Wednesday, April 20, 2016

Today in History: Wednesday, April 20, 2016

AP Highlight in History: 
On April 20, 1999, two students went on a shooting rampage at Columbine High School in Littleton, Colo., killing 12 students and one teacher before taking their own lives.

On this date in:
1792France declared war on Austria, marking the start of the French Revolutionary wars.
1812Vice President George Clinton, a former New York governor, died at age 73.
1836The Territory of Wisconsin was established by Congress.
1889Nazi leader Adolf Hitler was born in Braunau, Austria.
1902Scientists Marie and Pierre Curie isolated the radioactive element radium.
1912Fenway Park in Boston and Tiger Stadium in Detroit opened.
1939Baseball Hall of Famer Ted Williams made his major league debut with the Boston Red Sox.
1940RCA publicly demonstrated its new electron microscope.
1971The U.S. Supreme Court upheld the use of busing to achieve racial desegregation in schools.
1972The manned lunar module from Apollo 16 landed on the moon.
1980The first Cubans sailing to the United States as part of the massive Mariel boatlift reached Florida.
AP Photo
2008Danica Patrick became the first female winner in IndyCar history by capturing the Indy Japan 300.
2010An explosion on the Deepwater Horizon oil platform, leased by BP, killed 11 workers and began spewing an estimated 200 million gallons of crude into the Gulf of Mexico for nearly three months.
AP Photo/Gerald Herbert
Highlights of This Day in History
Today's Birthdays:
Actor George Takei ("Star Trek") turns 79 years old today.
AP Photo/Matt Sayles
John Paul StevensSupreme Court justice96
Leslie PhillipsActor ("Harry Potter" films)92
Pat RobertsU.S. senator, R-Kan.80
Ryan O'NealActor ("Love Story," "Paper Moon")75
Steve SpurrierCollege football coach71
Crispin GloverActor52
Carmen ElectraActress44
Joey LawrenceActor40
Actress Jessica Lange turns 67 years old today.
AP Photo/Chris Pizzello
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