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This Day in History: Apr. 11

This Day in History

1713: In one of the treaties of the Peace of Utrecht, which ends the War of the Spanish Succession, France made peace with Great Britain, the Dutch Republic, Prussia, Savoy, and Portugal.
1947: Jackie Robinson joins the Brooklyn Dodgers, breaking major league baseball's color barrier.
1951: Gen. Douglas MacArthur is relieved of command in Korea by Pres. Harry Truman.
1968: Pres. Lyndon B. Johnson signs the Civil Rights Act into law.
1979: Dictator Idi Amin is overthrown in Uganda.
1996: Jessica Dubroff, a 7-year-old trying to become the youngest person ever to pilot a plane across the nation, is killed when her plane crashes in Cheyenne, WY.
2002: Sitting Democratic congressman James Traficant is convicted in a Cleveland court of racketeering and corruption. A general strike in Venezuela against President Chávez turns violent, leaving at least 17 people dead and more than 100 injured.

Today's Birthdays

146-211: Lucius Septimius Severus, Roman emperor (Leptis Magna--near Homs, Libya; died 211)
1592: Sir John Eliot, English parliamentary leader (Port Eliot, England; died 1632)
1862: Charles Evans Hughes, statesman and chief justice of the Supreme Court (Glens Falls, NY; died 1948)
1882: Cap Anson, baseball player/manager (Marshalltown, IA; died 1922)
1893: Dean Acheson, diplomat/statesman (Middletown, CT; died 1971)
1913: Oleg Cassini, fashion designer (Paris, France)
1928: Ethel Kennedy, widow of Sen. Robert F. Kennedy (Greenwich, CT)
1932: Joel Grey, actor (Cleveland, OH)
1933: Tony Brown, journalist (Charleston, WV)
1939: Louise Lasser, actress (New York, NY)
1947: Peter Riegert, actor (New York, NY). Meshach Taylor, actor (Boston, MA)
1948: Ellen Goodman, columnist (Newton, MA)
1950: Bill Irwin, actor/choreographer (Santa Monica, CA)
1962: Vincent Gallo, director/actor/musician (Buffalo, NY)
1987: Joss Stone, singer (Dover, England)


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