April 4 in Pop Culture History

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1561 – UFOs were reported flying over Nuremberg, Germany

1841 – US President Harrison died of pneumonia after one month in office

1850 – Los Angeles, California was incorporated as a city.

1871 – Mary Florence Potts of Ottumwa, Iowa Patented (#113,448) the “Mrs. Potts’ sad iron” – a set of three irons with a detachable handle, so two irons could be heating up while you were using the other.

1877 -A pianist performed in Philadelphia, and an audience heard the performance in New York, via the telephone.

1932 – Professor C. Glen King, of the University of Pittsburgh, discovered vitamin C.

1933 – Akron, a dirigible, crashed in New Jersey, killing 73 people.

1949 – Twelve nations signed the North Atlantic Treaty, creating the North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO).

1964 – #1 Hit April 4, 1964 – May 8, 1964: The BeatlesCan’t Buy Me Love

1964 – The Beatles occupied all of the top five positions on the Billboard singles chart in the United States, with Can’t Buy Me Love, Twist and Shout, She Loves You, I Want to Hold Your Hand, and Please Please Me.

1968 – Martin Luther King, Jr was assassinated by James Earl Ray in Memphis Tennessee.

1969 – CBS abruptly cancelled The Smothers Brothers Comedy Hour, and replaced it with Hee Haw. Hee Haw episodes were ready to premiere in mid-June.

1973 – The World Trade Center in New York was officially dedicated.

1975 – Microsoft was founded as a partnership between Bill Gates and Paul Allen in Albuquerque, New Mexico

1983 – Space Shuttle Challenger made its maiden voyage into space (STS-6).

1987 – #1 Hit April 4, 1987 – April 17, 1987: StarshipNothing’s Gonna Stop Us Now

1998 – #1 Hit April 4, 1998 – April 24, 1998: K-Ci & JoJoAll My Life

2013 – Famed movie critic Roger Ebert died

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