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Calendar for April 28th, 2014

1750s

  • Born 1758: James Monroe (5th U.S. president)

  • 1900s

  • Born 1908: Oskar Schindler (businessman)

  • Born 1909: Ethel Catherwood (1928 Olympic gold-medal winner for high jump)

  • 1910s

  • 1914: Coal mine explosion occurred in Eccles, West Virginia

  • 1920s

  • Born 1926: Harper Lee (author)

  • 1930s

  • 1932: Vaccine for yellow fever announced

  • 1940s

  • Born 1941: Ann-Margret (actress)

  • Died 1945: Benito Mussolini (Italian dictator)

  • 1947: A six-man expedition, led by Thor Heyerdahl, sailed from Peru aboard a balsa-wood raft named Kon-Tiki on a 101 day journey that would take them across the Pacific Ocean to Polynesia

  • Born 1949: Paul Guilfoyle (actor)

  • 1950s

  • Born 1950: Jay Leno (talk show host)

  • 1960s

  • 1968: At age 98, Walter Sitch of Halifax, NS, became a great-great-great-grandfather

  • 1969: Charles de Gaulle, president of France, resigned

  • 1970s

  • Born 1974: Penelope Cruz (actress)

  • 1980s

  • Born 1981: Jessica Alba (actress)

  • 1990s

  • 1990: A Chorus Line closed after 6,137 performances on Broadway in New York City

  • 2000s

  • Died 2000: Penelope Fitzgerald (writer)

  • Died 2002: Alexander Lebed (general)

  • 2007: Ashes of actor James Doohan, who portrayed engineer "Scotty" on Star Trek, and of Apollo 7 astronaut Gordon Cooper soared into space aboard a rocket

  • Died 2007: Dabbs Greer (actor)

  • Died 2008: Will Robinson (first African American basketball coach at a Division I school)


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