Sunday, April 14, 2013




1860 - 1st Pony Express rider arrives in SF from St Joseph, Mo.
1861 - Formal Union surrender of Ft Sumter.
1861 - Robert E Lee resigns from Union army.
1863 - William Bullock patents continuous-roll printing press.
1865 - Mobile, Alabama is captured.
1865 - US Secret Service created to fight counterfeiting.
1865 - President Abraham Lincoln is shot by John Wilkes Booth at Ford's Theater.

1872 - San Francisco organizes Bar Association.
1881 - The Four Dead in Five Seconds Gunfight erupts in El Paso, Texas.
1894 - 1st public showing of Thomas Edison's kinetoscope (moving pictures).
1903 - Dr Harry Plotz discovers vaccine against typhoid (NYC).
1904 - George Bernard Shaw's "Candida," premiered in London.
1906 - Pres Theodore Roosevelt denounces "muckrakers" in US press.
1910 - President Taft begins tradition of throwing out ball on opening day.
1912 -
The RMS Titanic, principally designed by Thomas Andrews, begins to sink into the icy waters of the North Atlantic after it collides with an iceberg.

1918 - Douglas Campbell is 1st US ace pilot (shooting down 5th German plane).
1927 - The first Volvo car premieres in Gothenburg, Sweden.
1930 - Philip Barry's "Hotel Universe," premieres in NYC.
1932 - Loretta Lynn, Butcher's Hollow Ky, singer (Coal Miner's Daughter) is born.


1935 - Sandstorm ravages US midwest (Dust Bowl).
1939 - John Steinbeck novel "The Grapes of Wrath" published.
1940 - Allied troops land in Norway.
1940 - RCA demonstrated its new electron microscope in Philadelphia.
1941 - 1st massive German raid in Paris, 3,600 Jews rounded up.
1941 - Pete Rose, Cincinnati Reds, Charlie hustle (most hits in majors) is born.
1941 - Ryan O'Neal, actor (Love Story, Paper Moon) is born.


1944 - 1st Jews transported from Athens arrive at Auschwitz.
1944 - Gen Eisenhower becomes head commander of allied air fleet.
1945 - American planes bombed Tokyo & damaged the Imperial Palace.
1945 - US 7th Army & allies forces captured Nuremberg & Stuttgart in Germany.
1945 - US forces conquered Motobu peninsula on Okinawa.
1945 - Derek Leckenby, rocker/actor (Mrs Brown You've Got a Lovely Daughter) is born.
1945 - Ritchie Blackmore, Engld, guitarist (Rainbow-Stone Cold, Deep Purple) is born.
1945 - Steve Martin, Waco TX, writer/actor (Jerk, Housesitter) is born.


Steve Martin and John Candy in Planes, Trains and Automobiles

1946 - "Day Before Spring" closes at National Theater NYC after 167 perfs.
1948 - NYC subway fares jump from 5 cents to 10
1950 - Randolph Powell, Iowa City Iowa, actor (Alan-Dallas, Logan's Run) is born.
1953 - Viet-Minh offensive in Laos.
1955 - Fats Domino's "Ain't That A Shame" is released.


1956 - "Plain & Fancy" closes at Mark Hellinger Theater NYC after 476 perfs.
1956 - Ampex Corp demonstrates 1st commercial videotape recorder.
1957 - Richard Jeni, American comedian (d. 2007) is born.
1958 - Sputnik 2 (with dog Laika) burns up in atmosphere.
1960 - "Bye Bye Birdie" opens at Martin Beck Theater NYC for 607 performances.
1960 - 1st underwater launching of Polaris missile.
1961 - 1st live television broadcast from Soviet Union.
1961 - Robert Carlyle, Glasgow, Scotland, British actor (The Full Monty, Once Upon A Time) is born.
1963 - George Harrison is impressed by unsigned group "Rolling Stones."
1964 - Sandy Koufax throws his 9th complete game without allowing a walk.
1965 - Millie Small appears on ABC-TV's "Shindig!" and preforms her song, "My Boy Lollipop."
1967 - In the Vietnam War, US planes bombed Haiphong for 1st time.
1967 - The
Bee Gees release their first English single. It is "New York Mining Disaster 1941."



1967 - The final "Where the Action Is" airs on ABC-TV.
1968 - Anthony Michael Hall, Boston Mass, comedian (SNL, Breakfast Club) is born.
1969 - 41st Academy Awards - "Oliver," C Robertson & K Hepburn/Striesand win.
1969 - Student Afro-American Society seized at Columbia College.
1969 - The "33 1/3 Revolutions Per Monkee" TV special airs on NBC.
1971 - President Nixon ends blockade against People's Republic of China.
1976 -
Bay City Roller singer Eric Faulkner almost dies after swallowing Seconal and Valium tablets.


1977 - Supreme Court says people may refuse to display state motto on license.
1980 - 52nd Academy Awards - "Kramer vs Kramer," D Hoffman & Sally Field win.
1980 - Pulitzer prize awarded to Norman Mailer (Executioner's Song).
1981 - 1st Space Shuttle-Columbia 1-returns to Earth.
1983 - Pres Reagan signs $165 billion Social Security rescue.


1986 - US aircraft attacks 5 terrorist locations in Libya.
1987 - Turkey asks to join European market.
1992 - "Guys & Dolls" opens at Martin Beck
Theater NYC for 1143 performances.
1992 - Court throws out Apple's lawsuit against Microsoft.
1992 - UN imposes embargo against Libya takes effect.
1994 - Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis operated on for a bleeding ulcer.
1994 - Branch Davidian cult leader David Koresh promises to surrender after completion of his Seven Seals manuscript.
1995 - Burl Ives, folk singer/actor (Cat on a Hot Tin Roof), dies at 85.


2000 - Metallica drummer Lars Ulrich files a lawsuit against Napster. This law-suit eventually leads the movement against file-sharing programs.
2002 - Tiger Woods becomes the third golfer to win The Masters in two consecutive years.
2002 - Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez returns to office two days after being ousted and arrested by the country's military.
2003 - The
Human Genome Project is completed with 99% of the human genome sequenced to an accuracy of 99.99%.
2007 - Don Ho, American musician (b. 1930) dies.

2008 - Ollie Johnston, the last living member of Disney's Nine Old Men. (b. 1912) dies.

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