• NATO pact signed... • Martin Luther King assassination... is announced by Robert Kennedy... • MLK against Vietnam war... • US senate votes war on Germany... • US President dies 1 month after inauguration... • A slave's beating helps lead to US Civil War... • Declaration of Breda... • Mobile telephone communication... • Prodigy buyout... • 2nd battle of the Somme ends... • Baby Lift plane crashes... • Embargo on British trade... • Birth of Pearl Harbor attack planner... • Guillotinés par la Terreur... • Saint Isidore dies... • Woodstock appears in Peanuts... • New Jaguar car...
a 04 April:
2008 Five years ago a puppy was going to be killed at birth because it had just one front leg, a useless vestigial leg.. But Ruben, the son of Jude Stringfellow rescued it. They named it Faith, had the useless leg amputated, and taught Faith how to walk on its two good legs . Today Faith appears on the CBS Early news show [< photo]. —(080406)
2003 Cambrex Corporation (CBM) forecasts 2003 earnings of about $1.15 per share (due in part to 32 cents per share for a settlement of claims from Mylan Laboratories), while analysts expected $2.05. On the New York Stock Exchange, 3.5 million of the 26 million CBM shares are traded, dropping from their previous close of $24.16 to an intraday low of $15.15 and closing at $15.25. They had traded as high as $43.94 as recently as 24 May 2002 and $56.98 on 04 June 2001. [5~year price chart >] CBM produces specialty chemicals and fine chemicals as well as products and services for the life sciences industry.
2001 Experts add to the list of paintings no longer thought to be from Goya [30 Mar 1746 – 16 Apr 1828] El Coloso and La Lechera de Burdeos. — links to both images.
2000 In a volatile day on the US stock market, the Nasdaq composite index and the Dow Jones industrial average each plunged more than 500 points before reversing course as buyers flooded back into the market.
2000 Se clausurada la primera cumbre entre la Unión Europea y África, celebrada en El Cairo.
1999 (Easter Sunday) Pope John Paul II [18 May 1920 – 02 Apr 2005] sends a Letter to Artists. _ English _ Spanish _ Français _ Deutsch _ Italiano _ Português _ Polski —(081126)
1998 Cinco mil okupas salen en masa a las calles de Turín (Italia) para protestar por el suicidio de un compañero en la cárcel.
1998 Un laboratorio farmacéutico holandés desarrolla un anticonceptivo 100% efectivo.
1997 Veintiún países del Consejo de Europa firman el Convenio sobre Derechos Humanos y Biomedicina, que prohíbe la clonación humana.
1996 The former general manager of Daiwa Bank's New York branch pleads guilty to aiding a cover-up of the loss of $1.1 billion (from 1984 to 1995) by Toshihide Iguchi [1951~], a bond trader of the bank, who, in 1995, had been sentenced to four years in prison and a fine of $2.6 million.. —(081126)
1996 In its IPO, just two days after Lycos and a week before Yahoo!, Search engine Excite's stock opens at $17 and closen at $20.
1990 El rey de Bélgica Balduino I renuncia durante dos días para que pueda entrar en vigor una ley que liberaliza el aborto, rechazada por él.
1989 une manifestation populaire sur la place Tian’anmen à la mémoire de Zhou Enlai tourna à l’attaque contre les radicaux maoïstes. Les Chinois avaient peur d’une nouvelle révolution culturelle, et les manifestants dénonçaient l’autocratie avec des poèmes et des citations de l’ère impériale. Cette apparition du peuple fut brève, et la répression fut lourde. Ô Peuple, pleure avec tristesse toutes les larmes de ton corps S’il en reste encore après ces années de tortures et d’oppression. Et puise dans les larmes et dans le sang le courage qu’il te faudra Car le plus dur est encore à venir.
1987 Dow Jones up 69.89 points, ending at record 2390.34
1981 Henry Cisneros becomes the first Mexican-American elected mayor of a major US city San Antonio, Texas.
1981 Mario Moretti, último jefe de las Brigadas Rojas, es detenido en Milán.
1976 Seni Pramoj's Democratic Party wins elections in Thailand.
1975 El número correspondiente al 06 Apr 1975 de la publicación satírica La Codorniz es secuestrado por las autoridades españolas, al entender que el artículo titulado "Diálogos de alcoba" pudiera constituir delito.
1973 Héctor José Cámpora y Solano Lima se hacen cargo respectivamente, de la presidencia y la vicepresidencia de la República de Argentina.
1972 first electric power plant fueled by garbage begins operating.
1969 El cirujano Denton Arthur Cooley y el médico Domingo Liott consiguen implantar un corazón artificial.
1968 Robert Kennedy announces
the King assassination
Amid the tragedy of the assassination of Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, 04 April 1968, an extraordinary moment in US political history occurred as Robert F. Kennedy, younger brother of slain President John F. Kennedy, broke the news of King's death to a large gathering of Blacks in Indianapolis, Indiana. Just two months later, Robert Kennedy was gunned down during a celebration following his victory in the California primary, 05 June 1968.
