TODAY IN HISTORY
Today is Sunday, April 14, the 104th day of 2013. There are 261 days left in the year.
Today’s Highlight in History:
On April 14, 1865, President Abraham Lincoln was assassinated by John Wilkes Booth during a performance of “Our American Cousin” at Ford’s Theater in Washington.
On this date:
In 1775, the first American society for the abolition of slavery was formed in Philadelphia.
In 1828, the first edition of Noah Webster’s “American Dictionary of the English Language” was published.
In 1902, James Cash Penney opened his first store, The Golden Rule, in Kemmerer, Wyo.
In 1910, President William Howard Taft became the first U.S. chief executive to throw the ceremonial first pitch at a baseball game as the Washington Senators beat the Philadelphia Athletics 3-0.
In 1912, the British liner RMS Titanic collided with an iceberg in the North Atlantic at 11:40 p.m. ship’s time and began sinking. (The ship went under two hours and 40 minutes later with the loss of 1,514 lives.)
In 1931, King Alfonso XIII of Spain went into exile, and the Second Spanish Republic was proclaimed.
In 1939, the John Steinbeck novel “The Grapes of Wrath” was first published by Viking Press.
In 1949, the “Wilhelmstrasse Trial” in Nuremberg ended with 19 former Nazi Foreign Office officials sentenced by an American tribunal to prison terms ranging from four to 25 years.
In 1956, Ampex Corp. demonstrated its videotape recorder at the National Association of Radio and Television Broadcasters Convention in Chicago.
In 1960, the musical “Bye Bye Birdie” opened on Broadway.
In 1981, the first test flight of America’s first operational space shuttle, Columbia, ended successfully with a landing at Edwards Air Force Base in California.
In 1986, Americans got word of a U.S. air raid on Libya (because of the time difference, it was the early morning of April 15 where the attack occurred.) French feminist author Simone de Beauvoir died in Paris at age 78.
Today’s Birthdays: Actor Bradford Dillman is 83. Actor Jay Robinson is 83. Country singer Loretta Lynn is 81. Actress Julie Christie is 73. Retired MLB All-Star Pete Rose is 72. Rock musician Ritchie Blackmore is 68. Actor John Shea is 64. Actor-turned-race car driver Brian Forster is 53. Actor Brad Garrett is 53. Actor Robert Carlyle is 52. Rock singer-musician John Bell (Widespread Panic) is 51. Actor Robert Clendenin is 49. Actress Catherine Dent is 48.
Actor Lloyd Owen is 47. Retired MLB All-Star Greg Maddux is 47. Rock musician Barrett Martin is 46. Actor Anthony Michael Hall is 45. Actor Adrien Brody is 40. Classical singer David Miller is 40. Rapper DaBrat is 39. Actor Antwon Tanner is 38. Actress Sarah Michelle Gellar is 36. Actor-producer Rob McElhenney is 36. Rock singer Win Butler (Arcade Fire) is 33. Actress Claire Coffee is 33. Actor Christian Alexander is 23. Actor Nick Krause is 21. Actress Vivien Cardone is 20. Actor Graham Phillips (TV: “The Good Wife”) is 20. Actress Abigail Breslin is 17.