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On April 28th, 1789, there was a
mutiny on the "Bounty" as the crew of
the British ship set Captain William Bligh and 18
sailors adrift in a launch in the South Pacific.
On this date:
In 1758, the fifth president of the
United States, James Monroe, was born in
Westmoreland County, Virginia.
In 1788, Maryland
became the seventh state to ratify the US
In 1940, Glenn
and his Orchestra recorded "Pennsylvania
6-5000" for RCA Victor.
In 1945, Italian
dictator Benito Mussolini and his mistress, Clara
Petacci, were executed by Italian partisans as
they attempted to flee the country.
In 1947, a six-man
expedition sailed from Peru aboard a balsa wood
raft named the Kon-Tiki on a 101-day journey to
In 1952, war with
Japan officially ended as a treaty that had been
signed by the United States and 47 other nations
In 1958, Vice
President Nixon and his wife, Pat, began a
goodwill tour of Latin America that was marred by
hostile mobs in Lima, Peru, and Caracas,
heavyweight boxing champion Muhammad Ali refused
to be inducted into the Army, the same day
General William C. Westmoreland told Congress the
US "would prevail in Vietnam."
In 1969, French
President Charles de Gaulle resigned.
In 1980, President
Carter accepted the resignation of Secretary of
State Cyrus Vance, who had opposed the failed
rescue mission aimed at freeing American hostages
Ten years ago:
Anti-abortion demonstrators marched in Washington
DC; authorities put the number of protesters at
200,000, but organizers claimed a turnout of
about 700,000. The musical "A Chorus
Line" closed after 6,137 performances on
Five years ago: In
Taegu, South Korea, a gas line exploded in the
middle of an intersection crowded with morning
traffic, killing 101 people.
One year ago:In a
sharp repudiation of President Clinton's
policies, the House rejected, on a tie vote of
213-to-213, a measure expressing support for
NATO's five-week-old air campaign against
Yugoslavia; the House also voted 249-to-180 to
limit the president's authority to use ground
forces in Yugoslavia. Actor Rory Calhoun died in
Burbank, California, at age 76.
"Without heroes, we
are all plain people and don't know how far we
Bernard Malamud, American author (1914-1986).