1956: Academy Award winning American film and stage actress Grace Kelly married Prince Rainier of Monaco. Find More What happened in 1956
1939: Gene Autry records the popular song "Back in the Saddle Again." Several decades later, the rock band Aerosmith records a song that shares the same title.
1974: The secretary of the United Nations warns the world could be heading for a recession caused by the underlying increase of the price of oil causing trade deficits in the western world.
1906: An earthquake, measuring 7.8 on the Richter scale, shook the town of San Francisco , California and Thirty thousand homes were either partially or wholly destroyed and an estimated 3,000 are reported dead. The earthquake set off a series of fires which swept through the city.
1922: Federal Prohibition Agents find moonshine made in tea kettles by 2 local farmers and confiscate mash in Wisconsin.
1923: The first baseball game is played at Yankee Stadium in New York City, with the Yankees beating the Boston Red Sox 4-1.
1934: Some $5000 dollars from the ransom paid in the Lindbergh kidnapping is recovered out of ($50,000) and a man is in custody with ongoing investigations by federal authorities.
1949: The China Red Ultimatum is about to expire as the armies of Red China and Nanjing face each other across the Yangtze River the government of Nanjing feared this is the last days of independence as the red army will walk in and take power on behalf of Red China.
1955: Celebrated physicist and Nobel Laureate Albert Einstein died today at the age of 76.
1956: The British Chancellor Harold Macmillan has unveiled plans for a new state saving scheme (Premium Bonds) offering cash prizes of up to by £1,000 instead of interest. The Bonds are introduced in November and Premium Bond winning numbers were generated by an Electronic Random Number Indicator Equipment, a computer otherwise known as Ernie. In Britain over 20 million people own premium bonds with the chance of winning two monthly jackpots of £1m.
1956: The Movie star Grace Kelly marries Prince Rainier of Monaco in a a 16-minute civil ceremony in the Palace Throne Room of Monaco on This Day, 1956, The Napoleonic Code of Monaco and the laws of the Roman Catholic Church necessitated two ceremonies, the first a civil ceremony and on the following day the church ceremony took place at Monaco's Saint Nicholas Cathedral.
1958: The US Military hinted that it will be possible with satellites orbiting the earth to pinpoint any place on the earth and make a detailed drawing including unfriendly countries.
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Born: 18th April 1971, Evanston, Illinois, U.S.
Known For: Best known currently as Ava in the daytime drama Days of Our Lives. She has played other characters in daytime soaps including Carly Corinthos from 2001-2005 in the American daytime drama General Hospital and as Reese Williams in All My Children. She has also featured as a guest star in a number of other TV Dramas like Without A Trace, House, Cold Case and Buffy the Vampire Slayer.
Born: Conan Christopher O'Brien, 18th April 1963, Massachusetts, U.S.
Known For: Conan O'Brien is best known as the host of NBC's Late Night with Conan O'Brien (ran from 1993 to 2009). He became the host of the "Tonight Show" taking over from Jay Leno on June 1st 2009. He hosted the Tonight Show for 145 episodes when NBC made a sudden decision to bring back Jay Leno and then subsequently replace him with Jimmy Fallon. After the NBC controversy, O'Brien began his own nightly talk show called "Conan" on the TBS network in November of 2010. What many may not know is before pursuing a career as a TV host he was a writer and produced several episodes for the popular animated series The Simpsons and earlier in the late 80's a writer for Saturday Night Live SNL for three years.
These suits for boys featured the latest fall and winter styles of 1927. They show off single and double breasted models and rich patterned fabrics. Many of the outfits came with an extra pair of long pants to extend their wear and uses. The image on the bottom right showcases a new style of lapel that became popular in the 1920s, the "clover leaf".1927 Girls Clothes
These Bloomer dresses were meant for girls aged seven to nine in 1927. They are featured as outfits that are "designed for the little girl who is not quite ready for the styles that 'big sister' can wear. These dresses featured patterns, colors, and shapes appropriate for this age of girl.
1960: Tens of thousands of people joined the Aldermaston "ban the bomb" March organized by Campaign for Nuclear Disarmament (CND) that ended with a rally in Trafalgar Square with an estimated 60,000 - 100,000 present.
1968: London Bridge is sold for 1 million to an American oil magnate to be reassembled back at Lake Havasu City, Arizona. The bridge was disassembled, and each piece was numbered to aid reassembly.
1978: The US Senate has backed a treaty to transfer the Panama Canal to the control of Panama. The building of the Panama Canal was started by the French in 1880 but in 1904 the US took over the construction of the canal which was completed 10 years later.
1983: A car bomb is used as a terrorist weapon successfully in an attack on the U.S. embassy complex in Beirut, Lebanon killing 12 people. The terrorist a member of Islamic Jihad drove at high speed up the main drive of the consulate in a truck containing 500 kg of high explosive exploding in front of the U.S. embassy.
