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On April 16, 1947, financier and
presidential confidant Bernard M. Baruch said in
a speech at the South Carolina statehouse:
"Let us not be deceived -- we are today in
the midst of a cold war."
On this date:
In 1789, President-elect Washington
left Mount Vernon, Virginia, for his inauguration
in New York.
In 1862, a bill
ending slavery in the District of Columbia became
In 1912, Harriet
Quimby became the first woman to fly across the
In 1917, Vladimir
Ilyich Lenin returned to Russia after years of
In 1935, the radio
comedy program "Fibber McGee and Molly"
premiered on the NBC Blue Network.
In 1945, in his
first speech to Congress, President Truman
pledged to carry out the war and peace policies
of his late predecessor, President Roosevelt.
In 1945, US troops
reached Nuremberg, Germany, during the Second
In 1947, the
French ship "Grandcamp" blew up at the
harbor in Texas City, Texas; another ship, the
"Highflyer," exploded the following
day. The blasts and resulting fires killed 576
In 1962, Walter
Cronkite succeeded Douglas Edwards as anchorman
of "The CBS Evening News."
In 1972, Apollo 16
blasted off on a voyage to the moon.
Ten years ago: The
Supreme Court rejected appeals by Dalton Prejean,
a nearly retarded man condemned to die for the
1977 murder of a Louisiana state trooper (Prejean
was executed the following month). The court also
let stand a ban on school dances in the Bible
Belt town of Purdy, Missouri.
Five years ago: In
his Easter Sunday message, Pope John Paul the
Second sent a message of peace to victims of
unrest, including the Palestinians and Kurds.
One year ago:
President Clinton defended NATO airstrikes
against Serbian targets during visits to Michigan
and Massachusetts, saying US involvement in
Kosovo was a moral imperative. Wayne Gretzky
announced his retirement from hockey.
"We have enough
religion to make us hate, but not enough to make
us love one another."
Jonathan Swift, English satirist (1667-1745).