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Notable Historical Events for April 4th

194884-year-old Connie Mack challenges 78-year-old Clark Griffith to a race from home to 1st base; it ends in a tie

1989Kareem Abdul-Jabbar's last NBA game in Seattle

1841Vice President John Tyler becomes the 10th President of the United States after the death of President William Henry Harrison

1832Charles Darwin aboard HMS Beagle reaches Rio de Janeiro

1581Francis Drake knighted by Queen Elizabeth I aboard Golden Hind at Deptford

1660English king Charles II sends Declaration of Breda (freedom of religion)

1932George Bernard Shaw's "Too True to be Good" premieres in NYC

1968US civil rights activist Martin Luther King Jr. assassinated in Memphis, Tennessee

196032nd Academy Awards - "Ben-Hur", Charlton Heston & Simone Signoret win

1975Microsoft is founded as a partnership between Bill Gates and Paul Allen.

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Notable Birthdays on April 4th

1991Jamie Lynn Spears, American actress

1979Heath Ledger, Australian/American Actor. (d.2008)

1932Anthony Perkins, NYC, actor (Psycho, Fear Strikes Out, Pretty Poison)

1913Muddy Waters, [McKinley Morganfield], American blues guitarist (Hoochie Coochie Man)

1924Gil Hodges, Princeton Indiana, baseball player/manager (Brooklyn Dodgers, NY Mets)

1965Robert Downey Jr, NYC, comedian (SNL, Less than Zero, Back to School)

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Notable Weddings on April 4th

2001Actress and model Brooke Shields (35) weds sitcom writer Chris Henchy (37) in Catalina Island, California

1995Rapper Tupac Shakur marries Keisha Morris (divorced 1996)

1750Statesman George Mason (24) weds Ann Eilbeck (16)

1992Comedian Sam Kinison (38) weds Malika Souiri at the Candlelight Chapel in Las Vegas

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Notable Deaths on April 4th

1968Martin Luther King Jr., assassinated at the Lorraine Hotel in Memphis Tennessee at 39

1841William Henry Harrison, 9th President of the United States, becomes 1st president to die in office at 68 of pneumonia

1941Andre Michelin, French tire manufacturer, dies at 88

1983Gloria Swanson, actress (Airport 1975), dies of a heart ailment at 84

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