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  1. Guinastasia Force Ghost

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    837 – Halley's Comet and Earth experienced their closest approach to one another when their separating distance equalled 0.0342 AU (3.2 million miles).
    1606 – The Virginia Company of London is established by royal charter by James I of England with the purpose of establishing colonial settlements in North America.
    1815 – The Mount Tambora volcano begins a three-month-long eruption, lasting until July 15. The eruption ultimately kills 71,000 people and affects Earth's climate for the next two years.
    1821 – Patriarch Gregory V of Constantinople is hanged by the Ottoman government from the main gate of the Patriarchate and his body is thrown into the Bosphorus.
    1858 – After the original Big Ben, a 14.5 tonne bell for the Palace of Westminster had cracked during testing, it is recast into the current 13.76 tonne bell by Whitechapel Bell Foundry.
    1864 – Archduke Maximilian of Habsburg is proclaimed emperor of Mexico during the French intervention in Mexico.
    1865 – American Civil War: A day after his surrender to Union forces, Confederate General Robert E. Lee addresses his troops for the last time.
    1866 – The American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (ASPCA) is founded in New York City by Henry Bergh.
    1912 – The Titanic leaves port in Southampton, England for her first and only voyage.
    1925 – The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald is first published in New York City, by Charles Scribner's Sons.
    1940 – Katyn massacre Mass execution of 40 thousands Polish officers and intelligentsia approved and signed by USSR leader Joseph Stalin
    1941 – World War II: The Axis Powers in Europe establish the Independent State of Croatia from occupied Yugoslavia with Ante Pavelić's Ustaše fascist insurgents in power.
    1953 – Warner Brothers premieres the first 3-D film from a major American studio, entitled House of Wax.
    1970 – Paul McCartney announces that he is leaving The Beatles for personal and professional reasons.
    1992 – The Maraghar Massacre, killing of ethnic Armenian civil population of the village Maraghar by Azerbaijani troops during the Nagorno-Karabakh War.
    2010 – Polish Air Force Tu-154M crashes near Smolensk, Russia, killing all 96 people on board including President Lech Kaczyński.

    Births:

    1512 – James V of Scotland, Scottish king
    1783 – Hortense de Beauharnais, Queen Consort of Holland, mother of Napoleon III
    1794 – Matthew C. Perry, American commodore
    1796 – James "Jim" Bowie, American pioneer and soldier, creator of the Bowie knife
    1827 – Lew Wallace, American Civil War figure and novelist, author of Ben-Hur
    1829 – William Booth, British preacher, founder of The Salvation Army
    1847 – Joseph Pulitzer, American journalist and publisher
    1880 – Frances Perkins, American politician and 4th United States Secretary of Labor, first woman to ever serve in the U.S. Cabinet
    1915 – Harry Morgan, American actor
    1929 – Max von Sydow, Swedish actor
    1932 – Omar Sharif, Egyptian actor
    1936 – John Madden, American football coach and broadcaster
    1938 – Don Meredith, American football player and broadcaster
    1954 – Juan Williams, American journalist
    1959 – Brian Setzer, American musician
    1980 – Sean Avery, Canadian hockey player, mega douchebag
    1984 – Mandy Moore, American singer and actress
    1985 – Dion Phaneuf, Canadian hockey player
    1988 – Haley Joel Osment, American actor

    Deaths:

    1585 – Pope Gregory XIII
    1599 – Gabrielle d'Estrée, French mistress of Henry IV of France
    1882 – Dante Gabriel Rossetti, English poet and painter
    1904 – Isabella II of Spain
    1909 – Algernon Charles Swinburne, English poet and critic
    1919 – Emiliano Zapata, Mexican general
    1962 – Stuart Sutcliffe, Scottish musician
    1992 – Sam Kinison, American comedian
    2003 – Little Eva, American singer
    2005 – Al Lucas, American football player
    2010 – Dixie Carter, American actress
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    Those 2 smileys, again.
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  3. Juliet316 Chosen One

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    ON THIS DAY

    On April 10, 1947, Brooklyn Dodgers president Branch Rickey announced he had purchased the contract of Jackie Robinson from the Montreal Royals.
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  5. Everton Chosen One

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    ON THIS DAY

    10th April, 2007... Sam Tyler jumps.
  6. Souderwan Chosen One

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    ON THIS DAY

    USS Thresher (SSN 593) sank with all hands during deep diving tests, 10 April 1963. 129 died.

