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On April first, 1945, American
forces invaded Okinawa during World War Two.
On this date:
In 1789, the US House of Representatives held its
first full meeting, in New York City. Frederick
Muhlenberg of Pennsylvania was elected the first
Cincinnati, Ohio, became the first US city to pay
its firefighters a regular salary.
In 1873, composer
Sergei Rachmaninoff was born in Novgorod
In 1918, the Royal
Air Force was established in Britain.
In 1933, Nazi
Germany began persecuting Jews with a boycott of
In 1939, the
United States recognized the Franco government in
Spain following the end of the Spanish civil war.
In 1946, tidal
waves struck the Hawaiian islands, resulting in
more than 170 deaths.
In 1947, Greece's
King George the Second died.
In 1960, the first
weather satellite, "TIROS-One," was
launched from Cape Canaveral.
In 1970, President
Nixon signed a measure banning cigarette
advertising on radio and television, to take
effect after January first, 1971.
Ten years ago:
More Soviet military vehicles rolled through the
Lithuanian capital of Vilnius, a day after Soviet
President Mikhail S. Gorbachev warned the Baltic
republic to annul its declaration of
Five years ago:
United Nations peacekeepers officially took over
from the US-led multinational force in Haiti.
With US Defense Secretary William Perry looking
on, Ukraine began the process of dismantling its
nuclear missiles. More than 1500 mourners
attended a vigil for Mexican-American singer
Selena in Corpus Christi, Texas, where she'd been
shot to death the day before.
One year ago: The
United States branded as an illegal abduction the
capture of three US Army soldiers near the
Macedonian-Yugoslav border; President Clinton
demanded their immediate release. A New Jersey
man was arrested and charged with originating the
"Melissa" e-mail virus. (David L. Smith
later pleaded guilty to various state and federal
"Life is short. Live
Nikita S. Khrushchev, Soviet leader (1894-1971).