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Saturday, April 21th 2018

Today is the 111st day of 2018.  There are 254 days left in this year.

What Happened On This Day In History?

1649 The Maryland Toleration Act, which provided for freedom of worship for all Christians, was passed by the Maryland assembly.
1789 John Adams was sworn in as the first vice president of the United States.
1836 Texans led by Sam Houston defeated the Mexicans at San Jacinto, assuring Texas independence
1940 The quiz show that asked the ''$64 question,'' ''Take It or Leave It,'' premiered on CBS Radio.
1960 Brazil inaugurated its new capital, Brasilia, transferring the seat of national government from Rio de Janeiro.
1975 South Vietnamese President Nguyen Van Thieu resigned after 10 years in office.
1977 The musical play ''Annie'' opened on Broadway.
1980 Rosie Ruiz was the first woman to cross the finish line at the Boston Marathon; but she was disqualified when officials discovered she had jumped into the race about a mile from the finish.
1986 A vault in Chicago's Lexington Hotel that was linked to Al Capone was opened during a live TV special hosted by Geraldo Rivera. Except for a few bottles and a sign, the vault was empty.
1992 Robert Alton Harris became the first person executed by the state of California in 25 years as he was put to death in the gas chamber for the 1978 murder of two teen-age boys

Born on this day

1816 Charlotte Bronte, author of ''Jane Eyre,'' was born in Thornton, England.

Died on this day

1910 Author Samuel Langhorne Clemens, better known as Mark Twain, died in Redding, Conn.
1918 Baron Manfred von Richthofen, the German ace known as the ''Red Baron,'' was killed in action during World War I.
1996 Oddsmaker Jimmy ''The Greek'' Snyder died at age 76
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