Published On: Apr 17 2013 02:37:03 PM CDTUpdated On: Apr 19 2016 01:00:00 AM CDT
2015: Freddie Gray, 25, dies a week after suffering a fatal spinal injury after being arrested in Baltimore and put in a police van without a seat belt. Gray had fallen into a coma while being transported and his cause of death was found to be from a spinal cord injury suffered during the ride. Large protests and, in some cases, destructive riots broke out after his death, with some claiming the fact Gray was black contributed to his treatment. The six officers charged in his death face an array of charges, with Caesar Goodson Jr., who was driving the police van carrying Gray, facing the most serious -- second-degree depraved-heart murder, which could mean 30 years behind bars if he's convicted.
2013: The day after they were identified as suspects in the April 15 bombing of the Boston Marathon, brothers Dzhokhar and Tamerlan Tsarnaev engage police in an early morning shootout in Watertown, Massachusetts, after allegedly killing a Massachusetts Institute of Technology campus police officer. Tamerlan Tsarnaev (right) died during the shootout while Dzhokhar Tsarnaev evaded capture for most of the day. He was eventually found hiding in a boat stored in a backyard and taken into custody after a tense standoff. Dzhokhar was charged on April 22, while still confined to a hospital bed with injuries suffered during the shootout, with use of a weapon of mass destruction and malicious destruction of property resulting in death. He was found guilty on 30 counts on April 8, 2015, and was sentenced to death on May 15, 2015.
2012: Rock musician and actor Levon Helm, who found fame as the drummer and frequent lead singer for The Band, dies of throat cancer at the age of 71 in New York City. Helm sang lead vocals on some of The Band's most well-known songs, such as "The Weight," "Up on Cripple Creek" and "The Night They Drove Old Dixie Down." Helm also had a successful career as an actor, appearing in such films as "Coal Miner's Daughter" and "The Right Stuff."
2005: Actress Ruth Hussey, best known for her Academy Award-nominated role as photographer Elizabeth Imbrie in "The Philadelphia Story," dies from complications of an appendectomy at age 93 in Newbury Park, California. Hussey also appeared in movies such as "H.M. Pulham, Esq.," "The Uninvited," 1949's "The Great Gatsby" and the 1960 Bob Hope movie "The Facts of Life."
2005: Cardinal Joseph Ratzinger is elected the 265th pope of the Catholic Church following the April 2 death of Pope John Paul II. The new pope took on the regnal name Benedict XVI.
2002: Layne Staley, the lead singer of rock band Alice in Chains, is found dead in his Seattle apartment. The autopsy report later concluded that Staley had died at the age of 34 on April 5, 2002, after injecting a mixture of heroin and cocaine known as a "speedball."
2002: The romantic-comedy "My Big Fat Greek Wedding," written by and starring Nia Vardalos, premieres in theaters. A sleeper hit, the film would go on to gross $241.4 million in North America, despite never reaching No. 1 at the box office during its release.
2001: The Mel Brooks musical "The Producers," based on his first movie, opens on Broadway starring Nathan Lane and Matthew Broderick. The show would go on to break the Tony Awards record with 12 wins, a record that had previously been held for 37 years by "Hello, Dolly!" at 10 wins. The musical ran for 2,502 performances on Broadway and was adapted into another movie version in 2005.
1997: The Red River Flood of 1997 overwhelms the city of Grand Forks, North Dakota. Fire broke out and spread in downtown Grand Forks, but high water levels hampered efforts to reach the fire, leading to the destruction of 11 buildings.
1995: A truck bomb explodes at the Alfred P. Murrah Federal Building in Oklahoma City, killing 168 and injuring more than 680 people. Timothy McVeigh and Terry Nichols would eventually be convicted for their roles in the act of domestic terrorism. McVeigh, who parked the moving truck containing the homemade bomb in front of the building, was executed by lethal injection on June 11, 2001, while Nichols, who conspired with McVeigh in the bombing's planning and preparation, was sentenced to life in prison without the possibility of parole.
1994: A Los Angeles jury awards $3.8 million to Rodney King for violation of his civil rights after being beaten with excessive force by Los Angeles police officers following a high-speed car chase on March 3, 1991. King's lawsuit had sought $56 million, or $1 million for every blow struck by the officers.
1993: The 51-day siege of the Branch Davidian building outside Waco, Texas, ends when a fire breaks out during an FBI assault on the compound. A total of 76 people died from the flames, smoke inhalation, building collapse or gunfire. Among those who died was sect leader David Koresh, who was shot and killed by his top aide, who then turned the gun on himself.
1987: "The Simpsons" premieres as a short cartoon on "The Tracey Ullman Show." After a three-season run, the animated sketch became its own half-hour show in 1989 and has since claimed the titles for longest-running American sitcom, animated program and scripted primetime television series.
1987: Professional tennis player Maria Sharapova, who made her professional debut in 2001 on her 14th birthday, is born in Nyagan, Soviet Union. She has won four Grand Slam singles titles and been ranked World No. 1 in singles by the Women's Tennis Association on five separate occasions, for a total of 21 weeks. She also won a silver medal at the 2012 Summer Olympics in London.
1986: Prince becomes only the fifth songwriter to have two top 10 hits at the same time. The songs were "Kiss" (Prince and the Revolution) and "Manic Monday" (Bangles).
1981: Actor Hayden Christensen, who played the young Anakin Skywalker/Darth Vader in "Star Wars Episode II: Attack of the Clones" and "Star Wars Episode III: Revenge of the Sith," is born in Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada.