The Indianapolis gathering was actually a planned campaign rally for Robert Kennedy in his bid to get the 1968 Democratic nomination for President. Just after he arrived by plane at Indianapolis, Kennedy was told of King's death. He was advised by police against making the campaign stop which was in a part of the city considered to be a dangerous ghetto. But Kennedy insisted on going. He arrived to find the people in an upbeat mood, anticipating the excitement of a Kennedy appearance. He climbed onto the platform, and realizing they did not know, broke the news:
Ladies and Gentlemen I'm only going to talk to you just for a minute or so this evening. Because...
1967 Martin Luther King, Jr., speaks out against Vietnam war.
The Reverend Martin Luther King, Jr., head of the Southern Christian Leadership Conference, says in a speech that there is a common link forming between the civil rights and peace movements. King proposed that the United States stop all bombing of North and South Vietnam; declare a unilateral truce in the hope that it would lead to peace talks; set a date for withdrawal of all troops from Vietnam; and give the National Liberation Front a role in negotiations. King had been a solid supporter of President Lyndon B. Johnson and his "Great Society," but he became increasingly concerned about US involvement in Vietnam and, as his concerns became more public, his relationship with the Johnson administration deteriorated. King came to view US intervention in Southeast Asia as little more than imperialism disguised as "fighting the communists". Additionally, he believed that the Vietnam War diverted money and attention from domestic programs created to aid the black poor. King maintained his antiwar stance and supported peace movements until he was assassinated on 04 April 1968.
Woodstock first appears in Peanuts [shown below]
Woodstock is the smallest of the Peanuts characters but has a big presence for a little bird. He's a little inept, his flying and logic are erratic, but he can type and take shorthand and usually is game for anything Snoopy wants to do. Although he's the butt of many of Snoopy's practical jokes, he's the beagle's closest friend and confidant- and has made attempts at retaliation. Because of his size and the company he keeps, Woodstock is an accident waiting to happen. Being a bird and tiny, he gets a little insecure around Thanksgiving and big moving objects. He's the only baseball player who gets an automatic walk if the ball rolls over him. Woodstock talks birdspeak only, and finds an alphabet made up entirely of exclamation points quite adequate to express such emotions as distress, frustration and a real temper. His flocking friends are Bill, Harriet, Olivier and Conrad.
| 1967 Las Cortes españolas aprueban la reforma
parcial del código penal, que impone dura pena a los delitos de prensa,
aunque no establece censura previa.
1967 Guillermo de Torre recibe el premio de los escritores europeos por su obra Historia de las literaturas de vanguardia.
1964 El presidente de la República de Chipre, Makarios III, abroga unilateralmente el tratado de 1959 con Grecia y Turquía.
1960 Senegal declares independence from France.
1959 The Mali Federation takes effect between the autonomous territories of the Sudanese Republic and Senegal in West Africa. It would achieve complete independence on 20 June 1960, while remaining within the French Community. It would be dissolved by Senegal's secession on 20 August 1960. Thereafter both countries become independent republics, Senegal continuing within the French Community and the Sudanese Republic becoming the Republic of Mali.
1958 10'000 personas se manifiestan en Londres contra la bomba bomba atómica.
1956 El Gobierno español reconoce la independencia marroquí.
1955 British govt signs military treaty with Iraq.
1954 Se crea en El Cairo el Frente de Liberación del Magreb árabe.
1953 Un submarino turco se hunde en los Dardanelos, después de colisionar con un buque sueco.
1949 Israel and Jordan sign armistice agreement.
1949 Se firma en Washington el Tratado del Atlántico Norte (OTAN) para la defensa de Europa.
1947 Convention on International Civil Aviation goes into effect.
1947 Largest group of sunspots on record.
1947 UN's International Civil Aviation Organization forms.
1946 Juan Domingo Perón Sosa toma posesión de la presidencia argentina.
1945 Hungary liberated from Nazi occupation (National Day).
1945 US forces liberate the Nazi death camp Ohrdruf in Germany.
1944 British troops capture Addis Ababa Ethiopia.
1944 De Gaulle forms new regime in exile, with Communists.
1943 El médico neerlandés Willem Johan Kolff consigue mantener con vida por medio de un aparato construido por él mismo, a un paciente en fase terminal de una uremia.
1941 German troops conquer Banghazi.
1939 Faisal II ascends to throne of Iraq. — Después de la muerte en accidente de automóvil del rey Giza I de Irak, es proclamado rey del país su hijo Faysal II.
1932 Vitamin C first isolated, CC King, Univ of Pittsburgh.
1926 Greek dictator Theodorus Pangalos elected president.
1926 Regresan al Puerto de Palos (Huelva) los tripulantes del hidroavión español Plus Ultra, tras la triunfante travesía del Atlántico Sur, la primera del mundo efectuada con un hidroavión.
1920 Arabs attack Jews in Jerusalem. — Se producen violentos enfrentamientos en Jerusalén entre judíos y árabes.
1912 Army fires on striking mine workers at Lena-gold fields Siberia.
1912 Chinese republic proclaimed in Tibet.
1905 Un gran terremoto asola la zona noroeste del Himalaya.
1902 British financier Cecil Rhodes leaves $10 million in his will to provide scholarships for US students at Oxford University.