    The second USS Thresher (SSN-593) was the lead boat of her class of nuclear-powered attack submarines in the United States Navy. Her loss at sea in the North Atlantic during deep-diving tests approximately 220 miles east of Boston, Massachusetts, on April 10, 1963 was a watershed event for the U.S. Navy, leading to the implementation of a rigorous submarine safety program known as SUBSAFE. Measured by lives lost, historic context and significance, the sinking of Thresher was then, and remains today, the world's worst submarine disaster. As the first nuclear submarine lost at sea, its disappearance generated international shock and sympathy.
  7. Ghost Chosen One

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    Not a good day at all in Poland's history.

    Gotta make sure I stay away from Russians today ;)
  8. Guinastasia Force Ghost

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    April 11:

    1079 – Bishop Stanislaus of Kraków is executed by order of Bolesław II of Poland.
    1689 – William III and Mary II are crowned as joint sovereigns of Britain.
    1814 – The Treaty of Fontainebleau ends the War of the Sixth Coalition against Napoleon Bonaparte, and forces him to abdicate unconditionally for the first time.
    1881 – Spelman College is founded in Atlanta, Georgia as the Atlanta Baptist Female Seminary, an institute of higher education for African-American women.
    1919 – The International Labour Organization is founded.
    1945 – World War II: American forces liberate the Buchenwald concentration camp.
    1951 – Korean War: President Harry Truman relieves General of the Army Douglas MacArthur of overall command in Korea.
    1951 – The Stone of Scone, the stone upon which Scottish monarchs were traditionally crowned, is found on the site of the altar of Arbroath Abbey. It had been taken by Scottish nationalist students from its place in Westminster Abbey.
    1961 – The trial of Adolf Eichmann begins in Jerusalem.
    1963 – Pope John XXIII issues Pacem in Terris, the first encyclical addressed to all instead of to Catholics alone.
    1968 – President Lyndon B. Johnson signs the Civil Rights Act of 1968, prohibiting discrimination in the sale, rental, and financing of housing.
    1970 – Apollo 13 is launched.
    1976 – The Apple I is created.
    1979 – Ugandan dictator Idi Amin is deposed.
    1987 – The London Agreement is secretly signed between Israeli Foreign Affairs Minister Shimon Peres and King Hussein of Jordan.
    1989 – Ron Hextall becomes the first goaltender in NHL history to score a goal in the playoffs.
    2012 – A magnitude 8.2 earthquake hit Indonesia, off northern Sumatra at a depth of 16.4 km. After that there are still more continuation earthquake. Tsunami had hit the island of Nias at Indonesia.

    Births:

    145 – Septimius Severus, Roman Emperor
    1869 – Kasturba Gandhi, Indian activist, wife of Mohandas Gandhi
    1890 – Rachele Mussolini, Italian author and wife of Benito Mussolini
    1893 – Dean Acheson, American statesman
    1908 – Jane Bolin, American judge, first African-American woman to graduate from Yale Law School and to join the New York City Bar Association
    1913 – Oleg Cassini, American fashion designer, favorite designer of Jackie Kennedy
    1928 – Ethel Kennedy, American wife of Robert F. Kennedy
    1930 – Anton LaVey, American writer, occultist, and musician, founder of the Church of Satan
    1962 – Vincent Gallo, American actor
    1970 – Trevor Linden, Canadian hockey player
    1981 – Alexandre Burrows, Canadian hockey player
    1987 – Joss Stone, English singer-songwriter, and actress

    Deaths:

    1034 – Romanos III Argyros, Byzantine emperor
    1240 – Llywelyn the Great
    1856 – Juan Santamaría, Costa Rican soldier and national hero
    1890 – Joseph Merrick, English man with severe deformities, "The Elephant Man"
    1983 – Dolores del Río, Mexican actress
    1990 – Harold Ballard, Canadian hockey club owner and executive, cheap bastard
    2007 – Kurt Vonnegut, American author
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    April 12:

