UPI Almanac for Thursday, April 14, 2016

Today is Thursday, April 14, the 105th day of 2016 with 261 to follow.

The moon is waxing. Morning stars are Neptune, Uranus and Venus. Evening stars are Mars, Mercury, Jupiter and Saturn.

Those born on this date are under the sign of Aries. They include Dutch physicist Christiaan Huygens, founder of the wave theory of light, in 1629; Anne Sullivan, the “miracle worker” who taught a blind and deaf Helen Keller, in 1866; English historian Arnold Toynbee in 1889; British actor John Gielgud in 1904; Haitian dictator Francois “Papa Doc” Duvalier in 1907; actor Rod Steiger in 1925; actor Bradford Dillman in 1930 (age 86); country singer Loretta Lynn in 1932 (age 84); writer Erich von Daniken in 1935 (age 81); crusading New York police detective Frank Serpico in 1936 (age 80); actor Julie Christie in 1941 (age 75); Pete Rose, former baseball star and manager, in 1941 (age 75); actor Robert Carlyle in 1961 (age 55); actor Anthony Michael Hall in 1968 (age 48); actor Adrien Brody in 1973 (age 43); actor Sarah Michelle Gellar in 1977 (age 39); actor Abigail Breslin in 1996 (age 20).

On this date in history:

In 1775, the first slavery abolition society in North America was founded by Benjamin Franklin and Benjamin Rush.

In 1828, Noah Webster published his American Dictionary of the English Language. It was the first dictionary of American English to be published.

In 1861, the flag of the Confederacy was raised over Fort Sumter, S.C., as Union troops there surrendered in the early days of the Civil War.

In 1865, John Wilkes Booth shot President Abraham Lincoln during a performance of Our American Cousin at Ford’s Theatre in Washington. Lincoln died the next morning. He was succeeded by Vice President Andrew Johnson.

In 1927, the first Volvo was produced in Sweden.

In 1939, The Grapes of Wrath by John Steinbeck was published.

In 1994, in what was called a tragic mistake, two U.S. warplanes shot down two U.S. Army helicopters in northern Iraq’s no-fly zone. All 26 people aboard were killed.

In 2003, U.S. military officials declared that the principal fighting in Iraq was over after Marines captured Tikrit, Saddam Hussein’s home town.

In 2007, 32 people died in the collision of a truck and a bus carrying elementary schoolchildren on a highway in Turkey.

In 2008, Silvio Berlusconi swept back into power in a third term as prime minister of Italy in a new election that gave him control of both houses of Parliament.

In 2009, the United States lifted restrictions on Cuban-Americans visiting relatives in Cuba. Left intact were the trade embargo and travel restrictions for non-Cuban Americans.

In 2010, the devastating magnitude-7.1 Yushu earthquake staggered northwest China. Officials reported the death toll eventually surpassed 2,600, with many thousands of people injured.

In 2013, Nicolas Maduro was elected president of Venezuela.

In 2014, the Pulitzer Prize for public service went to the Washington Post and Guardian US for their stories based on documents leaked by former National Security Agency contractor Edward Snowden.

A thought for the day: “If there is anything that a man can do well, I say let him do it. Give him a chance.” — Abraham Lincoln


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