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UPI Almanac for Monday, April 4, 2016

President William Henry Harrison dies after one month in office, Susanna Madora Salter becomes first woman elected mayor in the United States ... on this date in history.

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The Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. delivers his famed I Have Dream speech from the steps of the Lincoln Memorial, on August 28, 1963. On April 4, 1968, King was assassinated while standing on the balcony of the Lorraine Motel in Memphis, Tenn. UPI File Photo
The Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. delivers his famed "I Have Dream" speech from the steps of the Lincoln Memorial, on August 28, 1963. On April 4, 1968, King was assassinated while standing on the balcony of the Lorraine Motel in Memphis, Tenn. UPI File Photo | License Photo

Today is Monday, April 4, the 95th day of 2016 with 271 to follow.

The moon is waning. Morning stars are Neptune, Uranus and Venus. Evening stars are Mars, Mercury, Jupiter and Saturn.

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Those born on this date are under the sign of Aries. They include social reformer Dorothea Dix in 1802; inventor Linus Yale, developer of the cylinder lock, in 1821; dance school founder Arthur Murray in 1895; baseball Hall of Fame member Tris Speaker in 1888; author/playwright Robert E. Sherwood in 1896; broadcast news commentator John Cameron Swayze in 1906; actor Bea Benaderet in 1906; blues musician Muddy Waters, born McKinley Morganfield, in 1913; author Maya Angelou in 1928; actor Anthony Perkins in 1932; former baseball Commissioner A. Bartlett Giamatti in 1938; South African musician Hugh Masekela in 1939 (age 77); golf Hall of Fame member JoAnne Carner in 1939 (age 77); author Kitty Kelley in 1942 (age 74); actor Craig T. Nelson in 1944 (age 72); actor Christine Lahti in 1950 (age 66); actor Hugo Weaving in 1960 (age 56); Irish television talk show host Graham Norton in 1963 (age 53); actor Robert Downey Jr. in 1965 (age 51); actor James Roday in 1976 (age 40); actor Heath Ledger in 1979.

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On this date in history:

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In 1841, President William Henry Harrison died of pneumonia after serving just one month in office. He was the ninth President of the United States, and the first to die in office. He was succeeded by Vice President John Tyler, the first person to occupy the office without being elected to it.

In 1850, the city of Los Angeles was incorporated.

In 1865, President Abraham Lincoln visits Richmond, Va., one day after Union troops captured the Confederate capital.

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In 1887, Susanna Madora Salter was elected as the first woman mayor in the United States -- in Argonia, Kan.

In 1933, the USS Akron, a U.S. Navy airship, is destroyed during a major storm off the coast of New Jersey. The tragedy claimed the lives of 73 of the 76 crewmen and passengers.

In 1949, representatives of 12 nations gathered in Washington to sign the North Atlantic Treaty, creating the NATO alliance.

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In 1968, civil rights leader Martin Luther King, Jr. was assassinated as he stood on the balcony of the Lorraine Motel in Memphis Tenn. He was 39.

In 1975, Microsoft was founded by Bill Gates and Paul Allen.

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In 1983, the space shuttle Challenger lifted off on its inaugural mission.

In 1991, Sen. John Heinz, R-Pa., and six others were killed in the midair collision of a chartered airplane and helicopter that was inspecting the plane's landing gear near Philadelphia.

In 1994, Netscape is founded by Marc Andreessen and Jim Clark under its original name, the Mosaic Communications Corporation.

In 2005, the president of Kyrgyzstan, Askar Akayev, officially resigned. He had been driven out by a coup a month earlier.

In 2013, a British judge told Mick Philpott, 56, he had "no moral compass" and sentenced him to life in prison for setting a fire that killed six of his children.

In 2014, the U.N. announced that the millionth refugee from war-torn Syria had entered Lebanon.


A thought for the day: "There is no room in baseball for discrimination. It is our national pastime and a game for all." -- Lou Gehrig

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