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Sunday April 18, 2021

Today is Sunday, April 18th, the 108th day of the year 2021. There are still 257 days in the year.

Today’s highlight in history:

On April 18, 1906, a devastating earthquake struck San Francisco, followed by raging fires. Estimates of the final death toll are between 3,000 and 6,000.

On this date:

In 1775, Paul Revere began his famous drive from Charlestown to Lexington, Massachusetts, warning colonists that British regular troops were approaching.

In 1831 the University of Alabama was officially opened in Tuscaloosa.

In 1865 Confederate General Joseph E. Johnston surrendered to Major General of the Union, William T. Sherman, near Durham Station in North Carolina.

In 1910, suffragists appeared in the US Capitol with half a million signatures demanding that women be given the right to vote.

In 1954, Gamal Abdel Nasser took power when he became Egyptian Prime Minister.

In 1955, the physicist Albert Einstein died in Princeton, New Jersey, at the age of 76.

In 1966, Bill Russell was named player-coach for the Boston Celtics and became the NBA’s first black coach.

In 1978 the Senate approved the Panama Canal Treaty, which on the last day of 1999 provided complete control over the control of the waterway to Panama.

In 1983, 63 people, including 17 Americans, were killed by a suicide bomber in the US embassy in Beirut, Lebanon.

In 1995, quarterback Joe Montana retired from professional football. The Houston Post closed after more than a century.

In 2015, a ship believed to be carrying more than 800 migrants from Africa sank in the Mediterranean off Libya. only about 30 people were saved.

In 2019, the final report of the special envoy Robert Mueller’s Russia inquiry was published. It outlined Russian interference in the 2016 presidential election but failed to establish that members of the Trump campaign had conspired or coordinated with the Russian government. (Mueller did not give a conclusion on whether the president is obstructing the judiciary.)

Ten years ago: Standard & Poor’s cut its long-term fiscal health outlook for the US government from “stable” to “negative” and warned of dire consequences if lawmakers fail to reach an agreement to control the massive federal deficit. Kenya’s Geoffrey Mutai won the Boston Marathon in 2:03:02, the fastest anyone had ever run the 26 miles. The Kenyan Caroline Kilel won the women’s race in 2:22:36.

Five years ago: The US agreed to send more than 200 additional troops to Iraq and, for the first time, to send eight Apache helicopters into the fight against the Islamic state group in Iraq. This is the first major surge in U.S. forces in nearly a year. “Hamilton,” Lin-Manuel Miranda’s hip-hop stage biography of America’s first Treasury Secretary, won the Pulitzer Prize for Drama.

A year ago: To show that the country is on the way to gradually reopening after the coronavirus shutdown, Vice President Mike Pence addressed the graduating class of the US Air Force Academy and told the cadets that they “put the trust awaken that we will prevail against the invisible enemy in our time. “The daily coronavirus death toll in New York State was at its lowest level in more than two weeks. Hong Kong police arrested at least 14 experienced pro-democracy lawmakers, activists and a media tycoon for participating in unlawful protests in 2019.

Birthdays today: Actor Clive Revill is 91. Actor Robert Hooks is 84. Actor Hayley Mills is 75. Actor James Woods is 74. Actor-director Dorothy Lyman is 74. Actor Cindy Pickett is 74. Country musician Jim Scholten (Sawyer Brown) is 69. Actor Rick Moranis is 68. Actor Melody Thomas Scott is 65. Actor Eric Roberts is 65. Actor John James is 65. Rock musician Les Pattinson (Echo and the Bunnymen) is 63. Writer and journalist Susan Faludi is 62. Actor Jane Leeves is 60. Ventriloquist comedian Jeff Dunham is 59. Talk show host Conan O’Brien is 58. Actor Eric McCormack is 58. Actor Maria Bello is 54. Actor Mary Birdsong is 53. The actor David Hewlett is 53. The rock musician Greg Eklund (The Oolahs) is 51. Actor Lisa Locicero is 51. Actor Tamara Braun is 50. TV chef Ludovic Lefebvre is 50. Sch Actor Fredro Starr is 50. Actor David Tennant is 50. Rock musician Mark Tremonti is 47. R&B singer Trina (Trina and Tamara) is 47. Actor Melissa Joan Hart is 45. Actor Sean Maguire is 45. Actor Kevin Rankin is 45 .Ac gate Bryce Johnson is 44. Reality TV star Kourtney Kardashian (kar-DASH’-ee-uhn) is 42. Detroit Tigers first baseman and DH Miguel Cabrera is 38. Actor America Ferrera is 37. Actor Tom Hughes is 36 Actor Ellen Woglom (TV: “Marvel’s Inhumans”) is 34. Actor Vanessa Kirby is 33. Actor Alia Shawkat is 32. Actor Britt Robertson is 31. Actor Chloe Bennet is 29. Rock singer Nathan Sykes (The Wanted) is 28th actor Moises Arias is 27.

Monday, April 19, 2021

Today is Monday, April 19th, the 109th day of the year 2021. There are still 256 days in the year.

