Saturday, February 17, 2018

Adv08 For release Tuesday, April 8

1820, the Venus de Milo statue was discovered by a farmer on the Greek island of Milos.

1864, the United States Senate passed, 38-6, the 13th Amendment to the U.S. Constitution abolishing slavery. (The House of Representatives passed it in Jan. 1865; the amendment was ratified and adopted in Dec. 1865.)

1904, Longacre Square in Manhattan was renamed Times Square after the New York Times.

1911, an explosion at the Banner Coal Mine in Littleton, Ala., claimed the lives of 128 men, most of them convicts loaned out from prisons.

1913, the 17th Amendment to the Constitution, providing for popular election of United States senators (as opposed to appointment by state legislatures), was ratified.

1974, Hank Aaron of the Atlanta Braves hit his 715th career home run in a game against the Los Angeles Dodgers, breaking Babe Ruth's record.

1988, TV evangelist Jimmy Swaggart resigned from the Assemblies of God after he was defrocked for rejecting an order from the church's national leaders to stop preaching for a year amid reports he'd consorted with a prostitute.

1994, Kurt Cobain, singer and guitarist for the grunge band Nirvana, was found dead in Seattle from an apparently self-inflicted gunshot wound; he was 27.

2013: Actress and former Disney "Mouseketeer" Annette Funicello, 70, died in Bakersfield, Calif.



TODAY IN HISTORY

1820: The Venus de Milo statue was discovered by a farmer on the Greek island of Milos.

1864: The U.S. Senate passed the 13th Amendment to the U.S. Constitution abolishing slavery. (The House of Representatives passed it in January 1865.)

1904: Longacre Square in Manhattan was renamed Times Square after the New York Times.

1911: An explosion at a coal mine in Littleton, Ala., killed 128 men, most of them convicts loaned out from prisons.

1994: Kurt Cobain of Nirvana died in Seattle from a self-inflicted gunshot wound; he was 27.

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