1900 British garrison of Reddersberg surrenders to Boer general De Wet.
1900 La autoridad militar española se hace cargo de la administración de Puerto Rico.
1896 Announcement of Gold in Yukon.
1866 Tsar Alexander II [29 Apr 1818 – 13 Mar 1881] narrowly escapes, in Kiev, an assassination attempt. This results in The Great Gate of Kiev that would never be built. — more with an image.
1865 Lee's army arrives at Amelia Courthouse.
1865 Lincoln visits Richmond, Virginia.
1865 Siege at Spanish Fort, Alabama continues.
1864 Skirmish at Elkin's Ford (Little Missouri River), Arkansas.
1862 Battle of Yorktown begins.
1862 US begins Peninsular Campaign aimed at capturing Richmond from the Rebs. (in which it will fail)..
1862 Federal ironclad gunboat Carondelet runs the batteries at Island No. 10 on the Mississippi River.
1860 A revolt begins in Sicily.
1850 The city of Los Angeles is incorporated.
1849 Austria incorpora Hungría a la monarquía unitaria austro-húngara.
1846 Slave Dred Scott is beaten by
According to a declaration that Scott [image >] filed two days later, on this day his owner had "beat, bruised, and ill-treated him" and imprisoned him for twelve hours.
Scott's beginnings were quite humble. Born in 1795 somewhere in Virginia, he moved to St. Louis, Missouri, with his owners in 1830 and was sold to Dr. John Emerson sometime between 1831 and 1833. Emerson, as an Army doctor, was a frequent traveler, so between his sale to Emerson and Emerson's death in late 1843, Scott lived for extended periods of time in Fort Armstrong, Illinois, Fort Snelling, Wisconsin Territory, Fort Jessup, Louisiana, and in St. Louis. During his travels, Scott lived for a total of seven years in areas closed to slavery; Illinois was a free state and the Missouri Compromise of 1820 had closed the Wisconsin Territory to slavery.
In April 1846, Scott lived in St. Louis and was the property of Emerson's wife. On 06 April 1846, besides reporting the mistreatment he had suffered from Mrs. Emerson, Scott declared that he was free by virtue of his residence at Fort Armstrong and Fort Snelling. He had strong legal backing for this declaration; the Supreme Court of Missouri had freed many slaves who had traveled with their masters in free states. In the Missouri Supreme Court's 1836 Rachel v. Walker ruling, it decided that Rachel, a slave taken to Fort Snelling and to Prairie du Chien in Illinois, was free.
Despite these precedents, Mrs. Emerson won the first Scott v. Emerson trial by slipping through a technical loophole; Scott took the second trial by closing the loophole. In 1850, the case reached the Missouri Supreme Court, the same court that had freed Rachel just fourteen years earlier. Unfortunately for Scott, the intervening fourteen years had been important ones in terms of sectional conflict. The precedents in his favor were the work of "liberal-minded judges who were predisposed to favor freedom and whose opinions seemed to reflect the older view of enlightened southerners that slavery was, at best, a necessary evil."
By the early 1850's, however, sectional conflict had arisen again and uglier than ever, and most Missourians did not encourage the freeing of slaves. Even judicially Scott was at a disadvantage; the United States Supreme Court's Strader v. Graham decision (1851) set some precedents that were unfavorable to Scott, and two of the three justices who made the final decision in Scott's appearance before the Missouri Supreme Court were proslavery.
As would be expected, they ruled against Scott in 1852, with the third judge dissenting. Scott's next step was to take his case out of the state judicial system and into the federal judicial system by bringing it to the US Circuit Court for the District of Missouri. As Scott's new master, J. F. A. Sanford, was a resident of New York, the court decided to hear the case on the basis of the diversity of state citizenship represented. After this court decided against Scott, the case came on appeal to the US Supreme Court, which was divided along slavery and antislavery lines; although the Southern justices had a majority.
On 12 February 1793, the US Congress had passed the first fugitive slave law, requiring all states, including those that forbid slavery, to forcibly return slaves who have escaped from other states to their original owners. . Northern states' disregard of this law enraged Southern states, and as part of the Compromise of 1850, the US Congressed passed a second fugitive slave law on 18 September 1950, calling for the return of slaves "on pain of heavy penalty." In addition, these fugitives would be allowed a jury trial but they would be prohibited from testifying in their own defense.
During the US Supreme Court trial of the Dred Scott case, the antislavery justices used the case to defend the constitutionality of the Missouri Compromise, which had been repealed by the Kansas-Nebraska Act of 1854. The Southern majority responded by ruling on 06 March 1857, in Sanford v. Dred Scott, that the Missouri Compromise was unconstitutional and that Congress had no power to prohibit slavery in the territories. Three of the Southern justices also held that Blacks who were slaves or whose ancestors were slaves were not entitled to the rights of a federal citizen and therefore had no standing in court.
