War, Terrorism, Disaster, TV, Trolleys, Ooops, Wimps, I GOT YOU, Rockets, Unhappy Birthday, Smells Like Suicide, Jews, Inventions, Big Oil, Ouch, Nanny State, Wow, Pro Wrestling, Born, Birthdays, Death

SMELLS LIKE SUICIDE

1994 Kurt Cobain grunge rocker (Nirvana), commits suicide by gun at 27.

WAR!

1862 Union forces led by Gen. Ulysses S. Grant defeated the Confederates at the Battle of Shiloh in Tennessee.

1945 During World War II, American planes intercepted and effectively destroyed a Japanese fleet that was headed to Okinawa on a suicide mission.

2003 U.S. troops in more than 100 U.S. armored vehicles rumbled through downtown Baghdad, seizing one of Saddam Hussein’s opulent palaces and toppling a 40-foot statue of the Iraqi ruler.

TERRORISM

1980 Jimmy Carter breaks relations with Iran during hostage crisis.

DISASTER

1926 Forest fire burns 900 acres & kills 2 (San Luis Obispo CA).

1990 Fire kills 110 on a ferry in Norway, in an unrelated event, 30 die in a ferry flip over in Burma.

OUCH!

1926 Mussolini’s Irish wife breaks his nose.

OOOPS!

1966 The U.S. Navy recovered a hydrogen bomb it had lost off the coast of Spain.

UNHAPPY BIRTHDAY

1972 “Crazy” Joe Gallo mobster, killed at his 43rd birthday party.

WOW!

1981 Willem Klein mentally extracts 13th root of a 100-digit # in 29 seconds.

PRO WRESTLING

1986 Wrestlemania II at 3 locations, Hulk Hogan beats King Kong Bundy.

1991 Wrestlemania VII scheduled in Los Angeles CA, actually performed 03/24.

NANNY STATE

1933 Prohibition ends, Utah becomes 38th state to ratify 21st Amendment.

1959 Oklahoma ends prohibition, after 51 years.

1969 Supreme Court strikes down laws prohibiting private possession of obscene material.

WIMPS

1978 President Carter announced he was deferring development of the neutron bomb, a high-radiation weapon.

INVENTIONS

1827 English chemist John Walker invents wooden matches.

BIG OIL

1902 Texas Oil Company (Texaco) forms.

ROCKETS

2007 A Russian rocket carrying American billionaire Charles Simonyi roared into the night skies over Kazakhstan, sending its three occupants on a trip to the international space station.

JEWS

1645 Michael Cardozo becomes 1st Jewish lawyer in Brazil.

1933 1st 2 Nazi anti-Jewish laws, bar Jews from legal & public service.

1994 Vatican acknowledges Holocaust (Nazi’s killing Jews) for 1st time.

TV

1927 An audience in New York watched as the image as well as voice of Commerce Secretary Herbert Hoover were transmitted live from Washington in the first successful long-distance demonstration of television.

TROLLEYS

1957 Shortly after midnight, the last of New York’s electric trolleys completed its final run from Queens to Manhattan.

I GOT YOU

1998 Mary Bono, the widow of entertainer-turned-politician Sonny Bono, won a special election to serve out the remainder of her husband’s congressional term.

BORN

1860 W K Kellogg – the original corn flake.

BIRTHDAYS

Actor R.G. Armstrong is 91. Sitar player Ravi Shankar is 88. Actor James Garner is 80. Country singer Cal Smith is 76. Actor Wayne Rogers is 75. Media commentator Hodding Carter III is 73. Country singer Bobby Bare is 73. Rhythm-and-blues singer Charlie Thomas (The Drifters) is 71. Jazz musician Freddie Hubbard is 70. California Attorney General Jerry Brown is 70. Movie director Francis Ford Coppola is 69. TV personality David Frost is 69. Singer Patricia Bennett (The Chiffons) is 61. Singer John Oates is 59. Singer Janis Ian is 57. Country musician John Dittrich is 57. Actor Jackie Chan is 54. Football Hall-of-Famer Tony Dorsett is 54. Actor Russell Crowe is 44. Rhythm-and-blues singer Mark Kibble (Take 6) is 44. Actor Bill Bellamy is 43. Rock musician Dave “Yorkie” Palmer (Space) is 43. Former football player-turned-analyst Tiki Barber is 33. Actress Heather Burns is 33. Actor Conner Rayburn is 9.

DEATH

30 Jesus crucified by Roman troops in Jerusalem (scholars’ estimate, according to astronomer Schaefer).

1891 P[hineas] T Barnum US circus promoter (Barnum & Bailey), dies at 80.

2007 “B.C.” comic strip creator Johnny Hart died in Nineveh, N.Y., at age 76.

2007 Actor Barry Nelson died in Bucks County, Pa., at age 89.

April 7, the 98th day of 2008. There are 268 days left in the year.

compiled by Mondoreb
image: Guitars canada
Sources:
* Today in History
* Today in History
* Today in Weird History
* DBKP Today in Weird History: April 7 2008
* Today in Weird History: April 7 2008


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2 responses to “

  1. WOW, what a fast history lesson. It was an interesting read. I wish more would do post like this.

    I have to ask, what gave you such a diverse set of subjects?

  2. Marlin,

    Well, whatever strikes my fancy as “unusual or under-reported or weird history” qualifies, as well as everyday events that occurred in the Birthdays, Births, Deaths, Disasters, Terrorism, and War! categories.

    Today in Weird History is usually a daily feature at DBKP, but it’s kinda fell off the daily list until we finish up our offices and all the other things we’ve got going on. It should resume daily inclusion in the next 7-10 days.

    Thanx…btw!

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