Today is Thursday, April 22, the 113th day of 2004. There are 253 days left in the year.
Today's Highlight in History:
Fifty years ago, on April 22, 1954, the televised Senate Army-McCarthy hearings began.
On this date:
In 1451, Queen Isabella I, who sponsored the voyages of Christopher Columbus, was born in Madrigal, Spain.
In 1509, Henry VIII ascended the throne of England following the death of his father, Henry VII.
In 1864, Congress authorized the use of the phrase "In God We Trust" on U.S. coins.
In 1889, the Oklahoma Land Rush began at noon as thousands of homesteaders staked claims.
In 1944, during World War II, U.S. forces began invading Japanese-held New Guinea with amphibious landings near Hollandia.
In 1952, an atomic test conducted in Nevada became the first nuclear explosion shown on live network television.
In 1964, President Johnson opened the New York World's Fair.
In 1970, millions of Americans concerned about the environment observed the first Earth Day.
In 1983, the West German news magazine Stern announced the discovery of 60 volumes of personal diaries purportedly written by Adolf Hitler. However, the diaries turned out to be a hoax.
In 1993, the U.S. Holocaust Memorial Museum was dedicated in Washington D.C. to honor the victims of Nazi extermination.
Ten years ago: Richard M. Nixon, the 37th president of the United States, died at a New York hospital four days after suffering a stroke. He was 81.
Five years ago: At Columbine High School in Littleton, Colo., investigators found a powerful bomb made from a propane tank, heightening suspicions that gunmen Eric Harris and Dylan Klebold, who killed 13 people before killing themselves, intended to destroy the school. NATO struck directly against Yugoslav President Slobodan Milosevic, destroying his luxurious mansion.
One year ago: President Bush announced he would nominate Alan Greenspan for a fifth term as Federal Reserve chairman. Songwriter Felice Bryant, who, with her late husband, Boudleaux, wrote "Bye Bye Love" and other Everly Brothers hits, died in Gatlinburg, Tenn., at age 77.
Today's Birthdays: Actor Eddie Albert is 96. TV producer Aaron Spelling is 81. Actor George Cole is 79. Actress Charlotte Rae is 78. Actress Estelle Harris ("Seinfeld") is 72. Singer Glen Campbell is 68. Actor Jack Nicholson is 67. Singer Mel Carter is 61. Country singer Cleve Francis is 59. Movie director John Waters is 58. Singer Peter Frampton is 54. Rock singer-musician Paul Carrack (Mike and the Mechanics; Squeeze) is 53. Actor Joseph Bottoms is 50. Actor Ryan Stiles is 45. Comedian Byron Allen is 43. Actor Chris Makepeace is 40. Actress Sheryl Lee is 37. Country singer-musician Heath Wright (Ricochet) is 37. Country singer Kellie Coffey is 33. Actor Ingo Rademacher is 33. Rock singer-musician Daniel Johns (Silverchair) is 25.
Thought for Today: "Always remember others may hate you but those who hate you don't win unless you hate them. And then you destroy yourself." - Richard M. Nixon, 37th president of the United States (1913-1994).