Today in History
Today is Sunday, April 21, the 111th day of 2013. There are 254 days left in the year.
Today's Highlight in History:
On April 21:
In 1509, England's King Henry VII died; he was succeeded by his 17-year-old son, Henry VIII.
In 1649, the Maryland Toleration Act, which provided for freedom of worship for all Christians, was passed by the Maryland assembly.
In 1789, John Adams was sworn in as the first vice president of the United States.
In 1910, author Samuel Langhorne Clemens, better known as Mark Twain, died in Redding, Conn., at age 74.
In 1930, a fire broke out inside the overcrowded Ohio Penitentiary in Columbus, killing 332 inmates.
In 1955, the Jerome Lawrence-Robert Lee play "Inherit the Wind," inspired by 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 1962, the six-month Century 21 Exposition, also known as the Seattle World's Fair, opened.
In 1972, Apollo 16 astronauts John W. Young and Charles M. Duke Jr. explored the surface of the moon.
In 1992, Robert Alton Harris became the first person executed by the state of California in 25 years as he was put to death in the gas chamber for the 1978 murder of two teen-age boys, John Mayeski and Michael Baker.
Ten years ago: Military officials in Iraq announced the arrest of Muhammad Hamza al-Zubaydi (HAHMZ'-uh ahl-zoo-BY'-dee), a key figure in the bloody suppression of the Shiite (SHEE'-eyet) Muslim uprising of 1991. State-run media in China reported the government had dismissed Beijing's mayor following the disclosure of a steep increase in SARS cases in the Chinese capital. Scott Peterson pleaded not guilty in the deaths of his pregnant wife, Laci, and their unborn son. Robert Cheruiyot (CHEHR'-ee-aht) became the 12th Kenyan in 13 years to win the Boston Marathon with a time of 2:10:11; Svetlana Zakharova of Russia won the women's race in 2:25:20. Jazz singer Nina Simone died in France at age 70.
Five years ago: President George W. Bush opened a two-day summit in New Orleans with Mexican President Felipe Calderon and Canadian Prime Minister Stephen Harper. Robert Cheruiyot (CHEHR'-ee-aht) of Kenya won the Boston Marathon in 2:07:46 to become the fourth man to win the race four times; Dire Tune of Ethiopia won the women's race in 2:25:25. 1970s soul singer Al Wilson died in Fontana, Calif., at age 68.
One year ago: Charles W. "Chuck" Colson, 80, described as the "evil genius" of the Nixon administration who served seven months in prison for a Watergate-related conviction, then spent the next 35 years ministering to prison inmates, died in northern Virginia of complications from brain surgery. Phil Humber threw the first perfect game in the majors in almost two years, leading the Chicago White Sox to a 4-0 victory over the Seattle Mariners.
Entertainment History –
On April 21, 1960, "American Bandstand" host Dick Clark testified before a congressional committee investigating payola.
In 1965, The Beach Boys appeared on ABC's "Shindig!" program to perform "Do You Wanna Dance?"
In 1977, the musical play "Annie" opened on Broadway with Andrea McArdle in the title role. The show ran for more than 2,300 performances.
In 1993, ex-Rolling Stones bassist Bill Wyman married Suzanne Accosta.
In 1997, the ashes of "Star Trek" creator Gene Roddenberry were shot into orbit.
In 2001, R.E.M. guitarist Peter Buck was arrested for allegedly getting drunk and going on a rampage on a flight from Seattle to London. He was later found not guilty of the charges.