720 years ago
Robert Winchelsey left England for Rome, to be consecrated as Archbishop of Canterbury.
140 years ago
547 people died when the British steamer RMS Atlantic sank off Nova Scotia.
120 years ago
The United States Navy established the rank of Chief Petty Officer.
80 years ago
Under the leadership of Julius Streicher, Germany's Nazi regime organized a one-day boycott of all Jewish-owned businesses in Germany, ushering in a series of anti-Semitic acts.
70 years ago
Boston 2 @ Detroit 6 (Detroit led best-of-seven series 1-0)
60 years ago
On the radio
I Was a Communist for the FBI, starring Dana Andrews
Tonight’s episode: The Wrong Green
50 years ago
On television today
The soap opera General Hospital broadcast its first episode on ABC.
40 years ago
Project Tiger, a tiger conservation project, was launched in India's Corbett National Park.
Tornadoes and heavy storms killed eight people and injured several hundred in Georgia and South Carolina.
At least 7 people died and 25 were injured when an explosion demolished a three-storey building in Cincinnati.
30 years ago
#1 single in New Zealand (RIANZ): Twisting by the Pool--Dire Straits (3rd week at #1)
#1 single in West Germany (Media Control): Too Shy--Kajagoogoo
Economics and finance
The United States Labor Department reported that the unemployment rate had declined from 10.2% to 10.1% in March.
25 years ago
#1 single in New Zealand (RIANZ): One Tree Hill--U2 (2nd week at #1)
#1 single in West Germany (Media Control): Tell it to My Heart--Taylor Dayne (5th week at #1)
Died on this date
Jim Jordan, 91. U.S. actor. Mr. Jordan was the male star of the radio series Fibber McGee and Molly, with Molly being played by Mr. Jordan’s real-life wife Marian. The Jordans began their radio careers on WENR in Chicago in 1927 doing two series: Luke and Mirandy, and The Smith Family. In 1931 they created a series called Smackout for WMAQ in Chicago. All these series were situation comedies in rural settings. Smackout was picked up by the National Broadcasting Company in April 1933 and ran until August 1935. Fibber McGee and Molly, a series developed by Mr. Jordan, began running on NBC on April 16, 1935. It took five years to become a big hit, but it eventually became one of the most popular series on radio, running until mid-1953. Fibber and Molly made appearances in short segments on the NBC series Monitor from 1957-1959 under the title Just Molly and Me. The Jordans were set to renew their contract with NBC when Marian died of cancer in 1961.
The United States sent more Marines into Panama, while the Pentagon rejected a charge by Panamanian dictator Manuel Noriega that the U.S. was planning military action against his regime. U.S. officials said the move was intended to demonstrate support for ousted President Eric Delvalle and others who opposed Gen. Noriega.
A 60-day case-fire between the Sandanista government of Nicaragua and Contra rebels formally took effect.
James McKay, the independent counsel investigating U.S. Attorney General Edwin Meese on a variety of matters, said that he did not plan to seek an indictment of him, "based on the evidence developed to date."
Economics and finance
The United States Labor Department reported that the unemployment rate had continued to edge downward to 5.5% in March.
Toronto 3 @ Detroit 7
The Red Wings win over the Maple Leafs 7-3 at Joe Louis Arena was the last Maple Leafs’ game to be telecast on the independent Hamilton station CHCH, and the last for Erik Thomas as TV play-by-play broadcaster. Mr. Thomas decided to observe the occasion (which also happened to be April Fools’ Day) by spicing up his call of the game with some voice impressions. His Danny Gallivan impression was so good that it fooled me; I thought Mr. Gallivan had actually taken over the mike for a few minutes. Mr. Thomas’s antics were more entertaining than the game.
20 years ago
#1 single in Finland (Musiikkituottajat – IFPI Finland): Onpa kadulla mittaa--Kolmas Nainen
Died on this date
Alan Kulwicki, 38. U.S. race car driver. Mr. Kulwicki was a stock car driver who was NASCAR's Rookie of the Year in 1986, and winner of the Winston Cup championship in 1992. He was killed in a plane crash in Tennessee after making a promotional appearance in Knoxville.
The United States indicted four Palestinians on charges of plotting to kill Jews and blow up the Israeli embassy in Washington as part of Abu Nidal's terrorist network.
The U.S. Federal Communications Commission ordered cuts in the prices of cable TV services and ordered cable companies to cancel any increases imposed since Congress had voted to regulate the industry.
10 years ago
The U.S. Army's 3rd Infantry Division attacked the Iraqi Republican Guard's Medina Division north of Karbala and within 50 miles of Baghdad, while the U.S. 1st Marine Division attacked the Baghdad division 70 miles southeast of the city. U.S. forces announced the rescue from an Iraqi hospital of injured Army Pfc. Jessica Lynch, one of a group of soldiers from the 50th Maintenance Company who had been ambushed near Nasiriyah on March 22. U.S. officials said that some human remains found when Pfc. Lynch was found were apparently those of soldiers in the same convoy.
Newfoundland and Labrador became the first province in Canada to ban the use of hand-held cellphones while driving.
Politics and government
Following 10 years of negotiations, the government of Canada granted Yukon Territory full control of its natural resources.
Authorities in Hong Kong evacuated 240 residents of a housing complex where 213 people had developed flu-like symptoms resembling those of Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome (SARS). Schools were closed in Hong Kong, where many people were weaing masks.
Images of Yukon now on Flickr - Yukon, located in the northwestern corner of Canada, is one of the country’s three territories. Alaska is to the west, British Columbia to the south, and t...
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