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Today is Monday, April 14, the 104th day of 2003. There are 261 days left in the year.

Today's Highlight in History:

On April 14, 1865, President Lincoln was shot and mortally wounded by John Wilkes Booth while attending the comedy ``Our American Cousin'' at Ford's Theater in Washington. (Lincoln died the following morning.)

On this date:

In 1759, composer George Frideric Handel died in London.

In 1775, the first American society for the abolition of slavery was organized by Benjamin Franklin and Benjamin Rush.

In 1828, the first edition of Noah Webster's ``American Dictionary of the English Language'' was published.

In 1902, James Cash Penney opened his first store, called ``The Golden Rule,'' in Kemmerer, Wyo.

In 1912, the British liner ``Titanic'' collided with an iceberg in the North Atlantic and began sinking.

In 1931, King Alfonso XIII of Spain went into exile, and the Spanish Republic was proclaimed.

In 1939, the John Steinbeck novel ``The Grapes of Wrath'' was first published.

In 1981, the first test flight of America's first operational space shuttle, the Columbia, ended successfully with a landing at Edwards Air Force Base in California.

In 1986, Americans got first word of a U.S. air raid on Libya (because of the time difference, it was the early morning of April 15 where the attack occurred.)

In 1986, French feminist author Simone de Beauvoir died in Paris at age 78.

Ten years ago: Millions of black workers in South Africa went on strike to protest the slaying of activist Chris Hani. A government-funded study said that of 3,321 men surveyed, only 1.1 percent identified themselves as exclusively homosexual, a finding disputed by gay activists.

Five years ago: Despite international pleas for leniency, the state of Virginia executed Angel Francisco Breard, a Paraguayan convicted of murder. President Clinton moderated a town meeting on race with an all-star panel of sports figures. The Grand Forks (North Dakota) Herald won the 1998 Pulitzer Prize for public service; author Philip Roth received the Pulitzer fiction award, his first, for ``American Pastoral.''

One year ago: Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez returned to office two days after being ousted and arrested by his country's military. Tiger Woods became only the third player to win back-to-back Masters titles; he closed with a 1-under 71 to claim a three-stroke victory over Retief Goosen.

Today's Birthdays: Actor Bradford Dillman is 73. Actor Jay Robinson is 73. Country singer Loretta Lynn is 68. Actress Julie Christie is 63. Baseball's all-time hit leader, Pete Rose, is 62. Rock musician Ritchie Blackmore is 58. Actor John Shea is 54. Actor Brad Garrett is 43. Actor Robert Carlyle is 42. Rock singer-musician John Bell (Widespread Panic) is 41. Rock musician Barrett Martin is 36. Actor Anthony Michael Hall is 35. Rapper DaBrat is 29. Actress Sarah Michelle Gellar is 26.

Thought for Today: ``The Constitution does not provide for first and second class citizens.'' - Wendell L. Willkie, American politician (1892-1944)
 

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Thanks, Michelle!
 

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