Saturday, April 09, 2005

Saturday, April 9

This Day In History

  • 1682   French explorer Robert La Salle reached the Mississippi River.
  • 1833   The nation's first tax-supported public library was founded in Peterborough, N.H.
  • 1939   Singer Marian Anderson performed at the Lincoln Memorial in Washington, D.C., after she was denied the use of Constitution Hall by the Daughters of the American Revolution.
  • 1940   Germany invaded Denmark and Norway.
  • 1942   American and Philippine defenders on Bataan capitulated to Japanese forces during World War II.
  • 1945   National Football League officials made it mandatory for football players to wear socks in all league games.
  • 1959   NASA announced the selection of America's first seven astronauts: Scott Carpenter, Gordon Cooper, John Glenn, Gus Grissom, Wally Schirra, Alan Shepard and Donald Slayton.
  • 1965   The newly built Houston Astrodome featured its first baseball game, an exhibition between the Astros and the New York Yankees.
  • 1969   Bob Dylan released the album ''Nashville Skyline.''
  • 1992   Former Panamanian ruler Manuel Noriega was convicted in Miami of eight drug and racketeering charges.
  • 1996   Dan Rostenkowski, the once-powerful House Ways and Means chairman, pleaded guilty to two mail fraud charges in a deal that brought with it a 17-month prison term.
  • 1996   President Clinton signed a line-item veto bill into law.
  • 2001   American Airlines' parent company acquired bankrupt Trans World Airlines, becoming America's No. 1 carrier.
  • 2002   Former Arthur Andersen auditor David B. Duncan pleaded guilty in federal court in Houston to ordering shredding Enron documents, and agreed to cooperate with prosecutors.
  • 2003   U.S. troops in more than 100 U.S. armored vehicles rumbled through downtown Baghdad, seizing one of Saddam Hussein's opulent palaces and toppling a 40-foot statue of the Iraqi ruler.
Happy Birthday To
  • 1883   Frank King (cartoonist: creator of Gasoline Alley cartoon strip; died June 25, 1969)
  • 1926   Hugh Hefner (publisher: Playboy magazine)

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