Today is Wednesday, April 13, the 103rd day of 2022. There are 262 days left in the year.
Today’s highlight in the story:
On April 13, 1970, Apollo 13, four-fifths of the way to the moon, was crippled when a tank containing liquid oxygen burst. (The astronauts managed to return safely.)
To this date :
In 1743, the third President of the United States, Thomas Jefferson, was born in Shadwell in the colony of Virginia.
In 1861, at the start of the Civil War, Fort Sumter in South Carolina fell to Confederate forces.
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In 1943, President Franklin D. Roosevelt dedicated the Jefferson Memorial in Washington, DC, on the 200th anniversary of the birth of America’s third president.
In 1953, “Casino Royale”, the first book by Ian Fleming as well as the first James Bond novel, was published in London by Jonathan Cape Ltd.
In 1964, Sidney Poitier became the first black performer in a lead role to win an Oscar for his performance in “Lilies of the Field.”
In 1997, Tiger Woods became the youngest person to win the Masters Tournament and the first player of part-African descent to win a major golf title.
In 1999, right-to-die advocate Dr. Jack Kevorkian was sentenced in Pontiac, Michigan, to 10 to 25 years in prison for second-degree murder in the lethal injection of a Lou’s disease patient. Gehrig. (Kevorkian ended up serving eight years.)
In 2005, provocateur Eric Rudolph pleaded guilty to carrying out the deadly bombing at the 1996 Atlanta Olympics and three other bombings in consecutive court appearances in Birmingham, Alabama and Atlanta.
In 2009, music producer Phil Spector was convicted by a Los Angeles jury of second-degree murder in the murder of actor Lana Clarkson (he was later sentenced to 19 years to life in prison; he died in prison in January 2021).
In 2011, ousted Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak and his two sons were arrested for investigating corruption, abuse of power and the killing of protesters. A federal jury in San Francisco convicted baseball slugger Barry Bonds on a single charge of obstruction of justice, but failed to rule on the three counts at the heart of allegations that he knowingly used steroids and human growth hormone and lied to a grand jury about it. (Bonds’ conviction for obstruction was ultimately overturned.)
In 2016, the Golden State Warriors became the NBA’s first 73-win team by beating the Memphis Grizzlies 125-104, breaking the Chicago Bulls’ 1996 record of 72 wins. Kobe Bryant of the Lakers scored 60 points in his last game, concluding 20 years in the NBA.
In 2020, Charles Thacker Jr., a crew member of the aircraft carrier USS Theodore Roosevelt, died at the United States Naval Hospital in Guam, becoming the first active duty service member to die from the coronavirus. Bernie Sanders has urged his progressive supporters to rally behind Joe Biden’s presidential campaign.
Ten years ago: President Barack Obama arrived in Cartagena, Colombia to attend the Summit of the Americas; however, the visit was overshadowed by a prostitution scandal involving a group of Secret Service agents and officers who had traveled to Cartagena to prepare for the President’s trip. North Korea’s much-vaunted satellite launch ended in a nearly billion-dollar failure. (The North successfully launched a satellite eight months later.) Jennifer Capriati was elected to the International Tennis Hall of Fame.
Five years ago: Pentagon officials say US forces in Afghanistan hit an Islamic State tunnel complex in eastern Afghanistan with ‘the mother of all bombs’, the largest non-nuclear weapon never used in combat by the US military.
A year ago: US health officials recommended a ‘pause’ in the use of the single-dose Johnson & Johnson COVID-19 vaccine to investigate reports of rare but potentially dangerous blood clots, triggering a backlash in chain around the world and causing a setback to the world vaccination campaign. (Officials lifted the pause on vaccinations 11 days later.)
Today’s birthdays: Former Sen. Ben Nighthorse Campbell, R-Colo., turns 89. Actor Edward Fox is 85 years old. Actor Paul Sorvino is 83 years old. R&B singer Lester Chambers is 82 years old. Film and television composer Bill Conti is 80 years old. Rock musician Jack Casady is 78 years old. Actor Tony Dow is 77 years old. Singer Al Green is 76 years old. Actor Ron Perlman is 72 years old. Actor William Sadler is 72 years old. Singer Peabo Bryson is 71 years old. Bandleader/rock musician Max Weinberg is 71 years old. Rock musician Jimmy Destri is 68 years old. Comedian Gary Kroeger is 65. Actor Saundra Santiago is 65 years old. Sen. Bob Casey Jr., D-Pa., is 62 years old. Chess grandmaster Garry Kasparov is 59 years old. actress Caroline Rhea (RAY) is 58 years old. Rock musician Marc Ford is 56 years old. Reggae singer Capleton is 55 years old. Actor Ricky Schroder is 52 years old. Rock singer Aaron Lewis (Stind) is 50 years old. Actor Bokeem Woodbine is 49 years old. Singer Lou Bega is 47 years old. Actor-producer Glenn Howerton is 46 years old. Actor Kyle Howard is 44 years old. Actor Kelli Giddish is 42 years old. Actor Courtney Peldon is 41 years old. Pop singer Nellie McKay is 40 years old. Rapper/singer Ty Dolla $ign is 40 years old. Actor Allison Williams is 34 years old. Actor Hannah Marks is 29 years old.