1994 - President of Rwanda Dies
1994: The presidents of the African states of Rwanda and Burundi have been killed in a plane crash near the Rwandan capital, Kigali. Both countries have seen ethnic violence between Hutu's and the minority Tutsis has cost the lives of over 100,000 in the last 12 months and many believe the deaths of the presidents will only escalate the problems. ( Between April and June the Rwandan military and Hutu civilians massacred nearly 1 Million Tutsis and moderate Hutus in one of the worst cases of ethnic cleansing ever seen ). Find More What happened in 1994.
1896 - Greece Modern Olympics Games Reborn1896: The Olympic Games, are reborn in Athens 1,500 years after being banned by Roman Emperor Theodosius I.
1909 - First men to Reach The North Pole1909: Explorers Robert E. Peary and Matthew A. Henson claim to become the first men to reach the North Pole. On This Day 1909, they established "Camp Jesup" allegedly within five miles of the pole. There is a large amount of controversy over this claim for a number of reasons including no independent verification and discrepancies in his journal, and even looking at those Societies who accepted or did not accept his claim makes it difficult to know for certain. The National Geographic Society certified his claim The Royal Geographical Society of London accepted the Claim. The American Geographical Society did not accept his claim Societies of semi-Arctic Scandinavia did not accept his claim What can be said is they did believe they attained their goal of reaching the North Pole and if they did or did does not lesson the feat they accomplished. The main reason for the dispute is because of navigation techniques used and not used, and not having independent verification from other qualified navigators in his team.
1917 - America enters World War I1917: Following the sinking of the American liner Housatonic by a German U-boat and four more U.S. merchant ships President Wilson appeared before Congress and called for a declaration of war against Germany and on This Day the United States formally declared war on Germany.
1930 - India Mahatma Gandhi Salt Tax Protest1930: Mahatma Gandhi and his followers, in protest of the salt tax levied by the British Empire, ended their Salt March and Mahatma Gandhi manufactured salt from seawater breaking the British law establishing a monopoly on salt manufacture.
1931 - U.S.A. Little Orphan Annie1931: Following the growth of popularity of Radio the first late afternoon radio serial for children ( Little Orphan Annie ) is transmitted and draws a huge following.
1934 - U.S.A. White Wall Tires1934: The Ford Motor Company becomes one the first carmakers to announce the option for white sidewall tires on its new cars at a cost of $11.25 per set.
1941 - Germany invades Yugoslavia1941: Germany invades Yugoslavia resulting in the death of 17,000 civilians in a swift and brutal attack.
1950 - Brazil Rail Accident1950: A train traveling from Rio de Janeiro to Victoria, Espirito Santo drops off a bridge into a fast-running river in Tangua, Brazil, killing 110.
1962 - Cuba Arrested For Spying1962: 7 Men have been arrested by Cuban Authorities and investigated for possible spying activities, the men were all frogmen diving off the coast of Cuba, American Authorities have confirmed 7 men have been reported missing who were diving for treasure.
1968 - Riots Continue Following Assassination of Martin Luther King1968: Race Riots continue in cities throughout the US following the assassination of black civil rights leader Martin Luther King on 4 April. Curfews have been put in place around the country and National Guard Soldiers have been mobilized to keep control. The death toll from arson attacks is 19 and the looting and shooting continue. The cities worst affected include Chicago, Washington DC, Pittsburgh, Detroit, and another 75 cities around the country.
1975 - Vietnam Operation Babylift1975: Inspired by the American efforts to bring Vietnamese Children in need to the US code-named 'Operation Babylift', A Boeing 747 chartered by the British Daily Mail carrying 99 Vietnamese orphans has landed at Heathrow airport.
1987 - U.S.A. Al Campanis1987: Los Angeles Dodgers executive Al Campanis said on ABC's "Nightline" that blacks "may not have some of the necessities" to hold managerial jobs in major-league baseball (Campanis resigned two days later).
1989 - UK Dockers Jobs For Life1989: The British government under Mrs. Thatcher has announced it is to abolish legislation which, in effect, guarantees jobs for life for more than 9,000 dockers. This is a continuation of lessening the power of trade unions in England and follows the government's battle with the miners and printers unions which the government won earlier.
1990 - U.S.A. Reunified Germany1990: Following the reunification of Germany the US and the Soviet Union met to discuss the future concerning the role to be played by the newly reunified Germany in Europe.
1993 - Russia Explosion1993: An explosion rocked a Russian nuclear weapons complex in the Siberian town of Tomsk-7.
1997 - Space Shuttle Columbia1997: NASA aborts the latest space shuttle Columbia mission after problems with defective fuel cells are found. The mission was scheduled to last over 2 weeks but has been aborted after just 4 days and has returned to Earth today.
1998 - Dow Jones Closes Above 9,0001998: The Dow Jones industrial average closed above 9,000 points for the first time.
1998 - Pakistan Medium-Range Missile Test1998: Pakistan successfully tested a medium-range missile capable of striking neighboring India. Pakistan has the seventh largest armed forces in the world and is in constant conflict over the region of Kashmir with its neighbor India. Both countries have developed nuclear weapons and Medium Range Missiles would allow them to destroy the other country. First Kashmir War, Indo-Pakistani War of 1947 Second Kashmir War, Indo-Pakistani War of 1965 Bangladesh Independence War, Indo-Pakistani War of 1971 Kargil War (Kashmir ), Indo-Pakistani War of 1999.
2001 - Pacific Gas and Electric File Chapter 11 Bankruptcy2001: Pacific Gas and Electric ( PG&E ) file Chapter 11 Bankruptcy when they are unable to sell electricity to consumers for more than they buy it on the open market. The State of California under the leadership of California Governor Gray Davis bailed out the utility.
