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« on: April 06, 2010, 07:01:49 am »

Tuesday, April 06th
The 096th day of 2010.
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Today's Highlights in History

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   On April 6, 1909, explorers Robert E. Peary and Matthew A. Henson became the first men to reach the North Pole. The claim, disputed by skeptics, was upheld in 1989 by the Navigation Foundation. (Go to article.)

On April 6, 1870, Clarence E. McClung, an American zoologist who made important discoveries in the field of genetics, was born. Following his death on Jan. 17, 1946, his obituary appeared in The Times. (Go to obit. | Other Birthdays)
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   On April 6, 1872, Harper's Weekly featured a cartoon about a Congressional investigation into arms sales. (See the cartoon and read an explanation.)
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1830    The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints was organized by Joseph Smith in Fayette, N.Y.

1896    The first modern Olympic Games opened in Athens, Greece.

1917    Congress approved a declaration of war against Germany as the United States entered World War I.

1971    Composer Igor Stravinsky died at age 88.

1983    Interior Secretary James Watt banned the Beach Boys from the 4th of July celebration on the Washington Mall, saying rock 'n' roll bands attract the "wrong element."

1992    Science fiction author Isaac Asimov died at age 72.

1998    The Dow Jones industrial average closed above 9,000 points for the first time.

1998    Pakistan successfully tested a medium-range missile capable of striking neighboring India.

1998    Country singer Tammy Wynette died at age 55.

2001    Algerian national Ahmed Ressam, accused of bringing explosives into the United States days before the millennium celebrations, was convicted on terror charges.

2004    Jordan's military court convicted eight Muslim militants and sentenced them to death for the 2002 killing of U.S. aid official Laurence Foley in a terror conspiracy linked to al-Qaida.

2004    The University of Connecticut became the first school to win the NCAA Division I men's and women's basketball titles in the same season as the women's team beat Tennessee 70-61 for their third consecutive championship.

2005    Prince Rainier III of Monaco died at age 81.

2009    Michael Jordan was elected to the basketball Hall of Fame.

Current Birthdays

Merle Haggard turns 73 years old today.

AP Photo/Dave Martin Country musician Merle Haggard turns 73 years old today.


81    Andre Previn
Pianist, conductor

73    Billy Dee Williams
Actor

68    Barry Levinson
Director ("Rain Man," "The Natural")

63    John Ratzenberger
Actor ("Cheers")

58    Marilu Henner
Actress ("Taxi," "Evening Shade")

57    Janet Lynn
Figure skater

41    Paul Rudd
Actor

38    Jason Hervey
Actor ("The Wonder Years")

35    Zach Braff
Actor, writer ("Scrubs")

34    Candace Cameron Bure
Actress ("Full House")

Historic Birthdays

Clarence E. McClung

4/6/1870 - 1/17/1946
American zoologist
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37    Raphael
4/6/1483 - 4/6/1520
Italian painter and architect of the Italian High Renaissance

70    Jean-Baptiste Rousseau
4/6/1671 - 3/17/1741
French dramatist and poet

63    James Mill
4/6/1773 - 6/23/1836
Scottish philosopher, historian and economist

76    Joseph Medill
4/6/1823 - 3/16/1899
Canadian-born American editor and publisher of the Chicago Tribune

85    Rene Lalique
4/6/1860 - 5/5/1945
French jeweler and important figure in the Art Nouveau movement

87    Louis Raemaekers
4/6/1869 - 7/26/1956
Dutch cartoonist famous for his anti-German cartoons in W. W. II

66    Walter Huston
4/6/1884 - 4/7/1950
Canadian-born American character actor in films and stage

49    Anthony Fokker
4/6/1890 - 12/23/1939
Dutch airman and pioneer aircraft manufacturer

89    Lowell Thomas
4/6/1892 - 8/29/1981
American radio commentator, explorer, lecturer and journalist

89    Donald Douglas
4/6/1892 - 2/1/1981
American aircraft designer; founded Douglas Aircraft Company

87    Harold Edgerton
4/6/1903 - 1/4/1990
American electrical engineer and photographer

69    Gerry Mulligan
4/6/1927 - 1/20/1996
American baritone saxophonist, arranger and composer


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