These rulings all confirmed that, in the view of the nation’s highest judicial court, under no condition did Dred Scott have the legal right to request his freedom. The Supreme Court’s verdict further inflamed the irrepressible differences in the US over the issue of slavery, which in 1861 erupted with the outbreak of the US Civil War.
Dred Scott died on 17 September 1858.
On Martin Luther King Day, 15 January 2001, the web site http://www.library.wustl.edu/vlib/dredscott was inaugurated with 170 pages of the court records of Dred Scott's unsuccessful challenge of Missouri slavery law.
| 1832 Charles Darwin aboard HMS Beagle reaches Rio de
Janeiro 1850 City of Los Angeles incorporated.
1828 Casparus van Wooden patents chocolate milk powder (Amsterdam)
1795 ( 15 germinal an III) SOUBIRA Joseph, négociant à Puycerda en Catalogne, et RIBÈRE Léandre, négocient de tailtorte en Espagne, domiciliés à Perpignan, département des Pyrénées-Orientales, sont condamnés à mort par contumace, comme distributeurs de faux assignats, par le tribunal criminel dudit département.
1746 Regresa la expedición de José Quiroga, tras recorrer las costas patagónicas.
1687 English king James II (reigned 1685-88, had become a Roman Catholic, probably as early as 1672) orders all Anglican bishops to read his Declaration of Indulgence (suspending the laws against Catholics and dissenters) from their pulpits. This is met with resistance by seven of the twenty-six bishops, including the Archbishop of Canterbury: those who refused to read it were thrown into the Tower of London, and immediately became national heroes. Freed after trial, they further inflamed public sentiment against the king.
1611 Felipe III, Rey de España, dicta una pragmática suntuaria contra el lujo excesivo en los trajes.
1588 Christian IV succeeds Frederik II as king of Denmark
1581 Frances Drake completes circumnavigation of world and is knighted.
1558 Czar Ivan IV gives parts of North-Russia to fur traders
1541 Ignatius of Loyola becomes first superior-general of Jesuits
1453 Por orden del Juan II, Rey de Castilla y León, es apresado el condestable de Castilla, don Luna, Álvaro de Luna.
1284 Sancho IV es nombrado rey de Castilla y León tras la muerte de su padre Alfonso X el Sabio.
1139 2nd Lateran Council (10th ecumenical council) opens in Rome, convoked by Pope Innocent II [–24 Sep 1143], to condemn various errors, to reform abuses among clergy and people, and to eradicate the last vestiges of the schism started by his election and that of antipope Anacletus II [–25 Jan 1138] both on 14 February 1130, Anacletus having been succeeded by antipope Victor IV who had submitted to Pope Innocent II on 29 May 1138..
1081 Alexius I Comnenus occupies Byzantine throne
2007 Tiasha (Tiyasa?) Bag, 9, and her father Jayanta Bag, 35, in Howrah General Hospital, West Bengal, India, to where they had been taken after Jayanta, an abortionist physician, had cut with a surgical knife the throat, hand veins, and foot veins, of Piyasa, of his wife Sutapa Bag, 32, (who survives in critical condition), and of himself, then, at 03:00 (21:30 UT on 02 Apr) phoned a neighbor before collapsing. He left a note stating that all three had decided to end their lives because they had been “humiliated”. There had been a dispute between Jayanta and some members of a nearby club Mahabir Sangha regarding a recent abortion. As he had in previous abortions, he took photographs of the pregnant girl with his mobile phone. At 21:00 on 03 April four club members involved with the aborted women went to Bag's house in Puila Village, near Howrah, dragged Jayanta to the club, severely beat him up in front of his daughter and wife, and took his mobile phone. —(070404)
2004 Jamarion Zy'Mir Myles, of Freeport, Illinois, probably of abdominal injuries. Born on 21 December 2001, he was the son of James Arness Myles Sr. and Wendy Marie Chest.
2003 A US soldier and Washington Post reporter Michael Kelly [photo >], when their 3rd Infantry Division Humvee vehicle falls into a canal while trying to evade Iraqi gunfire, near Baghdad, Iraq, in the early pre-dawn hours. Kelly was born on 17 March 1957. He had covered the 1991 Gulf War as a freelancer.
2003 US. Marine 1st Lt. Brian McPhillips, 25, in Iraq as a member of the 2nd Tank Battalion, 2nd Marine Division.
2003 Spc. Daniel Francis J. Cunningham, 33, and two other soldiers of the US 41st Field Artillery Regiment, when they vehicles falls into a ravine and they drown in the water at the bottom.
2002 Don A. Rooney, 48, suicide by shot in the head. He was assistant pastor at St. Anthony of Padua Catholic parish in Parma, Ohio (diocese of Cleveland) who had just been summoned by the diocesan officials to answer a woman complaint that the priest groped her as a girl in 1980. After his death two other similar allegations surfaced.
