TODAY IN HISTORY

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Today is Mon­day, April 16, the 106th day of 2018. There are 259 days left in the year.

Today’s Highlight in History:

On April 16, 1963, Martin Luther King Jr. wrote his “Let­ter from Birm­ing­ham Jail” in which the civil rights ac­tivist re­sponded to a group of lo­cal cler­gy­men who had crit­i­cized him for lead­ing street protests; King de­fended his tac­tics, writ­ing, “In­jus­tice any­where is a threat to jus­tice ev­ery­where.”

On this date:

In 1862, dur­ing the Civil War, Pres­i­dent Abra­ham Lin­coln signed a bill end­ing slav­ery in the Dis­trict of Columbia. The Con­fed­er­acy con­scripted all white men be­tween the ages of 18 to 35.

In 1912, Amer­i­can avi­a­tor Har­riet Quimby be­came the first woman to fly across the English Chan­nel, leav­ing Dover, Eng­land, and ar­riv­ing near Calais, France, in 59 min­utes.

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