Today in history

In 1924: Spriggs Te Roller, manager of the Holland baseball team, was very much put out when he called on this paper and complained that at least 200 spectators “deadheaded” the game Saturday, when the Independents played the Mint League team of Grand Rapids. Men well able to pay, in fact supporting automobiles, park along Columbia avenue, remain comfortably seated, taking in the game from beginning to end without paying an admission fee. The baseball boys are simply disgusted with such poor sportsmanship and will endeavor to have that part of the street adjacent to the baseball grounds roped off during games, if the mayor and common council will permit it. Possibly the best way out is to shame those deadheaders by yelling at them from the grandstand and in that way calling attention to their “cheap skate” methods. We might suggest that the camera friends take a few snap shots of those who are always ready to criticize the team, but fail to give it their support.

 

 

 

On this day

In 1798, Joseph Haydn's oratorio "The Creation" was rehearsed in Vienna, Austria, before an invited audience.

In 1916, the Easter Rising in Dublin collapsed as Irish nationalists surrendered to British authorities.

In 1945, during World War II, American soldiers liberated the Dachau concentration camp. Adolf Hitler married Eva Braun inside his "Fuhrerbunker" and designated Adm. Karl Doenitz president.

In 1946, 28 former Japanese officials went on trial in Tokyo as war criminals; seven ended up being sentenced to death.

In 1957, the SM-1, the first military nuclear power plant, was dedicated at Fort Belvoir, Virginia.

In 1967, Aretha Franklin's cover of Otis Redding's "Respect" was released as a single by Atlantic Records.

In 1961, "ABC's Wide World of Sports" premiered, with Jim McKay as host.

In 1991, a cyclone began striking the South Asian country of Bangladesh; it ended up killing more than 138,000 people, according to the U.S. National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration.

In 1992, a jury in Simi Valley, California, acquitted four Los Angeles police officers of almost all state charges in the videotaped beating of motorist Rodney King; the verdicts were followed by rioting in Los Angeles resulting in 55 deaths.

In 1997, Staff Sgt. Delmar Simpson, a drill instructor at Aberdeen Proving Ground in Maryland, was convicted of raping six female trainees (he was sentenced to 25 years in prison and dishonorably discharged). A worldwide treaty to ban chemical weapons went into effect.

In 2000, Tens of thousands of angry Cuban-Americans marched peacefully through Miami's Little Havana, protesting the raid in which armed federal agents yanked 6-year-old Elian Gonzalez from the home of relatives.

In 2008, Democratic presidential hopeful Barack Obama denounced his former pastor, the Rev. Jeremiah Wright, for what he termed "divisive and destructive" remarks on race.

In 2018, T-Mobile and Sprint reached a $26.5 billion merger agreement that would reduce the U.S. wireless industry to three major players. (The deal would be approved by federal regulators in July 2019).

 

 

Celebrity birthdays

Debbie Stabenow, D-Mich., is 70.

Duane Allen is 77.

Jerry Seinfeld is 66.

Tyler Labine is 42.