1993 Alfred Mosher Butts, 93, US architect. While unemployed during the Depression he decided that, in addition to men-on-a-board (such as chess) and number (cards and dice) games, the world needed a good word game. So he invented Lexiko, which he evolved into Criss-Cross-Words, which was named Scrabble by James Brunot to whom Butts had turned over the marketing of the game. Butts has been impressed by the letter-frequency observations in Edgar Allan Poe's The Gold~Bug, so he adjusted the numbers of the letters in his game to their frequency in written English.
1992 Samuel Reshevsky, 80, Polish-born chess grandmaster.
1991 Senator John Heinz III (R-Pa.) and six others, including two children playing in a schoolyard in Merion, Pennsylvania, into which Heinz's Piper Aerostar 601 crashes together with the Bell helicopter which was making an in-flight inspection of the nose landing gear of the Piper whose underside it strikes with its rotor blades.
1981 Carl Ludwig Siegel, German mathematician born on 31 December 1896. His best work was in number theory, he also contributed to celestial mechanics, and complex analysis.
1979 Zulfiqar Ali Bhutto, 51, deposed prime minister of Pakistan, was hanged after he was convicted of conspiring to murder a political opponent.
1973 Un muerto por la intervención de la policía durante las manifestaciones de estudiantes en Barcelona.
1972 Adam Clayton Powell Jr, (Rep-D-NY) born on 29 November 1908, pioneering US Black politician; congressman (Democrat) for New York City 1944-1970. — Portrait of Powell (1959, 43x61cm; 761x546pix; 164kb) by Bernard Safran
1969 Rómulo Gallegos, presidente de Venezuela y escritor.
1968 Martin Luther King, Jr.,
born on 15 January 1929, is shot and killed by a sniper while standing on
the balcony outside his second-story room at the Lorraine Motel in Memphis
Two weeks earlier, King had traveled to Memphis in support of a sanitation workers' strike. Violence at the workers' protest march forced his departure, but he vowed to return to the city in early April to lead another demonstration. On 03 April, back in Memphis, King gave his last speech, explaining, "I've been to the mountaintop. Like anybody, I would like to live a long life. Longevity has its place. But I'm not concerned about that now. I just want to do God's will. And He's allowed me to go up to the mountain. And I've seen the Promised Land. I may not get there with you. But I want you to know tonight that we, as a people, will get to the Promised Land. I'm not fearing any man. Mine eyes have seen the glory of the coming of the Lord."
On the night of 04 April, presidential candidate Robert F. Kennedy, just two months away from his own assassination, announced King's death at a political rally in Indianapolis. Urging calm, Kennedy fell into quoting the Ancient Greek tragedian Aeschylus in an effort to articulate the inexplicable tragedy of King's murder: "In our sleep, pain that cannot forget falls drop by drop upon the heart until, in our own despair, against our will, comes wisdom through the awful grace of God." As word of the assassination spread, riots broke out in several major cities, and in Washington, D.C., fires set by enraged protestors devastated portions of the downtown area. The National Guard was subsequently called in, and for several days the armed troops patrolled the streets of the nation's capital.
On 09 April, Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., was laid to rest in in his hometown of Atlanta, Georgia, during a ceremony attended by one hundred thousand people.
Martin Luther King Jr. is shot to death at a hotel in Memphis, Tennessee. A single shot fired by James Earl Ray [10 Mar 1928 – 23 Apr 1998], from 63 meters away at a boardinghouse across the street, strikes King in the neck. He dies an hour later at St. Joseph's Hospital. The death of America's leading civil rights advocate sparked a wave of rioting in the black communities of several cities around the country. Ray, who had escaped from a Missouri prison almost a year earlier, had used the aliases Eric Galt and John Willard to register in several motels in the Memphis area. He fired a Remington rifle from a bathroom window that looked out onto the hotel balcony where King was standing. Ray fled to Canada, where he stayed for a month. Meanwhile, the FBI placed him on the Ten Most Wanted Fugitives List. After buying a passport under the name Sneyd, Ray traveled to England on 06 May. Within a week of arriving in London, he traveled to Lisbon, Portugal, for five days. Back in London, Ray moved from hotel to hotel until authorities finally caught up with him on 08 June at Heathrow Airport. Ray was a career criminal who was in and out of prison for several small-time robberies. Since he had no known record of political hatred, many suspect that Ray was paid to assassinate King. One factor that has fueled this speculation is that Ray clearly had significant resources during the time between the assassination and his capture. In any event, Ray pleaded guilty before his scheduled trial began in March 1969 and was sentenced to 99 years in prison. Ray recanted his confession a few months later and insisted on his innocence for years. However, his efforts to secure a new trial were futile, despite the support of members of the King family who were eager to determine if others were involved. Ray died on 23 April 1998.
