On this day in history:
In 1768, Philip Astley, regarded as the father of the modern circus, staged the first event in an open field at what is now the Waterloo area of London.
In 1788, Connecticut became the fifth U.S. state.
In 1861, Mississippi seceded from the Union, becoming a founding member of the Confederate States of America.
In 1916, the Ottoman Empire claimed victory in the Battle of Gallipoli following the evacuation of Allied forces from the peninsula.
In 1945, in World War II, U.S. troops landed on the Philippine island of Luzon, beginning a battle that would rage on for eight months.
In 1947, Elizabeth Short, more commonly known as the Black Dahlia, disappears. Her body was found six days later.
In 1951, the U.N. headquarters opened in New York.
In 1972, the luxury liner Queen Elizabeth was gutted by fire while docked in Hong Kong.
In 1996, rebels in the Russian republic of Chechnya overran the town of Kizlyar and took 2,000 hostages at a hospital and in nearby homes.
In 2005, Palestinians in the West Bank and Gaza Strip elected Mahmoud Abbas their new president. He succeeded the late Yasser Arafat.
In 2007, the world changed when Apple CEO Steve Jobs unveiled the iPhone.
In 2007, Venezuelan stock prices fell almost 19 percent -- the biggest drop on record -- and its currency lost almost one-third of its value after President Hugo Chavez pledged to nationalize the country's utilities.
In 2011, an IranAir Boeing 727 with 105 people aboard crashed shortly before it was scheduled to land in northwestern Iran. Authorities said there were 50 survivors.
In 2013, federal officials said an influenza outbreak in the United States was the country's worst in a decade.
In 2014, as part of an agreement to end a political deadlock, Tunisian Prime Minister Ali Laarayedh resigned to let a caretaker government oversee the next elections. Mehdi Jomaa, the minister of industry, became acting PM.
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A thought for the day: H. Jackson Brown Jr. said, Our character is what we do when we think no one is looking.
On this date in history:
In 1788, Maryland ratified the U.S. Constitution, becoming the seventh state of the Union.
In 1789, the most famous of all naval mutinies took place aboard the HMS Bounty en ...Read More
Those born on this date include:
- James Monroe, fifth president of the United States, in 1758
- Dutch legal scholar/Nobel Peace Prize laureate Tobias Michael Carel Asser in 1838
- British engineer, ...Read More
Today is Friday, April 28, the 118th day of 2017 with 247 to follow.
The moon is waxing. Morning stars are Jupiter, Saturn, Neptune and Venus. Evening stars are Mercury, Mars and Jupiter.
On April 28th, 1789, the mutiny on the HMS Bounty took place.
A thought for the day: We can let circumstances rule us or we can take charge and rule our lives from within. -- Earl Nightingale