Saturday, April 21, 2012. Here’s the historical events that occurred today that made the cut:
1836 – Texas Revolution: The Battle of San Jacinto – Republic of Texas forces under Sam Houston defeat troops under Mexican General Antonio López de Santa Anna.
1918 – World War I: German fighter ace Manfred von Richthofen, known as “The Red Baron“, is shot down and killed over Vaux-sur-Somme in France.
1922 – The first Aggie Muster is held as a remembrance for fellow Texas A&M graduates who had died in the previous year.
1934 – The “Surgeon’s Photograph”, the most famous photo allegedly showing the Loch Ness Monster, is published in the Daily Mail (in 1999, it is revealed to be a hoax).
1942 – World War II: The most famous (and first international) Aggie Muster is held on the Philippine island of Corregidor, by Brigadier General George F. Moore (with 25 fellow Texas A&M graduates who are under his command), while 1.8 million pounds of shells pounded the island over a 5 hour attack.
1945 – World War II: Soviet Union forces south of Berlin at Zossen attack the German High Command headquarters.
1952 – Secretary’s Day (now Administrative Professionals’ Day) is first celebrated.
1962 – The Seattle World’s Fair (Century 21 Exposition) opens. It is the first World’s Fair in the United States since World War II.
1965 – The 1964-1965 New York World’s Fair opens for its second and final season.
1982 – Baseball: Rollie Fingers of the Milwaukee Brewers becomes the first pitcher to record 300 saves.
1989 – Tiananmen Square Protests of 1989: In Beijing, around 100,000 students gather in Tiananmen Square to commemorate Chinese reform leader Hu Yaobang.
1816 – Charlotte Brontë, English author (d. 1855)
1838 – John Muir, Scottish-born American environmentalist (d. 1914)
1915 – Anthony Quinn, Mexican-born American actor (d. 2001)
1935 – Charles Grodin, American actor
1947 – Iggy Pop, American musician (The Stooges)
1951 – Tony Danza, American actor and comedian
1910 – Mark Twain, American author and humorist (b. 1835)
1977 – Gummo Marx, American actor and comedian (b. 1892)