    238 – Gordian II loses the Battle of Carthage against the Numidian forces loyal to Maximinus Thrax and is killed. Gordian I, his father, commits suicide.
    1204 – The Crusaders of the Fourth Crusade breach the walls of Constantinople and enter the city, which they completely occupy the following day.
    1861 – American Civil War: The war begins with Confederate forces firing on Fort Sumter, in the harbor of Charleston, South Carolina.
    1864 – American Civil War: The Fort Pillow massacre: Confederate forces kill most of the African American soldiers that surrendered at Fort Pillow, Tennessee.
    1917 – World War I: Canadian forces successfully complete the taking of Vimy Ridge from the Germans.
    1927 – April 12 Incident: Chiang Kai-shek orders the Communist Party of China members executed in Shanghai, ending the First United Front.
    1937 – Sir Frank Whittle ground-tests the first jet engine designed to power an aircraft, at Rugby, England.
    1945 – U.S. President Franklin D. Roosevelt dies while in office; vice-president Harry Truman is sworn in as the 33rd President.
    1955 – The polio vaccine, developed by Dr. Jonas Salk, is declared safe and effective.
    1961 – The Russian (Soviet) cosmonaut Yuri Gagarin becomes the first human to travel into outer space and perform the first manned orbital flight, in Vostok 3KA-2 (Vostok 1).
    1980 – Terry Fox begins his "Marathon of Hope" at St. John's, Newfoundland.
    1992 – The Euro Disney Resort officially opens with its theme park Euro Disneyland. The resort and its park's name are subsequently changed to Disneyland Paris.
    1994 – Canter & Siegel post the first commercial mass Usenet spam.
    1999 – US President Bill Clinton is cited for contempt of court for giving "intentionally false statements" in a sexual harassment civil lawsuit.
    2002 – A female suicide bomber detonated at the entrance to Jerusalem's Mahane Yehuda open-air market, killing 7 and wounding 104.
    2007 – A suicide bomber penetrates the Green Zone and detonates in a cafeteria within a parliament building, killing Iraqi MP Mohammed Awad and wounding more than twenty other people.

    Births:

    599 BC – Mahavira, the 24th Tirthankara of Jainism
    1577 – Christian IV of Denmark and Norway
    1710 – Caffarelli, Italian castrato and opera singer
    1777 – Henry Clay, American statesman
    1871 – Ioannis Metaxas, Greek general and dictator
    1916 – Beverly Cleary, American writer
    1932 – Tiny Tim, American singer, ukulele player, and archivist
    1946 – Ed O'Neill, American actor
    1947 – Alex Briley, American singer, (soldier in the Village People)
    1947 – Tom Clancy, American author
    1947 – Dan Lauria, American actor
    1947 – David Letterman, American comedian and talk show host
    1950 – David Cassidy, American actor, singer, songwriter and guitarist
    1956 – Andy García, Cuban actor
    1957 – Vince Gill, American singer-songwriter and musician
    1968 – Adam Graves, Canadian hockey player
    1971 – Shannen Doherty, American actress, producer, director, and author
    1993 – Ryan Nugent-Hopkins, Canadian ice hockey player

    Deaths:

    352 – Pope Julius I
    1555 – Joanna of Castile, aka "Juana la Loca", (Juana the Mad)
    1912 – Clara Barton, American teacher, patent clerk, nurse, and humanitarian, founder of the American Red Cross
    1945 – Franklin D. Roosevelt, American politician, 32nd President of the United States (as mentioned above)
    1953 – Lionel Logue, Australian speech therapist and actor, (helped George VI to successfully overcome his stutter)
    1975 – Josephine Baker, American dancer
    1977 – Phil Wrigley, American manufacturer and baseball executive
    1981 – Joe Louis, American boxer
    1989 – Abbie Hoffman, American activist
    1989 – Sugar Ray Robinson, American boxer
    1999 – Boxcar Willie, American singer and songwriter
    2009 – Marilyn Chambers, American porn actress
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  10. Souderwan Chosen One

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    Births - April 11, 1900. US Submarine Force
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  11. Juliet316 Chosen One

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    ON THIS DAY

    On April 13, 1970, Apollo 13, four-fifths of the way to the moon, was crippled when a tank containing liquid oxygen burst. (The astronauts managed to return safely.)
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    April 13:

    1111 – Henry V is crowned Holy Roman Emperor.
    1204 – Constantinople falls to the Crusaders of the Fourth Crusade, temporarily ending the Byzantine Empire.
    1598 – Henry IV of France issues the Edict of Nantes, allowing freedom of religion to the Huguenots.
    1613 – Samuel Argall captures Native American princess Pocahontas in Passapatanzy, Virginia to ransom her for some English prisoners held by her father. She is brought to Henricus as hostage.
    1742 – George Frideric Handel's oratorio Messiah makes its world-premiere in Dublin, Ireland.
    1796 – The first elephant ever seen in the United States arrives from India.
    1829 – The Roman Catholic Relief Act 1829 gives Roman Catholics in the United Kingdom the right to vote and to sit in Parliament.
    1849 – Hungary becomes a republic.
    1861 – American Civil War: Fort Sumter surrenders to Confederate forces.
    1870 – The New York City Metropolitan Museum of Art is founded.
    1902 – James C. Penney opens his first store in Kemmerer, Wyoming.
    1943 – World War II: The discovery of a mass grave of Polish prisoners of war killed by Soviet forces in the Katyń Forest Massacre is announced, causing a diplomatic rift between the Polish government in exile in London from the Soviet Union, which denies responsibility.
    1943 – The Jefferson Memorial is dedicated in Washington, D.C., on the 200th anniversary of Thomas Jefferson's birth.
    1964 – At the Academy Awards, Sidney Poitier becomes the first African-American male to win the Best Actor award for the 1963 film Lilies of the Field.
    1997 – Tiger Woods becomes the youngest golfer to win the Masters Tournament.

