Today is Wednesday, April 28, the 119th day of 2004. There are 247 days left in the year.

Today's Highlight in History:

On April 28, 1789, there was a mutiny on HMS Bounty as the crew of the British ship set Captain William Bligh and 18 sailors adrift in a launch in the South Pacific.

On this date:

In 1758, the fifth president of the United States, James Monroe, was born in Westmoreland County, Va.

In 1788, Maryland became the seventh state to ratify the U.S. Constitution.

In 1945, Italian dictator Benito Mussolini and his mistress, Clara Petacci, were executed by Italian partisans as they attempted to flee the country.

In 1947, a six-man expedition sailed from Peru aboard a balsa wood raft named the "Kon-Tiki" on a 101-day journey to Polynesia.

In 1952, war with Japan officially ended as a treaty that had been signed by the United States and 47 other nations took effect.

In 1958, Vice President Nixon and his wife, Pat, began a goodwill tour of Latin America that was marred by hostile mobs in Lima, Peru, and Caracas, Venezuela.

In 1967, heavyweight boxing champion Muhammad Ali refused to be inducted into the Army, the same day General William C. Westmoreland told Congress the U.S. "would prevail in Vietnam."

In 1974, a federal jury in New York acquitted former Attorney General John Mitchell and former Commerce Secretary Maurice H. Stans of charges in connection with a secret $200,000 contribution to President Nixon's re-election campaign from financier Robert Vesco.

In 1986, the Soviet Union informed the world of the nuclear disaster at Chernobyl.

In 1988, a flight attendant was killed and 61 persons injured when part of the roof of an Aloha Airlines Boeing 737 peeled back during a flight from Hilo to Honolulu.

Ten years ago: Former CIA official Aldrich Ames, who had betrayed U.S. secrets to the Soviet Union and then Russia, pleaded guilty to espionage and tax evasion, and was sentenced to life in prison without parole.

Five years ago: In a sharp repudiation of President Clinton's policies, the House rejected, on a tie vote of 213-213, a measure expressing support for NATO's five-week-old air campaign against Yugoslavia; the House also voted 249-180 to limit the president's authority to use ground forces in Yugoslavia. Actor Rory Calhoun died in Burbank, Calif., at age 76.

One year ago: On Saddam Hussein's 66th birthday, delegates from inside and outside Iraq agreed to hold a nation-building meeting and fashion a temporary, post-Saddam government. The Soyuz space capsule carrying a U.S.-Russian space crew docked with the international space station.

Today's Birthdays: Author Harper Lee is 78. Former Secretary of State James A. Baker III is 74. The former president of Iraq, Saddam Hussein, is 67. Actress-singer Ann-Margret is 63. Actress Marcia Strassman is 56. Actor Paul Guilfoyle ("CSI") is 55. Actor Bruno Kirby is 55. "Tonight Show" host Jay Leno is 54. Actress Mary McDonnell is 51. Rock singer-musician Kim Gordon (Sonic Youth) is 51. Rapper Too Short is 38. Actress Simbi Khali is 33. Actor Chris Young is 33. Rapper Big Gipp is 31. Actress Elisabeth Rohm ("Law & Order") is 31. Actress Penelope Cruz is 30. Actor Nate Richert is 26. Actress Jessica Alba is 23.

Thought for Today: "Without heroes, we are all plain people and don't know how far we can go." - Bernard Malamud, American author (1914-1986).

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