Thursday, April 13, 2017

Today in History: Thursday, April 13, 2017

AP Highlight in History: 
On April 13, 1743, Thomas Jefferson, statesman and third president of the United States, was born in Virginia.
 
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On this date in:
1598King Henry IV of France signed the Edict of Nantes, granting rights to the Protestant Huguenots.
1742George Frideric Handel's "Messiah" was first performed publicly, in Dublin, Ireland.
1861At the start of the Civil War, Fort Sumter in South Carolina fell to Confederate forces as the Union commander, Maj. Robert Anderson, agreed to surrender in the face of relentless bombardment.
1954Baseball Hall of Famer Hank Aaron made his major league debut with the Milwaukee Braves.
1964Sidney Poitier became the first black performer in a leading role to win an Academy Award, for "Lilies of the Field."
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1970Apollo 13, four-fifths of the way to the moon, was crippled when a tank containing liquid oxygen burst.
Audio LinkAstronaut Jack Swigert tells Mission Control "we've had a problem."
1986Pope John Paul II visited a Rome synagogue in the first recorded papal visit of its kind. 
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1997Tiger Woods, 21, became the youngest person to win the Masters Tournament and the first person of African heritage to claim a major golf title.
1999Jack Kervorkian was sentenced in Pontiac, Mich., to 10 to 25 years in prison for the second-degree murder of a man whose assisted suicide was videotaped and shown on "60 Minutes."
2011Ousted Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak and his two sons were detained for investigation of corruption, abuse of power and killings of protesters.
2011A federal jury in San Francisco convicted Barry Bonds of obstruction of justice, but failed to reach a verdict on allegations that he'd used steroids and lied to a grand jury about it.
 
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Highlights of This Day in History
Today's Birthdays:
Actress-comedian Caroline Rhea turns 53 years old today.
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NameProfessionAge
Ben Nighthorse CampbellFormer U.S. senator, R-Colo.84
Lyle WaggonerActor82
Paul SorvinoActor78
Jack CasadyRock musician (Jefferson Airplane, Hot Tuna)73
Al GreenR&B singer71
Ron PerlmanActor67
Peabo BrysonR&B singer66
Max WeinbergRock musician (E Street Band)66
Gary KroegerActor, comedian60
Davis Love IIIGolfer53
Ricky SchroderActor47
Allison WilliamsActress ("Girls")29
Chess champion Garry Kasparov turns 54 years old today.
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