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Today in History - April 4

Today is Friday, April 4, the 94th day of 2003. There are 271 days left in the year.

Today's Highlight in History:

On April 4, 1968, civil rights leader Martin Luther King Jr., 39, was shot to death in Memphis, Tenn.

On this date:

In 1818, Congress decided the flag of the United States would consist of 13 red and white stripes and 20 stars, with a new star to be added for every new state of the Union.

In 1841, President William Henry Harrison succumbed to pneumonia one month after his inaugural, becoming the first U.S. chief executive to die in office.

In 1850, the city of Los Angeles was incorporated.

In 1887, Susanna Medora Salter became the first woman elected mayor of an American community - Argonia, Kan.

In 1902, British financier Cecil Rhodes left $10 million in his will to provide scholarships for Americans at Oxford University.

In 1945, during World War II, U.S. forces liberated the Nazi death camp Ohrdruf in Germany.

In 1949, 12 nations, including the United States, signed the North Atlantic Treaty.

In 1975, more than 130 people, most of them children, were killed when a U.S. Air Force transport plane evacuating Vietnamese orphans crashed shortly after take-off from Saigon.

In 1981, Henry Cisneros became the first Mexican-American elected mayor of a major U.S. city - San Antonio, Texas.

In 1983, the space shuttle ``Challenger'' roared into orbit on its maiden voyage.

Ten years ago: President Clinton and Russian President Boris Yeltsin wrapped up their two-day summit in Vancouver, British Columbia. Clinton extended $1.6 billion in aid; Yeltsin proclaimed the two countries ``partners and future allies.''

Five years ago: During a visit to Haiti, Secretary of State Madeleine Albright urged leaders to stop political infighting that had paralyzed the Caribbean nation for nearly a year. Sixty-three people were killed in an explosion inside a Ukrainian coal mine.

One year ago: President Bush urged Israel to pull its troops back from Palestinian cities and dismissed Palestinian leader Yasser Arafat as a failed leader who had ``betrayed the hopes of his people.'' Bush ordered Secretary of State Colin Powell to the region to seek a cease-fire. Two teen-agers were sentenced to long prison terms in the stabbing deaths of Dartmouth College professors Half and Susanne Zantop. (Robert Tulloch pleaded guilty to murder and received the mandatory sentence of life without parole; James Parker was sentenced to 25 years to life as an accomplice to murder.)

Today's Birthdays: Singer-actress Frances Langford is 89. Composer Elmer Bernstein is 81. Actress Elizabeth Wilson is 78. Author-poet Maya Angelou is 75. Sen. Richard Lugar, R-Ind., is 71. Recording executive Clive Davis is 71. Actor Michael Parks is 65. Bandleader Hugh Masekela is 64. Author Kitty Kelley is 61. Actor Craig T. Nelson is 59. Actor Walter Charles is 58. Actress Caroline McWilliams is 58. Actress Christine Lahti is 53. Country singer Steve Gatlin (The Gatlin Brothers) is 52. Writer-producer David E. Kelley is 47. Actor Phil Morris is 44. Actress Lorraine Toussaint is 43. Rock musician Craig Adams (The Cult) is 41. Actor Robert Downey Junior is 38. Actress Nancy McKeon is 37. Actor Barry Pepper is 33. Country singer Clay Davidson is 32. Singer Jill Scott is 31. Rock musician Magnus Sveningsson (The Cardigans) is 31. Magician David Blaine is 30. Singer Kelly Price is 30. Rhythm-and-blues singer Andre Dalyrimple (Soul For Real) is 29. Actor Heath Ledger is 24. Actress Natasha Lyonne is 24.

Thought for Today: ``You can kill a man but you can't kill an idea.'' - Medgar Evers, American civil rights activist (1926-1963).
 

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Thanks, Michelle. I love reading these!
 

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You are welcome.;)
 
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