Today is Wednesday, April 5, the 95th day of 2006. There are 270 days left in the year.
Today’s Highlight in History:
One hundred and fifty years ago, on April 5, 1856, African-American educator Booker T. Washington was born in Franklin County, Virginia.
On this date:
In 1614, American Indian princess Pocahontas married English colonist John Rolfe in Virginia.
In 1621, the Mayflower sailed from Plymouth, Massachusetts, on a return trip to England.
In 1792, George Washington cast the first presidential veto, rejecting a congressional measure for apportioning representatives among the states.
In 1887, British historian Lord Acton wrote, “Power tends to corrupt and absolute power corrupts absolutely.”
In 1895, playwright Oscar Wilde lost his criminal libel case against the Marquess of Queensberry, who’d accused the writer of homosexual practices.
In 1964, Army General Douglas MacArthur died in Washington at age 84.
In 1975, nationalist Chinese leader Chiang Kai-shek died at age 87.
In 1976, reclusive billionaire Howard Hughes died in Houston at age 72.
In 1986, an American soldier and a Turkish woman were killed in the bombing of a West Berlin discotheque, an incident which prompted the U.S. air raid on Libya more than a week later.
In 1991, former Texas Senator John Tower, his daughter and 21 other people were killed in a commuter plane crash near Brunswick, Georgia.
Ten years ago: Accompanied by six children who survived the Oklahoma City bombing, President Clinton bowed his head in silent prayer at the site where 168 people were killed almost a year earlier.
Five years ago: The United States and China intensified negotiations for the release of an American spy plane’s crew; President Bush, in a conciliatory gesture, expressed regret over the plane’s in-flight collision with a Chinese fighter that triggered the tense standoff. Dutch driver Perry Wacker was convicted of manslaughter and sentenced to 14 years in prison in the deaths of 58 Chinese immigrants who suffocated in his truck in Dover, England. Wang Zhizhi became the first Chinese player to play in the NBA when he took the court for Dallas against Atlanta. (Wang scored six points and grabbed three rebounds as the Mavericks beat the Hawks 108-to-94.)
One year ago: ABC News anchorman Peter Jennings revealed he had lung cancer (he died in August 2005 at the age of 67). Nobel Prize-winning author Saul Bellow died in Brookline, Massachusetts, at age 89. Dale Messick, creator of the long-running comic strip “Brenda Starr, Reporter,” died at age 98.
Today’s Birthdays: Actress Gale Storm is 84. Movie producer Roger Corman is 80. Country music producer Cowboy Jack Clement is 75. Former Secretary of State Colin Powell is 69. Country singer Tommy Cash is 66. Actor Michael Moriarty is 65. Writer-director Peter Greenaway is 64. Actor Max Gail is 63. Actress Jane Asher is 60. Singer Agnetha Faltskog (ABBA) is 56. Actor Mitch Pileggi is 54. Rock musician Mike McCready (Pearl Jam) is 40. Country singer Troy Gentry is 39. Singer Paula Cole is 38. Country singer Pat Green is 34. Rapper-producer Pharrell Williams is 33.
Thought for Today: “A man is only as good as what he loves.” — Saul Bellow, Canadian-born American author (1915-2005).