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On April sixth, 1909, explorers Robert
E. Peary and Matthew A. Henson became the
first men to reach the North Pole. (The claim,
disputed by skeptics, was upheld in 1989 by the
On this date:
In 1830, the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day
Saints was organized by Joseph Smith in Fayette,
In 1862, the Civil
War Battle of Shiloh began in Tennessee.
In 1892, author,
journalist, broadcaster and world traveler Lowell
Thomas was born in Woodington, Ohio.
In 1896, the first
modern Olympic games formally opened in Athens,
In 1917, Congress
approved a declaration of war against Germany.
In 1965, the
United States launched the Early Bird
Russian-born composer Igor Stravinsky died in New
In 1985, William
J. Schroeder became the first artificial heart
recipient to be discharged from the hospital as
he moved into an apartment in Louisville,
In 1994, Supreme
Court Justice Harry A. Blackmun announced his
retirement after 24 years.
In 1998, country
singer Tammy Wynette died at her Nashville,
Tennessee, home at age 55.
Ten years ago:
Secretary of State James Baker and Soviet Foreign
Minister Eduard Shevardnadze concluded three days
of talks in Washington, after which Shevardnadze
personally delivered to President Bush a letter
from Soviet President Mikhail S. Gorbachev.
Five years ago:
The Senate unanimously approved a $16 billion
package of cuts in social programs. Earlier in
the day, Senator Alfonse D'Amato (Republican, New
York) apologized on the Senate floor for
lampooning O.J. Simpson trial judge Lance Ito on
a nationally syndicated radio program by
employing a mock Japanese accent.
One year ago:
Yugoslav President Slobodan Milosevic declared a
unilateral cease-fire in his campaign to crush
rebels in Kosovo; Western leaders called the move
a sham and pledged to press ahead with
"After the age of
eighty, everything reminds you of something
Lowell Thomas, American author and broadcaster