1979: Actress Kate Hudson, best known for her roles in movies such as "Almost Famous," "How to Lose a Guy in 10 Days," "Raising Helen," "Fool's Gold" and "Bride Wars," is born in Los Angeles. The daughter of fellow actress Goldie Hawn, she earned an Academy Award nomination for Best Supporting Actress for her performance in "Almost Famous."
1978: Actor James Franco, best known for his roles in the "Spider-Man" trilogy, "Pineapple Express," "127 Hours," "Milk" and "Oz the Great and Powerful," is born in Palo Alto, California.
1971: Charles Manson and three female "Family" members are sentenced to death for the 1969 Tate-LaBianca murders. However, all four would have their sentences automatically reduced to life in prison when the California Supreme Court abolished the state's death penalty in February 1972.
1971: The Soviet Union launches Salyut 1, the first space station of any kind. The station was launched by unmanned rocket and received its first crew on June 7, 1971, with the arrival of the Soyuz 11 mission. After the three-man crew of the Soyuz 11 died when the crew capsule depressurized during preparations for re-entry, the Soviet Union suspended Soyuz missions until the spacecraft could be redesigned. Salyut 1 ran out of fuel before a redesigned Soyuz spacecraft could be launched to it and was intentionally destroyed by de-orbiting it after six months in orbit. Pictured is an extremely rare view Salyut 1, as seen from the departing Soyuz 11.
1968: Actress Ashley Judd, best known for movies such as "Kiss the Girls," "Double Jeopardy," "Where the Heart Is" and "High Crimes," is born in Los Angeles, California.
1965: Record producer and executive Marion "Suge" Knight, the founder and CEO of Black Kapital Records and co-founder and former CEO of Death Row Records, is born in Compton, California. After several years of chart success thanks to rappers such as Tupac Shakur, Dr. Dre and Snoop Dogg, Death Row Records fell on hard times after Knight spent several years in prison on a probation violation in the late 1990s. He was also sent to prison again for violating parole in 2003 by striking a parking lot attendant.
1951: Gen. Douglas MacArthur, relieved of his command of the United Nations forces defending South Korea by President Harry S. Truman, bids farewell to U.S. Congress, quoting a line from a ballad: "Old soldiers never die; they just fade away."
1946: Actor Tim Curry, best known for his roles in movies such as "The Rocky Horror Picture Show," "Annie," "Legend" and "Clue," and the TV miniseries "It," is born in Grappenhall, Cheshire, England.
1943: The Warsaw Ghetto Uprising begins in German-occupied Poland, with a resistance rising up against Nazi efforts to transport the ghetto's remaining Jewish population to Treblinka extermination camp. The rebellion, the largest single revolt by the Jews during World War II, ended when the poorly armed and supplied resistance was crushed by the Germans, who officially finished their operation to liquidate the ghetto on May 16.
1935: Actor and comedian Dudley Moore, best known for movies such as "Foul Play," "10," "Arthur" (pictured with co-star Liza Minnelli) and "Micki + Maude," is born in London, England. Moore, who was also an accomplished jazz pianist and composer, earned an Oscar nomination for his performance in "Arthur." He died from the terminal degenerative brain disorder progressive supranuclear palsy at the age of 66 on March 27, 2002.
1933: Actress Jayne Mansfield, a major Hollywood sex symbol of the 1950s and early 1960s, is born in in Bryn Mawr, Pennsylvania. She is best known for movies such as "Will Success Spoil Rock Hunter?" (pictured), "The Girl Can't Help It," "The Wayward Bus" and "Too Hot to Handle." In 1967 Mansfield died in a car accident at the age of 34.
1930: Actor Dick Sargent, best known as the second actor to portray Darrin Stephens on the sitcom "Bewitched," is born Richard Stanford Cox in Carmel-by-the-Sea, California. Sargent took over the role from 1969 through 1972, after Dick York was forced to leave the show because of a severe back condition.
1906: French physicist and Nobel laureate Pierre Curie dies at age 46 in a street accident in Paris, France, after falling under a heavy horse-drawn cart and fracturing his skull. Curie won the Nobel Prize in Physics in 1903 along with his wife, Marie Curie, and Henri Becquerel for their contributions in the discovery of radium and polonium.
1903: Eliot Ness, who became famous for his efforts to enforce Prohibition in Chicago as the leader of a team of law enforcement agents nicknamed The Untouchables, is born in Chicago.
1897: The first annual Boston Marathon takes place. Inspired by the success of the first modern-day marathon competition in the 1896 Summer Olympics, the marathon is the world's oldest annual marathon. American John J. McDermott won the first marathon, which included only 15 runners, all of whom were men, and was known as the B.A.A. Road Race.
1882: English naturalist Charles Darwin, who published his theory of evolution via natural selection in his 1859 book "On the Origin of Species," dies of heart failure at the age of 73 in Downe, Kent, England.
1881: English politician Benjamin Disraeli, a Conservative statesman for four decades and two-time former prime minister of the United Kingdom, dies at the age of 76 in London, England. Disraeli, Britain's only prime minister of Jewish birth, invented the political novel, of which "Sybil" and "Vivian Grey" are best known today.
1775: The American Revolutionary War begins with an American victory in Concord during the Battles of Lexington and Concord.
1770: Marie Antoinette, 14, marries Louis XVI in a proxy wedding in the Church of the Augustine Friars in Vienna. Her brother Ferdinand stood in as the bridegroom.
1770: Captain James Cook sights the eastern coast of what is now Australia, becoming the first recorded European to do so.