    Births:

    1519 – Catherine de' Medici, wife of Henry II of France
    1570 – Guy Fawkes, English conspirator, planned the failed Gunpowder Plot
    1743 – Thomas Jefferson, American politician, 3rd President of the United States
    1852 – F.W. Woolworth, American businessman, founder of the F.W. Woolworth Company
    1866 – Butch Cassidy, American outlaw
    1899 – Alfred Mosher Butts, American architect and invented Scrabble
    1919 – Madalyn Murray O'Hair, American activist, founder of the organization American Atheists
    1923 – Don Adams, American actor and comedian
    1924 – Jack Chick, American evangelist
    1939 – Paul Sorvino, American actor
    1949 – Christopher Hitchens, English journalist, critic, and author
    1950 – Ron Perlman, American actor
    1962 – Hillel Slovak, Israeli-American musician
    1963 – Garry Kasparov, Russian chess player
    1964 – Caroline Rhea, Canadian actress
    1970 – Rick Schroder, American actor
    1974 – Sergei Gonchar, Russian hockey player
    1976 – Jonathan Brandis, American actor (my best friend had the biggest crush on him in high school!)
    1976 – Patrik Eliáš, Czech hockey player
    1978 – Arron Asham, Canadian hockey player

    Deaths:

    548 – Ly Nam De, emperor of Vietnam
    814 – Krum, ruler (Khan) of Bulgaria
    1605 – Boris Godunov Tsar of Russia
    1971 – Michel Brière, Canadian hockey player (the only Pittsburgh Penguin other than Mario Lemieux to have his number retired)
    1981 – Prince Yasuhiko Asaka of Japan

    (Question -- does anyone want to see other athletes, like soccer, football, basketball, baseball, etc. Other than the Steelers and the really big names, I don't really know any of the big names, so PLEASE, tell me!)
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    ON THIS DAY

    On April 14, 1865, President Lincoln was shot and mortally wounded by John Wilkes Booth while attending the comedy "Our American Cousin" at Ford's Theater in Washington, D.C. He died the next day.
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    Hey, if you have a problem with the way I'm doing things, you're welcome to add to this thread. Nobody's stopping you. :rolleyes:

    April 14:

    43 BC – Battle of Forum Gallorum: Mark Antony, besieging Caesar's assassin Decimus Brutus in Mutina, defeats the forces of the consul Pansa, but is then immediately defeated by the army of the other consul, Hirtius.
    1294 – Temür, grandson of Kublai, is elected Khagan of the Mongols and Emperor of the Yuan Dynasty with the reigning titles Oljeitu and Chengzong.
    1471 – In England, the Yorkists under Edward IV defeat the Lancastrians under the Earl of Warwick at the Battle of Barnet; the Earl is killed and Edward IV resumes the throne.
    1699 – Khalsa: The Sikh Religion was formalised as the Khalsa - the brotherhood of Warrior-Saints - by Guru Gobind Singh in Northern India, in accordance with the Nanakshahi calendar.
    1775 – The first abolition society in North America is established. The Society for the Relief of Free Negroes Unlawfully Held in Bondage is organized in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania by Benjamin Franklin and Benjamin Rush.
    1816 – Bussa, a slave in British-ruled Barbados, leads a slave rebellion and is killed. For this, he is remembered as the first national hero of Barbados.
    1828 – Noah Webster copyrights the first edition of his dictionary.
    1846 – The Donner Party of pioneers departs Springfield, Illinois, for California, on what will become a year-long journey of hardship, cannibalism, and survival.
    1894 – The first ever commercial motion picture house opened in New York City using ten Kinetoscopes, a device for peep-show viewing of films.
    1909 – A massacre is organized by Ottoman Empire against Armenian population of Cilicia.
    1912 – The British passenger liner RMS Titanic hits an iceberg in the North Atlantic at 11:40pm (sinks morning of April 15th).
    1931 – Spanish Cortes depose King Alfonso XIII and proclaims the 2nd Spanish Republic.
    1935 – "Black Sunday Storm", the worst dust storm of the U.S. Dust Bowl.
    1939 – The Grapes of Wrath, by American author John Steinbeck is first published by the Viking Press.
    1956 – In Chicago, Illinois, videotape is first demonstrated.
    1969 – At the U.S. Academy Awards there is a tie for the Academy Award for Best Actress between Katharine Hepburn and Barbra Streisand.
    1988 – In a United Nations ceremony in Geneva, Switzerland, the Soviet Union signs an agreement pledging to withdraw its troops from Afghanistan.
    2005 – The Oregon Supreme Court nullifies marriage licenses issued to gay couples a year earlier by Multnomah County.
    2010 – Nearly 2,700 are killed in a magnitude 6.9 earthquake in Yushu, Qinghai, China.

