Today is Thursday, April 6th, the 96th day of 2017. There are 269 days left in the year.
Today’s Highlight in History:
1917: The United States entered World War I as the House joined the Senate in approving a declaration of war against Germany that was then signed by President Woodrow Wilson.
1830: The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints was organized by Joseph Smith in Fayette, New York.
1886: The Canadian city of Vancouver, British Columbia, was incorporated.
1896: The first modern Olympic games formally opened in Athens, Greece.
1909: American explorers Robert E. Peary and Matthew A. Henson and four Inuits became the first men to reach the North Pole.
1947: The first Tony Awards were held in New York; this event, focusing on individual achievement rather than specific works, honored Ingrid Bergman, Helen Hayes, Jose Ferrer, Fredric March and playwright Arthur Miller, among others.
1954: Sen. Joseph R. McCarthy, R-Wis., responding to CBS newsman Edward R. Murrow’s broadside against him on “See It Now,” said in remarks filmed for the program that Murrow had, in the past, “engaged in propaganda for Communist causes.”
1965: The United States launched Intelsat I, also known as the “Early Bird” communications satellite, into geosynchronous orbit.
1971: Russian-born composer Igor Stravinsky, 88, died in New York City.
1980: 3M introduced its “Post-it Notes,” a re-branding of a product formerly known as “Press ‘n Peel.”
1992: The U.S. Supreme Court ruled a Nebraska farmer had been entrapped by postal agents into buying mail-order child pornography. The four-year siege of Sarajevo by Bosnian Serb forces began. Science-fiction author Isaac Asimov died in New York at age 72.
1998: Country singer Tammy Wynette died at her Nashville home at age 55.
2014: Actor Mickey Rooney, 93, died in North Hollywood.
Nobel Prize-winning scientist James D. Watson is 89.
Composer-conductor Andre Previn is 88.
Actor Billy Dee Williams is 80.
Actor Roy Thinnes is 79.
Movie director Barry Levinson is 75.
Actor John Ratzenberger is 70.
Actress Patrika Darbo is 69.
Baseball Hall of Famer Bert Blyleven is 66.
Actress Marilu Henner is 65.
Olympic bronze medal figure skater Janet Lynn is 64.