This Day In History — April 10

This Day In History — April 10

Wednesday, April 10, 2019

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Today is the 100th day of 2019. There are 265 days left in the year.

TODAY’S HIGHLIGHT

1912: The luxury liner Titanic sets sail from Southampton, England, on its ill-fated maiden voyage.

 

OTHER EVENTS

1790: The US patent law is approved.

1849: Walter Hunt of New York patents the safety pin.

1864: Archduke Maximilian of Austria accepts title of Emperor of Mexico.

1866: The American Society for the prevention of Cruelty to Animals (ASPCA) is chartered.

1919: Revolutionary leader Emiliano Zapata is killed in an army ambush in Chinameca, Mexico.

1925: The novel The Great Gatsby, by F Scott Fitzgerald, is published in the United States.

1932: Paul von Hindenburg is re-elected German president over Adolf Hitler.

1941: Nazi puppet state formed in Croatia.

1945: US troops liberate Nazi concentration camp at Buchenwald, Germany.

1959: Japan’s Crown Prince Akihito marries a commoner, Michiko Shoda.

1961: Adolf Eichmann, former Nazi, is put on trial as a war criminal in Jerusalem.

1963: The nuclear-powered submarine USS Thresher fails to surface off Cape Cod, Massachusetts, in a disaster that claims 129 lives.

1972: United States and Soviet Union sign treaty banning biological warfare.

1974: Golda Meir announces her resignation as prime minister of Israel.

1976: Israel holds elections in occupied West Bank, despite rioting.

1981: Imprisoned Irish Republican Army hunger striker Bobby Sands wins election to the British Parliament.

1984: A rally to demand free presidential elections after 20 years of dictatorship draws a million people in Rio de Janeiro.

1986: United States conducts nuclear test in Nevada desert, despite growing protests among peace groups and strong Soviet campaign for nuclear test ban.

1990: Palestinian terrorist group of Abu Nidal frees a Frenchwoman, a Belgian man and their daughter after 2 1/2 years in captivity.

1993: Chris Hani, one of South Africa’s top black leaders, is murdered.

1996: Yugoslavia frees 211 Bosnian Muslims after eight months of detention; US President Bill Clinton vetoes a bill that would have outlawed a technique used to end pregnancies in their late stages that opponents call “partial-birth” abortion.

1998: In what is heralded as the biggest breakthrough since “The Troubles” started in 1969, the faction leaders of Northern Ireland and the governments of Britain and Ireland agree on a model for governing the province.

2000: The leaders of North and South Korea agree to meet for the first time in June, marking a major step forward in relations between the two nations.

2001: South Africa becomes the first country in the world to approve a solution that can be used in place of blood in transfusions; the Netherlands legalises mercy killings and assisted suicide for patients with unbearable, terminal illness.

2003: US Congress clears legislation to create a nationally coordinated alert system to respond to child abductions.

2008: Nepal holds its first election in nine years — a historic vote meant to secure lasting peace in a land riven by communist insurgents and an autocratic king.

2009: A US immigration appeals board rules that retired auto worker John Demjanjuk can be deported to Germany to face charges he served as a Nazi death camp guard during World War II.

2011: A senior member of Gaza’s ruling Hamas movement makes a rare appeal to the Israeli public for a halt to the escalating cross-border fighting, telling an Israeli radio station in fluent Hebrew that Hamas is ready to stop its rocket fire if Israel ends its attacks on Gaza.

2012: Shining Path rebels seek a $10-million ransom for 40 Peruvian construction workers abducted in a pre-dawn raid at the country’s main natural gas field in the Amazon jungle.

 

TODAY’S BIRTHDAYS

William Booth, English founder of Salvation Army (1829-1912); Joseph Pulitzer, US journalist (1847-1911); Harry Morgan, US actor (1915-2011); Max von Sydow, Swedish actor (1929- ); Omar Sharif, Egyptian-born actor (1932-2015); John Madden, former US sports commentator (1936- ); Kenneth “Babyface” Edmonds, US rhythm and blues singer/producer (1958- ); Mandy Moore, US actress/pop singer (1984- ); Haley Joel Osment, US actor (1988- )

—AP

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