Today’s highlight in history:

On April 19, 1995, a truck bomb destroyed Alfred P. Murrah’s federal building in Oklahoma City, killing 168 people. (The bomber Timothy McVeigh, who according to prosecutors planned the attack as revenge for the siege of Waco two years ago, was convicted of federal murder and executed in 2001.)

On this date:

In 1775 the American War of Independence began with the battles of Lexington and Concord.

In 1865 a funeral was held at the White House for President Abraham Lincoln, who had been assassinated five days earlier. His coffin was then taken to the US Capitol for a private memorial service in the rotunda.

The first Boston Marathon took place in 1897; Winner John J. McDermott ran the course in two hours, 55 minutes and 10 seconds.

During the Second World War in 1943, tens of thousands of Jews in the Warsaw ghetto began a valiant but ultimately futile fight against the Nazi forces.

In 1977 the Supreme Court in Ingraham v. Wright 5-4 that even severe flogging for school children by faculty members does not violate the prohibition of the Eighth Amendment to Cruel and Unusual Punishment.

In 1989, 47 sailors were killed when a gun turret exploded aboard the USS Iowa in the Caribbean. (The Navy initially suspected that a dead crew member had intentionally started the explosion, but later said there was no evidence.)

In 1993, the 51-day siege of the Branch Davidian site near Waco, Texas ended when a fire ravaged the structure after federal agents broke their way. About 80 people, including two dozen children and cult leader David Koresh, were killed.

In 1994 a jury in Los Angeles awarded $ 3.8 million to the defeated driver Rodney King.

In 2005, the German Cardinal Joseph Ratzinger was elected Pope in the first conclave of the new millennium. he took the name Benedict XVI. at.

In 2013, Dzhokhar Tsarnaev (joh-HAHR ‘tsahr-NEYE’-ehv), a 19-year-old student wanted in the Boston Marathon bombings, was held after a manhunt that virtually paralyzed the city taken. His older brother and alleged accomplice, 26-year-old Tamerlan (TAM’-ehr-luhn), was previously killed in an angry attempt to escape the police.

In 2015, Freddie Gray, a 25-year-old black man, died a week after a spinal cord injury in the back of a Baltimore police car while handcuffed and shackled. (Six police officers were charged; three were acquitted, and the city’s chief prosecutor eventually dropped the three remaining cases.)

In 2018, Raul Castro handed over the presidency of Cuba to Miguel Mario Diaz-Canel Bermudez, the first non-Castro to hold the highest government office in Cuba under the leadership of Fidel Castro and his younger brother Raul since the 1959 revolution.

Ten years ago: The Communist Party of Cuba elected 79-year-old Raul Castro to replace his sick brother Fidel as first secretary at an important party conference. Syria abolished the 50-year emergency rule, but encouraged and defiant crowds accused President Bashar Assad of simply trying to buy time while holding on to power. The Norwegian runner Grete Waitz (57), who won nine New York marathons and the silver medal at the 1984 Olympic Games in Los Angeles, died in Oslo.

Five years ago: The front runners Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton celebrated resounding victories in the New York primary. The Cuban revolutionary leader Fidel Castro gave a farewell speech to the Communist Party that he had brought to power half a century earlier. He informed party members that he was nearing the end of his life and admonished them to help his ideas survive.

A year ago: Canadian authorities ended a fatal rampage over the weekend and fatally shot and killed a man who killed 22 people in shootings and fires in central and northern Nova Scotia. Gabriel Wortman drove a replica police car during the rampage. A handful of Eastern Orthodox priests held a mass for the Christian Easter holidays in an empty Church of the Holy Sepulcher in Jerusalem due to coronavirus restrictions. (Eastern Christian rites mark Easter one week according to the Catholic calendar.)

Today’s birthdays: Actor Elinor Donahue is 84 years old. Rock musician Alan Price (The Animals) is 79 years old. Actor Tim Curry is 75 years old. Pop singer Mark “Flo” Volman (The Turtles; Flo and Eddie) is 74 years old. Actor Tony Plana is 69 years old. Former tennis player Sue Barker is 65 years old. Famer Al Unser Jr.’s motorsport hall is 59 years old. The actor Tom Wood is 58 years old. Former recording manager Suge Knight is 56 years old. The singer-songwriter Dar Williams is 54 years old. Actor Kim Hawthorne (TV: “Greenleaf”)) is 53. Actor Ashley Judd is 53. Singer Bekka Bramlett is 53. Latin American pop singer Luis Miguel is 51. Actor Jennifer Esposito is 49. Actor Jennifer Taylor is 49. Jazz singer Madeleine Peyroux ( PAY’-roo) is 47. Actor James Franco is 43. Actor Kate Hudson is 42. Actor Hayden Christensen is 40. Actor Catalina Sandino Moreno is 40. Actor-comedian Ali Wong is 39. Actor Victoria Yeates is 38. Actor Kelen Coleman is 37. Actor Zack Conroy is 36. Roots rock musician Steve Johnson (Alabama Shakes) is 36 years old. The actor Courtland Mead is 34 years old. Retired tennis player Maria Sharapova is 34 years old NHL striker Patrik Laine is 33 years old.