Published On: Apr 16 2014 04:17:19 PM CDTUpdated On: Apr 28 2015 01:00:00 AM CDT
2014: Former NBA coach and Basketball Hall of Fame member John "Dr. Jack" Ramsay dies of cancer at age 89 in Naples, Florida. He coached the Philadelphia 76ers, Portland Trail Blazers, Buffalo Braves and Indiana Pacers in a career lasting from 1968 to 1988, winning an NBA title with Trail Blazers in 1977. He's also known for his broadcasting work with the Indiana Pacers and Miami Heat, and for ESPN, both on television and radio.
2011: Phillip Garrido and his wife, Nancy, plead guilty to kidnapping and raping Jaycee Dugard, who was abducted from her South Lake Tahoe, California, neighborhood in 1991 at age 11 and rescued 18 years later. On June 2, 2011, Phillip Garrido was sentenced to 431 years imprisonment while Nancy Garrido received 36 years to life.
2004: The first photos of the Abu Ghraib prisoner abuse scandal are broadcast on CBS' "60 Minutes II." This photo shows one Iraqi prisoner was told to stand on a box with his head covered, wires attached to his hands. He was told that if he fell off the box, he would be electrocuted. Other inmates were physically and sexually abused, tortured, raped, sodomized and killed by military police personnel of the U.S. Army and the Central Intelligence Agency. Between May 2004 and March 2006, 11 soldiers were convicted in courts-martial, sentenced to military prison, and dishonorably discharged from service for their roles in the abuse.
2003: The iTunes Music Store goes online with more than 200,000 items to purchase. In the first 18 hours, the store sold about 275,000 tracks and more than one million in its first five days.
2001: A Russian Soyuz rocket launches from Central Asia to the international space station with the first space tourist aboard. The crew consisted of California businessman Dennis Tito (left) and two cosmonauts, with Tito spending a total of eight days in orbit. He reportedly paid $20 million for his trip into space.
1996: In Port Arthur, Tasmania, Australia, Martin Bryant, 28, goes on a shooting spree, killing 35 people and seriously injuring 23 more. He was arrested following an 18-hour standoff with police after setting the bed and breakfast where his rampage had begun on fire. He is currently serving 35 life sentences plus 1,035 years without parole in the psychiatric wing of Risdon Prison in Hobart, Tasmania. The incident was the worst mass killing in modern Australian history and helped launch an historic crackdown on gun ownership in the country. Seen here is a family at the Port Arthur memorial site during a commemoration service to mark the 10th aniversary of the massacre on April 28, 2006.
1994: Former Central Intelligence Agency counter-intelligence officer and analyst Aldrich Ames pleads guilty to giving U.S. secrets to the Soviet Union and later Russia and is sentenced to life in prison. It is estimated that information Ames provided to the Soviets led to the compromise of at least 100 American intelligence operations and to the execution of at least 10 U.S. sources.
1993: Broadcaster and former college basketball coach Jim Valvano dies of bone cancer at age 47 in Durham, North Carolina. Valvano led the North Carolina State Wolfpack to an unexpected NCAA championship in 1983 and the broadcast footage of him running up and down the court in disbelief became famous. He was also a head coach at Johns Hopkins, Bucknell and Iona and became well known for his inspirational 1993 ESPY Awards speech, given just eight weeks before he died.
1990: The musical "A Chorus Line" closes after 6,137 performances on Broadway. The show, which originally opened on July 25, 1975, was the longest-running production in Broadway history until surpassed by "Cats" in 1997, and the longest-running Broadway musical originally produced in the United States, until surpassed in 2011 by "Chicago."
1986: The United States Navy aircraft carrier USS Enterprise becomes the first nuclear-powered aircraft carrier to transit the Suez Canal, navigating from the Red Sea to the Mediterranean Sea to relieve the USS Coral Sea, on station with USS America off the coast of Libya.
1981: Actress Jessica Alba is born in Pomona, California. Alba rose to fame on TV in the James Cameron television series "Dark Angel" and has gone on to star in movies such as in "Honey," "Sin City," "Fantastic Four," "Into the Blue" and "Valentine's Day."
1974: Actress Penélope Cruz, best known for movies such as "Jamón, jamón," "Blow," "Vanilla Sky," "Volver" and "Vicky Cristina Barcelona," is born Penélope Cruz Sánchez in Alcobendas, Madrid, Spain. She won the Academy Award for Best Supporting Actress for 2008's "Vicky Cristina Barcelona" and also received Oscar nominations for "Volver" and "Nine."
1973: Actor Jorge Garcia, best known for portraying Hugo "Hurley" Reyes on the TV series "Lost," is born in Omaha, Nebraska. Garcia has also appeared on the TV series "Becker," "Alcatraz" and "Once Upon a Time."
1973: Pink Floyd's album "Dark Side of the Moon" hits No. 1 on the Billboard Top LPs & Tapes chart. Although the album only lasted one week in the top spot, it would go on to spend a record-setting 736 straight weeks on the chart, falling off for the first time in July 1988.
1971: Actress and model Bridget Moynahan, best known for movies such as "Coyote Ugly," "Serendipity" and "I, Robot" and the TV series "Blue Bloods," is born in Binghamton, New York.
1969: The rock band The Chicago Transit Authority, later known as Chicago, releases their self-titled debut album. The double album, which featured the songs "Does Anybody Really Know What Time It Is?," "Beginnings," "Questions 67 and 68" and "I'm a Man," sold more than one million copies by 1970 and reached No. 17 in the U.S. and No. 9 in the United Kingdom.
