TODAY IN HISTORY:
1783 – After receiving a copy of the provisional treaty on March 13, the U.S. Congress proclaimed a formal end to hostilities with Great Britain.
1803 – A twin-screw propeller steamboat was patented by John Stevens.
1876 – The stenotype was patented by John C. Zachos.
1895 – Anaheim, CA, completed its new electric light system.
1921 – Iowa became the first state to impose a tax on cigarettes.
1921 – The first live sports event on radio took place this day on KDKA Radio. The event was a boxing match between Johnny Ray and Johnny Dundee.
1901 – Construction on the Empire State Building was completed. The building was dedicated and opened on May 1, 1931.
1936 – The Detroit Red Wings win the Stanley Cup for the first time.
1940 – Andrew Ponzi set a world’s record in a New York pocket billiards tournament when he ran 127 balls straight.
1947 – Jackie Robinson became the first black player in major-league history. He played in an exhibition game for the Brooklyn Dodgers.
1965 – The Palm Sunday tornado outbreak. Fifty-one tornadoes hit in six Midwestern states, killing 256 people. One of the tornadoes hit Comstock Park and Rockford, MI.
1968 – President Lyndon B. Johnson signed the 1968 Civil Rights Act, prohibiting discrimination in the sale, rental, and financing of housing.
1970 – Apollo 13 blasted off on a mission to the moon that was disrupted when an explosion crippled the spacecraft. The astronauts managed to return safely.
1974 – The Judiciary committee subpoenas President Richard Nixon to produce tapes for impeachment inquiry.
1976 – The Apple I was created.
1980 – The Equal Employment Opportunity Commission issued regulations specifically prohibiting sexual harassment of workers by supervisors.
1981 – President Ronald Reagan returned to the White House from the hospital after recovering from an assassination attempt on March 30.
1985 – Scientists in Hawaii measured the distance between the earth and moon within one inch.
1986 – Dodge Morgan sailed solo nonstop around the world in 150 days.
1986 – Kellogg’s stopped giving tours of its breakfast-food plant in Battle Creek, MI. The reason for the end of the 80 year tradition was said to be that company secrets were at risk due to spies from other cereal companies.
1990 – Elton John sang at the funeral of AIDS victim Ryan White.
1996 – Seven-year-old Jessica Dubroff was killed with her father and flight instructor when her plane crashed after takeoff from Cheyenne, Wyoming. Jessica had hoped to become the youngest person to fly cross-country.
2001 – Ending a tense 11 day standoff, China agrees to free the 24 crew members of an American spy plane after President George W. Bush apologizes for the death of a Chinese fighter pilot whose plane had collided with the American aircraft.
2007 – Apple announced that the iTunes Store had sold more than two million movies.
2007 – MSNBC announced that it would stop simulcasting “Imus in the Morning” in the wake of controversial, racially charged comments made by Don Imus about the Rutgers University women’s basketball team. His on air “nappy headed hos” comment got him fired from his radio gig a day later.
Ethel Kennedy 1928 – Wife of U.S. Attorney General Robert F. Kennedy
Joel Grey 1932 – Singer, dancer, actor (“Cabaret”)
Louise Lasser 1939 – Actress (TV’s “Mary Hartman, Mary Hartman”, movie “Slither”)
John Milius 1944 – Director, screenwriter (“Dirty Harry” films, “Apocalypse Now”, “The Wind and the Lion”, “Conan the Barbarian”, “Red Dawn”)
Peter Riegert 1947 – Actor (“The Mask”, “Animal House”)
Carl Franklin 1949 – Actor, director, screenwriter (“High Crimes”, “One False Move”)
Bill Irwin 1950 – Actor (“Hot Shots!”, “Popeye”)
Sid Monge 1951 – Baseball player (Detroit Tigers – 1984)
Vincent Gallo 1961 – Actor, director(“Buffalo ’66”, “The Brown Bunny”)
Nigel Pulsford 1961 – Musician (Bush)
Lucky Vanous 1961 – Actor (Diet Coke commercials)
Steve Azar 1964 – Country singer (“I Don’t Have To Be Me, Til Monday”)
Lisa Stansfield 1966 – Singer, songwriter (Winner of TV’s “Star Search” in 1980)
Jennifer Esposito 1973 – Actress (“Crash”, “Breakin’ All the Rules”, TV’s “Samantha Who?”, “Spin City”)
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