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On April eleventh, 1970, Apollo 13 blasted off on
its ill-fated mission to the moon. (The
astronauts managed to return safely).
On this date:
In 1689, William the Third and Mary the Second
were crowned as joint sovereigns of Britain.
In 1814, Napoleon
Bonaparte abdicated as emperor of France and was
banished to the island of Elba.
In 1898, President
McKinley asked Congress for a declaration of
war against Spain.
In 1899, the
treaty ending the Spanish-American War was
declared in effect.
In 1921, Iowa
became the first state to impose a cigarette tax.
In 1945, during
World War Two, American soldiers liberated the
notorious Nazi concentration camp Buchenwald in
In 1951, President
Truman relieved General Douglas MacArthur of his
commands in the Far East.
In 1968, President
Johnson signed into law the Civil Rights Act of
1968, a week after the assassination of Martin
Luther King Junior.
In 1979, Idi Amin
was deposed as president of Uganda as rebels and
exiles backed by Tanzanian forces seized control.
In 1980, the Equal
Employment Opportunity Commission issued
regulations specifically prohibiting sexual
harassment of workers by supervisors.
Ten years ago:
Funeral services were held in Indianapolis for
AIDS patient Ryan White, who had died three days
earlier at age 18. Among the 15-hundred mourners
were first lady Barbara Bush and singers Elton
John and Michael Jackson.
Five years ago:
President Clinton expressed sympathy for
Pakistan's anger over the blocked sale of
American fighter jets, telling visiting Prime
Minister Benazir Bhutto that it was "not
right" for the United States to keep the
planes and refuse to give the money back.
One year ago: The
Justice Department reported that more than a
third of the women in state prisons and jails
said they were physically or sexually abused as
children. Jose Maria Olazabal won the Masters by
two shots over Davis Love the Third.
"Only the vanquished
Marshall McLuhan, Canadian communications