Friday, April 10, 2015

Today in History for April 10, 2015

Union Capt. Quincy Gilmore
April 10, 837 – Halley's Comet made its closest approach to Earth at a distance equal to 3.2 million miles.

April 10, 1710 – The first law regulating copyright in the world was issued in Great Britain, making it possible for authors to truly own their own work.

April 10, 1778 - At Brest, France, Commander John Paul Jones and his crew aboard the USS Ranger left port to head to the Irish Sea to raid British warships.

April 10, 1778 – Portrait painter, journalist, lecturer and essayist William Hazlitt was born in Maidstone, England.

April 10, 1799 – The boundary marker known as “Ellicott’s Stone” was placed in modern-day northern Mobile County by a joint U.S.-Spanish survey party headed by Andrew Ellicott.

April 10, 1815 - The Tambora volcano in the East Indies had a major eruption, altering the global climate, and leading to a "year without a summer."

April 10, 1849 - The versatile safety pin was patented by Joseph Hunt.

April 10, 1861 - Benjamin Faneuil Porter, a doctor and lawyer who lived in Claiborne for about six years, before becoming a state legislator, judge and Mayor of Greenville, was proposed by The Selma Sentinel for Governor of Alabama.

April 10, 1862 - Union forces under the command of Capt. Quincy Gilmore began the bombardment of Fort Pulaski in Georgia along the Tybee River. Confederate Colonel Charles Olmstead surrendered the next day.

April 10, 1865 – During the Civil War, skirmishes were fought at Benton and Lowndesborough, Ala.

April 10, 1865 – During the Civil War, a day after his surrender to Union forces, Confederate General Robert E. Lee addressed his troops for the last time at Appomattox, Va.

April 10, 1865 – In a report dated Tensaw post office (Baldwin County), Union Brigadier General T.J. Lucas said, “I have information of 300 or 400 rebel infantry and three pieces of artillery at Claiborne sent there from Mobile to defend that place. I moved my command immediately forward, intending to reach the point by morning and surround the town, hoping to capture this force. The roads are good, but forage scarce.”

April 10, 1897 – Pro Baseball Hall of Fame right fielder Ross Youngs was born in Shiner, Texas. He would go on to play his entire career for the New York Giants. He was inducted into the Hall of Fame in 1972.

April 10, 1904 – British mystic Aleister Crowley transcribed the third and final chapter of “The Book of the Law.”

April 10, 1911 – While rabbit hunting on a Sunday, Sidney Johnson of Conecuh County, Ala. was bitten on the face by a large rattle snake. He was brought to Evergreen and apparently survived.

April 10, 1914 – Confederate veteran J.C. Johnson passed away in Conecuh County, Ala. at the age of 67. Born on March 11, 1847, he enlisted as a private in the Confederate army on Feb. 1, 1863 and served with Co. B, 3rd Alabama Cavalry and was wounded at the Battle of Kennesaw Mountain.

April 10, 1921 – Major League Baseball first baseman and actor Chuck Connors was born in Brooklyn, N.Y. He would go on to play for the Brooklyn Dodgers and the Chicago Cubs and starred in the ABC television show, “The Rifleman.”

April 10, 1921 - Author Aileen Kilgore Henderson was born in Cedar Cove, Ala.

April 10, 1924 - Alabama author Selma Boyd was born in Chicago, Ill.

April 10, 1925 – “The Great Gatsby” by F. Scott Fitzgerald was first published in New York City by Charles Scribner's Sons.

April 10, 1930 – The Evergreen Courant reported that the harvesting and marketing of the 1930 strawberry crop was fast getting underway in Conecuh County, Ala. Express shipments had been going out for over a week but no carlot shipments were made until the latter part of last week at which time several cars were shipped from Castleberry. Evergreen shippers loaded their first cars on April 8.

April 10, 1936 – Pro Football Hall of Famer John Madden was born in Austin, Minn.

April 10, 1938 – NFL quarterback Don Meredith was born in Mount Vernon, Texas. He played his entire career for the Dallas Cowboys.

April 10, 1941 – Travel writer and novelist Paul Theroux was born in Medford, Mass. His most famous book is 1975’s “The Great Railway Bazaar.”

April 10, 1946 – Major League Baseball first baseman and left fielder Bob "Bull" Watson was born in Los Angeles, Calif. He would go on to play for the Houston Astros, the Boston Red Sox, the New York Yankees and the Atlanta Braves.

April 10, 1947 - Brooklyn Dodgers president Branch Rickey announced that he had purchased the contract of Jackie Robinson from the Montreal Royals. Robinson was the first African-American player of the modern era.

April 10, 1950 – Major League Baseball outfielder Ken Griffey Sr. was born in Donora, Pa. He would go on to play for the Cincinnati Reds, the New York Yankees, the Atlanta Braves and the Seattle Mariners.

April 10, 1952 – Monroeville radio station WMFC, with the on dial frequency of 1220 AM, began operations with 250 watts of power. First song played was Hank Williams’ “I’m So Lonesome I Could Cry.”

April 10, 1954 – Writer Anne Lamott was born in San Francisco, Calif.

April 10, 1956 - Nat King Cole was beaten up by a group of racial segregationists in Birmingham, Ala.

April 10, 1961 - U.S. President John F. Kennedy threw out the first pitch as 26,724 watch the Washington Senators lose to Chicago White Sox, 4-3, at Griffith Stadium in the franchise's first game.

April 10, 1962 – Pro Football Hall of Fame cornerback Mel Blount was born in Vidalia, Ga. He would go on to play for Southern University and the Pittsburgh Steelers.

April 10, 1973 - Marshall Kierce of Owassa, Ala. was presented the 50-year Masonic Membership Pin from the Grand Lodge of Ohio at a meeting of Greening Lodge F&AM in Evergreen. Kierce was made a Master Mason in Ohio and maintained his membership in that state.

April 10, 1975 - A radio version of Alabama author Ambrose Bierce's story "The Damned Thing" was broadcast as part of the series the CBS Radio Mystery Theatre.

April 10, 1975 – Evergreen, Ala.’s newly organized Lions Club met at the Evergreen Jaycees’ Hut. Prior to this, Evergreen had not had a Lions Club since the 1930s.

April 10, 1981 – Sparta Academy’s baseball team beat Fort Dale Academy, 12-7, in Greenville, Ala. Sparta’s Mike Mixon was the winning pitcher and he had four hits, including a triple. Sparta’s Andy Hammonds also hit a home run.

April 10, 1981 - Alex Johnson of Conecuh County, Ala. killed a 15-1/4 pound turkey with a 10-3/8 inch beard and 3/4-inch spurs.

April 10, 2000 - Ken Griffey Jr. became the youngest player in baseball history to reach 400 home runs. He was 30 years, 141 days old.

April 10, 2003 - On Iraqi television, U.S. President George W. Bush said, "Your nation will soon be free."

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