Just after 18:00. on 04 April 1968, Martin Luther King Jr. is fatally shot while standing on the balcony outside his second-story room at the Motel Lorraine in Memphis, Tennessee. The civil rights leader was in Memphis to support a sanitation workers' strike and was on his way to dinner when a bullet struck him in the jaw and severed his spinal cord. King was pronounced dead after his arrival at a Memphis hospital. He was 39 years old. In the months before his assassination, Martin Luther King became increasingly concerned with the problem of economic inequality in America. He planned an interracial "Poor People's March" on Washington and in March 1968 had traveled to Memphis in support of poorly treated African-American sanitation workers. On 28 March, a workers' protest march led by King ended in violence and the death of an African-American teenager. King left the city but vowed to return in early April to lead another demonstration. On 03 April, back in Memphis, King gave his last sermon, saying, "We've got some difficult days ahead, but it really doesn't matter with me now. Because I've been to the mountaintop. And I don't mind. Like anybody, I would like to live a long life; longevity has its place. But I'm not concerned about that now. I just want to do God's will. And he's allowed me to go up to the mountain, and I've looked over, and I've seen the promised land. I may not get there with you, but I want you to know tonight that we as a people will get to the promised land."
One day after speaking those words, Dr. King is shot and killed by a sniper. As word of the assassination spread, riots broke out in cities all across the United States and National Guard troops were deployed in Memphis and Washington, D.C. On 09 April, King was laid to rest in his hometown of Atlanta, Georgia. Tens of thousands of people lined the streets to pay tribute to King's casket as it passed by in a wooden farm cart drawn by a single mule. The evening of King's murder, a Remington .30-06 hunting rifle was found on the sidewalk beside a rooming house one block from the Lorraine Motel. During the next several weeks, the rifle, eyewitness reports, and fingerprints on the weapon all implicated a single suspect: escaped convict James Earl Ray. A two-bit criminal, Ray escaped a Missouri prison in April 1967 while serving a sentence for a holdup. In May 1968, a massive manhunt for Ray began. The FBI eventually determined that he had obtained a Canadian passport under a false identity, which at the time was relatively easy. On 08 June, Scotland Yard investigators arrested Ray at a London airport. He was trying to fly to Belgium, with the eventual goal, he later admitted, of reaching Rhodesia. Rhodesia, now called Zimbabwe, was at the time ruled by an oppressive and internationally condemned white minority government. Extradited to the United States, Ray stood before a Memphis judge in March 1969 and pleaded guilty to King's murder in order to avoid the electric chair. He was sentenced to 99 years in prison.
Three days later, he attempted to withdraw his guilty plea, claiming he was innocent of King's assassination and had been set up as a patsy in a larger conspiracy. He claimed that in 1967, a mysterious man named Raoul had approached him and recruited him into a gunrunning enterprise. On 04 April 1968, he said, he realized that he was to be the fall guy for the King assassination and fled to Canada. Ray's motion was denied, as were his dozens of other requests for a trial during the next 29 years. During the 1990s, the widow and children of Martin Luther King Jr. spoke publicly in support of Ray and his claims, calling him innocent and speculating about an assassination conspiracy involving the US government and military. US authorities were, in conspiracists' minds, implicated circumstantially. FBI Director J. Edgar Hoover [01 Jan 1895 – 02 May 1972] hated King and believed that he had to be destroyed. In one widely publicized interview, Hoover called King “one of the lowest characters in the country” and a “notorious liar” who was controlled by Communist agents [Hoover himself would better be described in those terms, except that he was out of control.].
For the last six years of his life, King underwent constant wiretapping and harassment by the FBI. Before his death, Dr. King was also monitored by US military intelligence, which may have been asked to watch King after he publicly denounced the Vietnam War in 1967. Furthermore, by calling for radical economic reforms in 1968, including guaranteed annual incomes for all, King was making few new friends in the Cold War-era US government.
Over the years, the assassination has been reexamined by the House Select Committee on Assassinations, the Shelby County, Tennessee, district attorney's office, and three times by the US Justice Department. The investigations all ended with the same conclusion: James Earl Ray killed Martin Luther King. The House committee acknowledged that a low-level conspiracy might have existed, involving one or more accomplices to Ray, but uncovered no evidence to definitively prove this theory. In addition to the mountain of evidence against him such as his fingerprints on the murder weapon and his admitted presence at the rooming house on 04 April Ray had a definite motive in assassinating King: hatred. According to his family and friends, he was an outspoken racist who informed them of his intent to kill Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.
| 1953 Carol II, born on 15 October 1893, King of Romania
(8 Jun 1930 - 06 Sep 1940). The eldest son of King Ferdinand I, Carol became
crown prince upon the October 1914 death of his great uncle, King Carol
I. His domestic life was a constant source of scandal, marked as it was
by a morganatic
marriage with an officer's daughter, Zizi Lambrino; a second unhappy marriage
to Helen, daughter of King Constantine I [02 Aug 1868 – 11 Jan 1923]
of Greece; and a continuing liaison with a Jewish adventuress, Magda Lupescu
[1896 – 28 Jun 1977], an affair that finally obliged him to renounce
his rights to the throne and go into exile in 1925. Although he was officially
excluded from the Romanian succession by an act of January 1926, as well
as by his father's will, he returned in 1930 and replaced the regency that
had governed for his young son Michael [25 Oct 1921~], taking the royal
oath on 08 June 1930. Flamboyant and energetic, an admirer of the authoritarian
methods of the Italian dictator Benito Mussolini [29 Jul 1883 – 28
Apr 1945], he gradually undermined the already uncertain bases of Romanian
democracy; and in February 1938, to counter the growing political menace
of the chief national Fascist group, the Iron Guard, he proclaimed a corporatist
dictatorship. In December 1938, to supplant the then disbanded political
parties and provide a program of social reform, he established the Frontul
Renasterii Nationale with himself as head. After Romania was divested of
territory in Transylvania, Dobrogea, Bukovina, and Bessarabia by the Axis
powers and the Soviet Union during World War II, he was forced to abdicate
(06 Sep 1940) in favor of his son Michael and once again seek exile. He
married Lupescu in July 1947.
