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On April 13th, 1970, "Apollo
13," four-fifths of the way to the moon, was
crippled when a tank containing liquid oxygen
burst. (The astronauts managed to return safely.)
In 1742, Handel's
"Messiah" was first performed publicly,
in Dublin, Ireland.
In 1743, the third
president of the United States, Thomas
Jefferson, was born.
In 1870, the
Metropolitan Museum of Art was founded in New
In 1943, President
Roosevelt dedicated the Jefferson Memorial.
In 1958, Van
Cliburn became the first American to win the
Tchaikovsky International Piano Contest in
In 1964, Sidney
Poitier became the first black performer in a
leading role to win an Academy Award, for
"Lilies of the Field."
In 1986, Pope John
Paul the Second visited a Rome synagogue in the
first recorded papal visit of its kind.
Washington Post reporter Janet Cooke received a
Pulitzer Prize for her feature about an
eight-year-old heroin addict named
"Jimmy"; however, Cooke relinquished
the prize two days later, admitting she'd
fabricated the story.
In 1992, the Great
Chicago Flood took place as the city's
century-old tunnel system and adjacent basements
filled with water from the Chicago River.
In 1997, Tiger
Woods became the youngest person to win the
Masters Tournament and the first player of at
least partly African heritage to claim a major
Ten years ago: The
Soviet Union accepted responsibility and
apologized for the World War Two murders of
thousands of imprisoned Polish officers in the
Katyn Forest, a massacre the Soviets had
previously blamed on the Nazis.
Five years ago: A
federal appeals court opened the way for Shannon
Faulkner to become the first woman to take part
in military training at The Citadel.
One year ago:
Right-to-die advocate Dr. Jack Kevorkian was
sentenced in Pontiac, Michigan, to ten to 25
years in prison for second-degree murder in the
lethal injection of a Lou Gehrig's disease
"I cannot give you
the formula for success but I can give you the
formula for failure -- which is: Try to please
Herbert Bayard Swope, American journalist