    Births:

    1336 – Emperor Go-Kōgon of Japan
    1857 – Princess Beatrice of the United Kingdom, youngest child of Queen Victoria
    1866 – Anne Sullivan, American teacher, instructor and companion of Helen Keller
    1904 – Sir John Gielgud, English actor
    1907 – François "Papa Doc" Duvalier, Haitian dictator
    1932 – Loretta Lynn, American singer-songwriter, author, and philanthropist
    1936 – Frank Serpico, American police officer
    1941 – Julie Christie, British actress
    1941 – Pete Rose, American baseball player
    1966 – David Justice, American baseball player
    1966 – Greg Maddux, American baseball player
    1968 – Anthony Michael Hall, American actor
    1973 – Adrien Brody, American actor
    1977 – Sarah Michelle Gellar, American actress
    1977 – Chandra Levy, American intern and murder victim
    1985 – Grant Clitsome, Canadian ice hockey player (who else giggles when you hear his name?)

    Deaths:

    1132 – Mstislav I of Kiev
    1279 – Bolesław the Pious
    1578 – James Hepburn, 4th Earl of Bothwell, consort of Mary, Queen of Scots
    1759 – George Frideric Handel, German composer
    1925 – John Singer Sargent, American artist
    1964 – Rachel Carson, American author and environmentalist
    1995 – Burl Ives, American actor, writer, and singer
    2012 – Jonathan Frid, Canadian actor
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    April 15:

    1395 – Tokhtamysh–Timur war: Battle of the Terek River: Timur defeats Tokhtamysh of the Golden Horde at the Volga. The Golden Horde capital city, Sarai, is razed to the ground and Timur installs a puppet ruler on the Golden Horde throne. Tokhtamysh escapes to Lithuania.
    1817 – Thomas Hopkins Gallaudet and Laurent Clerc founded the American School for the Deaf, the first American school for deaf students, in Hartford, Connecticut.
    1861 – President Abraham Lincoln calls for 75,000 Volunteers to quell the insurrection that soon became the American Civil War.
    1892 – The General Electric Company is formed.
    1896 – Closing ceremony of the Games of the I Olympiad in Athens, Greece.
    1912 – The British passenger liner RMS Titanic sinks in the North Atlantic at 2:20 a.m., two hours and forty minutes after hitting an iceberg. Only 710 of 2,227 passengers and crew on board survived.
    1920 – Two security guards are murdered during a robbery in South Braintree, Massachusetts. Anarchists Sacco and Vanzetti would be convicted of and executed for the crime, amid much controversy.
    1921 – Black Friday: mine owners announce more wage and price cuts, leading to the threat of a strike all across England.
    1923 – Insulin becomes generally available for use by people with diabetes.
    1927 – The Great Mississippi Flood of 1927, the most destructive river flood in U.S. history, begins.
    1945 – The Bergen-Belsen concentration camp is liberated.
    1947 – Jackie Robinson debuts for the Brooklyn Dodgers, breaking baseball's color line.
    1955 – McDonald's restaurant dates its founding to the opening of a franchised restaurant by Ray Kroc, in Des Plaines, Illinois.
    1970 – During the Cambodian Civil War, massacres of the Vietnamese minority results in 800 bodies flowing down the Mekong River into South Vietnam.
    1989 – Hillsborough disaster: A human crush occurs at Hillsborough Stadium, home of Sheffield Wednesday, in the FA Cup Semi Final, resulting in the deaths of 96 Liverpool fans.
    1989 – Upon Hu Yaobang's death, the Tiananmen Square protests of 1989 begin in the People's Republic of China.

    Births:

    1452 – Leonardo da Vinci, Italian Renaissance polymath
    1684 – Catherine I of Russia
    1894 – Nikita Khrushchev, Soviet politician, Premier of the Soviet Union
    1894 – Bessie Smith, American singer
    1924 – Sir Neville Marriner, English conductor
    1933 – Elizabeth Montgomery, American actress
    1940 – Willie Davis, American baseball player
    1955 – Dodi Al-Fayed, Egyptian film producer
    1959 – Emma Thompson, English actress
    1974 – Tim Thomas, American hockey player, Tea Party douchebag
    1978 – Milton Bradley, American baseball player
    1982 – Seth Rogen, Canadian actor and writer
    1983 – Ilya Kovalchuk, Russian hockey player
    1990 – Emma Watson, English actress

