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Thursday, April 28, 2005

Today in history—April 28

1758: James Monroe, the lawyer who will become 5th President of the United States, is born at Westmoreland County, Virginia. He’s best known for his "Monroe Doctrine," which announced that the U.S. would not tolerate European interference in the Americas, except by Britain, France, Spain, Portugal, the Netherlands, Denmark, and Russia.

1788: Maryland becomes the 7th state to ratify the U.S. Constitution.

1789: Sailors led by mate Fletcher Christian mutiny aboard the HMAV Bounty, a former merchant collier previously known as the Bertha.

1906: Kurt Gödel, one of the three greatest logicians who ever lived, is born at Brno in what is now the Czech Republic. His work is really, really complicated, but fortunately, the life of the law has not been logic.

1930: The first night game in organized baseball history takes place in Independence, Kansas. The Muskogee Chiefs beat the Independence Producers 13-3 in a Western Association game.

1930: Future Secretary of State and Secretary of the Treasury James Addison Baker III (Texas Law 1957) is born at Houston, Texas.

1990: After 6,237 performances, the Broadway musical A Chorus Line closes.

2001: Dennis Tito, the former aeronautical engineer who founded the Wilshire Associates investment firm, becomes the first "space tourist" after paying $20 million for a trip to the Soyuz space station.

2002: Ruth Handler (née Mosko), the creator of the Barbie doll and later president of Mattel, dies at 85.  Barbie and Ken were named for her children.

2003: Apple Computer's iTunes Music Store launches, selling 1 million songs in its first week.  A breach of contract suit by Apple Corps, the Beatles’ record arm, will shortly follow.

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