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April 4th Major News Events

  1. 1968 Martin Luther King Jr. is shot to death by James Earl Ray at a hotel in Memphis
  2. 1949 North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO) Established
  3. 1973 New York's World Trade Center Completed
  4. 1850 Los Angeles and San Francisco become cities
  5. 1818 US FLAG Stars And Stripes
  6. 1916 France - World War I Battle Of The Somme

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1968 USA - Martin Luther King Jr. Murdered

1968 : Martin Luther King Jr. is shot to death by James Earl Ray at a hotel in Memphis, Tennessee. His assassination led to riots in more than 100 US cities and a call from the United States President Lyndon Johnson for citizen's to reject the blind violence that has taken Dr King who had lived by non-violence. James Earl Ray was convicted of his murder and sentenced to 99 years in prison.

1958 UK - Aldermaston Peace March

1958 : 10,000 protesters arrive in Trafalgar Square, London as part of the CND / Campaign for Nuclear Disarmament the protesters including mothers pushing children in prams and singing peace songs, over the next four days march over 52 miles in rain and snow from London to the Atomic Weapons Research Establishment at Aldermaston. The march was held again in 1959, 1961 and 1962 when over 150,000 took part. In 1963 anarchists became involved which resulted in bad press for the peaceful march.

1939 U.S.A. - Glen Miller Records "Moonlight Serenade."

1939 : Glen Miller records the wildly popular "Moonlight Serenade." It becomes a standard throughout the big band era and beyond.

1964 U.S.A. - The Beatles

1964 : The Beatles hold an unprecedented record of twelve positions on Billboard Hot 100 singles chart,

The songs were

"Can't Buy Me Love"

"Twist and Shout"

"She Loves You"

"I Want to Hold Your Hand"

"Please Please Me"

"I Saw Her Standing There"

"You Can't Do That"

"All My Loving"

"Roll Over Beethoven"

"From Me To You"

"Do You Want To Know A Secret"

"Thank You Girl" .

1973 U.S.A. - New York's World Trade Center Completed

1973 : New York's World Trade Center The twin towers of the World Trade Center rising 1,350 feet above Manhattan officially became the world's tallest buildings.

1850 U.S.A. - Los Angeles and San Francisco become cities

Following California becoming the 31st State in 1850 Los Angeles and San Francisco become Cities ( Los Angeles with a population of 1,610- April 4th ) and ( San Francisco with a population of 21,000 - April 16th ) on the same year.

1818 U.S.A. - Stars And Stripes

1818 : Congress decided the U.S. flag would consist of 13 red and white stripes represent the original Thirteen Colonies that rebelled against the British crown and became the first states in the Union, and 20 stars, with a new star to be added for every new state. The act specified that new flag designs should become official on the first July 4th (Independence Day) following admission of one or more new states.

Born This Day In History April 4th

Celebrating Birthdays Today

Muddy Waters

Born: McKinley Morganfield 4th April 1915 Issaquena County, Mississippi, United States

Died: April 30th 1983 Westmont, Illinois, United States

Known For : Muddy Waters was an American blues musician, if you watch and listen to the video you will understand why he was ranked #17 in Rolling Stone magazine's list of the 100 Greatest Artists of All Time. He took the soulful to passionate and fiery blues music from the Mississippi Delta and electrified it adding his own distinctive voice. His music which began to gain popularity in the late 1950's and early 1960's influenced many of the next generation of stars who ruled the music scene in the Sixties and Seventies including The Rolling Stones ( named after his 1950 song "Rollin' Stone" / "Catfish Blues"), Jimi Hendrix who heard him while in his boy hood. Eric Clapton ( Cream ) was another fan of Muddy Waters who said in an interview Muddy Waters music influenced his music career. He is also generally considered "the Father of Chicago blues".

From 1950s Home Appliances Page

  • 1957 Girls Clothes 1957 Radio-Phono Console
    Price: $284.95
    You'll be amazed at how much better your old records sound--how realistic the new hi-fi recordings are. Three speakers--one fifteen inch woofer and two special five inch tweeters. The sound is diffused evenly for exact tonal balance. Connections for additional external speakers plus provisions on back for use with separate auxiliary speaker amplifier for more flexible control of added external speakers. Also connections for use with external tape recorder. You can record from radio or records and play back through set. Comes in mahogany, limed oak or maple veneer.

