Tuesday, April 7, 2015

Today in History for April 7, 2015

U.S. Naval Captain John Barry
April 7, 1712 - A slave revolt broke out in New York City.

April 7, 1770 – Poet William Woodsworth was born in Cockermouth, England.

April 7, 1776 – Captain John Barry, commander of the American warship USS Lexington captured and took command of the British warship, HMS Edward, off the coast of Virginia.

April 7, 1766 – Harry Toulmin was born in Taunton, Somersetshire, England. After the death of Ephraim Kirby at Fort Stoddert in 1804, Toulmin succeeded him as Superior Court Judge for the Tombigbee District of the Mississippi Territory. Toulmin assumed the role of first postmaster in January 1805. He would pass away at Fort Stoddert at the age of 57 on Nov. 11, 1823.

April 7, 1786 – William R. King, the 13th Vice President of the United States, was born in Sampson County, N.C. He would eventually move to Dallas County, Ala., where he was elected U.S. Senator, and he passed away in Selma in 1853.

April 7, 1798 – United States formed the Mississippi Territory by an Act of Congress. As created by Congress, the Mississippi Territory embraced all the present states of Mississippi and Alabama lying above 31 degrees north latitude and below 32 degrees 28 minutes north latitude. Georgia claimed that portion of these states lying above 32 degrees 28 minutes north under her royal charter.

April 7, 1805 –  The Corps of Discovery led by Lewis and Clark broke camp among the Mandan tribe and resumed its journey West along the Missouri River.

April 7, 1822 – U.S. Representative James Adam Stallworth born in Evergreen.

April 7, 1825 – During his historic tour of the United States, the Marquis de Lafayette arrived in Mobile and was entertained at the home of Mobile Mayor Samuel H. Garrow, whose home stood near the corner of Government Street and South Jackson Street in Mobile. “Mobile gave an enthusiastic welcome to the distinguished general,” according to a Historic Mobile Preservation Society historical marker at the site of the mayor’s former home.

April 7, 1829 – Joseph Smith Jr., founder of the Latter Day Saint movement, commenced the translation of the Book of Mormon, with Oliver Cowdery as his scribe.

April 7, 1854 – Former U.S. President Millard Fillmore was entertained during a reception aboard the Eliza Battle in Mobile, Ala.

April 7, 1862 – During the Civil War, the Battle of Shiloh ended as the Union Army under General Ulysses S. Grant defeated the Confederates near Shiloh, Tennessee. Grant pushed the Confederates, now under the command of General Pierre G. T. Beauregard, back to Corinth. The previous day, Confederate General Albert Sidney Johnston had conducted a surprise attack that forced Union troops back to Shiloh.

April 7, 1864 – During the Civil War, a skirmish was fought near Decatur, Ala. at Woodall’s Bridge.

April 7, 1865 – During the Civil War, a federal operation began from near Blakeley to Stockton, Ala. A skirmish was also fought on the Catawba River, Ala. at Fike’s Ferry.

April 7, 1890 – Author Marjory Stoneman Douglas was born in Minneapolis, Minn.

April 7, 1891 - The great showman P.T. Barnum passed away at the age of 80 in Bridgeport, Conn. Though it's unclear if he did actually utter "there's a sucker born every minute," he was one of the most brilliant promoters America has ever seen. Known for exhibiting "freaks" like Tom Thumb, he also created the circus billed as "The Greatest Show on Earth."

April 7, 1908 - Author Julian Lee Rayford was born in Mobile, Ala.

April 7, 1915 – Jazz singer Billie Holiday was born in Philadelphia, Pa.

April 7, 1918 – Pro Baseball Hall of Fame second baseman Bobby Doerr was born in Los Angeles, Calif. He would go on to play his entire career for the Boston Red Sox. He was inducted into the Hall of Fame in 1986.

April 7, 1924 – Pro Baseball Hall of Fame infielder and manager John ‘Mugsy’ McGraw was born in Truxton, N.Y. He would go on to play for the Baltimore Orioles, the St. Louis Cardinals and the New York Giants, and he would later manage the Orioles and Giants. He was inducted into the Hall of Fame in 1937.

