UPI Almanac for Monday, April 10, 2017

On April 10, 1912, the RMS Titanic left port in Southampton, England, beginning its fateful voyage.

By United Press International
RMS Titanic undergoes sea trials on April 2, 1912. File Photo courtesy National Archives
RMS Titanic undergoes sea trials on April 2, 1912. File Photo courtesy National Archives

Today is Monday, April 10, the 100th day of 2017 with 265 to follow.

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


Those born on this date are under the sign of Aries. They include Dutch philosopher Hugo Grotius in 1583; Button Gwinnett, signer of the U.S. Declaration of Independence, in 1735; U.S. Navy Adm. Matthew Perry, who concluded the first treaty between Japan and the United States, in 1794; soldier/ diplomat/novelist Lewis Wallace, author of Ben-Hur, in 1827; William Booth, founder of the Salvation Army, in 1829; journalist/publisher Joseph Pulitzer in 1847; Frances Perkins, the first female U.S. Cabinet member (secretary of labor), in 1880; journalist/diplomat Clare Boothe Luce in 1903; actor Harry Morgan in 1915; actor Chuck Connors in 1921; actor Max von Sydow in 1929 (age 88); actor Omar Sharif in 1932; writer David Halberstam in 1934; football Hall of Fame member John Madden in 1936 (age 81); football Hall of Fame member Don Meredith in 1938; actor Steven Seagal in 1952 (age 65); actor Peter MacNicol in 1954 (age 63); musician Kenneth "Babyface" Edmonds in 1959 (age 58); musician Brian Setzer in 1959 (age 58); actor Orlando Jones in 1968 (age 49); singer Mandy Moore in 1984 (age 33); actor Haley Joel Osment in 1988 (age 29).


On this date in history:

In 1790, merchant Robert Gray docked at Boston Harbor, becoming the first American to circumnavigate the globe. He had sailed from Boston in September 1787.

In 1849, William Hunt of New York patented the safety pin.

In 1864, Austrian Archduke Maximilian became emperor of Mexico.

In 1866, the American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals was founded by Henry Bergh.

In 1912, the Titanic left port in Southampton, England, beginning its fateful voyage.

In 1916, the Professional Golfers Association of America was founded.

In 1919, Emiliano Zapata, a leader of peasants and indigenous people during the Mexican Revolution, was ambushed and killed in Morelos by government forces.

In 1925, The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald was published.

In 1942, the Bataan Death March, during which thousands of Filipinos and Americans died, began in the Philippines. Hoyt R. Haynie of El Dorado, Ark., who survived the 55-mile march, but saw many of his friends die, would later proclaim, "I'm an American, I'm proud to be an American and as far as I'm concerned, that's all there is to be."


In 1963, the U.S. nuclear submarine Thresher sank in the Atlantic Ocean 220 miles east of Boston. All 129 men on board were lost.

In 1971, the U.S. table tennis team arrived in China, the first U.S. group to penetrate the so-called Bamboo Curtain since the 1950s.

In 1972, during his first visit to the United States in 20 years, movie pioneer and comic Charlie Chaplin accepted an honorary Academy Award for his "incalculable" contribution to the art of filmmaking.

In 1991, an Italian ferry headed to Sardinia collided with an oil tanker near Leghorn, Italy, killing 151 ferry passengers and crew members. The tanker crew survived.

In 1998, Britain and Ireland reached an agreement aimed at ending the long and bloody dispute over the future of Northern Ireland.

In 2006, Italian Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi was narrowly beaten in his bid for another term by former premier Romano Prodi.

In 2010, Polish President Lech Kaczynski, his wife, Maria, and top government officials were among scores killed when their plane crashed while trying to land in a thick fog in western Russia.


In 2013, thousands of people massed at the U.S. Capitol, urging Congress to overhaul the immigration system to allow 11 million undocumented immigrants to attain legal status.

In 2014, CBS said Stephen Colbert would replace David Letterman on The Late Show when the longtime host stepped down in 2015.

In 2016, a fireworks explosion at the Paravur Puttingal Devi Temple in Paravur, India, left 106 dead and 400 injured.

A thought for the day: Pablo Casals said, "I feel the capacity to care is the thing which gives life its deepest significance."

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