  • 1958 Semi-Automatic Washer 1958 Semi-Automatic Washer
    Price: $149.95
    Most nearly automatic wringer-washer ever made! Has the safest instant-stop wringer that guards against accident and has deep-surge agitated power rinse and built-in lint filter. Has an eight-position automatic wringer stop with no lever to release. Automatic timer shuts off washer and rings a reminder bell. Capacity to wash ten pounds of clothing at once. Washer tub is porcelain enameled inside and out and has chromed drain boards and controls.

1902 UK - Scholarships for Americans at Oxford University

1902 : British industrialist Cecil Rhodes left $10 million in his will to provide scholarships for Americans at Oxford University in England.

1916 France - World War I Battle Of The Somme

One of the most costly battles in modern wartime is fought near the Somme Region and over 2 years when this small area of countryside saw the deaths of over 1 million men from both sides of the war.

1920 Palestine - Riots

: Violence erupts between Arab and Jewish residents in British-controlled Jerusalem from This Day to the April 7th with 9 killed and 216 injured.

1933 U.S.A. - Dirigible Airship The Akron

1933 : The dirigible airship The Akron crashes in New Jersey, killing 73 people in one of the first air disasters in history, it was the largest airship built in the United States when it took its first flight in August 1931.

1949 North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO) Established

1949 : The North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO) is established by 12 Western nations: the United States, Great Britain, France, Belgium, the Netherlands, Denmark, Italy, Luxembourg, Norway, Iceland, Canada, and Portugal

1967 U.S.A. - Martin Luther King, Jr Says US Should Leave Vietnam

1967 : The Reverend Martin Luther King, Jr. says in a speech that the United States stop all bombing of North and South Vietnam and declare a unilateral truce in the hope that it would lead to peace talks.

1975 Vietnam - Transport Plane Evacuating Vietnamese Orphans Crashes

1975 : A U.S. Air Force transport plane ( C-5A Galaxy cargo plane )which was part of "Operation Babylift" evacuating Vietnamese orphans crashed shortly after takeoff from Saigon, killing 138 people, including 127 of the orphans, this was just under half of those who were on board.

1979 Pakistan - Zulfikar Ali Bhutto Hanged

1979 : Pakistan's former Prime Minister, Zulfikar Ali Bhutto, has been hanged in spite of international calls for clemency. Many believed his trial and the sentence were manipulated by the ruling military regime, led by General Zia ul-Haq,. He was sentenced to death for the murder of a political opponent following a trial which was widely condemned as unfair. Mr Bhutto had been Pakistan's leader since 1973 and was deposed in a military coup 18 months earlier. The country stayed under martial law until 1985.

1984 England - Greenham Common Peace Demonstrators

1984 : The women from the main peace camp at Greenham Common in Berkshire have been evicted with more than 30 arrested after bailiffs backed up by 300 police officers moved in. By the following day women had returned to Greenham Common to re-establish their camps around the smaller gates and remained at the base throughout the time Cruise missiles were there. The last of the missiles was flown back to the US in 1991 and most of the protesters left the site believing they had helped to keep the base in the Public Eye which forced the government to end the of Cruise missiles in England.

1991 Scotland - Children Taken BY Social Services For Satanic Abuse Charges against Parents

1991 : Three children are taken from their families after allegations of satanic abuse in the Orkney Islands off Scotland. The case was thrown out of court by Sheriff David Kelbie who criticized the social workers who took the children away from their homes for failing to produce any evidence supporting the allegations.

From 1930s Toys Page

  • Thirties Vintage Steel Cars

    Vintage Steel Truck, Plane and Airship

    Price: From $1.98
    Description Another example of value for money these were pretty large steel models over 2 ft long and look fairly well made, The Steel Truck, Plane and Airship all allowed children to use their imagination during play.

  • Cadalac Coupe from the Thirties

    Vintage Cadalac Coupe

    Price: 25 cents
    Description Cadalac Coupe, what I found strange with this was the way it was spelt unsure if spelling mistake on purpose or by accident.

1996 U.S.A. - Jaguar New SK8

1996 : Jaguar introduced its new SK8 convertible at the New York International Auto Show.

2000 UK - Freak Weather Causes Chaos

2000 : Unusual severe weather including blizzards and the coldest day in April on record brings chaos to Roads, Rail and Air Travel throughout the UK.

2003 U.S.A. - Sammy Sosa hits his 500th homer

2003 : Chicago Cub's player Sammy Sosa hit his 500th homer in the seventh inning of a game against the Cincinnati Reds. His hit made him the 18th member of the 500 home run club .

2003 Iraq - Saddam International Airport

2003 : During the 2003 invasion of Iraq U.S. forces seized Saddam International Airport outside Baghdad.

