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On April 21st, 1910, author Samuel
Langhorne Clemens, better known as Mark Twain, died
in Redding, Connecticut.
On this date:
In 1649, the Maryland Toleration
Act, which provided for freedom of worship for
all Christians, was passed by the Maryland
In 1789, John
Adams was sworn in as the first vice president of
the United States.
In 1836, an army
of Texans led by Sam Houston defeated the
Mexicans at San Jacinto, assuring Texas
In 1918, Baron
Manfred von Richthofen, the German ace known as
the "Red Baron," was killed in action
during World War One.
In 1940, the quiz
show that asked the "$64 question,"
"Take It or Leave It," premiered on CBS
In 1955, the
Jerome Lawrence-Robert Lee play "Inherit the
Wind," loosely based on the Scopes trial of
1925, opened at the National Theatre in New York.
In 1960, Brazil
inaugurated its new capital, Brasilia,
transferring the seat of national government from
Rio de Janeiro.
In 1972, Apollo 16
astronauts John Young and Charles Duke explored
the surface of the moon.
In 1975, South
Vietnamese President Nguyen Van Thieu resigned
after ten years in office.
In 1980, at the
Boston Marathon, Rosie Ruiz was the first woman
to cross the finish line; however, she was later
exposed as a fraud.
Ten years ago:
Pope John Paul the Second was greeted by hundreds
of thousands of people as he visited
Czechoslovakia to help celebrate the nation's
peaceful overthrow of Communism.
Five years ago:
The FBI arrested former soldier Timothy McVeigh
at an Oklahoma jail where he'd spent two days on
minor traffic and weapons charges; he was charged
in connection with the Oklahoma City bombing two
One year ago: A
day after the mass killing at Columbine High
School in Littleton, Colorado, investigators
continued their work, while memorial services
were held across the city and dozens of
counselors offered support to grieving students,
parents, friends and family. Actor and bandleader
Charles "Buddy" Rogers died in Rancho
Mirage, California, at age 94.
"Don't go around
saying the world owes you a living. The world
owes you nothing. It was here first."
-- Mark Twain