Times-Herald (Vallejo)

TODAY IN HISTORY

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1513

Explorer Juan Ponce de Leon and his expedition began exploring the Florida coastline.

1864

The United States Senate passed, 38-6, the 13th Amendment to the U.S. Constituti­on abolishing slavery.

1963

“Lawrence of Arabia” won the Oscar for best picture at the Academy Awards; Gregory Peck won best actor for “To Kill a Mockingbir­d” while Anne Bancroft received best actress honors for “The Miracle Worker.”

1990

Ryan White, the teenage AIDS patient whose battle for acceptance had gained national attention, died in Indianapol­is at age 18.

1994

Kurt Cobain, singer and guitarist for the grunge band Nirvana, was found dead in Seattle from an apparently self-inflicted gunshot wound; he was 27.

2009

Somali pirates hijacked the U.S.-flagged Maersk Alabama; although the crew was able to retake the cargo ship, the captain, Richard Phillips, was taken captive by the raiders and held aboard a lifeboat.

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