Today in Histroy
1478 Pazzi conspirators attack Lorenzo de’Medici and kill Giuliano de’Medici in Florence
1920 Harlow Shapley and Heber D. Curtis hold “great debate” on the nature of nebulae, galaxies and size of the universe at US National Academy of Sciences, Washington, D.C.
1945 Marshal Philippe Pétain, leader of France’s Vichy collaborationist regime during World War II, arrested for treason
1956 First modern container ship, the Ideal X, leaves Port Newark, New Jersey for Houston, Texas
1986 World’s worst nuclear disaster: 4th reactor at Chernobyl nuclear power station in USSR explodes, 31 die, radioactive contamination reaches much of Western Europe
2005 Under international pressure, Syria withdraws the last of its 14,000 troop military garrison in Lebanon, ending its 29-year military domination of that country.
Today in TV & Movies
1954 “Seven Samurai”, Japanese film directed by Akira Kurosawa, starring Toshiro Mifune, is released
Today in Music
1941 A tradition begins, 1st organ at a baseball stadium (Chicago Cubs)