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This Day In History: April 21

Today is the 112th day of 2008 and the 33rd day of spring.

TODAY'S HISTORY: In 1836, Texas forces under Sam Houston defeated Mexicans at the Battle of San Jacinto. In 1918, Germany's "Red Baron," fighter ace Baron Manfred von Richtofen, was shot down and killed. In 1960, the new city of Brasilia officially became Brazil's capital. In 1992, murderer Robert Alton Harris became the first person executed by the state of California in 25 years.

TODAY'S BIRTHDAYS: Charlotte Bronte (1816-55), novelist/poet; John Muir (1838-1914), naturalist/environmentalist; Anthony Quinn (1915-2001), actor; Elizabeth II (1926- ), British monarch, is 82; Elaine May (1932- ), actress/writer, is 76; Patti LuPone (1949- ), actress/singer, is 59; Tony Danza (1951- ), actor, is 57; James McAvoy (1979- ), actor, is 29.

TODAY'S SPORTS: In 1974, Lee Elder became the first African American to be invited to the PGA Masters Tournament.

TODAY'S QUOTE: "The upward course of a nation's history is due in the long run to the soundness of heart of its average men and women." - Queen Elizabeth II

TODAY'S FACT: Brasilia was put on the UN's World Heritage List in 1987 in recognition of its innovative urban planning and design.

TODAY'S NUMBER: 54 - number of years Queen Elizabeth II has ruled Great Britain, ten less than Queen Victoria, Britain's longest-ruling monarch.

TODAY'S MOON: Between full moon (April 20) and last quarter (April 28).

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