Monday, April 23, 2012

This day in history

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[April 23, 2012]  (AP)  Today is Monday, April 23, the 114th day of 2012. There are 252 days left in the year.

Today's highlight in history:

On April 23, 1789, President-elect George Washington and his wife, Martha, moved into the first executive mansion, the Franklin House, in New York.

On this date:

In 1616, English poet and dramatist William Shakespeare, 52, died on what has been traditionally regarded as the anniversary of his birth in 1564.

In 1791, the 15th president of the United States, James Buchanan, was born in Franklin County, Pa.

In 1910, former President Theodore Roosevelt delivered his famous "Man in the Arena" speech at the Sorbonne in Paris.

In 1940, about 200 people died in the Rhythm Night Club Fire in Natchez, Miss.

In 1954, Hank Aaron of the Milwaukee Braves hit the first of his record 755 major-league home runs in a game against the St. Louis Cardinals. (The Braves won, 7-5.)

In 1961, Judy Garland performed her legendary concert at New York's Carnegie Hall.

In 1962, NASA launched Ranger 4 on a mission to the moon. (The spacecraft was supposed to transmit pictures and data just before crashing into the lunar surface three days later; however, due to equipment malfunction, no data was sent.)

In 1968, student protesters began occupying buildings on the campus of Columbia University in New York; police put down the protests a week later.

In 1969, Sirhan Sirhan was sentenced to death for assassinating New York Sen. Robert F. Kennedy. (The sentence was later reduced to life imprisonment.)

In 1987, 28 construction workers were killed when an apartment complex being built in Bridgeport, Conn., suddenly collapsed.

In 1992, McDonald's opened its first fast-food restaurant in the Chinese capital of Beijing.

In 2005, website YouTube uploaded its first video, titled "Me at the Zoo," consisting of 18 seconds of co-founder Jawed Karim standing in front of an elephant enclosure at the San Diego Zoo.

Ten years ago: American cardinals opened an extraordinary meeting with top Vatican officials to discuss a sex abuse scandal rocking the Roman Catholic Church in the United States; Pope John Paul II told the American church leaders there was no room in the priesthood "for those who would harm the young." President George W. Bush's top White House aide, Karen Hughes, resigned to return home to Texas with her family.

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Five years ago: Boris Yeltsin, the first freely elected Russian president, died in Moscow at age 76. Congressional Democratic leaders agreed on legislation requiring the first U.S. combat troops to be withdrawn from Iraq by Oct. 1, 2007, with a goal of a complete pullout six months later; President George W. Bush pledged to veto such a measure. Classes at Virginia Tech resumed one week after the killings of 32 victims by a suicidal gunman. Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist and author David Halberstam died in a car crash in Menlo Park, Calif., at age 73.

One year ago: Yemen's embattled president, Ali Abdullah Saleh (AH'-lee ahb-DUH'-luh sah-LEH'), agreed to a proposal by Gulf Arab mediators to step down within 30 days and hand power to his deputy in exchange for immunity from prosecution. (Saleh ended up leaving office in February 2012.) Former Sony Corp. president and chairman Norio Ohga, credited with developing the compact disc, died in Tokyo at age 81.

Today's birthdays: Actress-turned-diplomat Shirley Temple Black is 84. Actor Alan Oppenheimer is 82. Actor David Birney is 73. Actor Lee Majors is 73. Irish nationalist Bernadette Devlin McAliskey is 65. Actress Blair Brown is 64. Writer-director Paul Brickman is 63. Actress Joyce DeWitt is 63. Actor James Russo is 59. Filmmaker-author Michael Moore is 58. Actress Judy Davis is 57. Actress Jan Hooks is 55. Actress Valerie Bertinelli is 52. Actor Craig Sheffer is 52. Actor George Lopez is 51. Rock musician Gen is 48. U.S. Olympic gold medal skier Donna Weinbrecht is 47. Actress Melina Kanakaredes (kah-nah-KAH'-ree-deez) is 45. Rock musician Stan Frazier (Sugar Ray) is 44. Country musician Tim Womack (Sons of the Desert) is 44. Actor Scott Bairstow (BEHR'-stow) is 42. Actor Barry Watson is 38. Actor Kal Penn is 35. MLB All-Star Andruw Jones is 35. Actress Jaime King is 33. Pop singer Taio Cruz is 29. Actor Aaron Hill is 29. Actress Rachel Skarsten is 27. Tennis player Nicole Vaidisova (vay-deh-SOH'-vuh) is 23. Actor Dev Patel (puh-TEHL') ("Slumdog Millionaire") is 22. Actor Matthew Underwood is 22. Actor Camryn Walling is 22.

Thought for today: "What is fame? The advantage of being known by people of whom you yourself know nothing, and for whom you care as little." -- Lord Byron, English poet (1788-1824)

[Associated Press]

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