By The Associated Press
Today’s highlight in the story:
On April 10, 1912, the British ocean liner RMS Titanic set sail from Southampton, England, on its ill-fated maiden voyage.
To this date :
In 1866, the American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals was incorporated.
In 1932, German President Paul von Hindenburg was re-elected in a second round, with Adolf Hitler in second place.
In 1947, Branch Rickey, president of the Brooklyn Dodgers, bought Jackie Robinson’s contract from the Montreal Royals.
In 1963, the fast-attack nuclear submarine USS Thresher (SSN-593) sank during deep-diving trials east of Cape Cod, Massachusetts, in a disaster that left 129 people dead.
In 1970, Paul McCartney officially announced the split of the Beatles
In 1971, a table tennis team from the United States arrived in China at the invitation of the Communist government for a goodwill visit known as “ping pong diplomacy”.
In 1972, the United States and the Soviet Union joined some 70 nations in signing an agreement banning biological warfare.
In 1974, Golda Meir announced her resignation as Prime Minister of Israel.
In 1998, the Northern Ireland peace talks came to a close when negotiators reached a historic deal ending 30 years of bitter rivalries and bloody attacks.
In 2005, Tiger Woods won his fourth Masters with a spectacular birdie and bogey finish.
In 2010 Polish President Lech Kaczynski (lehk kah-CHIN’-skee), 60, was killed in a plane crash in western Russia that also claimed the lives of his wife and senior Polish political, military and religious leaders.
In 2019, scientists released the first-ever image of a black hole, revealing a fiery doughnut-shaped object in a galaxy 53 million light-years from Earth.
In 2020, on Good Friday, Pope Francis presided over a torchlight procession in St. Peter’s Square, which was otherwise empty due to the coronavirus; nurses and doctors were among those holding a cross.
Ten years ago: Rick Santorum left the presidential race, paving the way for Mitt Romney to claim the Republican nomination. Syrian troops have defied a UN-brokered ceasefire plan, launching new attacks on rebel areas.
Five years ago: Justice Neil Gorsuch took his place as the newest member of the Supreme Court bench, restoring a narrow conservative majority. Republican Alabama Governor Robert Bentley resigned rather than be impeached and pleaded guilty to two misdemeanor campaign violations committed during an investigation into his alleged affair with a senior official. The New York Daily News and ProPublica won the Pulitzer Prize for Public Service for uncovering how police abused eviction rules to evict hundreds of mostly poor minorities from their homes; Colson Whitehead’s novel “The Underground Railroad” won the Pulitzer Prize for Fiction.
A year ago: Addressing Republican donors at his new home inside his Mar-a-Lago resort, former President Donald Trump slammed Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell, as a “ruthless loser” and mocked McConnell’s wife, Elaine Chao, who had served as Trump’s transportation secretary. Reports from Myanmar said at least 82 people had been killed the day before in a crackdown by security forces on pro-democracy protesters. Rachael Blackmore became the first female jockey to win the grueling Grand National horse race, riding Minella Times to victory at the race in England.
Today’s birthdays: Actress Liz Sheridan turns 93. Actor Steven Seagal is 70 years old. Folk-pop singer Terre Roche (The Roches) is 69 years old. Actor Peter MacNicol is 68 years old. Actor Olivia Brown is 65 years old. Rock musician Steven Gustafson (10,000 Maniacs) is 65. Singer-producer Kenneth “Babyface” Edmonds is 64. Singer-rock musician Brian Setzer is 63 years old. Rock singer Katrina Leskanich (les-KAH’-nich) is 62 years old. Olympic speed skater Cathy Turner is 60 years old. Alexander is 57 years old. R&B singer Kenny Lattimore is 55. Actor-comedian Orlando Jones is 54 years old. Rock musician Mike Mushok (Stind) is 53 years old. Rapper Q-Tip (AKA Kamaal) is 52 years old. Actor David Harbor is 47 years old.
Blues singer Shemekia Copeland is 43 years old. Actor Laura Bell Bundy is 41 years old. Actor Harry Hadden-Paton is 41 years old. Actor Chyler Leigh is 40 years old. Pop musician Andrew Dost (fun.) is 39 years old. Actor Ryan Merriman is 39 years old. Singer Mandy Moore is 38 years old. Actor Barkhad Abdi (BAHRK’-hahd AHB’-dee) is 37 years old. Actor Shay Mitchell is 35 years old. Actor Haley Joel Osment is 34 years old. Actor Molly Bernard (TV: “Younger”) is 34 years old. Country singer Maren Morris is 32 years old. Actor Alex Pettyfer is 32 years old. -singer AJ (AKA Amanda) Michalka (mish-AL’-kah) is 31 years old. Actress Daisy Ridley is 30 years old. Singer-actress Sofia Carson is 29 years old. Actress Audrey Whitby is 26 years old. Actress Ruby Jerins is 24 years old.