ON THIS DAY IN RECENT HISTORY ~ APRIL 11
1865 - Abraham Lincoln makes his last public speech and discusses the status of the Confederate. States as well as his plan for restoring them to their place in the Union.
1890 - Ellis Island designated as an immigration station.
1895 - Anaheim completes it's new electric light system.
1898 - President McKinley asks for Spanish-American War declaration.
1899 - Treaty of Paris ratifies ends war; Spain cedes Puerto Rico to US.
1900 - US Navy's 1st submarine made its debut.
1906 - Einstein introduces his Theory of Relativity.
1914 - George Bernard Shaw's "Pygmalion," premieres.
1917 - Babe Ruth beats NY Yanks, pitching 3-hit 10-3 win for Red Sox.
1921 - Iowa imposed 1st state cigarette tax.
1936 - Rodgers & Hart's musical "On Your Toes," premieres in NYC.
1941 - Germany blitzes Conventry, England.
1941 - Jewish Weekly newspaper taken control by Nazis.
1941 - Nazi occupiers in Neth confiscate Jewish assets.
1942 - Distinguished Service Medal for Merchant Marines authorized.
1945 - US soldiers liberate Nazi concentration camp "Buchenwald".
1947 - Jackie Robinson becomes 1st black in modern major-league baseball.
1951 - Pres Harry Truman fires Gen Douglas McArthur.
1956 - James Brown debuts on the R&B charts with "Please, Please, Please."
1959 - "Jamaica" closes at Imperial Theater NYC after 558 performances.
1959 - Dodger pitcher Don Drysdale hits his 2nd Opening Day HR.
1961 - Bob Dylan makes his 1st appearance at Folk City, Greenwich Village.
1966 - NBC broadcastes the last episode of "Hulabaloo."
1966 - Frank Sinatra records "Strangers in the Night."
1968 - Big Brother & the Holding Company make their national TV debut on ABC's "Hollywood Palace."
1970 - Commander James A. Lovell Jr. and his fellow astronauts launch the infamous Apollo 13 mission, which would experience a major malfunction two days later.
1970 - Beatles' "Let It Be," single goes #1 & stays #1 for 2 weeks.
1970 - Paul McCartney announces a "temporary break with the Beatles." He cites "personal differences" and addes that he will no longer record with John Lennon.
1970 - Peter Green announces that he will be leaving Fleetwood Mac.
1975 - Hank Aaron returns as a Milwaukee player (Brewer).
1976 - The Apple I is created.
1980 - Paul McCartney releases "Coming Up."
1981 - Ronald Reagan arrives home from hospital after Hinkley shot him.
1981 - Edward "Eddie" Van Halen and Valerie Bertinelli are married.
1983 - R.E.M.'s first album, "Murmur", is released.
1984 - Challenger astronauts complete 1st in space satellite repair.
1988 - Cher wins the Best Actress Oscar for her role in "Moonstruck."
1990 - Customs officers in Middlesbrough, United Kingdom, say they have seized what they believe to be the barrel of a massive gun on a ship bound for Iraq.
1991 - "Miss Saigon," opens at Broadway Theater NYC.
1991 - UN Security Council issues formal cease fire with Iraq declaration.
1991 - Ringo Starr is a guest on Fox TV's "The Simpsons."
1992 - Euro-Disney opens near Paris.
1993 - 450 prisoners rioted at the Southern Ohio Correctional Facility in Lucasville, Ohio, and continued to do so for ten days, citing grievances related to prison conditions, as well as the forced vaccination of Nation of Islam prisoners (for tuberculosis) against their religious beliefs. It was Easter Sunday.
1994 - A Seattle, WA, coroner rules that Kurt Cobain's (Nirvana) death was a suicide.
1994 - Nirvana's album "In Utero" is certified double-platinum.
1995 - Peter, Paul and Mary release their 17th album, "LifeLines."
1996 - "King & I," premieres at Neil Simon Theater in NYC for 781 perform.