Friday, April 28, 2006

Today in History.....April 28

Had trouble posting this morning, here we go......

On this day in …

* 1973, The Mrs. was born, Happy Birthday! Busy last 2 months for birthdays!

* 1789, there was a mutiny on HMS Bounty as the crew of the British ship set Capt. William Bligh and 18 sailors adrift in a launch in the South Pacific

* 1939, Powell Crosley produces America's first miniature or "bantam" car. The Crosley was a foot shorter and 100 pounds lighter than the pre-war Volkswagen Bug, and far smaller than anything manufactured by American companies. At a $800 sticker price, Crosley was unable to convince consumers to purchase a miniature car when they could buy a full-size car for a few hundred dollars more. He was soon out of business.

* 1945, Italian dictator Benito Mussolini and his mistress, Clara Petacci, were executed by Italian partisans as they attempted to flee the country

* 1952, war with Japan officially ended as a treaty that had been signed by the United States and 47 other nations took effect. Also:
Gen. Dwight D. Eisenhower, one of the most highly regarded American generals of World War II, steps down as supreme commander of the combined land and air forces of NATO. He does this in order to run for president. In November 1952, "Ike" wins a resounding victory in the presidential elections, and in 1956, is reelected by a landslide.

* 1958, Vice President Nixon and his wife, Pat, began a goodwill tour of Latin America that was marred by hostile mobs in Lima, Peru, and Caracas, Venezuela

* 1967, heavyweight boxing champion Muhammad Ali refused to be inducted into the Army, the same day Gen. William C. Westmoreland told Congress the U.S. "would prevail in Vietnam"

* 1980, President Carter accepted the resignation of Secretary of State Cyrus Vance, who had opposed the failed rescue mission aimed at freeing American hostages being held in Iran by practitioners of that "religion of peace"

* 1986, the Soviet Union informed the world of the nuclear disaster at Chernobyl

* 1992, the Agriculture Department unveiled its pyramid-shaped recommended-diet chart that had cost nearly $1 million to develop.
Of course, it was later revised

* 2001, a Russian rocket lifted off from Central Asia bearing the first space tourist, California businessman Dennis Tito, and two cosmonauts on a journey to the international space station

* 2005, a military jury at Fort Bragg, N.C., sentenced Sgt. Hasan Akbar, a practitioner of that "religion of peace", to death for the
2003 murders of two officers in Kuwait. ALSO: More than 100 volunteers joined police in Duluth, Ga., in searching for Jennifer Wilbanks, a bride-to-be who had vanished two days earlier. (Wilbanks turned up in Albuquerque, N.M., having run away on her own.)


At 5:17 PM, Blogger MissingLink said...

Happy Birthdau to you Mrs Gringo!!


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