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« on: April 01, 2010, 07:10:39 am »

Thursday, April 01st
The 091st day of 2010.
There are 274 days left in the year.
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Today's Highlights in History

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   On April 1, 1945, American forces invaded Okinawa during World War II. (Go to article.)

On April 1, 1884, Florence Blanchfield, an American nurse who was the first woman to become a fully ranked officer of the U.S. Army, was born. Following her death on May 12, 1971, her obituary appeared in The Times. (Go to obit. | Other Birthdays)
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   On April 1, 1864, Harper's Weekly featured a cartoon about April Fool's Day. (See the cartoon and read an explanation.)
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1789    The U.S. House of Representatives held its first full meeting in New York City; Frederick Muhlenberg of Pennsylvania was elected the first speaker.

1853    Cincinnati, Ohio, became the first U.S. city to pay its firefighters a regular salary.

1873    Composer Sergei Rachmaninoff was born in Russia.

1918    Britain's Royal Air Force was established.

1933    Nazi Germany began persecuting Jews with a boycott of Jewish-owned businesses.

1960    The first weather satellite, TIROS-1, was launched from Cape Canaveral.

1970    President Richard Nixon signed a measure banning cigarette advertising on radio and TV.

1984    Singer Marvin Gaye, 44, was shot to death by his father.

1987    In his first major speech on the epidemic, President Ronald Reagan told doctors in Philadelphia, "We've declared AIDS public health enemy No. 1."

1999    A New Jersey man was arrested and charged with originating the "Melissa" e-mail virus, which infected more than 1 million computers worldwide.

2001    Former Yugoslav President Slobodan Milosevic was arrested on corruption charges after a 26-hour armed standoff with police at his Belgrade villa.

2003    American troops rescued Army Pfc. Jessica Lynch from a hospital in Nasiriyah, Iraq, where she had been held prisoner since her unit was ambushed nine days earlier.

2008    The Pentagon made public a legal memo dated March 14, 2003, that approved the use of harsh interrogation techniques against terror suspects, saying that President George W. Bush's wartime authority trumped any international ban on torture.

2009    Benjamin Netanyahu took office as Israel's prime minister for a second time.

Current Birthdays

Jimmy Cliff turns 62 years old today.

AP Photo/Peter Kramer Reggae singer Jimmy Cliff turns 62 years old today.


82    Jane Powell
Actress

78    Debbie Reynolds
Actress

72    Ali MacGraw
Actress

71    Rudolph Isley
R&B singer (The Isley Brothers)

71    Phil Niekro
Baseball Hall of Famer

63    David Eisenhower
Grandson of President Dwight D. Eisenhower

61    Gil Scott-Heron
Jazz keyboardist

60    Samuel Alito
Supreme Court justice

58    Annette O'Toole
Actress

57    Barry Sonnenfeld
Director

39    Method Man
Rapper

37    Rachel Maddow
Broadcast journalist

28    Sam Huntington
Actor

26    Hillary Scott (Lady Antebellum)
Country singer

Historic Birthdays

Florence Blanchfield

4/1/1884 - 5/12/1971
American nurse and army officer
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79    William Harvey
4/1/1578 - 6/3/1657
English physician; developed theory of blood circulation

61    Jean-Etienne Portalis
4/1/1746 - 8/25/1807
French lawyer; helped draft Napoleonic Code

83    Otto von Bismarck
4/1/1815 - 7/30/1898
German statesman; first chancellor of German Empire (1871-90)

58    Jorge Isaacs
4/1/1837 - 4/17/1895
Colombian poet and novelist

59    Edwin Austin Abbey
4/1/1852 - 8/1/1911
American-English painter and illustrator

50    Edmond Rostand
4/1/1868 - 12/2/1918
French dramatist; wrote "Cyrano de Bergerac"

69    Sergey Rachmaninoff
4/1/1873 - 3/28/1943
Russian composer and piano virtuoso

56    Edgar Wallace
4/1/1875 - 2/10/1932
English novelist, playwright, and journalist

47    Lon Chaney
4/1/1883 - 8/26/1930
American silent film actor

60    Whittaker Chambers
4/1/1901 - 7/9/1961
American journalist; accuser in the Alger Hiss case


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