Today in History
Today is Thursday, April 25, the 115th day of 2013. There are 250 days left in the year.
On April 25, 1983, 10-year-old Samantha Smith of Manchester, Maine, received a reply from Soviet leader Yuri V. Andropov to a letter she'd written expressing concern about possible nuclear war; Andropov reassured Samantha that the Soviet Union did not want war, and he invited her to visit his country, a trip Samantha made the following July.
On this date:
In 1507, a world map produced by German cartographer Martin Waldseemueller contained the first recorded use of the term "America," in honor of Italian navigator Amerigo Vespucci.
In 1862, during the Civil War, a Union fleet commanded by Flag Officer David G. Farragut captured the city of New Orleans.
In 1944, the United Negro College Fund was founded.
In 1945, during World War II, U.S. and Soviet forces linked up on the Elbe River, a meeting that dramatized the collapse of Nazi Germany's defenses. Delegates from some 50 countries met in San Francisco to organize the United Nations.
In 1993, hundreds of thousands of gay rights supporters marched in Washington, D.C.
Ten years ago: Georgia lawmakers voted to scrap the Dixie cross from the state's flag.
Five years ago: Three New York police detectives were acquitted in the 50-shot killing of Sean Bell, an unarmed groom-to-be, on his wedding day.
One year ago: The U.S. Supreme Court heard arguments on Arizona's tough immigration law. (A divided court later threw out major parts of the law.)
Today's birthdays: Actor Al Pacino is 73. Rock musician Stu Cook (Creedence Clearwater Revival) is 68. Singer Bjorn Ulvaeus (ABBA) is 68. Actress Talia Shire is 67. Actor Hank Azaria is 49. Rock musician Eric Avery (Jane's Addiction) is 48. Actress Renee Zellweger is 44. Actor Jason Lee is 43.
Thought for today: "There are two great rules of life, the one general and the other particular. The first is that everyone can, in the end, get what he wants if he only tries. This is the general rule. The particular rule is that every individual is more or less an exception to the general rule." -- Samuel Butler, English author (1835-1902)