TODAY IN HISTORY
the first American society for the abolition of slavery was formed in Philadelphia.
On April 14, 1775,
President Abraham Lincoln was shot and mortally wounded by John Wilkes Booth during a performance of “Our American Cousin” at Ford’s Theater in Washington.
the British liner RMS Titanic collided with an iceberg in the North Atlantic at 11:40 p.m. ship’s time. (The ship went under two hours and 40 minutes later with the loss of 1,514
the John Steinbeck novel “The Grapes of Wrath” was first published by Viking Press.
Ampex Corp. demonstrated the first practical videotape recorder at the National Association of Radio and Television Broadcasters Convention in Chicago.
the musical “Bye Bye Birdie” opened on Broadway.
the first test flight of America’s first operational space shuttle, the Columbia, ended successfully with a landing at Edwards Air Force Base in California.
In 1981, In 1994,
Turner Classic Movies made its cable debut; the first film it aired “Gone with the Wind.”
in a historic policy shift, President George W. Bush endorsed Israel’s plan to hold on to part of the West Bank in any final peace settlement with the Palestinians; he also ruled out Palestinian refugees returning to Israel, bringing strong criticism from the Palestinians.
North Korea said it was restarting its rogue nuclear program, booting U.N. inspectors and pulling out of disarmament talks in an angry reaction to the U.N. Security Council’s condemnation of its April 5 rocket launch.