1910Author Mark Twain died at age 74.
1960Brazil inaugurated its new capital, Brasilia, transferring the seat of national government from Rio de Janeiro.
1977The musical "Annie," based on the comic strip "Little Orphan Annie," opened on Broadway.
AP Photo/David Handschuh
1980Rosie Ruiz, the first woman to cross the finish line at the Boston Marathon, was disqualified when officials discovered she had jumped into the race about a mile from the finish.
1992Robert Alton Harris became the first person executed by the state of California in 25 years as he was put to death in the gas chamber for the 1978 murder of two teenage boys.
2004Five suicide attackers detonated car bombs against police buildings in Basra, Iraq, killing at least 74 people.
2011Sen. John Ensign, R-Nev., announced he would step down amid a developing ethics probe while insisting he'd done nothing wrong.
Highlights of This Day in History
Today's Birthdays:
Britain's Queen Elizabeth II turns 90 years old today
AP Photo/Sang Tan
Elaine MayActress, writer84
Charles GrodinActor81
David BorenFormer U.S. senator, D-Okla.75
Iggy PopRock musician69
Patti LuPoneActress, singer67
Tony DanzaActor ("Taxi," "Who's the Boss?")65
Andie MacDowellActress58
Robert SmithRock musician (The Cure)57
John Cameron MitchellActor, director ("Hedwig and the Angry Inch")53
Rob RiggleActor46
Nicole SullivanActress, comedian ("MadTV," "King of Queens")46
Tony RomoFootball player36
Cadillac WilliamsFootball player34
Actor James McAvoy turns 37 years old today
AP Photo/Dan Steinberg
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