1967: Muhammad Ali reports for his scheduled induction into the U.S. Army in Houston, Texas, and refuses three times to step forward when his name is called. After being warned that he was committing a felony punishable by five years in prison and a $10,000 fine, Ali still refused to step forward when his name was called a fourth and final time. He was then arrested and the New York State Athletic Commission suspended his boxing license and stripped him of his title later the same day. In June 1967, he was sentenced to five years for draft evasion, a decision that was eventually reversed by the U.S. Supreme Court. During the ensuing controversy, he wouldn't box for more than three years.
1966: Professional golfer John Daly, best known for his impressive driving distance and his colorful personal life, is born in Carmichael, California. Daly has won five PGA events in his career, including two majors in the 1991 PGA Championship and the 1995 Open Championship.
1964: Hall of Fame shortstop Barry Larkin, who played for the Cincinnati Reds from 1986 to 2004, is born in Cincinnati, Ohio. The 12-time All-Star and 1995 National League Most Valuable Player won nine Silver Slugger awards and three Gold Glove awards and helped lead the Reds to a World Series title in 1990.
1960: Elena Kagan, who became the 112th justice of the U.S. Supreme Court and the fourth woman in its history in 2010, is born in New York City.
1952: Actress Mary McDonnell, best known for movies such as "Dances With Wolves," "Passion Fish" and "Independence Day" and for the TV series "Battlestar Galactica" and "Major Crimes," is born in Wilkes-Barre, Pennsylvania. She earned Academy Award nominations for her roles in "Dances with Wolves" and "Passion Fish."
1952: The United States' occupation of Japan ends as the Treaty of San Francisco, ratified Sept. 8, 1951, comes into force.
1950: Comedian and talk show host Jay Leno, the successor to Johnny Carson as the host of "The Tonight Show," is born in New Rochelle, New York. Leno hosted "The Tonight Show" from 1992 to 2009 and again from March 1, 2010, to Feb. 6, 2014.
1949: Actor Bruno Kirby, best known for movies like "When Harry Met Sally...," "City Slickers," "Good Morning, Vietnam," "The Godfather Part II," "The Freshman" and "Donnie Brasco," is born Bruno Giovanni Quidaciolu Jr. in New York City. He died at age 57 on Aug. 14, 2006, from complications related to leukemia.
1945: Benito Mussolini and his mistress Clara Petacci are executed by a firing squad consisting of members of the Italian resistance movement in the northern Italian village of Giulino di Mezzegra. His body was then taken to Milan where it was hung upside down at a service station for public viewing and to provide confirmation of his demise.
1941: Actress and singer Ann-Margret, best known for movies such as "Bye Bye Birdie," "Viva Las Vegas," "The Cincinnati Kid," "Carnal Knowledge," "Tommy" and "Grumpy Old Men," is born Ann-Margret Olsson in Stockholm, Sweden.
1937: Saddam Hussein, the fifth president of Iraq, serving from July 16, 1979, until April 9, 2003, is born in Al-Awja, Saladin Province, Iraq. Hussein was widely condemned in the west for the brutality of his dictatorship and he was deposed when a coalition led by the U.S. and U.K. invaded Iraq in 2003. He was eventually captured in December 2003 and tried under the authority of the Iraqi interim government. Hussein was executed by hanging on Dec. 30, 2006.
1930: The first night game in organized baseball history takes place at Shulthis Stadium in Independence, Kansas, with the Muskogee Chiefs beating the Independence Producers 13-3 in a minor league game sanctioned by the Western League of the Western Baseball Association.
1926: Harper Lee, the author known for her 1961 Pulitzer-Prize-winning novel "To Kill a Mockingbird," is born in Monroeville, Alabama. She's seen here with President George W. Bush at her Presidential Medal of Freedom ceremony in November 2007.
1908: Oskar Schindler is born in Zwittau, Moravia, Austria-Hungary. The businessman is credited with saving the lives of about 1,200 Jews during the Holocaust by employing them in his enamelware and ammunitions factories. He was also the basis of Steven Spielberg's Oscar-winning film "Schindler's List."
1881: Billy the Kid kills two guards and escapes from the county courthouse and jail in Lincoln, New Mexico, where he was awaiting his May 13 hanging the murder of Sheriff William Brady three years earlier during the Lincoln County War. He avoided capture until July 14, when he was shot and killed by Sheriff Pat Garrett at a ranch house in Fort Sumner, New Mexico.
1878: Actor Lionel Barrymore, who won an Academy Award for Best Actor for his performance in 1931's "A Free Soul" and was best known for the role of the villainous Mister Potter in Frank Capra's 1946 film "It's a Wonderful Life," is born Lionel Herbert Blythe in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. Barrymore, a member of the theatrical Barrymore family and the grand-uncle of actress Drew Barrymore, also directed films, earning an Oscar nomination for 1929's "Madame X." He died of a heart attack at age 76 on Nov. 15, 1954.
1789: Fletcher Christian leads a mutiny aboard the British Royal Navy ship HMS Bounty, setting Lt. William Bligh and 18 crew loyal to him adrift in a small boat 1,300 miles west of Tahiti. The mutineers then settled on Pitcairn Island or on Tahiti and burned the Bounty off Pitcairn. Bligh and his crew of 18 reached Timor after a nearly 4,600-mile journey in the small, open boat over 47 days.
1788: Maryland becomes the seventh state to ratify the Constitution of the United States.
1758: James Monroe, who served as the fifth U.S. president from 1817 to 1825, is born in Monroe Hall, Virginia. He was the last president who was a Founding Father of the United States and he also fought in the American Revolutionary War, where he was wounded in the Battle of Trenton with a musket ball to his shoulder. He also served as a delegate to the Continental Congress, a senator in the first U.S. Congress, a two-time governor of Virginia, and the secretary of state and secretary of war under President James Madison.
1503: Spanish forces beat the French in the Battle of Cerignola in SouthernItaly. It is considered to be the first battle in history won by small arms fire using gunpowder.