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4/1/2021 12:01:00 AM
Today In History - April 1

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Today in History in 1748 the ruins of Pompeii were found; in 1789 the U.S. House of Representatives held their first full meeting in New York City; and in 1982 the U.S. formally transferred the Canal Zone to Panama.

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

  • 527 - Byzantine Emperor Justin I names his nephew Justinian I as co-ruler and successor to the throne
  • 1748 - Ruins of Pompeii found
  • 1789 - US House of Representatives 1st full meeting, NYC, F Muhlenberg 1st speaker
  • 1793 - Volcano Unsen on Japan erupts killing about 53,000
  • 1946 - Weight Watchers forms
  • 1952 - Big Bang theory proposed in Physical Review by Alpher, Bethe & Gamow
  • 1974 - Ayatollah Khomeini calls for an Islamic Republic in Iran
  • 1976 - Stephen Wozniak & Steve Jobs found Apple Computer
  • 1982 - US formally transfers Canal Zone to Panama
  • 1990 - CBS fires sportscaster Brent Mussburger
  • 2001 - Same-sex marriage becomes legal in the Netherlands - first country in the world.

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Famous Birthdays

  • 1815 - Otto Von Bismarck, Germany, chancellor (1866-90)
  • 1920 - Toshiro Mifune, Tsing-tao China, writer/actor (Shogun)
  • 1926 - Anne [Inez] McCaffrey, US, sci-fi author (Dragonflight, Dragondrums)
  • 1932 - Debbie Reynolds, El Paso Texas, actress (Singin' in the Rain)
  • 1932 - Gordon Jump, Dayton Ohio, actor (Arthur Carlson-WKRP, Growing Pains)
  • 1939 - Ali MacGraw, Pound Ridge NY, actress (Love Story, Goodbye Columbus)
  • 1952 - Annette O'Toole, actress (Cat People, Superman III), born in Houston, Texas
  • 1973 - Rachel Maddow, American radio personality and political analyst

Famous Weddings

  • 1778 - Poet Phillis Wheatley (24) weds grocer and advocate for black rights John Peters
  • 1959 - American science fiction writer "Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep?" Philip K Dick marries 3rd wife Anne Williams Rubinstein
  • 1961 - Jim Bakker marries Tammy Faye
  • 1993 - Stephane Powers weds Patrick de la Chenais
  • 2006 - Miss Costa Rica 2001 Piarella Peralta weds Dutch banker Tiemo Wesseling at Iglesia de Orosi in the Cartago province of Costa Rica

Famous Divorces

  • 1990 - Guns & Roses' Duff divorces Mandy Brix, lead singer for Lame Flames

Famous Deaths

  • 1917 - Scott Joplin, ragtime composer (The Entertainer), dies at 48
  • 1946 - Noah Beery, actor (Beau Geste, Cimarron Kid, Mammy), dies at 62
  • 1947 - George II, king of Greece, dies at 56
  • 1950 - Charles R. Drew, surgeon/developer of blood bank concept, dies at 45
  • 1965 - Helena Rubinstein, Polish-born American cosmetics manufacturer (b. 1870)
  • 1984 - Marvin Gaye, singer (Sexual Healing), shot to death by his father Marvin Gaye Sr in LA at 44
  • 2010 - John Forsythe, American actor (b. 1918)

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