Today in History

Today in History

1346 – Charles IV of Luxembourg was elected Holy Roman Emperor in Germany.

1533 – Henry VIII, who divorced his wife and became head of the church of England, was excommunicated from the Catholic Church by Pope Clement VII.

1708 – The French were defeated at Oudenarde, Malplaquet, in the Netherlands by the Duke of Marlborough and Eugene of Savoy.

1742 – A papal decree was issued condemning the disciplining actions of the Jesuits in China.

1786 – Morocco agreed to stop attacking American ships in the Mediterranean for a payment of $10,000.

1798 – The U.S. Marine Corps was formally re-established by 'An Act for Establishing a Marine Corps' passed by the U.S. Congress. The act also created the U.S. Marine Band. The Marines were first commissioned by the Continental Congress on November 10, 1775.

1804 – The United States' first secretary of the treasury, Alexander Hamilton, was killed by Vice President Aaron Burr in a duel.

1864 – In the U.S., Confederate forces led by Gen. Jubal Early began an invasion of Washington, DC. They turned back the next day.

1914 – Babe Ruth debuted in the major leagues with the Boston Red Sox.

1918 – Enrico Caruso recorded 'Over There' written by George M. Cohan.

1934 – The first appointments to the newly created Federal Communications Commission were made.

1934 – U.S. President Franklin Delano Roosevelt became the first American chief executive to travel through the Panama Canal while in office.

1955 – The U.S. Air Force Academy was dedicated in Colorado at Lowry Air Base.

1960 – In Honolulu, HI, the first tournament held outside the continental U.S., sanctioned by the U.S. Golf Association, began.

1962 – The first transatlantic TV transmission was sent through the Telstar I satellite.

1972 – U.S. forces broke the 95-day siege at An Loc in Vietnam.

1977 – The Medal of Freedom was awarded posthumously to Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. in a White House ceremony.

1979 – The abandoned U.S. space station Skylab returned to Earth. It burned up in the atmosphere and showered debris over the Indian Ocean and Australia.

1985 – Dr. H. Harlan Stone announced that he had used zippers for stitches on 28 patients. The zippers were used when he thought he may have to re-operate.

1985 – Nolan Ryan (Houston Astros) became the first major league pitcher to earn 4,000 strikeouts in a career. (Texas) 1987 – Bo Jackson signed a contract to play football for the L.A. Raiders for 5 years. He was also continued to play baseball for the Kansas City Royals. (California) 1995 – Full diplomatic relations were established between the United States and Vietnam.

1998 – U.S. Air Force Lt. Michael Blassie, a casualty of the Vietnam War, was laid to rest near his Missouri home. He had been positively identified from his remains that had been enshrined in the Tomb of the Unknowns in Arlington, VA.

Letter to the Editor

Dear Our View,

Your column is greatly appreciated. Without it we would have no way of knowing where our millions and millions of tax dollars are going.

I imagine any of these big investors wanted to come to West Memphis to check thoroughly into why West Memphis is going down, down, down. If they don’t I can surely tell them.

I was 88 years old on April 10. Probably the oldest native born citizen still living here. I tell people I was born here and haven’t been able to get away although there are two supposedly upstanding groups who have done their very best to take everything I have worked for all my life and put me in the nursing home for the rest of my life.

If you would like to hear some more of my story please call me. I’m in the nursing home now (the last several months) but will be leaving soon.

Respectfully yours, Gloria Cox