2006 Iraq - Saddam Hussein Charged With Genocide

2006 : The Iraq tribunal announce criminal charges against Saddam Hussein and six others, accusing them of genocide and crimes against humanity stemming from a 1980s crackdown against Kurds

2006 Kuwait - Women vote for first time in Kuwait

2006 : Women have voted for the first time in this year's Kuwaiti council by-elections, and female candidates were among the eight that were running for the seat in the Salmiya district. 60% of eligible voters are women, and voting is in segregated polling booths (a condition that was demanded by Islamist and tribal leaders). Women were granted equal political rights in 2005, and will be able to vote in 2007's legislative polls.

2008 United States - Abraham Lincoln Letter is sold at auction

2008 : A letter written by Abraham Lincoln is sold at auction for $3.4 million in New York. The 1864 reply to a petition by 195 children asking for the freedom of "all the slave children in this country" has beaten the national record of $3.1 million. Sotheby's have said that it was bought by an American collector by telephone. The letter asks to "Please tell these little people I am very glad their young hearts are so full of just and generous sympathy and that, while I have not the power to grant all they ask, I trust they will remember that God has, and that, as it seems, He wills to do it."' The letter was dated April 5th, 1864.

2008 United States - The Martin Luther King Shooting anniversary in Memphis

2008 : Crowds have gathered in Memphis to mark the fortieth anniversary of the assassination of civil rights leader Martin Luther King. Commemorations have taken place around the former Lorraine Motel, now a civil rights museum, where he was shot dead. Presidential hopefuls John McCain and Hillary Clinton have both marked the event in Memphis, while the latter's Democratic rival Barack Obama has spoken of it in Indiana. King's campaign for equal rights by non-violent means has inspired millions. The shooting was on April 4th, 1968.

2008 United States - Shootings at a New York immigration center

2008 : A gunman has killed thirteen people after taking dozens hostage in New York. The gunman was found dead inside Binghampton's immigration center. Around forty people had escaped from the building, but four others were critically injured in the shooting.

2011 Mexico - Shoot-out in Acapulco

2011 : A shoot-out between security forces and gunmen left three people dead in the Mexican resort city of Acapulco. One of the dead was a soldier while the other two were suspected gunmen. The two-hour long gun fight occurred after police and soldiers tried to stop gang members as they tried to set a shopping area on fire. Seven people were arrested and four people sustained injuries.

2012 United States - Sculptor Elizabeth Catlett Dies

2012 : American artist Elizabeth Catlett died at the age of ninety-six. Catlett was known for being a sculptor and printmaker who was unafraid to create political statements in her art in order to highlight better rights for African-Americans and women. Catlett was barred from the US during the McCarthy era because of her political activisim and moved to Mexico.

2013 United States - Famous Film Critic Dies

2013 : Widely respected and world renowned film critic Roger Ebert died at the age of seventy. Ebert had been suffering with thyroid cancer for several years and had lost his ability to talk after a jaw surgery related to the illness. Ebert had been most well known for his thumbs up or thumbs down rating system featured on a television show with his colleague Gene Siskel.

2014 United States - Former President Art Exhibit Opens

2014 : An exhibit featuring paintings of world leaders by former US president George W. Bush opened at his Presidential Library in Dallas, Texas. The exhibit featured 24 different portraits of world leaders who the former president had met and worked closely with during his two terms.

From 1940's Homes Page


Long Beach California

Fully Furnished 3 bedroom new home furnished hardwood floors

Sheboygan Wisconsin

17 acre farm , fair boardings and equipment

Chicago Illinois

1st floor flat 5 rooms and garage

Valparaiso Indiana

Farm 16 acres with 5 room home barn and 3 poultry houses

Fashions From the 1920s

  • Canton Crepe Dress 1921 Canton Crepe Dress
    Price: $13.95

    Pretty and tastefully applied trimming combined with rich lustrous material make this latest New York style appropriate for any occasion. Fashioned of all silk canton crepes in our usual good quality, which we know from long experience will give the service you expect. Bonaz embroidery is used in novel fashion on waist, skirt and sleeves, which are in the new puff design. Skirt of generous sweep is gathered at waistline with elastic girdle. Crushed sash ties in wide bow in back. Closes at left front. Choose from black with red trimming or black with green trimming.

  • Georgette Crepe Blouse 1921 Georgette Crepe Blouse
    Price: $5.98

    A very dressy Blouse and one that will appeal to the most conservative woman. Made of good quality silk Georgette. The collar, cuffs and front panel are effectively trimmed with silk Georgette in contrasting color. Front is also trimmed with hand embroidery, as pictured. Blouse slips on over the head and is held in place at each side with Georgette sashes.