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April 07th Today's Highlights in History

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Wednesday, April 07th
The 097th day of 2010.
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Today's Highlights in History

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   On April 7, 1862, Union forces led by Gen. Ulysses S. Grant defeated the Confederates at the battle of Shiloh in Tennessee. (Go to article.)

On April 7, 1915, Billie Holiday, who is considered to have been one of the great American jazz singers, was born. Following her death on July 17, 1959, her obituary appeared in The Times. (Go to obit. | Other Birthdays)
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   On April 7, 1883, Harper's Weekly featured a cartoon about Jay Gould and Wall Street. (See the cartoon and read an explanation.)
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1927    An audience in New York saw an image of Commerce Secretary Herbert Hoover in the first successful long-distance demonstration of television.

1939    Italy invaded Albania.

1947    Auto pioneer Henry Ford died at age 83.

1948    The World Health Organization was founded.

1949    The Rodgers and Hammerstein musical "South Pacific" opened on Broadway.

1953    The U.N. General Assembly elected Dag Hammarskjold of Sweden to be secretary-general.

1969    The Supreme Court unanimously struck down laws prohibiting private possession of obscene material.

1976    China's leadership deposed Deputy Prime Minister Deng Xiaoping.

1990    Former national security adviser John M. Poindexter was convicted of five counts at his Iran-Contra trial. (A federal appeals court later reversed the convictions.)

1990    A display of Robert Mapplethorpe photographs opened at Cincinnati's Contemporary Arts Center; the center and its director were indicted on obscenity charges.

1994    Civil war erupted in Rwanda, a day after a plane crash claimed the lives of the presidents of Rwanda and Burundi.

2001    NASA's Mars Odyssey spacecraft took off on a six-month, 286-million-mile journey to the red planet.

2001    An unarmed black man wanted on 14 misdemeanor warrants was fatally shot by a white police officer in Cincinnati, sparking three days of riots.

2003    U.S. troops in more than 100 U.S. armored vehicles rumbled through downtown Baghdad and seized one of Saddam Hussein's opulent palaces.

2009    Vermont became the fourth state to legalize gay marriage.

Current Birthdays

Jerry Brown turns 72 years old today.

AP Photo/Nick Ut California Attorney General and former Gov. Jerry Brown turns 72 years old today.

90    Ravi Shankar

82    James Garner

77    Wayne Rogers
Actor ("M*A*S*H")

71    Francis Ford Coppola

71    David Frost
TV journalist

66    Gerhard Schroeder
Former chancellor of Germany

61    Mitch Daniels
Governor of Indiana

61    John Oates
Rock singer (Hall and Oates)

59    Janis Ian

56    Tony Dorsett
Football Hall of Famer

46    Russell Crowe

45    Bill Bellamy

35    Ronde Barber
Football player

35    Tiki Barber
Football player, sportscaster

Historic Birthdays

Billie Holiday

4/7/1915 - 7/17/1959
American jazz singer from the 1930's to the 1950's
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46    St. Francis Xavier
4/7/1506 - 12/3/1552
Spanish Roman Catholic missionary

80    William Wordsworth
4/7/1770 - 4/23/1850
English Romantic poet; poet laureate of England (1843-50)

38    Jens Peter Jacobsen
4/7/1847 - 4/30/1885
Danish novelist

82    Randall Davidson
4/7/1848 - 5/25/1930
English religious leader

91    W. K. Kellogg
4/7/1860 - 10/6/1951
American industrialist and founder of the W.K. Kellogg Company

61    John McGraw
4/7/1873 - 2/25/1934
American baseball player and manager of the New York Giants (1902-1932)

72    Sir David Low
4/7/1891 - 9/19/1963
New Zealand-born English journalist, political cartoonist and caricaturist

76    Allen Dulles
4/7/1893 - 1/29/1969
American diplomat and director of the C.I.A. (1953-61)

51    Benny Leonard
4/7/1896 - 4/18/1947
American lightweight boxing champion (1917-1925)

75    Walter Winchell
4/7/1897 - 2/20/1972
American journalist and broadcaster

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