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This Day In History: April 1

Today is the 92nd day of 2008 and the 13th day of spring.

TODAY'S HISTORY: In 1945, U.S. troops landed on the Japanese island of Okinawa. In 1960, TIROS-1, the first weather satellite, was launched from Cape Canaveral. In 1987, Pres. Reagan gave his first speech on the AIDS epidemic, declaring the disease "public health enemy number one." In 1999, Nunavut officially separated from the Northwest Territories in Canada. In 2001, ex-Yugoslav leader Slobodan Milosevic was arrested and jailed on corruption charges, after a 36-hour standoff with police.

TODAY'S BIRTHDAYS: Otto von Bismarck (1815-98), German political leader; Edmond Rostand (1868-1918), playwright; Sergei Rachmaninov (1873-1943), composer; Milan Kundera (1929- ), writer, is 79; Debbie Reynolds (1932- ), actress, is 76; Ali McGraw (1938- ), actress, is 70; Samuel Alito (1950- ), Supreme Court justice, is 58.

TODAY'S SPORTS: In 1973, veteran Boston Celtic John Havlicek scored a career-high 54 points against the Atlanta Hawks, setting a Celtic playoff record.

TODAY'S QUOTE: "Laws are like sausages. It's better not to see them being made." - Otto von Bismarck

TODAY'S FACT: In late 2007, the UN estimated there were 33.2 million people living with AIDS.

TODAY'S NUMBER: 19,389 - number of pictures TIROS-1 sent back to Earth during its 77 days in orbit.

TODAY'S MOON: Between last quarter (March 29) and new moon (April 5).


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