updated 4/11/2005 12:01:06 AM ET 2005-04-11T04:01:06

Today is Monday, April 11, the 101st day of 2005. There are 264 days left in the year.

Today’s Highlight in History:
On April 11, 1945, during World War II, American soldiers liberated the notorious Nazi concentration camp Buchenwald in Germany.

On this date:
In 1689, William III and Mary II were crowned as joint sovereigns of Britain.

In 1814, Napoleon Bonaparte abdicated as emperor of France and was banished to the island of Elba.

In 1898, President McKinley asked Congress for a declaration of war against Spain.

In 1899, the treaty ending the Spanish-American War was declared in effect.

In 1951, President Truman relieved Gen. Douglas MacArthur of his commands in the Far East.

In 1953, Oveta Culp Hobby became the first Secretary of Health, Education and Welfare.

In 1968, President Johnson signed into law the Civil Rights Act of 1968, a week after the assassination of the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr.

In 1970, Apollo 13 blasted off on its ill-fated mission to the moon. (The astronauts managed to return safely).

In 1979, Idi Amin was deposed as president of Uganda as rebels and exiles backed by Tanzanian forces seized control.

In 1980, the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission issued regulations specifically prohibiting sexual harassment of workers by supervisors.

Ten years ago: President Clinton expressed sympathy for Pakistan’s anger over the blocked sale of American fighter jets, telling visiting Prime Minister Benazir Bhutto that it was “not right” for the United States to keep the planes and refuse to give the money back.

Five years ago: Israeli Prime Minister Ehud Barak met with President Clinton at the White House in what a senior U.S. official described as a good, productive, serious discussion. A British judge branded historian David Irving an anti-Semite racist and an apologist for Adolf Hitler, ruling that an American scholar was justified in calling him a Holocaust denier.

One year ago: President Bush defended his response to a briefing memo from August 2001 about possible terrorist plots against the United States, saying he was “satisfied that some of the matters were being looked into” and that there were no specific threats against New York and Washington. Pope John Paul II celebrated Easter Mass with calls for world leaders to resolve conflicts in Iraq, the Holy Land and Africa. Phil Mickelson’s agonizing pursuit of a major ended at the Masters when he made an 18-foot birdie putt on the final hole.

Today’s Birthdays: “Brenda Starr” creator Dale Messick is 99. Fashion designer Oleg Cassini is 92. Former New York State Gov. Hugh Carey is 86. Ethel Kennedy is 77. Actor Johnny Sheffield is 74. Actor Joel Grey is 73. Actress Louise Lasser is 66. Syndicated columnist Ellen Goodman is 64. Movie writer-director John Milius is 61. Actor Peter Riegert is 58. Actor Bill Irwin is 55. Country singer-songwriter Jim Lauderdale is 48. Songwriter-producer Daryl Simmons is 48. Actor Lucky Vanous is 44. Country singer Steve Azar is 41. Singer Lisa Stansfield is 39. Rock musician Dylan Keefe (Marcy Playground) is 35. Singer Joss Stone is 18.

Thought for Today: “We think in generalities, but we live in detail.” — Alfred North Whitehead, British philosopher (1861-1947).

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