1951 George Albert Smith, Salt Lake City, Utah, on his 81st birthday.
1939 Ghazi I, King of Iraq (19??-39), in car accident.
1937 Muley Hafiz, emir de Marruecos.
1933:: 73 of 77 aboard US dirigible Akron which crashes off coast of NJ.
1931 André Michelin, born in 1853, CEO of Compagnie Générale des Établissements Michelin, leading French manufacturer of tires and other rubber products, which he founded in 1888 together with his brother Édouard Michelin [1869-1940].
1929 Karl Friedrich Benz, 84, automobile engineer, inventor of the first car with a gasoline motor (Mercedes)
1925 Walter William Rouse Ball, English mathematician and historian of mathematics, born on 14 August 1850. Author of A short history of mathematics (1888), and Mathematical Recreations and Essays (1892).
1923 John Venn, English mathematician born on 04 August 1834. He developed Boole's mathematical logic and invented the Venn diagram. Author of Symbolic Logic (1881), The Principles of Empirical Logic (1889), The Biographical History of Gonville and Caius College 1349-1897 (1897).
1904 Frederik Hendrik Kaemmerer (or Kammerer), Dutch artist born in 1839.
1895 Frederic Soler y Hubert, escritor español.
1871 Peter Heinrich Lambert von Hess, German artist born on 29 July 1792.
1807 Joseph Jérôme Le Francais de Lalande, French astronomer.
1803 Jacob-Henri Sablet “du Soleil”, Swiss French painter, draftsman, and printmaker, born on 28 January 1749. — more with links to images.
1774 Oliver Goldsmith, 43, Irish novelist (The Vicar of Wakefield, The Vicar of Wakefield, The Vicar of Wakefield), playwright (She Stoops to Conquer), and poet (The Deserted Village The Rising Village, With Other Poems). He was born on 10 November 1730. GOLDSMITH ONLINE:
D'ESPAUNIC Bernard, guillotiné mourant.
Né en 1736 a HAGETMAU 40, chevalier de St Louis, habitait lieu dit Pessabathe a DOAZIT 40, avait une résidence a ST SEVER 40. Il fut implique dans l'affaire de SAMADET 40. Un huissier de SAMADET. Arnaud DUMARTIN aurait adressé à l’abbé JUNCAROT, émigré en ESPAGNE, une lettre dans laquelle il invite les espagnols a profiter du désordre qui règne dans l’armée française pour passer a l'attaque. A la découverte de ce complot on pense que la Chalosse est a la veille d'un soulèvement, on parle même de nouvelle Vendée. La guillotine est dressée sur la place du Tour du Sol à ST SEVER 40 Il fut compromis par des lettres jugées contre révolutionnaires trouvées a son domicile, '' Desquelles il résulte que le dit DABBADIE-DESPONIC etoit un de ceux qui formoient la compagnie des chevaliers du Poignard". Pour ne pas comparaître devant le Tribunal Révolutionnaire, il se jeta d'une fenêtre de la prison un rasoir a la main "ce qui prouve combien il était criminel'', et se donna deux coups de lame a la gorge. Il fut néanmoins juge et condamne a mort. ''DESPAUNICQ avait inondé de son sang le trajet de la prison a l’échafaud, et probablement ce n’était plus qu'un cadavre lorsque le bourreau fit tomber se tête" .
(15 germinal an II) Condamnés à mort par la Révolution:
et, présumément, guillotinés (ou fusillés?) le même jour ou très peu après:
| 1793 THOUZEAU Pierre, laboureur domicilié à Genetouze,
d'épatement de la Vendée, condamné à mort comme brigand de la Vendée, par
commission militaire séante aux Sables.
1793 HOUIX François, menuisier, marchand de drap, domicilié à Rocgefort, département du Morbihan, condamné à mort, comme contre-révolutionnaire, par le tribunal criminel dudit département.
1737 Henri-Joseph Antonissen, Flemish artist born on 09 June 1737.
1708 Louis-Antoine de Noailles, cardinal and archbishop of Paris, according to prediction by Jonathan Swift in Predictions for the year 1708 by Isaac Bickerstaff, Esq. In fact cardinal de Noailles died on 04 May 1729.