    Deaths: (Titanic victims shown last)

    1053 – Godwin, Earl of Wessex
    1220 – Adolf of Altena, Archbishop of Cologne
    1764 – Madame de Pompadour, French court, mistress of King Louis XV of France
    1865 – Abraham Lincoln, American politician, 16th President of the United States
    1969 – Queen Ena of Spain, nee Victoria Eugenie of Battenberg (grandmother of Juan Carlos I)
    1980 – Jean-Paul Sartre, French philosopher and writer, Nobel laureate
    1990 – Greta Garbo, Swedish actress
    1998 – Pol Pot, Cambodian dictator
    2001 – Joey Ramone, American singer-songwriter and musician
    2002 – Byron "Whizzer" White, American football player and United States Supreme Court Justice



    RMS Titanic victims, 1912:
    -Edward Smith, English navy officer and captain of the RMS Titanic
    -William McMaster Murdoch, Scottish sailor and first officer (b. 1873)
    -Wallace Hartley, English violinist
    -John Jacob Astor IV, American businessman, real estate builder, investor, inventor and writer
    -Thomas Andrews, Irish businessman and shipbuilder
    -John Thayer, American cricket player
    -William T. Stead, English author and journalist
    -Isidor Straus, co-owner of Macy's department store and former Congressman from New York
    -Ida Straus, wife of Macy's owner Isidor
    -Benjamin Guggenheim, American businessman
    -Major Archibald Butt, military aide to presidents Teddy Roosevelt and William Howard Taft
    -Charles Melville Hays, president of the Grand Trunk Railroad
    -George Dunton Widener, American businessman
    -Harry Elkins Widener, Amerian businessman, son of George Dunton Widener
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    Also, today is TAX DAY for many of us here in the US. The deadline of which most either have to file their taxes or file an extension with the Internal Revenue Service (IRS).
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    April 16:

    1178 BC – The calculated date of the Greek king Odysseus' return home from the Trojan War.
    73 – Masada, a Jewish fortress, falls to the Romans after several months of siege, ending the Great Jewish Revolt.
    1346 – Dušan the Mighty is proclaimed Emperor, with the Serbian Empire occupying much of the Balkans.
    1521 – Martin Luther's first appearance before the Diet of Worms to be examined by the Holy Roman Emperor Charles V and the other estates of the empire.
    1746 – The Battle of Culloden is fought between the French-supported Jacobites and the British Hanoverian forces commanded by William Augustus, Duke of Cumberland, in Scotland. After the battle many highland traditions were banned and the Highlands of Scotland were cleared of inhabitants.
    1862 – American Civil War: The District of Columbia Compensated Emancipation Act, a bill ending slavery in the District of Columbia, becomes law.
    1863 – American Civil War: The Siege of Vicksburg – ships led by Union Admiral David Dixon Porter move through heavy Confederate artillery fire on approach to Vicksburg, Mississippi.
    1912 – Harriet Quimby becomes the first woman to fly an airplane across the English Channel.
    1941 – Bob Feller of the Cleveland Indians throws the only Opening Day no-hitter in the history of Major League Baseball, beating the Chicago White Sox 1-0.
    1944 – Allied forces started bombing of Belgrade, killing about 1,100 people. This bombing fell on the Orthodox Christian Easter.
    1945 – The Red Army begins the final assault on German forces around Berlin, with nearly one million troops fighting in the Battle of the Seelow Heights.
    1945 – The United States Army liberates Nazi Sonderlager (high security) prisoner-of-war camp Oflag IV-C (better known as Colditz).
    1947 – Bernard Baruch coins the term "Cold War" to describe the relationship between the United States and the Soviet Union.
    1962 – Walter Cronkite takes over as the lead news anchor of the CBS Evening News, during which time he would become "the most trusted man in America".
    1963 – Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. pens his Letter from Birmingham Jail while incarcerated in Birmingham, Alabama for protesting against segregation.
    1972 – Apollo program: The launch of Apollo 16 from Cape Canaveral, Florida.
    1990 – The "Doctor of Death", Jack Kevorkian, participates in his first assisted suicide.
    2007 – Virginia Tech massacre: The deadliest spree shooting in modern American history. Seung-Hui Cho kills 32 and injures 23 before committing suicide.

