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Adv04 For release Friday, April 4

1818, Congress decided the flag of the United States would consist of 13 red and white stripes and 20 stars, with a new star to be added for every new state.

1841, President William Henry Harrison succumbed to pneumonia one month after his inaugural, becoming the first U.S. chief executive to die in office.

1850, the city of Los Angeles was incorporated.

1859, "Dixie" was performed publicly for the first time by Bryant's Minstrels at Mechanics' Hall in New York.

1912, China proclaimed a republic in Tibet, a move fiercely opposed by Tibetans.

1968, civil rights leader Martin Luther King Jr., 39, was shot and killed while standing on a balcony of the Lorraine Motel in Memphis, Tenn. (James Earl Ray later pleaded guilty to assassinating King, then spent the rest of his life claiming he'd been the victim of a setup.)

1975, more than 130 people, most of them children, were killed when a U.S. Air Force transport plane evacuating Vietnamese orphans crash-landed shortly after takeoff from Saigon.

1983, the space shuttle Challenger roared into orbit on its maiden voyage.



TODAY IN HISTORY

1841: President William Henry Harrison succumbed to pneumonia one month after his inaugural, becoming the first president to die in office.

1850: The city of Los Angeles was incorporated.

1968: Civil rights leader Martin Luther King Jr., 39, was shot and killed while standing on a balcony of the Lorraine Motel in Memphis. (James Earl Ray later pleaded guilty to assassinating King, then spent the rest of his life claiming he'd been the victim of a setup.)

Adv04 For release Friday, April 4 04/03/14 [Last modified: Thursday, April 3, 2014 3:05pm]

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