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April 11 – Today In History

We take a look at some of the events that occurred on April 11th.

Today In …

1814 - Napoleon abdicated and went into exile at Elba.

1865 - Abraham Lincoln made his last speech.

1899 - Guam, the Philippines and Puerto Rico were officially ceded to the U.S. from Spain.

1905 - Albert Einstein revealed his Theory of Relativity.

1951 - General Douglas MacArthur was relieved of his duties in the Korean War by President Harry S. Truman.

1951 - The Stone of Scone a.k.a. The Stone of Destiny was recovered at Arbroath Abbey after it had gone missing from Westminster Abbey on December 25th, 1950.

1960 - The first weather satellite, Tiros, was launched.

1968 - President Lyndon B. Johnson signed the Civil Right Act.

1979 - The Ugandan dictator, Idi Amin, was overthrown.

Sharing A Birthday Today…

Stuart Adamson a member of the band Big Country was born in 1958.

Richard Berry singer and songwriter who penned the famed song “Louie, Louie” was born in 1935.

Joel Grey who appeared in “Cabaret” and “Yankee Doodle Dandy” was born in 1932.

Charles Evans Hughes former Chief Justice of the Supreme Court was born in 1862.

Bill Irwin who appeared in “Lady in the Water”, “How the Grinch Stole Christmas” and “Hot Shots!” was born in 1950.

Ethel Kennedy wife of Robert F. Kennedy was born in 1928.

James Parkinson the physician who first identified Parkinson’s disease was born in 1755.

Dustin Runnels best known to wrestling fans as Dustin Rhodes or Goldust was born in 1970.

Johnny Sheffield best known as Boy from the “Tarzan” movies was born in 1931.

Lisa Stansfield singer of such songs as “All Around the World” and “Someday, I’m Coming Back” was born in 1966.

Joss Stone the singer/actress who appeared in “Eragon” was born in 1987.

We Said Goodbye To…

Jessica Dubroff the young pilot was killed when her airplane crashed in 1996 while she was attempting to become the youngest person to fly across the U.S. Dubroff was 7.

Joseph Merrick who later became known as the “Elephant Man” passed away in 1890 at the age of 27.

Cathy O’Donnell who starred in “The Best Years Of Our Lives” passed away in 1970 at the age of 46.

June Pointer the youngest of music’s Pointer Sisters passed away in 2006 at the age of 52.

Kurt Vonnegut the author of such novels as "Slaughterhouse-Five" and "Cat's Cradle" passed away in 2007 at the age of 84.

Top Of The Charts On This Day In…

1953 - On The Country Charts – “Your Cheatin’ Heart” by Hank Williams
1970 - “Let It Be” by the Beatles
1981 - “Kiss On My List” by Hall & Oates
1981 - On The Country Charts – “You’re The Reason God Made Oklahoma” by David Frizzell & Shelly West
1987 - On The Country Charts – “You’ve Got The Touch” by Alabama

Musical Moments In…

1961 - Bob Dylan made his singing debut in New York City.

Movie Moments In...

1915 -“The Tramp” starring Charlie Chaplin was released.

Memorable Sports Moments In…

1907 - Shin guards were worn for the first time during a baseball game. New York Giant’s catcher Roger Bresnahan started the trend.

1921 - A boxing match became the first sport to be broadcast over the radio.

1947 - Jackie Robinson became the first African American to play major league baseball.

1962 - The New York Mets made their official debut. They would lose their first game to the St. Louis Cardinals by a score of 11 to 4.

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