2004 - Jordan Muslim Militants2004: Jordan's military court convicted eight Muslim militants and sentenced them to death for the 2002 killing of U.S. aid official Laurence Foley in a terror conspiracy linked to al-Qaeda.
2005 - Monaco Prince Rainier III Dies2005: Prince Rainier III of Monaco dies, leaving the throne to Prince Albert II the eldest son of Rainier III of Monaco and Grace, Princess of Monaco, ( American actress Grace Kelly ).
2006 - Switzerland Judas’s Testimony2006: The National Geographic Society has revealed the gospel of Judas Iscariot, even though the story's authentication, conservation, and translation cannot be confirmed. The papyrus codex, which is believed to have been translated from the original Greek to the Coptic script was found in a cave near El Minya, Egypt. It has been moved from Egypt to Europe to the United States in search of verification. Kept in a safe deposit box on Long Island, New York for many years, it was bought in 2000 by a Zurich-based antiquities dealer. Now in the Maecenas Foundation for Ancient Art in Switzerland, the document will be donated to the government of Egypt, and be housed in the Coptic Museum in Cairo.
2008 - England Olympic Torch Relay Protests2008: Olympic Torch Relay arrives in London, England sparking huge protests by pro-Tibetan independence and pro-Human Rights supporters causing the route to be changed.
2009 - Italy Earthquake Strikes Near L'Aquila2009: The 5.8 on the Richter scale L'Aquila earthquake ( central Italy ) leaves 307 dead and approximately 1,500 people injured. The Quake caused up to 10,000 buildings in L'Aquila damage. Many of the medieval churches and other buildings that are an important part of the history of the area were badly affected including the Basilica of Saint Bernardino of Siena. The earthquake left over 40,000 homeless which many believe was due to Poor building standards or construction materials.
2009 - Obama Says That the United States Is Not at War With the Muslim World2009: Having arrived in Turkey from Prague, President Barack Obama has said that the United States "is not at war with Islam." This is his first visit, as President, to a mainly Muslim country. In speaking to the Turkish parliament, he called for a greater partnership with the Muslim world and said the U.S. would be launching outreach programs. "America's relationship with the Muslim world cannot, and will not, be based on opposition to al-Qaeda," he said. He had told his audience that Washington supported Turkey's efforts to join the E.U.
2010 - Chinese Cyberspying Is Revealed2010: A 'complex cyber-espionage network has penetrated various organizations, including those of the Office of the Dalai Lama. The so-called Shadow Network had been targeting government, business, and academic computers at the United Nations and the Embassy of Pakistan in the United States as well. Researchers say that it has been used to steal at least 1,500 emails from the Office of the Dalai Lama. The attacks are thought to have originated from the city of Chengdu in China. The researchers, who are from the Information Warfare Monitor and the Shadowserver Foundation, have said they had evidence of 'links between the Shadow Network and two individuals living in Chengdu.' These individuals have been identified by e-mail addresses, and are thought to be part of China's 'underground hacking community.'
2010 - First U.S. Citizen on C.I.A.'s Kill List2010: The Muslim cleric that is tied to the attempted bombing of a Detroit-bound airliner has become the first U.S. citizen to be added to the list of suspected terrorists that the C.I.A. is authorized to kill. Anwar al-Aulaqi, who currently lives in Yemen, was previously placed on the target list that is maintained by the U.S. military's Joint Special Operations Command. He has survived at least one strike carried out by Yemeni forces with U.S. assistance and said that it is god's will that he survives.
2011 - Swedish Queen Injured in New York2011: Sweden's Queen Silvia was injured when she tried to evade a photographer while visiting New York. The sixty-seven-year-old queen twisted her foot and was fitted with a foot brace and cane after the incident occurred. While she was shopping with her daughter Princess Madeleine, a Swedish photographer confronted them, and in the midst of trying to get away, she injured herself.
2012 - US Naval Plane Crashes in Virginia2012: A US Navy F-18 crashed in a residential area in the US state of Virginia shortly after taking off. The two crew members (a student and instructor) were ejected safely and luckily nobody was seriously injured and there were no known fatalities. The cause of the crash was unknown.
2013 - Mandela Released From Hospital2013: Nelson Mandela was released from the hospital after dealing with a recurring lung infection at the age of ninety-four. Mandela was South Africa's first black president and led the struggle against apartheid in the country.
2014 - Actor Mickey Rooney Dies2014: Legendary Hollywood actor Mickey Rooney died at the age of ninety-three. Rooney had started his career as a child actor and began performing before he was two years old. He continued to work in film and as an actor up until his death. Rooney had suffered many ups and downs in his career, at one point being one of the highest-paid stars in Hollywood to becoming bankrupt, as well as having varying degrees of success in his eight marriages.
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Andre PrevinBorn: Andreas Ludwig Priwin 6th April 1929 Berlin, Germany
Known For: André Previn is a German Born Composer whose family fled Germany during the Nazi regime attacks on Jewish Citizens and became naturalized citizens of the United States. He is a multi-award-winning composer including won four Oscars including his Scoring and arrangement of the music for the musical Gigi in 1958. His other work includes Original Music Score for the movies My Fair Lady and Porgy & Bess. In Britain, he is also remembered for a single TV appearance on the Morecambe and Wise Christmas Show in 1971 where he attempts to conduct Eric Morecambe as the comically-inept soloist of Edvard Grieg's Piano Concerto. He is also a keen fan of Jazz and an accomplished jazz pianist and has composed a number of classical music pieces.