Today in History

  • Fri Apr 9th, 2010 10:37pm
  • Life

Today is Saturday, April 10, the 100th day of 2010. There are 265 days left in the year.

TODAY’S HIGHLIGHT

On April 10, 1912, the RMS Titanic set sail from Southampton, England, on its ill-fated maiden voyage.

ON THIS DATE

In 1790, President George Washington signed into law the first United States Patent Act.

In 1866, the American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals was incorporated.

In 1925, the novel “The Great Gatsby,” by F. Scott Fitzgerald, was first published.

In 1932, German president Paul Von Hindenburg was re-elected in a runoff, with Adolf Hitler coming in second.

In 1957, Egypt reopened the Suez Canal to all shipping traffic. (The canal had been closed due to wreckage resulting from the Suez Crisis.)

In 1959, the future emperor of Japan, Crown Prince Akihito, married a commoner, Michiko Shoda.

In 1963, the nuclear-powered submarine USS Thresher sank during deep-diving tests off Cape Cod, Mass., in a disaster that claimed 129 lives.

In 1972, the United States and the Soviet Union joined some 70 nations in signing an agreement banning biological warfare.

In 2000, the Washington Post won three Pulitzer Prizes, including the public service award for the second year in a row.

Associated Press