    Births:

    778 – Louis the Pious
    1488 – Jungjong of Joseon
    1867 – Wilbur Wright, American aviation pioneer
    1886 – Margaret Woodrow Wilson, daughter of Woodrow Wilson
    1889 – Charlie Chaplin, English actor, director, and composer
    1921 – Peter Ustinov, English actor
    1924 – Henry Mancini, American composer
    1927 – Pope Benedict XVI
    1937 – Simeon II of Bulgaria, last reigning Tsar of Bulgaria, later Prime Minister
    1940 – Margrethe II of Denmark
    1947 – Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, American basketball player
    1949 – Ann Romney, First Lady of Massachusetts, wife of American presidential nominee Mitt Romney
    1950 – Billy West, American voice actor
    1952 – Bill Belichick, American football coach
    1954 – Ellen Barkin, American actress
    1965 – Jon Cryer, American actor
    1965 – Martin Lawrence, American actor
    1971 – Selena, American singer-songwriter
    1971 – Peter Billingsley, American actor
    1982 – Jonathan Vilma, American football player

    Deaths:

    665 – Fructuosus of Braga
    744 – Al-Walid II, Umayyad caliph
    924 – Berengar of Friuli
    1828 – Francisco Goya, Spanish painter
    1850 – Marie Tussaud, French-English artist, founded the Madame Tussauds Wax Museum
    1859 – Alexis de Tocqueville, French historian
    1879 – Bernadette Soubirous, French mystic and Saint
    1946 – Arthur Chevrolet, Swiss race car driver and automobile designer
    1991 – David Lean, English director
    2007 - Liviu Librescu, American-Romanian professor of engineering science and mechanics and holocaust survivor (killed in the Virginia Tech massacre)
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    Ah geez, seeing all this Boston footage combined with today being six years to the day of Va. Tech (doesn't help that a few of the Tech victims was from the general area of Va. where I live), and I can already see that today is just going to be a throughly depressing day.
  22. Juliet316 Chosen One

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    Apr 27, 2005
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    ON THIS DAY

    On April 16, 1947, America's worst harbor explosion occurred in Texas City, Texas, when the French ship Grandcamp, carrying ammonium nitrate fertilizer, caught fire and blew up, devastating the town. Another ship, the Highflyer, exploded the following day. The explosions and resulting fires killed more than 500 people and left 200 others missing.
  23. Guinastasia Force Ghost

    Member Since:
    Jun 9, 2002
    star 6
    April 17:

    69 – After the First Battle of Bedriacum, Vitellius becomes Roman Emperor.
    1080 – King of Denmark Harald III dies and is succeeded by Canute IV, who would later be the first Dane to be canonized.
    1397 – Geoffrey Chaucer tells the Canterbury Tales for the first time at the court of Richard II. Chaucer scholars have also identified this date (in 1387) as the start of the book's pilgrimage to Canterbury.
    1492 – Spain and Christopher Columbus sign the Capitulations of Santa Fe for his voyage to Asia to acquire spices.
    1521 – Trial of Martin Luther over his teachings begins during the assembly of the Diet of Worms. Initially intimidated, he asks for time to reflect before answering and is given a stay of one day.
    1897 – The Aurora, Texas UFO incident.
    1907 – The Ellis Island immigration center processes 11,747 people, more than on any other day.
    1949 – At midnight 26 Irish counties officially leave the British Commonwealth. A 21-gun salute on O'Connell Bridge, Dublin, ushers in the Republic of Ireland.
    1961 – Bay of Pigs Invasion: A group of CIA financed and trained Cuban exiles lands at the Bay of Pigs in Cuba with the aim of ousting Fidel Castro.
    1964 – Jerrie Mock becomes the first woman to circumnavigate the world by air.
    1964 – Ford Mustang is introduced to the North American market.
    1969 – Sirhan Sirhan is convicted of assassinating Robert F. Kennedy.
    1970 – Apollo program: The ill-fated Apollo 13 spacecraft returns to Earth safely.
    1973 – George Lucas begins writing the treatment for The Star Wars.
    1975 – The Cambodian Civil War ends. The Khmer Rouge captures the capital Phnom Penh and Cambodian government forces surrender.
    2006 – Sami Hammad, a Palestinian suicide bomber, detonates an explosive device in Tel Aviv, killing 11 people and injuring 70.

    Births:

    1277 – Michael IX Palaeologus, co-ruling Eastern Roman Emperor
    1741 – Samuel Chase, American justice of the Supreme Court
    1820 – Alexander Cartwright, American inventor of Baseball
    1837 – J. P. Morgan, American financier
    1884 – Leo Frank, American factory superintendent, victim of lynching
    1918 – William Holden, American actor
    1951 – Olivia Hussey, Argentine actress
    1954 – Roddy Piper, Canadian wrestler
    1959 – Sean Bean, English actor
    1961 – Boomer Esiason, American football player and commentator
    1964 – Ken Daneyko, Canadian ice hockey player
    1967 – Liz Phair, American singer-songwriter and musician
    1972 – Ruffian, American race horse
    1972 – Jennifer Garner, American actress
    1973 – Brett Maher, Australian basketball player
    1973 – Theo Ratliff, American basketball player
    1973 – Kaihō Ryōji, Japanese sumo wrestler
    1974 – Victoria Beckham, English singer
    1981 – Ryan Raburn, American baseball player
    1985 – Rooney Mara, American actress

