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Monday, April 12, 2004


Today is Monday, April 12th

The 103rd day of 2004.

There are 263 days left in the year.


Today's Highlight in History:

On April 12, 1945, President Franklin D. Roosevelt died of a cerebral hemorrhage in Warm Springs, Ga., at age 63; he was succeeded by Vice President Harry S. Truman.


On this date:

In 1204, The 4th Crusade occupies & plunders Constantinople.

In 1606, England adopted as its flag the original version of the Union Jack.

In 1654, The Ordinance of Union came into effect, uniting Ireland and Scotland with England.

In 1799, Phineas Pratt patented the comb cutting machine.

In 1833, Charles Gaylor patented the fireproof safe in New York City.

In 1844, Texas became a U.S. territory.

In 1861, The American Civil War began as Confederate forces fired on Fort Sumter in South Carolina.

In 1892, The portable typewriter was patented by George C. Blickensderfer.

In 1898, The Army transfers Yerba Buena Island in San Francisco Bay to the Navy

In 1908, Fire makes 17,000 homeless in Chelsea MA

In 1934, "Tender Is the Night," by F. Scott Fitzgerald, was first published.

In 1945, U.S. president Franklin D. Roosevelt, recently elected to a record fourth term in office, dies of a cerebral hemorrhage; Vice President Harry Truman is sworn in as president.

In 1954, Bill Haley & the Comets record "Rock Around the Clock"

In 1955, The Salk vaccine against polio was declared safe and effective.

In 1961, Soviet cosmonaut Yuri Alexeyevich Gagarin, aboard Vostok 1, is the first man to travel to space; he makes one orbit of the earth during his 108-minute flight.

In 1964, The 100th episode of "Mr. Ed" aired on CBS.

In 1966, The first B-52 bombing on North Vietnam.

In 1981, The space shuttle Columbia blasted off from Cape Canaveral on its first test flight.

In 1983, Chicagoans went to the polls to elect Harold Washington the city's first black mayor.

In 1985, Senator Jake Garn of Utah became the first senator to fly in space as the shuttle Discovery lifted off.

In 1988, Harvard University won a patent for a genetically altered mouse. It was the first patent for a life form.

In 1989, In the U.S.S.R, ration cards were issued for the first time since World War II. The ration was prompted by a sugar shortage.

In 1989, radical activist Abbie Hoffman was found dead at his home in New Hope, Pa., at age 52.

In 1989, former middleweight boxing champion Sugar Ray Robinson died in Culver City, Calif., at age 67.

In 1992, Euro Disneyland opened in Marne-La-Vallee, France.

In 1993, NATO began enforcing a no-fly zone over Bosnia and Herzegovina.

Ten years ago (1994):

Senate Majority Leader George Mitchell declined to be nominated to the Supreme Court.

Playwright Edward Albee won his third Pulitzer prize for "Three Tall Women"; the Pulitzer prize for fiction went to E. Annie Proulx for "The Shipping News"; the gold-medal award for public service journalism went to the Akron Beacon-Journal of Ohio.

Five years ago (1999):

U.S. District Judge Susan Webber Wright cited President Clinton for contempt of court, concluding that the president had lied about his relationship with Monica Lewinsky in a deposition in the Paula Jones case.

A jury in Little Rock, Ark., acquitted Susan McDougal of obstructing Independent Counsel Kenneth Starr's Whitewater inquiry and deadlocked on two other charges, causing a mistrial.

One year ago (2003):

Finance officials from the seven richest industrial countries, meeting in Washington, agreed to support a new UN Security Council resolution as part of a global effort to rebuild Iraq and promised to begin talks on reducing Iraq's massive foreign debt burden.

Rescued POW Jessica Lynch returned to the United States after treatment at a U.S. military hospital in Germany.

Women's activists took their fight against the all-male Augusta National as close as they could get to the Masters tournament.


Today's Birthdays:

Country singer Ned Miller is 79.

Actress Jane Withers is 78.

Opera singer Montserrat Caballe is 71.

Actor Charles Napier is 68.

Jazz musician Herbie Hancock is 64.

Actor Frank Bank ("Leave It to Beaver") is 62.

Rock singer John Kay (Steppenwolf) is 60.

Actor Ed O'Neill is 58.

Author Tom Clancy is 57.

Actor Dan Lauria is 57.

Talk show host David Letterman is 57.

Author Scott Turow is 55.

Singer David Cassidy is 54.

Singer Pat Travers is 50.

Actor Andy Garcia [Andrés Arturo García Menéndez] is 48.

Country singer Vince Gill is 47.

Actress Suzzanne Douglas is 47.

Rock musician Will Sergeant (Echo & the Bunnymen) is 46.

Rock singer Art Alexakis (Everclear) is 42.

Country singer Deryl Dodd is 40.

Folk-pop singer Amy Ray (Indigo Girls) is 40.

Figure skater Elaine Zayak is 39.

Rock singer Nicholas Hexum (311) is 34.

Actor Nicholas Brendon is 33.

Actress Shannen Doherty is 33.

Rock musician Guy Berryman (Coldplay) is 26.

Actress Claire Danes is 25.


Thought for Today:

"Eternal truths will be neither true nor eternal unless they have fresh meaning for every new social situation." -

- President Franklin D. Roosevelt (1882-1945).


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