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This Day In History: April 28

This Day in History

1788: Maryland enters the Union as the seventh of the 13 original states.
1789: British sailor Fletcher Christian leads a mutiny against Capt. William Bligh aboard the HMS Bounty.
1817: The United States and Britain begin signing the Rush-Bagot treaty, limiting armaments on the Great Lakes.
1945: Italian partisans kill Fascist dictator Benito Mussolini.
1952: Full sovereignty is restored to Japan , but U.S. troops remain as security forces. The ANZUS mutual-defense pact between Australia, New Zealand (until 1986), and the U.S. comes into force when all three signatories ratify it.
1965: Some 14,000 U.S. troops are sent to the Dominican Republic to support the government in a civil war.
1969: Charles De Gaulle resigns as president of France.
1990: The musical A Chorus Line closes on Broadway after 6,237 performances.
1993: Defense Sec. Les Aspin removes restrictions on aerial combat roles by women in the armed forces.
2001: Wealthy businessman Dennis Tito becomes the first tourist in space after paying the Russian Space Agency up to $20 million for a trip to the International Space Station.
2004: The CBS program 60 Minutes II broadcasts photographs documenting physical and sexual abuse of Iraqi prisoners by U.S. forces at Abu Ghraib prison on the outskirts of Baghdad.

Today's Birthdays

1442: Edward IV, king of England (Rouen, France; died 1483)
1758: James Monroe, 5th president of the United States (Westmoreland County, VA; died 1831)
1871: Louise Dilworth Homer, opera singer (Sewickley, PA; died 1947)
1878: Lionel Barrymore, actor (Philadelphia, PA; died 1954)
1889: António Salazar, Portuguese economist and statesman, who ruled Portugal as a dictator (near Santa Comba Dão, Portugal; died 1970)
1908: Oskar Schindler, businessman (Zwittau, Austria-Hungary; died 1974)
1926: Blossom Dearie, musician (E. Durham, NY). Harper Lee, author (Monroeville, AL)
1937: Saddam Hussein, Iraqi president (Tikrit, Iraq)
1948: Marcia Strassman, actress (New York, NY)
1949: Bruno Kirby, actor (New York, NY)
1950: Jay Leno, TV personality/comedian (New Rochelle, NY)
1952: Mary McDonnell, actress (Wilkes-Barre, PA)
1964: Barry Larkin, baseball player (Cincinnati, OH)
1966: John Daly, golfer (Carmichael, CA)
1973: Elisabeth Rohm, actress (Dusseldorf, Germany)
1974: Penelope Cruz, actress (Madrid, Spain)
1981: Jessica Alba, actress (Pomona, CA)


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