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Today in History - April 20

Today is Easter Sunday, April 20, the 110th day of 2003. There are 255 days left in the year.

Today's Highlight in History:

On April 20, 1971, the Supreme Court upheld the use of busing to achieve racial desegregation in schools.

On this date:

In 1812, the fourth vice president of the United States, George Clinton, died in Washington at age 73, becoming the first vice president to die while in office.

In 1836, the Territory of Wisconsin was established by Congress.

In 1889, Adolf Hitler was born in Braunau, Austria.

In 1940, RCA publicly demonstrated its new and powerful electron microscope.

In 1945, during World War II, allied forces took control of the German cities of Nuremberg and Stuttgart.

In 1968, Pierre Elliott Trudeau was sworn in as prime minister of Canada.

In 1972, the manned lunar module from Apollo 16 landed on the moon.

In 1978, a Korean Air Lines Boeing 707 crash-landed in northwestern Russia after being fired on by a Soviet interceptor after entering Soviet airspace. Two passengers were killed.

In 1980, the first Cubans sailing to the United States as part of the massive Mariel boatlift reached Florida.

In 1999, the Columbine High School massacre took place in Littleton, Colo., as students Eric Harris and Dylan Klebold shot and killed 12 classmates and one teacher before taking their own lives.

Ten years ago: President Clinton told a news conference he accepted responsibility for the decision to try to end the 51-day siege at the Branch Davidian compound in Texas, but said David Koresh bore ``ultimate responsibility'' for the deaths that resulted. Mexican comedian Cantinflas died in Mexico City at age 81.

Five years ago: In an unusual use of a racketeering law designed to fight the mob, a federal jury in Chicago ruled that anti-abortion protest organizers had used threats and violence to shut down clinics. (However, the U.S. Supreme Court ruled in February 2003 that federal racketeering and extortion laws were wrongly used to try to stop blockades, harassment and violent protests outside clinics.) A Boeing 727 leased to Air France crashed in Bogota, Colombia, killing all 53 people aboard.

One year ago: Representatives of the Group of Seven countries, meeting in Washington, agreed to intensify efforts to combat terrorist financing and also adopted a plan to better deal with international debt crises.

Today's Birthdays: Supreme Court Justice John Paul Stevens is 83. Actress Nina Foch is 79. Singer Johnny Tillotson is 64. Actor George Takei is 63. Actor Ryan O'Neal is 62. Rock musician Craig Frost (Grand Funk; Bob Seger's Silver Bullet Band) is 55. Actress Jessica Lange is 54. Singer Luther Vandross is 52. Actor Clint Howard is 44. Actor Crispin Glover is 39. Country singer Wade Hayes is 34. Actor Shemar Moore is 33. Rock musician Mikey Welsh is 32. Actress Carmen Electra is 31. Actor Joseph Lawrence is 27.

Thought for Today: ``Life is made up of desires that seem big and vital one minute, and little and absurd the next. I guess we get what's best for us in the end.'' - Alice Caldwell Rice, American humorist (1870-1942)
 
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