Today in History
Today is Sunday, April 6, the 96th day of 2014. There are 269 days left in the year.
On this date:
In 1830, the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints was organized by Joseph Smith in Fayette, N.Y.
In 1864, Louisiana opened a convention in New Orleans to draft a new state constitution, one that called for the abolition of slavery.
In 1909, American explorers Robert E. Peary and Matthew A. Henson and four Inuits became the first men to reach the North Pole.
In 1917, Congress approved a declaration of war against Germany.
In 1943, "Le Petit Prince" (The Little Prince) by Antoine de Saint-Exupery was first published by Reynal & Hitchcock of New York.
In 1988, Tirza Porat, a 15-year-old Israeli girl, was killed in a West Bank melee. (Although Arabs were initially blamed, the army concluded Tirza had been accidentally shot by a Jewish settler.)
In 1994, Supreme Court Justice Harry A. Blackmun announced his retirement after 24 years.
In entertainment history, on April 6 –
In 1956, Paramount Pictures signed Elvis Presley to a three-movie contract just a few days after his first screen test.
In 1959, "Gigi" won the best picture Academy Award.
In 1968, guitarist Syd Barrett left Pink Floyd.
In 1968, The Beatles' Apple Corps Limited opened in London.
In 1971, Carly Simon performed her first concert, opening for Cat Stevens in New York. James Taylor was in the audience and went backstage to meet her.
In 1979, singer Rod Stewart married Alana Hamilton, the ex-wife of actor George Hamilton. They separated in 1984.
In 1993, Bruce Hornsby released the album "Harbor Lights," his first album without the band The Range.
In 1998, country singer Tammy Wynette died of a blood clot at her home in Nashville. She was 55.
In 1998, singer Wendy O. Williams of The Plasmatics died of a self-inflicted gunshot wound in Storrs, Connecticut. She was 48.