Tuesday, April 5, 2016

Today in History: Tuesday, April 05, 2016

AP Highlight in History: 
On April 5, 1887, In Tuscumbia, Ala., teacher Anne Sullivan taught her blind and deaf pupil, Helen Keller, the meaning of the word "water" as spelled out in the manual alphabet.
 
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On this date in:
1614Pocahontas, daughter of the leader of the Powhatan tribe, married English colonist John Rolfe in Virginia.
1792George Washington cast the first presidential veto, rejecting a congressional measure for apportioning representatives among the states.
1856Black educator Booker T. Washington was born in Franklin County, Va.
1895Playwright Oscar Wilde lost his criminal libel case against the Marquess of Queensberry, who had accused the writer of homosexual practices.
1908Actress Bette Davis was born in Lowell, Mass.
1951Julius and Ethel Rosenberg were sentenced to death for conspiring to commit espionage for the Soviet Union.
1976Reclusive billionaire Howard Hughes died at age 72.
1984Kareem Abdul-Jabbar became the highest-scoring player in NBA history with 31,421 career points. (He still holds the career record with with 38,387 points.)
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1987Fox Broadcasting Co. made its prime-time TV debut. 
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2008Actor Charlton Heston died at age 84.
2010An explosion at the Upper Big Branch mine near Charleston, W.Va., killed 29 workers.
2010In a televised rescue, 115 Chinese coal miners were freed after spending eight days trapped in a flooded mine, surviving an accident that had killed 38.
 
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Highlights of This Day in History
Today's Birthdays:
Former secretary of state Colin Powell turns 79 years old today.
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NameProfessionAge
Gale StormActress94
Roger CormanFilmmaker90
Michael MoriartyActor75
Allan ClarkeRock singer (The Hollies)74
Max GailActor ("Barney Miller")73
Peter KingU.S. congressman, R-N.Y.72
Agnetha FaltskogSinger (ABBA)66
Troy GentryCountry singer (Montgomery-Gentry)49
Paula ColeRock singer48
Rapper-producer Pharrell Williams turns 43 years old today.
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