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On This Date In 1452 Leonardo was born on April 15, 1452, "at the third hour of the night” in the Tuscan hill town of Vinci, in the lower valley of the Arno River in the territory of Florence. He was the illegitimate son of Messer Piero Fruosino di Antonio da Vinci, a Florentine notary, and Caterina, a peasant who may have been a slave from the Middle East. Leonardo had no surname in the modern sense, "da Vinci" simply meaning "of Vinci": his full birth name was "Leonardo di ser Piero da Vinci", meaning "Leonardo, (son) of (Mes)ser Piero from Vinci".
On This Date In 1632 The Battle of Rain (also called the Battle of the River Lech or Battle of Lech) was fought as part of the Thirty Years' War. The forces involved in this conflict were 40,000 Swedish troops under Gustavus Adolphus and 25,000 Catholic League troops under Count Johan Tzerclaes of Tilly. When Tilly was mortally wounded, the discipline of the Imperial army quickly dissolved and the army withdrew before the arrival of the Swedish cavalry.
On This Date In 1783 The Continental Congress of the United States officially ratified the preliminary peace treaty with Great Britain that was signed in November 1782. The congressional move brought the nascent nation one step closer to the conclusion of the Revolutionary War.
On This Date In 1843 Henry James (1843-1916), noted American-born English essayist, critic, and author of the realism movement, was born. He wrote The Ambassadors (1903), The Turn of the Screw (1898), and The Portrait of a Lady (1881).
On This Date In 1865 President Abraham Lincoln, 16th president of the United States, died from an assassin’s bullet. Shot by John Wilkes Booth at Ford’s Theater in Washington the night before, Lincoln lived for nine hours before succumbing to the severe head wound he sustained.
On This Date In 1912 The RMS Titanic, billed as unsinkable, sinks into the icy waters of the North Atlantic after hitting an iceberg on its maiden voyage, killing 1,517 people. Molly Brown survived.
On This Date In 1918 With the Germans, in the throes of a major spring offensive on the Western Front, hammering their positions in Flanders, France, British forces evacuate Passchendaele Ridge, won by the Allies at such a terrible cost just five months earlier.
On This Date In 1933 Cavalcade, an American drama film directed by Frank Lloyd, was released. The screenplay by Reginald Berkeley and Sonya Levien is based on the 1931 play of the same title by Noël Coward.
On This Date In 1937 The 1937 Stanley Cup Finals NHL championship series was contested by the defending champion Detroit Red Wings and the New York Rangers in their fifth Final series appearance. Detroit would win the series 3–2 to win their second and second-straight, Stanley Cup.
On This Date In 1941 The Belfast Blitz occurred on the night of Easter Tuesday during World War II. Two hundred bombers of the German Luftwaffe attacked the city of Belfast in Northern Ireland. Nearly one thousand people died as a result of the bombing and 1,500 were injured. In terms of property damage, half of the houses in Belfast were damaged. Outside of the city of London, this was the greatest loss of life in a night raid during the blitz. Roughly 100,000 people of a total population of 425,000 were left homeless.
On This Date In 1944 The Soviet Red Army occupied Tarnopol, one of the principal cities of Eastern Galicia, across the former Polish border.
On This Date In 1945 British forces liberated Bergen-Belsen. The British found around sixty thousand prisoners in the camp, most of them seriously ill. Thousands of corpses lay unburied on the camp grounds. Between May 1943 and April 15, 1945, between 36,400 and 37,600 prisoners died in Bergen-Belsen. More than 13,000 former prisoners, too ill to recover, died after liberation. After evacuating Bergen-Belsen, British forces burned down the whole camp to prevent the spread of typhus.
On This Date In 1947 In his first season, with Eddie Stanky entrenched at second base for the Dodgers, Jackie Robinson was forced to play first base. On April 15, 1947 Robinson made his debut before a crowd of 26,623 spectators at Ebbets Field, including more than 14,000 black patrons. Although he failed to get a base hit, the Dodgers won 5–3. Robinson became the first player since 1887 to break the baseball color line.
On This Date In 1961 The prelude to the Bay of Pigs invasion, an unsuccessful action by a CIA-trained force of Cuban exiles to invade southern Cuba, took place. The attack on Cuban airfields, the deception flight, the arrest and detention of thousands of suspected anti-revolutionary individuals… More here: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bay_of_Pigs_Invasion#Air_attacks_on_airfields_.2815_April.29
On This Date In 1966 Aftermath, first released by Decca Records, was the fourth British studio album by The Rolling Stones. It was released in the United States on June 20, 1966 by London Records as their sixth American album.
On This Date In 1967 Massive parades to protest Vietnam policy were held in New York and San Francisco. In New York, police estimated that 100,000 to 125,000 people listened to speeches by Martin Luther King, Jr., Floyd McKissick, Stokely Carmichael and Dr. Benjamin Spock. Prior to the march, nearly 200 draft cards were burned by youths in Central Park. In San Francisco, black nationalists led a march, but most of the 20,000 marchers were white.
