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TODAY IN HISTORY



Today in History: Tuesday, April  21, 2015
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On April 21, 1918, Baron Manfred von Richthofen, the German ace known as the "Red Baron," was killed in action during World War I.
 
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1649 The Maryland Toleration Act, which provided for freedom of worship for all Christians, was passed by the Maryland assembly.
1789 John Adams was sworn in as the first vice president of the United States.
1816 Charlotte Bronte, author of "Jane Eyre," was born in Thornton, England.
1836 Texans led by Sam Houston defeated the Mexicans at San Jacinto, assuring Texas' independence.
1910 Author Mark Twain died at age 74.
1960 Brazil inaugurated its new capital, Brasilia, transferring the seat of national government from Rio de Janeiro.
1977 The musical "Annie," based on the comic strip "Little Orphan Annie," opened on Broadway.
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1980 Rosie Ruiz, the first woman to cross the finish line at the Boston Marathon, was disqualified when officials discovered she had jumped into the race about a mile from the finish.
1992 Robert Alton Harris became the first person executed by the state of California in 25 years as he was put to death in the gas chamber for the 1978 murder of two teenage boys.
2004 Five suicide attackers detonated car bombs against police buildings in Basra, Iraq, killing at least 74 people.
2011 Sen. John Ensign, R-Nev., announced he would step down amid a developing ethics probe while insisting he'd done nothing wrong.
 
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Today's Birthdays:
Britain's Queen Elizabeth II turns 89 years old today
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Name Profession Age
Elaine May Actress, writer 83
Charles Grodin Actor 80
David Boren Former U.S. senator, D-Okla. 74
Iggy Pop Rock musician 68
Patti LuPone Actress, singer 66
Tony Danza Actor ("Taxi," "Who's the Boss?") 64
Andie MacDowell Actress 57
Robert Smith Rock musician (The Cure) 56
John Cameron Mitchell Actor, director ("Hedwig and the Angry Inch") 52
Rob Riggle Actor 45
Nicole Sullivan Actress, comedian ("MadTV," "King of Queens") 45
Tony Romo Football player 35
Cadillac Williams Football player 33
Actor James McAvoy turns 36 years old today
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