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Today in History
Today in History: Friday, April  28, 2017
AP Highlight in History:
On April 28, 1758, James Monroe, the fifth president of the United States, was born in Virginia.
 
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On this date in:
1788Maryland became the seventh state to ratify the U.S. Constitution.
1789The crew of the British ship Bounty mutineed, setting Captain William Bligh and 18 sailors adrift in a launch in the South Pacific.
1937Iraqi dictator Saddam Hussein was born near the desert town of Tikrit.
1945Italian dictator Benito Mussolini and his mistress, Clara Petacci, were executed.
1947A six-man expedition sailed from Peru aboard a balsa wood raft named the Kon-Tiki on a 101-day journey across the Pacific Ocean to Polynesia.
1967Heavyweight boxing champion Muhammad Ali refused to be inducted into the Army.
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1980Secretary of State Cyrus Vance resigned over his opposition to the failed rescue mission aimed at freeing American hostages in Iran.
1990The musical "A Chorus Line" closed after 6,137 performances on Broadway.
1994Former CIA official Aldrich Ames, who had betrayed U.S. secrets to the Soviet Union and then Russia, pleaded guilty to espionage and tax evasion and was sentenced to life in prison without parole.
1996President Bill Clinton gave 4 1/2 hours of videotaped testimony as a defense witness in the criminal trial of his former Whitewater business partners.
2001A Russian rocket lifted off from Central Asia bearing the first space tourist, California businessman Dennis Tito.
2003Apple Computer Inc. launched the iTunes store.
2004The first photos of the Abu Ghraib prisoner abuse scandal were shown on CBS' "60 Minutes II."
2009Sen. Arlen Specter of Pennsylvania switched from the Republican to the Democratic Party.
2011President Barack Obama reshuffled his national security team, with CIA Director Leon Panetta succeeding Defense Secretary Robert Gates and Gen. David Petraeus replacing Panetta at the CIA.
2011Phillip Garrido and his wife, Nancy, pleaded guilty to kidnapping and raping Jaycee Dugard, who was abducted in California in 1991 at age 11 and rescued 18 years later. (The Garridos were sentenced to up to life in prison.)
 
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Highlights of This Day in History
Today's Birthdays:
Actress Penelope Cruz turns 43 years old today.
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NameProfessionAge
Harper LeeAuthor ("To Kill a Mockingbird")91
James A. Baker IIIFormer secretary of state87
Ann-MargretSinger, actress76
Paul GuilfoyleActor ("CSI")68
Kim GordonRock musician (Sonic Youth)64
Mary McDonnellActress64
Elena KaganSupreme Court justice57
Barry LarkinBaseball Hall of Famer53
John DalyGolfer51
Jorge GarciaActor ("Lost")44
Elisabeth RohmActress ("Law and Order")44
Nate RichertActor ("Sabrina the Teenage Witch")39
Jessica AlbaActress ("Dark Angel")36
Harry Shum Jr.Actor ("Glee")35
Jenna UshkowitzActress ("Glee")31
Comedian-talk show host Jay Leno ("The Tonight Show") turns 67 years old today.
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