Saturday, April 11, 2015

Today in History for April 11, 2015

Joseph Merrick
April 11, 1692 – In connection with the Salem witchcraft trials, Sarah Cloyce and Elizabeth Proctor are examined before Deputy Governor Thomas Danforth and members of the Governor's Council. On the same day Elizabeth's husband, John Proctor, becomes the first man accused of witchcraft and is jailed.

April 11, 1721 - Missionary David Zeisberger was born in Zauchental, Moravia. His Native American converts were slaughtered by Pennsylvania militiamen in the Gnaddenhuetten Massacre of 1781.

April 11, 1722 – Poet Christopher Smart was born in Shipbourne, England.

April 11, 1783 - After receiving a copy of the provisional treaty on March 13, the U.S. Congress proclaimed a formal end to hostilities with Great Britain.

April 11, 1825 – During his tour of the United States, the Marquis de Lafayette arrived in Chalmette, Louisiana (site of the 1815 Battle of New Orleans). Remaining in New Orleans for several days of festivities, he lodged in the The Cabildo (the site of the Louisiana Purchase transfer ceremonies in 1803).

April 11, 1846 – Nelson Plumb became postmaster at Burnt Corn, Ala.

April 11, 1862 – During the Civil War, Huntsville, Ala. was occupied by Federal forces.

April 11, 1862 - Confederate Colonel Charles Olmstead surrendered Fort Pulaski, which guarded the mouth of the Savannah River in Georgia, after a two-day Union bombardment tore great holes in the massive fort.

April 11, 1864 – During the Civil War, skirmishes were fought at Kelly’s Plantation and Caperton’s Ferry, Ala.

April 11, 1864 - Alabama author Robert Loveman was born in Cleveland, Ohio.

April 11, 1865 – During the Civil War, a skirmish was fought at Mt. Pleasant in Monroe County, Ala. Union forces consisted of a brigade strength cavalry detachment under the command of Brigadier General T.J. Lucas that included the 2nd New York Veteran Cavalry Regiment, the 1st Louisiana Cavalry Regiment, a detachment of the 2nd Illinois Cavalry regiment, and two sections (four cannons) of the 2nd Massachusetts Light Artillery. Confederate forces consisted of local militia from Monroe and Baldwin counties. Confederate casualties from the battle were five killed and six slightly wounded. Federal casualties were three killed and nine wounded, including one officer of the 1st Louisiana Cavalry.

April 11, 1865 – During the Civil War, Confederate forces evacuated Mobile, Ala. and begin a withdrawal toward Meridian, Miss.

April 11, 1876 – James Uriah Blacksher was born, the son of David Wesley Blacksher and Maggie McGowin.

April 11, 1878 – Prominent Monroe County, Ala. attorney Francis W. Hare was born at Oak Bowery in Chambers County, Ala. In 1898, he was manager of Auburn’s football and baseball teams, later represented Monroe County in the State House of Representatives.

April 11, 1890 – Joseph Merrick, also known as the “Elephant Man,” passed away at the age of 27 in the London Hospital, Whitechapel, London, England.

April 11, 1897 – Dr. J.S. Jenkins of Pineville, Ala. died.

April 11, 1899 - The treaty ending the Spanish-American War was declared in effect.

April 11, 1907 - In New York, umpire Bill Klem called a forfeit in favor of the Phillies when Giants fans disrupted play with snowballs.

April 11, 1908 – Humorist Leo Rosten was born in Lodz, Poland.

April 11, 1909 – On this Saturday morning, Evergreen, Ala. experienced a heavy frost with the thermometer dipping down to 35 degrees. No damage to crops were reported.

April 11, 1915 – On this Sunday night, Charles Cameron of Midway, Ala., who’d just been released from a Selma hospital, was shot three times and instantly killed in Selma by Heyward Melton of Pineapple. Melton, who was “said to be under the influence of intoxicants,” said he was shooting at McDuffie Stallworth, a prominent Wilcox County man “with whom he’d had previous trouble.” Melton escaped before the Wilcox County Sheriff arrived.

April 11, 1921 - The first live sports event on radio took place this day on KDKA Radio. The event was a boxing match between Johnny Ray and Johnny Dundee.

April 11, 1934 – Poet Mark Strand was born in Summerside, Prince Edward Island, Canada.

April 11, 1944 – NFL defensive back Joe Beauchamp was born in Chicago, Ill. He would go on to play for Iowa State and the San Diego Chargers.

April 11, 1947 - Jackie Robinson became the first black player in major-league history when he played in an exhibition game for the Brooklyn Dodgers.

April 11, 1949 – Writer Dorothy Allison was born in Greenville, S.C.

April 11, 1951 – Major League Baseball pitcher Sid Monge was born in Auga Prieta, New Mexico. He would go on to pitch for the California Angels, the Cleveland Indians, the Philadelphia Phillies, the San Diego Padres and the Detroit Tigers.

April 11, 1951 – The Stone of Scone, the stone upon which Scottish monarchs were traditionally crowned, was found on the site of the altar of Arbroath Abbey. It had been taken by Scottish nationalist students from its place in Westminster Abbey.

April 11, 1953 – Pro Baseball Hall of Fame pitcher Kid Nichols passed away in Kansas City, Mo. at the age of 83. During his career, he played for the Boston Beaneaters, the St. Louis Cardinals and the Philadelphia Phillies. He was inducted into the Hall of Fame in 1949.

April 11, 1963 – The crew of a Boeing 707 on a flight from San Juan to New York reported seeing at 1:30 p.m., 20 minutes after take off, the ocean “rising into a great round mound” that grew to a diameter of half a mile to a mile with a height of about half its width. The incident occurred in the Bermuda Triangle and over the Puerto Rico Trench, where the sea reaches a depth of 5-1/2 miles.

April 11, 1972 – Major League Baseball catcher Jason Varitek was born in Rochester, Michigan. He played his entire career for the Boston Red Sox.

April 11, 1973 – Ellicott’s Stone in northern Mobile County was added to the National Register of Historic Places.

April 11, 1977 – Fire destroyed the Monroe Theater in Monroeville, Ala.

April 11, 1980 – Major League Baseball first baseman and designated hitter Mark Teixeira was born in Annapolis, Md.

April 11, 1983 - R.E.M.'s first album, "Murmur", was released.

April 11, 1984 – The Commercial Hotel (later known as the Hart Hotel and Flomaton Hotel) in Flomaton, Ala. was added to the Alabama Register of Landmarks and Heritage.

April 11, 1985 - The 100th episode of "Hill Street Blues" aired.

April 11, 1994 - A Seattle, Wash. coroner ruled that Kurt Cobain's death was a suicide.

April 11, 1994 - Nirvana's album "In Utero" was certified double-platinum.

April 11, 2003 - U.S. President George W. Bush announced that Saddam Hussein's regime was out of power in Iraq.

April 11, 2006 - Dave Holloway published his book recounting the search for his daughter, co-authored with R. Stephanie Good and Larry Garrison, “Aruba: The Tragic Untold Story of Natalee Holloway and Corruption in Paradise.”

April 11, 2014 – The horror film, “Oculus,” which was filmed in Mobile and Baldwin counties, was released in the U.S.

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