Today is Friday, April 7th, the 97th day of 2017. There are 268 days left in the year.
Today’s Highlight in History:
1917: American entertainer and songwriter George M. Cohan, galvanized by America’s entry into World War I the day before, wrote his rousing call to arms, “Over There.”
1788: An expedition led by Gen. Rufus Putnam established a settlement at present-day Marietta, Ohio.
1862: Union forces led by Gen. Ulysses S. Grant defeated the Confederates at the Battle of Shiloh in Tennessee.
1927: The image and voice of Commerce Secretary Herbert Hoover were transmitted live from Washington to New York in the first successful long-distance demonstration of television.
1939: Italy invaded Albania, which was annexed less than a week later.
1947: Auto pioneer Henry Ford died in Dearborn, Michigan, at age 83.
1957: Shortly after midnight, the last of New York’s electric trolleys completed its final run from Queens to Manhattan.
1962: Nearly 1,200 Cuban exiles tried by Cuba for their roles in the failed Bay of Pigs invasion were convicted of treason.
1967: “The Death of a President,” William Manchester’s detailed reconstruction of the events surrounding the assassination of President John F. Kennedy, was published in book form by Harper & Row after being serialized in Look magazine.
1978: President Jimmy Carter announced he was deferring development of the neutron bomb, a high-radiation weapon.
1984: The Census Bureau reported Los Angeles had overtaken Chicago as the nation’s “second city” in terms of population.
1994: Civil war erupted in Rwanda, a day after a mysterious plane crash claimed the lives of the presidents of Rwanda and Burundi; in the months that followed, hundreds of thousands of minority Tutsi and Hutu moderates were slaughtered by Hutu extremists.
2001: NASA’s Mars Odyssey spacecraft took off on a six-month, 286 million-mile journey to the Red Planet.
Media commentator Hodding Carter III is 82.
Country singer Bobby Bare is 82.
Rhythm-and-blues singer Charlie Thomas (The Drifters) is 80.