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Wednesday, April 23, 2008

On This Day in History

Here's a new potential feature at YRW- On This Day in History. Be honest, though- is it something y'all want to see?

On this day in History:

1564 This is the generally accepted birthdate of the English poet and dramatist William Shakespeare. He died on the same date 52 years later.
1779 Anglican clergyman and hymnwriter John Newton wrote in a letter: '"What Thou wilt, when Thou wilt, how Thou wilt." I had rather speak these three sentences from my heart in my mother tongue than be master of all the languages in Europe.'
1789 President-elect George Washington and his wife moved into the first executive mansion, the Franklin House in New York City.
1908 President Theodore Roosevelt signed an act creating the U.S. Army Reserve.
1938 Sudeten Germans in Czechoslovakia demand self government
1954 Hank Aaron of the Milwaukee Braves hit the first of his 755 major-league home runs in a game against the St. Louis Cardinals. (Aaron's career total is second only to Barry Bonds.)
1967 Soyuz 1 launched; Vladimir Komarov becomes 1st in-flight casualty when its parachute lines became tangled and the parachutes failed to open properly upon return to Earth
1985 The Coca-Cola Co. announced it was changing its secret formula for Coke. However, negative public reaction later forced the company to resume selling the original version.
1992 McDonald's opened its first restaurant in Beijing.
1993 Labor leader Cesar Chavez died at age 66.
2007 Boris Yeltsin, the first freely elected Russian president, died at age 76.
Oh, yeah, and it's Michael Moore's birthday. Hide the cake.

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