Today in History
Today is Thursday, April 14, the 104th day of 2022. There are 261 days left in the year.
Today’s highlight in the story:
On April 14, 1865, President Abraham Lincoln was mortally wounded by John Wilkes Booth during a performance of “Our American Cousin” at Ford’s Theater in Washington.
To this date :
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, Wyoming.
In 1912, the British ocean liner RMS Titanic collided with an iceberg in the North Atlantic at 11:40 p.m. ship time and began to sink. (The ship sank less than two hours and 40 minutes later with the loss of 1,514 lives.)
In 1910, President William Howard Taft became the first United States general manager to throw out the ceremonial first pitch at a baseball game as the Washington Senators defeated the Philadelphia Athletics 3-0.
In 1935, the “Black Sunday” dust storm swept through the Central Plains, turning a sunny afternoon into total darkness.
In 1949, the “Wilhelmstrasse Trial” in Nuremberg ended with 19 former Nazi Foreign Office officials sentenced by a US court to prison terms ranging from four to 25 years.
In 1960, Tamla Records and Motown Records, founded by Berry Gordy Jr., were incorporated as Motown Record Corp.
In 1981, the first test flight of America’s first operational space shuttle, the Columbia, ended successfully with a landing at Edwards Air Force Base in California.
In 1994, two US Air Force F-15 fighter jets mistakenly shot down two US Army Black Hawk helicopters over northern Iraq, killing 26 people, including 15 Americans.
In 1999, NATO mistakenly bombed a convoy of ethnic Albanian refugees; Yugoslav officials said 75 people were killed.
In 2007, riot police beat and arrested protesters as thousands defied an official ban and attempted to stage a rally in Moscow against the government of Russian President Vladimir Putin.
In 2020, President Donald Trump announced he was cutting U.S. payments to the United Nations health agency, the World Health Organization; Trump said he hadn’t done enough to prevent the spread of the coronavirus.
Ten years ago: In Belfast, Northern Ireland, where the RMS Titanic was built, thousands attended a choral requiem at St. Anne’s Anglican Cathedral or a nationally televised concert at the Waterfront Hall in the town to mark the 100th anniversary of the sinking of the ship. Eleven Secret Service agents have been placed on administrative leave as a growing scandal involving prostitutes overshadows President Barack Obama’s diplomatic mission in Latin America.
Five years ago: Former NFL star Aaron Hernandez, who was already serving a life sentence for a murder in 2013, was acquitted in Boston in a double murder in 2012, prosecutors say, fueled by his anger over a spilled drink at a nightclub. (Five days later, Hernandez hanged himself in his jail cell.)
A year ago: Former white suburban Minneapolis police officer Kim Potter was charged with second-degree manslaughter for killing 20-year-old black motorist Daunte Wright in a shooting that sparked troubled days. (Potter, who said he mistook his handgun for his Taser, was convicted of first- and second-degree manslaughter and sentenced to two years in prison.) President Joe Biden has said he will withdraw the remaining 2,500 US troops from Afghanistan, with the withdrawal beginning May 1; that date had been the deadline for a full withdrawal under a peace deal the Trump administration reached with the Taliban in 2020. Bernard Madoff, the infamous architect of an epic securities scam, died in a federal prison in North Carolina; he was 82 years old. Carlos Rodón pitched the second no-hitter of young baseball’s season, losing his bid for a perfect game on a batter with one out in the ninth inning, and the Chicago White Sox cruised to an 8-0 victory over the Indians. Cleveland.
Today’s birthdays: Country singer Loretta Lynn turns 90. Actor Julie Christie is 82 years old. Retired MLB All-Star Pete Rose is 81. Rock musician Ritchie Blackmore is 77 years old. Actor John Shea is 74 years old. Actor Peter Capaldi is 64 years old. Car driver Brian Forster is 62 years old. Actor Brad Garrett is 62 years old. Actor Robert Carlyle is 61 years old. Singer and rock musician John Bell (Widespread Panic) is 60 years old. Actor Robert Clendenin is 58 years old. Actor Catherine Dent is 57 years old. Actor Lloyd Owen is 56 years old. Baseball Hall of Famer Greg Maddux is 56. Rock musician Barrett Martin is 55. Actor Anthony Michael Hall is 54 years old. Actor Adrien Brody is 49 years old. Classical singer David Miller (Il Divo) is 49 years old. Rapper Da Brat is 48 years old. 47. Actress Sarah Michelle Gellar is 45 years old. Actor-producer Rob McElhenney is 45. Roots singer JD McPherson is 45. Rock singer Win Butler (Arcade Fire) is 42 years old. Actor Claire Coffee is 42 years old. Actor Christian Alexander is 32 years old. Actor Nick Krause is 30 years old. Actor Vivien Cardone is 29 years old. Actor Graham Phillips is 29 years old. Actor Skyler Samuels is 28. Actress Abigail Breslin is 26.
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