Today is Wednesday, April 16, the 107th day of 2008. There are 259 days left in the year.
Today's Highlight in History:
One year ago, on April 16, 2007, in the deadliest shooting rampage in modern U.S. history, student Seung-Hui Cho killed 32 people on the campus of Virginia Tech before taking his own life.
On this date:
In 1789, President-elect Washington left Mount Vernon, Va., for his inauguration in New York.
In 1862, President Lincoln signed a bill ending slavery in the District of Columbia.
In 1879, Saint Bernadette, who'd described seeing visions of the Virgin Mary at Lourdes, died in Nevers, France.
In 1912, Harriet Quimby became the first woman to fly across the English Channel.
In 1917, Vladimir Ilyich Lenin returned to Russia after years of exile.
In 1935, the radio comedy program "Fibber McGee and Molly" premiered on the NBC Blue Network.
In 1947, the French ship Grandcamp blew up at the harbor in Texas City, Texas; another ship, the High Flyer, exploded the following day. The blasts and resulting fires killed nearly 600 people.
In 1947, financier and presidential confidant Bernard Baruch said in a speech at the South Carolina statehouse: "Let us not be deceived _ we are today in the midst of a cold war."
In 1972, Apollo 16 blasted off on a voyage to the moon.
In 1996, Britain's Prince Andrew and his wife, Sarah, the Duchess of York, announced they were in the process of getting a divorce.
Ten years ago: Paula Jones announced she would ask an appeals court to reinstate her sexual harassment lawsuit against President Clinton after it was thrown out by a federal judge. Tornadoes claimed 11 lives in Arkansas, Tennessee and Kentucky.
Five years ago: The Bush administration lowered the terror alert level from orange to yellow, saying the end of heavy fighting in Iraq has diminished the threat of terrorism in the United States. During a visit to a fighter jet factory in St. Louis, President Bush called for lifting economic sanctions against Iraq as commanders of both the U.S. military and the reconstruction effort prepared to move into the country. Michael Jordan played his last NBA game with the Washington Wizards, who lost to the Philadelphia 76ers, 107-87.
One year ago: Robert Cheruiyot of Kenya won the Boston Marathon for the third time; Russia's Lidiya Grigoryeva captured the women's race. Carrie Underwood's dark hit "Before He Cheats" won video of the year, female video and best video director at the fan-voted CMT Music Awards.
Today's Birthdays: Pope Benedict XVI is 81. Actor Peter Mark Richman is 81. Actress-singer Edie Adams is 81. Singer Bobby Vinton is 73. Denmark's Queen Margrethe II is 68. Basketball Hall-of-Famer Kareem Abdul-Jabbar is 61. Singer Gerry Rafferty is 61. Football coach Bill Belichick is 56. Rock singer-turned-politician Peter Garrett is 55. Actress Ellen Barkin is 54. Rock musician Jason Scheff (Chicago) is 46. Singer Jimmy Osmond is 45. Rock singer David Pirner (Soul Asylum) is 44. Actor-comedian Martin Lawrence is 43. Actor Jon Cryer is 43. Rock musician Dan Rieser is 42. Actor Peter Billingsley is 37. Actor Lukas Haas is 32.
Thought for Today: "Only the vanquished remember history." _ Marshall McLuhan, Canadian communications theorist (1911-1980).
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