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Today In History - April 4
William Henry Harrison
William Henry Harrison

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Today in History in 1841 - William Henry Harrison, 9th President of the United States, becomes 1st president to die in office at 68 of pneumonia. Vice President John Tyler became the 10th President; and in 1968 Martin Luther King Jr. was assassinated at the Lorraine Hotel in Memphis, Tennessee.

Our on this day in history archives contain over 200,000 events, birthdays and deaths from 6,000 years of history. Here is a roundup of a few of them:

Historical Events

  • 1581 - Francis Drake knighted by Queen Elizabeth I aboard Golden Hind at Deptford
  • 1655 - Battle at Postage Farina, Tunis: English fleet beats Barbary pirates
  • 1841 - Vice President John Tyler becomes the 10th President of the United States after the death of President William Henry Harrison
  • 1862 - Battle of Yorktown (US Civil War) begins
  • 1896 - Announcement of Gold in Yukon
  • 1949 - North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO) treaty signed (Wash DC)
  • 1968 - US civil rights activist Martin Luther King Jr. assassinated in Memphis, Tennessee
  • 1975 - Microsoft is founded as a partnership between Bill Gates and Paul Allen.


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Famous Birthdays

  • 1802 - Dorothea Dix, American social activist (d. 1887)
  • 1853 - Tad Lincoln, son of U.S. president Abraham Lincoln
  • 1906 - Bea Benaderet, actress (Kate-Petticoat Junction), born in NYC, New York
  • 1908 - Ernestine Gilbreth Carey, author (Cheaper by the Dozen)
  • 1913 - Muddy Waters, [McKinley Morganfield], American blues guitarist
  • 1916 - David White, actor (Larry Tate-Bewitched)
  • 1922 - Elmer Bernstein, movie music composer (Robot Monster), born in NYC, New York
  • 1926 - Cloris Leachman, actress (Phyllis, High Anxiety), born in Des Moines, Iowa
  • 1928 - Maya Angelou [Marguerite Johnson], American author ("I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings"), poet and actress (Nyo-Roots), born in St Louis, Missouri
  • 1932 - Anthony Perkins, actor (Psycho, Fear Strikes Out, Pretty Poison), born in NYC, New York
  • 1932 - Clive Davis, American record producer
  • 1932 - Estelle Harris, American actress
  • 1956 - David E. Kelley, American writer and TV producer
  • 1965 - Robert Downey Jr, actor, born in NYC, New York
  • 1979 - Heath Ledger, Australian/American Actor. (d.2008)

Famous Weddings

  • 1625 - Viceroy Frederik Henry marries Amalia countess von Solms-Braunfels
  • 1750 - Statesman George Mason (24) weds Ann Eilbeck (16)
  • 1992 - Comedian Sam Kinison (38) weds Malika Souiri at the Candlelight Chapel in Las Vegas
  • 1992 - John Tesh (Entertainment Tonight) marries actress Connie Selleca
  • 1995 - Rapper Tupac Shakur marries Keisha Morris (divorced 1996)

Famous Deaths

  • 1841 - William Henry Harrison, 9th President of the United States, becomes 1st president to die in office at 68 of pneumonia
  • 1951 - George Albert Smith, President of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints (the LDS or Mormon Church) (b. 1870)
  • 1968 - Martin Luther King Jr., assassinated at the Lorraine Hotel in Memphis Tennessee at 39
  • 1979 - Edgar Buchanan, actor (Uncle Joe-Petticoat Junction), dies at 77
  • 1980 - Red Sovine, American country music singer (b. 1917)
  • 1983 - Gloria Swanson, actress (Airport 1975), dies of a heart ailment at 84

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