Today's History Trivia for April 11
Rap Music Killer
19-year-old Ronald Ray Howard kills a state trooper who stopped him for a broken headlight. He claimed the anti-police rap music he was listening to made him do it. The car he was driving was stolen and drug tests showed he had cocaine and cannabis in his system. He was convicted and executed for the crime. The song he blamed was Tupac's Soulja's Story with the lyrics:
1989 Ritual sacrifice The bodies of 15 people, mutilated by cultists, are discovered in Matamoros, Mexico. The victims, including a 21-year-old Univ. of Texas student, were killed as part of a ritual to protect drug smugglers from the police.
1979 Uganda President Idi Amin is overthrown by Yusufu Lule. Two days later Lule was sworn in as president.
1968 Civil Rights Pres. Johnson signs into law the Civil Rights Act, making housing discrimination illegal.
1966 First Black Major-League Baseball Umpire Emmett Littleton Ashford umpires at third base for the season opener of the American League. Source: Famous First Facts
1962 New York Mets They play their first game, losing to St. Louis (11-4).
1961 Adolf Eichmann The German SS officer, who organized the transportation of Jews to concentration camps for "the final solution" during World War II, goes on trial in Israel for war crimes. He was found guilty in December and hanged the following May.
1951 Korean War Pres. Truman relieves Gen. Douglas MacArthur of all command for making unauthorized statements.
1947 First black to play in a major-league baseball game Jackie Robinson plays in an exhibition game for the Brooklyn Dodgers against the New York Yankees. Source: Famous First Facts
1921 First state cigarette tax Iowa legalizes the sale of cigarettes in that state and levies a tax of $1 per 1,000 cigarettes.
1921 Boxing First U.S. radio broadcast of a boxing match. Source: Famous First Facts
1816 First Black Church in the U.S. The African Methodist Episcopal Church in Philadelphia opens. Also, the first black bishop in the U.S., Rev. Richard Allen, is ordained to head the church.
1713 Queen Anne's War The Treaty of Utrecht signed ending the war.
Today's Birthdays for April 11
1947 Meshach Taylor d. 2014 American actor. TV: Designing Women (1986-1993, Anthony Bouvier).
1945 Citation d. 1970 American thoroughbred race horse. 1948 Triple Crown winner, and the first race horse to win $1,000,000 (1951).
1939 Louise Lasser American actress. TV: Mary Hartman, Mary Hartman (title role).
1933 Tony Brown American journalist. TV: Black Journal (1968-77, host) and Tony Brown's Journal (1987-, commentator).
1932 Joel Grey (Joel Katz), American Oscar-Tony-winning actor. Broadway: Cabaret (1966, Tony, as the emcee). Film: Cabaret (1972, Oscar, as the emcee).
1931 Johnny Sheffield d. 2010 American actor. Film: He played Boy in the Tarzan movies of the 1940s and later starred in the Bomba the Jungle Boy (1949-55) movies.
1930 Nicholas F. Brady American banker, U.S. Secretary of the Treasury.
1914 Norman McLaren d. 1987 Scottish-born Canadian film animator. Film: Neighbors (1952, Oscar), in which he animated actual actors by filming them one frame at time while slightly changing their positions. See Video
1913 Oleg Cassini d. 2006 French-born fashion and costume designer. He was the official couturier to Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis.
1905 Pauline Tabor Webster d. 1992 Kentucky's most famous brothel owner. She ran the Clay Street Brothel in Bowling Green, Kentucky for 38 years. Autobiography: Pauline's - Memoirs of the Madame on Clay Street.
1755 James Parkinson d. 1824 English surgeon. He described the disease of shaking palsy (1817), which now bears his name. He was also one of the first to give a scientific account of fossils.
146 Lucius Septimius Severus d. 211 Roman Emperor (193-211).
Deaths for April 11
The Elephant Man. Although his condition has not been definitively diagnosed, some believe he had Proteus Syndrome.
2017 Jerome Geils b. 1946 American guitarist, founder of J. Geils Band. Music: Must Have Got Lost (1974), Freeze-Frame (1981), and Centerfold (1981, #1).
2013 Jonathan Winters b. 1925 American Emmy-Grammy-winning comedian. TV: Mork & Mindy (their son Mearth).
2007 Roscoe Lee Browne b. 1922 American Emmy-winning actor. TV: Falcon Crest (1988, Rosemont).
2007 Kurt Vonnegut Jr b. 1922 American author. Writings: Slaughterhouse-Five (1969).
1992 James Brown b. 1920 American actor. TV: The Adventures of Rin Tin Tin (1954-59, Lt. Rip Masters).
1987 Erskine Caldwell b. 1903 American author. Writings: Tobacco Road (1932) and God's Little Acre (1933).
1983 Dolores del Río b. 1904 Mexican actress. She was the first major female Latin cross-over star in Hollywood. Film: Maria Candelaria (1943) and The Fugitive (1947).
1926 Luther Burbank b. 1849 American naturalist. He created hundreds of new breeds of flowers, plants, and trees, including the Russet Burbank Potato (1872), which launched the Idaho potato industry.
1906 James Anthony Bailey b. 1847 American showman, Barnum's partner, owner of Jumbo, the giant elephant.
1906 Francis Pharcellus Church b. 1839 American editor, author of Is There a Santa Clause? (1897).
1873 Edward Richard Sprigg Canby b. 1817 American general. He was killed by Indian leader Captain Jack while negotiating an Indian surrender. He was the only U.S. general killed fighting Indians.
1079 Saint Stanislaus b. 1030 Bishop of Krakow, and patron saint of Poland.
678 Donus b. ???? Italian religious leader, 78th Pope (676-678).