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UPI Almanac for Saturday, April 4, 2020

On April 4, 1949, representatives of 12 nations gathered in Washington to sign the North Atlantic Treaty, creating the NATO alliance.

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President Bill Clinton dons the red beret of the Red Eagles as he speaks with U.S. Troops stationed as part of a NATO peacekeeping force on January 13, 1996, in Tuzla, Bosnia. On April 4, 1949, representatives of 12 nations gathered in Washington to sign the North Atlantic Treaty, creating the NATO alliance. File Photo by Mike Marucci/UPI | <a href="/News_Photos/lp/efa3116b6b8dfb56d7f1fdb298bd78b0/" target="_blank">License Photo</a>
President Bill Clinton dons the red beret of the Red Eagles as he speaks with U.S. Troops stationed as part of a NATO peacekeeping force on January 13, 1996, in Tuzla, Bosnia. On April 4, 1949, representatives of 12 nations gathered in Washington to sign the North Atlantic Treaty, creating the NATO alliance. File Photo by Mike Marucci/UPI | License Photo

Today is Saturday, April 4, the 95th day of 2020 with 271 to follow.

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

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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; baseball Hall of Fame member Tris Speaker in 1888; actor Bea Benaderet in 1906; blues musician Muddy Waters, born McKinley Morganfield, in 1913; author Maya Angelou in 1928; actor Anthony Perkins in 1932; music producer Clive Davis in 1932 (age 88); former baseball Commissioner A. Bartlett Giamatti in 1938; South African musician Hugh Masekela in 1939; golf Hall of Fame member JoAnne Carner in 1939 (age 81); author Kitty Kelley in 1942 (age 78); actor Craig T. Nelson in 1944 (age 76); actor Christine Lahti in 1950 (age 70); actor Hugo Weaving in 1960 (age 60); Irish television talk show host Graham Norton in 1963 (age 57); actor David Cross in 1964 (age 56); actor Robert Downey Jr. in 1965 (age 55); singer Jill Scott in 1972 (age 48); magician David Blaine in 1973 (age 47); actor James Roday in 1976 (age 44); actor Heath Ledger in 1979; actor Natasha Lyonne in 1979 (age 41); actor Eric Andre in 1983 (age 37); singer/actor Jamie Lynn Spears in 1991 (age 29).

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On this date in history:

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In 1841, President William Henry Harrison died of pneumonia after serving 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 1887, Susanna Madora Salter was elected as the first female mayor in the United States -- in Argonia, Kan.

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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.

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 a helicopter that was inspecting the plane's landing gear near Philadelphia.

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

In 2013, Pulitzer Prize-winning Chicago film critic Roger Ebert died after a long battle with cancer. He was 70.

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

In 2017, Syrian government forces kill dozens of civilians in a chemical attack in the rebel-held town of Khan Sheikhoun.

In 2019, the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints reversed its policy denying the children of lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender parents to be blessed as infants and baptized as members.


A thought for the day: "If you don't like something, change it. If you can't change it, change your attitude. Don't complain." -- American poet Maya Angelou

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