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On April seventh, 1927, an audience
in New York saw an image of Commerce Secretary
Herbert Hoover in the first successful
long-distance demonstration of television.
On this date:
In 1862, Union forces led by General
Ulysses S. Grant defeated the Confederates at the
Battle of Shiloh in Tennessee.
In 1939, Italy
invaded Albania. (Less than a week later, Italy
In 1945, during
World War Two, American planes intercepted a
Japanese fleet that was headed for Okinawa on a
In 1947, auto
pioneer Henry Ford died in Dearborn, Michigan, at
In 1948, the World
Health Organization was founded.
In 1949, the
Rodgers and Hammerstein musical "South
Pacific" opened on Broadway.
In 1953, the UN
General Assembly elected Dag Hammarskjold of
Sweden to be secretary-general.
In 1957, the last
of New York's electric trolleys completed its
final run from Queens to Manhattan.
In 1969, the
Supreme Court unanimously struck down laws
prohibiting private possession of obscene
In 1994, civil war
erupted in Rwanda, a day after a mysterious plane
crash claimed the lives of the presidents of
Rwanda and Burundi; in the months that followed,
hundreds of thousands of minority Tutsi and Hutu
intellectuals were slaughtered.
Ten years ago:
Former national security adviser John M.
Poindexter was convicted of five counts at his
Iran-Contra trial (however, a federal appeals
court later reversed the convictions). A display
of Robert Mapplethorpe photographs opened at
Cincinnati's Contemporary Arts Center, the same
day the center and its director were indicted on
obscenity charges (both were acquitted). An arson
fire aboard a ferry en route from Norway to
Denmark killed 158 people.
Five years ago:
President Clinton threatened to veto a lengthy
list of bills passed by the Republican-controlled
House if they were not modified in the Senate. In
a prime-time television address, House Speaker
Newt Gingrich declared the GOP "Contract
with America" was only a beginning.
One year ago:
Yugoslav authorities sealed off Kosovo's main
border crossings, preventing ethnic Albanians
from leaving as the wave of refugees approached
the half-million mark.
"It isn't enough to
talk about peace. One must believe in it. And it
isn't enough to believe in it. One must work at
Eleanor Roosevelt, American first lady