    Deaths:

    326 – Pope Alexander of Alexandria
    617 – Donnán of Eigg, Irish priest, patron saint of Eigg
    1680 – Kateri Tekakwitha, American-Indian religious figure, first native American to receive beatification
    1790 – Benjamin Franklin, American politician, inventor, diplomat, and printer
    1882 – George Jennings Sanitary engineer, inventor of the first public flush toilets
    1960 – Eddie Cochran, American singer-songwriter and musician
    1998 – Linda McCartney, American designer and photographer
    2003 – Robert Atkins, American nutritionist, physician, and cardiologist, created the Atkins diet

    Today is also World Hemophilia Day
  24. jp-30 Manager Emeritus

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    Dec 14, 2000
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    Dead Americans: The thread.
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  25. Guinastasia Force Ghost

    Member Since:
    Jun 9, 2002
    star 6
    April 18:

    1025 – Bolesław Chrobry is crowned in Gniezno, becoming the first King of Poland.
    1521 – Trial of Martin Luther begins its second day during the assembly of the Diet of Worms. He refuses to recant his teachings despite the risk of excommunication.
    1775 – American Revolution: The British advancement by sea begins; Paul Revere and other riders warn the countryside of the troop movements.
    1881 – Billy the Kid escapes from the Lincoln County jail in Mesilla, New Mexico.
    1906 – An earthquake and fire destroy much of San Francisco, California.
    1909 – Joan of Arc is beatified in Rome.
    1912 – The Cunard liner RMS Carpathia brings 705 survivors from the RMS Titanic to New York City.
    1923 – Yankee Stadium, "The House that Ruth Built", opens.
    1924 – Simon & Schuster publishes the first crossword puzzle book.
    1942 – World War II: The Doolittle Raid on Japan. Tokyo, Yokohama, Kobe and Nagoya are bombed.
    1943 – World War II: Operation Vengeance, Admiral Isoroku Yamamoto is killed when his aircraft is shot down by U.S. fighters over Bougainville Island.
    1954 – Gamal Abdal Nasser seizes power in Egypt.
    1981 – The longest professional baseball game is begun in Pawtucket, Rhode Island. The game is suspended at 4:00 the next morning and finally completed on June 23.
    2007 – A series of bombings, two of them being suicides, occur in Baghdad, killing 198 and injuring 251.

    Births:

    1480 – Lucrezia Borgia, Florentine ruler and daughter of Pope Alexander VI
    1590 – Ahmed I, Ottoman emperor
    1857 – Clarence Darrow, American attorney
    1917 – Frederika of Hanover, Queen Consort of Greece (mother of Queen Sophie of Spain)
    1941 – Michael D. Higgins, Irish politician, 9th President of Ireland
    1942 – Steve Blass, American baseball player
    1946 – Hayley Mills, English actress
    1946 – Skip Spence, Canadian singer-songwriter and musician
    1947 – Herbert Mullin, American serial killer
    1947 – James Woods, American actor
    1953 – Rick Moranis, Canadian comedian
    1959 – Susan Faludi, American journalist
    1961 – Jane Leeves, British actress
    1962 – Jeff Dunham, American comedian
    1963 – Eric McCormack, Canadian actor
    1963 – Conan O'Brien, American comedian
    1967 – Maria Bello, American actress
    1969 – Princess Sayako of Japan
    1971 – David Tennant, Scottish actor
    1973 – Derrick Brooks, American football player
    1973 – Brady Clark, American baseball player
    1976 – Melissa Joan Hart, American actress
    1979 – Kourtney Kardashian, American model, actress, and businesswoman
    1982 – Scott Hartnell, Canadian ice hockey player, douchebag who likes to bite people
    1990 – Henderson Alvarez, Venezuelan baseball player
    2007 – Hayah bint Hamzah, Princess of Jordan

    Deaths:

    1161 – Theobald of Bec, Archbishop of Canterbury
    1558 – Roxelana, wife of Suleiman the Magnificent
    1763 – Marie-Josephte Corriveau, Canadian convicted murderer
    1936 – Ottorino Respighi, Italian composer
    1943 – Isoroku Yamamoto, Japanese admiral (as mentioned above)
    1955 – Albert Einstein, German physicist
    2012 – Dick Clark, American television host and businessman

    (All the more remarkable, because I am drunk)