ON THIS DAY IN RECENT HISTORY ~ April 7
1865 - Battle of Farmville VA.
1891 – P.T. Barnum (Phineas T. Barnum), US circus promoter (B & Bailey), dies at 88.
1891 - Nebraska introduces 8 hour work day.
1897 - Walter Winchell, Harlem NYC, newscaster/columnist (Untouchables) (d. 1972) is born.
1902 - Texas Oil Company (Texaco) forms.
1930's Texaco Service Station
1906 - Mount Vesuvius erupts and devastates Naples.
1908 - Percy Faith, conductor (Summer Place) is born.
1915 - Billie Holiday, [Eleanora Fagan], Balt, singer (Aint Nobodys Business) is born.
1918 - Ronald Howard, Norwood England, actor (Naked Edge, Africa-Texas Style) is born.
1920 - Ravi Shankar, Varanasi, British India, musician (the Pandit), (d. 2012) is born.
1923 - 1st brain tumor operation under local anesthetic performed (Beth Israel Hospital in NYC) by Dr K Winfield Ney.
1927 - Using phone lines TV is sent from Wash DC to NYC.
1928 - James Garner, Norman Oklahoma, actor (Rockford Files, Bret Maverick) is born.
James Garner in Rockford Files
1933 - Prohibition ends, Utah becomes 38th state to ratify 21st Amendment
1933 - Wayne Rogers, Birmingham Ala, actor (M*A*S*H, House Calls, Chiefs) is born.
1935 - Bobby Bare, Irontown Oh, country singer (Detroit City) is born.
1939 - David Frost, Tenterdon England, TV host (That Was the Week That Was) is born.
1939 - Francis Ford Coppola, Detroit, director (Godfather, Apocalypse Now) is born.
1939 – Walt Disney's final Silly Symphony cartoon, The Ugly Duckling, is released.
1940 - 1st black to appear on US stamp (Booker T Washington).
1942 - Heavy German assault on Malta.
1943 - Adolf Hitler & Benito Mussolini meet for an Axis conference in Salzburg.
1945 - US planes intercept Japanese fleet heading for Okinawa on a suicide super battleship Yamato & four destroyers are sunk.
1947 – Henry Ford, entrepreneur/ car maker (b. 1863) dies.
1949 - "South Pacific" opens at Majestic Theater NYC for 1928 performances.
1949 - John Oates, NYC, rock guitarist/vocalist (Hall & Oates-Rich Girl) is born.
1951 - Janis Ian, NYC, [Janis Eddy Fink], lesbian/folk rocker (At 17) is born.
1953 - 1st west-to-east jet transatlantic nonstop flight.
1954 - Jackie Chan, martial art actor (Rumble in the Bronx) is born.
1956 - "Rock 'n Roll Dance Party" premiers on the CBS Radio Network.
1957 - Last of NY's electric trolleys completes its final run.
1959 - Oklahoma ends prohibition after 51 years.
1961 - Marian Jordan, radio comedienne (Fibber McGee & Molly), dies at 62
1963 - 27th Golf Masters Championship: Jack Nicklaus wins, shooting a 286
1964 - IBM announces the System/360.
1964 - Russell Crowe, Wellington, New Zealand, Australian/New Zealand actor (A Beautiful Mind, Gladiator) is born.
1967 - Sonny & Cher's movie "Good Times" debuts in Chicago, IL.
1968 - Bill Bellamy, actor (Fled, How to be a Player, Joey Breaker) is born.
1969 - Supreme Court strikes down laws prohibiting private possession of obscene material.
1969 - The Internet's symbolic birth date: publication of RFC 1.
1970 - 42nd Academy Awards - John Wayne wins his first and only Oscar for his role in True Grit.
1978 - Guttenberg bible sold for $2,000,000 in NYC.
1980 - Jimmy Carter breaks relations with Iran during hostage crisis.
1981 - Willem Klein mentally extracts 13th root of a 100-digit # in 29 seconds.
1983 - Oldest human skeleton, aged 80,000 years, discovered in Egypt.
1985 - Wham! becomes the first Western act to play in China.
1988 - Russia announced it would withdraw its troops from Afghanistan.
1990 - Farm Aid IV concert.
1994 - Singer Percy Sledge pleads guilty to tax evasion.
1994 - Vatican acknowledges Holocaust (Nazis killing Jews) for 1st time.
1995 - Walt Disney's sister Ruth (the youngest of the family) passes away at the age of 91.
Ruth and Walt Disney
1996 - 8th Seniors Golf Tradition: Jack Nicklaus
1998 - George Michael is arrested in a public restroom in Beverly Hills for lewd conduct. He will be sentenced to community service for the incident.
2001 - Mars Odyssey is launched.
2001 - David Graf, American actor (b. 1950) dies.
2003 - U.S. troops capture Baghdad; Saddam Hussein's regime falls two days later.
2007 - Johnny Hart, American cartoonist (b. 1931) dies.
2007 - Barry Nelson, American actor (b. 1917) dies.
2012 - Mike Wallace [Myron], American media personality, dies at 93.