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UPI Almanac for Friday, April 7, 2017

On April 7, 1922, under the direction Secretary of the Interior Albert Bacon Fall, petroleum reserves at Wyoming's Teapot Dome Oil Field were leased without competitive bidding to private companies. A Senate investigation ensued, leading to a bribery case that would become known as the Teapot Dome scandal.

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Harry F. Sinclair, multimillionaire oil magnate (L) and his counsel Martin W. Littleton during hearing on the Teapot Dome scandal in 1924. File Photo by Library of Congress/UPI
Harry F. Sinclair, multimillionaire oil magnate (L) and his counsel Martin W. Littleton during hearing on the Teapot Dome scandal in 1924. File Photo by Library of Congress/UPI

Today is Friday, April 7, the 97th day of 2017 with 268 to follow.

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

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Those born on this date are under the sign of Aries. They include missionary St. Francis Xavier in 1506; English poet William Wordsworth in 1770; "Father of American Football" Walter Camp in 1859; baseball Hall of Fame member John McGraw in 1873; CIA Director Allen Dulles in 1893; gossip columnist Walter Winchell in 1897; conductor Percy Faith in 1908; singer Billie Holiday in 1915; sitar player Ravi Shankar in 1920; actor James Garner in 1928; former Defense Department analyst Daniel Ellsberg, who leaked the Pentagon Papers, in 1931 (age 86); actor Wayne Rogers in 1933; California Gov. Jerry Brown Jr. in 1938 (age 79); film director Francis Ford Coppola in 1939 (age 78); British TV personality David Frost in 1939; former German Chancellor Gerhard Schroeder in 1944 (age 73); musician John Oates in 1949 (age 68); singer/songwriter Janis Ian in 1951 (age 66); actor/martial arts expert Jackie Chan in 1954 (age 63); football Hall of Fame member Tony Dorsett in 1954 (age 63); actor Russell Crowe in 1964 (age 53).

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On this date in history:

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In 1862, Union forces under the command of Gen. Ulysses S. Grant defeated the Confederates at Shiloh, Tenn.

In 1922, under the direction Secretary of the Interior Albert Bacon Fall, petroleum reserves at Wyoming's Teapot Dome Oil Field were leased without competitive bidding to private companies. A Senate investigation ensued, leading to a bribery case that would become known as the Teapot Dome scandal.

In 1933, less than a month after President Franklin Roosevelt asked Congress to permit the manufacture and sale of beer, the Volstead Act was modified to allow for this request.

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In 1947, auto pioneer Henry Ford died in Detroit at the age of 83. In 1896, he built his first self-propelled, gas-engine vehicle, and in 1903 incorporated the Ford Motor Company. He is credited for developing the first affordable, mass-produced car, the Model T, and pioneering the assembly line.

In 1990, suspected arson fires aboard the ferry Scandinavian Star killed at least 75 people in Scandinavia's worst post-war maritime disaster.

In 2009, North Korean leader Kim Jong Il was re-elected to a third five-year term despite failing health since a reported stroke in August 2008. He died in 2011.

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In 2010, air travel resumed, most roads reopened and crews worked to restore power in Rio de Janeiro after a rainstorm and mudslide left more than 133 people dead.

In 2011, a 23-year-old former student returned to his public elementary school in Rio de Janeiro and opened fire with two revolvers, killing 12 children and injuring 12 others before shooting himself in the head as police closed in.

In 2012, broadcast journalist Mike Wallace, the CBS 60 Minutes icon, died in New Canaan, Conn. He was 93.

In 2013, al-Qaida leader Ayman al-Zawahiri used an Internet video to urge rebels in Syria to fight to establish an Islamic state governed by Sharia law.

In 2014, Connecticut won its fourth men's NCAA basketball title, defeating Kentucky 60-54. A night later, the UConn women's basketball team won its ninth national championship, topping Notre Dame, 79-58. The school also won dual national basketball crowns in 2004.


A thought for the day: "Always be yourself, express yourself, have faith in yourself, do not go out and look for a successful personality and duplicate it." -- Bruce Lee

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