April 7, 1931 – Post-modern novelist and short-story writer Donald Barthelme was born in Philadelphia.

April 7, 1933 – Prohibition in the United States was repealed for beer of no more than 3.2 percent alcohol by weight, eight months before the ratification of the XXI amendment.

April 7, 1934 – The community baseball teams at Rabb and Herbert in Conecuh County, Ala. were scheduled to play at the baseball diamond at Rabb.

April 7, 1937 – NFL wide receiver Gail Cogdill was born in Worland, Wyoming. He would go on to play for Washington State, the Detroit Lions, the Baltimore Colts and the Atlanta Falcons.

April 7, 1940 – Booker T. Washington became the first African American to be depicted on a United States postage stamp.

April 7, 1954 – NFL running back Tony Dorsett was born in Rochester, Pa. He would go on to play for the University of Pittsburgh, the Dallas Cowboys and the Denver Broncos.

April 7, 1964 - The Evergreen High School Aggies led by the no-hit pitching of Homer Faulkner and Steve Baggett won their first game of the season from the Castleberry Blue Devils, 8-0, at the Evergreen, Ala. Recreation Center field.

April 7, 1964 – Thomasville, Ala. newspaper editor and humor columnist Earl Lee Tucker passed away at the age of 59. For 30 years, Tucker wrote a popular humor column, "Rambling Roses and Flying Bricks," which originated in The Thomasville Times. Many of his columns were gathered in three books published in 1958, 1959, and 1960. In 1972, he was inducted into the Alabama Newspaper Hall of Honor on the Auburn University campus.

April 7, 1966 - The U.S. recovered a hydrogen bomb it had lost off the coast of Spain.

April 7, 1969 - U.S. President Richard Nixon threw out the first ball of the 1969 major league baseball season.

April 7, 1970 – The Town of McIntosh in Washington County, Ala. was officially incorporated.

April 7, 1970 - John Wayne won his first and only Oscar for his role in "True Grit." He had been in over 200 films.

April 7, 1972 – Richard Floyd McCoy Jr. staged the best known of the so-called D.B. Cooper "copycat" hijackings. He boarded United Airlines' Flight 855 (a Boeing 727 with aft stairs) in Denver, and brandishing what later proved to be a paperweight resembling a hand grenade and an unloaded handgun, he demanded four parachutes and $500,000. After delivery of the money and parachutes at San Francisco International Airport, McCoy ordered the aircraft back into the sky and bailed out over Provo, Utah, leaving behind his handwritten hijacking instructions and his fingerprints on a magazine he had been reading. He was arrested on April 9 with the ransom cash in his possession, and after trial and conviction, received a 45-year sentence.

April 7, 1973 – Evergreen, Ala. native George Jones performed in a clarinet concert in New York City’s Carnegie Hall, accompanied by his wife, Arlene, at the piano and their 12-year-old daughter, Katrina, who turned the music.

April 7, 1975 – NFL cornerback, safety and special teamer Ronde Barber was born in Blacksburg, Va. He would go on to play for the University of Virginia and the Tampa Bay Buccaneers.

April 7, 1975 – NFL running back Tiki Barber was born in Blacksburg, Va. He would go on to play for the University of Virginia and the New York Giants.

April 7, 1992 - Alabama author Howell Raines was awarded the Pulitzer Prize for Feature Writing for his essay "Grady's Gift."

April 7, 1997 - Oasis singer Liam Gallagher and actress Patsy Kensit were married.

April 7, 2003 – U.S. troops captured Baghdad. Saddam Hussein's regime fell two days later.

April 7, 2006 – The Evergreen Old Historical Cemetery, the Evergreen “Greasy Bottom” Cemetery, the Antioch-Rabb Cemetery and the Calloway Stallworth Cemetery, all in Conecuh County, Ala., were added to the Alabama Historic Cemetery Register.

April 7, 2006 – The Union Cemetery and the Franklin Cemetery, both in Escambia County, Ala., were added to the Alabama Historic Cemetery Register.
April 7, 2014 – EF0 tornado struck Evergreen, leaving a path of destruction 150 yards wide and three quarters of a mile long.

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