1669 Adam Willaerts, Dutch painter born in 1577. MORE ON WILLAERTS AT ART 4 APRIL with links to images
1633 Pieter Pieterszoon Lastman, Dutch artist born in 1583. MORE ON LASTMAN AT ART 4 APRIL with links to images
1617 John Napier, Scottish estate owner, fanatical Protestant theologian, mathematician as a hobby, born in 1550. He is best known for his invention of the first logarithms. His other mathematical contributions include a mnemonic for formulas used in solving spherical triangles, two formulas known as Napier's analogies used in solving spherical triangles, and “Napier's Bones” (precursor to the slide rule) for mechanically multiplying, dividing, and calculating square roots and cube roots. Napier also found exponential expressions for trigonometric functions, and introduced the decimal notation for fractions. Author of Plaine Discovery of the Whole Revelation of St. John (1593, virulently anti-Papist), Mirifici logarithmorum canonis descriptio (1614), Rabdologiae (1617).
1588 Frederik II, 53. King of Denmark/Norway (1559-1588)
1566 Daniele Ricciarelli da Volterra, Italian Mannerist painter and sculptor, born in 1509. — more with links to images.
1406 Robert III, King of Scotland (1390-1406)
1292 Nicholas IV, [Girolamo Masci], Pope (1288-92)
1284 Alfonso X, "El Sabio", 62, King of Castilla/León (1252-1284)
0896 Formosus, 80, Pope (from September 891)
1967 Daniel Múgica, escritor español.
1949 Shing-Tung Yau, Chinese-born US mathematician who has worked on differential geometry and partial differential equations.
1941 Jaime Lamo de Espinosa, político español.
1935 Raúl Fernández Garrido, escritor español.
1924 Conchita la limpia, de los hermanos Serafín y Joaquín Quintero, se estrena en el teatro Lara de Madrid.
1914 Marguerite Duras, French novelist, screenwriter, playwright and director. She died on 03 March 1914.
1896 Robert E. Sherwood, US playwright who died on 14 November 1955.
1882 Emil Filla, Czech painter, printmaker, sculptor, writer, and collector, who died on 07 (06?) October 1953. — more with links to two images.
1878 Henri Liénard de Saint-Délis, French painter who died on 15 November 1949. — more with link to an image.
1876 Maurice de Vlaminck, French Fauvist painter who died on 10 October 1958. MORE ON VLAMINCK AT ART 4 APRIL with links to images.
1870 George Albert Smith, Salt Lake City, Utah, 8th president (from 21 May 1945) of Mormon Church, who died on his 81st birthday. Not to be confused with George Albert Smith [26 Jun 1817 – 01 Sep 1875], First Counselor (from Oct 1868) to the Mormons' 2nd president, Brigham Young [01 Jun 1801 – 29 Aug 1877].
1857 Diego Mendoza Pérez, político y escritor colombiano.
1845 Jesús Posada Moreno, político español.
1843 William Jackson, painter, Yellowstone photographer, in Keeseville, New York. Thanks in no small part to Jackson's photos, on 01 March 1872, the US Congress established 4944 square kilometers of the Yellowstone area as the world's first national park.
1842 François-Edouard-Anatole Lucas, French mathematician who died on 03 October 1891. He is best known for his work in number theory. He gave this formula for the nth Fibonacci number F(n): Sqr(5)*F(n)= ([1 + Sqr(5)]/2)^n – ([1 – Sqr(5)]/2)^n. Named after him are the associated Lucas sequences, of which some special cases are the Fibonacci numbers, the Lucas numbers: L(n) = F(n – 1) + F(n + 1), the Pell numbers, the Jacobsthal numbers; and on which are based the Sylvester cyclotomic numbers.
1826- Zénobe Théophile Gramme, inventor (electric motor)
1802 Dorothea Dix, US social reformer and humanitarian who aroused interest in treatment of mental inmates. She died on 17 July 1887. [same birth and death dates as White 1748-1836. but lived 3 years less]
1792 Thaddeus Stevens, US Radical Republican congressional leader (Rep-R), who died on 11 August 1868.
1780 Edward Hicks, US Folk artist who died on 23 August 1849, specialized in Animals. MORE ON HICKS AT ART 4 APRIL with links to images
1777 Antoine Patrice Guyot, French artist who died on 1845. link to an image
1758 Pierre-Paul Prud'hon, French Neoclassical painter French painter and draftsman known for his softly modeled, emotionally Romantic style, who died on 16 February 1823. MORE ON PRUD'HON AT ART 4 APRIL with links to images
1758 John Hoppner, English painter who died on 23 January 1810. MORE ON HOPPNER AT ART 4 JANUARY with links to images
1748 William White, US religious leader; first presiding bishop of the Protestant Episcopal Church. He died on 17 July 1836. [same birth and death dates as Dix 1802-1887. but lived 3 years more]
1664 Gaspar Peeter Verbruggen II, Flemish artist who died on 14 March 1730. — more with link to an image.
1623 (baptism) Gillis Neyts, Flemish draftsman, painter, and etcher, who died in 1687. — more with link to an image.
0188 Marcus Aurelius Severus Antoninus “Caracalla”, Roman emperor (211-217) who died in 217.