On This Date In 1970 As part of the third phase of U.S. troop withdrawals announced by President Nixon, the 1st Infantry Division departed Vietnam.
On This Date In 1971 The 43rd Academy Awards were presented at the Dorothy Chandler Pavilion, Los Angeles. There was no host. It was during this ceremony that George C. Scott became the first actor to reject an Oscar, claiming that the Academy Awards were "a two-hour meat parade, a public display with contrived suspense for economic reasons.”
On This Date In 1986 The 1986 United States bombing of Libya, code-named Operation El Dorado Canyon, comprised the joint United States Air Force, Navy and Marine Corps air-strikes against Libya, took place. The attack was carried out in response to the 1986 Berlin discotheque bombing.
On This Date In 1989 The Hillsborough Disaster was a human crush that at Hillsborough, a football stadium, the home of Sheffield Wednesday F.C. in Sheffield, England, resulting in the deaths of 96 people, all fans of Liverpool F.C. It remains the deadliest stadium-related disaster in British history and one of the worst ever international football accidents. It was the second of two stadium-related disasters involving Liverpool supporters, the other being the Heysel Stadium Disaster in 1985. The match, an FA Cup semi-final tie between Liverpool and Nottingham Forest, was abandoned six minutes into the game.
On This Date In 1990 The beautiful, enigmatic Swedish film star Greta Garbo died at the age of 84, in New York City.
On This Date In 1997 Jackie Robinson's jersey number, 42, was retired by Major League Baseball; no future player on any major league team can wear it. The number was retired in ceremonies at Shea Stadium to mark the 50th anniversary of Robinson's first game with the Dodgers.
On This Date In 1998 Pol Pot, the architect of Cambodia's killing fields, died of apparently natural causes while serving a life sentence imposed against him by his own Khmer Rouge.
On This Date In 1999 The FDA approved GlaxoSmithKline’s Agenerase. Treating HIV infection, Agenerase is used in combination with other medicines. Agenerase is an HIV-protease inhibitor. It works by inhibiting the growth of HIV.
On This Date In 2001 Joey Ramone, best known as the lead vocalist in the punk rock band the Ramones, died of lymphoma at New York-Presbyterian Hospital after a seven year battle.
On This Date In 2001 Air China Flight 129 (CCA129, CA129), a flight from Beijing Capital International Airport, Beijing, People's Republic of China to Gimhae International Airport, Busan, South Korea, crashed into a hill near Busan, killing 129 of 166 on board. This crash is currently recorded as the deadliest aviation accident in South Korea.
On This Date In 2008 Best of Both Worlds Concert is the first live album by Miley Cyrus, recorded in 2007 during her Best of Both Worlds Tour. It features seven songs as her character, Hannah Montana, and another seven as Miley Cyrus. The album contains a live CD and a bonus special footage DVD.
On This Date In 2010 As tearful families looked on, the South Korean military recovered the bodies of 32 crewmen from the stern of a sunken warship that salvagers raised from the floor of the Yellow Sea. The naval corvette Cheonan sank March 26 after a mysterious explosion that broke the 1,200-ton vessel in half. North Korea denied involvement in the sinking.
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Happy Birthday Michael Ansara (1922), Roy Clark (1933), Claudia Cardinale (1938), Jeffrey Archer (1940), Lois Chiles (1947), Emma Thompson (1959), Samantha Fox (1966), Lou Romano (1974), Seth Rogen (1982), Alice Braga (1983), and Emma Watson (1990).
RIP Suleiman II (1642 - 1691), A Philip Randolph (1889 - 1979), Bessie Smith (1894 - 1937), Nikita Khrushchev (1894 - 1974), Kim Il Sung (1912 - 1994), Harold Washington (1922 - 1987), Harvey Lembeck (1923 - 1982), Kenneth Lay (1942 - 2006), Arturo "Thunder" Gatti (1972 - 2009), and Elizabeth Montgomery (1933 - 1995).
You are the embodiment of the information you choose to accept and act upon. To change your circumstances you need to change your thinking and subsequent actions. Adlin Sinclair
You must know that in any moment a decision you make can change the course of your life forever: the very next person stand behind in line or sit next to on an airplane, the very next phone call you make or receive, the very next movie you see or book you read or page you turn could be the one single thing that causes the floodgates to open, and all of the things that you've been waiting for to fall into place. Anthony Robbins
What you leave behind is not what is engraved in stone monuments, but what is woven into the lives of others. Pericles
When the music changes, so does the dance. African Proverb
Teaching is more than imparting knowledge, it is inspiring change. Learning is more than absorbing facts, it is acquiring understanding. William Arthur Ward
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BBC news report of the US air strike against Colonel Gaddafi's outlaw régime.
This video contains a lot of (very old) pictures on Titanic, and even two short (original) films. It also contains pictures from the famous movie "Titanic" with Kate and Leonardo as actors. It's a monochrome film.
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