Today is Wednesday, April 7, the 98th day of 2004. There are 268 days left in the year.
Today's Highlight in History:
On April 7, 1927, an audience in New York saw an image of Commerce Secretary Herbert Hoover in the first successful long-distance demonstration of television.
On this date:
In 1862, Union forces led by Gen. Ulysses S. Grant defeated the Confederates at the Battle of Shiloh in Tennessee.
In 1939, Italy invaded Albania. (Less than a week later, Italy annexed Albania.)
In 1945, during World War II, American planes intercepted a Japanese fleet that was headed for Okinawa on a suicide mission.
In 1947, auto pioneer Henry Ford died in Dearborn, Mich., at age 83.
In 1948, the World Health Organization was founded.
In 1949, the Rodgers and Hammerstein musical "South Pacific" opened on Broadway.
In 1953, the U.N. General Assembly elected Dag Hammarskjold of Sweden to be secretary-general.
In 1964, IBM introduced its innovative System/360, the company's first line of compatible mainframe computers that gave customers the option of upgrading from lower-cost models to more powerful, expensive ones.
In 1966, the United States recovered a hydrogen bomb it had lost off the coast of Spain.
In 1969, the Supreme Court unanimously struck down laws prohibiting private possession of obscene material.
Ten years ago: Civil war erupted in Rwanda, a day after a mysterious plane crash claimed the lives of the presidents of Rwanda and Burundi. In the months that followed, hundreds of thousands of minority Tutsi and Hutu intellectuals were slaughtered.
Five years ago: Yugoslav authorities sealed off Kosovo's main border crossings, preventing ethnic Albanians from leaving as the wave of refugees approached the half-million mark.
One year ago: U.S. troops in more than 100 U.S. armored vehicles rumbled through downtown Baghdad, seizing one of Saddam Hussein's opulent palaces and toppling a 40-foot statue of the Iraqi ruler. The Supreme Court voted 6-3 to uphold a 50-year-old Virginia law making it a crime to burn a cross as an act of intimidation. The Boston Globe won the 2003 Pulitzer Prize for public service for its coverage of the priest sex abuse scandal. Syracuse won the NCAA basketball tournament with an 81-78 victory over Kansas.
Today's Birthdays: Actor R.G. Armstrong is 87. Sitar player Ravi Shankar is 84. Actor James Garner is 76. Country singer Cal Smith is 72. Actor Wayne Rogers is 71. Actor Ian Richardson is 70. Media commentator Hodding Carter III is 69. Country singer Bobby Bare is 69. Rhythm and blues singer Charlie Thomas (The Drifters) is 67. Jazz musician Freddie Hubbard is 66. The mayor of Oakland, Calif., Jerry Brown, is 66. Movie director Francis Ford Coppola is 65. Television personality David Frost is 65. Singer Patricia Bennett (The Chiffons) is 57. Singer John Oates is 55. Singer Janis Ian is 53. Country musician John Dittrich is 53. Rock musician Bruce Gary is 52. Actor Jackie Chan is 50. Football Hall-of-Famer Tony Dorsett is 50. Actor Russell Crowe is 40. Rhythm and blues singer Mark Kibble (Take 6) is 40. Actor Bill Bellamy is 39. Rock musician Dave "Yorkie" Palmer (Space) is 39.
Thought for Today: "It isn't enough to talk about peace. One must believe in it. And it isn't enough to believe in it. One must work at it." - Eleanor Roosevelt, American first lady (1884-1962).