1988: A retired US car worker identified as "Ivan the Terrible" is found guilty of Nazi war crimes in a court in Israel and is sentenced to the death penalty. Ivan the Terrible was a guard at the Treblinka death camp in Poland during World War II. His conviction was quashed in 1993 by the Israeli Supreme Court, after evidence suggested that another Ukrainian was Ivan the Terrible and returned to the US, he was later deported back to Ukraine when a US judge ruled that even if Demjanjuk were not Ivan the Terrible, there was enough evidence to prove he had been a death camp guard.
1994: The ethnic violence which started in the Rwandan capital Kigali following the death of Rwanda's president in a plane crash is now spreading throughout the country. Reports have come in that soldiers have been hacking Tutsi civilians to death with machetes in the streets in Kigali.
1996: Egyptian gunmen open fire on a group of tourists outside the Europa Hotel in Cairo, killing Seventeen Greek tourists and an Egyptian tour guide. The terrorist Islamic group, al-Gamaa al-Islamiya, admitted it was behind the attack but thought the tourists were Israelis.
1997: Major floods in Grand Forks North Dakota caused by the Red River breaching a dike gave way causing flooding in the city and 50,000 residents were forced to leave homes and in some areas only roofs of houses were seen when the river broke it's banks and could not be held up any longer.
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2002: Actor Robert Blake is arrested in the shooting death of his wife, Bonny Lee Bakley. Blake was later acquitted of murder but found liable in a civil case.
2003: Scott Peterson is arrested in San Diego for the murder of his wife, Laci, who was eight months pregnant when she vanished on Christmas Eve. He was later convicted and sentenced to death.
2004: Following commuter trains bombing in Madrid in Spain which caused 191 deaths and outrage all over Spain. The new Socialist Prime Minister Jose Luis Rodriguez Zapatero orders a withdrawal of Spanish troops from Iraq.
2007: At least 172 people, including women and children, have been killed in a spate of bombs in Baghdad. The deadliest bombing was a Sunni car-bomb that exploded close to a market in central Baghdad's al-Sadriyah district, which has killed about 122 people. This part of the city is mainly inhabited by Kurdish and Shi'ite residents. The number of fatalities is likely to increase, as 145 people are reported to have been injured in the blast. The number of dead does vary, but this had been bloodiest day since U.S. troops invaded the city.
2008: A Texas District Judge has ruled that the state will be keeping temporary custody of the 416 children that were taken from a polygamous sect's (Y.F.C.'s) West Texas compound. A child psychiatrist has testified that the children at the Y.F.Z. Ranch have lived in a "destructive environment" that encourages the sexual assault of young girls. Child psychiatrist Bruce Perry said it will be difficult to break the cycle because it is ingrained in the sect's culture. "Part of what they do is very destructive," he said. State Child Protective Services investigator Angie Voss has testified that there were more than twenty girls among the children that were pregnant or had young children.
2009: Roxana Saberi an Iranian / US citizen and journalist is sentenced to eight years in prison for espionage. Following her appeal against the charges by an Iranian appeals court she was freed from prison on May 11th after the appeals court suspended her eight-year jail sentence.
2010: Air travel in Europe is still disrupted 4 days after Eyjafjöll in Iceland begins volcanic eruptions, the reason for flights are cancelled is that the Volcanic Eruptions are below the Jet Stream which then carried the ash over to Europe, The reason aircraft are grounded is the ash enters the air intakes and due to it's composition can cause engine failure. European Air traffic continued to be disrupted for the next 2 days.
2011: Japanese car maker Toyota officially restarted production in all of its Japanese plants for the first time since a massive earthquake ravaged the country in March of 2011. The plants were only set to produce at half the normal level of production and representatives stated the company was unsure when it would be capable of producing at a full capacity. The company had experienced a production loss of 260,000 cars since the March 11 earthquake.
2012: One of the most well-known television personalities from the US, Dick Clark, died at the age of eighty-two from a heart attack. Clark gained his popularity through hosting the American Bandstand show that introduced up and coming music stars to the nation and had also hosted ABC's New Year's Rockin' Eve. Clark also ran a production company that produced several movies, game shows, beauty contests, and music programs like the American Music Awards. Clark had suffered a stroke in 2004 but kept working.
2014: President Abdelaziz Bouteflika won his fourth term in the Algerian presidential election. Bouteflika won the election with more than eighty percent of the vote. Bouteflika is seventy-seven years old and had recently had a stroke, making it difficult for him to appear in public. Turn-out was low with only a little over fifty percent of the voting population showing up. There were several protests against Bouteflika, saying that he was unfit to stay in charge due to health problems.
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